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Event Showcasing Astoria’s Greatest ‘Characters’ Planned for Next Month

Aug. 24, 2018 By Tara Law

A free event showcasing the talents of some of Astoria’s most gifted and interesting people will take place on Sept. 23 at the Variety Boys and Girls Club.

The second annual event, “Astoria Characters Day,” was inspired by a weekly column that journalist Nancy Ruhling publishes on 

The event will include a show featuring some of the 450 people Rubling has profiled over the last nine years, including a poet, a harpist and dancers. Attendees will be invited to meet and socialize with the “characters” and their other neighbors.

The event will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the club, located at 21-12 30th Rd. After the show, free lunch will be provided by Bareburger and Salt & Bone.

The event will feature eight performances, including an act by comic Ben Rosenfield and dance by the Long Island City Ballet and Broadway Dance Studio.

Other performers include Simona Radano, the “Italian Fairy,” a singer and dancer who performs for children in Italian, and Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella.

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