Thursday, May 11, 2006

Astoria Weekend Edition 12.05.06

Well the big news this weekend is that it's Mother's Day on Sunday here in the US and Canada. Not a "Hallmark holiday," it was started in the 19th century during the Civil War. Celebrate your mom by giving her a call, send some flowers, or if you're lucky enough to have her here locally, maybe try for brunch at a few great restaurants in the area: Brick Cafe and Mundo in Astoria, or Tournesol in LIC. I've heard great things about each of these places. A little less traditional kind of brunch is happening at the Bohemian Beer Garden. Beginning at 1:00 pm, head over for a buffet in the Main Hall consisting of various Czech specialties. If it's not raining, seating will be in the garden, otherwise in the Main Hall. Admission is $15 per person.

On Saturday, consider checking out the Dutch Kills Walking Tour. Led by urban geographer Jack Eichenbaum, it's from 2-4pm and costs $11, $9, or $8. You'll get to explore this historic area of Long Island City. Sponsored by the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment. For more history, maybe stop by the Greater Astoria Historical Society to view their exhibit Astoria at War 1941-1945. And though it's not historical necessarily, I've heard great things about the exhibits at the Museum of the Moving Image. And on a rainy Sunday that might just be the place to be. They've also got a whole slew of movies worth checking out; the Altman Retrospective looks particularly good.

For something a little different, head over to Local Project in LIC on Saturday evening 6-10pm for Urban Log Books, an exhibit/installation comprised of artists books, zines, DIY & independent publications, journals and sketchbooks. For something that's different from that, check out Waltz Astoria on Fridayand Saturday nights for some acoustic and jazz music, not to mention tasty desserts.

More fun, here.

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