2012-02-17 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Final Weekend – ‘Abstract Point Of View’; KidsmART News

kidsmART artists proudly display their work. kidsmART artists proudly display their work. Whom have you already missed if you haven’t been coming to “Thursday Night Live” at sTudio 7 every other Thursday? Well, so far, Breezy Grass, Poorhouse and Rattrap Bumpkin.

Thursday nights are Open Mic night at RAA.

From 8-12, artists of all stripes are invited on stage. Every other Thursday, from 9:30 to 10:15, a guest performer or group takes over.

Should you wish to be featured, speak to board member John Simonelli. He’ll be the white-haired guy wearing the guitar.

Life sometimes runs in intertwining parallel lines; well …kind of.

Remember last year this column informed you of the screening of the opuses of two Rockaway filmmakers at the same Palm Beach International Film Festival? What are the odds? Robert Sarnoff’s “ROMEOWS” and Kevin Breslin’s “Living for 32” were the films in question.

What are the odds of history repeating itself? The 7 and 7 Giants won the Super Bowl, didn’t they?

On March 2, at the Queens World Film Festival, to extend the irony further, films by the two men, who live just 3/10 of a mile apart, will be shown in the same time block. At 6:30 p.m. Sarnoff’s “Green: An AmeriCan Dream” will lead off and Breslin’s “#whilewewatch” will complete the 77 minute block.

“#whilewewatch” has been called a gripping portrait of the #Occupy Wall Street media revolution; a new dawn with the power of social media. Kevin Breslin says, “I observed the birth of a line that will go down in history, ‘We are the 99%.’ ”

Ever think about those street people we see out of the corners of our eyes collecting bags and carts full of cans, glass and plastic bottles – ever think who they are, what is hidden in this underground world? “Green: An AmeriCan Dream” looks in close-up at these voyagers, not always so far removed from the rest of us, struggling to make a living, a life …redemption and, tangentially, ‘saving the planet.’

For information and tickets: The Queens World Film Festival/ The Jackson Heights Cinema/ 40-31 82nd Street/ Jackson Heights N.Y. 11373; or call Katha Cato at 718-429-2579; or email kathacato@gmail.com RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

kidsmART corner

kidsmART is open Monday through Wednesday, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., now through May in Building T-149 in Fort Tilden.

Children from grades K-8 are eligible to participate in Rockaway’s only FREE after-school program.

Participants can receive homework help; they can join an instructor in the library area for a read aloud of a great children’s book; or they can select a book for themselves that they then can discuss with a staff member.

Art instructors offer a number of choices – painting, sculpture, crafts, theater and more.

An NYC certified science teacher expands the horizons of ‘kidsmARTers,’ often incorporating the park environment surrounding them. Participation in games and sports is offered.

Whether inside or out, children are carefully supervised by kidsmART’s highly trained instructors and counselors. Throughout, respect for others and a sense of community and camaraderie is taught, encouraged and rewarded.

For information, cotact the RAA office (see RAA contact info).

Fort Tilden Highlights

PRESENT RAA EXHIBIT: “Abstract Point of View,”
on view through Feb. 19, sTudio 6, RoCA
(Rockaway Center for the Arts) at Fort Tilden. Free
admission. Gallery hrs: Sat. and Sun., 12-4 p.m.
and by appointment. Free admission.
19, 4-6 p.m., sTudio 6, RoCA. All are welcome to
read, listen, share.
Jeffrey Berman. Tues. 7-9 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12
noon. sTudio 7. Beginners to experienced artists
are welcome. Classes include instruction in acrylic,
watercolor, pastel, drawing, water soluble oil. Fee
per class: members: $20; non-members: $30.
other Thurs. at 9:30 p.m. a featured musician or
group will perform. Open mic: Artists of all disciplines are invited. sTudio 7 stage, 8 p.m.-12 midnight. Sign-up: 7:45 p.m. Join us. Free. See column.

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