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Rescheduled: August 7: “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors Please” By Spellbound Theatre

Rescheduled: August 7

PLG Arts and Parkside Plaza Committee Present:
“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors Please”
at 2 pm Sunday, August 7
Parkside Plaza/Q Train Stop
Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue

The performance is FREE!

This one-of-a-kind storytelling performance follows a lost toy, Catbear, as he travels through the tunnels of New York City on six different subway lines, looking for his owner. Each train has its own story, and Catbear experiences all the sights and sounds of New York City before landing home again. This interactive is ideal for children ages 2-7.  Spellbound Theatre is a Brooklyn-based company specializing in creating original theatre for children ages 0-5.  You can learn more about them at http://SpellboundTheatre.com.

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Nicoletta Manzini Trio @the Inkwell April 8

Nicoletta Manzini
Nicoletta Manzini

Italian saxophonist and composer Nicoletta Manzini has performed throughout Europe with her own group and as a member of the Steve Grossman Quintet. She recently moved to New York, where she made her last recording with her trio, including bassist Tyler Mitchell and drummer Shinnosuke Takahashi. For her show at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Avenue between Sterling St and Lefferts Ave., on April 8, Nicoletta will be joined by Tyler Mitchell on bass and Bernard Linnette on drums, playing a selection of standards and original compositions.

The trio will play two sets, from 7:30-9:30. Food and drink available. $5 suggested donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts.

Novella Nelson- vocals, poetry
Edith Lettner- alto & soprano saxophone, duduk
Leopoldo Fleming- percussion

 

 

Novella Nelson: beginning to test the waters.

 
Leopoldo Fleming was Nina Simone’s percussion player for more than 30 years. He also played with Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Novella Nelson, Randy Weston, Leon Thomas, Archie Shepp, David Murray and Jim Pepper, among others. Leopoldo has also played and recorded with Edith Lettner in Vienna, where he lived from 1987 to 1998.

Austrian saxophonist and composer Edith Lettner has performed with musicians from all over the world. After numerous stays in Senegal and Armenia, she now regularly commutes between Vienna and Brooklyn. Her passion for improvisation makes her an incredibly versatile jazz and world musician. She also has composed music for theater and film.

 

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!

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Meet-the-Author Tuesday, March 22, at the Inkwell Cafe

PLG Arts Meet-The-Author Series at the Inkwell Cafe

Stephanie Clifford presents Everybody Rise; Helen Phillips presents The Beautiful Bureaucrat

The PLG Arts Meet-the-Author series features writers who live in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and other neighborhoods, reading from their work. Lively discussions with authors are followed by book signings. Greenlight Bookstore has joined PLG Arts in supporting this series, featuring some of our favorite authors!

Stephanie Clifford (c 2015 Elena Seibert)
Stephanie Clifford (c 2015 Elena Seibert)

Stephanie Clifford, a Loeb-award-winning reporter at The New York Times,  was until recently a Metro reporter covering federal and state courts in Brooklyn, media, and New York City; she’ll present her debut novel Everybody Rise.  Stephanie grew up in Seattle and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and two cats. Everybody Rise is her first book.

Helen Phillips
Helen Phillips

Helen Phillips is the author of the novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a New York Times Notable Book, and the collection And Yet They Were Happy, named a notable collection by The Story Prize. Her work has appeared on Selected Shorts and in Tin House and The New York Times. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Italo Calvino Prize. An assistant professor of creative writing at Brooklyn College, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children. Her story collection Some Possible Solutions is forthcoming in May 2016.

Greenlight will offer books for sale, and authors will sign after their presentation. Drinks are available for purchase.

The Inkwell Café is located at 408 Rogers Ave.

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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!
 
FOR MORE INFO: rina@plgarts.org

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.

Marcia Lloyd Photographs @ Tugboat Tea TONIGHT!

MARCIA LLOYD
photography
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.

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

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, Tor.com, 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!