SCHEDULE BY GARDEN
Please see map pages for garden open hours schedules
All People’s Garden 3rd St (Aves C & D)
Fri | Sept 23: 5–7pm jazz concert Lisala Beatty and Trudy Silver and MbiraNYC
Campos Garden 12th St (Aves B & C)
Sun | Sept 25: 6:30pm Midnight in the Garden George Hirose’s photographs from the East Village and Lower East Side Community Gardens: George Hirose came to the Lower East Side in 1978 and immediately fell in love with its alternative culture and energy. He has continuously been involved with the community since and is a gardener at the Children’s Magical Garden. He is an associate professor in photography at Pratt Institute and his fine art photography has been exhibited shows in the United States and abroad.
7:30–9:30pm Dance Party with Ray Santiago Band
Children’s Garden 12th St (Ave B)
Sat | Sept 24 & Sun | Sept 25: 1–3 & 3–5pm Bokashi Composting workshop with Shig Matsukawa
Children’s Magical Garden Stanton St (Norfolk St)
Sat | Sept 24: 2–6pm Arts for Art presents Raza y Resistencia 2pm LathanFlinAli (winds, bass, drums) 3pm Larry Roland Duo (bass & poetry, sax, flute, clarinet) 3:45pm Avram Fefer Trio (tenor sax, bass, drums) 4:45pm Jaimie Branch Duo (trumpet, bass)
Creative Little Garden 6th St (Ave A & B)
Sat | Sept 24: 1–5pm Poetry and Spoken Word John Pitts and Count Slima & Music KRMN (’60s/’70s folk, blues, rock) and Good Leaf (Americana)
Sun | Sept 25: 2–3:30pm Soprano Voice & Piano Duets Jin-Xiang and friends
De Colores Community Yard & Cultural Center 8th St (Aves B & C)
Sat | Sept 24: 1–5pm Music Elizabeth Ruf (songs traditional and original) / Ben Cauley (keyboards and original compositions) / Avon Faire (a female trio inspired to sing in 3-part harmony & play traditional UK & Irish folk, Renaissance & Medieval, and folk/pop songs)Avon Faire (a female trio inspired to sing in 3-part harmony & play traditional UK & Irish folk, Renaissance & Medieval, and folk/pop songs)
Tammy Faye Starlight (this satirical songstress returns to her old alter-ego as a barnstorming, crop-burning, evangelist country singer / Amen! Witch Camp with Amber Martin & Nath-Ann Carrera (More Fae than Gardinerian, this legendary Wiccan duo will become the Ises Black and pay homage to the harvest goddess with their soaring, on-point vocals. Spoiler Alert: “sky-clad” may occur at any time!) Salley May longtime curator of the famed PS 122 Avant-Garde-O-Rama will be doing a performance with a cast of thousands Val Kinzler, singer songwriter extraordinaire. 7:30pm Films “ Garbagia Island” directors Arilyn Martinez Cora and Andrea Gordillo (12 min) “Rocketman ” Short from Ukraine by Den Kushnarov and Dmitriy Mulenko (10min) / “Panzie: A Rockumentary” by Damian Kolodiy and Sean P. Murphy (50min) /
Sun | Sept 25: 1–6pm Jack Hardy Exchange Songwriters Circle with Norman Salant, Frank Mazzetti, John Hodel, Ina May Wool, Orly Bendavid, Libby Johnson, Rick Snyder, David Massengill, Paul Sachs, Chris Fuller, Steve Schalchlin, Mike Glick, Ed Tristam, Matthew Broady, Dana McCoy, Bev Grant, and Diana Jones
Dias y Flores 13th St (Aves A & B)
Sat | Sept 24: 2-4pm Acoustic Jam with Victor Weiss and Michael Abrams
Dorothy Strelsin Memorial Garden Suffolk St (Stanton & Houston Sts)
Sat | Sept 24: 1–5pm Building Tree Guards Workshop with Kristin Ellington & Matt Saba
Earth People Garden 8th St (Aves B & C)
Sat | Sept 24: 2pm music from New Orleans Warren Peace and Micha Davis Wheeler
East Side Outside Garden 11th St (Aves 1st & A)
Sat | Sept 24: 1pm Rat Academy with Caroline Bragdon
2pm NYC Community Garden Coalition with Aziz Dehkan discussing Gardens Rising, building garden membership, and protecting our gardens 4pm Music Rockin with Rick Eckerle, ArchAngels & Jets
11BC Garden 11th St (Aves B & C)
Sat | Sept 24: 5–6:30pm Jazz combo with Jim Flynn and friends
Sun | Sept 25: 2pm Broadway, Blues, originals vocals/piano by St Orr 3pm singer songwriter extraordinaire Val Kinzler
Elizabeth Street Garden Elizabeth St (Prince & Spring Sts)
Sun | Sept 25:
Sun | Sept 25: 11:15 am-12pm Vinyasa Yoga
Get your stretch on with instructors provided by our neighborhood lululemon athletica. Please bring your own mat.
