Bad news from Janice Melnick about June 8th............PLEASE READ!
I apologize profusely but a major conflict has been brought to our attention and will we not be able to hold our event on June 8th. We are trying to resolve this issue and determine a new date as soon as possible. As soon as I have a confirmed date I will let you know. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Oh Crud. I will continue to keep you all informed.
In the meantime, this growing list from Queens Tourism........(Bill, is the August 5th entry the project we have been discussing?)
2014 Events Celebrating the 1964 and 1939 World’s Fairs
Announced by the World’s Fairs Anniversaries Honorary Committee Co-Chairs: The Honorable Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President, and The Honorable Margaret Markey, NYS Assembly Chairwoman of the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development
Taiwan: A World of Orchids, an orchid show sponsored the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Queens Botanical Garden, 9 am to 6 pm (by invitation reception from 3 pm to 5pm), free with QBG admission.
Peace Through Understanding, Greater Astoria Historical Society, lecture on 1939 WF, whose theme was “Peace Through Understanding,” 1 pm, free.
Lecture and Exhibit: The 1964-65 World’s Fair, Greater Astoria Historical Society, 7 pm, $5/free for GAHS Members.
The NY World’s Fair Tour, Greater Astoria Historical Society, noon to 3 pm, meet at boardwalk leading to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, south of 7 Train Willets Point Station, $5/free for GAHS members.
Lecture: Visions of Tomorrow: Art and Commerce at the 1939 New York World's Fair, Helen Harrison, director of the Pollack-Krasner House and Study Center and editor of Dawn of a New Day: The New York World's Fair, 1939/40, will discuss ways in which artists’ participation in the WF reflected the planners’ agenda and what role art played in promoting the WF’s theme: Building the World of Tomorrow. Noguchi Museum, 3 pm, free with NG admission.
64 in 64, Queens Theatre, cosponsored by the Queens Historical Society, photo exhibit includes photos of the construction of Theaterama, Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers, all components of the 1964 New York State Pavilion, runs through November 2, open on Mondays from 10 am to 2 pm and Tuesdays through Sundays 10 am to 6 pm, free.
Iconic Symbols of the 1964 World’s Fair Reimagined — in LEGOs, Queens Theatre, cosponsored by The Port Authority of NY & NJ, runs through November 2/free.
The New York World’s Fairs and The Port Authority Bringing Trade, Travel and Tourism to Queens, the Region and the World, Queens Theatre, sponsored by The Port Authority of NY & NJ, exhibit includes a pop up, display case and video, runs through August 3, open on Mondays from 10 am to 2 pm and Tuesdays through Sundays 10 am to 6 pm, free.
Andy Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men and the 1964 World’s Fair Exhibit, Queens Museum, Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men exhibit sparked a high-profile scandal at the 1964 WF. As part of a prominent set of public commissions for the NYS Pavilion’s exterior, Warhol chose to enlarge mug shots from an NYPD booklet featuring the 13 most wanted criminals of 1962. Tiled together into a square, creating a chessboard of front and profile views of fugitives who were at large at the time, the work was installed by April 15, 1964—and painted over with silver paint a few days later. When the WF opened to the public, all that was visible was a large silver square. Later in the summer of 1964, Warhol produced 20 Most Wanted Men paintings with the screens he had used to make the mural. These works will form the core of this year’s exhibition, developed collaboratively by QM and The Andy Warhol Museum, open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6 pm, runs through September 7, free with QM admission.
Queens Taste 2014, Queens Economic Development Corporation, this annual eating-and-networking event will feature a WF memorabilia table and photos from the WFs will flash on TVs around the venue, Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Flushing, 6 pm to 9 pm, $100.
Month of April
Queens Center Mall will dedicate space for a small exhibit on how 1939 and 1964 were, indeed, the World's Fairs, playing up the borough’s diversity. The display will include boards with photos and text which will stay the entire time and a display case which will promote WF-related events. For example, in April it will direct people to Queens Taste 2014 with a menu from the Smorgasbord restaurant, a postcard of the Japan restaurants from 1964, photos from about five restaurants from 1964, a save-the-date card and maybe some photos from prior Queens Tastes. Other events included in the case for April will be the Noguchi Museum lecture, the Queens Museum Warhol exhibit and the Port Authority and Lego exhibits at QT.
