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Past Shows - Performing Arts


Lunar New Year


Let's Celebrate Together!

Saturday, January 21, 4 -11pm

Join us for traditional Chinese music, snacks and games!  Featuring performances by MaeMae Dance Studio, RuDanceNY, Andy Lin, Sunshine Dance NYC, Wei Sun, and, at 9pm a free concert by Cyber East!


Cyber East is the collaboration of artists Sashenka and ADÀI.  Sashenka is an Indie musician with a futuristic vision, who makes not exclusively electronic, synth wave, synthpop to explore the possibilities of Chinese vocal and niche electronic music. ADÀI is an ElectroPop producer, DJ, singer, songwriter in NYC/Beijing, who explores the concept of Cpop by blending the root of Chinese music with electronic sounds.

Daytime events are sold out, but you can still RSVP for free tickets to the evening Cyber East concert:

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La Suspendida

A Jazz Metal Opera

January 12, 13 & 14, 8pm.

La Suspendida is an opera in jazz and heavy metal. In telling its story of a relationship that extends beyond death, it extends what we mean by opera, jazz, and metal, even while honoring and reveling in those traditions.

The drama is based on a notorious incident in history: a doctor whose obsession with a beautiful young patient of his was so great that he kept her body as his lover after her untimely death (with some collusion on the part of her mother, who was likewise unable to let go). The originality of La Suspendida is in seeing this gruesome tale from the perspective of the woman, María Elena, and dares to speculate on her journey after death not as a victim but as an expression of self-determination. What if María Elena wanted it all this way?

To explore this, the opera is composed for and performed by a remarkable ensemble. You don't want to miss the chance to see this live!


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Brace for Impact!

by Maia Nikiphoroff

Staged Reading

December 10, 7pm

Join us for a night of fantastical theater and questionable flight safety demonstrations as we explore Paraguayan playwright, Maia Nikiphoroff’s first theatrical piece, ‘Brace for Impact!’.

Brace for Impact!, a fantastical one-woman show about a flight attendant named Shiva who fights to stay focused on the job while her father’s body is being cremated. 


On the flight, with the help of a disheveled clown only she can see, she navigates moments in her life where she destroys that which she loves. Only after there’s nothing left to wreck will she find the power of forgiveness and regeneration.


All ticket sale proceeds will go to Culture Lab LIC's End-of-Year Fundraising Drive.

After the reading, you’ll be able to support female storytellers in Paraguay by purchasing recycled-canvas tote bags designed by Paraguayan artist Rafaella Pecci.


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Rin Seo Orchestra

Live Indoor Concert

December 8, 7:30-9:30pm

Rin Seo Orchestra (RSO for short) is a 17-piece contemporary big band founded by New York-based Korean composer Rin Seo. RSO plays new music composed by Seo influenced by diverse musical genres such as jazz, contemporary classical, music of Korea, world music, and others.


Seo’s music is experimental and aims to explore new sounds for big band. As a contemporary music composer, she pursues fresh sounds using novel methods. Since she has studied both classical music and jazz and has been exposed to a myriad of musical environment, her music combines eclectic musical idioms and blurs boundaries between genres with her own unique color.


At this upcoming concert, she will premier new works and an arrangement of the Korean traditional folk song that shares her personal reckoning with social justice.



Reeds: Alejandro Aviles, David Leon, John Lowery, Charles Pillow, Frank Basile

Trumpets: Dan Urness, John Lake, Jonathan Saraga, Dave Smith

Trombones: John Fedchock, Nick Grinder, Sam Blakeslee, Jennifer Wharton

Rhythm Section: Sebastian Noelle, Rasmus Sørenson, Shuji Watanabe, Peter Kronreif

Special Guest (oboe): Aaron Haettenschwiller

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The Moth: Between Worlds

The Moth Education Program's

Annual Showcase

December 2, 2023

6pm Doors Open 
6:30pm Stories Begin

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Join us as five storytellers share tales from the journey. Stories of mediators and make-believers, the betwixt and between. Neither here nor there, metamorphosis or masquerade, the space amidst and among.

The Moth Education Program is made possible by generous support from the Kate Spade New York Foundation, Alice Gottesman, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charitable Trust, and The Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation.

Additional program support is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Con Edison.


Extended Reality Ensemble (XRE) presents

Letters Without Borders (LwoB)

Nov 26, 5pm

Nov 27, 3pm

Free. RSVP here:

Letters Without Borders (LwoB) an enhanced poetry performance, telling the story about transcending nationalism through integrating poetry, music, ritual, sculpture, dance, immersive sensorial experiences, and digital art. The performance invites you to get curious about what words migrants living in NYC send back to their home countries, and how they might be similar to words you share back to your loved ones. We are together... same, same but different.

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Untitled Dream Musical


By Daniel Henri Emond

Directed by Chloe Treat


A Developmental Reading of Act I

Monday, November 21, 7pm


The End of Time
Workshop by Salon Séance

Thursday, November 17, 7-9pm


How do we find light in times of darkness?

An experiential concert created by Salon Séance, The End of Time channels the spirits of four prisoners who transformed the end into a new beginning.


Through storytelling and participatory ritual, we deliver their messages and guide you to them through the music they created together: Quartet for the End of Time.

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Crossing the Seas

Chamber Music with Japanese Drums

by Midori Larsen

Sunday, November 13, 2022, 5pm

In a unique combination of traditional Japanese taiko drums and Western musical instruments, Midori Larsen, a Japanese immigrant woman composer, invites you to experience her compositions influenced by classical, jazz, and Japanese music.

“Crossing the Seas” is a series of original chamber music featuring woodwind, piano, guitar, bass, percussion, and taiko drums, inspired by migration stories of her own and other Japanese immigrant mothers.

Newly arranged for a sextet, her original trio versions return to Culture Lab more vibrantly. New addition to the series is her work based on other Japanese immigrant mothers’ stories. Midori interviewed 4 other women about their migration stories, motherhood, and life vision. With their empowering stories incorporated into her instrumental music, Midori seeks to encourage others, especially immigrant mothers and girls to pursue their passion.



Ben Kono (woodwind)

Martha Kato (piano)

Olli Hirvonen (guitar)

Evan Gregor (bass)

Rogerio Boccato (percussion)

Fumi Tanakadate (taiko)

Guillermo Laporta (video projection)


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Midori Larsen is an artist in residence at Culture Lab LIC.

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Robert Mark Dance’s Inaugural New York Season

Friday October 28, 2022

Saturday, October 29, 2022


Tickets: $25 + Processing Fees


Robert Mark Dance is a contemporary dance company based in Astoria, Queens, led by Artistic Director and Choreographer Robert Mark Burke. RMD is excited to announce its inaugural New York season, Dawning, featuring the premier of Dawned, a new work in collaboration with composer Eric Dietz, supported by the O’Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundation.


By definition, "dawning is the beginning or first appearance of something; coming into existence,” and for the first time ever, RMD comes together as a company to present an entire evening of work on Oct. 28 & 29, 2022. Produced in partnership with Culture Lab, LIC, Dawning is an evening of dance consisting of Short Stuff, a series of short dances created over the last 5 years and the premiere of Dawned.


