Queens Native Travels Roads Not Taken In New Musical

Long before Queens-born Idina Menzel became a household name, she made her Broadway debut in the hit musical “Rent.” After that, she wowed audiences with her Tony-winning performance as the green-faced Elphaba in “Wicked.” More recently, she played Rachel’s mother on “Glee” and Queen Elsa in the movie “Frozen,” singing the Academy Award-winning song, “Let […]

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Bayside Director Set For Film Premiere

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A Bayside director is ready for his full-length premiere. Rick McDonald, with the help of his family, has put together a low-budget horror film that hopes to give audiences an original scare and maybe even find its way into a few festivals. Titled “Lucifer’s Angels,” this film focuses on three […]

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Famous Musician Will Get Plaque At Maple Grove

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer A famous African-American musician who lived in Queens will no longer have an unmarked grave after this weekend. Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens will honor George Washington Johnson this Saturday with a plaque at his gravesite, finally acknowledging the musician with a tombstone at his burial site. Johnson was […]

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Queens Proclaimed As An Arts District

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Friday, western Queens officials and community members gathered outside of Kaufman Astoria Studios to announce the Borough’s newest designation as an arts district. In addition to the 94-year-old film studio that recently expanded as the sole outdoor lot for productions in the City, the arts district also includes the […]

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Clowning Around With Big Apple Circus

Rob Torres, an award-winning clown in the new Big Apple Circus show, has performed around the world without using words, sharing with every audience the universal language of laughter. Among his many achievements, the native New Yorker performed a one-man show in seven countries, toured with another circus to 121 American cities and created shows […]

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Botanical Garden Holds Orchid Exhibit

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The Queens Botanical Garden will kick off both its opening weekend and the World’s Fair Anniversary season with a special flower exhibit. “Taiwan: A World of Orchids” will be presented in partnership with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. Starting on April 5, the display will feature an array of […]

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Armstrong’s Ambassador Series Available Online

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Fans of Louis Armstrong around the world now have the opportunity to own some rare recordings by the legendary jazz musician. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is making all 16 of his Ambassador Series discs available online for the first time. Previously, these recordings were only available to purchase at […]

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Beer Week Comes To Queens

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Queens residents will not have to travel over the bridge or through a tunnel to taste the City’s finest beer this April. The first annual Queens Beer Week has been announced for April 19-27. The nine day series of events are becoming a reality due to organizer Dan Bronson, a […]

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