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Past Shows - Performing Arts

ARISE

Spring Dance Festival 2024

An exhilarating event that brings together dancers, choreographers, and enthusiasts from all corners of NYC!

Saturday, April 6, 7pm
Sunday, April 7, 3pm
Saturday, April 13, 1pm - Queens Konquest
Sunday, April 14, 3pm

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arise-spring-dance-festival-2024-tickets-864630863187

Culture Lab LIC presents… ARISE: A Spring Dance Festival. ARISE is a spring dance festival with the mission to showcase a selection of curated work from a range of local dance artists.

As part of the ARISE Spring Dance Festival, witness an epic Youth & Adult hip-hop and breaking dance battles presented by the Queens-based entities Queensboro Dance Festival, Dynasty Breaking NYC, NY Collective, Moedga Dance Studio, and Zeehan Wazed.

 

Join us for an ARISE closing night toast/after party for an evening of networking among dance artists, enthusiasts, and community members, + celebrate our first official ARISE Dance Festival with us! This event will also help support Culture Lab LIC in hosting these series and arts-focused events. The event will begin at 5pm after our last ARISE performance on Sunday, 4/14.Mix and match tickets for a show, the dance battle, and the after party! Or just the after party only!

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Queens Konquest Battlers Register at: https://breakkonnect.com/event/2886

Festival Schedule: Saturday, April 6 - Dance Series Doors at 7pm; Show at 7:30pm Featuring: House of Chow Jon Lehrer Dance Lost Kids Collective ObremskiWorks Valerie Green/Dance Entropy Sunday, April 7 - Dance Series Doors at 3PM; Show at 3:30PM Featuring: House of Chow Jon Lehrer Dance Lost Kids Collective ObremskiWorks Valerie Green/Dance Entropy Saturday, April 13 - Queens Konquest Dance Battle 2024 1:00pm DOORS OPEN 2:00pm Youth Breaking 1v1 Prelims ages 6-9 2:45pm Youth Breaking 2v2 Prelims ages 10-16 4:45pm Finals both age groups 5:00pm Adult Breaking 2v2 Prelims 6:20pm Adult All-styles 1v1 Prelims 8:40pm Adult Breaking Finals 8:45pm Adult All-styles Finals 9:00-11:00pm Afterparty Sunday, April 14 - Dance Series Doors at 3pm; Show at 3:30pm AFTER PARTY to follow! Featuring: House of Chow Jon Lehrer Dance Lost Kids Collective ObremskiWorks Valerie Green/Dance Entropy -------- Queens Konquest Dance Battle 2024 (April 13, 2pm) details: Youth ages 6-9 Breaking 1v1, cash prize $100 Youth ages 10-16 Breaking 2v2, cash prize $250 Adult Breaking 2v2, cash prize $1200 Adult All-styles 1v1, cash prize $800 Your DJ: SC-One Breaking Judges: Bongo, Whorah, Kom3All-Styles Judges: Huu Rock, Stephy Styles, Hurrikane Your MCs: Rampage, Jiggz plus: Queens exhibition battle Kid Glide vs Whorah Kids activity area & vendors! Event filmed by Stance Tickets are all day access: $15 advance, $20 at door (No refunds) Food and drink (alc and non) available for purchase Queens Konquest is a non-profit event!

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Culture Lab After Dark presents

Noir Nights

An evening of burlesque and vintage vibes!

Saturday, March 30, 9pm

Noir Nights is an evening of seduction and allure, drawing inspiration from the mysterious and sophisticated ambiance of film noir. This event transports attendees into a bygone era, where the stage is set for an unforgettable journey through the art of burlesque with a vintage noir twist.

Attendees are encouraged to embrace the dress code of the era, donning their most stylish noir-inspired attire.

"Noir Nights" is more than a performance; it's an immersive experience that invites the audience to step into the shadows of a glamorous past and an enchanting evening of vintage-inspired burlesque.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/noir-nights-tickets-852534412377

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The Glam Revue
Saturday, March 16, 9-11pm

Category is... Women’s Herstory Month!

Join this delicious cast of NYC drag queens on March 16, 9-10pm for a campy night of performance celebrating the powerful impact of divine diva energy.

