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"Crossing the BLVD" Performance March 30; WNYC Host Brian Lehrer to Moderate Q&A
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-559

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593

Media Advisory/Listing for Sunday, March 30, 2008, 3:00 pm


   -- Brian Lehrer, Popular WNYC Radio Talk Show Host, to Moderate
Q&A Following Their Performance –

WHAT:  “Crossing the BLVD:  strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America”—a compelling and humorous multimedia performance that re-creates the tumultuous lives and experiences of immigrants who have recently settled in Queens. Based on the acclaimed book of the same name by writer, photographer, designer and QC graduate Warren Lehrer and character actress, oral historian, and producer Judith Sloan.
WHO:     Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan take the audience on a virtual tour of different Queens neighborhoods for visits with the immigrant inhabitants described in the book. While Lehrer narrates the scenes, Sloan transforms herself through voice and gesture, assuming the personae of many of these immigrants. She relates their powerful oral histories about perilous journeys, personal/family conflicts, wars, and cultural divides. A soundtrack of original music, sounds, and voices adds dramatic dimension to the program.  After the performance, popular WNYC radio talk show host Brian Lehrer will moderate a Q&A between the actors and audience.
WHERE:    Goldstein Theater: Queens College: 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY
For travel directions:
TICKETS:  $12. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 718-793-8080. Also available at door of Goldstein Box Office one hour before the performance.

BACKGROUND: This performance is one of many public events being held in conjunction with “Crossing the BLVD:  strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America,” an exhibition at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College through June 28.  Assembled by Lehrer and Sloan, this traveling exhibition uses 90 photographic narratives, soundscapes, text and audio compositions to bring to life the universal experiences of dozens of recent immigrants who have settled in Queens. The museum will be open on March 30, day of performance, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.



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Deputy Director of News Services
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(718) 997- 5597

Maria Matteo
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Queens Hall, Room 270B
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