Secret Theatre at 44-02 23rd Street announces permanent closure

The Secret Theatre, located at 44-02 23rd Street, is the latest victim of COVID-19.

The Theatre, an off-off Broadway institution in Long Island City opened its doors 10 years ago, and announced its permanent closure on Wednesday.

It couldn’t come up with the funding to keep its doors open during the COVID pandemic, owner Richard Mazda wrote in a release.

“We made it to ten years, we were never a drain on the public purse and we created many thousands of opportunities for actors, audiences and students to come together to practice, watch, learn and enjoy truly eclectic live theatre,” Mazda said. “We created a theatre where there was none and connected to a community in a way that will be hard to replace for a very long time to come. Long Island City’s cultural scene is losing an important institution and the city is beginning to see the wildfire that will consume many theatres and small businesses alike.”

The legacy of the theatre will live on in some form with the Secret Theatre Academy Online with a slightly expand teaching roster and new students.

“Basically from murderous Richard III to the joys of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Pirate Pete, the joyous tones of musicals like Rent or Hair to the dark foreboding themes of Dr. Faustus and Edward II we have tackled all with a passionate eye for entertaining, promoting occasionally challenging but always life affirming theatre,” Mazda said. “We have been the home for other company’s signature projects like the premiere of the storied Honeycomb Trilogy from Gideon Productions to the premiere of shows like Adam Szymkowicz’s Heart Like Fists. We were the launchpad for the Face Off Unlimited’s exponential rise as a new force on the Improv scene.”

 

Book Culture LIC at 26-09 Jackson Avenue announces limited reopening

Book Culture LIC, located at 26-09 Jackson Avenue, announced a limited reopening on Friday.

“Book Culture LIC is now open for contactless pickup Tuesday through Sunday, from 3pm to 6pm!” the store announced in an email. “Orders can be placed online or by calling the store directly during open hours.”

The store had announced a temporary closure back in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.1

Items such as toys, puzzles, and other nonbook items don’t appear on their website, and customers are encouraged to reach out directly by phone (718-440-3120) or by email (lic@bookculture.com) to purchase those items.

 

SculptureCenter: Work now available online by Rochelle Goldberg

In 2017, Rochelle Goldberg completed a series of unique works to be debuted by SculptureCenter at Frieze New York. New Worrrld Dealers comprises twenty identical plastic casts of a ceramic mask that were individually “painted” with desert dirt, coal slag, oyster shell dust, and shellac, reflecting the artist’s practice of contemplating encounters between multiple materials. Originally a series of twenty unique works, a very limited number remain available to add to your collection.

Rochelle Goldberg’s sculptures often combine ephemeral, organic elements, like crude oil and chia seeds, with synthetic materials such as ceramic, steel, or plastic. Molting and shape shifting, her work challenges the fixity of the art object. SculptureCenter presented the artist’s first solo institutional exhibition, The Plastic Thirsty, in 2016. The exhibition filled SculptureCenter’s cavernous lower level galleries with human-scaled sculptures in ceramic and steel that were evocative of hybrid fish forms and other motifs. The accompanying exhibition catalog can be downloaded for free at this link.

Since her SculptureCenter exhibition, Goldberg has continued to create work that explores boundaries between entities, participating in many praised solo and group exhibitions. In the fall, she was included in the group exhibitions Good Moves at The Power Station, Dallas and Enquête Arcane at DOC, Paris. Last spring, Waves and Waves, a two-person exhibition with Rebecca Brewer opened at Oakville Galleries in Ontario, followed by a solo exhibition, gatekeepers, at Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. Among other group shows in 2019, her work was selected for the first Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center and in 2018, she was the winner of the Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize #03.

 

Yoga studio ‘Form + Flow’ offering free classes to NYC Health Department

Like many fitness studios, ‘Form + Flow’ at 27-01 41st Avenue is currently shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.1

But the studio is helping out front line healthcare workers by offering free livestream yoga classes to all the health professionals at NYC Health Department as of Tuesday.

“We want to give back to our community in any way we can,” Form and Flow owner Shelly Yang said in an email to The Court Square Blog. “If you are a health professional working tirelessly for our communities, or know anyone who is, please let us know and we want to bring yoga and meditation to you.”

If any other health professional is interested in joining the program, please email info@formandflow.co for more details.

Form + Flow

Form + Flow is offering free classes to health care workers at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


 

LIC Arts Open postponed until November due to COVID-19

LIC Arts Open is the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizer Richard Mazda said in an email that LIC Arts Open, which was originally scheduled for May 13-17, would be postponed until the fall.

“It is with deep regret that I need to postpone the Festival for reasons that should be very obvious to everyone,” Mazda said. “We are determined to hold a Festival especially given the fact that it would celebrate 10 years of our community coming together.”

Mazda said the current postponement date is November 14th and 15th, though that could change if “terms of public safety require an additional postponement.”

LIC Arts Open is an event where local galleries and art organizations open their doors and welcome the public to view art, meet artists, and get a glimpse of the life of visual artists.

The goal of the event is to shine light on those who keep the culture heart of LIC diverse, rich and alive, for a thriving arts community that dates back to the 1970s.

LIC Arts Open