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The 13th Annual Panorama Challenge

Friday, April 12, 6-9:30 pm at the Queens Museum

General Admission: $20 in advance/$25 at the door

Members of the City Reliquary, Queens Museum, or MAS: $15

Doors 6 PM, Game 7 PM (free shuttle between the Queens Museum and the Mets‐Willets Point 7 stop from 5:30-7pm and 9-10 pm)

After a four-year hiatus, the City Reliquary Museum returns to the Queens Museum to host the 13th Annual Panorama Challenge. The event, the largest NYC-themed trivia game, will take place at The Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of the five boroughs.

The event will be co-hosted with the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), the organization that teamed up with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to save Grand Central Terminal from being demolished. MAS advocates for the preservation of New York City’s historic public art and architecture while fighting for livable and equitable urban planning and design today.

Ticketing is open now! Buy online in advance for a discount ($20 vs. $25 at the door). Members of the City Reliquary, Queens Museum, or MAS get an even deeper discounted admission of $15.

City Reliquary members will be able to purchase $15 tickets after logging into their Withfriends account.

This exciting evening of trivia puts the whole city at your feet. Teams of Panorama Pros and Panorama Challengers get quizzed on all things NYC using the Panorama as a massive game board. The winning Pro team will join the ranks of past winners when its name is etched on the Panorama Challenge Trophy housed at the Queens Museum.

MC Gary Dennis will preside over the evening. Jonathan Turer, long-time tour guide and founder of, returns for his tenth year as Quizmaster with a new batch of mind-bending questions. This year’s trivia topics include “Awkwafina,” “SNL & Staten Island,” “Fame,” and more NYC-centric minutiae.

Think you have deep NYC knowledge? Register your team now and show us what you’ve got!

With a special halftime performance from the City Reliquary’s 2023 Miss Subways and 7 line lover, Harmony Hardcore, and the ever-popular Halftime Quiz. DJ Frankie Teardrop will play 64 Fair-era doo-wop, soul, girl group, and British Invasion tunes throughout the night.

This marks a triumphant return for the City Reliquary, which first launched the Panorama Challenge at the Queens Museum in 2007 and last presented it in 2019. This year’s event will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, where the Panorama debuted as an exhibit celebrating New York’s municipal infrastructure and built environment.

About the City Reliquary Museum

The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization preserves the everyday artifacts that connect visitors to the past and present of New York City. Established in 2002 as an apartment window display at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Streets in Williamsburg, it relocated to 370 Metropolitan Avenue in 2006. The Reliquary also hosts public events that invite neighbors and visitors to meet, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of our city. Learn more at Follow us at @cityreliquary.

About the Municipal Art Society of New York

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) lifts up the voices of the people in the debates that shape New York’s built environment and leads the way toward a more livable city from sidewalk to skyline. For over 130 years our advocacy efforts have led to the creation of the New York City Planning Commission, Public Design Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the Tribute in Light; the preservation of Grand Central Terminal, and the lights of Times Square; the conservation of more than 50 works of public art; and the founding of such civic organizations as the Public Art Fund, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, P.S. 1, the Historic Districts Council, the Park Avenue Armory Conservancy, and the Waterfront Alliance. Learn more at Follow us on Instagram at @mas_nyc on Instagram and on Facebook at @masnyc.

About the Queens Museum 

The Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park presents contemporary art, events of hyperlocal and international impact, and educational programs reflecting the diversity of Queens and New York City. Changing exhibitions present the work of emerging and established artists, both local and global, that often explore contemporary social issues, as well as the rich history of its site. The Museum works outside its walls through engagement initiatives ranging from multilingual outreach and educational opportunities for adult immigrants, to a plethora of community led art and activism projects. The Museum’s educational programming connects with school children, teens, families, seniors as well as those individuals with physical and mental disabilities. The Queens Museum is located on property owned in full by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Visit Follow us at @queensmuseum.


Mamma Mia! A Burlesque Tribute to ABBA

Friday, November 17, 8 pm (show at 8:30)
Tickets: $20 (free for our members)

The Last Chance Dancers disco dance to GOLD by ABBA, played live on vinyl.