Sun | Sept 25: 2:30 -3pm Author Catherine Adami Reads From “On Elizabeth Street”
What if you had a weekend in New York City to pretend you were the person you always thought you could be?
Catherine Adami reads from her comedy On Elizabeth Street about two college friends and former lovers, now in their forties, who are given a second chance to connect with one another during a summer weekend at an apartment on Elizabeth Street. The couple’s adventures include visits to many downtown jewels, including Elizabeth Street Garden.
Find out more on catadami.com and poolhustlersdaughter.com.
3:30pm No Chaser jazz quintet
El Jardin del Paraiso 4th St & 5th St (Aves C & D)
Sat | Sept 24: 1–3 pm LES READY workshop Join LES Ready! to learn what types of disasters threaten the Lower East Side and envision resources and strategies to face them. LES Ready! is an LES coalition working to prepare our community for future disasters. Information about our work along with disaster preparedness resources for family members of all ages will be available.
1-3pm Solar Workshop: Our Power will give a 30-minute workshop on community solar– the cost-saving, solar energy solution designed for the quintessential New Yorker.
LES Solar Panel Artistic Display
Accompanied with the workshop Our Power will have an engaging, artistic solar panel display. The solar panel frame will start out as empty and bare; however, over the course of the festival, attendees can show the support for community solar in the Lower East Side by adding blue tiles to it.
Sat | Sept 24: 4–6 pm Dance Performance Program curated by Martha Tornay and Ayo Harrington
The Dance Program at El Jardin del Paraiso includes:
Heidi Henderson and Students from Connecticut College
Kizuna Dance (Cameron McKinney)
Sheep Meadow Dance Theater (Billy Blanken)
Kizuna Dance (Cameron McKinney)
Lauren Kravitz and Shantel Prado
Cornfield Dance (Ellen Cornfield)
Rod Rodgers Teen Dancers
7pm Renegade Cabaret in Exile When the High Line opened in 2009, Patty Heffley suddenly found herself staring face to face with park visitors. She responded by creating the Renegade Cabaret, an ad-hoc performance series on her fire escape that included music, comedy, burlesque, and even a science lecture. The Renegade Cabaret continues to find odd places to perform a goulash of song, comedy and entertainment namely, spontaneous, rebellious performance. Patty Heffley Elizabeth Soychak, Mary Foster Conklin, Roger Manning, John DiPinto and Amber the Poet
Sun | Sept 25: Fashion Shows after a fashion 1pm Loisaida Center and MORUS presents Garbagia Island A creatures performance and fashion show made with recycled materials. It’s a post-apocalyptic dystopian representation based on the parallels of the gentrification of the Lower East Side and the crisis in Puerto Rico. Artists: Rolando Politi, Marta Rosario, Kevin Perez, Nick Broüjos, Deedee Maucher, Nicola Tranquillino, Jamie McGann, Roman Primitivo, Zuleyka Alejandro, Daniela Fabrizi, Benjamin Cerf 2pm http://Howl Arts presents Vangeline Theater Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Butoh for Waste Prevention—Reducing Coffee Trash in New York: The Vangeline Theater is a leader in the development of contemporary Butoh dance (Japanese post-Hiroshima dance form) since its founding in 2002. It brings to life a timeless and uniquely American style of Butoh that has captivated audiences throughout the world. 4pm Howl Arts presents Riki Colon’s Men In Skirts From the streets of Loisaida comes this polysexual, multi-racial revue entitled Love Is the Message: Celebrating the beautiful rainbow of freedom that is our neighborhood with uplifting voguing, gorgeous voices, house music beats and loads of runway action. Featuring vogue legends Derrick Pendavis Extravaganza and John Mitchell, Japanese Performance artist Masae Satouchi, incredible vocalists William Sanders and drag diva Ms. Dupree, runway sensations Blane and Tessa and Dancing Divas 908. A HOWL! Festival standard returns to the stage! Tens across the board!