“Dawned”  is a multidisciplinary new work that investigates the instinctual shared experience of how isolation and grief build communities empowered to find new hope. Inspired by the photography of Gregory Crewdson, choreographer Robert Mark Burke and composer Eric Dietz have built a world that focuses on communal bonding through desolation and confinement. 

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Culture Lab LIC


Thursday, October 27

6:30 - 9:30pm

Join us in our indoor gallery for a vibrant evening of performances, art, food and drinks to support Culture Lab LIC!

Featuring local artists including the flamenco/jazz band, Brolinga, the jazz/blues sounds of the Guillaume Muller Trio,  and the Queens-based dance company, The Physical Plant, performing a Filipino Pandanggo sa ilaw dance!

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The Moth
Uncharted Territory: Kate Spade New York Foundation Showcase

October 26

6:00pm Doors Open, 6:30pm Stories Begin

Join us in person for stories of moving forward. Featuring storytellers from The Moth's Community, Education and Global workshop programs.

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Major support for The Moth Community Program is generously provided by the Kate Spade New York Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Moth Education Program is made possible by generous support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charitable Trust, the Kate Spade New York Foundation, and Alice Gottesman.

The Moth Global Community Program is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Dancing with the Queens Stars

An evening of friendly competition, choreography & guest performances.

October 20, 6-9pm

Dancing with the Queens Stars is BACK with a new competitors ready to dance for this year's Champion trophy and Fan Favorite award! An entertaining evening of friendly competition, choreography, guest performances, and of course-- the judges' unpredictable banter. Featuring amazing Queens community leaders and dance artists from all over the borough!

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Friday Night Poetry Time

Poetry Showcase

October 21, 5-8:30pm


A free event organized by Queens Underground Poets, the National Poetry Association, Queens Underground Film Festival with funding provided by Queens Council On The Arts.

Join us for Happy Hour at 5:30pm, then let's move indoors at 5:45pm for 15 Feature Poets, Andrew The Magician and 5 Open Mic Poets - a non-stop captivating evening of Spoken Word!


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Poetry Feature Faces
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Queens Jazz Overground & Culture Lab LIC present

2022 Fall Jazz Fest

October 22



All Ages Welcome

The Queens Jazz OverGround 2022 Autumn Jazz Fest will feature six professional bands, a student jam session and showcase, and various student performances and clinics.



A Filipino Arts & Culture Event

Sunday, October 16, 1-4:30pm

Free and outdoors! All are welcome to join our Pamayanan community! This event is about bringing together different perspectives of Filipino dance, music, martial arts, and culture, across three generations. We want to highlight Filipino-American History month and invite people to experience our culture, and promote anti-hate of AAPI through resources and information. Parol making, AAPI resource fair, and local Filipino food vendors throughout the afternoon. Potluck picnic also encouraged! 

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No, YOU Tell It!

"Punch Up"

A Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event

No, YOU Tell It! is a nonfiction series where storytellers first work together to turn out true tales, then swap stories to embody each other’s experiences. For this special Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Event, four storytellers who write for the page and the stage have worked together to develop true stories inspired by the theme “Punch Up.”


Come watch as step into each other’s stories.

Storytellers: Jenn Wehrung, Aida Zilelian, Matt Storrs, and Maria Rubio

With guest story coach, Pichchenda Bao and guest director and HOST, Ellie Dvorkin Dunn! Both are alum storytellers from our 2019 BKBF Bookend Event, No, YOU Tell It! “aMuse.”


Plus, a chance to win the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology. Follow us @noyoutellit for more!


Monday, September 26, 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Admission: FREE but we'll be collecting donations for Friends with Four Paws with a match for the first $50.




This show is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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Let the Revolution Begin!

Theatrical Dance Performance

Directed and Choreographed

by Andrew Robinson

Art Direction and Story by Alisha Engle


Join in the revolution to redefine beauty. SHAME is a theatrical piece that takes on the taboo of self-perception. How can we ever be good enough in a world where standards are set too high and are extremely manipulated? Through a series of vignettes utilizing projection and dance, we explore the effects Media has had on our humanity. With these vignettes, we challenge our audience to take a step back and see themselves in a new light. Through this experience, we hope they will see the beauty that resonates inside.

Four Performances:

Thursday, September 8 - Sunday, September 11, 7-8:30pm


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Associate Choreographer: Gabrielle Malone

Dancers: Nile Baker, Dwayne Brown, Gabrielle Malone, and Andrew Robinson


Performers: Amber Defeo, Vicki Jo DeRocker, Alisha Engle, Gwen Eyster, Judi Lewis Ockler, Natasha Yannacanedo


Lighting Design: Keri Thibodeau

Costume Design: Alisha Engle

Sound Design: Alexander Giorei


Brought to you by Lady Nimue Productions. Shame is in development as an educational program. We hope to not only perform but teach children to perform this piece. Our goal in bringing such an important subject to light is for future generations to have a better love of themselves and others.

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Block Party Tour

5th Annual Black Mental Health

Benefit Event

Sunday, August 28, 2-6pm

The hottest summer block party with live music, shopping, food, Black mental health professionals, free resources, a DJ, and more!

Join the Black Broadway community as they perform inspirational songs at the Darkness RISING: Live 5 Block Party! The 5th annual concert benefits Darkness RISING Nonprofit, a 501(c)3 organization which provides direct mental health resources to the Black community.

At the Event:

- Tony and Emmy Award winner Lillias White !

- Live concert

- Vendor marketplace

- Food trucks

- Giveaways

- DJ

- Guest Speaker and Wellness Workshop Leaders

- African Dance Class

- Free mental health resources

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

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Kulture Fest

Free Outdoor Motorcycle Chill Fest

August 20, 12-9pm

Join us for the inaugural NYC motorcycle chill fest hosted by Rubber Kulture. Come check out an amazing display of bikes competing to be top while you enjoy food, vendors, 3 live bands, raffle prizes, and more! 

Free to attend!

Competition categories:

The Invited
The Open (walk-in entries welcomed)
  - Best FXR / Best Chopper/ Best Modified
   - Best in Show
Bagger Blowout (walk-in entries welcomed)
- Best Sound & Best in Show

For full details including the list of The Invited builders, sponsors, vendors, to register for competitions and more:

Happy Money & How to Invite It Into Your Life

Indoor Music, Talk & Book Signing

Sunday, August 14, 4-6pm

Watch this event livesteamed on the Culture Lab LIC YouTube channel:

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The first unique collaboration in NY with music, talk and book signing with Japanese author Ken Honda and Japanese musician Migiwa Miyajima.


Join this unique event with Ken Honda, internationally-acclaimed Japanese author and Money Mentor, and Migiwa Miyajima, Japan-born, NY-based jazz composer, producer and pianist!


- How did Ken's early business experiences affect his successes in life?


- How did Migiwa, editor-in-chief of a famous magazine in Japan, reinvent herself in NY as a Grammy-nominated musician?


They will share secrets about money, willpower, gratitude, and the Japanese Zen mind, with a performance of Miyajima’s compositions with her jazz orchestra. There will be a Q&A and book/CD signing, and you will see Ken and Migiwa in person!


Event profits will be donated to Miyajima's "Unbreakable Hope and Resilience" project based on interviews of the 2011 Japan earthquake survivors and volunteers.


