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Free, live outdoor music at Culture Lab LIC, from the Malt Drive Stage, sponsored by TF Cornerstone!

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Calendar of Current & Upcoming Events
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Culture Lab After Dark presents

Nice One! Comedy

Thursday, July 25, 8-10pm

Enjoy New York City's funniest standup comics in the unique setting of our art gallery. Check out the art, enjoy live comedy!  

Sean Donnelly (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon)

Zoltan Kaszas (Dry Bar Comedy)

Heidi Grandberry (Stand up NY)

Ally Leftridge (New York Comedy Club)

Sam Castillo (Moontower Festival)

Daniel Geneen (Vox, Emmy Awards)

Sponsored by QNSY SPARKLING COCKTAILS, providing a complimentary drink for every ticket so bring your friends!

NICE ONE! COMEDY, presented by Culture Lab After Dark, is a BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2023 Award Winner for Best Standup Comedy Venue!  

Special thanks to our sponsors: Plaxall Inc, TF Cornerstone, MetLife, IndieSpace, Con Edison, Volume Industries, Astound Broadband,  Steve Madden, Cushman & Wakefield, HRA, M&T Bank, IPG, Wells Fargo Advisors, Cosmopolitan Houses, Gotham, TV Boy, Eventscape, Forrest Sound & Vision, Taylor Creative Inc

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Andy and Suzanna's

Children's Concert & Class

Sunday, July 28, 4-5pm

Join us for a lively family concert! Enjoy original tunes, classic favorites, & interactive fun with dancing & movement activities.

Got the weekend wiggles? Come sing and dance them away with Andy and Suzanna! With over 10 years of experience teaching musical enrichment classes for kids and caregivers across NYC, they bring a dynamic blend of original tunes, classic favorites, and interactive fun.


Enjoy bubbles, puppets, and harmonies in this unforgettable concert sure to entertain the whole family!

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Culture Lab LIC and Malý Berlín present

The Search for Utopia

On View: July 13 - September 1 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm. Free Admission; Indoors.


Opening Reception: Thursday, July 13, 6-9pm

Curated by Tess Howsam and Soňa Jakubove


Featuring: Jeremy Dennis, Jeila Gueramian, Sophie Kahn, Ema Lančaričová, Eleen Lin, Jozef Pilat, Miro Trubač, and Natália Šimonová.


The Search for Utopia explores the contemporary definition of 'Utopia' - is it a future to aspire towards, yet to be discovered, or a nostalgic quest for something lost? This art exhibition transcends borders, uniting the creative voices of Slovakian and American artists. Showcasing a diverse collection of dynamic works across various mediums, it offers viewers a profound insight into each artist's unique perspective and cultural heritage.

Featuring contributions from four Slovakian artists and four American artists, each piece acts as a catalyst for introspection, encouraging viewers to reconsider the concept of utopia in our increasingly interconnected and diverse world.


Curated by Tess Howsam and Soňa Jakubove, the exhibition reflects an international collaboration between arts and cultural institutions, Culture Lab LIC and Malý Berlín.

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Adoption & Dog Event at Culture Lab LIC


The dog days of summer will be here before you know it, and we're getting a head start! Join us on the first Sunday of every month for an afternoon filled with all the doggone fun featuring:

• Rotating local rescues!

Korean K9 Rescue

Badass Animal Rescue

Rescue City

Hearts and Bones Rescue

• Local dog product & food vendors (Vendors can register here.)

•  Doggy station with sprinklers, H2O, treats and swag!

Upcoming Dates:

August 4, 12-3pm
September 1, 12-3pm
October 6,12-3pm (Halloween Event)

Special thanks to our sponsors: Plaxall Inc, TF Cornerstone, MetLife, IndieSpace, Con Edison, Volume Industries, Astound Broadband, Steve Madden, Cushman & Wakefield, HRA, M&T Bank, IPG, Wells Fargo Advisors, Cosmopolitan Houses, Gotham, TV Boy, Eventscape, Forrest Sound & Vision, Taylor Creative Inc

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Live Code NYC and New York Modular Society
Saturday, August 3, 8-10pm

A night of audio-visual electronic art performances from two of NYC's most innovative music & arts communities.

All performances will feature a musician and a visual artist - one from each community. They will be working alongside each other to put together an experience for the audience featuring music and video art. These are one time only performances, once they are completed they will never be portrayed in the same way again. This is a can't miss experience!

Featured performances:
c_robo_ (audio) AND ¢∆† å≠å≠æ| (video)
MySynAckSter (audio) AND Photon Bath (video)
Carnal Ex (audio) AND this.xor.that (video)
Subjectivize (audio) AND CG Visuals (video)
Messica Arson (audio) AND Saddle Up the Robots (video)

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Queensboro Dance Festival

at Culture Lab LIC

Sunday, August 11, 5-9pm

Join us for a family-friendly lineup of performances and a dance party at Culture Lab LIC!


Free Admission; Outdoors.