El Sol Brillante 12th St (Aves A & B)
Sat | Sept 24 & Sun | Sept 25: 1–5pm Tie dye workshops with Max Katz
El Sol Brillante Jr. 12thSt (Aves A & B)
Sat| Sept 24: 2pm Dana Cohen, our resident beekeeper will give a talk to interested individuals about “How We Can Help the Bees”
5:00 p.m. Lost AXIS , an acoustic rock duo will perform a set in the garden. Sun | Sept 25: 2pm music from New Orleans Warren Peace and Micha Davis Wheeler
Fireman’s Garden 8th St (Aves C & D)
Sat | Sept 24 & Sun | Sept 25: 12–5pm Children’s programs Litterbugs workshop, drawing project, singing colors, leapfrogging, tree talking, building a native structure, storytelling
First Street Garden 1st St (1st & 2nd Aves)
Sun | Sept 25: 2–5pm Presented by Lower Eastside Girls Club Ever wonder who painted the 17 portraits of “Women Who Change the World” on the walls in the First Street garden? Or “What is that Bamboo Sculpture” all about? Come and Meet the artists, architects and young women from The Lower Eastside Girls Club who have created this lively and vibrant Art Park, and learn about our next art project. (p.s. refreshments from the Girls Club Sweet Things Bake Shop will be served)
Green Oasis 8th St (Aves C & D)
Sat | Sept 24: music eclectic
4pm Lukka 5pm Bob’s Ghost
6pm Clete and Friends
Sun | Sept 25: music eclectic
5pm Just Pete & Francie 6pm Keisha St John
Kenkeleba House Garden 2nd St (Aves B & C)
Sat | Sept 24: 2–4pm music Arthur Booth Jr
LaGuardia Corner Gardens LaGuardia Pl (Bleecker & Houston Sts)
Sat | Sept 24: all day Seed Labyrinth walks 10am–2pm garden tours for kids with Diana Alutto 3pm Collaborative Poetry Workshop with Rhoma Mostel
Sun | Sept 25: all day Seed Labyrinth walks 2pm & 5pm Laughter Yoga with Sara Jones 3pm Garden to Table Nutrition with Vanessa Berenstein
La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez (Ave C & 9th St)
Fri | Sept 23: 6:30–9:30pm Festival Opening night party with Source Afro jazz band
Sat | Sept 24: all day SENSE: Dimensions of Radical Ecology, A day of ecoperformance, lectures, workshops, and installations at La Plaza Cultural. Founded in 1976, by Gordon Matta-Clark and Buckminster Fuller, along with local activists, La Plaza Cultural Community Garden is a unique, multi-space green space: an urban amphitheater/perfomance venue, permaculture site, and wilderness preserve.
Sat | Sept 24: 12–2pm Health workshop with Emerita Torres 1) Introduction to basic fitness exercises and stretching 2) Reading food labels 3) The Power of Vegetables
1-4 pm Permaculture Tours with Ross Martin, Executive Director of La Plaza Cultural & Marga Snyder 2pm Green Building Workshop with Ross Schaner 4pm The Bride performance piece by Theresa Byrnes 5pm Art, Activism, Ecology, Panel Discussion with Stuart Losee, Felicia Young, Anna Fitzgerald, and Chloe Rosetti 6–7pm Sense A Play About Permaculture, by Chloe Rossetti, with costumes by Ala Dehghan.
7-930pm Dinner and performances by Elisa Ghs of the Go Push Pops, Susannah Simpson, Jamie Buxton, Joro Boro, Athena LLewellyn, Mary Frisbee and more.
SENSE (by Chloe Rosetti, with costumes by Ala Dehghan) is an eco-performance about a permacultural intentional community that receives and adapts to an invading family of primal scream therapists. It is also a play about how to live in the Anthropocene, where civilization as we-know-it must change-or-die as the old way collapses.
Theresa Byrnes (http://www.theresabyrnes.com/) began to exhibit her paintings in 1986 at the age of 16. She has had over 25 solo shows. Her performance work, which often deals with environmental concerns, has been called “both visceral and fragile at the same time…painful, poignant, and pointed. It is Yves Klein meets Chris Burden.”
