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The best bands & the best music, free, outdoors, every weekend through OctoberHere's what's coming up...

Free admission for LIVE music shows. Food and beverages, including beer from five local breweries, for sale on site. Outdoor events are weather permitting. Schedule subject to change.  For the latest schedule updates, follow Culture Lab LIC on Facebook and Instagram.

Culture Lab LIC is a nonprofit organization. LIVE music concerts are one part of our mission to bring the arts, in all forms, to the LIC community we serve. If you'd like to help, by volunteering, donating or becoming a member, visit

Friday, September 29
7pm - Robert Whaley

Saturday, September 30

4:30pm - Ian Miller
6pm - The Great Long Meadow Fire
8pm - Philosophers


Sunday, October 1

7pm - Dingonek Street Band

Saturday, October 7
3pm - Sons of Mercury
5pm - Blue Rumor

Sunday, October 8
Queens Overground Jazz Festival

Saturday, October 14
3pm - Flight 467
5pm - Pit Brothers Band

Sunday, October 15

Saturday, October 21
3pm - Tony Santos Band
5pm - Kid Java

Sunday, October 22
2pm - Freestyle Mondays on a Sunday

Saturday, October 28
3pm - Habbina Habbina
5pm - Indofunk's Raga Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, October 29
3pm - NYC Ska Orchestra

Comedy Night at Culture Lab LIC...

Nice One! Comedy

Indoor Stand-up Comedy Show

Upcoming Shows:

Thursday, October 5, 8pm
Thursday, October 19, 8pm

​Tickets (pay-what-you-can):

Follow Nice One! Comedy on Instagram:

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Our ART GALLERY is open Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-10pm. Our Live Outdoor Summer Concert Series continues every weekend till October! 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! 

Calendar of Current & Upcoming Events

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The Inevitability of Absence

Curated by Tess Howsam


On View: August 31 - November 19, 2023 during gallery hours, Thursday-Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm. Free Admission.


Opening Reception September 2, 6-9pm


The Inevitability of Absence is an exhibition that explores the literal, physical, and metaphysical concept of absence. Works challenge viewers to consider how we process and continue to move forward through a world of ever inevitable absences.


The exhibition is presented in dialogue with the immersive show The Incomplete Collection by Linked Dance Theatre.

Inevitability of Absence

The Incomplete Collection

by Linked Dance Theatre

Starts September 30

A mysterious Curator is inviting you to a full gallery showing of The Incomplete Collection at Culture Lab LIC. But what is on display are no mere works of art, but ideas -  incomplete ideas to be precise - that are looking for just the right humans to complete them.


Will you be one of the lucky few to get a chance to trade for these precious commodities? Will you become inspired yourself? Will you discover the secrets lurking at the heart of the collection and its mysterious Curator? Come unleash your inner artist and find out. 

The Incomplete Collection is a highly interactive, immersive show.  Your time in the gallery will also depend on what tier of ticket you buy and can last anywhere from 50 minutes to 2 hours. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early for your scheduled entry into the gallery, and note that if you arrive more than 5 minutes late, you may not be granted entry into the collection.

Conceived by Kendra Slack, Jordan Chlapecka, and Lydia Kapp

Written by Lydia Kapp 

Additional text contributed by the performers and production team

Produced in collaboration with Culture Lab LIC

Rita McCann - The Curator
Maya Gonzalez - The Apology
Matt Engle - The Insult
Jordan Chlapecka - The Escape Plan
Shan Y. Chuang - The Love Song
M. Carter - The Blessing
Charly Wenzel - The Bad Idea
Kwame Lily - Understudy for The Apology and The Blessing

Directed by Kendra Slack

Assistant Direction by Edward Mylechreest

Production Design by Jordan Chlapecka

Assistant Production Design by Noah Dunlap

Construction by Noah Dunlap, Monte Weber, Andrew Mercado

Lighting Design by Drew Florida

Movement by The Company

Music by Brendan Littlefield

Incomplete Collection


by Cristián Pietrapiana & Andrés Senra

On View: August 31 - October 1, 2023 during gallery hours, Thursday-Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm. Free Admission.

Opening Reception September 2, 6-9pm


FLOOD is a collaborative multidisciplinary project by artists Cristián Pietrapiana & Andrés Senra selected by NYFA, that comments on flooding in Queens as a result of global warming.


