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BKBF Bookend Events!

Sep 28 2023 @ 7:00PM

Take a look! Our Queens “Fly By” Bookend Event is featured on the Brooklyn Book Festival website.

Click here to check out the plethora of BKBF Bookend Events that kick off Sept 24 and take place city-wide through Oct 2. Including a special Selected Shorts celebrating Willa Cather on 9/27 from our friends at Symphony Space!

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THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2023 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT.

The Greater Astoria Historical Society is the place to learn and celebrate Long Island City and its neighborhoods. Learn more at astorialic.org.

This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

This project is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Queens Arts Fund, a re-grant program supported by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by New York Foundation for the Arts.

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Sep 28 2023 @ 7:00PM

Grove 34 (31-83 34th St, Astoria)

Who is The Flying Flapper?

Sep 28 2023 @ 7:00PM

We provided this image alone to our four “Fly By” storytellers to inspire their true tales for our upcoming Queen-based Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

What personal stories did this graphic created by Queens artist Annie Shi inspire? We’ll find out when they read each other’s drafts aloud at our first story meeting this week! Get your tickets here. 

Inspired by Elinor Smith's flight under four East River bridges, artist Annie Shi created this graphic of Smith's historic 1928 flight.

Artwork by Annie Shi

Come to the show to learn about The Flying Flapper Elinor Smith, who beat out Amelia Earhart for the title of “Best Woman Pilot in America” in 1930.

Shi’s graphic art depicts Smith’s legendary 1928 flight under not one but four East River bridges – Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg … and Queensboro!

Join us at Grove 34 on 9/28 to see more of Elinor Smith’s story illustrated by Annie Shi and hear the modern-day true tales inspired by this piece of history from the Greater Astoria Historical Society.

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THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2023 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT.

The Greater Astoria Historical Society is the place to learn and celebrate Long Island City and its neighborhoods. Learn more at astorialic.org.

This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

This project is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Queens Arts Fund, a re-grant program supported by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by New York Foundation for the Arts.

Event Information

Sep 28 2023 @ 7:00PM

Grove 34 (31-83 34th St, Astoria)

Next Show: No, YOU Tell It! “Fly By”

Sep 28 2023 @ 7:00PM

Get your tickets here for our next show!

For this special Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event, four curated storytellers are trading tales inspired by Queens history from the archives of The Greater Astoria Historical Society.

Featuring illustrations by Annie Shi. Follow @noyoutellit to learn about the storytellers, Queens history, and more.

Plus, story trivia for the chance to win fun literary prizes!

No, YOU Tell It! storytellers work together to develop true tales on the page, then swap stories to embody their partner’s culture, identity, and life experience on stage.

Featuring:

Robin Gelfenbien

Ben Katzner

Briana McDonald

Lowell Stephens

Hosted by Ellie Dvorkin Dunn.

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THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2023 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT.

The Greater Astoria Historical Society is the place to learn and celebrate Long Island City and its neighborhoods. Learn more at astorialic.org.

This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

This project is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Queens Arts Fund, a re-grant program supported by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by New York Foundation for the Arts.

Event Information

Sep 28 2023 @ 7:00PM

Grove 34 (31-83 34th St, Astoria)

Unforgettable “Here & Gone” Show!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our “Here & Gone” show. It was a lovely evening that we won’t soon forget.

Left to right: Olena Jennings, Rosalie Chandler, Ellie Dvorkin Dunn, Lakshmi Gandhi, Dan Jessup. Photo by Sachyn Mital

Check out the show program here and more photos on our Facebook page. SPECIAL THANKS to:
  • Our amazing storytellers for boldly sharing their words and embodying their partners’ stories.
  • Yelena Tylkina for her stunning Queens “Here & Gone” artwork.
  • Ellie Dvorkin Dunn for being the best host.
  • Grove 34 for the perfect venue.
  • The Greater Astoria Historical Society for partnering with us on this special theme.
  • Flushing Town Hall, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York Foundation for the Arts for your grants and support.
  • Sachyn Mital, for the photos!
  • The whole NYTI creative team for all your work behind the scenes.
And always, the birthday girl Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons for keeping this important series alive!

Look! “Here & Gone” Program (In-Person and Virtual)

May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

Our Greater Astoria Historical Society team-up show hosted by Ellie Dvorkin Dunn is tonight! In-person at Grove 34 ($10 tickets here!)