Ken Honda:

"Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money" by Ken Honda


Migiwa Miyajima:

"Your Future Story" by Migiwa Miyajima and the Miggy Augmented Orchestra


Migiwa Miyajima & Her NY Orchestra: Composer/Piano Migiwa Miyajima, Trumpets and Flugelhorns: Dan Urness, Brandon Lee, Trombone: Jason Jackson, Reeds: Alejandro Aviles (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute), Sam Dillon (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Quinsin Nachoff (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Rhythm Section: Pete McCann (guitar), Evan Gregor (bass), Tim Horner (drums)


Taken By Artificial Surprise

Indoor Performance and Installation
July 28, 29, 30, 31, 7:30 pm


Jeanette Andrews presents a performance and installation that explores the relationships between magic, machine learning, and surprise. 


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This work is made possible by Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Photo Credit: Ari Isenberg

"Experience sensory illusion and surprise at Culture Lab LIC installation..."

Read Tammy Scileppi's interview with Jeanette Andrews on

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Exquisite Corpse Company's "Drinks and Drama: Summer Soup" 
A play reading series of five delicious new works plus craft cocktails.

Exquisite Corpse Company's "Drinks and Drama: Summer Soup" reading series brings to life five new works created as a part of Exquisite Corpse Company's Artist Residency at Culture Lab LIC. Each of these five plays was created in dialogue with the exhibitions of the space and developed using ECC's unique literary devising process. Come support new work and enjoy a craft cocktail included with your ticket.

Friday, July 22
7:30pm: "At Least I Made An Impression" by Cayenne Douglass

Saturday, July 23

6pm: "Angel's Blood" by Brandon Rumaker
7:30pm: "bogfriends" by Jose Sebastian Alberdi

Sunday, July 24
6pm: "Flipper" by Molly Bicks
7:30pm: "Jeff Has To Come Home" by Amitai Landau-Pope

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Brothers in Arms

An Emergence Residency Workshop Presentation

July 15 & 16, 8pm; July 17, 3pm

An interview-based devised play combining movement, music, video and text, “Brothers in Arms” aims to interrogate toxic masculinity and facilitate emotion transformation amongst male-identifying folks. Alongside the presentation, there is an applied theatre component, aimed principally at young male-identifying folks, where participants use the play’s framework to facilitate artistic exploration.

Brothers in Arms on Broadway World:

This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

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Nothing Further

Indoor Multimedia Performance Exhibit

July 7, 8, 9,10

What happens when a culture of shame leads to a mysterious death and the revealing of a secret life?


NOTHING FURTHER is a multimedia performance exhibit that will take you on a generational whirlwind of a ride through the closed doors of a suburban home. This is a story about a daughter's relationship with her father. It is the unfolding of a mystery about secrets, memory, generational trauma, gender identity, and the need to keep up appearances.


The name of this performance exhibit, NOTHING FURTHER is inspired by the police report that was filed after the investigation a father’s death. The last two words on the report read, “NOTHING FURTHER.” As audiences will discover, however, there is much more to explore and investigate.


This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

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June 23, 7:30pm
by the ChoreoJoey Project
An Emergence Residency Show

PLIGHT is a choreographic nod to blaxploitation films with collective tales of artist struggle following graduation through jazz dance.


Buy Tickets for this indoor performance ($20):

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This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.


Indigo Events Venezuelan

Cultural Festival

Free Outdoor Event

Sunday, June 26

10AM - 4PM

Come and celebrate venezuelan culture with your family and friends at the VENEZUELAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL!


Invite your friends to discover the beauty of our Venezuelan culture. We hope to see you there!



Celebrate Pride 2022

Live Music, Drag, Comedy & More!

Free, Outdoors

Saturday, June 18, 8-10pm

Drag Show Hosted by Ducky & Patsy, with Aria Derci, Glo Butler, Gorgina, Lex Horwitz, Sophya Medina, Taína La Fina,

Tuna Melt, X-Emma

Sunday, June 19, 8-10pm 

Drag Show Hosted by Ducky & Patsy, with Cissy Walken, Chola Spears, Demaro, Freeda Kulo, Harriet Tugsmen, Lena Horné, Non Kuramato, Victoria Williams


Fundraising for Black Girl Tutors all weekend.

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June 17, 7:30-9:30pm

June 18, 3:30-5:30pm

Islanders - 寶島慢播

Indoor Music Event 

“Islanders” is a dance, visual, and music performance based in Taiwanese culture, which is created by J Chieh Hsiung and Yoyo Yu-Wei Hsiao, and four other Taiwanese artists in different fields. Leo Yu-Ning Chang, a singer and a dancer; Tony Yang, a sound designer, a composer and a music arranger; Grant Hao-Wei Lin, a multidisciplinary visual artist; Sobina Chi Kanter, a pianist, a composer, and a music arranger.

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June 10, 11, 12

RAM - Queens New Music Festival

Indoor Concerts

Random Access Music (RAM) and the 2022 Queens New Music Festival reemerge and return to live performances with an exciting lineup that includes premieres of contemporary classical music from the Quintet of the Americas, the Shutterspeed Duo, and Random Access Music; contemporary tango/jazz from the Emilio Teubal Trio; sound sculptures from guitarist Giacomo Baldelli; and a portrait concert paying tribute to RAM founder/composer Allen Schulz.

Friday, June 10
7pm: Random Access Music with special guest, dancer Miki Orihara
9pm: Emilio Teubal Trio

Saturday, June 11
4pm: Quintet of the Americas
6pm: Shutterspeed Duo
8pm: Guitarist Giacomo Baldelli

Sunday, June 12
4pm: Portrait concert and tribute to RAM founder Allen Schulz
6pm: Random Access Music

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New Music for Seven Violas and Dance

Indoor Music & Dance Event

June 5, 7-9pm

Ensemble Ipse, the Tiffany Mills Company, and Culture Lab LIC are thrilled to present this unique event, featuring new commissions by Eden Lonsdale and Santa Bušs, selected through our call for proposals.


• Eden Lonsdale – “Shedding” - IPSE COMMISSION and WORLD PREMIERE
• Santa Bušs - new work - IPSE COMMISSION and WORLD PREMIERE
• Joseph Di Ponio - new work - WORLD PREMIERE
• Tony Prabowo - "Doa Persembunyian - A Prayer for Refuge" for choir, arr. Griffin, *
• Stephanie Griffin - “Poem from Exile” *

Ensemble Ipse & Guest Artists:
Stephanie Griffin, Michael Davis, William Hakim,

Caroline Johnston, Jeremy Kienbaum,

Beth Meyers, Chieh-Fan Yiu, violas

Guest Conductor: Carl Bettendorf

*Choreography: Tiffany Mills with creative contributions from the Company

Dancers: Alex Biegelson, Tiffany Mills, Jordan Morely, Nik Owens, Emily Pope

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Join Ducky, Gorgina, and Patsy for

Pool Party for a Cause!

Saturday, June 4, 6-8pm

Free Outdoor Fundraising Event


The game incorporates an inflatable pool filled with color coded challenges with varying points awarded. Audience members are placed on a team lead by the queens and get to select which challenges their team's must accept (think wet t-shirt contest, truth or dare, and a super extreme finale challenge).


