If there is only one motivational seminar-cum-cult rock show that you need attend, it’s this one.
In The Power of the Crystals, charismatic visionary James Call [who also happens to be the frontman of Astoria band The Missing Teens] walks through the seven habits of highly destructive people, along with the corresponding crystals. The codified philosophy denounces paths that claim inner peace is the way: for millennia these charlatan beliefs have only led to wars and misery. The true path to self-actualization is focusing outwards, with twin drives of sex and anger to guide the path of destruction. Also procrastination seems to be a key mix to this self-destructive cocktail.
Ted Tappert conducts the interviews with a journalistic verve that pierces as much as enlightens the audience to The Power of the Crystals.
You will chant your way to victory above all. You will know that life is not zero-sum game, but full of zero-sum losers with one-sum winner: you.
It’s a challenge.
It’s a promise.
It’s Power, Ultimate Power, over all things in your life that you’ve been powerless against.
And the seminar is happening now, so go frickin’ see it. Or don’t – be miserable for the rest of your life if that makes you feel good.
From the Astoria Music & Arts website:
The Power of the Crystals is combination self-help seminar, cultist ritual, live rock show, and play. It's Astoria Music & Arts' first foray into the theatre world, and our first attempt at starting a bonafide cult as well. We could not be more excited to turn the stage over to James Call and the Missing Teens, who are going to explain to you the cosmic Power of the Crystals, what the Crystals are, how to find and align them, and how to achieve success, success, success.
This is your chance to learn what exactly is meant by "attaining Hawkman," how to "be angry, be reactive, be attractive," and how to balance sexy anger with pointless drudgery (to destroy the Earth, through good times). It is a strange, ominous, and yet, strangely appealing philosophy, and we want to expose it to you - through rock. Let EJ Cantu as Ted Tappert ask the hard questions, while Renee Cole and the dancing girls, and the directorial skills of Quin Gordon, massage your emotions during this strange journey.
Power of the Crystals: 7 Habits of Highly Destructive People
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 9pm
Sunday, October 24, 2010 @ 2pm
Location: Astoria Brewhouse (upstairs)
2850 31st Street @30th Ave, Astoria, Queens
Summer is over, and way too fast!
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Gordon Gano, Steve Wynn, Gary Lucas, Funkmaster Flex...playing in QUEENS?!?!
Recently a great discussion on our website was sparked when the question of whether a "music scene" really exists in Queens was asked.
Despite what some of the naysayers say and believe, like a plant that bursts and grows out of a piece of cement, there have been a lot of musicians, event producers, promoters and fans working hard to bring music to Queens bars, cafes and parks that were never intended to host and house live music. It's a beautiful and organic thing to observe.
Beautiful enough to attract artists that in the past might have scoffed at the thought of even getting off the train in Queens! "Name" artists too!
We were most surprised and pleased to have GARY LUCAS play the Bohemian Beer Hall this past week! Lucas is famous for his collaborations with Lou Reed, Jeff Buckley (Lucas co-wrote two of the songs, "Grace" and "Mojo Pin", from Jeff Buckley's popular and critically acclaimed album Grace), Captain Beefheart, Nick Cave, and many more!
The Secret Theatre is presenting an ALEX CHILTON TRIBUTE Saturday, July 31st (get tix HERE!). STEVE WYNN of THE DREAM SYNDICATE and JIM SCLAVUNOS of NICK CAVE'S BAD SEEDS, and KEITH STRENG of THE FLESHTONES are just the first names to be announced in a line up that Secret Theatre director Richard Mazda promises will be full of very cool surprise guests.
The band KRAUT are true New York punk pioneers. In fact their very first gig was opening for THE CLASH! And now they are headling THE ASTORIA MUSIC AND ARTS ASTORIA MUSIC NOW FESTIVAL Saturday, July 24th! (more info HERE!)
LIC Bar's big score for the summer is none other than GORDON GANO of The VIOLENT FEMMES! Gano will be performing there with THE RYAN BROTHERS (of THE BOGMEN) Sunday, August 15th at 6pm.
And this just in: a fantastic FREE hip hop show starring legendary rappers EPMD and DJ FUNKMASTER FLEX Thursday, July 15th at 7pm in LIC's Queensbridge Park! (more details HERE!)
It's very interesting that despite the lack of a 100% full time music venue in Queens the people in the scene are starting to see their hard work pay off when artists of this caliber start to venture this way, don't you think? And this is just the first wave...
We're excited to see who's coming along next...!
Shows that happen in the open air, under the sun or beneath the stars. In the summertime us New Yorkers can't get enough of em.
The LIC Music Scene takes great pride in the way our neighborhood can use its often thrilling visual and scenic splendor as a backdrop for some really cool concerts.
Legendary is the only word to describe the PS1 WARM UP, an all day live music event that is one of the most popular in all of NYC. Their website at the date of this writing does not have the 2010 schedule up yet, but we are watching with great anticipation.
The spectacular LIVE AT THE GANTRIES outdoor concert series continues to gain more and more momentum each year. They have just announced the 2010 lineup (but not the full schedule yet). The Long Island City Jazz Alliance, a "super-group" of great LIC Jazz musicians kicks off the series with a special concert June 13th @ 7pm!
For live outdoor music in a more intimate setting LIC BAR'S popular SUMMER SERIES promises to dazzle the neighborhood with concerts and festivals beginning June 6th. There are Sunday afternoon shows, and also outdoor shows Monday & Wednesday evenings. The full schedule can be seen at the bar's website.
Also we'll be on the lookout for live music at WATER TAXI BEACH, STUDIO SQUARE & THE BOHEMIAN BEER HALL. Also worth mentioning is the huge ASTORIA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL in Astoria Park. Over 50 local bands will be performing July 24th.
From the desk of Silbin Sandovar
PS1 WARM UP
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
LIC BAR'S GARDEN PATIO
45-58 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, New York 11101
WATER TAXI BEACH
2 Borden Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
LIVE AT THE GANTRIES
Gantry Plaza State Park
49th Avenue and Center Blvd
Long Island City, NY
35-33 36th St
Long Island City, New York 11106
BOHEMIAN BEER HALL
2919 24th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11102-1129
ASTORIA MUSIC & ARTS
Astoria Music Now! Festival
Astoria Park, Astoria, NY