Saturday, October 4, 2014



LISA BURNS Jackson Heights musical legend and her good friend in need GEORGE USHER teamed up to compose songs of hope and recovery.

Cancer survivors often look at their illness and treatment as a “journey.” For veteran New York art-pop singer-songwriter George Usher, it’s been a musical one, culminating Oct. 13 at the Mercury Lounge with his first band performance of songs inspired by his journey.

Lisa Burns and George Usher
Spencer Gordon

Usher will join Lisa Burns, with whom he composed and recorded a duets album,The Last Day of Winter. He calls the 12 songs “snapshots from an ongoing struggle to find meaning in a life that might be ending.”

A member of the 1980s cowpunk band Beat Rodeo, Usher later fronted his own band House of Usher, and collaborated with such New York music luminaries as Richard Barone, Kate Jacobs and James Mastro before forming the George Usher Group. He also composed the titletrack for Laura Cantrell’s acclaimed 2000 alt-country album Not the Tremblin’ Kind and co-wrote Edward Rogers' first two solo albums prior to releasing his last solo album,Yours and Not Yours, in 2009.

“I was diagnosed with cancer in August, 2010,” says Usher. “I began chemo and radiation programs in September, and almost immediately developed neuropathy in my hands, which became useless to play an instrument.”
After major surgery in November, Usher spent two months at home recovering.
“During this time, a handful of friends stepped up, making regular visits and giving me their time and attention. Lisa Burns was one of them.”
Singer-songwriter Burns has been a New York music scene mainstay since her 1960s girl group-influenced 1978 self-titled album debut.

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Friday, May 2, 2014



MAY 4th DIVERSITY PLAZA - COFFEE GET  TOGETHER at Diversity Plaza (74th St & 34th Road) 3 pm 
enjoy a spring day meeting new friends in the most diverse community in the world.

MAY 6th FIRST TUESDAYS at Terraza 7 40-19 Gleane St Elmhurst 7-9pm
Have work to share ? (open mic sign up at 6:30 pm) 
Hosted by Richard Newman
$5 suggested donation

ESPRESSO 77 anytime for great food, drinks and music and art

and throughout QUEENS

May 1-18. UniverSoul Circus: A highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music that spans various genres. $22-$48. Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick Blvd. & Baisley Blvd., Jamaica
May 1-31. 31 Days of Non-Stop Hip Hop: Hip Hop lives in Queens. There will be an event or a performance almost every day, and the beat won't stop. Free. Various Queens Library locations. (718) 990-0700 
May 3, 12:30 pm. Cinco de Mayo Festival: Enjoy piƱata-making workshops and traditional Mexican music and dance. $15. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing. (718) 463-7700 x 222

May 3-31 (Sat.), 2 pm. Whitewash Tour with Meres One: Tour artwork created in response to 5Pointz's whitewashing led by its former curator. $35. Jeffrey Leder Gallery, 21-37 45th Rd., LIC. (917) 767-1734

May 4, 11 am-4 pmCelebrate Queens Farm: Sheep-shearing and spinning demos, hayrides, a plant sale and more.  
$5. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. ( 

May 4, 10 am-4 pm. Mamas Expo: Kids enjoy activities while adults speak with experts, attend seminars and discover the latest parenting products/services. $15. NY Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona

May 4, 3 pm. Pre-Mother's Day Extravaganza: Don't miss "The Western Prince of Bollywood" Jeffrey Iqbal, along with the Angels Caribbean Band, Geeta Bisram Soca Raja and more. Fashion show will follow. $25. Resorts World Casino NYC, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica

May 10, 7:30 pm. Star Safari Astronomy Adventure: An evening of star gazing, featuring an astronomy lesson, fun, games and an outdoor viewing with a professional telescope. $16/adults; $7/children. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. (718) 229-4000

May 11, 10:30 am. Springtime Hike: A two-mile hike amid blooming dune foliage, shore birds and rocks and minerals that were used during Breezy Point Jetty's construction. Free. Fort Tilden, Building 1, 169 State Rd., Breezy Point. (718) 474-0896.