Audience members can anticipate a show full of iconic antics and the opportunity to be selected as best dressed.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-glam-revue-tickets-852545314987

 

Adult Content Advisory
 

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Theater Camp Goes to the Movies!
Saturday, March 9, 9pm

Hosted by: Tulle Kit

A show for all the queer and trans ex drama kids in the NYC drag & burlesque scene!

Welcome to Theater Camp, a space for all the queer and trans ex drama kids in the NYC drag & burlesque scene to showcase the earnest, raunchy, gender-bent musical theater acts of their wildest dreams. We’re so excited to invite you back in red carpet style for Theater Camp Goes To the Movies!

 

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theater-camp-goes-to-the-movies-tickets-852522958117

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SONGS FROM

THE SOURCE

Honoring Our Planet

Alongside Technology

Presented by The Extended Reality Ensemble (XRE) with Alfaaz, Circuit Solarium & Wild Tongues Productions, & Culture Lab LIC

Saturday, March 2, 7-10pm
Sunday, March 3, 4-7pm

The award-winning Extended Reality Ensemble (XRE) with co-founders Clara Francesca and She’s Excited! in conjunction with Circuit Solarium USA, with Brooklyn-based literary collective Alfaaz (featured at World Ocean Day UN NYC) and Wild Tongues Productions, bring you SONGS FROM THE SOURCE,SONGS FROM THE SOURCE: Honoring Our Planet Alongside Technology”, a two-day festival of interactive installations & live performances featuring the elements of (1) water, (2) fire, (3) air and (4) earth, at Culture Lab LIC.

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Noir Nights

An evening of burlesque and vintage vibes!

Saturday, February 17, 9pm -12:30am

"Noir Nights" is an evening of seduction and allure, drawing inspiration from the mysterious and sophisticated ambiance of film noir. This event transports attendees into a bygone era, where the stage is set for an unforgettable journey through the art of burlesque with a vintage noir twist. 

 

Attendees are encouraged to embrace the dress code of the era, donning their most stylish noir-inspired attire. The room is filled with the clinking of glasses and the hushed murmurs of anticipation as the night unfolds, leaving a trail of elegance and sensuality in its wake.

"Noir Nights" is more than a performance; it's an immersive experience that invites the audience to step into the shadows of a glamorous past and an enchanting evening of vintage-inspired burlesque.

Featuring live music from Gentleman Brawlers!

Read More & Buy Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/noir-nights-tickets-808400466557

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A Night of Drag, Drinks & Drama

Theater Camp is for Lovers!

Friday, February 16, 8pm

A show for all the queer and trans ex drama kids in the NYC drag & burlesque scene!

Hosted by: Tulle Kit

Welcome to Theater Camp, a space for all the queer and trans ex-drama kids in the NYC drag & burlesque scene to showcase the earnest, raunchy, gender-bent musical theater acts of their wildest dreams. We’re so excited to invite you back to Culture Lab LIC for our "Theater Camp is for Lovers".

Read More & Buy Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theater-camp-is-for-lovers-tickets-809053850847

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and His 17-Piece Instrument

Friday, February 9, 7:30pm

John Yao and His 17-piece Instrument (JY-17 for short) features the diverse compositions of trombonist, composer and arranger John Yao.

 

Yao’s lyrical soloing and expressive, round tone combined with his creative hunger for exploring the boundaries of harmony and rhythm in his compositions and arrangements have established him as a unique musical talent and forward-thinking jazz talent.

 

This performance will feature new works from his forthcoming suite “Continuum” to be recorded in early February 2024.

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Lunar New Year 2024

Lunar New Year 2024
Saturday, February 10, 4pm EST

Come to Culture Lab LIC where you can experience fun games such as Mahjong, see exciting performances and gorgeous art!

As part of our month-long Year of the Dragon exhibition, guests will have the opportunity to participate in the DIY DragonZodiac. Made of PVC and transparent plastic stickers, this is the work of artist Xiangdong Shi. All guests participating in the event are invited to paste plastic stickers on the designed pattern area. The special, transparent and bright light effect heralds good fortune in the Year of the Dragon in 2024.

Enjoy fun games including Mahjong and participate in traditional dress up. Stay for the exciting live performances, you may even see a dragon making it's way through the gallery!

End the night with CrazyLaugh Comedy, the first Chinese stand-up comedy in the Greater New York area and a fast-growing non-profit Asian cultural exchange platform.

Tickets include one drink.

