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sat, may 17 - sunday, may 19

events exhibitions

Against Prophecy” to the streets and galleries of LIC. “Pleading Against Prophecy” is the third of In-Sight Dance’s millennial ballets and is set to “Water in a Whale”, the debut album of critically acclaimed singer/ songwriter Jillette Johnson. In-Sight Dance Company is a grassroots dance company based in Queens, NY. Our mission is to create dance that inspires critical thought and reasoned discussion, increase access to and appreciation of dance in Queens and throughout the country while working to improve society through performance, community partnerships, and service. Multiple: Vernon Blvd, The Gantries, Falchi Building

FACE OFF IMPROV WORKSHOP, FREE

May 17 // drop-in between 2-4pm Have you ever thought about taking an improv class, but never made the leap? Here’s your chance to try it out for free with absolutely no obligation, commitment, or excuses! Face Off Unlimited is offering a free and fun sample workshop as part of the LIC Arts Open. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best improv teachers in the country from the company that the New York Time calls “Very Funny”. The Little Secret 44-02 23rd St 718.392.0722 secrettheatre.com

NATURE & NURTURE II

Paintings by Helaine Soller May 14-18 // Reception May 17 // 2-4pm Helaine Soller paintings reveal intimate views of water environments creating awareness of our fragile ecosystems through colorful and expressive compositions, capturing nature at a moment in time. Soller’s art is in the permanent collections of The Library of Congress, the Archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Riverview Restaurant 2-01 50th Ave 718.781.2615 riverviewny.com

QNMF: EIGHT STRINGS AND A WHISTLE

May 17 // 2pm Committed to expanding the repertoire for the unique combination of flute, viola and cello. For the 2014 QNMF, Eight Strings & a Whistle present a program showcasing the diversity of Contemporary American chamber music. Soprano, Helen Gabrielsen joins the trio for “Food,” a pocket opera by Dag Gabrielsen and the premiere of Stefan Weisman’s “Song (after Schumann).” (see Fri. QNMF for details)

QNMF: h2 quartet

May 17 // 4pm The saxophone is an instrument uniquely positioned to operate effectively in nearly every genre of serious music. Lacking the historical baggage of many of its peers in the concert world, it moves seamlessly between improvised and composed music, between acoustic and electroacoustic, and between classical and jazz. h2 presents a program that shows the incredibly varied musical directions that saxophone repertoire is going. Joining h2 for part of their performance will be pianist Amir Khosrowpour. (see Fri. QNMF for details)

ART PLUS at Reis Studios

May 14-18 // 12-6pm Reception May 17 4-6pm Painted Constructions and Sculptures by Professor Bruce Brooks of La Guardia Community College. Reis Studios 43-01 22nd St., 2nd FL 718.784.3377 (Juvenal) artpluslic.com

LONG ISLAND CITY ACADEMY OF MUSIC Sat May 17 // FREE 4pm: Violinist Holly Jenkins 5pm: Concert pianist Jeremy Jordan 6pm: Soprano Sharee Seal

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Long Island City Academy of Music 44-02 23rd St., 2nd fl 917.548.3598 facebook.com/licmusic

QNMF: Duo RoMi

May 17// 6pm Duo RoMi is a New York-based flute and piano ensemble, dedicated to presenting innovative programs that combine classical repertoire with contemporary and newly commissioned works. Flutist Roberta Michel and pianist Mirna Lekić. (see Fri. QNMF for details)

QNMF: Ghost Ensemble

May 17 // 8pm Ghost Ensemble seeks to create experiential music. We see the greatest music as a transcendent bridge between worlds; such music is naturally experienced sensually and intuitively rather than intellectually. Thus, rather than focusing on a particular time period or genre, we look toward the essence of the music’s effect.  Curating the full atmosphere of each event, Ghost Ensemble explores both traditional and non-traditional venues to expand the musical experience; the familiar becomes unfamiliar through musical transcendence, while unexpected and unexplored places become a new layer of beauty. For the Queens New Music Festival, Ghost Ensemble will be joined by cellist Meaghan Burke and conductor David Bloom. (see Fri. QNMF for details)

BATSU!

May 17 // 8pm // FREE BATSU! is NYC’s live Japanese game show! Four comedy warriors compete in challenges to avoid electric shocks, paintball guns, a giant egg-smashing chicken, and many more hilarious, jaw-dropping punishments! The performers of BAT SU! are members of acclaimed comedy group Face Off Unlimited and regularly appear on television, radio, and the New York stage. Until now, “One of the best things to do in NYC” (CBS NY) could only be seen in the East Village, but for one night only, BATSU! will transform the LIC Arts Open and answer the question, “What if you woke up in a Japanese game show?” The Local 13-2 44th Ave 347.738.5251 thelocalny.com

BIG WHIRLYGIG

May 17 // 6pm, 8pm Presented by LIC Arts Open & Local Project 6pm: Special installation performance 8pm: MUSIC + DANCE + ART + INSTALLATIONS Gary Lucas [Captain Beefheart] & Ernie Brooks [Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers], Steve Wynn [Dream Syndicate], Peter Zaremba [Fleshtones] , Richard Mazda + Little Embers Special Guests to be announced Light Paintings, Airdome, Special performance by Multimedia Rap Artist Jason Lalor Modern Dance/Installation Allison Jones + A//V club Pat Irwin (B52’s / Nurse Jackie Holocenter Pop-Up Exhibit 5-25 46th Ave licartsopen.org

SUNDAY, MAY 18 EXHIBITIONS

happening throughout festival [see Wednesday for list]

OPEN STUDIOS!

May 17-18 // 12-6 // FREE Meet the artists and see where the magic happens!! Over 160 artists are opening their studios throughout LIC. See the Open Studios listings and map for buildings & details. Check the website, licartsopen.org, to see photos of the artists’ works.

OPEN STUDIOS@ReisStudios May 17-18 // 12-6pm

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