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Support Culture Lab LIC!

End-of-Year Fundraising Campaign

As we wrap up this monumental year of growth, we are excited to keep the momentum going!


Join us on our Send-Off of 2023 to Support Culture Lab LIC in our end-of-year fundraising campaign. 


Community and corporate support help us to keep the fire burning through the colder months and come back even stronger next season!


Here are 3 ways to get involved... 

Donate $50+ and receive an invitation to our Supporter Soiree, 12/14/2023

Join the Culture Lab LIC Family by Becoming a Member! 

Help us keep our doors open by becoming an Official Sponsor!


Comedy Night at Culture Lab LIC...

Nice One! Comedy

Indoor Stand-up Comedy Show

Final Show of 2023!
Thursday, December 14, 8-9:30pm

Chloe Radcliffe, Rio Paris, Brian Jian, Jared Waters, Rachel Lander, Gastor Almonte, Liz Glazer, Mike Toohey, Sonya Vai

Get Tickets (pay-what-you-can)

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Calendar of Current & Upcoming Events

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Off the Wall 2023

LIC-A's Annual Affordable

Holiday Art Fair

at Culture Lab LIC


Exhibition on View: November 2 - December 17
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-9pm

The Affordable Holiday Art Fair "Off the Wall" is a wonderful way to showcase your artwork to the greater NYC area while also focusing on tenants of the surrounding community, to buy art as gifts, enhance their homes or start their own collections. We want to support our local artists and make buying art accessible to everyone and help introduce all of our neighbors to our arts community. 

Off the Wall Artists Talk

Saturday, December 16, 3-4pm

at Culture Lab LIC

Join us for an exciting in-person event at Culture Lab LIC located at The Plaxall Gallery! Get ready to dive into the minds of talented artists as they share their creative processes, inspirations, and stories behind their incredible works. This is a unique opportunity to connect with the art community and gain insights directly from the artists themselves. Don't miss out on this chance to be inspired and expand your artistic horizons. Mark your calendars and come join us for an unforgettable evening of artistic exploration!

The talk will be led by artist and arts educator, Gail Meyers.

Free Admission. RSVP to reserve a spot:

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The Blue Bus Project's
Pop-up Holiday Market

December 1-17
Thursday & Friday, 4-8pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-8pm

This holiday season, The Blue Bus Project invites art enthusiasts and gift seekers to experience a festive celebration of creativity at its Pop-Up Holiday Art Market.

December 1-17, The Blue Bus Project, located in the outdoor parking lot of Culture Lab LIC at 5-25 46th Ave in LIC, will transform into a haven of one-of-a-kind art creations.

The Pop-Up Holiday Art Market promises a unique shopping experience, featuring a curated selection of handcrafted art pieces, including paintings, pottery, upcycled clothes, bags, jewelry and more. 

Whether you're searching for a statement piece for your home or a unique gift for a loved one, the market offers an eclectic array of options to suit every taste.

What to expect:
- One-of-a-kind art creations
- Live DJ set by Jemina Vita on December 2
- Paintings, pottery, upcycled clothes, bags, jewelry made with bicycle parts. Complimentary panettone from Santa Chiara Caffe and hot drinks making this a unique shopping experience.

Join us at The Blue Bus Project for a memorable shopping experience that goes beyond the ordinary, while supporting local and small businesses!

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Adaptive Dance for All

by The Dancer Movement

Monday, December 11, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Join us at Culture Lab LIC for an inclusive and exciting Adaptive Dance experience by The Dancer Movement!



Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Avenue Queens, NY 11101

Get ready to dance and have a blast! Our Adaptive Dance for All event is designed to be inclusive for everyone, with this class being adult-focused. No matter your ability or experience, come and express yourself through movement - ensuring that everyone feels comfortable and empowered. Adaptive Dance is a 60 minute accessible movement class. The Dancer Movement group classes offer a multitude of different modifications for any level of mobility and ability. Dance experience is not required but different levels will be provided for those who do have experience. Exercises will utilize classical dance movements and vocabulary stemming from Ballet, Modern, and Jazz Dance. Each class culminates with a choreographed dance that builds upon the ideas taught in that class. Hosted by The Dancer Movement in partnership with Culture Lab LIC

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theater camp

Theater Camp

Winter Spectacular

Thursday, December 14, 7pm

Hosted by Tulle Kit

Queer and trans ex-drama kids show off the musical-theater acts of their wildest dreams...



Content Advisory: Proudly bawdy and irreverent language and content. Recommended for adult audiences.