Read More About Featured Performers & Events

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunar-new-year-2024-at-culture-lab-lic-tickets-804199200457

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Triborough Film Festival

by Astoria Filmmakers Club

 

Immerse yourself in the art of storytelling with our Astor Nominees, films that promise to captivate, inspire, and entertain. From gripping dramas to thought-provoking documentaries, each screening is a unique experience that showcases the diverse perspectives and creative brilliance of filmmakers from around the five boroughs!

Discover hidden gems and emerging talent, engage with filmmakers with Q&A sessions after each screening and connect with other film enthusiasts over a diverse lineup of films, ensuring there is something for everyone!

Saturday, February 3, 2pm

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-triborough-film-festival-tickets-801569825927

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Watch Daniel Emond performing "The Whale" on Youtube: https://youtu.be/bLeG4kzMZPE?si=OSq_-GbW4aFfzDfM

Kill the Whale

  UNPLUGGE

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

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

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kill-the-whale-selections-unplugged-tickets-752910153537

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Naoya Ogura Jazz Orchestra

Live at Culture Lab LIC

Friday, December 15, 7-9pm - Indoors

Buy Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naoya-ogura-jazz-orchestra-live-at-culture-lab-lic-tickets-742245204387

 

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

The Ensemble:

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

Trumpet: Nathan Eklund, David Smith, Naoya Ogura

Trombone: Matthew MacDonald, John Yao, Brandon Moodie

Rhythm: Hyuna Park, Evan Gregor, Tim Horner

 

Naoya Ogura on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/naoyogura

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Theater Camp

Winter Spectacular

Thursday, December 14, 7pm

Hosted by Tulle Kit

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

 

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theater-camp-winter-spectacular-tickets-754014817617

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

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

Celebrated by The New Yorker as one of its "art and music top picks in 2019" the CreArtBox Music Festival 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.

Directed and curated by Guillermo Laporta and Josefina Urraca, the festival presents CreArtBox's roster of musicians, many of whom are members of notable orchestras and ensembles such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Orchestra.

https://creartbox.nyc

CreArt Music Festival 2023

at Culture Lab LIC

December 7, 8 & 9

 

CreArtBox is a New York-based arts organization that presents exceptional classical and new music with a crafted visual aesthetic. Through programs designed to foster art commitment in today’s society, CreArtBox seeks to promote the creation of new and  meaningful work, support professional artists, enhance local communities, and inspire future generations.

7th Annual CreArt Music Festival

Schedule:

Day 1: Echoes of Solitude
Thursday, December 7, 7:30pm

Tickets

Day 2: Masked Sounds
Friday December 8, 7:30pm

Tickets

Day 3: Mountains We Love to Climb
Saturday, December 9, 7:30pm

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Adaptive Dance for All

by The Dancer Movement


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

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

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adaptive-dance-for-all-by-the-dancer-movement-at-culture-lab-lic-tickets-759275131357

 

Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Avenue Queens, NY 11101

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

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The Incomplete Collection

by Linked Dance Theatre

November 10,11,12,16,17,18,19, 7pm

 

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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.

  An Art GALLERY COMES TO LIFE  

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

Featuring:
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

November 16,17,18,19

7pm

Buy Tickets: https://www.linkeddancetheatre.com/the-incomplete-collection

Show Me Eternity
A New Musical by Dillon & Caps


Book & Lyrics by Annie Dillon
Music & Lyrics by Samantha Caps

Emily Dickinson and Sue Gilbert... a romance hidden for over a century...

Tickets available for the following dates:

• Thursday November 30, 7:30pm

• Friday, December 1, 7:30pm (Queer Affinity Night: Post-Show Mixer immediately following performance.)

• Saturday, December 2, 3pm & 7:30pm

• Sunday, December 3, 3pm (Post-show talkback immediately following performance.)

