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Feb 21, 2016

What to Do in Astoria This Week: Muppet Treasure Island, Brutally Honest, Hawaiian Pig Roast, and More

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FEBRUARY 21-27—Welcome to a mellow week on the holiday front. It’s the second Sunday of Lent, but that’s about it.
On the other hand, the more frivolous and delicious National Margarita Day falls on Monday, February 22, so enjoy.

Muppet Treasure Island, 20th Anniversary Screening

Dir. Brian Henson. 1996, 99 mins. 35mm. With Tim Curry, Kevin Bishop, Billy Connolly, Steve Whitmire, Frank Oz. Join us for a special 20th anniversary screening of this beloved classic. Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure gets the full Muppet treatment in this musical version, with Kermit as the captain pitted against the villainous Long John Silver and his band of pirates, and Miss Piggy as, of course, the island’s love goddess.

Sunday, February 21, 1pm
Museum of the Moving Image | 36-01 35 Avenue
Tickets: $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and students, and $6 for children ages 3–12. All tickets include same-day admission to the Museum.

Learn more, here.


Midcentury Stereopanorama

For the last 20 years, writer and comedian Eric Drysdale has been collecting photographs from the 1950s taken by amateurs with the Stereo Realist 3-dimensional camera system. This remarkable technology was something like the ‘50s version of virtual reality, pairing Kodak’s Kodachrome film with a precision viewer to deliver uncannily realistic, full-color, three-dimensional images. Think of it as an IMAX View-Master.

During the Stereo Realist’s heyday in the early 1950s, the mass-market 3-D camera was being used in hundreds of thousands of American households —but the technology has been largely forgotten. Eric has narrowed his collection of tens of thousands of these amazing images to about 150 of the best, and you’ll see them the way they were meant to be seen – in fully-restored high-quality vintage stereoscopic viewers.

From the deck of the Queen Elizabeth II to the hair salon of a Dallas department store, From the mermaid springs of the Weeki Wachee to the paneled basements of Wisconsin — this intimate salon will give you 90 minutes in the 1950s, the closest to time travel you’re likely to get.

Previous guests have said of the show…
“Amazing. The images are still with me…”
“A once-in-a-lifetime experience…”
“Too many pictures of accordions.”
Strictly limited to 12 guests.

Sunday, February 21, 3-5pm
Q.E.D. | 27-16 23rd Avenue
Strictly limited to 12 tickets. Advanced purchase mandatory. While late arrivals will be allowed, the event will start promptly at 3pm.

Learn more, here.


Stations of the Elevated and Antonio Gaudi

Antonio Gaudi. Dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara. 1984, 72 mins, 35mm. The great Japanese director Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes) was inspired by the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí’s serpentine building designs when he visited Barcelona to make what is perhaps the greatest film about architecture, a work of cinematic poetry in which the organic textures of the buildings are inseparable from the movements of the camera.

Stations of the Elevated. Dir. Manfred Kirchheimer. 1981, 45 mins. Restored DCP courtesy of The Film Desk. This vital, recently rediscovered New York document is a poetic study of the visual language of subway graffiti. Kirchheimer’s camera captures these colorful steel behemoths as if they were paintings in motion. Backed by a pulsating Charles Mingus score, this is the gritty city symphony film that early 1980s New York City deserved.

Sunday, February 21, 4pm
Museum of the Moving Image | 36-01 35 Avenue
Tickets: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for members at the Film Lover level and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact with any questions regarding online reservations.) All tickets include same-day admission to the Museum (see gallery hours).

Learn more, here.


Brutally Honest

Welcome to Brutally Honest! A stand up comedy and storytelling show where the performers hold nothing back and let you into the innermost hilarious parts of their souls. We believe TMI is always better than not enough.

Hosted by: Caitlin Brodnick and May Wilkerson. Featuring: Cres Hernandez , Phoebe Robinson, Lauren Krass, Lauren Clark, Anita Flores

Tuesday, February 23, 9-10:30pm
Q.E.D. | 27-16 23rd Avenue

Learn more, here.


Guided Meditation with Nilcee (Nonsectarian)

Open invitation to another evening of refreshing meditation to give your mind a deserved break and renew your body. For more information, please contact me @, or call (718) 278-8093.

Tuesday, February 23, 6:30-7:30pm
Church of the Redeemer | 30-14 Crescent Street
Suggested donation $ 5.00

Learn more, here.


Sixth Annual Black History Month Celebration

Come out and celebrate with us as we honor the achievements of leaders in our community. Enjoy special performances by Tai Mountain Shadow School of Martials Arts. Light refreshments will be served. For more details about the event contact and to RSVP, contact Elana Ehrenberg via email at or by calling (718) 383-9566 ext. 1.

Thursday, February 25, 6pm
Jacob Riis Settlement House | 10-25 41st Avenue

Learn more, here.


WeWork Happy Hour

WeWork is coming to Astoria on March 1! Have a drink on WeWork and learn about our first Queens location while networking with new members and the rest of the Astoria/LIC community.

Thursday, February 25, 6pm
Bierocracy | 12-23 Jackson Avenue

Learn more, here.

D.B. Rielly at R’A’R Bar

Award-winning Roots musician D.B. Rielly and his band will perform a wide-ranging collection of Americana music, spanning several genres including Roots, Zydeco, Blues, and Alt-Country. D.B. promises his listeners an “instantaneous cure for all afflictions.”

Thursday, February 25, 9pm-midnight
Rèst Âü Ránt | 30-01 35th Avenue
Free (No cover charge)

Learn more, here.


Glow in the Dark Madness

Black lights will be on site, so be sure to wear things that can glow. Just an fyi, White shirts and neon shirts, will look very very cool under black lights. Bright green, orange, pink, etc.

Your 3 DJs will be spinning: DJ 1 (Green): Top 40 hits, Dance, Pop, etc
DJ 2 (Red): The best of 90’s, and 2K music!
DJ 3 (Blue): Hip-Hop, R&B

Friday, February 26, 10pm
Bohemian Beer Garden | 29-19 24th Avenue
$10-15 (ticketing link)

Learn more, here.


Live Music – Could Be Worse

CBW is an Astoria based, blues inspired classic rock cover band, playing all of your dad’s favorite songs. Formed in 2013, all members have a background in theater and performing arts. The lineup varies depending on which members are in town, usually between acting/singing jobs. They live for the rock, and aim to please with fonky beats and solid grooves.

Tonight, CBW is:

Nick Belton – vocals
Clint Zugel – bass
Leo Nouhan – guitar/vocals
Justin Roller – vocals
Nate Klau – percussion

Friday, February 26, 9-11:30pm
The Queens Kickshaw | 40-17 Broadway
No cover charge.

Learn more, here.


First Annual Hawaiian Pig Roast

Get dressed in your favorite summer/Hawaiian clothing and come enjoy surf and Hawaiian music, Tiki drinks, limbo contest, and of course some pig.
$30 gets you some pig, spam fried rice, pineapple chutnety and a Tiki drink

Saturday, February 27, 8pm
William Hallet | 36-10 30th Avenue

Learn more, here.


David Bowie: Sound and Vision A Celebration of Music and Art

Community musicians will perform the music of David Bowie from all eras. Art will be exhibited at the Globe as well. We hope to see you all there!

Sunday, February 21, 6-9pm
The Globe Tavern, 49-10 Skillman Avenue
No cover charge.

Learn more, here.


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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