Welcome to Theater Camp, a space for all the queer and trans ex-drama kids in the NYC drag & burlesque scene to showcase the earnest, raunchy, gender-bent musical theater acts of their wildest dreams. We’re so excited to invite you back to Culture Lab LIC for our Winter Spectacular! Scheduled Performers: Tulle Kit Throb Fosse Lena Horné Sir Cum Sized Ripley Grier Euthenasia Christ Xenia Fauxbia Mx. Signals Jack Barrow Daddy Delight Espi O' Najj Jack Nasty I'm Baby Xaddy Addy Stevie Dicks Seedy Edie Doors at 7:00pm; Curtain at 7:30pm

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Naoya Ogura Jazz Orchestra

Live at Culture Lab LIC

Friday, December 15, 7-9pm - Indoors

Buy Tickets:


Prepare to be enchanted by the harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation in Naoya Ogura's 13-piece ensemble, the Naoya Ogura Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). Every note resonates with brilliance. NOJO comprises New York City’s finest jazz musicians, including members of Grammy-award-winning ensembles such as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra. Each member of this ensemble is a virtuoso in their own right, coming together to create a unique and captivating musical experience. Join us for a night where the future of big band jazz unfolds before your very eyes.

The Ensemble:

Saxes: Alejandro Aviles, Hashem Assadullahi, Tim Armacost, Terence Goss

Trumpet: Nathan Eklund, David Smith, Naoya Ogura

Trombone: Matthew MacDonald, John Yao, Brandon Moodie

Rhythm: Hyuna Park, Evan Gregor, Tim Horner


Naoya Ogura on Instagram:

Naoya Ogura

Watch Daniel Emond performing "The Whale" on Youtube:

Kill the Whale


Saturday, December 16, 7:30pm
Free, Indoors at Culture Lab LIC

“Unplugged” concert of selections from Kill The Whale, a rock opera based on Moby-Dick by Culture Lab Residency 2022 alum Daniel Emond, featuring Emond’s collaborator Courtney Bassett (The Great Comet, Titanique).


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The Work of Sharon Taylor


Undone brings together the works of artist, teacher, mother, friend, and long-time LIC resident, Sharon Taylor. The collection spans 40 years, from her time as a student at the Art Academy of Cincinnati to 2023, the year she passed away.


Sharon's works express her understanding of life as a balancing act between the perils of modern existence and the beauty of all living things. Art grounded Sharon, and this exhibition allows us to look upon her life's work as we remember and celebrate her spirit.

Now On View at Culture Lab LIC

No History

A Solo Theater Piece

by Reynaldo Piniella

Culture Lab LIC Emergence Residency Artist


A coming of age story celebrating our shared history...

February 23 & 24, 7pm

Free Admission.


No History is a solo theater piece about two men, born in two different centuries, struggling to leave a mark on society. This diasporic journey will take us from the present-day celebration of hip-hop, to the frontlines of the fight for Cuban and Puerto Rican independence, to the streets of New York City during the Harlem Renaissance, and back to where we are today. We will experience the music of the Caribbean, the joy of eating soul food for the first time, the poetry of Harlem and rediscover San Juan Hill, the community that was uprooted to build Lincoln Center. With guest appearances from Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes and W. E. B. DuBois, this coming of age story will make us celebrate our shared history and inspire us to save our grandmother's recipes.

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2024 Emergence

Open Call: 2024 Emergence Artist
Residency Program at Culture Lab LIC

Culture Lab LIC's Emergence Artist Residency is a developmental performing arts program geared toward the support and creation of new work. It offers artists & companies free rehearsal and performance space to develop and produce new performance based work. Always wanted to find the space and time to write your tech-hybrid dance show? Well, this is the residency for you!

Developed in 2021 by Culture Lab LIC Co-Founder and former Director of Performing Arts, Tana Sirois, works created at Culture Lab LIC will be showcased on one of Culture Lab's stages and presented and promoted as a part of the Culture Lab LIC’s Emergence Artist New Works Festival this November.  Artists retain creative rights to the work created. 

Read more and apply here:

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Tess Howsam talks to the artists, performers & curators behind the events & exhibitions at Culture Lab LIC 

View the full playlist on Culture Lab LIC's YouTube Channel

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Our ART GALLERY is open Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-10pm. Keep your eye on our social media for updates on our upcoming theatre, dance and comedy performances!

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As a member of Culture Lab LIC, you directly support dozens of arts, cultural and neighborhood organizations enjoyed by the entire community. As a Thank You for your awesomeness, each of our membership levels offer something for everyone: $2 off drinks, early viewings to monthly exhibitions, artists talks, Culture Lab LIC swag, and discounts to theater, dance, music concerts, and special events. We have an exciting 2022 season ahead of us and we cannot wait to share it with you! 

Special thanks to the following organizations and

individuals for their continuing support:

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