• QED & Updates re: Coronavirus - COVID-19

    Updates with regard to Coronavirus will be added here. For a full description of our safety and hygiene practices, please click HERE.

    UPDATE, THU, MAR 26, 2020

    Hey, you. How're you feeling? We're closed indefinitely as per the Governor's mandate, so the calendar of programming has been taken offline. We will shout from the rooftops when that changes.

    Meanwhile, while you're safe inside, some QED teachers and producers will be streaming shows online. Some will broadcast directly from the QED Instagram account while others are doing their own thing. Follow us on Twitter where we'll share links and updates.

    If this magical little place has meant something to you over the past 5+ years, a small donation is the best and easiest way to ensure that we come out the other side. Every little bit helps!

    You can make donations on our website in increments starting at $5. 

    Or, if you prefer other payment methods, we accept PayPal & Chase QuickPay using the email address and Venmo as QEDAstoria.

    Wash your hands and take care of yourself and the ones you love. Together we're gonna get through this!

    See you after the pandemic.

    UPDATE, SAT, MAR 14, 2020
    Hello everyone.

    I've made the decision to temporarily close QED, starting tonight, March 14th through at least March 30th--we'll then take things on a week-by-week basis.

    Simply put, QED is my life. But I don't want to endanger the community I hold so dear. So for now, the responsible thing to do is to take a pause.

    No one knows what the future holds for small, 100% independent arts spaces. These are uncharted waters. But I know our odds of survival are much greater thanks to the amazing group of people who have made QED what it is. If you've ever seen a great show, taken a fun class, written a yelp review or even just stopped by to ask "What IS this place?", I want to THANK YOU. It is your enthusiasm that gives me faith that QED will get through this.

    Unfortunately, QED's monthly expenses are no joke, and that's without addressing the challenges facing our wonderful staff. I plan to continue making payroll for as long as possible, but that won't make up for tip money our bartenders will be losing. My insurance company has said they will not cover any of this, even if the government mandates ALL businesses close. (I posted their exact words on Twitter here:

    I am hopeful that QED will qualify for a small business employee retention grant (we're not a non-profit) and, of course, for some economic stimulus that might come in the months or weeks after. But in the short term we're already in a bind, as events have been cancelled and refund after refund has been issued.

    In short, QED could use your support. If this magical little place has meant something to you over the past 5+ years, a small donation is the best and easiest way to ensure that we come out the other side. Every little bit helps! You can donate is by going here:

    Thank you for being a part of my dream. Take care of yourself and the ones you love. See you soon.

    UPDATED 3/13 4:30PM

    QED remains open for shows with capacity cut by 50% (so, 37, if you're counting) as directed by the Governor of the State of New York. Open mics are canceled through 3/17 and will be TBD for 3/18 onward.
    I will do my best to keep our calendar current. Please use it as your guidepost instead of say, events on Eventbrite or FB. It's also where you can buy tickets without any additional fees! 
    As you know, this situation is in flux. In the coming days, it's likely that QED will temporarily suspend some or all shows. As you might imagine, this is a tough situation for a small, independently-owned arts space. 
    QED is determined to do whatever we can to mitigate the damage this (hopefully) temporary situation will cause to QED and our team. They, quite literally, make everything possible.
    We've long accepted donations via PayPal & Chase QuickPay using and Venmo at QEDAstoria for anyone who would like to chip in. If you support what we do at QED, if you've seen a great show or taken a fun class, please consider throwing a few dollars our way.
    100% of all donations received will be applied towards payroll expenses while QED remains in flux and shifts are cut.
    On the upside, we're planning to bring you some really fun live-streaming events, should this "social distancing" period extend more than a couple weeks. We're determined to make whatever lemonade we can out of these damn lemons! Details to come. I'm doing this entirely solo here so be patient with me!

    That's all for now. Thanks for being a part of the QED community, both physical and virtual. You'll be hearing from us soon, but in the mean time...WASH YOUR DAMN HANDS!
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