Flushing theater group makes a pretty big move

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The cast from “Thoroughly Modern Mille,” one of the last show’s the FSFCTG performed in Flushing, poses for a photograph. Photo by Merle Exit

The Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theater Group is changing religions.

After she ended the group’s 41-year stint in Flushing, Maryellen Pierce opted to move her amateur acting company to the Immaculate Conception Church in Jamaica Estates.

Besides a different address, the group has also adopted a new moniker—Star Players.

Read the whole story in this week’s TimesLedger Newspapers

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Six degrees of A. J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs and actress Olivia Wilde at a recent family reunion.

A.J. Jacobs and actress Olivia Wilde at a recent family reunion.

A.J. Jacobs believes every last person on the planet is related.

So naturally when he decided to throw a family reunion, he invited all of us.

The Global Family Reunion, takes place Saturday 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St. in Corona.

Sister Sledge will be on hand to lead the crowd in a version of “We Are Family,” in the hopes of breaking a world’s record for the most people singing that song.

Other relatives scheduled to appear include Lisa Loeb, Daniel Radcliffe, Dr. Oz and, via video, former President George H. W. Bush.

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP, which includes special lines for food, beverages and the bathroom, as well as a viewing area.

The Saw Lady returns to Astoria

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Natalia “The Saw Lady” Paruz rehearses with members of The Astoria Choir.

After cutting back last year, Natalia Paruz has retooled the NY Musical Saw Festival for its 11th appearance coming up Saturday, May 30 in Astoria.

A celebration of the carpenter’s go-to tool, the festival includes musicians anxious to get their teeth into some classical music with a twist.

“The saw sounds like an opera singer without words,” Paruz, who goes by the moniker “The Saw Lady” said. “Every time we play, people come around looking for the singers.”

To prove her point, she and three other saw musicians will replace the soprano section of The Astoria Choir in a performance of Mozart’s “Ave verum corpus.”

The festival kicks off at 2 pm on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 31-18 37th St. in Astoria. Tickets are $10.

Concert for Nepal planned for May 31 in Flushing

The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra holds a fund-raiser to aid Nepal this weekend.  Photo courtesy Queensboro Symphony Orchestra

The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra holds a fund-raiser to aid Nepal this weekend. Photo courtesy Queensboro Symphony Orchestra

For its season finale, the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra presents the NY Concert for Nepal this Sunday, May 31, at Mary’s Nativity Church in Flushing.

The concert will include performances of Tchaikovsky’s “Fifth Symphony,” Mozart’s “Horn Concerto No. 3″ and the Nepali national anthem.

There is no cost, but money given as part of a free-will offering will be donated to areas of Nepal affected by the recent earthquake.

Mary’s Nativity Church is located at 46-02 Parson Blvd. in Flushing. The May 31 concert begins at 7 pm.

Making an impact through Shakespeare

Jason and Joy Marr at the Queens Impact Award ceremony held Thursday night in Douglaston.

Jason and Joy Marr at the Queens Impact Award ceremony held Thursday night in Douglaston.

Last night the TimesLedger Newspapers presented its second Queens Impact Awards to 26 residents who are making a difference in the borough.

Woodside’s own Jason and Joy Marr, who cofounded the Hip to Hip Theatre Co., received one of the honors.

Hip to Hip, which begins its ninth season in July, presents free performances of Shakespeare comedies and dramas in parks across Queens.

Double dose of art in LIC

Vernon Boulevard will again be shut down for the LIC Springs! street fair on Saturday, May 9.

Vernon Boulevard will again be shut down for the LIC Springs! street fair on Saturday, May 9.

The art scene heats up in Long Island City with two big events this week.

On Saturday, the second annual LIC Springs! will shut down Vernon Boulevard for a street fair, including live music, art making and family activities.

Don’t miss the spaghetti and gelato eating contest that organizers hope will one day rival Coney Island’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Then on Wednesday, the fifth annual LIC Arts Open kicks off with five days of open art studios and exhibits at locations all over the neighborhood.

Check out works at the Falchi Building, The Factory LIC, Alobar, Manducatis Rustica and more.

LIC Springs! runs May 9, from noon to 5 p.m.

LIC Arts Open begins May 13 and runs through May 17.

Both events are free.

APAC’s ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ opens tonight

LilyAnn Carlson (in front) leads cast members Matt Welsh, Joanna Carpenter, Kevin Ray Johnson, Alex Akin, Jason Pintar and Audrey Hefferman Meyer in a musical number in APAC's production of

LilyAnn Carlson (in front) leads cast members Matt Welsh, Joanna Carpenter, Kevin Ray Johnson, Alex Akin, Jason Pintar and Audrey Hefferman Meyer in a musical number in APAC’s production of “Merrily We Roll Along.” Photo courtesy Michael R. Dekker

For the first show she has shepherded from top to bottom as Astoria Performing Arts Center’s artistic director, Dev Bondarin decided to dust off a legendary Broadway flop.

Stephen Sondheim, George Furth and Hal Prince created “Merrily We Roll Along,” which opened at the Alvin Theater Nov. 16, 1981 and closed 12 days later.

But of course, that’s when its mythology took off.

Told in reverse order — the show’s first scene takes place in 1976, its last in 1957 — Bondarin believes the show’s theme about defining moments, both tragic and beautiful, making us the people we are today is universal.

The show runs through May 23, at APAC.