Unnamed exhibit??, LaGuardia Plaza Hotel, 104-04 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst, free.
Moving the World to the 1964 World’s Fair, photo exhibit will be on display at the AirTrain JFK Jamaica and Howard Beach Stations until November 12.
May 6 (opening reception on May 25)
World’s Fair Gallery Exhibit, Queens Botanical Garden, an exhibition created largely from archives that look back at the WFs and traces QBG’s history, runs through September 28, free with QBG admission.
Magic from the 1964 World’s Fair, Queens Theatre, 8 pm, $45.
May 24 to 26
World’s Fair Train Show, Queens Botanical Garden, A working “G-scale” model train exhibit in a WF-themed outdoor setting. On May 24, the festivities will include food and craft vendors, a trackless train for rides through selected sections of QBG, and a 4 pm concert by John Yao’s Big Band, a 17-piece ensemble, presented in partnership with the Long Island Garden Railroad Association and The Kupferberg Center for the Arts, free with QBG admission.
Queens: Where Every Day Is A World’s Fair Festival, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the festival will include games, inflatable rides, crafts and activities, tours of historic WF sculptures and structures, memorabilia, and free fun for the entire family, sponsored by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and the Queens Borough President’s Office, noon to 4 pm followed by a Queens Symphony Orchestra concert from 4 pm to 6 pm, free.
Remembering Yesterday: Queens and Its NY World's Fairs, Queens Historical Society, an exhibit open Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, runs through May 31, 2015, free with QHS admission.
Unnamed photo and memorabilia exhibit??, Long Island City Department of Health Building, sponsored by the LIC Partnership, runs through ??, free.
June 28 to 29
Tour of World’s Fair Grounds, Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Meet at ??, time??/cost??
Month of June:
Innovation and the Fair Exhibit, New York Hall of Science, free with NYSCI admission.
July 18 to 20; and July 25 to 27
The World’s Fair Plays, a July festival of 10 original, 10-minute plays inspired by the 1939 and 1964 WFs. Queens Theatre has commissioned world-class playwrights Craig Lucas, Caridad Svich and Wendy MacLeod; multi-disciplinary composer and playwright Todd Almond; hot young artists Lauren Yee and Qui Nguyen; and borough-based up-and-comers Theater 167, as well as three additional writers who have not confirmed their participation yet. There will be eight performances over two consecutive weekends. Each performance will “travel” among QT’s multiple performance spaces.
July 19: World’s Fair Brew Fest, Queens Botanical Garden, participants will sample beers from around the globe and enjoy music, food and craft vendors, two tasting sessions, noon to 3 pm and 4 pm to 7pm, tickets required.
The Bridge and the Fair, a photo exhibit on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Co-sponsored by the MTA and the Queens Historical Society, Whitestone Branch of Queens Public Library, Monday through Friday, free
Month of July
Photo exhibit at Holiday Inn LIC/Manhattan View.
The New York World’s Fairs and The Port Authority Bringing Trade, Travel and Tourism to Queens, the Region and the World, Queens Botanical Garden, sponsored by the Port Authority of NY & NJ, runs through November 1, Tuesday through Sunday, 8 am to 6 pm, free with QBG Admission.
World’s Fair Lecture by Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, Executive Director of the New Haven Museum, Queens Botanical Garden, 2 pm, free with QBG Admission.
Queens Historical Society will help set up roughly 10 commemorative WF exhibits at various spots, including a few cultural venues and hotels (possibly Borough Hall).
Kupferberg Center for the Arts Jazz Concert??
Louis Armstrong House Museum??
Museum of the Moving Image Film Series??
Queens Jamaica Library exhibit??
Queens Theatre Film Series??