POOL PARTY FOR A CAUSE is our way of combining a great time with fundraising efforts. For this edition of POOL PARTY, we'll fundraise for the fabulous Culture Lab LIC. The queen's team who garners the most challenge points will have the honor of donating funds to the art center in their team's name. So which team are you going to be? Team Wanna Kai Kai? Team Gorg? Or maybe, Team Flamingo? Come on out to Culture Lab on June 4th to find out!


Sponsored by the Proud Mary Network

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Resurgent Forms

Indoor Music/Poetry Event

May 28, 7pm

Resurgent Forms want to share with you a new set of poems in songs on the theme of finding solace in modern life. Resurgent Forms aim to restore and inspire, for themselves and others, the sense of an enduring, ‘evergreen’ local community, with face to face relations and a closer connection with nature.


With this project Resurgent Forms intends to stimulate cultural rebirth, through poetry and songs rooted in generational and modern folk traditions from Spain, Italy and England.


Doors open 7pm

Marcos de la Fuente: 7:30 - 7:50 pm

Blanche Ellis: 7:55 - 8:25 pm

Resurgent Forms - 8:30 - 9:30 pm.




Indoor Dance Event

KASSOUMAI will bring our community together to witness our love and celebration for dance in the African Diaspora. Join us as we present our first production in 2022, featuring recording artist, ADH!

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by Andrea Cioffi.

Translated by Caterina Nonis.

Directed by Tess Howsam

A live, indoor reading of the play.


Apartment 2B is a fast-paced comedy, which mixes the topos of Hamletic doubt (to be or not to be, 2B or not 2B) with the typical languishing of Millennials. Between disastrous characters and terrifying visions, our modern Hamlet will have to measure himself with what society would like him to be. With what, on the other hand, he just isn't.


Apartment 2-B is the winner of the Mario Fratti Award 2022


RAM Returns!

Random Access Music (RAM) returns to live performances with concerts featuring the music of RAM composers: Seth Boustead, Nerissa Campbell, Masatora Goya, Zhihua Hu, Tengku Irfan, Allen Schulz, and Frances White; the Call for Scores Winner Matt Mason; and guest composer Tania Leon.

Exciting new music and premieres performed by the RAM Players: Risa Renae Harman, soprano; Lish Lindsey, flute/ryuteki; Thomas Piercy, clarinet/hichiriki; Russell Kotcher, violin; Lukas Goodman, cello; and Tengku Irfan, piano.

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Parking lot concerts are BACK!


Join us Saturday, April 30 for live music by Affinity, Tilted Axes, and Vin Scailla & Brooklyn Raga Massive! 

Indoors we will have the opening reception for "A Queen's Fine Art Spring Affair" exhibition (free admission), and a concert by Random Access Music at 8pm. 

It's going to be a busy and beautiful night!


See you there! 


Celebrated by The New Yorker as one of its "art and music top picks in 2019," the CreArtBox Music Festival, directed and curated by Guillermo Laporta and Josefina Urraca, has solidified its presence as one of the most sought-after classical music platforms in Queens, offering regularly sold-out performances since its premiere in 2018.

This fifth edition of the CreArtBox Music Festival features violinists Mari Lee and Yezu Woo, cellist Yi Qun Xu, violist Matthew Cohen, flutist Guillermo Laporta, pianist Josefina Urraca, and visual artist Tao Ho. 

Day 1: Friday, April 8, 8pm
Childhood Memories

Day 2: Saturday, April 9, 8pm
We Can Learn

Sunday,  April10, 8pm
Wherever One Turns

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The lineup of composers includes Joseph Haydn, Dmitri Shostakovich, Franz Schubert, Timo Andres, W. A. Mozart, Robert Schumann, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Joaquin Turina, and Gustav Mahler. Highlights of the program include Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, “Surprise,” Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A Minor, and Nikolayeva’s Trio for Flute, Viola, and Piano, Op. 18.

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Judicators: Ebony Young, Emily Addison, and Luke Mannarino

Kamari Carter
Welket Bungué
Jenny Desrosiers
Marjani Jones
Terika Harris
Leslie Jean-Bart
Issa Ibrahim
Arthur Robinson
Leda Prado
Joane Buteau Dumont
Jalaa’a Brinsley 
Mark West
Gus Bennett
Sean Waltrous

This exhibition is about the multitudes of blackness. The breadth and depth of blackness, and in some cases not about it at all. This body of work is the bold, brazen, and a truly individual commentary of artists from all walks of life.

Exhibition on view: Feb 10 - March 27.

Opening reception: Feb 12, 6-9pm

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An exhibition in honor of Black History Month.


No, YOU Tell It! presents:

"What I Know"

True-Life Tales with a Twist

March 7, 7pm

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In celebration of Women's History Month, No, YOU Tell It! presents four female storytellers swapping tales inspired by the theme "What I Know."  Come watch as they swap stories to step into each other's life experiences on stage. 


No, YOU Tell It! is a nonfiction series that switches up the storytelling. Each storyteller writes a true-life tale on the page and then trades with a partner to present each other's story on stage. 

The Storytellers: Michele Carlo, Julia Granacki, Hannah Leland, Sheria Mattis


Rude Grooms presents


The Winter's Tale

In Shakespeare's classic tragicomedy, The Winter's Tale, one king's jealousy transforms the lives of two royal families over 16 years. When the King of Sicilia suspects his wife is having an affair with the King of Bohemia, his suspicion leads to tyranny, remorse, lost children, and miraculous reunions. Both poignant and funny, Shakespeare's masterful cold-weather tale captivates audiences of all ages.

The production runs approximately 120 minutes with a 10-minute intermission. Groundling tickets are $10 and are standing-room only for approximately 60 minutes of the production. Reserved Seating for the entire performance begins at $25 for standard or $35 for VIP Reserved Seating with early entry, additional programming, and a free drink.

February 17,18,19,20, 24,25,26,27


at Culture Lab LIC

5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 (Map)

Official Site:

Join for ticket discounts.

ACTOR-MANAGER: Laura Piccoli

ACTORS: Elisabeth Ahrens, Matthew Antoci, Kara Arena, Langston Darby, Erik Gullberg, Elly Han, Josue Ledesma, Aryn Mello Pryor, Deb Radloff, Nadia Sepsenwol, Montgomery Sutton, Hilary Dennis
STAGE MANAGER: Callie Considine
COSTUME DESIGN: Laura Piccoli & Paulina Tobar
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Montgomery Sutton

NYC based piano player/guitarist singer-songwriter Craig Greenberg plays a live show at Culture Lab LIC!


Friday, January 28, 8 – 10pm

About this event: NYC based piano player/guitarist singer-songwriter Craig Greenberg has independently released 4 albums (his most recent full length “Phantom Life” released in Dec 2020) and has performed upwards of 1000 shows, since his start playing in bars while living in Chile, and later Spain, in the early 2000s. His songs have received praise in American Songwriter, the Huffington Post, Relix Magazine, and have been played on radio stations all around the country and internationally. He has performed everywhere from Lincoln Center in New York, to Israel and Cambodia, and with esteemed musicians such as Jackson Browne, Chris Barron (Spin Doctors), Jane Wiedlin (the Go Go’s), Louise Goffin, and Jerry Joseph.

How Shall My Heart Act?


