Live Outdoor Music & Comedy at Culture Lab LIC

Our ART GALLERY is open, and we have LIVE OUTDOOR MUSIC every Thursday and Friday (7-9pm), and Saturday and Sunday (5-9pm). Keep your eye on our social media for our Culture Lab Sessions Livestream Series, and our upcoming theatre, dance and comedy performances! 



5pm: Astoria Music Concert

7pm: Chris Cuzme's "What Nots"

with Culture Lab Crew & Friends

9pm: Nice One! Comedy Night


5pm: Grant Swift

7pm: King Of The World


7pm: Calvin Sexton

Culture Lab LIC & Nice One Comedy! present



Saturday, Sept 25, 9pm


Laura Soga
Vannessa Jackson
Rashad Bashir
Brian Jian
April Boddy

Serving Rockaway Brewery beer.


Entry is free!


Culture Lab LIC presents
Photoville Festival:

Queens is Family

Curated by Orestes Gonzalez

& Skyler Reid

On View: Sept 18 - Dec 1, 2021

Presented outdoors in the Plaxall Gallery parking lot.  (Map)

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Culture Lab LIC presents

Trendy Tree Sculptures

Family Art Workshop


Gail Meyers, Teaching Artist

Sunday, Sep 26, 2021,


at The Plaxall Gallery (Map)

Admission is Free


Register For This Event 

Using found materials including tree branches and twigs, recycled fabric, trim, wire, and notions, we will create beautiful tree sculptures during this free hands-on arts workshop for families and artists of all ages.


Please join us! Gail Meyers has been an arts and museum educator for over 30 years, and more recently, a collage/assemblage artist.


This workshop is funded by a City Artists Corp Grant.

Q&A Productions & Culture Lab LIC present


A World Premiere

Dance & Music Performance

October 1 & 2,  7pm

at The Plaxall Gallery (Map)

Admission is Free 



LIVE STREAMS will reSUME in December

Culture Lab LIC & CreArtBox Present

Queens Preludes

Guillermo Laporta, flute
Josefina Urraca, piano

October 6, 2021, 7.00pm

at the Plaxall Gallery (Map)

CreArtBox is coming back to the NYC live music scene with the world premiere of the piece Queens Preludes, a composition of 12 preludes for flute and piano written by Guillermo Laporta during COVID times exploring the concept of "looking back at memories before life-changing events".

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Culture Lab LIC presents


 Drag Song Battle

Hosted by Junko Kubo

Pink Team (Ducky Sheaboi, Paris L'Hommie, Freeda Kulo) vs. Gold Team (Patsy Indecline, Gorgina, Megami)

October 9,  7-9pm

at The Plaxall Gallery (Map)

Admission is Free. Tips Encouraged.

Join New York City drag duo, Ducky & Patsy, as they lead the Pink & Gold Teams in a song battle competition featuring drag artists Freeda Kulo, Gorgina, Megami, and Paris L’Hommie.

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The event is hosted by the one and only, Junko Kubo, host of NHK’s Kouhaku Utagassen. Our Drag Song Battle draws inspiration from Kouhaku while challenging gender norms through drag. The Pink & Gold Teams are ready to show you why NYC has some of the best drag around! 


This event is curated by Team Japan, a Japanese stylist & talent team based in NYC: Aya (stylist), Michael (hair & makeup) and Yuka (YouTube director).

Contestants perform for the chance to win a cash prize plus have a separate amount to donate to a community fundraiser. The performance category is Show Us Your Best! Audience members will be given a ballot to vote for their favorite team. Voting begins after the first performance and closes after one member of each team battles during a lip synch finale. Our competition is made possible by the City Artist Corps.

LIC is a Galaxy

This unique and evolving installation on view this spring celebrates the idea that Long Island City is a galaxy, both diverse and unified. Whether you live and work in LIC, or are just visiting our galaxy, we encourage you to bundle up and travel to all twenty “planets” placed in tree pits throughout the district.

Twenty fiberglass spheres were manufactured by LIC-based fabricator, Sculpture House NYC. Five Queens-based artists were selected through an open call from Culture Lab LIC and commissioned to design and paint four planets each, with twenty total spheres representing our galaxy. 

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The spheres are grouped by artist at the following locations:

Kerri Boccard: Queens Plaza North between 27th and 28th St in front of the JetBlue building

Bonnie Astor: Jackson Avenue and 44th Drive in front of the Altice Building (former Citi Building)

Kaiser Kamal: Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street near the Court Square Subway Station entrance

Karen Fitzgerald: West side of Vernon Blvd and 46th Avenue, across the street from the LIC Bar

Elinore Schnurr: South side of 44th Drive between 11th and Vernon right near Brickhouse Ceramics

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This project was made possible by the generous support of the Long Island Board of REALTORS®. LIC is a Galaxy represents a partnership with Eventscape, a custom Architectural Fabrication firm in LIC, and Culture Lab LIC, an arts non-profit run out of Plaxall Gallery. Our LIC public realm arts projects are also made possible through the support of Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.

"Long Island City Partnership’s new public art installation shines light on creative community..."

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In partnership with The Fresh Air Fund, Culture Lab LIC recently received 10,000 donated books to be delivered to 11 sites around the City! 

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