Earth Day & Arbor Day Events in April

Earth Day & Arbor Day Events in April

Just as the city is about to burst out in bloom, its time to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.  Earth Day is on April 22 and National Arbor Day is April 29 but there are events spreading across the next two weeks that bring our attention to our beautiful planet and how we can be a little nicer to her.  Check these out:

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Tales of Brier Rabbit Puppet Show

Tales of Brier Rabbit Puppet Show

When all my children were much younger we would make a point of catching the Puppetmobile. I still have a few who, regardless of their age, still love a good puppet show – it has universal appeal and is a great way to introduce children to theatre.

PuppetmobileThis summer, the CityParks PuppetMobile’s is presenting their original production of Tales of Brier Rabbit. The show follows the adventures of notorious trickster Brier Rabbit, who is once again up to no good. Deceiving and stealing from his fellow animal friends, Brier Rabbit thinks he’s much too clever to ever get caught. However, in this modern adaptation of the American folk tale, Brier Rabbit’s pals are on to his tricks, and set out to teach him a lesson he won’t soon forget!

CityParks PuppetMobile, one of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country, brings Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre productions and puppet making workshops to all corners of the city, free of charge. Traveling the five boroughs in a PuppetMobile equipped with a stage and staff of professional puppeteers, the CityParks PuppetMobile brings entertainment to 50,000 children and families each year.

The free  performances are held in parks, playgrounds and recreation centers from April to October. Check out the schedule here BrierRabbit Schedule 2015  to see when it arrives at a park near you.

 

West Side Community Garden’s Arts & Crafts Festival,  Sept. 13-14

West Side Community Garden’s Arts & Crafts Festival, Sept. 13-14

West Side Community Garden is hosting a weekend arts festival that includes
poetry readings, a performance by the New York String Orchestra, and artwork
and crafts for sale by local westside artists.

DATES:  September 13th and 14th . 
TIMES:  10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
LOCATION: West 89th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus
Avenues.
Paintings, photographs, jewelry,
ceramics, quilting and limited edition clothing and more will be sold by the
garden’s West 89th Street entrance (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues).
On Saturday, September 13th, you can enjoy a free crafts workshop for children (all materials provided) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, in a garden setting.. Entertainment starts at 1:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m.  when Iluminada & Guillermo will play Spanish guitar and lead a folk music singalong for children and adults (in English and Spanish).
On Sunday, September 14th, the New York String Orchestra, conducted
by Stephen Josephs, will present a concert on the garden green from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. local poets Howard Pflanzer and Rosalie
Calabrese will be featured in readings.  Students from NYU’s Creative
Writing programs will join them, with a book signing and reception to follow.

The WSCG Arts & Crafts festival is funded in
part by The Lily Auchencloss Foundation and is an annual event of the West SideCommunity Garden, open year-round from dawn to dusk.  

EDO POP: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

EDO POP: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

On exhibit now at the Japan Society, Edo Pop – The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints.
 Edo Pop playfully juxtaposes classic ukiyo-e prints from masters like Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. Delve into worlds created by the power of Edo period and contemporary popular culture.

On May 12 the Japan Society is hosting a family-friendly printmaking workshop inspired by the works found in Edo Pop. Included is a discussion of selected works in the exhibition and an explanation of woodblock printmaking techniques. A printmaking workshop devoted to a variety of techniques follows, with time for show-and-tell with all participants.

Gallery Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11 am-6 pm; Fri. 11 am-9 pm; Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm; closed Mon. & major holidays. Docent-led walk-in tours are conducted Tues.-Sun. at 12:30 pm.
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, New York 10017