Laura Jean Goldberg, violin

Kate Dillingham, cello

Maiko Sasaki, clarinet

Taka Kigawa, piano

Laura Virella, mezzo soprano

Anna Royzman, piano

Amy Lieberman, speaker


ArtsAhimsa is a global network of artists working together to promote non-violence through affirmative power of the Arts and our common desire for a more peaceful world.  ArtsAhimsa events inspire and support inclusive communities, cross cultural understanding, social justice and environmental conservation.  ArtsAhimsa invites audiences to engage in learning about the world around and within us through listening, observing and participation in the creative process. 

December 17, 7pm

Official Site

On Facebook

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.soundfullness transforms a vacant space in the city into a place of deep listening.

Nicole Brancato and Douglas Paulson gather sounds from the surrounding neighborhood as they build and modify an old, salvaged piano. The altered instrument amplifies the space, and an empty lot becomes full for listening. With the belief that all of us can be music-makers, all are invited to play the instrument and listen deeply.

December 18 & 19, 3pm-6pm 


Performed live, outdoors at:

46-16 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101 (Map)


Crossing the Seas

Music for woodwinds, piano and Japanese drums.


Based on a personal migration journey.

Midori Larsen (composer)

Ben Kono (woodwinds)

Adam Birnbaum (piano)

Fumi Tanakadate (taiko)

“Crossing the Seas” is a series of musical compositions for woodwinds, piano, and Japanese taiko drums.


With an emphasis on self-discovery and life-purpose, the music highlights the journeys of the composer and her grandmother as immigrant women.

Sun, December 12, 2021

2:30 – 3:30pm


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Culture Lab LIC and The How


My Favorite Person

A Movement Piece

A Free, Indoor Theatrical Performance

RSVP to reserve your seat 


Directed by Polina Ionina
Assistant Director and Stage Design by Weronika Helena Wozniak
Devised by the ensemble
featuring Tana Sirois and David Glover

My Favorite Person is a two person theater movement piece exploring relationship dynamics between a man and woman using space, shape, and sound. In this piece we will look at cyclical, performative, perhaps even manipulative patterns that develop knowingly or instinctively during a partnership.

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We start at the beginning of the end. A couple shares an abstract liminal space--the confines of an apartment, where everything seems to be out of place. The subjects too seem to be out of place, though they cling to routine and seek to rekindle their love. Is it love for the other, or for the self that they are looking for?

Proof of vaccination is required to attend the event.

For more info about ths project, visit

This performance is absolutely FREE thanks to the generous support of The City Artist Corps.

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Culture Lab & Evie Joy Music present

How We Love

Interactive Concert with Prizes!

Friday, October 22, 2021

7pm – 9pm


Register for this Free Event

A musical TED-style talk that invites you to question the way we think about love. Fun for everyone, this event will feature: original music/ covers with a full band; clips and facts from an upcoming documentary featuring a dynamic range of partnerships, relationship scientists, and gender experts; and comedy.


There will be prizes from local vendors including an iMac! You get entered into the raffles by participating in the event, answering meta questions that bust relationship myths, using an app where everyone will see anonymous polled answers on a projector.


Drinks and snacks are available from food trucks in the large lot surrounding the stage and additional art is available for viewing within the Plaxall Gallery.

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Culture Lab LIC and NK&D/a movement company present

Between the Balance

Two Performances:
Saturday, October 16, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 17, 4pm

at Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery (Map)

Between the Balance has been in research over the last year. This theater piece,  discusses the fragile equilibrium of the human self in light of the pandemic. This story is told through the dancers dialogue, gestures and movement that is confined to a physical box drawn on the floor as well as virtual boxes. 

​Dancers: Lorena Jarmillo, Nicole Kadar, Caitlin Knowles, Kathryn McKenzie, and Glenna Yu

Original Music by William Catanzaro


NK&D/a movement company creates dance to physically express the human condition through choreography that displays relationships in athletic movement. NK&D stands for Nicole Kadar and Dancers. The creative process Nicole uses is collaborative. She feels the dancers shape the piece and the company. Through these works NK&D hopes to inspire the audience to think more about the values of being human. 

The company has shown work in Jennifer Muller’s Hatch Series, the Kaye Theater, Triskelion’s WAX works, The Bernie Wohl Center, and throughout Queens in Queensborough Dance Festival’s 2018-2021 Tours. As a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant Recipient Nicole is excited to present "between the balance" in her resident borough of Queens.

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Culture Lab LIC & CreArtBox present

Lighting the Dark

October 15, 2021,  6pm

at The Plaxall Gallery (Map)

CreArtBox presents "Lighting the Dark," a piano recital that combines classical repertoire alongside new pieces by Queens composers, finding a connection between the old and the new music, surrounded by an interactive space, with video mapping and projections design.

The set design will be created by Japanese architect Mizuko Kaji where the semi-transparent screens will be  interconnected on stage, in order to achieve a spatial sensation where sound, images and lights merge into a single universe.

The chairs will be divided into 3 groups using a 360 degree design with the audience facing in 3 directions. The audience will feel  the music and the image mixed through transparent projections, finding different visual depths with the musicians and the images.

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Culture Lab LIC &

Invoke Director's Lab presents

Miss Jules

An adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie by Mira Mitchell

Directed by Becky Carlen Abramowitz

October 7 & 9, 7pm
at The Plaxall Gallery

It’s 2021 in NYC when Jules, a white NY socialite and professional lush, smashes into the world of Jean, her family’s longtime Latin American chauffeur, in a back room of an extravagant and ecstasy-fueled Midsommar rave. What begins as a smirk of lighthearted celebration slowly bares its fangs, and within the time it takes for the shortest night of the year to end, they are changed beyond repair...

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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.

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".

Generally, a prelude is considered to be an introductory performance, action, or event preceding and preparing for the principal or a more important matter.

 Life can feel like an endless prelude. But sometimes, it's only noticeable when something significant happens.

 This collection of pieces reflect flashes of wondering about the past, rendering into music senses of trust, vertigo, uncertainty, assurance, ambiguity, and remembrance. 

This event is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This event was also awarded with the City Artist Corp grant.

Note: Due to NYC vaccine mandates, all visitors to the gallery must wear a mask, be vaccinated and will be required to show proof of vaccination (CDC vaccine card, NYC COVID Safe Pass, NYS Excelsior Pass)

Q&A Productions & Culture Lab LIC present


A World Premiere

Dance & Music Performance

October 1 & 2,  7pm

at The Plaxall Gallery (Map)

Quincie Hydock and Annalee Harlow of Q&A Productions are delighted to invite you to the world premiere of their new work, WE'RE ALL SKEWED! Join them for an evening of modern dance, impulsive commentary, live music, an ambitious set, and lighthearted confusion. Witness two characters struggle to find the balance between intuition, expectation, and experience. Beware of your inclination to form harsh judgement of their behavior because after all... we're all skewed.

Admission is Free

Vaccination is required to enter Culture Lab LIC, as mandated through Key to NYC. All attendees must show proof of receipt of at least one vaccine dose and a matching form of identification to enter the building. If you are not vaccinated and would like to see the performance, join us through the live stream on either evening! 

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Ars Electronica Festival Garden NYC, 2021

Presented by XRE and Culture Lab LIC
September 8-12, 2021

A New Digital Deal


The New Digital Deal is a portal where XRE extends our collective realities for you and with you as we learn how to dialogue even when we are different.

