Acclaimed Brooklyn Novelists Darcey Steinke and Martha Southgate to Read at PLG Arts Reading Series

Brooklyn authors Darcey Steinke and Martha Southgate will be featured on Thursday, Oct. 30, at PLG Arts’ Meet-the-Author Reading Series.

The joint reading and book signing begins at 7:30 pm at The Inkwell Café at 408 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn’s Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood.

The event is the second in PLG Arts’ reading series.

Darcey Steinke photoDarcey Steinke, a longtime PLG resident, will read from her new book, Sister Golden Hair – “a daring and arrestingly beautiful novel” named one of the most anticipated books of 2014 by The Millions. Darcey is also the author of a memoir, Easter Everywhere, a New York Times Notable Book set partly in PLG, and four earlier novels, MilkJesus SavesSuicide Blonde and Up Through the Water. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Barnard, The New School and The American University of Paris.

Southgate_twitter_icon[1]Martha Southgate is the author of four novels, Another Way to DanceTe Fall of RomeThird Girl from the Left and her latest, The Taste of Salt, a “searing, gorgeous” and “tenderly powerful” story that was named one of the best novels of 2011 by the Boston Globe. Martha teaches at MFA in creative writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has written for the New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, O, Entertainment Weekly and Essence. Her work also appears in the anthology Best African-American Essays 2009.

The Park Slope Community Bookstore is co-sponsoring the reading and will have the authors’ books for sale. The Inkwell has a great selection of drinks and craft beers.

The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at PLGArts.org or email readingseries@plgarts.org.

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Hayes Greenfield/Dean Johnson perform at Jazz@the Inkwell Friday, Oct 10

Hayes Greenfield/Dean Johnson Duo
Hayes Greenfield/Dean Johnson Duo

Friday, October 10, 7-9 pm

Hayes and Dean have been playing together since the 1970s and collectively have played with the Who’s Who of modern jazz today. They play tunes and freely improvise–all in the pursuit of creating beauty and art while taking audiences on a heartfelt journey from bebop to beyond and everything in between.

Check out Hayes Greenfield and Dean Johnson, then join us at the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave (betw Sterling St & Lefferts Ave)  for great music, food and drinks! $5 suggested donation supports the performers and PLG Arts.



Barbara and Carlos Caban art opening at Tugboat Tea Company in Flatbush

Please join us for our joint Art Show on Friday September 19th 6pm -9pm
Hope to see you there !!

Flowers at the Party is a gathering within a gathering.

Carlos Caban, through his images, attempts to indulge you in his perception, if just for a moment, with his colors and simple illustrations he tempts the eye.

Barbara Harrison Caban is a Swedish born artist who took up painting & designing full time in 1995 after teaching 2-5 year olds for 17 years out of which she ran her own school for 10 years.

Barbara’s main fascination is people ,exploring through painting their emotions & interactions, exaggerating lips,eyes & hands. Colour & design plays a big part of her compositions.


FOR TREES AND BIRDS: INKWELL Jazz Fri, Sept 12, 7-9 pm

at the Inkwell Friday Sept 12
For Trees and Birds

For Trees and Birds, a group of young musicians playing original music, performs at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts & Sterling. Comprised of 4 individuals each coming out of the jazz tradition, the band reaches for a cohesiveness derived from elements inherent in the human spirit: structure, lyricism, and balance. Rooted in simplicity of composition, For Trees and Birds seeks a method of group improvisation that doesn’t sound haphazard or circuitous. What results might be the soundtrack to the moments in life you wish to capture: music you will like to listen to.

FOR TREES AND BIRDS is  Jasper Dutz, winds; Lee Meadvin, guitar; Chris Gaskell, bass; Connor Parks, drums.

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Art exhibition opening by Sarah Davis, paintings homage to Prospect park.

Sarah Davis is a painter living in New York since 1998. These are prints of watercolor paintings made in the last year in Prospect Park. Each print comes in an edition of 10, they are $75 each.

Here is the list of paintings on exhibit:

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1. Monument In the Rain
2. Flagstone Path Summertime
3. Pavilion Looking East
4. Jiwe Sax Archway
5. Nethermead Dusk
6. Sunny Fountain, Grand Army
7. Pavilion Pattern
8. Fountain Pattern
9 Looking West Over the Park
10. Fountain Grand Army
11. Pavillion Looking West
12. Tai Chi In The Pavillion
13. Sunrise In The Park

There will be a live performance by jazz/pop vocalist Katharina Heinrich www.musicwhatelse.com during the evening.

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.


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. 

Cultivating Creativity in Prospect Lefferts Gardens