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Art in the Garden: Spring Weekends

Art in the Garden: Spring Weekends

Special Events

Saturday & Sunday Afternoons | April 17–May 9, 2021

Celebrate the welcome return of spring at Brooklyn Botanic Garden with casual, pop-up music and dance performances on weekends. All programs free with Garden admission.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

  • Two Japanese dancers in traditional costumes with colorful fans

    1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade

    Sachiyo Ito and Company

    The Japanese dance company performs three works: Sakura, Cherry Blossom; Yanagi no Wakaba, Young Leaves of Willows; and an excerpt from Shiki no Hana, Flowers in Four Seasons.

    Dance Japan Artist Website

  • A smiling black man with dreadlocks and rope necklaces in front of a classical bass.

    2 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection

    Jonathan Michel with Talie Cerin

    Bassist Jonathan Michel and singer Talie Cerin celebrate Haitian women composers.

    Jonathan Michel Artist Website

    Presented in partnership with Haiti Cultural Exchange

  • A smiling woman with dark dreadlocks in front of a shrub by a bed of flowers

    3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Osborne Garden

    Djembe Drumming Ministry

    A trio of drummers, led by Dr. Ava Jolley from First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, play West African rhythms to wake and inspire.

    Reverend Jolly Artist Website

    Presented in partnership with FiveMyles

Sunday, April 18, 2021

  • Two dancers in cotton suits waving branches while onlookers watch

    1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
    Osborne Garden

    Afro-Cuban Dance with TaDeo Asojano & Elsa Cruz Pearson

    Traditional folkloric dances, songs, and music with origins in West and Central Africa.

    Tony Domenech Artist Website

    Presented in partnership with Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance

  • A mature, stylish black man holds the neck of a stringed instrument.

    2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection

    Brownstone Jazz Ensemble

    Eric Lemons (bass), Marco DiGennaro (piano), and Dwayne Cook Broadnax (drums) play jazz.

    Brownstone Jazz Ensemble Artist Website

  • A selfie of a Black woman in a striped shirt with a smiling child

    3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Fragrance Garden

    Annette Phillip & Stacey Ann Douglas with Stanichka Dimitrova

    Two graduates of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Nannies’ Fairy Tale Writing Workshops read their stories and poetry, accompanied by Stanichka Dimitrova on violin.

    Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library

Saturday, April 24, 2021

  • An Asian woman in a kimono with a colorful obi in front of a koto

    1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
    Osborne Garden

    Masayo Ishigure & MIYABI Koto Shamisen Ensemble

    Spring-themed Japanese contemporary ensemble music played on shamisen and koto.

    Masayo Ishigure Artist Website

  • Side by side images of an Asian man and woman, both with stringed instruments

    2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
    Water Garden

    SAKAI & RINO

    Japanese popular and anime songs with Okinawa music by SAKAI on ukulele/guitar/vocals and RINO on sanshin/vocals.

  • An Asian man dressed in black plays a red guitar.

    3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade

    Nobuki Takamen Trio

    Jazz standards, jazz versions of Japanese popular and children’s songs, and Takamen’s original tunes.

    Nobuki Takamen Artist Website

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Drummers and dancers in tribal-print masts and colorful patchwork outfits raise their right fists in the air

    1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
    Osborne Garden

    West African Dance with Kotchegna Dance Company

    Dancers in elaborate masks and the explosive percussion of a corps of brilliant drummers bring to life the ancient stories of Africa’s Ivory Coast.

    Kotchegna Dance Company Artist Website

    Presented in partnership with Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance

  • A mature, stylish black man holds the neck of a stringed instrument.

    2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection

    Brownstone Jazz Ensemble

    Eric Lemons (bass), Marcus Persiani (piano), and Cleave Guyton (sax/flute) play jazz.

    Brownstone Jazz Ensemble Artist Website

  • A Black woman with short tight braids in front of a green and white leaved shrub.

    2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
    Water Garden

    Karen Moore & Emilia Herman with Alice Jones

    Two graduates of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Nannies’ Fairy Tale Writing Workshops read their fairy tales, accompanied by Alice Jones on flute.

    Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library

Sunday, May 2, 2021

  • Six men in a circle play electronic horizontal bars with mallets under purple light

    Hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade

    Mantra Percussion, loved.

    Every hour on the hour, Mantra Percussion performs loved., a site-specific sound composition for seven percussionists playing tuned metals.

    Mantra Percussion Artist Website

  • A mature Black woman wearing a scarf in the pattern of piano keys

    1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection

    Keisha St. Joan and Her Ensemble

    Legendary song stylist Keisha St. Joan gathers her ensemble to share the joys of jazz and blues.

    Presented in partnership with FiveMyles

  • A woman with long dark hair lounges with an acoustic guitar

    3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Water Garden

    Joanie Leeds

    Singing Jewish and secular songs from her nine children’s albums, Grammy Award winner Joanie Leeds celebrates spring, New York City, and animals.

    Joanie Leeds Artist Website

Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • A Black woman in a yellow head wrap and swirling, billowing dress

    1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection

    Bomba with Bombazo Dance Company

    Bomba, an exuberant dance executed as a conversation between drummer and dancer, celebrates Puerto Rico’s African roots.

    Bombazo Dance Company Artist Website

    Presented in partnership with Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance

  • A smiling Black man and woman in patterned clothes and striking jewelry

    2 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade

    Riva Precil featuring Monvelyno Alexis & Markus Schwartz

    Riva and guests perform a fusion of Haitian rasin (roots), jazz, and African rhythms.

    Riva Precil Artist Website

    Presented in partnership with Haiti Cultural Exchange

  • Ben Rubin in the Woodland Garden

    2–4 p.m.
    Woodland Garden

    Meet the Artist, Terminal Moraine

    Meet Ben Rubin, one of the creators of Terminal Moraine, the site-specific audio installation in BBG’s walled garden.

    See more about Terminal Moraine

  • A Black woman with thick locs and a big grey scarf in front of a vivid blue wall

    3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Osborne Garden

    Janessa W. Walters & Jennifer Fisher with Linda Russell

    Two graduates of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Nannies’ Fairy Tale Writing Workshops read their fairy tales, accompanied by Linda Russell on dulcimer.

    Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library

Sunday, May 9, 2021

  • A mature, stylish black man holds the neck of a stringed instrument.

    1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade

    Brownstone Jazz Ensemble

    Eric Lemons (bass), Lafayette Harris Jr. (piano), and Duane Eubanks (trumpet) play jazz.

    Brownstone Jazz Ensemble Artist Website

  • Two Japanese dancers in traditional costumes with colorful fans

    2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
    Magnolia Plaza

    Sachiyo Ito and Company

    The Japanese dance company performs three works: Sakura, Cherry Blossom; Yanagi no Wakaba, Young Leaves of Willows; and an excerpt from Shiki no Hana, Flowers in Four Seasons.

    Dance Japan Artist Website

  • A man in a black jacket and purple hat sits serenely in front of mural of a brownstone roofline

    3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Osborne Garden

    Frank London

    Trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics is joined by Deep Singh and Ilya Shneyveys to play traditional and modern klezmer, with a spicy mix of Russian and Punjabi music.

    Frank London Artist Website

Support

Presented in partnership with Haiti Cultural Exchange, FiveMyles, Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance, Brownstone Jazz, and the Brooklyn Public Library.

Art in the Garden is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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