PLG Arts promotes the arts, supports local artists, and builds community through celebrating the vibrant creativity of the residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods.

PLG Arts events enables the residents of PLG and the surrounding communities to interact with local artists while at the same time become more familiar with their neighborhood and what it has to offer both culturally and commercially. PLG Arts was founded by Laura Frenzer in 2006.

Jocelyn Medina Quartet Friday July 25

jocelynMedina vertThe sounds and styles of internationally acclaimed vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her original work fuses elements of world music with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves and adventurous improvisations delivered through compelling lyrics and a distinct sound. Whether from the stage of an international festival or in the intimate setting of a small jazz venue, she seeks to touch on each listener’s individual experience with messages of universal truth and a unique artistic approach.

The band: Jocelyn Medina-voice & compositions; Rez Abbasi-guitar; Zack Lober-bass; Paul Wiltgen-drums.

Please join us  for an exciting evening of music when Jocelyn and her quartet perform at the Ink Well Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts and Sterling.

Michael-David Gordon Quartet

Michael-David Gordon Quartet
Friday, July 11, 7-9 pm
michael-david_gordonSinger and actor Michael-David Gordon is a dynamic entertainer who explores standards, pop, and R&B, drawing on his experience singing with the Temptations, acting with Irondale Ensemble Project, and fronting the Pocket Band, featured in one of Times Square’s most successful restaurants.

Michael-David will premiere his new quartet at the Inkwell Friday, July 11. The group, which includes John Landers, piano; Pierre Morquart, bass; and Hollis Headrick, drums; is equally at home with music from Cee Lo Green to Duke Ellington to Bruno Mars to Otis Redding. Michael-David’s vibe is accessible, funky, swinging and always fun!

Click here: Benny and the Jets – Michael-David Gordon on Vimeo for a sample of Michael-David performing a tune we know well at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.

Please join us Friday, July 11, 7-9 pm, for an exciting evening of music when the Michael-David Gordon Quartet performs at the Ink Well Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts and Sterling.

Your $5 donation (or more, or less) supports the musicians and PLG Arts! This event is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NY State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

And be sure to try the Inkwell’s new expanded menu plus soul food selections, fine wines and beers.

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2nd event in Chamber Music Series: June 8, 3 pm

PLG Arts Chamber Music will present its second event, andPlay, on Sunday, June 8th. This new series of classical music performances will be held in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and surrounding neighborhoods.

andPlay is committed to expanding the violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers. This New York-based duo of Maya Bennardo and Hannah Levinson has performed in venues including the Firehouse Space, Caffe Vivaldi, and on the East Bank and Concerts on the Slope music series.Midwood and Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to chambermusic@plgarts.org. The address (near Flatbush Ave &  Midwood St) will be distributed to the RSVP list.

$5 suggested donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts.

PLG Arts is delighted to add PLG Arts Chamber Music to their current programming, which includes visual arts shows, jazz performance, theater, and other expressions of creativity in local venues. 

Yoshiko Mori Photography blossoms prospect park

Re-Enchanting the Ordinary | Photography by Yoshiko Mori

Yoshiko will be presenting photographs centered around Prospect Park

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday May 9th @ Tugboat Tea Company (546 Flatbush Ave)
Light refreshments will be served.

“Photography is a tool for me to find and capture an emotion in the “external world.” It is my emotion, clearly embedded in the landscape outside my skin—I leave part of me there when I take a photo as I take some of the scene with me.

I want to live aware of the world like this. I want to feel the constant wind for days, then no wind all day; a full moon so bright I squint my eyes—I strive to be open to the world in such a way that it can flow through me.

These moments exist anywhere during my walk within Prospect Park, but each moment is only that: a moment. Like dreams, these scenes are entirely unique and will never repeat. Every time when I witness those moments I dream, re-enchanting the ordinary.

I hope the viewer can visit these moments and in-between places in their imaginations, while bringing their own thoughts and experiences to this shared process of sense perception.”