Schedule of performances: 5pm: Student Demos/class - Ballet and Dynasty 6pm: Performances by: CarNYval Dancers Cole Collective Cucala Dance Company Flamenco Latino The Kingdom Dance Company Kinding Sindaw Monali NandyMazumdar 7pm: Hip-Hop Dance Lesson with The Kingdom Dance Company 7:30pm: Dance Party For All with Queens-based DJ Tahleim! Schedule subject to change. Outdoor events are weather permitting. Be sure to check Culture Lab LIC on Instagram and Facebook for latest schedule and lineup updates.

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Terms & Conditions

A Multimedia Dance Show by Moving Dance Company
at Culture Lab LIC

Thursday, August 22, 7:30pm

Friday, August 23, 7:30pm

Saturday, August 24, 7:30pm

Sunday, August 25, 7:30pm

A premiere multimedia dance & music show that explores being a human in the digital age.

Terms & Conditions is a multimedia dance & music show that explores being a human in the digital age. Take an 85-minute dive into our relationship with technology and social media, and witness the impact of these mediums on our interactions with others and ourselves. This production features choreography by Nika Antuanette to music & lyrics by Jeremy Cone. Musical stylings range from electronic, pop, musical theater, opera, to orchestral. 5 Dancers physically tell the story of our collective experience, embodying several styles and genres stemming from contemporary, jazz, modern, and ballet. Check out @movingdanceco ! In addition to seeing established Moving Dance Company repertoire, ranging from the intensity of “HOLOGRAM” & “View/Chew,” to the celebratory vibes of “Reply” to the satirical and absurd conditions of “Rational Anthem” and “Modern Love,” audiences can look forward to journeying through a range of emotional states. 3 new dances will also be premiered! Our hope and our mission, as Moving Dance Company, for creating this show, is to deliver poignant reminders of how to strike a balance with our social media and technological use. We want to leave people feeling empowered to use their devices as tools rather than vices. Thank you, and we look forward to sharing here with you! We are extremely grateful for the continued support of the kind and generous individuals who have helped make it possible to bring this production to New York City at Culture Lab LIC. A Special Thank You to TÖST non-alcoholic beverages for donating complimentary refreshments for Terms & Conditions audiences!



by Adrien Marçais

On view May 2 - July 28 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm. Part of LIC Arts Open. Free Admission. 

"In my artistic exploration, I am captivated by the phenomenon of synchronicity, where seemingly unrelated events align in meaningful ways. Through my work, I aim to capture the delicate dance between chance and intention, weaving together elements of serendipity and design. Drawing inspiration from Jungian psychology and Eastern philosophy, I delve into the interconnectedness of all things, exploring the harmonious rhythms that underlie the fabric of existence. By intertwining disparate elements in my compositions, I invite viewers to contemplate the mysteries of synchronicity and the profound beauty found in the synchronistic moments of our lives." -Adrien Marçais


Tribute to Life

A Himalayan Art Exhibition at Culture Lab LIC

On View: September 5-22 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm. Free Admission.
Opening reception - Thursday, September 5, 6-9pm

This exhibition will showcase a rare combination of ancient Himalayan art and contemporary art, both of which share the evolving interpretations of ancient Buddhist philosophy that have inspired generations for thousands of years. Through artworks, audiences will draw from ancient Buddhist philosophy to find reverence for life in the present, prompting them to seek the meaning of life from contemporary perspectives and angles, and how we pay tribute to our own lives.

The exhibition is jointly curated by the Tibet Danba Raodan Thangka Art School (the most renowned gallery and the Top1 Thangka school) and the Karma Katri Thangka Art Center (both located in Lhasa, Tibet), with the participation of Contemporary Tibetan artists and Chinese well known artists residing in New York.

Danba Raodan Thangka Art School is founded by Mr. Danba Raodan, a renowned educator in Tibet, a professor at Tibet University (master's supervisor), a master of Tibetan Thangka art, and a national-level representative inheritor of the Tibetan Thangka Miantang tradition. Since its establishment in 1980, for over 40 years, rooted in the excellent traditional culture of the Chinese nation and taking the inheritance of Tibetan Thangka as its mission, the school has adhered to a unique educational system and teaching methods, nurturing numerous Tibetan Thangka painters for public welfare free of tuition for 40 years. Many of them have become outstanding artists in the contemporary Tibetan Thangka art scene, becoming the backbone of contemporary Tibetan Thangka inheritance. The Danba Raodan Thangka Art School is widely recognized as the highest institution for Tibetan Thangka art education in the industry.

Image is a painting by: Tenzin Phuntsho Principal of Tenpa Rabten School of Tibetan Thangka Art Inheritor of Provincial Intangible Cultural Heritage (Mian Tang), Member of China Artists Association, Vice President of Tibet Thangka Association

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Culture Lab LIC Gala 2024:

The Grand Carnaval
Thursday, September 12, 7-10pm

Step Right Up to The Grand Carnaval!

Join us for an unforgettable evening at Culture Lab LIC's Annual Gala, The Grand Carnaval!


This year's theme is a dazzling mix of 1930s circus flair and artistic splendor, promising a night of immersive entertainment, delightful cuisine, and sensational performances, all in support of the amazing 501(c)(3) Culture Lab LIC!

