Carol Burnett comes to Queens this weekend. Lucky her! She’ll find great opera, Cameroonian music, Brazilian film, Indian modernist art, Mexican dance, Canadian puppetry, a brand new musical, and even kite-flying. Here’s the rundown.

May 7, Operatic Classics, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents classic selections with Metropolitan Opera tenor Chad Shelton and baritone David Adam Moore. Free. Electrical Industry Center Auditorium, 158-11 Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Avenue, Fresh Meadows.

May 8, Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett, 8 pm. This 90-minute interactive experience’s format harkens back to the openings of The Carol Burnett Show, when her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage the comedian with questions and receive spontaneous answers. $39-$85. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-23 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.


For the best classically trained talent, try the Queens New Music Festival. Organized by the composers’ group Random Access Music, this third annual extravaganza promotes the borough’s composers, musicians, choreographers, artists and ensembles, while also highlighting some out-of-borough talent. This year, attendees who flock to The Secret Theatre in Long Island City from May 16th to May 18th can check out eight distinct — and distinctive — programs, with everything from cello to dance. One of the scheduled performers, TAK (above), is a chamber group comprised of soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and electronics. Another crew that’s ready to go is Face the Music (below), the only teen ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers. There is also an “appetizer concert” this year at The Church-in-the-Gardens in Forest Hills on May 10th. Check below for details.


Get ready for the second annual Queens New Music Festival

Brought to you by the folks behind Random Access Music, the second annual Queens New Music Festival is coming to LIC’s The Secret Theatre’s Main Stage from May 16-19, 2013. This concert is the result of the call for proposals that happened in 2012. Featured artists include the newly established Periapsis Music and Dance ensemble and the Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music program. Other local groups are participating as well. An all-access festival pass is only $50! One day passes and single ticket prices are also available. It should be an amazing festival.

More love for HinoMaru in Astoria

The folks over at Patch do a run down of ramen spots in the city in their list, Six Great Places to Eat Ramen. Not surprisingly, HinoMaru Ramen on Ditmars made the list. In their words: “Proof that ramen is growing as a form of comfort cuisine in New York City, this Queens restaurant was recently lauded in Food & Wine magazine for serving its noodles with uni and Parmesan cream.” More ramen action is coming to Astoria as Tamashii opens their doors soon. We look forward to doing a “ramen-off” then.

Public space in Corona survey

If you live in Corona and are concerned about public space in the neighborhood, consider taking this survey by Cody Herrmann, a college student at Parsons the New School for Design. He is doing a project about new creative public space in Corona, Queens.

Agnanti is a top Greek restaurant in NYC

While it’s probably not a surprise to many, Agnanti is a top pick when it comes to Greek restaurants, according to Greek Reporter USA. They are located adjacent to Astoria Park, overlooking the northeast corner, which has a nice view. The food is great – recently we stopped in for a light dinner of Greek salad, meatballs, and zucchini fritters, with a carafe of wine. Yum.

The Rockaway Center for Coastal Recovery and Preservation

Yasemin Smallens wants to repurpose the former Park Theater (on Beach 116th) into the Rockaway Center for Coastal Recovery and Preservation (CCRP). It will have “panoramic views of the ocean, and it will engender a feeling of oneness of the ocean and will embrace fear of it.” It will have sustainable construction, contain a database of personal stores of loss and recovery, and provide facilities for healing with art. It will be a community gathering place. Also, it will be a national meeting center in which to discuss things like rising sea levels, transportation issues, and the creation of a sustainable coastline.



Image source: Queens New Music Festival – a member of the Periapsis Music and Dance ensemble

Brought to you by the folks behind Random Access Music, the second annual Queens New Music Festival is coming to LIC’s The Secret Theatre’s Main Stage from May 16-19, 2013. The theater is located at 44-02 23rd Street in LIC (GMAP). In the words of the organizers, “The mission of the festival is to promote new music in Queens by focusing on the wealth of composers, musicians, and ensembles living and working in Queens, as well as highlighting artists from other parts of New York City and the country.”


Image source: RAM

Random Access Music (RAM), a collective of local music composers, has issued a call for proposals from new music ensembles for the second annual Queens New Music Festival on May 17-19, 2013. The group is seeking “adventurous proposals from new music ensembles or individual artists dedicated to performing new music” to participate in the Festival.