Dress for the weather
Mixed seating & standing room
COVID vaccination required
Masks optional

This is a real burlesque show, with professional burlesque dancers. Anyone is welcome, but please note there will be sexually explicit performance, nudity, and language.

Other accommodation needs or questions? Email [email protected]

Canceled–The Gatekeeper – LIVE!

This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled in spring 2024!

Join The Gatekeeper’s finest (and only) news broadcasters as we forge the news of the future and reflect on the shortcomings of present day —  a comedy variety show with standup, sketch, characters and more!

Hosted by local broadcast legends David Colton & Mo Macsai-Goren and featuring a star-studded team of correspondents: 

Maggie Crane (Soup of the Day; Sacred Heart Middle and High School Talent Show)
Vannessa Jackson (writer for Saturday Night Live; The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)
Business Casual (Hunter Saling, Cory Lane, and Jeremy Elder)
Neel Ghosh (The Comedy Store, UCB, The Hollywood Improv, The Stand, New York Comedy Club)

**The Gatekeeper is not liable for creating/ inspiring actual or fake news events, mutinies, etc.

Canceled — Capricieux’s Adventure (Double Feature with Capricieux’s Quest)

This event will be rescheduled in spring 2024.

A double feature from filmmaker C.A. Nicola of Capricieux’s Quest followed by his newest film, Capricieux’s Adventure, which won Best Experimental Comedy in the 2023 FilmFreeway Comedy Shorts Awards (First Period).

The screening will be followed by Q&A with C.A. Nicola, actress Jane LeCroy (Capricieux’s Quest), and another participant TBA.

Film Synopses:

Capricieux’s Quest
Capricieux is summoned by the Empress Ophelia to retrieve a sacred vase stolen by the malevolent Filou.
Run time: 22 minutes


Capricieux’s Adventure
Capricieux faces a new adversary threatening the magical forest after defeating the malevolent Filou.
Run time: 10 min


Masquerade: A Comix & Animation Showcase

Saturday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. (show at 7)
$10 general admission/free for City Reliquary members

Join us for a night of original comics readings and animation from local artists. We’re kicking off spooky season, so come wearing your Halloween best!

Readings by:
Oliver Nicole
Annabelle Heckler
Samuel Edme
Graham Millar

Animation by:
Amelia Johnson
John Quinn
Emily Zullo
Shane Cagney
Cam MacConnell
Kelly Emmrich
Cecily Russo
Isa Fraga-Abaza
Kitt Matthews
Alfred Thomas
Jack Henry-Lee

KICKAPOO: A Burlesque Tribute to Tenacious D

Friday, September 15 at 8 pm (show at 8:30)
Admission: $20 General (Free for City Reliquary members)

The Last Chance Dancers blur the line between artifice and authenticity with THE PICK OF DESTINY by TENACIOUS D, played live on vinyl.

The Last Chance Dancers are: Queensiñera, Esmé, Xaddy Addy, Maggie McMuffin, and Venatrix. Plus, One Night Only special guest BOBBY FISHNETS and the return of our original pressing, KITA ST CYR.

It’s also Kita’s birthday! Bring her savory snacks, shiny things, and good tequila.

This is a real burlesque show, with professional burlesque dancers. Anyone is welcome, but please note there will be sexually explicit performance, nudity, and language.


This is an outdoor show with mixed seating and standing room. Entry from sidewalk through the museum is wheelchair accessible, but to get outdoors is four steps up and down. The backyard is largely uneven, but you are welcome to watch the show from the flat paved area.

Other accommodation needs or questions? Email [email protected] and we’ll work it out.

Carousel: Comics Performances

Friday, August 25 Rescheduled to Sunday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. (show at 8)
Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at door (Free for City Reliquary members)

Carousel returns with comics readings and projections (and some live music) from cartoonists, graphic novelists, and other artists. Hosted by R. Sikoryak. The show will be followed by a book signing.

Jacob Halton
Yinfan Huang
Arielle Jovellanos and Julia Riew
Jeffrey Lewis
Jason Little
and more!

