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Past Shows - Performing Arts

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:

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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:


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


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 


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



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!

- 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.


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:

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.


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

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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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

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

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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
Neela Dance Academy
Noora Dance Theater
Robert Mark Dance
The Kingdom Dance Company


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: 


by Kaela Mae-Shing Garvin.

Directed by Ran Xia

Tickets: (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:


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.










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.

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.


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

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:

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?




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:


Visit 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!

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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!”

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Dan Kiernan & Price Troche present


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

The Empress' New Clothes

Ducky & Patsy's Fairytales for Sophisticated Adults, Episode 1

Saturday, June 10, 6:30-9:30pm.

Opening reception: 6:30pm

Screening of The Empress' New Clothes: 7:30pm, followed by a cast and production Q&A with the audience. 


Closing reception: 9pm


Drenched in campy antics, Ducky and Patsy’s Fairytales for Sophisticated Adults is a delightfully absurd ride for those that enjoy a big, long… laugh -- and a cheeky middle finger to those pushing for artist censorship.


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by Transforma Theatre

Three live, indoor performances: May 25, 26 & 27at 7:30pm


BIOADAPTED is an interactive theatrical experiment in which we employ texts about AI and generated by AI. Audience members will participate by wearing EEG headsets which will generate BCI (brain-computer-interface) instructions for the movement of actors as human marionettes in flying systems.

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subt.le / a²z

immersive listening session


May 25, 4-8:30pm

Free Admission


Montez Press Radio will be premiering a curated mix titled the temorality of water by subt.le, a sound design artist and dj who also is a Queens College MFA candidate also currently showing visual art that connects to the theme of the mix at Culture Lab LIC.


Join in listening to the premier of this mix in an immersive way, followed by having a conversation with the artist. Afterwards, there will be music, mingling and possibly live performances.


Gallery hours and programming schedule are subject to change. Be sure to check Culture Lab LIC on Instagram & Facebook for up-to-date info.


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ChangeSpace presents the 4th Annual

Better World Festival
Sunday, May 21, 12-4pm

A celebratory afternoon of people and organizations connecting to create change!

The Better World Festival is a pop-up for ChangeSpace, where you find out how you can make the difference you want to make - presentations, discussions, and activities focused on connecting, inspiring, building capacities, and amplifying stories.

Register now:

Open to all. Free Admission. Questions? Contact:

The Thing To Miss Most
A Cross-Cultural Poetry & Scent Exploration

Two Free, Indoor Performances on Sunday, May 21 at 4:30pm and 6:30pm.

The Thing To Miss Most: A cross-cultural poetry and scent exploration.

In honor of AAPI Month, performance artist Ankita Mishra and glass blower Goldie Poblador bring back The Thing to Miss Most, a multi-sensory experience through which lessons from their personal immigrant and immigrant-adjacent experiences can be shared. Together with Poblador's ritual glass objects and Mishra's experimental performance background, The Thing to Miss Most is a dynamic exploration of ancestral memory and self.

Free Tickets (donations appreciated):

“Theater on a table”, for just 25 audience members per show. The nation of the Gummy Bears starts a war without hope as they attack the neighboring nation of the Dinosaurs. The winner will easily be the Dinosaurs, and the army of the Gummy Bears, and its nation, will be permanently erased.  Written in 2018, this show coincidently echoes some of today's worldwide events.

Live, indoor performance.


Batisfera Presents
The Gummy Bears' Great War

Written & Directed by Angelo Trofa
Performed by Valentina Fadda & Leonardo Tomasi

Saturday, May 13, 7-7:30pm




Savage by Lunatics

Outdoor Hip-Hop Dance Performance

May 6, 5pm

Le Tre Marie Del Mare

by Luna Dance Theater

Indoor Modern Dance Performance

May 6, 7:30pm

Free Admission.

Presented by La Luna Dance Theater and Culture Lab LIC

Ofrenda Fest: The Elements

Indigenous Film Program Plus Song Circle & Storytelling

April 23, 2:30-9:30pm

Ofrenda Fest Schedule:

2:30-5pm: Song Circle and Storytelling

We know sound and frequencies can change our mood and vibrations. Many indigenous communities use sound, chants, icaros or songs as prayers during their rituals and ceremonies. During the Ofrenda fest program we will offer song circles with some of these communities like the Hunikuin, Mexica, Sapara, Shipibo, Ramapough, among others.


6-9pm: Film Program - Indigenous Voices


Ofrenda Fest is a festival that promotes art, film, music, photography and ancient traditions. Our goal is to offer a space to honor and reconnect with the Earth through ritual and ceremonies in a fusion with the arts, in New York City.

