The Red Birds: Jazz @the Inkwell Fri, Feb 12, 7:30-9:30

The Red Birds
The Red Birds
 The Red Birds, a NYC-based group, brings a modern touch to jazz standards. In addition to their arrangements, The Red Birds also perform their own compositions. With Yasuno Katsuki at the helm on vocals and euphonium, Hyuna Park on piano, and Tina Lama on bass, this group offers a fresh approach to a time-honored tradition.
The Red Birds 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!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with The Red Birds: Jazz @the Inkwell Friday, Feb 12

The Red Birds

The Red Birds

The Red Birds bring a modern touch to jazz standards. In addition to their arrangements, they perform their own compositions. With Yasuno Katsuki at the helm on vocals and euphonium, Hyuna Park on piano, and Tina Lama on bass, this group offers a fresh approach to a time-honored tradition.

Collectively, members of The Red Birds have performed with Vincent Herring, Danilo Perez, Adam Cruz, Jimmy Heath, Claudio Roditi, A Tribe Called Quest, and Lonnie Plaxico.

Join us at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave between Lefferts & Sterling. Food and drinks available; always a great atmosphere.

For more information on individual members, and the band, visit

Michael LeMorin Quartet at PLG Arts Jazz @the Inkwell Friday, Jan 8, 7:30

Photo_Flier (2) Michael LeMorin’s music blends the tropical grooves of Brazil and the Caribbean—reggae, konpa, samba, bossa nova—with jazz. Evocative lyrics in French, English, and Haitian Creole speak to both mind and heart. His latest album, Pawòl (Word), is representative of this sonic cocktail.

Michael LeMorin Quartet will be playing on January 8 from 7:30-9:30 pm: Michael LeMorin, guitar and vocals; Russel-Madden, tenor sax; Stuart Grant, bass; and Andreas Brade, drums. Join us at the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave between Sterling St and Lefferts Ave. $5 donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts.

Check it out here: Michael LeMorin’s music. Food and drinks totally available.

Dear, Morgan by Cassie Doyle

Please join us for a new show of photography at the

Brooklyn Greenhouse
539 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11225

Saturday, December 19, 2015
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I am constantly fascinated by movement and joy. When I take photos, I seek to bring out the most in people and places as I’ve done even before I was able to get my hands on a camera. I believe that some moments are so special that they must be captured so that they never drift away. The combination of a person and a place in a moment is what excites me most. Having traveled to New York City from Kansas City, MO four years ago, I am excited by the idea of looking at people through a lens in many different settings to see how differently they appear. The photos you see here were taken in both the plains of Missouri and Greenwood Cemetery here in Brooklyn.

This series is dedicated to my best friend Morgan, who you see here in all of these photos. She is the most inspiring person I have ever and will ever know. She is without a doubt the most beautiful dancer I have ever seen and she carries more joy in her heart than anyone you could ever meet. Morgan and I were dancers together back home in Kansas City before our inspiration and ambition brought us to the city. For the past six years she has been the subject of my photography while I slowly learned how to use my DSLR. And today, here I am with this set of photos brought to you by both Morgan and I as we continue to jump around the city. Enjoy!

Each 8×10 separately: $25
Each 11×14 separately: $30
Morgan in Motion (photos 1-10): $120
Jumpin’ Round Greenwood (photos 11-16): $100
The Plains (photos 17-20): $80

Marcia Lloyd Photographs @ Tugboat Tea TONIGHT!

WED DEC 16th 6–9PM

Please join us for the opening reception for a show of photography by Marcia Lloyd the newest show for PLG Arts Tugboat Local Artists series. It will be at the Tugboat Tea Company, 546 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11226.

Please share with your networks and join us, if you can. If you can’t make the reception, or just want a great cup of tea or coffee, Tugboat is great.

A visual artist in a variety of media, Marcia Lloyd returned to photography, an early passion, 12 years ago. Originally working on a long-term photographic project on women and aging, she has recently expanded it into a series entitled “Transformations,” exploring the emotions and attitudes of people experiencing major life transitions. Two other series in development are “Who Am I?” and “Women in the Mirror.”

Lloyd has studied at Toscana Photographic Workshops in Italy and at the International Center of Photography in New York City. In 2013, one of her photos was selected out of 650 submissions in all media to be shown in “NYC25″ at Westwood Gallery in Soho, NYC, and another out of 1,900 in all media for an online exhibition curated by Lizzetta LeFalle Collins of the Museum of the African Diaspora. Other exhibitions include a one-person show at K-Dog and Dunebuggy and two-person shows at Gallery 718 and Kush Cafe, all in Brooklyn, as well as groups shows at the Broome Street Gallery and The Art Institute of New York City in Soho; Viridian Gallery and Rush Gallery in Chelsea; The Gallery in Stamford, New York; the Image Gallery on Long Island; the Selena Gallery at Long Island University; Photoville 2011 in Brooklyn; F-Stop: Brooklyn’s inaugural show; and nine SONYA Studio Strolls. Four of her photographs were included in the 2009 slide show “We Are All Photographers” at the New York International Photo Festival. In addition, one of her photos was chosen in 2011 by multiple curators for Curate NYC as one of the top 150 out of the 1, 500 submissions in all media.

