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It’s another huge week for outdoor music with classical, funk, gospel, hip hop, jazz, a tribute to the Beatles, and two Italian nights. Other options include a new night market, sculpture, story-telling, an e-waste recycling event, an art conference, pie-crumbling, and poetry.

July 16, Queens Night Market, 6 pm to 11 pm. A social event and night market with food, crafts, live performances, and a deejay. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

July 16, SummerStage: Lyricist Lounge, 7 pm. Large Professor, a hip hop producer from Flushing, and Marley Marl, a hip hop producer from Queensbridge, perform. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road, 40th Avenue, Vernon Boulevard, and the East River, LIC.

July 16, Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band, 6:30 pm. Through the Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza program, Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band present Latin jazz fusion invigorated by Afro-Caribbean musical styles. Free. Bliss Plaza, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street under the elevated 7 train station, Sunnyside.

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Louis Armstrong, Chazz Palminteri, and renowned Korean folk artist Jae Choon Kim headline another busy week in Queens. Other options include Mexican dance, sheep-shearing, Yiddish music, Bollywood films, walking tours, sex education, and nature photography. Here’s the rundown.

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Good things come in threes. On the third day of May, the SculptureCenter will unveil simultaneous art exhibitions by Erika Verzutti, Magali Reus, and Michael E. Smith.

This will be the first solo show in New York City for Verzutti, a Brazilian artist who will present Swan with Stage. Working between synthetic and organic materials, she creates hybrid objects and situations that interrogate relationships between forms and bodies.

The centerpiece — a 12-foot-tall abstract swan sculpture — functions as monument, character, and stage. It is enclosed by a group of black and white photographs, including images of an actor (above) and the swan snapped in various moments of drama and comedy.

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If the snow leaves you stranded in Long Island City, don’t fret. Your entertainment plans are set for the next 22 days. On Saturday, you’ll attend a concert by Das Audit, an NYC-based instrumental ensemble with alto sax, flute, bass, guitar, and percussion, at SculptureCenter at 4 pm. About four hours later and just down the road, Dublin resident Susan McKeown, a singer/songwriter who specializes in traditional Irish music, will perform at the New York Irish Center. Take a few skips to the north and the west, and on Sunday the Dorsky Gallery will host a conversation between Chris Freeman and Jeannie Simms at part of a greater exhibit, The Body: Disruptions of the Intimate. Both artists explore the body as a site of memories and desires. Freeman will discuss how his awareness of the body and mortality affect his choice of art material, among other topics. Simms will describe her collaborations with Indonesian lesbian domestic workers to create portraits of their personal lives. Another photo and information from March 10th through March 28th are on the jump page.

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Would you like to see how the Bowne House Restoration is proceeding? Or how about checking out the Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, which is also known as the Hindu Temple Society of North America or the Bowne Street Temple? What about the TWA Flight Center, Smiling HogsHead Ranch, LIC Community BoathouseLouis Armstrong House Museum, Noguchi, and the newly renovated SculptureCenter?

The 12th annual Open House New York Weekend will take place this Saturday and Sunday, and there are 36 listed nook and crannies to explore in Queens (although tours are starting to sell out…so hurry!)

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SculptureCenter continues to break the mold. Founded as The Clay Club in Brooklyn in 1928, the nonprofit changed its name and moved to a carriage house on West 8th Street in Manhattan in 1944. Four years later, it relocated to another carriage house on East 69th Street. In 2001, the arts institution purchased a former Long Island City trolley repair shop, which was then renovated by Maya Lin, the landscape artist who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

Recently, ScuptureCenter underwent another renovation and it now boasts a new 2,000 square foot, one-story entrance lobby with bookshop, coatroom, seating area, and restrooms; 6,500 square feet of flexible interior exhibition space; an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries; and a 1,500-square-foot, enclosed courtyard for outdoor exhibitions and events.

Now it’s time to celebrate with a special, day-long event and a four-month exhibition. More information and photos are after the jump page.

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Western Queens art patrons got a new reason to jump for joy — and relax in a seat — last Saturday, when the LIC Arts Bus made its maiden voyage. Scheduled to run every weekend until September 14th, the free service will stop at Socrates Sculpture Park, The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter and MoMA PS1. The 25-passenger vehicle, operated on a first-come-first-seated basis, departs from Socrates on a continuous loop from noon to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. (Click here for a schedule with up-to-the-minute updates.) 

Seen in top photo before the launch are (from left) Noguchi Director Jenny Dixon, Socrates Director of Development and Communications Katie Denny, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Socrates Executive Director John Hatfield, MoMA PS1 COO Peter Katz and Noguchi Director of Administration and External Affairs Amy Hau.

Top photo: It’s in Queens; bottom photo: Noguchi Sculpture Center

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It’s four “firsts” in one. This weekend, SculptureCenter launches simultaneous premiere presentations by Rossella Biscotti, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Jumana Manna and David Douard. Each artist will be showing a solo project for the first time in a U.S. institution. Biscotti’s film The Undercover Man depicts Joseph D. Pistone, an FBI agent (aka Donnie Brasco) who spent six years undercover with the Bonnano crime family, resulting in the conviction of over 100 mobsters in the 1980s. The film is part of a larger project that includes sculptures, photographs, and a publication. Juni will display a site-specific structure referencing a tree house (below) in Naguabo, Puerto Rico. The sculpture incorporates materials inspired by the tropical rain forest and urban structures found throughout the island. Manna will show a group of sculptures related to her video work, Blessed Blessed Oblivion, which examines macho culture in East Jerusalem. In his )juicy o’f the nest (above), Douard explores notions around a city’s literal and figurative underground. Mirroring systems that aren’t necessarily seen, but are essential to daily life (sewage systems, public transport, etc.), Douard creates an elaborate scheme connecting fruit, fountains, a sofa, and other elements.

Details: Spring Exhibitions, SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, opening reception, March 1st, 5 pm to 7 pm, exhibition runs from March 2 to May 12, hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 am to 6 pm (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays), $5 suggested donation/$3 suggested donation for students.

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This week we checked in on Purves Street, a short block of Long Island City with tons of development in the pipeline. Although work hasn’t picked up at any of the residential developments, we did spot workers out at SculptureCenter. SculptureCenter broke ground on its expansion project this spring, which includes 6,500 square feet of interior exhibition space, a 2,000-square-foot entrance lobby, an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries, and a 1,500-square-foot enclosed courtyard. The ETA of the project is for next fall. SculptureCenter remains open throughout construction with some changes to its exhibition schedule and hours.

Checking in on Purves Street, Possibly the Most Active Block of Development in the City! [Q’Stoner]
SculptureCenter Shapes Up [Q’Stoner] GMAP