Ofrenda Fest is a festival that promotes art, film, music, photography and ancient traditions. Our goal is to offer a space to honor and reconnect with the Earth through ritual and ceremonies in a fusion with the arts, in New York City.


This year we are uniting forces with the Indigenous Forum at the United Nations to combine activities with Indigenous communities that are participating at the Forum.


The Elements - Indigenous Film Program invites filmmakers and Indigenous communities to submit their films about ancestral rituals and traditions around the world. We want to use this opportunity to promote respect and care about ancient cultures, ritual ceremonies, and the environment.

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April 22, 7pm

Jhoely Garay Jazz Orchestra

Sound Ecosystems

Jhoely Garay Jazz Orchestra: "Ecosistemas Sonoros" is an Eco-social, commissioned work for an 18-piece jazz orchestra that uses the sonic palette of the natural world to communicate awareness about conserving and protecting natural resources. This concert will feature Ms. Garay's original compositions, which combine through-composed and improvised music that evoke the sounds of nature in her native country Mexico.

A free indoor concert. RSVP to reserve a spot:

Jhoely Garay on YouTube:

This performance is made possible by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), WQXR Project Airlift partnership, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and Culture Lab LIC.

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Four Friday Nights, 

Four Sides of the New Double LP

March 31, April 7, 14 & 21, 8-10pm..



SUSS, the NYC trio known as pioneers of a musical genre they call “Ambient Country,” is staging a four night concert series at Culture Lab LIC that will feature all four sides of their latest double LP, simply titled “SUSS.” Using classic Americana instrumentation as well as loops and electronics, the band creates vivid ambient music that evokes the vastness of America from a uniquely urban perspective.


PopMatters cited the album as one of the Best Ambient Albums of 2022, going on to say that “SUSS continues to be not only the kingpins of country ambient, but also one the best bands working today.”

SUSS and Culture Lab LIC have a long-standing relationship, including co-producing the 2021 concert film “Promise Live.” Now, in celebration of SUSS’ latest release, they are working together again to create a unique four-night musical and visual experience. Night 1 of the series will feature side 1 of the double LP, titled Night Suite, a late-night adventure through the American Southwest. Night 2 will feature side 2, titled Heat Haze, as the sonic road trip heads into the blistering heat of a new day. Side 3, titled Winter Was Hard, will be featured on Night 3 as SUSS guides its audience into the heart of the storm. Night 4 will feature SUSS performing music that points in new directions of hope from side 4 of the double LP titled, Across the Horizon.

The series begins on Friday, March 31, and continues for the following three Fridays in April (4/7, 4/14 and 4/21). Tickets will be sold singly or as a package for the whole series. Admission will include the concert, beverages and complimentary SUSS merchandise for VIP attendees who subscribe to the entire series.



Fundraiser Performance for Iran

with Julia Haart

Sunday, March 26 · 2 - 3pm EDT

“She/Her” is a fundraiser performance for Iran, with Julia Haart (Netflix's My Unorthodox Life), musician Deeba Montazeri; actress Pooya Mohseni, Haleh Liza and Nicole Ansari. 


Join us for a celebration of the Women of Iran!


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CreArt Box presents

Architecture of a Common Man

March 24, 25 & 26, 7:30pm

Preview Workshops: March 17, 18 & 19


CreArt Box presents Architecture of a Common Man, an opera-ballet-film performance that follows the journey of a world-recognized photographer working on a documentary about his own life, aiming to teach others how to be successful. While creating this documentary, he unveils a fascinating retrospective of his life.


Analyzing his relationship with work, family, health, and spirituality. Eventually discovering parts of himself that were buried in his professional ambitions. The main character is split into three performers, an actor on the screen plus 2 alter egos on the stage (a contemporary dancer and an opera baritone).


The music is originally written for soprano, baritone, string quartet, piano, synthesizer, and choir. This piece explores how society encourages us to be exceptional, great, perfect, successful, or unique, exploring the true meaning of success and how someone can find happiness in life by just being a common man.

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Meet Me Between Tehran and Mbabane

+ Persepolis Film Screening

Thursday, March 23, 7:30-10pm

Join us for a live performance of Meet Me Between Tehran and Mbabane and stay for a screening of the 2007  film Persepolis.  Read More & Buy Tickets:

Queer Conversations

at Anonymously از Iran


Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Saturday, March 11, 6-9pm


The Iranian Queer community has long been sidelined in the fight for freedom from the oppressive Islamic Regime in Iran. However, the time is now for the LGBTQIA+ community to be recognized as an important part of this fight...