She has also achieved recognition as a leather sculptor, and her work is included in the Museum of Arts and Design, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Coach Leatherware collection, and the Young-Mallon Archive.

Please join us for the reception!

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PLG Arts is a volunteer-run 501c3 organization dedicated to cultivating creativity in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

Christian Finger Band–Jazz @the Inkwell Dec 11

Christian Finger

Coming to the Inkwell Cafe on Friday, December 11….

Sophisticated, melodic music combining jazz, classical, and pop takes listeners on a journey that mesmerizes, transcends, and entertains. Through the compositions of Christian Finger, the band mixes American jazz tradition with European sensitivity. “Fast-paced and exciting, hauntingly beautiful and evocative, spontaneous and playful – all within a unique, accessible melodious framework.” Downbeat: “…brimming with idealism and fearless adventure…” Sebastian Noelle – guitars; Adam Armstrong – bass; Christian Finger – drums/compositions.

Click here to hear the Christian Finger Band.

Food is available from the Inkwell’s great soul food kitchen!

Suggested donation: $5; proceeds support the performers and PLG Arts, a nonprofit organization.

The Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Avenue is between Sterling St and Lefferts Ave. Directions: 2 or 5 to Sterling Street Station. Walk one block west. Or take the B, Q, or S to Prospect Park and walk 3 blocks east on Empire and one block south on Rogers.

Claire Thompson opening @ Tugboat Tea – Nov 20th

Fashion is change. Fashion impacts every aspect of our lives, not only from the clothes we wear, but to the fabrics in our homes, our cars, and the furniture we use.

As a fashion illustrator, Claire Thompson seeks to bring to life the patterns, colors, silhouettes and textiles we wear everyday. Fashion is not only confined to what we wear, but how we wear it; what we pair it with and how fashion helps create – and change – our identity.

Claire’s work captures a fleeting moment in time, the intimate relationships humans have between fashion and their bodies everyday.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Claire has travelled throughout the US documenting fashion in many large cities. Her work spans from live runway illustration to editorial and advertising. She has illustrated live at New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and Bridal Fashion Week. The pieces in this show are just a small fraction of the hundreds of fashion illustrations Claire has painted during her career.

Please join us:
Tugboat Tea – Nov 20th – 6:30pm – 9pm.
546 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11225.

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Paul Sanwald Prospect Quartet, Nov. 13, 7-9 PM, at The Inkwell Cafe

The Paul Sanwald Prospect Quartet has been playing for close to two years, performing their original music in the NYC area. Their focus is on playing beautiful, interesting music by developing textures and contrast through composition and collective improvisation. Listen here.

Wataru Uchida – tenor sax, Matthew Watanabe – piano, Paul Sanwald – upright bass, Connor Parks – drums

Subway: 2 or 5 to Sterling Street Station. Walk one block west. Or take the B, Q, or S to Prospect Park and walk 3 blocks east on Empire and one block south on Rogers.

Food is available from the Inkwell’s great soul food kitchen!

Suggested donation: $5; all proceeds support the performers and PLG Arts, a nonprofit organization.

Meet the Authors: Thursday, Oct 29, 7:30 pm

Join us for PLG Arts’ Meet-the-Author Reading Series, a reading and book signing by two great local authors. Books will be for sale afterward, and great drinks and craft beers are available throughout the reading at the Inkwell bar.

Melissa Buzzeo HeadshotMelissa Buzzeo is the author of four full-length books: The Devastation (2015 Nightboat), For Want and Sound (2013 Les Figues), Face (2009 BookThug) and What Began Us (2007 Leon Works). She teaches creative writing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and maintains a radical palm reading practice. Currently she is working on a specific kind of memoir simply called Writing.
DJO PhotoDaniel José Older is the author of the “Bone Street Rumba” urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the young-adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology “Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. ” His short stories and essays have appeared in The Guardian, NPR,, Salon, BuzzFeed, Fireside Fiction, New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond.

Inkwell Cafe
408 Rogers Ave
(between Sterling St and Lefferts Ave)
Brooklyn, NY
Free Admission!

Cultivating Creativity in Prospect Lefferts Gardens