We ask the question: How can technology be an ally for healing in 2021 especially after 2020 in America?

The Extended Reality Ensemble (XRE) is an international interdisciplinary artist collective, curating the inaugural large-scale Ars Electronica Festival Garden NYC 2021 from September 8-12 at Culture Lab LIC. Co-curators are NFT gallerist Vizmesh and the artist collective Never Knows Better.

Embracing art, technology and society, the festival goes global this year, led by the theme “A New Digital Deal.” We reflect on the technological promises made to us and try to rethink the foundations of the digital world, to reconcile it with our current reality and to explore it as it intersects with culture and society. 

The Ars Electronica Festival Garden NYC is a portal to different realities, diverse communities and immersive experiences: See live showcases by cutting edge performers, poets, dancers and musicians connecting the worlds of AR and VR with physical reality. Become a part of an interactive audio reactive visual sculpture. Get enchanted by audio visual performances of top notch creative coders. Visit the future of exhibitions: an NFT gallery. Tune in to panel discussions via streaming or join live with your avatar! Talk to the performers during the Q&A and start a dialogue. Explore magical sculptures and portals with your Smartphone in the AR sculpture garden. 

XRE has a bold vision of how to bring communities together in our new reality. Audience bubbles became more separated by and during the pandemic. We want to bring these bubbles back together. So we are working with artists with different cultural and social backgrounds. Audience accessibility is also very important to us. It is a big component of dismantling white supremacy in the age of Covid and Racial Injustice. To solve this problem we’re bringing the audience as close as possible to our work. We are doing this by bringing the audience as close as we can to themselves. If we, the creators, can be changed by our work, our audience can too. Together we can acknowledge the realities of life and the joy of diversity within it, rather than ostracize one another for different perspectives.


AR Sculpture Garden  -  Exhibition

Wednesday, September 8 through Sunday, September12 (all day)

Enhanced Poetry  - Performances, Q&A

Wednesday, September 8 & Saturday, September 11 (6-8:30pm)

Enhanced Poetry Kids  - Workshop

Sunday, September 12 (12-2:30pm)

Conscious Community  -  Performances, Q&A

Thursday, September 9 & Friday, September 10 (6-8:30pm)

The Meta-Menagerie  -  NFT Gallery

Thursday, September 9 & Friday, September 10 (4-6pm), Saturday, September 11 (6:30-9pm)

Live In The Cube  -  Interactive Installation 

Wednesday, September 8 , Thursday, September 9 & Friday, September 10 (8:30-9pm)

Kids In The Cube  -  Building A Sound Sculpture

Sunday, September 12 (2:30-3pm)

International Portals  -  Exhibition

Sunday, September 12 (10am-12pm)

NKB x Ars Electronica  -  Performances 

Wednesday, September 8 through Saturday, September 11 (9-11pm)

A New Digital Deal  -  Panel Discussions

Wednesday, September 8 & Saturday, September 11 (TBC between 3pm - 6pm)

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Culture Lab LIC presents


JULY 23, 6pm

Free, Outdoors

at the Plaxall Gallery (Map)

Young Dancemakers Company – a performing ensemble of NYC teens – presents a free concert of their unique, original choreography based on meaningful personal and social themes. The group dances to both live and recorded music, made in collaboration with professional composers.


On July 23rd at Culture Lab LIC, they will perform their latest works and an excerpt of Ann Reinking’s Ritmo y Ruido being set by Ballet Hispánico artists. Ballet Hispánico, is the nation’s renowned Latino dance organization and one of America’s Cultural Treasures.


The one-hour concert will begin at 6pm followed by lively dance-making with the audience, led by the company.

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Culture Lab LIC Presents

In The Stillness

A docu-style dance film about mental health and social isolation

by Lisa Bettencourt.

Wednesday, May 26. 7pm


Performance Dates:

Sat, May 15, 8pm
Sun, May 16, 8pm
Mon, May 17, 8pm

Sat, May 22, 8pm
Sun, May 23, 8pm
Mon, May 24, 8pm

All performances at

Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery,
5-25 46th Avenue, LIC, NY


Directed for the Stage by Tyler Riley
Conceptual Direction by Cameron Cueva Clarke
Produced by Company of Fools
Stage Manager: Natalie Jones

Intimacy Director: Brooke M. Haney
Video Production & Streaming: Kevin Tully
Makeup Design: Charlotte Bravin Lee
Visual Art Exhibition by Brittany Miller

Cameron Cueva Clarke & Logan Alexis Troyer







by Rajiv Joseph

MAY 15-17 & 22-24

It’s not your typical love story: Doug and Kayleen meet in the nurse’s office in their elementary school; she’s got a painful stomach ache, and he’s all banged up from a running dive off the roof of the school. Over the next thirty years, these scar-crossed lovers meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak, and their own self-destructive tendencies. With great compassion and humor, playwright Rajiv Joseph (Broadway’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) crafts a compelling and unconventional love story about the intimacy between two people when they allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.


This is a multi-disciplinary presentation: a piece of intimate, up-close theatre paired with an independent painting exhibition by New York artist Brittany Miller. The production will also feature music from New York City-based artists. We invite you to join us back at the theatre with a powerful and redemptive return to Company of Fools’ unique brand of work.


For more information visit the Company of Fools website: 


the Illustrated pianist

MAY 29, 7PM

A Live, Free Event at The Plaxall Gallery*

A Concert of Imaginative New Works for Piano and Visual Installation, Celebrating

Ray Bradbury's 'The Illustrated Man'.

This imaginative multimedia concert of all new piano works is inspired by the great American author Ray Bradbury’s timeless novel The Illustrated Man, in celebration of Bradbury’s 100th birthday in 2020.


Featuring 9 brilliant pianists who double as performers and composers, Anthony de Mare, Geoffrey Burleson, Jed Distler, Kathleen Supové, Sarah Dutcher, Thomas Feng, Mariel Mayz, Adam Tendler, and Nicole Brancato come together from different corners of the professional piano world, unifying diverse styles in all new compositions that are inspired by the iconic stories in The Illustrated Man. Together with a dynamic multimedia installation by visual artist Eve Nova, they craft something truly special, much like the work of the distinctive author they honor. 

Flyer Design by Eve Nova.

Made possible by our generous commissioners:
The Gaffigan Family
Marita Haggerty
Anthony S. and Georgine E. Brancato
Dr. Salvatore and Mrs. Annamaria Brancato
Carol Paster
Rachel Paster
Dr. Ashmed and Mrs. Lourdes Vazquez
Dr. Eduardo Perez and Marivel Torres
Xerxes and Grazia Herrington

*In accordance with New York City pandemic protocols, proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test is REQUIRED for entry. Please bring either your vaccine card or a negative test document, or a digital version of either.

Queens Jazz OverGround in partnership with Culture Lab LIC Present


 Feb 9, 16 & 23, 7:30-9pm 

The Queens Jazz OverGround (QJOG), a collective that promotes jazz performance and education in the borough of Queens, has partnered with Culture Lab LIC to present the Streaming Winter Jazz Fest, a free series of performances featuring Queens-based jazz musicians.  The performances will stream live on the last three Tuesday evenings of February (Feb. 9th, 16th, and 23rd). 


