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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016
The Rockaway Times
even that is incorrect. (Slide
52 of DOT’s on line presenta-
tion). (
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pdf ) Eighteen restrictions was
DOT’s proposal in December
2015. About 26 left turn re-
strictions were proposed in
April 2015, not 18 as claimed.
The 26 were only documented
in newspaper accounts, since
DOT only announced a few
restrictions at each one of the
previous round of workshops,
never posting the total on
their website.
So should DOT be com-
mended for listening to the
public by cutting the proposed
left turn restrictions from 26
to 6? Or should they be rep-
rimanded by making such as
outlandish proposal in the
first place before collecting
any traffic volume data? And
there are still at least two trou-
bling restrictions that remain:
southbound at Union Turn-
pike and Rockaway Blvd.
This latest round of work-
shops still presents only one
side of the story. Check out
Slide 45 from their latest web-
site presentation that is con-
veniently not posted at the
workshops. It shows that av-
erage AM northbound peak
travel speeds for general traf-
fic declined by 38 percent
from an average speed of 19.5
mph to only 12 mph and bus
speeds declined as well since
instituting a peak hour bus
lane north of Metropolitan
Avenue last year. So who ben-
efits? No one.
Based on those data, why
would anyone in their right
mind propose new bus lanes
operating 24/7 that are even
more restrictive to motorists?
The three general traffic travel
lanes are not even contiguous
where there are service roads
and can only be accessed
through slip lanes every quar-
ter mile or so.
As for the Q52 extension,
they will use that as a bargain-
ing chip with the MTA saying
it will be contingent on the
approval of SBS. And when Q52
ridership increases as a result,
the credit goes to SBS.
Allan Rosen
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Keeping Classical Music Alive with Kettle Corn
By Katie McFadden
Classical music didn’t die
out with Beethoven or Mozart.
Rockaway native Alex Weiser
is keeping the genre alive in a
way that breaks down bound-
aries of contemporary classi-
cal music and makes it more
fun. Composer Weiser, with his
nonprofit group, Kettle Corn
New Music, pairs the genre
with popcorn.
“It started as a joke with my
friends in college at Yale. We
were all music students and we
would go to this kettle corn ven-
dor down the block after class
andwe’d hang out and eat kettle
corn while listening tomusic. At
some point someone made a
joke that we should have con-
certs where we serve kettle
corn. One day I was in Union
Square and I ran into the owner
of Kettle Corn NYC and brought
up the idea of holding these
concerts and asked if he’d be
a sponsor and he was into it. It
wasn’t long after that we hit the
ground running,” Weiser said.
Weiser and his friends formed
the group in the spring of 2013.
With KCNM, Weiser has
made a way to present con-
temporary classical music in a
relaxed environment. “We’re
trying to bring music to more
people by taking it to this great
environment where the level of
music remains high, but it’s not
pretentious. We try to create an
experience that is inviting and
fun, yet doesn’t sacrifice artis-
tic integrity,” Weiser said.
Each year, the group hosts
three or four concerts in which
they invite composers and
musicians from a range of
backgrounds and experience
to one stage, while the audi-
ence gets to enjoy beer, wine
and of course, kettle corn. KC-
NM’s spring concert “Alice in
Wunderbar” will take place at
7 p.m. on Friday, May 27 and
Saturday, May 28 at the DiMen-
na Center (450 W 37th Street)
in Manhattan. This weekend’s
show will feature vocal and in-
strumental ensemble Cantata
Profana, performing works by
various composers. The works
include Unsuk Chin’s Akros-
tichon Wortspiel sung by Jes-
sica Petrus and a world pre-
miere piece “Three Epitaphs”
by Weiser, sung by Kate Mar-
oney. There will also be a per-
formance of Anton Webern’s
iconic arrangement of Schoen-
berg’s Chamber Symphony
for piano trio, flute, and clar-
inet and György Ligeti’s Three
Weöres Songs. All are invited
to this casual experience of
classical contemporary mu-
sic, paired with popcorn and
alcohol, which is included in
the $20 ticket price. Tickets are
available at the door or can be
purchased at kettlecornnew-
Another aspect of KCNM is
introducing the people behind
the music in a fun way. KCNM
hosts a video series in which
Weiser or another member will
sit down with the composers
that are featured in their shows,
and chat while enjoying pop-
corn. “It’s a fun, more intimate
view of these composers that
shows that they’re approach-
able,” Weiser said. The video
series can be found on the You-
tube Channel for KettleCorn-
NewMusic, or on their website.
Kettle Corn New Music is a
nonprofit that is supported by
grants, donations and ticket
sales. Weiser says the move-
ment has developed a follow-
ing, which he is hoping to grow
even further. “We want to share
this music we love with lots of
people through a platform that
is sustainable and create op-
portunities for new music to
be written and shared with an
even bigger audience. We want
to take people on this journey
and keep the genre alive and
well,” he said.
KCNM Artistic Directors Chris Rogerson and Alex Weiser