With art venues and artists sprouting all across Queens, the culture hungry residents under the 7 train got together with Queens Council on the Arts and decided it was high time to start their own scene: the Queens Art Express Festival.
Knowing something about how to start a scene is the thriving artist hot spot, The Creek. Located a stone’s throw from the Dean Project and Local Project in Long Island City, and hosting the Queens Art Express closing party on June 14th, The Creek features live music, emerging theater acts, improv and sketch comedy, film screenings, loads of curious Queens kids, and always key to supporting a community of ravenous artists, a hot California-style Mexican food backdrop (Cal-Mex for the cool shorthanders).
Owner Rebecca A. Trent says about living near the “International Express” train, “Long Island City is the first place I’ve ever lived that truly felt like my home. The neighborhood is constantly changing and there are a lot of challenges living in a community that is the center of so much development, but I wouldn’t trade my spot on Earth for the world. The arts community is vibrant. The small businesses support one another as best we can and the people here are wonderful. I couldn’t ask for a better home.”
To call The Creek a café or club is limiting, Trent says, “We are an artist friendly venue. Our theatre is an incredible space to play in and we have a lot of fun. Most of our shows are free and open to the community. We have a variety of artists and entertainment coming through our doors on a daily basis.”
The Creek is one stop from Manhattan in Long Island City. The kitchen is open 7 days serving fresh California-style Mexican. The bar and lounge is open from 3pm til late every night and the patio is open for the summer and fall. They have DJs most nights, free comedy shows in the theater, and live music in the lounge on Thursday nights. Stop by for Happy Hour on Monday-Friday 3pm-7pm you can get a beer for $2-$3, 2-for-1 margaritas (our specialty) or $2 off anything! Located in the heart of LIC, right off the Vernon-Jackson 7 stop. See pics, check out the calendar, menu and hours at creeklic.com
Queens Art Express Closing Night Party:
VJ Pixalot June 14th, 2009
9-12pm, Happy hour between 11-12p, $2.00 off drinks
Sunday June 14th, 2009 9pm-12am Live Vinyl DJ and VJ loops Set
samba, latin lounge and raggae
funk, disco, 80’s classics
80’s dance, Electro, Latin-Deep House
Pixalot’s live music/vj/dj performances have taken him to Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Germany, Indonesia, Brazil and Korea, playing everything from raves, small clubs and festivals to concert halls and international art festivals along side artists such as, Afrikaa Bambaata, DJ Goldie, DJ Spooky, DJ Markie and DJ Hype amongst others.
Arriving to NYC in 2006, to build the “42nd Street Transmission” Labtest media installation at Chashama Gallery, VJ Pixalot has performed extensively in New York including lengthy VJ residencies at “I Love Drum n Bass” Remote Lounge, NYC and “200 Orchard St.”, NYC.
Since founding “Labtest” media art collective in 2004 to create a VJ performance commissioned for “Hipersonica” international VJ festival in Sao Paulo, Brasil, Stephen’s films and media installations have been exhibited in New York, Prague, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Jakarta and Havana as both solo shows and international festivals.