May 14-18. LIC Arts Open: The borough's largest arts festival brings more than 200 artists and performers to more than 53 venues, from factories and warehouses to a glass tower. Across Long Island City

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MARCH 15 - ETERNiDAY, queens poet lore festival of the literary arts

** THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 15 - ETERNiDAY, queens poet lore festival of the literary arts
queens museum, 12-8pm
i'm honored to be curating the local stage, "MEANWHILE BACK IN QUEENS…" at the last event paolo javier is doing as current queens poet laureate. MASSIVE, immersive celebration of literary arts as well as local writers/poets/reading series in queens

** FRIDAY, MARCH 28 - UNSTAGED, a playwrighting & performance experiment
laguardia performing arts center/laguardia community college campus, 3-9pm
as part of the 2014 rough draft festival, my co-curator tyler rivenbark and i are experimenting with theatre of the unexpected: 10 playwrights will be paired with random groups of actors to write, rehearse, and stage plays LIVE on the spot, with the entire process cracked open for the audience to observe and partake in. free-form event, come and go as you please from 3-9pm, culminates in a Q&A/celebration in the little theatre!

** SATURDAY, APRIL 12 - AUDREY DIMOLA'S WORLD OF WORDS: QUEENS, a celebration of queens literary arts
little theatre at laguardia performing arts center, 3-5pm
SO EXCITED and grateful to have this amazing 200-seat theatre space to produce my biggest event to date, a multi-disciplinary celebration of literary arts in queens, featuring writers, poets, storytellers, and spoken word artists WITH multi-genre interludes including music, video, literature in translation AND the debut performances from myself and kym nolden's words & movement collective, the pen & the ink - dance and poetry! 

PLEASE ALSO keep a lookout for crescent street films ( and keep APRIL 5 in your calendar in astoria. a new friend of mine is producing a film called "ASTORIA PARK" exploring racial tensions, LGBT issues, and more on the local basketball court, and is pulling together the community to celebrate and spread awareness. BIG local talent showcase at bohemian hall & beer garden, 2-5pm - ASTORIA STAND UP! email me if you want to be involved ;)

AND i am so thrilled and honored to say that my self-published collection of poetry & prose, "DECISIONS WE MAKE WHILE WE DREAM," is now on sale in ENIGMA BOOKSTORE in astoria, queens! (33-17 crescent st the book was a HUGE dream of mine and this is the next level.. thank you to everyone who has supported me and enjoyed the book thus far - it means more than i can say. if you'd still like to get a copy, please check out enigma! a wonderful local business always in support of the arts.

Monday, March 3, 2014


The 4th Annual 
Queens World Film Festival
MARCH 4-9 2014

Screening challenging films from around the world
and around the corner

Director's Cut:
Best Doc 2014
Academy Award Nominee
Joshua Oppenheimer

MARCH 6th  
7:30 pm
PS 69 Jackson Heights
77-02 37th avenue
Queens World Film Festival 4
announces it will again showcase over 129 unique, creative, outstanding films from  Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, South Africa, Norway, Canada, Australia, Bangladesh, Iran,Los Angeles, Colorado, Missouri, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn and 19 
local filmmakers right here in 
Astoria, Forest Hills
and Jackson Heights!

March 4th 2013

QWFF will launch at the
Museum of the Moving Image
After Party at Studio Square

Attend film premieres, 
and a FREE panel!


MARCH 6th  
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
PS 69 Jackson Heights
77-02 37th avenue

7, E, F, R, M to 74th St/Roosevelt Avenue/Jackson Heights
3 blocks east to 77th st 
left turn- 1 block to 37th avenue

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Let's Party Like it's 1964!

Time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landing
of the Fab Four that changed the world forever.


just in case there are any fainting spells if Paul & Ringo show up
John and George welcome too

Beatles Party @ 6PM to 8PM

music, dancing & light refreshments
while we Wanna Hold Your Hand and tell you We Love You Do!

Premiere screening of Lovely Lily,
an independent short film that is set
in Jackson Heights NY on a historic weekend: February 8 & 9, 1964.
In 24 little hours, leading up to the Beatles debut on the Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday FEB 9th, Lily’s world will turn upside down. Highlighting the fashion, music & historical footage of the day, we visit with Lily as she rediscovers her passion & purpose - with a little help from her friends.
Director & Screenwriter Celeste Balducci will be the host of this great event!
Celeste began this film project in 2001- created & premiered a feature length film in J.H. In 2009 to over 200 guests and has now edited the project into a new short film.
As featured in the NYTimes August 26, 2001:
other press, photos from the 2009 premiere and trailer at
79-01 Broadway, Elmhurst, New York 11373-1336

AUDITORIUM via Broadway entrance