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Event: Long Island City Arts Open

NYC’s Fastest-Growing Creative Community to Celebrate Its Artistic Diversity with Weeklong Festival

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The first annual LIC Arts Open, an exciting celebration of the thriving arts community in Long Island City, Queens, will take place on May 14 – 22, 2011. This fabulous week will be open to the public and feature myriad cultural activities and events, many of them FREE, including:

• One of NYC’s largest Artists Open Studios (May 21 & 22), with hundreds of artists opening their studios for viewing at Reis Studios, LIC Art Center, Wills Studios, PaintCan Studios, Brickhouse Ceramics, Salazar Studios, Mittman, RealArt and more;

Special exhibitions, including a show in The Industry curated by Jeffrey Leder; Helaine Soller at Riverview Restaurant; Experimental Space group show curated by Michael Rodriguez @ Reis Studios; “Edible Art LIC”, a photography exhibit of some of the top LIC restaurants and their chefs, by Jesse Winter @ Ten10Studios;

Gallery shows of LIC artists at the spacious new Jeffrey Leder Gallery, M55 Gallery, the newly expanded Reis Gallery, Local Project, Ten10 Studios and other LIC venues;

Musical performances with renowned teachers from the LIC Academy of Music, Emmy award winner J. Walter Hawkes and Pat Irwin (formerly of the B-52s), Jazz with the Jonathan Parker Group, and other local musicians; experimental music with Random Access Music;

Theater including the Queens Fringe Festival, Face/Off Comedy Improv, Hyperion Theatre and Queens Shakespeare doing A Midsummer Nights Dream, Secret Burlesque, @ the Secret Theatre;

Dance performances by Octavia Cup Dance Theatre in the Metropolitan Building, Forward Motion Theatre (revision series) at Attic Studios, Insight Dance (modern), and students from the LIC School of Ballet;

Walking tours throughout the week led by Queens Borough historian Jack Eichenbaum;

Workshops, demonstrations, film screenings;

Food events via local culinary gems like M. Wells, LIC Market, Jassi’s, Da Gianni’s, Manducatis Rustica, Breadbox Cafe, Sage General Store and others, with Edible Queens involved;

Community outreach including an art contest for Queens K-12 students, adjudicated by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and prominent local artists;

Kick-Off and Wrap Parties open to all;

And much, much more to engage arts lovers of New York and beyond!

… all just one subway stop away from Manhattan and Brooklyn!

The LIC Arts Open is organized by the LIC Arts Open organization, a collaboration of arts entities, businesses and individuals seeking to spotlight the diverse artistic community in Long Island City, Queens. *LIC Arts Open is under the fiscal sponsorship of Fractured Atlas.

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