Artist Bios:

Jacob Halton is a background designer and comic artist who loves making trippy stories and cyberpunk art. Find more of his work at Instagram @jacobhalton

Born and raised in China, Yinfan Huang is a NY-based illustrator and cartoonist who creates joyful, whimsical work for children’s books, magazines, brands, and institutions around the world. She is the first Asian cartoonist published in The New Yorker in print without growing up in the West. She is the illustrator of the children’s book The Couch Potato and is working on her first graphic memoir, Yellow Singing Sail., Instagram @yinfanhuang and @infuncomic

Arielle Jovellanos is a Filipina-American freelance illustrator, comic artist, and writer. Recent works include Girl Taking Over: A Lois Lane Story (DC), Evil Thing: A Villains Graphic Novel (Disney-Hyperion), and Black Star (Abrams Megascope). She would like a cat. Instagram @joviellety

Julia Riew is a composer-lyricist and writer from Missouri. She is best known for Dive (AKA: “The Korean Disney Princess Musical”) which is currently being developed into a stage musical with Tony-Award winning director Diane Paulus and GLAAD-Award winning playwright Diana Son for the American Repertory Theater after amassing over 130k followers and 3 million likes worldwide. Instagram @juliariew

Jeffrey Lewis is best known for albums of folk and rock music, but he also makes comic books, including a self-published series called Fuff, and has worked on projects with organizations such as the History Channel and The New York Times.  Instagram: @jeffreylewisband

Jason Little is the author of the forthcoming Polly & Molly, a graphic novel about love, family, the space-time continuum, and genitalia. His previous books include Borb, a hilarious daily strip collection about atragically alcoholic homeless man, and Jack’s Luck Runs Out, a story set in Las Vegas and told with playing card characters. Instagram @beecomix

R. Sikoryak is a cartoonist (Constitution Illustrated, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump) and the host of Carousel. He illustrated the comic books that appear in the new novel by Tom Hanks, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece. Instagram: @rsikoryak 

The Last Chance Dancers Present “Disco”: A Burlesque Tribute to Saturday Night Fever

Friday, August 18 at 8 pm (show starts at 8:30 sharp)
$20 general admission, free for City Reliquary members

The Last Chance Dancers continue their leftist stripper agenda with their very first soundtrack show: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, played live on vinyl.

No breaks. No mercy. Just raw emotion and bare flesh. Anything could happen. Bring tributes to the record player and hope it spares us.

The Last Chance Dancers are: Queensiñera, Esmé, Xaddy Addy, Maggie McMuffin, and Venatrix. Plus One Night Only guests VERA SAFIRE and SUSIE DAHL

This is a real burlesque show, with professional burlesque dancers. Anyone is welcome, but please note there will be sexually explicit performance, nudity, and language.

Mixed seating & standing room. Entry from sidewalk through museum is wheelchair accessible, but to get outdoors is 4 steps up and down. Backyard is uneven, but you are welcome to watch from the flat paved area.
Other accommodation needs or questions? Email [email protected] and we’ll work it out.

Carousel Comics Performances and Picture Shows

Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 pm (show at 8)

Carousel, the live comics performance series, returns with readings, projections, and live music from cartoonists, graphic novelists, visual artists, and musicians. Hosted by R. Sikoryak. This event will be followed by a book signing.

Tickets on sale now ($10 advance/$12 at door)

Leela Corman and Thalia Zedek
Marcellus Hall
Sabrina Jones
Ellen Lindner
Elizabeth Trembley
Kriota Willberg

Leela Corman is a painter, cartoonist, and educator. Her latest short story collection You Are Not A Guest comes out this summer from Fieldmouse Press, and her next graphic novel, Victory Parade, will be published by Schocken Books in Spring 2024. She is honored to collaborate with Thalia, whose music has been in heavy rotation in her life since the 1990s. Instagram: @leelacorman

Thalia Zedek has been a performing/recording artist since the 1980’s with bands such as Live Skull, Come, E, Uzi, and Dangerous Birds, as well as releasing numerous solo records on the Thrill Jockey label. Her collaboration with Leela Corman began in the summer of 2022 with a commissioned work for the SPX Convention and she’s thrilled to continue performing with Leela in this new medium. Instagram: @thaliazedek

Marcellus Hall is a longtime New York illustrator and musician. He has songs, record albums, children’s books, magazine covers, and comics to his credit. Instagram: @marcellus_hall

