‘The show has to go on’

By The TimesLedger

In keeping with Mayor Giuliani’s advice that New Yorkers should try to return to as normal a life as possible after last week’s horrific terrorist attacks, most theater and arts venues in Queens are keeping to their regular schedules.

“As it’s said, the show has to go on,” said Kathy Giaimo, administrative director of Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside. This weekend’s performances of “La Flamenco” are set to go on as scheduled.

PS 1 Contemporary Arts Center maintains a recording for callers wondering about any changes: “During these difficult times, PS 1 will remain open during its regularly scheduled hours.”

The American Museum of the Moving Image plans to hold a panel discussion of how Hollywood might change its focus in the wake of the real-life disaster. The date is tentatively set for Tuesday, Oct. 2, but the time and Manhattan location are to be announced.

The New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, also currently sticking to a normal schedule, joined the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in offering free admission last weekend, to “give New York a hug.”

The city — and the nation and world — certainly needed one.

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