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Keep On Working: Rego Park’s Vic Bagratuni Chases Lifelong Dream of Acting

Elizabeth is about to finish her dissertation. She is very much in love with her girlfriend and their life together. But then her brother and his best friend show up-they are on the run. Their arrival forces Elizabeth to confront her past and finally make a choice about the kind of person she wants to be. A waking nightmare in which fears and memories become actual and the psychological becomes all too real. A Play by: Lucy Thurber

By Benjamin Fang   For as long as he can remember, 26-year-old Vic Bagratuni wanted to be an actor. Growing up in an artistic household, everything was an artform. Both of his parents are musicians, and he comes from a long line of artists, actors and directors. “Everything that I did from a very young […]

Raging Heart: Adrianna Mateo is Ready to Make Her Mark in the Music World


By Shane Miller For the better part of the last year, the only constant in Adrianna Mateo’s life has been change. Perennially on the move, the 25-year-old musician has been couch-surfing with friends and hopping between pet-sitting (“Cats are easier than dogs,” she learned) and house-watching gigs for acquaintances. Or rather, there has been one […]

‘Being’ Lisa Vidal: Actress Talks Life, Work & Growing Up in Whitestone


By Chase Collum Photos: Marc Cartwright Born June 3, 1965 and raised for most of her childhood in Whitestone, Lisa Vidal has worked with some of the most prominent figures in show business, yet she still remains a down-to-earth Queens girl at heart. Lisa attended the High School of the Performing Arts, followed by a […]

The Long Road: From Woodside to Hollywood with Jodi Long

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By Jess Berry With five Broadway shows under her belt, appearances in feature films like RoboCop 3 and The Hot Chick, roles in popular TV dramas like Desperate Housewives and Sex & the City and now a starring role in the popular television series Sullivan & Son, Jodi Long comes off as a born and […]

Uncharted Wauters


By Tammy Scileppi   Jackson Heights singer-songwriter branches out on his own with his first solo record. In photos promoting his debut solo album, NAP: North American Poetry on Captured Tracks, Juan Wauters sits in front of the iconic Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and kneels before the shops of nearby Willets Point. His […]

Miss New York Still at Work


It’s been nearly two years since Astoria’s own Kaitlin Monte took the title of Miss New York in 2011, but the journey she began years ago was just the start. On a typical day, this overnight local celebrity will typically wake up and head to work with a development team of Columbia University interns in […]

Gustavo Rodriguez – A True Queens Creative

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“There’s this terrific untapped potential particularly in Western Queens,” Gustavo Rodriguez says, perched on a piano bench in a private room of the Gibson Guitar Showroom in NYC, which just so happens to be the former famous Hit Factory recording studio where Michael Jackson recorded Bad and Bruce Springsteen recorded Born in the USA, just […]

MLS Commissioner Don Garber


It’s Queens spoke with Major League Soccer Commissioner and Queens native Don Garber about the league’s vision for a pro soccer franchise and new stadium in the borough. Don Garber is no stranger to Queens. The commissioner of Major League Soccer was born and raised in Flushing, where his grandfather owned a store on Main […]

Pia Toscano


The down-to-earth Queens girl catches up with It’s Queens. By LISA A. FRASER Pia Toscano was glamorous as usual when she performed for a local Howard Beach event in October. The former American Idol contestant and now recording artist, was clad in a bedazzling short, silver, sequenced dress and six-inch heels, which accentuated her already […]

LAVIN LARGE: The Red Storm Are Back!

Steve Lavin

Maybe coaching matters after all By DANIEL BUSH One afternoon a few days before flying to Denver for the start of the NCAA tournament, Steve Lavin paused to reflect on the extraordinary turnaround of the St. John’s men’s basketball program.  Tailor-made for the spotlight, the former ESPN analyst-turned Red Storm head coach was dressed head-to-toe […]

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