  • 7:00 – 7:30: *Reception featuring Queens “Here & Gone” artwork by Yelena Tylkina
  • 7:30 – 9:00: Switched-up Storytelling!

*Drinks and snacks available for purchase.

We’ll also be streaming the show LIVE from our Facebook page at 7:30 if you want to join virtually.

Plus, a chance to win story trivia prizes featuring Queens “Here & Gone” artwork! If you aren’t a winner, click here to purchase “Here & Gone” artwork and more on Yelena’s Fine Art America page.

For this special show, storytellers worked with producer Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons and story coaches Tim Lindner and Pichchenda Bao to engage with Queens “Here & Gone” Highlights featuring the history of the Westinghouse Time CapsuleNorth BeachAstoria Pool Sentinels, and The First Photocopy to inspire their personal stories on the page.

Take a look as they swap stories to embody their partner’s culture, identity, and life experience on stage!

TONIGHT’S STORIES!

Two Continents and a Whole New Ballgame by Lakshmi Gandhi, performed by Dan Jessup, directed by Ellie Dvorkin Dunn

The Certainty of Here by Dan Jessup, performed by Lakshmi Gandhi, directed by Ellie Dvorkin Dunn

My Book About Water by Olena Jennings, performed by Rosalie Chandler, directed by Erika Iverson

Peace Through Understanding by Rosalie Chandler, performed by Olena Jennings, directed by Erika Iverson

Thank you, thank you to everyone who made this night possible!

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Special thanks to Rosalie Chandler, Bob Singleton, and Ava Vitali for helping us create these Queens “Here & Gone” highlights. The Greater Astoria Historical Society is the place to learn and celebrate Long Island City and its neighborhoods. Learn more at astorialic.org.

This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

This project is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Queens Arts Fund, a re-grant program supported by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by New York Foundation for the Arts.

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May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

Grove 34 (3183 34th St., Astoria)

Meet “Here & Gone” Storyteller Rosalie Chandler

May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

While working on the “Here & Gone” highlights, I tried so hard not to let myself think of what my story for No, YOU Tell It! would be. I wanted to come in fresh like the other storytellers and participate in the generative workshop from scratch like them. I had absolutely no idea where this process was about to take me. – Rosalie Chandler

Last but not least, our final storyteller is also the author of the Queens “Here & Gone” Highlights drawn from the archives of the Greater Astoria Historical Society. For this special show, the storytellers engaged with the history of the Westinghouse Time CapsuleNorth BeachAstoria Pool Sentinels, and The First Photocopy to inspire their modern-day true tales.

The process helped Rosalie, like all of our storytellers, tell personal stories they may not have otherwise. We can’t wait for you to see them swap stories and step into each other’s life experiences.

Grab your tickets for Thursday’s show here and meet Rosalie!

Rosalie Chandler is a long-time attendee of classes and workshops held by NYTI creator Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons. She has been working for way too long on a memoir about her stay in a New York City psychiatric hospital. Rosalie has written for the national magazine of the National Stereoscopic Association and won the Lou Smaus Award for Best Article on Modern Stereoscopy in 2018. She is a former board member of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, where she wrote and presented several lectures, and a current board member of the non-profit Flight for Sight.

Event Information

May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

Grove 34 (3183 34th St., Astoria)

Meet “Here & Gone” Storyteller Lakshmi Gandhi

May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

The storytellers have traded true tales inspired by the Greater Astoria Historical Society archives. They are now rehearsing with a story director to step into each other’s culture, identity, and life experience.

Get your tickets here for Thursday’s show!

Meet our next storyteller Lakshmi Gandhi. Make sure to ask her for book recommendations after the show!

Lakshmi Gandhi is a freelance journalist and editor based in Queens. Her articles have appeared in NBCNews.com, HISTORY, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Metro New York, and other publications. She often reports on the intersections of gender, identity and pop culture and is exceptionally good at giving book recommendations.

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May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

Grove 34 (3183 34th St., Astoria)

Meet “Here & Gone” Storyteller Olena Jennings

May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

One week until the show! We can’t wait for you to meet our next storyteller, Olena Jennings, whose translation with Oksana Lutsyshyna of Kateryna Kalytko’s poem “Having Lost the Keys . . .” from her book NOBODY KNOWS US HERE AND WE DON’T KNOW ANYONE (Lost Horse Press, 2022), has been selected for the Pushcart Prize 2023. Congratulations Olena!

