422 Trees Landscapes by Noel Hefele, Robert Marvin, and Yoshiko Mori

Join us for the next Tugboat art opening!

September 24th, 2015

546 Flatbush Ave
This show features landscape photography by Robert Marvin and Yoshiko Mori and landscape painting by Noel Hefele.
RSVP on facebook (optional)The show statement is below:

A recent Yale-led study put the approximate number of trees on earth at 3.04 trillion, over 7 times the previous global estimate of 400 billion. Instead of 61 trees for every human on planet earth, the new estimate is 422 trees. While good news, this study also claims a 46% decline in tree population since human civilization began.
Roughly 7–8 trees provide the oxygen one person requires for a year of breathing. US urban forests sequester over 700 million tons of carbon. Worldwide, the equivalent of almost 270,000 trees is either flushed or dumped in landfills every day (roughly 10 percent of that total is attributable to toilet paper). Prospect Park lost over 500 trees during Hurricane Sandy. Worldwide, our net loss is about 10 billion trees a year.
How do you value a tree? You only have 422 trees, knowing that, does it change how you look at an individual tree?422 sounds like a lot, but is it?
We are exhibiting three contrasting interpretations to landscape and the trees that live in them. Art can provide empathic aesthetic and emotional connections to these living beings, highlighting small moments of awareness and appreciation. Our trees can fade into the background of everyday life, but they are ever-present and necessary collaborators on a finite planet.


Emilio Teubal Trio Fri, Sept 25, 7:30-9:30

Join us at the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Sterling & Lefferts, for PLG Arts Jazz at the Inkwell

Emilio Teubal
Emilio Teubal

Pianist/composer Emilio Teubal is “one of the most outstanding musicians from Argentina.” His latest album, Musica Para Un Dragon Dormido, was chosen as a 2013 best album and has been in the top 100 albums on eMusic.com.


“…Point to this as one of the classic albums of this modern jazz age. As near to perfection as you can get” (David Sumner).

Performing with Emilio Teubal on piano are Moto Fukushima on electric bass and Franco Pinna on drums.

For more information and a music preview, go to www.emilioteubal.com

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

MARK LOCKETT & FRIENDS, FRI, SEPT 11, 7:30-9:30 pm
PLG Arts Jazz @the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave between Sterling & Lefferts, presents…

Mark LockettNYC-based drummer and composer Mark Lockett, originally from New Zealand, has released five albums under his own name and has performed extensively internationally. Lockett will be joined by Nicoletta Manzini (saxophone) and Nobuyuki Yamasaki (bass), playing a selection of groovy standards from the American songbook. A concert not to be missed.  www.marklockett.com.au

Drinks, food, music in your neighborhood at the Inkwell Cafe

$5 donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts

Singer Jazz@the Inkwell Fri, July 24, 7:30-9:30

Rebecka Larsdotter
Rebecka Larsdotter

Straight-ahead meets Scandinavian as Swedish jazz singer Rebecka Larsdotter joins NYC-based musicians for a night of standards and originals. Larsdotter was born, raised, and musically educated in Sweden and has spent the past few years performing and teaching in LA and NYC, as well as becoming more familiar with the American jazz genre. Join us for this special evening!

The Inkwell is at 408 Rogers Avenue, between Sterling St & Lefferts Ave.Join us Friday, July 24, from 7:30-9:30 pm, when the Euphoious Quartet and Rebecka Larsdotter fill the joint with music and friends.

Rebecka Larsdotter, vocals; Esta Blu, piano; Bryce Sabastion, bass; Joe Ford, alto sax; Jerry Griffin, drums; and special guest Jack Jeffers, trombone.

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

Erin Danna Photographs “El Raval” at Gratitude Cafe

at 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Gratitude Cafe BK

499 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11225

Erin Kyle Danna (b. 1985) United States

Erin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her project El Raval explores the ancient Barcelona barrio of the same name, today known as the city’s Chinatown neighborhood. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in several private collections.