FLOOD is a collaborative multidisciplinary project by artists Cristián Pietrapiana & Andrés Senra revolving around one of the many effects of our climate crisis, the disasters caused by floods. From Sandy to Ida, families in Queens have suffered loss and displacement.  FLOOD is a visual and audio project that will explore and interpret this phenomena and its effects on Queens residents by rescuing their memories and bringing life to loss.

Cristián Pietrapiana:

Andrés Senra:

Culture Lab LIC is a nonprofit organization. This exhibition is one part of our overall mission to bring the arts, in all forms, to the LIC community we serve. If you'd like to help, by volunteering, donating or becoming a member, visit


This project is made possible with public funds from the Queens Arts Fund, a re-grant program supported by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by New YorkFoundation for the Arts.


Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre Season 4

An Evening of New Classics

Thursday, October 5, 7:30pm

Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre returns for its 4th NYC Dance Season, at CULTURE LAB LIC.


Tickets are $35 general admission and $30 for students, seniors or Culture Lab members.

Supported by the Queens Art Fund, join us for live music, multi-media art, and a debut of a new ballet by Artistic Director Billy Blanken. The evening will conclude with a new site-specific performance incorporating dance, animation, and digital projection of artwork by Lauren Woods. The one-night-only event produced by 10Kproductions will be a conversation of media in a digitally altered space. 

Choreography by BILLY BLANKEN


Lighting and Production Design by


Artwork, Animation and Concept by




SMDT Season IV

A traditional festival performance

arranged & directed by Taiwo Aloba

October 1, 8, 15 at 3pm

EYO is a theatrical work incorporating multiple artistic mediums and elevated by the element of live singing and dance. Audience members will be immersed in an environment of symphonic Yoruba traditional music and movements. 


The EYO festival is a cultural symbolism that is well inculcated in the traditions and values of the people of Lagos. Through dance, ceremonial drumming, chant, authentic costumes, and music, Eyo Adimu Orisha Play conveys the extraordinary depth and breadth of genuine Yoruba culture and brings the magnificence of the origins of African theater back to life on stage. 

Get Tickets:

This event is part of our mission to bring the arts, in all forms, to the LIC community we serve. If you'd like to help, by volunteering, donating or becoming a member, visit


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Queens Jazz Overground
2023 Jazz Fest at Culture Lab LIC

October 8, 2-9pm

Free Admission

The Queens Jazz OverGround, a collective of Queens-based musicians, stimulates a wider awareness of Queens as an important destination for live jazz, cultivates a diverse local audience, and enriches the cultural life of the borough. QJOG connects students and fans young and old with established Queens-based jazz musicians through performances, workshops, and festivals.

Culture Lab LIC
5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101

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2023 Emergence ARTIST Residency Program 

Culture Lab LIC welcomes six new artists as a part of our Emergence Residency Program.

Culture Lab LIC's Emergence Artist Residency Program offers artists & companies free rehearsal and performance space to develop and produce new work.


This winter residency program awards space to 6 artists/companies across all performing arts disciplines to develop new work between February and April.


Workshop shows will range from theater, music, dance, performance art, circus, puppetry, etc., as long as the work is performed live.


We're honored to have these talented folks in our space, and we can't wait to help produce the work they create.

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Family: Blood or Bond
Curator: Orestes Gonzalez

Opening reception
Saturday, September 16
, 6-9pm

On view: September 14 - October 29 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.

This exhibition encourages audiences and artists to celebrate the idea of family, and asks: What makes a family? Is it the unit that we were born into? Or the group that we identify and spend time with? Is it the people we trained and work with, the group we schooled with, the club we go to, the building that we live in, or the church we belong to? Or the ones we live with today?

The exhibiton presents works in all mediums: Painting, photography, installation, sculpture, video.

Featured Artists:

Paria Ahmadi
Darren Aponte
Marissa Apstein
Hitomi Arai Adams
Joan Benefiel
Janet Bruesselbach
Liliana Caruana
Sandra Cavanagh
Juan José Cielo
Daniel Cordani
Patricia Dahlman &
Michael Dal Cerro
Adrian DiMetriou
Sheryl Renee Dobson
Isa Dorvillier
Manuel A. Elías
Guinevere Ellsworth
Bryan Fox
Kathryn Frund
Honglip Gang
Andrea Geller
Orestes Gonzalez