• Monday, December 4, 7:30pm

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/show-me-eternity-tickets-748110437457

Show Me Eternity unveils a story that was hidden for over a century: the romance between Emily Dickinson and Sue Gilbert, who was her brother Austin’s wife. After Emily’s death, Sue prepares Emily’s work for posthumous publication and enlists the help of Mabel Loomis Todd, a well-connected young artist with motives of her own. As Sue and Mabel review the late Emily's manuscripts, they uncover a series of memories that weave a story of everlasting love and difficult choices. Mabel and Sue discover, just as Emily did throughout her life, that both authenticity and erasure come at a cost. Show Me Eternity was developed as a part of Culture Lab LIC's 2023 Emergence Artist Residency. Culture Lab LIC is a 501(c)(3) formed to be the arts and culture umbrella for Western Queens. We present local, national, and international art of all genres, while supporting New York artists and other nonprofits by providing space, resources and a sense of community. 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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EYO
A traditional festival performance

arranged & directed by Taiwo Aloba

November 19 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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eyo-tickets-699218229547

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: 

https://www.culturelablic.org/support-us

 

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

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The How Theater & Culture Lab LIC present

Rat King

A Movement Theater Piece

November 9, 10, 11, 9:30pm

Rat King searches for collective solutions to problems we face today asking, can we break our habits, work together, and change the future?

Who can survive the Rat King?

Forced to face the reality of either working together or tearing each other apart, Rat King is an exploration of human physiology, desire, and behavior when individuals become a group enmeshed with one another.

This rare phenomenon occurs when rats’ tails get tangled into one big knot forming a “rat king”. As the rats pull away in anxiety and fear, they become more entangled, and the knot becomes tighter and tighter, making it impossible for the rats to escape. Eventually, the rats die or eat each other because of their inability to work together to solve the common issue. Through movement, sound and personal reflection–inspired by the image of the rat king–we explore the limits of individualism and the culture of greed and fear, examining how the impact of generational trauma determines the state of the collective. What makes us different? How are we the same? And can we survive when we are tethered to each other?

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The Moth and Culture Lab LIC present

On the Move

Wednesday, November 15

Doors Open: 6pm; Stories Begin: 7pm

Tickets: https://themoth.org/events/education-showcase-on-the-move

 

Join us for an evening of stories of forming bonds, exploring new territory, and breaking the mold. Seeking inspiration or being an inspiration when you least expect it. Moments of rolling with the punches, setting the tempo, and forging ahead.

 

The Moth Education Program is made possible by generous support from Unlikely Collaborators.

 

Additional program support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Alice Gottesman, The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation and Con Edison.

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Freestyle Mondays NYC

22nd Year Anniversary
Sunday, October 22 · 2 - 8pm

Join us to celebrate Freestyle Mondays NYC's 22nd Year Anniversary! Get ready for Live Art, B-Boy/Girl performances, guest producers, Beatboxers, Live DJ Sets, the Freestyle Monday band, and our MC Gameshow competition. Whether you're a seasoned freestyler or just a fan of the art form, this is an experience you don't want to miss!

 

This is an ALL-AGE family-friendly event held outdoors at Cultural Lab LIC. Door: Donation-based (Suggested donation $21. A buck for each year FM has been rocking!)

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freestyle-mondays-nyc-22nd-anniversary-tickets-726203764007

Schedule:

2:00 - DJ Sam Sellers
3:00 - Freestyle Mondays Jam Session (Open Mic)
3:30 - MC Gameshow Competition Ft. American Beatbox Championships
5:30 - Special Guest Showcases from around the World
6:30 - Freestyle Mondays Jam Session (Open Mic)
7:30 - Dj Sam Sellers

Live Art throughout the Day

Partners: American Beatbox Championships, Funkadelic Studios, Soul Cypher Sessions, Next Level Global

Outdoor events are weather permitting. Schedule subject to change.

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

Costumes by SABRINA PRETTO

Lighting and Production Design by

10K PRODUCTIONS

Artwork, Animation and Concept by

LAUREN WOODS ART

Original Score by BRADLEY HARRIS MUSIC

Live Music by MOLLY ARONSON

https://www.instagram.com/billyblanken
https://www.facebook.com/billyblankensmdt

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Queens Jazz Overground and Culture Lab LIC present

2023 JazzFest


October 8, 2-9pm

Free Admission

Sunday, October 8 at 2pm we're bringing you a FREE day-long series of jazz workshops and performances at The Queens Jazz OverGround Festival, a collective that promotes jazz performance and education in the borough of Queens.

This annual event highlights the talents of the many renowned and emerging jazz instrumentalists & vocalists in Queens and NYC. The day features an exciting lineup of six professional Queens-based jazz ensembles, jazz workshops, and a showcase of the winners of our Student Jazz Video Competition! We can't wait to see you there!

