2013-05-03 / Community

Big Weekend At The Dome

The weather is getting warmer and there is plenty to do in Rockaway.

This weekend the MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2 at Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway will host a variety of activities.

Saturday, May 4th, 12 – 4 p.m.

Earth Day

The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance hosts their 7th Annual Earth Day outside the Dome with nearly 40 participating organizations, activities for kids, food and live music.

Saturday, May 4th, 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Queens Museum presents workshops
inside the Dome.

11 - 12:30 p.m. Hands-on Art-making workshops for Families Affected by Autism with the Queens Museum Explorers Club. 2:30 – 4 .pm. Spinnerz Photo & DJ Club: Artist Sol Aramendi facilitates a photography and DJ Class for teens with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, with Spanish Language Support. Participants will apply photography skills into their daily lives, while practicing technology skills such as DJing at the Dome. 5 – 6 p.m. Sol Aramendi opens up the turntables for a “Vinyl Social Lounge” (www.solaramendi.com/ index.php?/work/vinyl-social).

She invites people to gather, bring their own records or explore those of others, listen to music, and share stories of the various cultural and personal memories that physical records evoke.

Saturday, May 4th, 7 – 10 p.m.


Rockaway surfer and artist Katrina del Mar and Participant Inc. present a screening of del Mar’s GIRL GANG TRILOGY. Comprised of three experimental, narrative, underground films, Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever, SURF GANG, and Gang Girls 2000, the GIRL GANG TRILOGY was completely independently made but big and ambitious; the films have large casts and almost mythical themes while also being firmly planted in a comic, B-Movie, D.I.Y. punk-rock ethos. SURF GANG was filmed almost entirely in Rockaway Beach.

Del Mar will also be screening her three minute Super 8mm film portrait of local Rockaway surfer and guitar player Simon Chardiet. To add to the mix, filmmaker Rick Charnoski (of Deathbowl to Downtown fame), will show a few surf related shorts in anticipation of his skate film day in the Dome on May 11th.

Sunday, May 5th, 11a.m. - 1p.m.

A Discussion of the Rockaway Lateral Pipeline

YANA and the New York Climate Action Group present a discussion of the Rockaway Lateral Pipeline, a high-pressure natural gas pipeline currently under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the New York Department of State.

With the storm surges that hit the Rockaways so powerfully last October, there are grave concerns about the location of this pipeline (to go under Riis Park and the Rockaway Inlet through Floyd Bennett Field and up Flatbush Avenue) and the pipeline company‘ s safety record. There will be an open discussion with the public about pipelines and information about renewable energy.

Sunday, May 5th, 1 - 3 p.m.
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance presents:

“Community and Coastal Resiliency”

A talk with author/researcher Andrew Zolli, urban designer Walter Meyer, landscape architect Jennifer Bolstad and Jaime Jordan, Jessica Klein and Katie Honan of Rockaway Help.

Andrew Zolli is a futures researcher, author of Resilience:

Why Things Bounce Back and Chief Creative Officer of PopTech, a global community of innovators from different fields that work on new approaches to some of the world’s most difficult issues. Walter Meyer and Jennifer Boldstad are co-founders of Local Office Landscape Architecture, an award-winning firm that operates at the intersection of infrastructure, urbanism and coastal territory.

Jaime Jordan, Jessica Klein and Katie Honan were born and raised in Rockaway Beach and are cofounders of Rockaway Help (also known as Rockaway Emergency Plan on Facebook), a community-based, hyper-local journalism project that maintains an online community of more than 11,000.

These panelists will explore how the social, political, and technological dynamics of resilient communities influence physical resiliency of coastal infrastructure, ecology, and urbanism. With the audience as a thinktank, the session will be a discourse on post-storm adaptation for unique and diverse coastal urban communities such as the Rockaways to thrive after the next disturbance. RSVP: events@rwalliance.org

Sunday, May 5th
3:30 PM - Film Screening • 4 PM - Reception
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance presents:

“Rockaway Stories”

The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Shore Corps Students presents: “Rockaway Stories”, a collection of stories and student films from RWA’s high school leadership program about lessons learned from Storm Sandy. All are welcome to join us for this special screening and to meet these talented young writers and film-makers.

Complimentary refreshments from the Dome Cafe. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP: events@rwalliance.org

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