April 2011 archive

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

A weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture

Saturday, April 30–Sunday, May 1

Taiko Drumming • Martial Arts • Manga Artists • J-pop • Tea Ceremonies
Cosplay Fashion Show • Bonsai Demonstrations • Minbu Folk Dance
Kids’ Origami Workshop • Sudoku • And More

FULL list of events alll weekend is HERE

Tickets & Admission Fees

Advance tickets to Sakura Matsuri can be purchased online. Ticket holders will have expedited entry into the Garden.
Purchase Tickets for Sakura Matsuri 2011

Admission fees will be charged all weekend during Sakura Matsuri. Events are free with Garden admission and will be held rain or shine.

Adults $15 Seniors (65 and over) $10 Students 12+ with valid ID $10 Children under 12 Free BBG Members Free

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens: 900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn NY. (718) 623-7200

Flag of Japan

As we celebrate Japanese culture this spring, we remember the victims of the Japanese earthquake and its aftermath and invite our community to support relief efforts.


The Art of Hope

Stop by the opening Reception for “The Art of Hope” on Friday, April 29, from 5 to 8 pm at Gallery at New World Stages, 343 West 49th St. in NYC. This exhibition of magical African handcrafts is brought to the U.S. by Simunye Trust, with sales benefiting pediatric healthcare in Africa.


A four-time British Designer of the Year, 40-year-old Alexander McQueen was already an icon in the fashion world when he tragically took his own life in February 2010. Following his death, appreciation for the innovative designer’s bold work has only grown, culminating in the Metropolitan Museum of Art honoring McQueen with this major, career-spanning exhibition. For more information, visit metmuseum.org.

May 4 – July 31, 2011

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue (5 Av/82 St)
New York, NY 10028
4, 5, 6 to 86th St. | bus: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St. | get directions  


Talib Kweli w/ Special Guests Fred The Godson & Jean Grae>

doors 7:30pm, show 9:00pm, Admission $26 in adv, $28 day of show


4th Annual Roots Picnic 2011

Saturday June 04, 2011 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm All Ages Cover: $79.75

Featuring:  Nas (backed by The Roots), The Roots,  (of course), Wiz Khalifa, Esperanza Spalding (backed by The Roots), Aerial Pink, Man Man, The Dismemberment Plan, Mac Miller, Yelawolf, Little Dragon, J. Period, Nicos Gun & Donn T.

Location:  Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 4th.



The Death of DJ June Bug, and SBX! Holding Down the Tradition [screening]

Apr. 28th
7:30 pm

343 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027

White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug
Dir. Travis Gutiérrez Senger, 2010, 26 min.
This film (which won the Best Documentary Short award at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival) is the story of Junebug’s double life as a DJ and drug dealer. Recalling the Bronx in the early 1980s, this documentary explores the old-school days of hip-hop and the dangerous underworld at the legendary Disco Fever. Never-before-seen footage and interviews with Kurtis Blow, DJ Hollywood, and Sal Abbatiello tell the tragic story of one of the greatest DJs ever.

SBX! Holding Down the Tradition
Dir. Jun Ohki, 2005, 31 min.
A cult classic set in the heart of hip-hop and featuring unearthed battle footage from the late eighties. Part music video and part documentary, SBX! stars a powerful line-up of hip-hop figures and underground celebrities, among them Show & AG, Lord Finesse, Percee P, Party Arty, D-Flow, Edan and Dave Tompkins. This film is a uniquely joyous celebration of the D.I.T.C. crew’s contributions to BX hip-hop history that plays like Jim Jarmusch run amok in Patterson Projects.

Plus a very special bonus film live from the planet of Brooklyn…

Scheduled to appear: Filmmakers Travis Senger and Jun Ohki, Sal Abbatiello (Disco Fever; Fever Records), legendary hip-hop pioneer DJ Hollywood and D.I.T.C. members to be announced


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