She received a Patron Award at the Northern National Art Competition in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, juried by Linda Benedict-Jones, Curatorial Chair, Exhibitions & Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She was recently selected to participate in PHotoEspaña’s Descubrimientos ’15 week in Madrid, Spain and was a finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers in the People, Culture & Daily Life category. Erin’s work has been published in magazines such as the New York Times Lens Blog, The Providence Journal, The Bay Magazine, and RISD XYZ.

01. Carrer
02. Banderes
03. Passejant
04. Pedres
05. Vidal
06. Carreró
07. Barri

Ultrachrome prints, $500 each

Please join us for the reception!

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Michael-David Gordon Quartet at the Inkwell Fri, July 10, 7:30-9:30

Michael-David Gordon
Michael-David Gordon

The Quartet offer jazz and pop  interpretations of Bacharach’s work from the late 50’s to the present. Singer/actor
Michael-David Gordon draws on his experience with the Temptations, the Irondale Ensemble Project, and as a featured vocalist with several NY groups. He has wowed crowds from NYC’s subway stations to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Michael-David Gordon, vocals; Logan Thomas, keyboards; Adam Armstrong, bass; and Hollis Headrick, drums.
Check out the video so you’ll know you HAVE to come to the Inkwell, 408 Rogers Ave between Sterling & Lefferts.

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

Michael Vitale Trio: CD Release Party @Inkwell Fri, June 26

Web_MVTJoin us at the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave (betw Sterling & Lefferts)  from 7-9 on Friday, June 26, for the release of their new CD “En Route. ”

Seattle, Tokyo, and Zurich: Justin Wert, guitar; Yuka Tadano, bass; and Michael Vitali, drums: they hail from all corners of the globe.

The three met in numerous, often random musical situations – at Haitian gigs, playing acoustic Mexican music and, of course, jam sessions – but it wasn’t until Michael brought the trio together in early 2011 for a weekly residency at a low-key Upper West Side joint that he recognized their rare chemistry.  Playing in an oddly shaped room in an acoustic setting served them in developing a dynamic interplay.

While each member is a tasteful improviser, together they found a unique balance through their use of space. Their interaction is conversational and supportive, always fresh and spiced with elements of surprise and occasionally even humor. A true sense of trust has grown between them continuing to empower  their risk-taking creativity.

Over the years the MVT has adopted a long list of standards, often favoring the tunes less traveled and always in search of new and fresh approaches – using unexpected tempi or odd meters.
Their recent release, “En Route,” is a collaborative effort, featuring a mix of inspired originals and standards, as well as an intimate rendition of Scatterbrain by Radiohead.

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

For more info: rina@plgarts.org

Friends of Otto Neals Opening Reception June 11th

A group show of Artists associated with The Dorsey’s Art Gallery and other friends of this great artist and teacher, coinciding with the Otto Neals retrospective at six galleries in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Dorsey’s, at 553 Rogers Ave., near Fenimore Street, is the oldest continuously-operated black-run art gallery in New York.

Join us for the opening reception @ Tugboat Tea – located at 546 Flatbush ave in Brooklyn. The reception is from 6-9pm.


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Artists included in this show:
1. F.Decues Bus Stop $750
2. Noel Hefele Midwood Brownstones $500
3. Dr. M. Green Quilt
4. Magnet- Sharneka Serenity
5. Joe Bell-Bey On Gossimer Wings $400
6. S. Kee Botica $300
7. Bowdwin Disc Bracelets NFS
8. T. Hull Calming your Emotion $250
9. P. Rusell Pastel $400
10. Alfonso Pastor Flowers
11. Bob Marvin Ricker Pond Rocks $300
12. Diane Collins Zena $200
13. Summer Bell Pastel
14. Annette Brown Pink Orchid $125
15. Sharneka Lady with Green Hat
16. Diane Collins
17. S. Kee City Swing $250
18. Anthony Smith In Front of Iron Gate
19. Roy Banfield $150
20. Diane Collins Waiting $150
21. Denzil Fredrick Douglass $150
22. Otto Neals NFS
23. Prince
24. Anthony All Flavors $300
25. Karl McIntosh $400
26. Karl McIntosh $400
27. Pat Paw Paw Confusion $400
28. Theogene Prayer $600
29. Karl McIntosh Romance $400
29. Akanbi Pounds Wedding Necklace $400
30. Sharneka
31. Foster Henry Dove $200

