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Feb 28, 2016

What to Do in Astoria This Week: Free Beer, Oscar Night, Multicultural Fest, and More

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FEBRUARY 29-March 5—Happy Leap Day Tomorrow! It only comes around once every four years, so enjoy. Babies born on this day, enjoy your eternal “youth.” Tonight is the broadcast of the 88th Academy Awards, so if you’re not observing #OscarsSoWhite and want hang with a crowd while its on, check out these places that are having Oscar parties.
And to our Welsh readers, Happy St. David’s Day on March 1! Maybe the Empire State Building will be alit with Welsh colors (red, green, white) again this year.
Finally, March is Women’s History Month, which includes International Women’s Day next week.

GREATER NEW YORK Presents: NOCD-NY, Arts From Our Neighborhoods

Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY) brings together a unique alliance of artists, activists, creative manufacturers, and policymakers committed to revitalizing New York City from the neighborhood up.

Join NOCD-NY for a button making workshop with The Laundromat Project (working in Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant and the South Bronx), a theatrical excerpt by Downtown Art (working on the Lower East Side), a body movement exercise with STooPS (working in Bedford-Stuyvesant), and a screen printing activity with El Puente (working in Los Sures) and Mobile Print Power (working in Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan).

Participate in activities and witness the power of art and culture as tools for community engagement.

Sunday, February 28, 1pm
MoMA PS1 | 22-25 Jackson Avenue

Learn more, here.


Photo credi: William Orellana for El Puente.

Material/Gender/Labor | A Panel Discussion

Moderated by Shannon Stratton with presentations by Crystal Gregory, Michael Milano & John Paul Morabito

The panel discussion will focus on the gendered associations enmeshed within materials and craft practices. In conversation with Shannon Stratton, Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, the artists will discuss their work in relation to the historical continuum that has assigned gender and meaning to their chosen materials and form of labor. The artists will consider the changing gender roles associated with fiber arts as its locus shifted from the handmade to the industrial, and describe their own reasons for engaging with these practices and materials.

Sunday, February 28, 1-2:30pm
Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs | 11-03 45th Avenue
Seating will be limited
RSVP 718-937-6317 or

Learn more, here and here.


Queens Then and Now

The borough of Queens has seen many historical and geographical changes throughout its illustrious history. Marshlands, woods, and farms gave way to factories, thriving communities, and the nation’s premier arterial highway system.

Queens: Then & Now offers a rare historical look at New York City’s largest borough, featuring many never-before-seen images that document the amazing changes it has experienced since it became a part of the great metropolis in 1898.

About Your Lecturer: Jason D. Antos is a third generation New Yorker whose family has lived in Queens since 1960. An author of six history books on Queens history, he works as a full time reporter and editor of a weekly Queens paper in Long Island City and is a member of the New York Press (NYP) and the New York Press Photographers Association (NYPPA)

Sunday, February 28, 3-5pm
Q.E.D. | 27-16 23rd Avenue

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Monster City Round 2

We’re back baby! Misha Han and Matt Anderson are coming back to Queens to host another monster comedy show with comics that you will soon know as household names. The lineups are always scary good at Monster City! Our next show is Sunday, February 28th at 8:30 pm Located at The Beast Next Door, 4251 27th St, Long Island City, NY 11101 next to Queensborough Plaza. Comics get in free, as does everybody else!

Our 2/28 show features: Anthony DeVito
Myka Fox
Casey James Salengo
Danny Vega
Shelby Taylor
Alexander Payne
Jordan Temple

Sunday, February 29, 8:30pm
The Beast Next Door Cafe & Bar | 42-51 27th Street

Learn more, here.


Compost at Wards Island Farm

Join Project EATS and GrowNYC as we compost over 5,000 pounds of food scraps collected at Greenmarkets. Using pitchforks, shovels, and rakes, we’ll combine the food scraps with wood chips and leaves to make a compost ‘windrow’. The finished product will be used to grow food at Wards Island Farm and other Project EATS sites in NYC.

No experience necessary to participate, just wear sturdy shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated, and dress to work outside. This event is rain or shine!

Tuesday, March 1, 10am-2pm
Wards Island Farm | 125 Sunken Garden Loop, Wards Island

Learn more, here.

Beer Batter Night At Woodbines

Enjoy some free pints of Krombacher alongside amazing beer-battered dinner specials. Each pint of Krombacher you buy after the event gets you a raffle ticket to win a gift basket with a sweatshirt, exclusive glassware, and, of course, a six pack!

Specials (all battered with Krombacher) will include Cajun Shrimp, Bacon Wrapped Jalepeno Poppers, Mac and Cheese Balls, and a Frozen Banana Split!

Bring any food you’d like battered! We’re willing to try it if you are!

Tuesday, March 1, 7:30pm
Woodbines | 47-10 Vernon Boulevard

Learn more, here.

krombacher-woodbines-lic-queens VIP Party is hosting a VIP party for LIC residents and business owners. This free event will highlight the new community website for Queens powered by The Queens Courier, LIC Courier Magazine, BORO Magazine and The Ridgewood Times. Get breaking news, upload and view free classified ads, interactive community calendar and connect with your community on neighborhood pages. Enjoy a fun night of drinks, music, food and giveaways from local LIC businesses.

Sponsored by Mount Sinai Hospital this event is taking place at Skinny’s Cantina, 4705 Center Blvd, LIC from 6-8pm.

Thursday, March 3, 6pm
Skinny’s Cantina | 47-05 Center Blvd.
RSVP to party at

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Passport: A Celebration of Cultures & Community

Riis Settlement will host its annual Multicultural Festival event on Friday March 4, 2016 from 5pm-9pm at its Queensbridge Houses headquarters at 10-25 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. The Multicultural Festival brings together an array of talented performances, creative art displays, cultural food and desserts, local vendors and more. Art displays will cover the gymnasium to showcase our talented Riis Settlement participants. Cultural songs and dances, fashion shows and local vendors will keep everyone engaged.

Friday, March 4, 5pm-9pm
Jacob Riis Settlement | 10-25 41st Avenue

Learn more, here.


First Saturdays in the Loft: From Life! In 3D Family Art Workshop

Join artist Gina Beavers as she leads a class in making modeled reliefs inspired by things we see in our everyday lives! Participants will discuss finding inspiration in the things they see around them, look at the works of artists who used relief as a fundamental part of their work (including Martin Wong, Florine Stettheimer, Red Grooms, and others,) sketch their ideas, and create their own relief with air-dry modeling clay.

Suitable for for children ages 6-11. One adult must accompany up to three children throughout the program. Materials fee: $10 per child.

Saturday, March 5, 9:30am
SculptureCenter | 44-19 Purves Street
Advanced registration is required at

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About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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