Sabrina Jones has created graphic biographies of Isadora Duncan, Margaret Sanger, Jane Jacobs, FDR, and Jesus. Her latest comics are in My Body/Our Rights, the 53rd issue of World War 3 Illustrated. Instagram: @sabjonze

Ellen Lindner is a cartoonist, illustrator, editor, and occasional educator, living in Upper Manhattan. Her illustration clients have included McGraw-Hill, Dotdash Meredith, Workman, Bloomsbury, and the City of New York, and her comics have been seen on, The Washington Post, and in many anthologies and collections. Ellen is the author of two graphic novels and is working on Lost Diamonds, a comics study of gender rebellion in baseball. Her comics are now on view in “Lost Diamonds” at Principles GI Coffeehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn, until August 4th. Instagram: @ellenlindna

Elizabeth Trembley, Ph.D, is the author of the graphic memoir Look Again (Street Noise, 2022), which was shortlisted for the Graphic Medicine International Collective Award and the award for Excellence in Graphic Literature for Adult Nonfiction. She is also a Lambda Literary Award-winning mystery novelist and a storytelling teacher of more than three decades. She lives on ten wooded acres near the shores of Lake Michigan with her Episcopal priest wife, two dogs, and two cats. One of her most prized possessions is an autographed photo of Adam West. Instagram: @elizabeth_trembley

Kriota Willberg is a retired massage therapist and active cartoonist. She’s best known for Draw Stronger: Self-Care for Cartoonists and Visual Artists (Uncivilized Books). Her comic Silver Wire was nominated for a 2019 Ignatz Award. Once the inaugural Artist In Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library, she’s now the AIR in Humanistic Medicine Program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Instagram: @kriotawillberg

R. Sikoryak is a cartoonist (Constitution Illustrated, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump) and the host of Carousel. He illustrated the comic books that appear in the new novel by Tom Hanks, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece. Instagram: @rsikoryak

Antiques! Oddities! Ephemera! A City Reliquary (Back)Yard Sale

The City Reliquary will host Antiques! Oddities! Ephemera! A City Reliquary (Back)Yard Sale on Sunday, August 6, from noon to 6 p.m. True to its name, the event will take place in the museum’s backyard. RSVP for the event.

Local artists and collectors will be selling an eclectic variety of one-of-a-kind vintage ephemera, unusual collectibles, and unique art and crafts. For those who know the City Reliquary Collectors Night event, a show-and-tell where collectors display their strange collections, this is a rare opportunity: a show-and-sell!

Wares for sale include:

  • Midcentury records, clothing, and housewares from Kyle Supley
  • 1964 New York World’s Fair memorabilia, vintage ticket stubs to NYC sites, collectible spoons and spoon jewelry, and more from Yardsale Cafe (who will also offer refreshments)
  • Uranium glass and antique bottles from Emily Kawasaki
  • Bizarre products from world markets from George Rush
  • Vintage film and cartoon-related ephemera from Tommy Stathes (Cartoons on Film)
  • Vintage movie stills and promotional ephemera, and quirky vegetable commercial ceramics, from artist Steve Gerberich
  • Vintage Barbie collections, paper ephemera, and one-of-a-kind assemblage art from artist Marlene Weisman
  • Unusual old dolls from Andrea McManus
  • Assorted oddities, taxidermy, vintage toys, antique photos and postcards, and other oddities and kitsch from Bryan Sansivero, ruins photographer and author of American Decay.
  • Handmade jewelry and headbands from Shannon Richardson
  • And MUCH more!

Free entry with museum admission, but please RSVP! We suggest that buyers bring CASH as many vendors can’t accept credit cards.

Tunes from Kyle Supley, resident DJ at Julius’ bar, who will also sell a wide selection of midcentury lamps, clocks, records, and clothing.

Cool drinks and tasty pastries from Yardsale Cafe, “one of Brooklyn’s best new bakeries” according to Brooklyn Magazine. Yardsale will also be selling items from their antique store: 1964 New York World’s Fair memorabilia, vintage ticket stubs to NYC sites, collectible spoons and spoon jewelry, and more.

Calling all Vendors! (application now closed)

The City Reliquary invites applications from vendors to show and sell their vintage ephemera, unusual collectibles, and other unique items. Vendors interested in participating can submit an application through Friday, July 14. Space is limited!