Arts and Fun

People from all over the tristate area filled Brooklyn’s Botanic Garden to celebrate the first day of Sakura Matsuri, the traditional Japanese cherry blossom festival, now in its 35th year. … Full Article

Brooklynite David Costabile: Not a household name, but a 'Billions' star

For years, David Costabile has flourished as a most familiar unknown star, the sort of all-purpose actor you like and recognize but aren't sure from where. … Full Article

Violin virtuoso brings ‘Southern Comfort’ to Brooklyn

Regina Carter, a renowned violin virtuoso, will be bringing her blend of Appalachian fiddle tunes, church hymns and folk music to the borough when she performs in concert at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College on April 16. … Full Article

Irish Arts Center hosts book giveaway for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for parade fans. It’s a good day to celebrate Ireland’s rich literary tradition, according to members of the Irish Arts Center, who celebrated the holiday by giving away thousands of free books at carious locations around the city. … Full Article

Irish eyes will be smiling at Bay Ridge St. Patrick Parade

Talk about being green with envy! Emerald green, that is. Bay Ridge is set to honor the traditions of Ireland, the Emerald Isle, at a festive St. Patrick’s Day Parade that has become a beloved tradition in the community. … Full Article

Brooklynite Esperanza Spalding takes new direction on new album

Esperanza Spalding flowed across the stage as she played her fretless electric bass at Brooklyn's BRIC House, clad in her "crazy lava outfit" with a gold-feathered headdress and swirling red-and-black patterned pants. … Full Article

City Tech’s annual Literary Arts Festival to feature award-winning author Mary Gaitskill

Mary Gaitskill, best known for delivering powerful stories of dislocation, longing and desire, will read from her work at City Tech’s 35th Literary Arts Festival on March 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Voorhees Theatre (186 Jay St. in Downtown Brooklyn). … Full Article

St. Ann’s Warehouse wins ‘Excellence in Institutional Development’ award from Urban Land Institute NY

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) New York on Friday announced the winners of its inaugural Awards for Excellence in Development, a new competition that is raising the bar for New York’s real estate industry. St. … Full Article

Groundbreaking plays by African-American women featured in Bed-Stuy readings

Plays by five emerging African-American women playwrights are in the spotlight in New Brooklyn Theatre’s innovative spring reading series, The Second Century. … Full Article

Theatre for a New Audience extends its run of Shakespeare's 'Pericles'

Three cheers for Trevor Nunn! The production of “Pericles” that the famed Shakespearean is directing at Theatre for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center is getting an extended run. … Full Article

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