Schedule:

2pm: Brian Woodruff and Friends
3pm: Anibal Rojas Quartet
4pm: Kim Clarke Trio
5pm: Table Talk
6pm: Goussy Célestin's Ayiti Brass
7pm: Student Performers
8pm: John Fedchock NY Big Band

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-fall-jazz-fest-tickets-699902265517

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EYO
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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eyo-tickets-699218229547

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: 

https://www.culturelablic.org/support-us

 

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

BIOADAPTED
September 7-24

Created and Directed by Tjaša Ferme
Written by Alexis Roblan, James Yu, Tjaša Ferme, including real transcripts and interviews.

Transforma Theatre presents BIOADAPTED, a theatre reenactment investigative documentary with actors portraying real people and scientists, paired with humorous and eerie fictional pieces about what our future might look like if the AI propagates in unethical ways that don't serve humankind.

Bioadapted employs texts about AI, some of which have been generated by GPT-3. An EEG headset will generate BCI (brain-computer-interface) instructions for the movement of an actor linked with a haptic vest and LED lights sewn into the costume.. In the grand finale the audience will put GPT-3 on trial and interrogate it directly in real time.

Our goal is to investigate, interrogate, and educate all while delivering a unique, interactive, science-enhanced experience using technology. AI regulations and their implementation in government systems concern all of us, and through our process of blending art and science, we make these issues "digestible", empowering audiences to become active decision makers and alert citizens protecting their own agency and human sovereignty.

Dates & Showtimes:
Thursday, September 7, 7:30-9pm
Friday, September 8, 7:30-9pm
Saturday, September 9, 3-4:30pm & 7-8:30pm
Sunday, September 10, 3-4:30pm & 7-8:30pm
Thursday, September 14, 7:30-9pm
Friday, September 15, 7:30-9pm
Saturday, September 16, 3-4:30pm & 7-8:30pm
Sunday, September 17, 3-4:30pm & 7-8:30pm
Thursday, September 21, 9:30-11pm
Friday, September 22, 9:30-11pm
Saturday, September 23, 3-4:30pm & 7-8:30pm
Sunday, September 24, 3-4:30pm & 7-8:30pm

John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards review Bioadapted on Thinking Theater NYC: https://www.thinkingtheaternyc.com/2023/09/review-bioadapted-and-its-audience.html

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Ofrenda Fest for the Climate:

Offerings for the Planet

Sunday, September 17, 1-9pm

The Ofrenda Fest for the Climate aims to raise awareness about climate change and our planet. On September 17, we invite you to join us for a day filled with music, song, dance, a holistic art market, and prayer to celebrate and honor the planet!

We believe that collective action is necessary to make a positive impact on our planet and the climate, and we hope that this event will inspire and unite people in this mission. So mark your calendars and get ready to be a part of this movement!

This event is weather permitting. Schedule subject to change.

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting this event!

Culture Lab LIC, Tribal Link Foundation, and Queens Council on the Arts

This event is free, but donations are welcome. Pay what you want!  RSVP to reserve your spot for the opening ceremony with Indigenous Communities: 

https://www.ofrendafest.com/event-details/offerings-for-the-planet-at-culture-lab

Schedule:

On September 17, join us for a day full of rituals and ceremonies, Indigenous fashion show, music, holistic and art market to celebrate and honor the earth...

1-9pm: MARKET OPENS - Our Holistic and Art Salon market is home to a variety of talented vendors, artisans, and artists. Their unique handcrafted products are a testament to their creativity and dedication to their craft. They offer a wide range of items, including 12x12 paintings, healing bundles and crystals, organic ceremonial teas, mandalas, and indigenous art, all of which can help enhance spiritual and physical well-being. In addition to these traditional items, our vendors also offer modern luxuries such as aromatherapy, candles, and handmade jewelry.

2pm: OPENING CEREMONY - This ceremony will be led by Tashka Yawanawá from the Brazilian Amazon and Laura Soriano, a Mixteca-Zapoteca, from Mexico. They will share their knowledge and experience about living in harmony with our planet. They will lead a prayer and share stories and songs about their culture and traditions, giving us a unique opportunity to learn from their wisdom and insights to inspire us to take actions and contribute to a better and more sustainable future for all of us.

4pm: MUSIC: Ancestronic Music Tour featuring Djuena Tikuna, a Brazilian Tikuna from the Tikuna peoples in the Amazon and DJ Eric Terena from the Terena peoples in the Pantanal of Brazil. Through music, they amplify the power of Indigenous ancestry and echo the struggle of the original peoples and their roots.

