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66 THE QUEENS COURIER • BUZZ • MAY 18, 2017 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM buzz Plenty of fun for the kids at LIC Flea & Food this weekend BY THE QUEENS COURIER STAFF editorial@qns.com / @QNS Bring the kids and celebrate the gorgeous LIC Arts Open Showcases Local Art BY ANGELA MATUA amatua@qns.com / @AngelaMatua For the seventh year in a row, talented artists who create their work in Long Island City are inviting you to witness where the magic happens. LIC Arts Open, a fi ve-day festival where artists will occupy local spaces and open their studio doors to visitors, will take place from May 17 through May 21. Started by Richard Mazda, the owner of Th e Secret Th eatre, this year’s event will occupy about 80,000 square feet of exhibition space and more than 150 studios. Th e artists participating in the event work with a number of mediums including paint, wood, photography, collage and more. On May 20 and May 21, attendees will be able to see the artists in their natural habitats. From May 17 through May 19, pop-up galleries will showcase everything from sculptures to video. Th is year, Mazda decreased the amount of pop-up shows in restaurants and cafes to focus on exhibiting works in larger galleries like the ones installed at semi-permanent galleries at Th e Factory at 30-30 47th Ave. and a Plaxall building at 5-25 46th Ave. Long Island City artists will also work with Plaxall, a plastics manufacturing company, to create works using thermoforming, a process created by the company’s founder Louis Pfohl. Th e pieces will be displayed as part of a show titled “Plastique Deux,” curated by artist William Garrett, which opens on May 19. “Th ese two things are great examples of a how community that includes small artists studios and giant corporations can come together for the mutual benefi t of promoting this wonderful area and improving the public perception of a district that not so long ago, people thought was in Long Island,” Mazda said. Installations will also be presented at Th e Falchi building at 31-00 47th Ave., SculptureCenter, Aloft Hotel and smaller Photo courtesy of LIC Arts Open galleries in the area like Dorsky Gallery, Local Project and Next Generation Gallery. On May 21, the Turn Off Th e Lights When You Leave closing party will take place at 43-01 21st St. between 6 and 10 p.m. It will include music, food, drinks and performance art. weather at LIC Flea & Food Market. Th is weekend, the market will focus on the amazing vendors who celebrate tots. Make the day special at LIC Flea while you play lawn games (think cornhole and ping-pong) and enjoy Manhattan skyline views as you indulge in delicious global eats and shop for something unique for a little one (or for yourself). For the kid who loves to rock out, Kamari Kids focuses on styling them right — one rock star at a time! For the kid who loves to decorate with awesome school supplies, stop at Yoseka Stationary to grab cute Taiwanese stickers, colorful pens and notebooks. If you want to give your kids a sugar rush, grab a bite from Jen Bakes Shortbread. Her cookies come in a multitude of fl avors, but always remind you of home! Mom, did all this shopping stress you out? Jump onto the Calm City Meditation bus for a guided meditation that will calm you from the inside out. Don’t forget to plan on attending LIC Flea’s special events this season, kicking off with the Beer & Taco Get Down on June 10 & 11. Visit www.licfl ea.com to grab your tickets for unlimited tastings of craft beer and purchase tacos from the best in NYC. Th e LIC Flea is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 5-25 46th Ave. in Long Island City, a short walk from the East River Ferry and the Court Square subway station. Interested in building your business? Th e market is always looking for great vendors. Apply online at www.licfl ea. com.


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