6-7pm: Screening of the Iranian documentary "Gracefully" 


7:15pm: Queer Conversations, a panel discussion with prominent LGBTQIA+ Iranian-Americans.

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All the Things We Cannot See

Blackbox Ensemble


Friday, March 3, 8pm

All the things we cannot see - can we hear?
All the things we cannot see - can we feel?
All the things we cannot see - can we imagine?

All the Things We Cannot See, part of the BlackBox Ensemble's 2022-2023 New York City concert series.  Featuring works by: Ari Sussman, Cole Reyes, Eliza Brown, Jimena Maldonado, and inti figgis-vizueta.

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Documentary Screening - NYC Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 7-9pm

Presented by Culture Lab LIC, in collaboration with Woman Life Freedom NYC.

As a part of Culture Lab LIC's current exhibition, Anonymously از Iran, and in collaboration with Woman Life Freedom NYC, we are proud to present a screening of the New York City premiere of this powerful documentary.


All proceeds from ticket sales will help fund Anonymously از Iran.


Art, politics and reality collide in 752 IS NOT A NUMBER directed by Babak Payami. One man’s search for justice that serves as a prologue to a much longer story about the fight for lasting change in Iran.


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Theater Camp

Musical Theater-Inspired Drag & Burlesque Show

February 17, 7-9pm


Welcome to Theater Camp, a space for all the ex drama kids in the NYC draglesque scene to showcase the earnest, raunchy, gender-bent musical theater acts of their dreams. Join Tulle Kit and friends for an evening of fun, raunchy, and very campy musical theater inspired drag and burlesque at Culture Lab in LIC.

Tulle Kit on Instagram:

Andie Sleaze, Leo Moon, Peach Fuzz,

Klondyke, Lena Horné, Nirah, Stevie Dicks,

Mx. LeStrange, Bri Joy, Fatty McGraw,

Luxury Bones, Cellophane, Peach Bellini, 

Soda Pressed

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Neon Love
A Night of Burlesque and Music Set Inside a Neon Gallery Art Show.

Saturday, February 11, 8-11pm

Culture Lab LIC and Exquisite Corpse Company have come together to bring you an evening of unforgettable love and lust! 


Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with Exquisite Corpse Company's Neon Love, a night of music, burlesque, and neon art. Doors at 8pm with live music by Jennah Vox. Burlesque and aerialist acts begin at 8:30pm.


Inspired by Luminous, the Neon Gallery show at Culture Lab LIC, Exquisite Corpse Company takes us back to the romance of love and lust under neon lights.

Put on your best vintage duds and join us with your friends and lovers for this unique experience!


Jennah Vox, Lena Horné,  C'était BonTemps,  XADDY,  Fancy Feast,  Emily Hursh,  Tulle Kit,  Nirah


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Video by Bruno Pruhs
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Say It Sexy

Valentine's Erotic Poetry Showcase

February 10, 7-9:30pm


Hosted by M.A. Dennis, with several of your favorite featured poets and a few open mic spoken word artists. Lovers of the art of spoken word and sexy poetry - grab your significant other and a few friends and join us. Celebrate the many Faces and Flavors of Love!

OPEN MIC: Limited space. Open mic registration closes on January 15. Registration based on availability. Email:

A Fundraiser Sponsored by The National Poetry Association, Queens Underground Poets, Queens Underground Film Festival & Culture Lab LIC

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L Train Brass Band

New Orleans Send-off Show!


Let the good times roll! Join the L Train Brass Band for a brassy afternoon of New Orleans and pop hits!

Sunday, January 29, 3:30pm

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Lunar New Year


Let's Celebrate Together!

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 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.

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Lunar New Year Event Credits:

Jessica Rigby

Co Organizer
Jingru Li

Fashion Photographer
Reiko Y.

Marketing & PR
Jingru Li
Teng Teng 

Art Workshop
Tin Tin Tint

Chinese Calligraphy Artist
Hongxiang Zhou

Dance Groups
Sunshine Dance NYC(
Queensboro Dance Festival (IG @
MaeMae Dance Studio

Music Performing Artists
Violist and Erhuist
Andy Lin

Guzheng Artist
Wei Sun

Live Music

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.

DJ & Signer
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.”

Xiaowu Zheng

Spotify @ Xiaowu Zheng

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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

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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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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


Watch the free livestream on September 8 on YouTube:

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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