5pm: INDIGENOUS FASHION SHOW - This event is a celebration of different traditions, unique styles, patterns, and designs that reflect the customs of these communities. It provides a platform for Indigenous designers to showcase their work and for the public to learn about the history and significance of Indigenous wear.

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Above: Take a look behind the scenes as Emergence Artist in Residence, Genee Coreno and the Fringe & Fur Theater Company prepare for the premiere of OUTSIDE, August 24-27, at Culture Lab LIC.

Special Thanks to:
Culture Lab LIC
The Field
Flushing Town Hall

OUTSIDE

Presented by Fringe & Fur and Culture Lab LIC’s Emergence Artist Residency Program 

 

Written & Directed by Genee Coreno

Thursday, August 24, 7:30pm
Friday, August 25, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 26, 3pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, August 27, 3pm and 7:30pm 

Tickets: https://www.universe.com/events/outside-tickets-GJN1XB

OUTSIDE follows June Ashbury’s surreal return to Paradise following a wildfire. Guided by a lone wolf, June must confront the loss & memory of her sister, Catherine J. Ashbury and the remains of a place she once called home.  

Inspired by the work of Andrew Wyeth, and filmmaker Maya Deren's "At Land", OUTSIDE explores the intimate impact of climate change through puppetry, original music & film. This production is in its first phase of development.

 

Writer & Director:

Genee Coreno

 

Performers:

Nayelin Monegro

Isabel Renner

Hussein Smko


Sound Composition:

Masatora Goya


Set Design:

Emily Greco


Production Stage Management:

Sarah Jones


Video Design:

Dena Kopolovich


Puppetry Design & Direction:

Kayla Prestel


Lighting Design:
Elizabeth M. Stewart

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. 

Fringe and Fur is a sponsored artist with The Performance Zone Inc (dba The Field), a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the performing arts community. Contributions to The Field earmarked for Fringe and Fur are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Field, or for our national charities registration, contact: The Field, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 906 New York, NY 10038, phone: 212-691-6969. A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained from The Field or from the Office of Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

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Darkness Rising Live 6

Block Party & Black Mental Health Benefit

Sunday, August 27, 4-8pm

Join the Black Broadway community as they perform inspirational songs at the Darkness RISING LIVE Block Party, an annual music and mental health event featuring the Black Broadway community performing inspirational songs for Black mental health, and Black mental health providers as our guest speakers. It also features food, live music, wellness vendors, resources, and more!

AT THE EVENT:
- Performances by Broadway stars!
- 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!

The 6th annual concert benefits Darkness RISING Nonprofit, a 501(c)3 organization that provides direct mental health resources to the Black community.

Tickets/Donations: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queens-darkness-rising-live-6-block-party-black-mental-health-benefit-tickets-676231395307

Darkness RISING is a mental health 501(c)3 nonprofit. We provide free community wellness resources and live concerts created by Black Broadway and theatre professionals, many who have experienced a mental health condition.

Our goal is to reimagine and provide safe and equitable mental health resources, address issues which directly affect the Black community, connect community members to resources, and erase the stigma. We empower the Black community, communities of color, formerly incarcerated community, LGBTQIA, trans community those with lived mental health challenges, and those at the intersection of these communities.

Learn more about Darkness Rising: 

https://darknessrisingproject.org

https://www.facebook.com/darknessrisingproject

At Midnight
by Chanel Andrews

August 18, 19 & 20, 8pm

(A 45-minute Q&A With Creator and Actors follows each performance.)

 

A one-act play that takes place towards the end of a night, at a makeshift NA meeting in a friend's house under the guise of band practice.

Exploring a range of characters sharing stories of love, grief, and sobriety throughout a rehearsal. Some people's stories range from the biblical to the fleeting to the insignificant, and all should be heard, disappeared, and found again. A queer hauntological perspective of lost futures informing our very present.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/at-midnight-tickets-662500515877

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 https://www.culturelablic.org/support-us

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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TaiwanFest!

Free Outdoor Festival - Food, Crafts & Live Performances
Sunday, August 6, 3-9pm

Experience a Taiwanese market in Long Island City! This festival celebrates Taiwanese food and culture, offering an awesome array of food, art, and cultural traditions from Taiwan. Let's eat some of the most popular Taiwanese delicacies! TaiwanFest brings Taiwanese food & culture to Long Island City! No RSVP required. See you there!

