What better way to celebrate July 4th than to see a free performance of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” outside at the Old Stone House in Park Slope? The comedic rock musical takes a fun look at the life of populist idol and seventh U.S. President Andrew Jackson, beginning with his early years in Tennessee and continuing through his controversial presidency.

Presented by Piper Theatre and directed by Nigel Williams, the show takes “textbook history and kicks in electricity, dirty deeds, punk rock rawness,” according to the press release. Piper will be putting on free shows Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm from July 3 to July 19.

Performances will take place outside the Old Stone House in Park Slope’s Washington Park at 336 3rd Street between 4th and 5th avenues. You can find out more info here on the Piper Theater website.

Photo by Peter James Zielinski for Piper Theatre


The historic Strand Theater at 647 Fulton in Fort Greene will re-open tomorrow as the BRIC Arts/Media House, a 40,000-square-foot multi-disciplinary arts and media center. Architect Thomas Leeser, who also designed the expansion of the Museum of the Moving Image in Long Island City, supervised the $35,000,000 renovation of the 94-year-old theater. The new space includes a 3,000-square foot contemporary art gallery, a flexible performance space that can accommodate 240 to 400 people, a glass-walled television studio visible from the lobby, an artist work studio, a public lobby with a café and a state-of-the-art TV broadcasting center. The lobby cafe is an outpost of Park Slope’s Hungry Ghost, and the lobby opens onto a series of cement steps furnished with cushions called The Stoop, which will feature free programming for all ages. And Urban Glass, an organization dedicated to giving artists access to glass-making facilities, has a 17,000-square-foot glass-making studio inside the BRIC House. Strand Theater was originally built in 1919 and has gone through various incarnations as a bowling alley, movie theater and a print shop.

Click through to see more pictures of the ultra-modern interior and the new art exhibitions inside!

Building of the Day: 647 Fulton Street [Brownstoner]
Progress on BRIC Arts Center Near BAM [Brownstoner]
Transformation of the Strand Theatre Coming Soon [Brownstoner]
Photos two, five, six, eight, 11, 12 and 13 by Jenna Salvagin for BRIC


Image source: Sarah Maxfield

On Election Day, vote with your feet by heading to Long Island City for THROW, a performance-development series at The Chocolate Factory Theater. Curated and moderated by Sarah Maxfield, this installment will feature works-in-progress by Hadar Ahuvia, Tyler Ashley and Christina Masciotti.

Each artist will present 10-20 minutes of material without tech support and then ask the audience three targeted questions about what they just experienced. The answers will help the artists tweak their work.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012
The Chocolate Factory Theater
7 pm | FREE!


Image source: LPAC

For Rent – Head to the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in LIC for For Rent, a play written by Ozen Yula and directed by Handan Ozbilgin. The play is about “poor, rural teenagers come to the big city to find wealth and prosperity. But in the dark, dangerous public parks of this cosmopolitan city, they are instead led into prostitution and violence.” Tickets are $15 advance sales; $20 at the door; and for $10 students.

For Rent – Wednesday, October 24, 2012; 8pm


If you’re staying local this weekend or looking for a fun park outing, here are kid-friendly activities in 3 different Queens neighborhoods that will probably entertain parents too.

CityParks PuppetMobile Bessie’s Big Shot – Sunday – Bayside – SummerStage is hosting a puppet show about a cow who dreams big. The PuppetMobile, sponsored by Disney, has been making its rounds in NYC for the past few weeks — it’s a fun show not to be missed. For venue details, see the event listing. (GMAP)

Image source: Flickr – Friends of Gulick Park


Everyone has heard of “Sleep No More,” the immersive rendition of “Macbeth” set in a hotel in Manhattan, well soon Queens will have its own immersive theater experience. reports a four actor production of “Romeo and Juliet” will be taking over a Long Island City warehouse at 26-15 Jackson Ave. The interactive production will run from May 19 through June 10, and the actors are Harvard grads, so it should be pretty stimulating.

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