GET YOUR TICKETS to hear her “Here & Gone” story inspired, in part, by the Astoria Pool Sentinels.

Olena Jennings is the author of the poetry collection The Age of Secrets (Lost Horse Press, 2022) and the chapbook Memory Project (2018.) Her novel Temporary Shelter was released in 2021 from Cervena Barva Press. Her translation from Ukrainian of Vasyl Makhno’s collection Paper Bridge was released in 2022 from Plamen Press and her translation with Oksana Lutsyshyna of Kateryna Kalytko’s collection Nobody Knows Us Here, and We Don’t Know Anyone was released from Lost Horse Press. Her textile art has been shown at Bliss on Bliss Art Projects and the NYC Poetry Festival. She is the founder and curator of the Poets of Queens reading series and press. 

 

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May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

Grove 34 (3183 34th St., Astoria)

Meet “Here & Gone” Storyteller Dan Jessup

May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

What story did Chester Carlson, inventor of The First Photocopy, inspire Dan Jessup to share from his life?

Grab tickets to next week’s show to find out. First things first, meet “Here & Gone” storyteller Dan Jessup!

Dan Jessup is a bilingual-Spanish, Wisconsin-bred, Queens-based actor and host with experience across TV, film, commercials, and theatre. New York credits include Chain Theatre, The Secret Theatre, and pandemic-streamed corporate events from his living room. Chicago credits include NBC’s Chicago Fire, Shark Tank: The Musical, and telling radio audiences when the McRib was back at McDonald’s. He proudly spent 15 years honing improvisation and devised theatre skills in Chicago, spent another life in human resources leadership, and has worked as a live event host for 20 years. He’s very happy he landed in Astoria in 2018. Thank you! www.danjessup.com.

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May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

Grove 34 (3183 34th St., Astoria)

Meet “Here & Gone” Artist Yelena Tylkina

May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

What is HERE?
What is GONE?
What in your life is HERE & GONE?

Astoria-based artist, Yelena Tylkina, illustrated the Queens “Here & Gone” Highlights – Westinghouse Time CapsuleNorth BeachAstoria Pool Sentinels, and The First Photocopy – for our upcoming show in this gorgeous piece of artwork.

For the FIRST time, our four storytellers participated in a generative workshop using Queens history to inspire their true tales, which included responding to this visual prompt by answering the questions above.

Get your tickets for No, YOU Tell It! “Here & Gone” on May 18th to see the result.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate No, YOU Tell It!’s 11-year anniversary than with our FIRST Flushing Town Hall grant! The 2023 Queens Community Arts Grant sparked our partnership with the Greater Astoria Historical Society and paved the way for this artistic collaboration with Yelena Tylkina.

Check out the other Flushing Town Hall 2023 Community Arts Grant recipients HERE.

Love the image as much as we do? Good news!  A full-size tapestry will be on display at the show, plus a chance to win story trivia prizes featuring the Queens “Here & Gone” artwork.

Can’t wait? View more of Yelena’s artwork via Fine Art America.

Yelena Tylkina lives and works in NYC as a professional artist, curator, and arts advocate. She produces fine art, design, illustration, and fashion. Yelena’s artwork takes on the fascinating and perhaps perplexing nexus where public persona and inner experience meet. The unbridled obscenity of our feelings, desires, and secrets is carefully inspected and sorted out in her souvenir-like presentations where she transforms travesty to destiny and, via tragedy, to ultimate ecstasy. Tylkina also writes prose, short stories in the style of magical realism, and is a prolific poet. To date, she has had over a hundred exhibitions including sixteen museum shows.  She has also appeared on several television and radio programs in the USA and Europe and her work has been the subject of focus in many articles in art magazines and newspapers, including “Noticias de Arte,” “Manhattan Art International,” “Russian Bazaar,” “Metro,” “Forward,”’ “Evening New York,” “Jewish World,” “Hellas News,” TV RUS, ARU.TVONT.BY, El Mundo, Vanity Fair, New York Times, NY1, and Belarus1.   

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May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

Grove 34 (3183 34th St., Astoria)

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