みなさん、ぜひ遊びにきてください!

Emilio Teubal Trio @the Inkwell Fri, Apr 25, 7-9 pm

Pianist/composer Emilio Teubal started playing the piano at the age  of nine. He studied at Argentina’s National Conservatory and was an active performer in the tango and jazz scene of Buenos Aires until 1999, when he relocated to New York City to continue his musical studies.  His latest album, Musica Para Un Dragon Dormido, was chosen as a 2013 best album and has been in the top 100 albums on E-Music.  Joining Emilio are Ignacio Rivas Bixio on drums and Moto Fukushima on electric bass.

Emilio received a BFA in music from the City College of New York, where he studied with prominent jazz figures such as Marc Copland, Scott Reeves, Bruce Barth, Mike Holober, John Patitucci, Cliff Korman and Ron Carter. He received the Bushwick Composition Award for two consecutive years.

Emilio TeubalEmilio has performed as a leader in some of the most prestigious venues in New York City, among them Iridium, Joe’s Pub, the Knitting Factory, BAM cafe , Cornelia Street Cafe, and the 55 Bar, as well as at major jazz festivals. In 2007, Emilio was awarded Meet The Composer’s prestigious Van Lier Fellowship, which provides support for talented, culturally diverse young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts.

His credits include performances and recordings with Grammy award winners Raul Jaurena and Fernando Otero, Erik Friedlander, Hector del Curto, Bob Mover, John Benitez, Lucia Pulido, Pedro Giraudo, Lisandro Adrover, Miguel Bertero, and Astor Piazolla’s legendary violinist Fernando Suarez Paz. Teubal has also been a steady member of several New York-based bands, including Sebastian Cruz’s Coba, Los Chantas Tango Group, and the Marta Gomez Group, with whom he has toured the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and Argentina.

This Friday, April 25, 7-9 pm, join us for an exciting evening of music when Emilio and his Trio perform at the Ink Well Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts and Sterling.

Try the Inkwell’s new expanded menu plus soul food selections, fine wines and beers.

Your $5 donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts!

FOR MORE INFO: rina@plgarts.org
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This event is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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David Fry Paintings @ Tugboat Tea

Join us April 10th for the opening reception!  6-9pmTugboat Tea on Flatbush Ave, Prospect Park station on the Q

RSVP on the Facebook event page

David continues his work in Figurative Oil painting. The 20teens are about him painting nudes on surreal, subjective background settings that have originated in a previous purpose. An idea that is driven by recycling, he has been painting on random boards picked out of industrial trash. Boards chosen for an aesthetic just one step away from Art and then adding the Figure. Oil Standards will also feature the premiere showing of the entire 4X4X4X4 Oil on Cardboard panel matrix. This is an assembly of Archetype represented 4 at a time on 16 squares consisting of 64 images. His is also exhibiting two pieces from his transurreal Green Eyes series, green glasses provided. One is a magical Minus Green photo-negative and one is an Exquiste Corpse.

My paintings are merely a prepared surface that I have polished with colored Oils until a beautiful image appears. I would like to thanks PLG Arts and Tugboat Tea Co for this opportunity to show my work on Flatbush Avenue.

Art Lillard Quartet at Jazz @the Inkwell

Marion Cowings will appear with Art Lillard at Jazz @the Inkwell April 11
Marion Cowings will appear with Art Lillard at Jazz @the Inkwell April 11

Art Lillard

Friday, April 11, 7-9 pm, the Art Lillard Quartet comes to the Inkwell, 408 Rogers Avenue, between Sterling and Lefferts. Drummer and bandleader Art Lillard is known for his ability to “read” a room and respond to his audience. With bassist Ralph Hamperian, pianist Ted Kooshian, and vocalist Marion Cowings, Lillard presents tuneful, melodic music that draws influences from traditional swing and jazz and more contemporary popular music.

Cultivating Creativity in Prospect Lefferts Gardens

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