Why Attend?

Experience the Magic: Dive into an immersive experience where art, culture, and community come together under the big top - From live entertainment to a DJ dance party that will keep you moving all night!

Support the Arts: As a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, Culture Lab LIC dedicates itself to enriching our community with exceptional, affordable arts and culture programming. Your attendance and generosity directly support these initiatives, ensuring that we can continue to foster creativity and community engagement.

Delight in Gourmet Food and Drinks: Savor delectable dishes and refreshing beverages as you mingle with fellow art enthusiasts and supporters. Our gala is not just an event; it's a culinary journey that complements the artistic atmosphere.

Feel the Magic Up Close: Be part of a vibrant community that values inclusivity and creativity. At Culture Lab LIC, everyone is welcome under our tent, a place where you are secure, protected, and celebrated!


Basement Light Productions and Culture Lab LIC present
I’m Going to Eat You Alive!
October 3-27

When pica-afflicted geologist Roach documents their van life road trip across America, more than their obsession with eating the national landmarks threatens to derail their journey.


The anniversary of the death of his mother and their sibling’s insistence of Roach’s attendance coincides with the unfortunate parole release of his ex who put her in the ground.


When secrets lie six feet below, what erodes when the continents collide?

A new haunt from Riley Elton McCarthy.

Developed in support of Workshop Theater's Trans Affinity Intensive.


PinProductions Presents
Famous Lake Park

Saturday, November 30, 7-7:30pm at Culture Lab LIC

Take a comedic, half-hour, animated ride through Famous Lake Park, which like most things named famous, is not. The rides are outdated and dilapidated, the eccentric owner values amusement more than human life, and the riffraff staff has a debilitating morale problem. Oh yes, and the Lake is drying up due to global warming.

In an ode to American debauchery, Famous Lake Park is a jolly jaunt through the agonizing death of the American Dream.

Written by Susannah Dalton and Braden Greenawalt
Directed by José Ignacio Vivero and Susan Lambert

The production of Famous Lake Park is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Free Admission (Donations Appreciated)

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Open Call for Art:

Bodies in Motion
An Exploration of Movement and Form

Submission Deadline:

August 5, 11:59pm

Exhibition on view:

September 26 - November 3

Opening reception: September 26, 6-9pm

This unique exhibition will feature a collection of artworks that capture the dynamic essence of movement through the human form. Through painting, sculpture, photography, and multimedia installations, the artists explore the fluidity and expressiveness of the body in motion. We are looking for works from the graceful movements of dancers to the athletic strength of football players, to a mother giving birth, the exhibition celebrates the artistry of performance and the wonder of the human body.

2024 Emergence

2024 Emergence Artist
Residency Program

Culture Lab LIC is excited to announce our 2024 Emergence Artist in Residence!

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These diverse and exceptional performace based artists will be a part of Culture Lab LIC's New Works Festival coming this Fall!

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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.

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. 


"On the latest Whisper in the Wings from Stage Whisper, we were joined by artistic director Tess Howsam and Founding Executive Director Edjo Wheeler. They sat down to introduce us to an amazing arts venue they run in Long Island City, Queens called Culture Lab LIC. This was such a fantastic conversation learning all about the multiple art forms this venue hosts, their upcoming season, as well as the amazing other community events and programs they support. You really won’t want to miss out on this talk or any of the happenings at Culture Lab LIC. So tune in and turn up for this incredible art space!"  -

Meet the People

  behind Culture Lab LIC...


Without our team, none of our programming would be possible. Catch a glimpse into the lives of the people who make up the Culture Lab team, and all of the beautiful qualities and characteristics they posses to "make art happen!"

And be sure to check out all the ways you can help make 2024 Culture Lab's best year ever! 

Culture Lab because...

Summer is Here!


And we find ourselves reflecting on the extraordinary journey we've had at Culture Lab LIC. Thanks to you, our mission to bring impactful art to Western Queens has flourished beyond our wildest dreams. Your contributions--whether through donations, volunteer efforts, or simply by spreading the word about our initiatives--have helped us to make a profound difference in the lives of artists and art lovers in our community. 

Your generous support not only fueled our programs but also directly impacted the artists we serve, providing them with invaluable opportunities and resources, and a platform to share their stories, visions, and inspirations with the world.

A Look Back at 2023

With your continued support in 2024, we aim to expand our reach, continue to present local and international artists, and further enrich our community through art.


Here are 3 ways you can help... 

Donate so we can continue to present the great art & events you love.

Join the Culture Lab LIC Family by Becoming a Member! 

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


You voted and we won!

We are proud to announce that we have been awarded the following titles:

 • Best Place for Live Music
• Best Local Organization
• Best Performing Arts Venue
• Best Stand-up Comedy Venue

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who voted for us and to Boast NYC. We are committed to being a space where the community can enjoy arts and culture in all its forms.

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 season ahead of us and we cannot wait to share it with you! 

Our Supporters

Special thanks to the following organizations and

individuals for their continuing support:

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