Audrey Gottlieb
Cynthia Grant
Anna Grevenitis
Luisa Henao
Natalie Jacobs
Elham Kalantari
Kyeongseo Kim
Hongbin Kim
Merve Kıyak Sahin
June Kosloff
Ivana Larrosa
Joseph Lawrence
Sanggi Lee
Ping Ping Lin
Marisa Lucchese
Arwa Mahmoud
Lauren McArthur
Jennifer Merdjan
Richard Meyer
Jillian Michalski
Melissa Middleberg
Barbara Nitke

Melisa Qquelcca
Christopher Quinones
Larry Racioppo
Leela Ramotar
Matt Rosenbaum
Susan Rosenberg Jones
Alicia Rothman
Zach Rothman Hicks
Linn Saffer
James Seffens
Anna Selle
Adele Shtern
Katrina Slavik
Steven Speliotis
Dana Stirling
Richard Valentin
Carlos Daniel Vargas
Sara Ware Howsam
Nina Weinberg Doran
Larry Willoughby Jr.

Admission is free. Schedule subject to change.
For the latest schedule updates, follow Culture Lab LIC on Facebook and Instagram.

Culture Lab LIC is a nonprofit organization. This exhibition is one part of our overall mission to bring the arts, in all forms, to the LIC community we serve. If you'd like to help, by volunteering, donating or becoming a member, visit

Culture Lab LIC
5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101



Culture Lab LIC

Gala 2023

Fair Winds & Following Seas

Thursday, October 26


Welcome Aboard! 
Join us for an evening of immersive experiences - Enjoy food, drink, networking, and a silent auction in our front art gallery... before being swept into the maelstrom with lightning flashes and roaring thunder!

A tempest of winds will blow you down the hall into our “ship's hull” accompanied by entertainment from our amazing artists in residency. Set sail with us while we explore this handmade ship called Culture Lab that we have all built together. Hear from our cast and crew as we tell tall tales of how we got here, and where we are going!


Interested in Sponsorship? Contact

Interested in Donating to Our Gala? Click Here

Gala 2023

Artist Opportunity:

Hunter’s Point South Park Mural Project

Public Art Installation

Request For Proposals for the Hunter’s Point South Park Mural Project Public Art Installation...

The Project: Hunter’s Point South Park lies in the vicinity of Center Boulevard, 50th Avenue, Second Street, and the East River in Western Long Island City. Administered by NYC Parks, the public space includes a central green, the NYC Ferry’s LIC Landing station, playgrounds, fitness equipment, a dog run, a bikeway, a promenade, picnic terraces, basketball courts, a 30-foot-tall cantilevered platform for viewing the Midtown Manhattan Skyline and East River, and the approximately one square acre for the Ottomanelli by the Water, restaurant which  includes a Pavilion Area, Garden Area, and a 4,000 square foot special event area.

Ottomanelli by the Water is the lead sponsor of the Hunter’s Point South Park Mural Project. The owner, Frank Ottomanelli, will endeavor to create a long, three-foot-high, public art piece consisting of a contiguous series of paintings or other visual images. This installation will be on exhibit for as long as possible. Currently, it has no end date.

Project Intent: The Installation’s theme is “community unity.” It seeks to highlight the creative talent in Queens, promote the borough’s diversity, and create a tourist attraction.

Aided by the nearby residential and commercial boom, Hunter’s Point South Park is a very popular destination for runners, yoga enthusiasts, sightseers, sun-bathers, dog-walkers, children at play, and tourists from all over the world. Thus, now is the ideal moment to erect a beautiful mural near the restaurant...

Read More & Submit Your Proposal:

Hunter's Point South Park Mural

Call for Art:

Off the Wall 2023

LIC-A's Annual Affordable Holiday Art Fair

at Culture Lab LIC


Submission Deadline: October 15
Notice of Acceptance: October 18


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. 

We welcome submissions for all media including sculpture, photography, paintings, ceramics and mixed media. 

Please note that LIC-A and Culture Lab LIC will not take a commission. All payments will go directly to the artist.

Read more and submit your art:

Off the Wall 2023
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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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2023 Fall Vendor Market


The 2023 Fall Vendor Market is a great opportunity for local vendors and small businesses to advertise and sell their goods and services to the Long Island City community, with a nominal fee of $50.  The market will run Saturdays & Sundays 3-7pm from October 8 through October 29.  Space is limited, so don’t delay!

Read More & Apply


Voting season has come early!


We've been nominated by YOU for Best Annual Event/Festival!


And while it's always an honor just to be nominated, we also think winning is fun! 

You can vote EVERY DAY online or in person through October 31.

Special thanks to the following organizations and

individuals for their continuing support:

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