Free Admission. Outdoors. Event is 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. 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 https://www.culturelablic.org/support-us

Culture Lab LIC

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

Culture Lab LIC is a nonprofit organization. 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 https://www.culturelablic.org/support-us

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Queensboro Dance Festival
Free Outdoor Performances at Culture Lab LIC

July 29, 4:30pm

Performances by:
Ayazamana Dance Group
barbara mahler's dances
Chieh & Yoyo
Gotham Dance Theater
Manhatitlan
Neela Dance Academy
Noora Dance Theater
Robert Mark Dance
The Kingdom Dance Company

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/performances-at-culture-lab-lic-tickets-627840015387

Schedule and lineup subject to change. Outdoor performances are weather permitting. For the latest schedule updates, follow Culture Lab LIC on Facebook and Instagram.

Exquisite Corpse Company presents

Drinks & Drama

Join us for Drinks & Drama, a series of six new plays created using Exquisite Corpse Company's writing method and inspired by gallery exhibitions at Culture Lab LIC. 

Upcoming readings in this series: 

Sunday, July 20, 7:30pm: 

mamahuhu

by Kaela Mae-Shing Garvin.

Directed by Ran Xia

Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/drinks-and-drama-tickets-645431772807 (Every ticket includes a free drink!)

Sunday, July 16

Islanders 2.0 - Going Home

Two Indoor performances:

3-3:45pm and 5-5:45pm 

 

Islanders Tickets are "pay-what-you-can." Reserve your place by making a donation! RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/islanders-20-going-home-tickets-669611715667

 

Experience Taiwan through audio-visual and physical performances of Taiwanese artists in New York...

 

On July 16, a group of young Taiwanese artists will bring back the Taiwanese-themed live art experience. "Islanders 2.0 - Going Home" combines music and dance into an indoor interactive audio-visual experience!

“Islanders 2.0 - Going Home" is a three-part live art experience. It was created by Chieh Hsiung and Yu-Wei Hsiao at Culture Lab LIC in 2022. It contains a sound installation, “My Childhood Home,” a film screening, “All City’s Stage,” and a musical dance performance, “Compound Playground.”

Last but not least, the work of six contemporary visual artists from Taiwan will be on display as part of
FEVER GENESIS, an indoor art exhibition currently running at Culture Lab LIC.

 

Performers:

@chieh.1990

@hsiaoyoyoyo

@paprtape

@sobina

@boomnbust

@jumpingleo

@fang_nytw

Artist Director: Chieh Hsiung, Yu-Wei Hsiao
Dance Director: Chieh Hsiung
Music Director: Yu-Wei Hsiao
Performer: Tony Yang, Grant Hao-Wei Lin, Sobina Chi Kamter, Chieh Hsiung, Yu-Wei Hsiao, Leo Yu-Ning Chang, Kui-Fang Tseng
Music Arranger: Yu-Wei Hsiao, Sobina Chi Kanter, Oscar Chang
Emcee/Narrator: Leo Yu-Ning Chang
Photographer: Pratya Jankong

Graphic Designer: Frances Chiu
Lighting Designer: Po-Yang Sung
Publicity Director: Yen-Yuan Chang


NOTE: The previously scheduled outdoor TAIWAN FEST has been postponed due to rain. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

For schedule updates, follow Culture Lab LIC on Facebook & Instagram.

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John Yao and His 17-Piece Instrument... LIVE!

Thursday, July 6, 7- 9pm

Indoor Jazz Concert featuring a 17-piece orchestra performing original compositions and arrangements which explore the boundaries of harmony, color, texture and rhythm.

John Yao and His 17-piece Instrument (JY-17 for short) is the long-standing passion project of the trombonist and composer featuring his original compositions and arrangements which explore the boundaries of harmony, color, texture and rhythm.

www.instagram.com/johnyao5737/

https://www.facebook.com/Yaozer12

https://twitter.com/JohnYao3

Indigo Events presents
Venezuelan Cultural Fest

Saturday, July 1, 2-9pm

Indigo Events present Venezuelan Cultural Fest

Danza, Musicians, Bazaar, Food, Beer, and more. A day to celebrate the beautiful Venezuelan culture. We will have live music, amazing food a different activities for families to enjoy. 