June 14, 1-3pm, at Parkside Plaza: h2f2 and Anne Dearth

The Second Sunday Series, sponsored by the Inkwell and PLG Arts, will have it’s second event on June 14th between 1 and 3pm. The concert will feature music by h2f2, an improv-based flute and piano duo, preceded by classical solos and duos performed by Anne Dearth and h2f2 member, Nicolas Handahl. The Second Sunday series is part of the Parkside Plaza programming.

Second Sundays in Summer is part of the regular programming at the new, public Parkside Plaza, corner of Parkside and Ocean avenues, where you’ll be greeted by flowers, trees, tables, and chairs.

Nicholas Handahl (h2f2, flute) is a conductor and flute player based in Brooklyn. he holds flute degrees from UW Eau Claire (Timothy Lane) in his native Wisco, and NYU Steinhardt (Robert Dick). Past engagements include conducting at the Luzerne Music Center in upstate NY, performing as soloist with the NYU symphony, and touring with Ijoa in Germany. as an improviser, Nic appears in the quartet “pretzel club” and in the duo “h2f2.” Upcoming engagements include conducting the rt9 string ensemble, a recital series back in the midwest, and attending the Atlantic Music Festival as a student conductor.

Allen Fogelsanger (h2f2, piano) is a composer, educator, consultant, computer programmer, improviser and accompanist specializing in music for dance. He teaches and accompanies at Purchase College, Marymount Manhattan College, New York University, ballet arts and freelance, and previously served as director of music for dance at Cornell University. He received a phD from Cornell in mathematics and is completing a MM degree in music technology at NYU. Fogelsanger’s music, alone and as part of dances, videos and installations, has been presented in the Americas, Europe and Australia.

Anne Dearth is a flutist and music teacher in New York City. She has appeared with Symphony Z, Contemporaneous, the W4 New Music Collective, the Open Music Ensemble, and with various NYU ensembles. She has participated in the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Tribeca New Music Festival, Iota Festival, and the Lower East Side Music Festival. Anne particularly enjoys working closely with composers and has premiered multiple works written expressly for her, most recently “Shame” for speaking alto flutist by Jesse Diener-Bennett. Hailing from Dearborn, MI, Anne studied with Amy Porter at the University of Michigan before coming to New York to study at NYU with Robert Dick.

Art Lillard Quartet @the Inkwell June 12, 7-9 pm

Art Lillard
Art Lillard

Drummer Art Lillard leads this jazz quartet, which includes Ron Jackson on guitar, Chris Bacas on sax, and Ralph Hamperian on acoustic bass. The group plays jazz standards, swing tunes, bossa novas,  blues, and  Lillard’s original compositions. The band’s extensive repertoire includes music by Rodgers, Ellington, Jobim, and many others.

See the group perform Friday, June 12, 7-9 pm, at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave., between Sterling  and Lefferts. $5 suggested donation supports the performers and PLG Arts. Good food and drink are available.

Composer, arranger, bandleader, and drummer Art Lillard hails from Miami, where he studied music and played with the great jazz master Ira Sullivan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in composition and arranging from Berklee College of Music.

Art has three recordings on Summit Records: “Reasons to Be Thankful” and “Certain Relationships,” both featuring his nine-horn Heavenly Big Band, and “It’s Time,” featuring his trio/ quartet, the On Time Band. He also leads a seven-piece swing band, Blue Heaven.

Art has written hundreds of compositions and is often commissioned as an arranger. His works have been recorded by several other jazz artists.






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