After the Covid-19 pandemic forced QJOG to cancel their annual Spring Jazz Fest they adapted and partnered with Culture Lab LIC to highlight the talents of many renowned and emerging jazz instrumentalists and vocalists in the borough of Queens.  Each evening will feature two professional Queens-based bands, with performances by winners of an NYC student jazz contest at intermission.

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February 9, 7:30-9pm


  • Adam Hutcheson Quartet

  • Sharif Kales Quintet featuring Jessica Golden


February 16, 7:30-9


  • Eugenia Choe Trio

  • Juan Felipe Mayorga Quartet


February 23, 7:30-9


  • Hashem Assadullahi Quartet

  • Jennifer Wharton’s Bonegasm


The Queens Jazz OverGround is accepting video submissions from students (born on or after Sept 1, 2003) living within the five boroughs of NYC.  The competition is open to soloists and rhythm section players.  Students are provided two compositions to perform and improvise upon, one using the cornerstone form of the blues, and the other based on the seminal work, Recorda Mé, by the jazz icon Joe Henderson. Winners will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to NYC’s legendary Jazz Record Center and will be featured during intermissions between the professional ensembles.


About Queens Jazz OverGround


The Queens Jazz OverGround  (QJOG), an artists’ collective, is a not-for-profit organization. QJOG supports the professional growth of jazz artists in Queens, provides musical enrichment and education to local communities, and helps to stimulate wider awareness of Queens as a destination for arts and culture. QJOG offers low- or no-cost jazz performances in Queens for diverse audiences; supports young and emerging artists by providing jazz education; and promotes the work of local jazz artists and composers.

This project is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.


October, 2019

Painted Alice: The Musical

by William Donnelly and Michael Mahler

Alice is a painter who falls through her canvas into an art world wonderland!

Book by WILLIAM DONNELLY  Music & Lyrics by MICHAEL MAHLER  Directed by EDJO WHEELER  Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements by CONOR KEELAN  Musical Direction by JONATHAN BAUERFELD  Executive Produced by GREG SCHAFFERT




A new musical comedy, immersive theater experience performed LIVE at The Plaxall Gallery!

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July, 2019

Dirt [contained] Theatre Company presents

Crushing Baby Animals

Crushing Baby Animals is a semi-autobiographical original play that follows two millennial women as they accidentally open up a cosmic wormhole that sucks them through space, time and the human mind. This meta work takes us on an uncharted adventure through parallel dimensions and personal hells, facing the perils of the human psyche, and the absurd pitfalls of human identity. 


Crushing Baby Animals blends physical theatre, multimedia and a healthy dose of humor in a unique artistic experience. Coupling visual art and live theater, the play is performed amid a LIC Arts, Inc. fine art exhibition entitled “Welcome to the Universe,” themed specifically to coincide with the production.

Written and performed by Maria Swisher and Tana Sirois


Assistant Director: Landon Alexander

Associate Producer: Tori Titmas

Music by Marco Baratto

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October, 2019

Rude Grooms present

The Changeling

by Thomas Middleton & William Rowley

Actor-Manager Montogomery Sutton

An experimental and whimsical show about happenstance and hope. Four strangers meet in the cafeteria of a German Palace while a solar eclipse approaches to untangle what brought them there. Part installation, part theatre, All The Times I Did Not See Potsdam is a non-linear piece in eight languages exploring missed opportunities and the emotional maps we build for ourselves.

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January, 2020


by William Butler Yeats

Haunted by his past, a father returns to the ruins of his childhood with his only son to put his ghosts to a final rest...

A haunting verse play by the master poet, W.B Yeats, Purgatory tells the tale of a forbidden love, a ruined estate, a terrible crime and a father's struggle for redemption.


Starring: Louisa Pancoast, John Amedro and Michael Johnson

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August, 2019

Little y presents

All the Times I Did Not See Potsdam

by Heloise Wilson

An experimental and whimsical show about happenstance and hope. Four strangers meet in the cafeteria of a German Palace while a solar eclipse approaches to untangle what brought them there. Part installation, part theatre, All The Times I Did Not See Potsdam is a non-linear piece in eight languages exploring missed opportunities and the emotional maps we build for ourselves.

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August, 2019

Adirondack Shakespeare Company Presents


"Fair is foul, and foul is fair." Macbeth encounters three weyard sisters who prophesy that he will one day be king of Scotland.


Ties of kinship, friendship, and love unravel with terrifying speed in Adirondack Shakespeare Company's new production of this supernatural tragedy.

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June, 2019

Peace, a Massacre, and the Umbrella

directed by Ali Jamali.

2 Actors, 6 Contemporary Scenes and 63.617251 square feet of playing space. (A tiny rug.)

A casual night of stripped scenework featuring Chessa Metz and Jay William Thomas, benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Scenes Directed by: 
Alex Bodine 
Austin Spero 
Coleman Ray Clark 
Sean Harris 
Tony Jenkins 
Vicky Siegrist 

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June, 2019

Peace, a Massacre, and the Umbrella

directed by Ali Jamali.


The production is directed by Ali Jamali with a cast featuring Isaac J. Conner, Marie Dinolan, Louise Heller, Ali Jamali, Ben Jorgensen, Feryal Kilisli, Andy Lachman, Anuj Parikh, Giselle Samson, and Danny Schwarz.

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April, 2019


A Variety Drag & Burlesque Show

at The Plaxall Gallery

A night of deliciously good fun!



• The Great Fairy Venus Celestina
• Riley J
• Scarlett Cerise
• Poppy Pills

Cara Antoinette, Headlining

Hosted by Liv Dangerously and Otter Lee Fun!

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March, 2019

The Tempest by Wm Shakespeare

Presented by The Secret Theatre

Producer Stephanie Wilson & Artistic Director/Producer Richard Mazda present an immersive production of The Tempest, performed in the Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, NY.

The production features an Ariel on silks, a dance company, projections, and a huge playing area where scenes will move around the space with the audience following the action.

Directed by Owen Thompson, the production incorporates a dance company choreographed by Shoko Tamai of Ninja Ballet, and projection design by Sadah Espii Proctor.


The play contains music and songs that evoke the spirit of enchantment on the island.

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February, 2019

Seven League Boots Presents

Bottom's Dream!
(a Midsummer Actor’s Nightmare)

Bottom’s Dream! (a Midsummer Actor’s Nightmare), is an hour-long original and immersive adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Andy Schneeflock, performing February 13-24 at The Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City. 

Produced by Seven League Boots, in partnership with Long Island City Artists, Inc., this new adaptation by Jennie Brown and Leigh Anne Poulos incorporates 7LB’s signature Pop Up Shakespeare style into an interactive en-promenade exploration of Shakespeare's classic.

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January, 2019

"The Lift Off"

A New Play Series from The Navigators, a Science Fiction Theater company with a clear feminist perspective.

The Navigators’ mission is to incubate and produce Science Fiction Theater with a clear feminist perspective. We are dedicated to elevating female driven stories in a genre dominated by men by empowering female-identifying playwrights, producers, directors, designers, and actors in our productions. We seek to engage new audiences, realize new and daring realities, and expand the boundaries of what theater can achieve by fully exploring sci-fi on stage

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January, 2019

"Splendid Devils"

Written and performed by

Leigh Anne Poulos
Directed by Leigh Walter

Through a trio of intimate conversations, Splendid Devils gives voice to three real artists who, though pioneers in their respective fields, had all fallen into relative obscurity by the time of their deaths. Inspired by the lives and work of these women as they navigated the cultural landscape of the early 20th century, Poulos finds timely relevance in their struggles, questioning the attainability and sustainability of freedom from social convention and the price of seeking to live a life that defies expectation.