Free Outdoor Event. Weather permitting.

Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/venezuelan-cultural-fest-2023-tickets-642186576337

Schedule subject to change. Be sure to check Culture Lab LIC's Facebook &  Instagram accounts for updated info.

facebook.com/culturelablic

instagram.com/culturelablic

Swing Into Summer

Indoor Jazz Concert

Saturday, June 24, 5-6:30pm

 

Swing into summer with original jazz compositions by members of Pitches Brew, Alicia Lieu, Eimi Tanaka, and Mavis Pan.

 

Featuring the Mavis Pan Quintet.

Buy Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/swing-into-summer-tickets-632699801137

Culture Lab LIC

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

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Braata Productions presents

Caribites 2023

Saturday, June 24, 12-5pm

 

Picture yourself sitting on the most picturesque, postcard-worthy beach of your favorite Caribbean island, in a gentle shimmer of sunshine and soft tropical breeze skimming your skin. Your cooler is packed to the brim with an assortment of flavorful juices and other drinks, with a hefty and layered picnic basket of the most deliciously aromatic Caribbean foods.

 

Smell that? Taste that?

 

Good.

 

Now, Braata might not be able to bring you the entire beach, but we do intend to immerse you in an experience of Caribbean culinary delights and entertainment that will make this a summer to remember!

 

We share some of the best of Caribbean eats and cultural treats from the entire region!

 

Come down to Long Island City with your loved ones, as we have a beautiful time together with fun activities for the kids, DJ's, live performances and mouth-watering meals!

 

This event is free and open to the public.

Free tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caribites-2023-tickets-501062079167

 

Visit www.braataproductions.org or call (917) 668-2209 for more information.

 

Caribites 2023 is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. This program is also supported, in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the New City Council and Councilwoman Julie Won with additional support from the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Together! Pride 2023

Performances at Culture Lab LIC
Sunday, June 18, 2 - 9pm

Fabulous drag show concluding the third year of Together! Pride Festival at Culture Lab LIC!

Hosted by Ducky Sheaboi & Pasty InDecline and Gorgina

Join us June 18, 2-9pm for Together! Pride 2023, a festival with a little bit of everything! Local vendors, fun for the family, moments of community, drag, and live music. Hosted by Queen's most iconic duo, Ducky Sheaboi & Patsy InDecline, and co-hosted by their good sis, Gorgina. Come celebrate moments of queer joy on this fabulous day of stacked programming!

Read More & Get Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/together-pride-2023-performances-at-culture-lab-lic-tickets-628100474427

Forager Theatre Company presents

Steven Universe Musical Experience

at Culture Lab LIC

Saturday, June 17, 7pm

Forager Theatre Company presents The ‘Steven Universe Musical Experience’ an exhilarating, fun-filled, variety show evening of all that makes Steven so special, featuring live performances of all our favorite songs, fusion dances, scene readings, a mini-play, and more!

 

Come join Forager’s assembled team of Crystal Gem-worthy performers for a Pride month celebration of peace and love on the planet earth!”

Read More & Buy Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/steven-universe-musical-experience-tickets-639909044177

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Dan Kiernan & Price Troche present

Queerchella

A New York City Music Festival at Culture Lab LIC

Saturday, June 17, 2023
Music Festival: 2-10pm
Silent Disco: 10pm-Midnight

QUEERCHELLA, presented by Dan Kiernan & Price Troche, is a music festival showcasing the incredible queer talent in NYC.

 

In the past year we’ve highlighted over 35 queer music artists and our event always features a DJ after party & Paul, our resident healer and tarot reader.  

 

We strive to bring an electric festival vibe to NYC while creating a safe space for artists and audiences, alike.

Free Admission.

 

Schedule subject to change. Be sure to check Culture Lab LIC on Instagram & Facebook for up-to-date info.

Scheduled artists include: Alexandra James, Ben Freeman, Brian Falduto, Christine Baird, Clints Pavelus, Emily Zicchi, Eros, Graystar x Rach, Jayse Vegas, Kailey Prior, Kiernan, Kris Cherry, Maria Wirries, Noe Saenz, Oneupduo, Orlando, Rachel King, Remember Jones, Sunshyne & the Foxx, TeaWhyb, The Bad Judies, Thee Queen Princess, TY Mckinnie, Zoe Briskey

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World Premiere