Thursday, October 29, 2015

NOVEMBER- turn back that clock! and have FUN...

all of this in QUEENS: 

Oct. 30-Nov. 14. Wait Until Dark: It's 1944, and three men are tormenting a blind woman in her Greenwich Village apartment. She tries to escape, leading to a dramatic conclusion.

Nov. 1, 3 pm. Deepãvali or Diwali: The Festival of Lights: Hindus all over the world participate in this colorful ritual which celebrates the victory of good over evil.

Nov. 1, 3 pm. Renee Taylor: My Life on a Diet: This TV and Broadway star does stand up about the hilarious diets that have guided the her life throughout the majority of her 60-year career.

Nov. 2, 7 pm. 1915 Panama Pacific Expo: Learn about the Panama Canal and check out Matthew Model Flats, architectural gems that are found in Ridgewood and Woodside.

Nov. 6-11, times vary. 13th Annual NY Korean Film Festival: Nine films in the crime thriller, romantic fantasy, and feverish erotica genres. Guest producers/directors on some dates.

Nov. 7, 2:30 pm. Rhythm Meets Gospel: A collaborative effort featuring African-Latino rhythms from the Caribbean joined with Gospel to create a musical extravaganza.

Nov. 7 & Nov. 141:30 & 3:30 pm. Make it: Youngsters enjoy a lesson on how to make their own short animations using different stop motion techniques.

Nov. 8, 8:30 pm. R&B Night To Remember. Have a good time with performances by Howard Hewett, Cherrelle, Atlantic Starr, Force MDs, Surface, and BB&Q Band.

Nov. 12, 6:30 pm. Vegan Thanksgiving Cooking Class: Liza Lopez, chef at Tastee Vegan, teachers how to make delicious lentil loaf with a balsamic glaze, roasted cauliflower macaroni and cheese, a chocolate pumpkin mousse, and much more.

Nov. 13, 8 pm. New York Classical Players: Violinist Chee-Yun and New York Classical Players perform Astor Piazzolla's exciting tango-inspired Four Seasons in Buenos Aires.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


October 2-11, times vary. NYC Greek Film Festival: Five new films that reflect the current renaissance in Greek cinema, including Apo Erota and Stratos: To Mikro Psari. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria

October 3, 1 pm. Astoria Noshwalks Tour: A taste of Brazil, Venezuela, Albania, Greece, Egypt and/or Morocco and Chile. Check out Kaufman Astoria Studio and Museum of the Moving Image$55. Meet at Rio Market, 32-15 36th Ave., Astoria

October 3, 5 pm. Markets of NY: Before supermarkets and corner stores dominated the city, public markets were integral to our food system. Join a free talk on the history and revived interest in these markets. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica

October 3, 5:30-8:30 pm: Oktoberfest Flushing Style: Kimchi and Sauerkraut: An evening of entertainment and delicious German-American cuisine served alongside Korean-American dishes.  
$30. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing

Explore Long Island City, a rapidly changing neighborhood of massive new apartment towers and budding cultural centers, set amid the bones of NYC's industrial past. $65. Long Island City

October 9, 8 pm. Crooner Music Fest 2015: Concert featuring Damian Escobar and Ginuwine to benefit the Jamaica YMCA
$25-$150. Resorts World, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica

October 9, 8 pm Monk Tango: The music of genius Thelonious Monk, arranged, played, and danced Tango style$16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing

October 10, 1 pm. Cinema: Judgment at Nuremberg: In 1948, an American court tries Nazis for war crimes. The film explores conscience, guilt, and behavior during immoral times. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Fl., LIC

October 11, 1 & 3 pm. Madeline and the Bad Hat: Told with gentle humor and a beautiful musical score, this enemies-become-friends tale charms all ages. $14. Queens Theatre, 14 United States Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park

October 12-18, times vary. Queensboro Dance Festival: After its kickoff, enjoy six curated evenings of Queens-based choreographers and their work - ranging from belly dance to tap, modern to flamenco. $15; $35. The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St., LIC

October 15, 6:30 pm. Turkish Cooking Class: Sila Asa from the Turkish Cultural Center Queens teaches her cuisine. Take home recipes after a some sampling of dishes. $20. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston

October 15, 6:30 pm. Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza: The Afro-Latineers join the outdoor series with their fusion of Afrobeat, Latin Jazz and SalsaFree. Queens Blvd. & 46th St., Sunnyside

Plus, don't miss out on a Halloween Costume Swap

Friday, September 25, 2015

Katie Honan at DNA INFO 

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The National Dance Institute will perform and teach moves along with other live acts at this weekend's Family Day at Diversity Plaza.
Face painting, a bounce house and health screenings are expected throughout the day, which begins at noon on Sept. 26 with a performance by Ajna Dance, which specializes in Bollywood and Bhangra dance. 
Deum Band performs at 12:30, and at 1 p.m. the New York Tibetan Service Center will perform a cultural dance.
There's free Zumba at 1:30 p.m. and Mr. Met will arrive at 2:30 p.m. for photos.
At 3:30 p.m., National Dance Institute will perform and teach moves to families. 
Their demonstration is funded by the Tiger Baron Foundation and National Plaza Partnership, which helps Diversity Plaza. 
The Diversity Plaza Family Day is sponsored by Friends of Diversity Plaza, Sukhi, local elected officials and more. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

TRAILER PARTY! QWFF 5 ready to launch...

5 days, 3 venues, 117 films

QWFF 5 kickoff event!

Join Don and Katha Cato and all those Fabulous Festival associates on FEBRUARY 28

at the Fabulous Local NYC for the Fabulous annual screening of the QWFF trailers. 

Meet the Filmmakers, Festival Directors, Special Guests and help us kick off Festival Month!!! 

THE LOCAL ON FEB 28 at 7pm 

Great atmosphere, gracious hosts, exciting trailers and major networking opportunities. 

Featured Trailers: 
Wild Woman 
Unafraid, voices from the Crime Victims Treatment Center
Clean Break
Diwali Dream Garage
Millie and the Lords
Paradise Found, Paradise Lo$t
The Lives of Hamilton Fish
Short Steps
juice it
4am Gas Station Muzak

The Local NYC
1302 44th Ave, Long Island City, New York 11101


7pm to 10pm

QWFFestival 5: MARCH 17 - 22, 2015

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.

217 East Houston St. between Ludlow and Essex.
New York, NY 10002

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 piñata-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.