The BACKLOT FESTIVAL occurs not just on the backlot, but throughout the Kaufman Arts District, where satellite venues are active all afternoon. All satellite venues are free to access, though in some cases seating is limited, with button-bearing backlot attendees welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register for your Backlot Button.
MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE
(36-01 35th Ave @ 36th St)
Take advantage of 2-for-1 entry all day, for Backlot Festival attendees.
BLACK BOX STAGE
@ RIOULT DANCE CENTER
(34-01 Steinway St @ 34th Ave)
A recent addition to the Kaufman Arts District, Rioult presents a selection of dance and theater performances from local choreographers.
DANCE SHOWCASE #1
DANCE SHOWCASE #2
The Astoria Performing Arts Center presents a selection of short plays and stories portraying life in the neighborhood we all call home.
(34-21 34th Ave @ 35th st)
We are pleased to host a great selection of local literary talents in the left-bank splendor of Mar’s restaurant.
Join host KC Trommer, together with poets and readers from throughout the borough, as we read our way station-to-station with the Queensbound Poetry Project.
VOICES OF FORTUNE
Join host Jaime Maleszka and the wirters of The Fortune Society for an afternoon devoted to this vital work supporting the educational, emotional, and cutlural development of individuals impacted by the criminal justice system.
Join host Tim Frederick and writers from Newtown Literary , a non-profit writing group celebrating and supporting the literarture of Queens, for selections from the journal’s most recent volume.
@ TACUBA CANTINA MEXICANA
(35-01 36th St @ 35th Ave)
The storied sideroom of Tacuba hosts our Latin stage, featuring music from across the Latin Diaspora, curated and hosted by Astoria’s own Alvaro Benavides.
VENEZUELA IN MOTION
Samba-inflected latin jazz from the Latin Grammy-nominated pianist Gabriel Chakarji and dulcet-voiced accompanist Carmela Ramirez.
STRINGS N SKINS
Colombian-Haitian hip-hop from Latin Grammy winning violinist Luisa Bastidas and Brooklyn-born multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Okai.
ALVARO BENAVIDES GROUP
High-energy Musica Cubana from one of NYC’s most accomplished bassists, Alvaro Benavides, and company. Prepare to dance!
ASTORIA FILM FESTIVAL
@ The Zukor Theater
(35th St. @ 35th Ave)
The lovely Zukor Theater screens a selection of films from the Astoria Film Festival and beyond, all crafted right here in the ‘hood. Hosted by AFF founder Nina Fiore.
A sceries of award-winning shorts and web series from the most recent running of the Astoria Film Fesival this past May.
Join Astoria’s own Dito Montiel for a special screening of his debut feature about life in the ‘hood in the ’80s.
ENCORE SCREENING: Join Astoria’s own Dito Montiel for a special screening of his debut feature about life in the ‘hood in the 80s.
@ BEANS & LAGER
( 3301 36th Ave @ 33rd St.)
Join us for jazz and comedy in the laid-back Mediterranean ambience of Bean’s & Lager, with your host Andy Calos.
FSSA JAZZ QUINTET
Come join the uber-talented students of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts for a jazz showcase, under the leadership of Willie Bowman, Jr. (pictured), and featuring the jazz piano of Roni Mikhaylov..
Second Program TBD
@ THE UKE HUT
( 36-01 36th Ave @ 36th St)
Join us at New York City’s only establishment dedicated to the the instrument known as the Jumping Flea, for a free group Ukulele lesson!
FREE GROUP UKULELE WORKSHOP
Come on down to the Uke Hut for a free group lesson, led by local Uke enthusiast Jeff Novak.
NOTE: Ukuleles provided; just bring yourself!