Crossing the BLVD

Jan 18, 2012

Archie Bunker wouldn’t recognize the Queens of today, where cultures normally  thousands of miles apart live on the same block, and 138 languages can come together in a classroom. On the streets of Queens, passers by might hear Albanian hip-hop wafting from a market stall, or a  gypsy punk riff sill out of a café.  The diverse colors, accents and clothing illustrate “globalization” and “multiculturalism” in a way that corporate strategists cannot. Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer are finely attuned to these sounds. The artistic uber-couple are at the heart of Earsay, a non-profit, multimedia organization. Earsay produced Crossing the BLVD... A book, a touring exhibition, and a series of  performances and radio segments drawn from interviews with immigrants living along the main thoroughfare that divides Queens.