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January, 2019

Rude Grooms Presents

"Twelfth Night"

a unique Twelfth Night celebration where a traditional Twelfth Night cake determines who plays what role in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. 

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October, 2018


a ritual poetry performance

by Audrey Dimola

"PROVENANCE is the intersection between the journey to love; the journey to self, which is also to god; and the journey to make peace with the darkness.

part ritual, part poetry, part music, part movement- it is an exploration of the viscerality of want. how it drives us, transforms us. ‘the wanting creature.’ its connections to love, sex, spirit, and mental illness. and how, if we push far enough- this grief-filled longing becomes ecstatic, transcendent, holy- a means for return to true self, a return to god. 

In dedication to my beloved nana louiseann polidoro on the 7 year anniversary of her passing"

– Audrey Dimola


audrey wildfire dimola
steven t. licardi
kymberly nolden
matthew toth
& introducing riley batson

sound & stage manage by dominick dimola
set & props assist by april dimola

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October, 2018

Rude Grooms presentsThe
The Witch of Edmonton

By Thomas Dekker, John Ford, and William Rowley

The Witch of Edmonton is an unnerving tragicomedy inspired by the true story of Elizabeth Sawyer, a woman accused of witchcraft during the reign of James I. Mistreated by her neighbors and abandoned by her community, Elizabeth turns to supernatural powers to aid her in her revenge against her tormentors. Though they may at first appear virtuous, everyone in this small town has something to hide and Elizabeth has just the thing to sniff them out… A thrilling, contemporary rendition of the play, complete with games to interact and drink along with the people of Edmonton.

Creative Team
Clint Allen (Dog)
Bridget Bose (choreographer)
Devon Glover (Cuddy Banks)
Emma Montoya Hills (Associate Producer)
Adriane Moreno (Susan) 
Will O’Hare (Sir Arthur)
Kate Pitt (Actor-Manager, Kate) 
Deb Radloff (Elizabeth Sawyer)
Yael Reich (Winnifred)
Eric Simpson (Warbeck & Fidler)
Montgomery Sutton (Frank)

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July, 2018

Stripped Scripts presentsThe
Stupid Fucking Bird

By Aaron Posner

Directed by Adam Knight

Stupid Fucking Bird, written by Aaron Posner, reimagines Chekhov’s classic text as a contemporary artist’s journey attempting to find new forms of art by living in this present moment. The characters’ stories are at once hysterical, tragic and cathartic as they desperately attempt to find out what it means to be an artist.


This meta-theatrical experience, grounded in the disappointment inherent in growing up in the world we live in today, asks the question: Art, Love Happiness… can we have it all?

THE CAST of STUPID FUCKING BIRD features OLIVIER RENAUD (Cirque De Soliel), JAY WILLIAM THOMAS (”Dementia 13”), MARY RUTH BAGGOTT (“Brokers”), TANA SIROIS (“Broad Comedy”), DAVID LEEPER (“At The Flash”), ALLISON THREADGOLD (“Tomorrow In The Battle”) and DONAL BROPHY (“Sleep No More”).

AARON POSNER (Playwright) is an American playwright, theatre director, and co-founder of the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. He has previously adapted The Chosen based on a novel of the same name, My Name Is Asher Lev, based on Potok’s 1972 novel. He has adapted Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (titled Life Sucks) and Three Sisters titled (No Sisters).

ADAM KNIGHT (Director) is co-founder of the Off-Off Broadway Slant Theatre Project, where he has produced 25 world premieres and worked with artists such as Lucy Alibar, Bekah Brunstetter, Adam Rapp and Mat Smart. NYC credits include projects with Cherry Lane, Ensemble Studio Theatre, aMios Theatre, Poetry Project, Drilling Company, The Tank, 59E59, Roust Theatre Company and HERE Arts Center. Regionally, he has worked at Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Warehouse Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse, PURE theatre, WaterTower Theatre and Williamstown Theatre Festival.

THE DESIGN TEAM includes artwork by Paola Martinez Fiterre, lighting design by Eric Goodman, and stage management by Didi Marrero and Marissa Riggs.

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“Sirois is alternately heartbreaking and delightful...


Renaud (is) like some virtuoso gene-splice of Jack Lemmon and John Cleese...

David Leeper radiates melancholy insight and honest solitude...

"Donal Brophy is irresistible as the burrito of rakish remoteness and manipulative humility..."

​– Adam McGovern,

WINNER: Outstanding Revival of a Play
Innovative Theatre Award 2019

August, 2018

Rude Grooms NYC present

William Shakespeare'sThe
Much Ado About Nothing

Marie Louise Guinier*
Sibel Damar
Dhruv Iyengar
Daniel Kemper
Laura Piccoli
Deb Radloff*
Joseph Robinson*
Amanda Rojas
Eduardo Ruiz
Montgomery Sutton*
Molly Thomas    
Actor-Manager: Laura Piccoli

Book-Holder: Kate Pitt
Master of Music: Kara Arena
Master of Movement: Bridget Bose
Assistant Producer: Calley Luman

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Equity approved Showcase.

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September 22-25, 2017

Cotton Candy and Cocaine


Cotton Candy and Cocaine takes place in Las Vegas's hottest up-and-coming attraction - Tad Park's Vegas, a glitzy commercial avenue a mile past the renowned Strip.  Meet the waiters, bartenders, drag queens, buskers, former prostitutes, costumed characters and others who live to entertain us in this 360-surround experience that pits the denizens of the old Las Vegas against the newcomers who want to revitalize their neighborhood -- all while giving us the time of our lives. Its Old Guard vs. New Guard in this electro-pop musical/dance/libation-lathered party that invites us to join in the fun and be swept up in the sex, dirt and glitter that is Vegas on vacation.

Book & Lyrics: EllaRose Chary
Music & Lyrics: Brandon James Gwinn
Director: Carlos Armesto
Music Director: Billy Thompson
Choreographer: Esther Widlanski

Featuring: Courtney Bassett, Jose Candelaria, Ryan Cassatta, Hannah Rose de Flumeri,  Jen Fouché,  Dylan Hartwell, Daniel K. Isaac, Azudi Onyejekwe, and Tori Scott  

With: Wesley Barnes, Lydia Ruth Dawson, Jake Haynie, Mia Kang, Melissa Strain, and Tony Williams II


July-August, 2017

Dirt [contained] and LIC-A present

 Garden of Delights

by Fernando Arrabal


Diving head first into the psyche of a tortured artist, Dirt [contained] Theatre Company takes you on a promenade immersive journey through a transformed warehouse gallery and into the surreal depths of human imagination. 

"Garden of Delights" follows Lais, a charming, yet self-loathing actress, through a bizarre and unflinching look at her sadomasochistic experience of love and art. Isolated in her home with only her caged beast-like partner and flock of childish sheep to protect her from the outside world, she spirals down into painful memories and erotic fantasies that blur the line between reality and imagination.

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