Ross Schaner is an artist and designer based in Brooklyn. Through an understanding of the spirituality of nature and its language, he works to present codes and symbols of the subconscious in many contexts.
Ross Martin is the Executive Director of La Plaza Cultural, and has been its landscape architect for two decades.
Annie Doran (http://www.anniedoran.com/) is a writer, puppeteer, performer and event planner living in Brooklyn, NY. She writes for numerous blogs and magazines about a variety of topics, especially the environment, social justice, the performing arts, and gender.
Felicia Young (http://www.earthcelebrations.com/about/about-felicia-young/) is a social action artist and the Founder/Executive Director of Earth Celebrations, a non-profit organization founded on the Lower East Side in 1991, engaging communities to effect ecological and social change through the arts.
Chloé Rossetti (http://artforum.com/contributors/name=chloe-rossetti) is an artist, writer, performer, energy healer, and permaculturist based in New York City. Her work, most recently under the header of Radical Nourishment, focuses on the intersection of ecology, collectivism, agency, feminism, and love.
Stewart Losee (http://stewartlosee.com/fabrication/) is an architect, designer, and visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His work focuses on “decentralized infrastructure” as a mode of user empowerment and social justice.
Anna Fitzgerald (http://www.familiarsquarterly.com/) is a Brooklyn-based writer, producer and editor, is the author of the book of poetry “Things the Earth Did,” and founder of Familiars Quarterly, a journal of art and literature exploring interdependence with non-human others.
Ala Dehghan (http://www.aladehghan.net/), is visual artist and designer from Tehran, Iran, currently based in NYC. She has shown her work at numerous galleries and venues in New York and internationally. Her work explores the relationships between the Self and Others in connection with objects, emphasizing dialogues that culminate when tragedy and excitement converge as an uprising.
Susannah Simpson (http://www.susannahsimpson.com/performance/) is a multi-disciplinary artist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She teaches yoga and improvisational dance, and co-leads a workshop called Women’s Rejuvenation Circle dedicated to female healing and empowerment through connection to the body and sexuality.
Elisa Garcia de la Huerta (http://elisaghs.com/bio-) was born 1983 in Santiago, Chile and is an interdisciplinary artist and holistic Ayurveda practitioner. She currently lives in Brooklyn where she develops her multimedia art practice and is co-leader of Go! Push Pops, a queer, transnational feminist performance art collective.
Sun | Sept 25: 12–2pm Health workshop with Emerita Torres See Sat | Sept 24
Le Petit Versailles 2nd St (Aves B & C)
Sun | Sept 25: 4–6pm Jeux d’Eaux Fountain installation by Nicholas Vargelis of garden hoses and water sprinklers and other watering accessories implanted as new infrastructure. More than serving the practical function of bringing water to the garden, this artwork-cum-infrastructure makes visible what is usually hidden under city streets: a system overseeing transportation, direction of movement, and administering of quantities.
Liz Christy Garden Houston St (Bowery & 2nd Ave)
Sat | Sept 24: 1–4pm Workshops with Penny Jones 1pm Picturesque Gardening History and fundamentals: Learn strategies to make your garden appear bigger 2pm Foliage Color Design Examine layering of blue, green, yellow, and variegated foliage 3pm Know Your Tools Handle shovels, spades, and pitchforks: learn ergonomics to save your back
Lower East Side People Care Garden Rutgers St (Henry & Madison Sts)
Sat | Sept 24: Garden reopening party 2–3 pm Total Wellness Matthew Caban and Jaquay Saintil lead a guided meditation session. All you need to bring is a water source and an open mind. 3–4pm Folk Music Eranga and Priyanga: A singing duo from New York whose vocal arrangements are complex, the harmony sublime, and the voices blend in rich, vibrant tones.
M’Finda Kalunga Garden Rivington St (Chrystie & Forsyth Sts)
Sat | Sept 24 & Sun | Sept 25: 12–5pm Childrens’ activities face painting, arts & crafts, and storytelling
9C Garden (Ave C & 9th St)
Sat | Sept 24: 4–7pm Salsa Dance Party with Los Facinates
7pm Garden Projections art show by Laurie Olinder
Orchard Alley 4th St (Aves C & D)
Sat | Sept 24: 10am–1pm Yoga in the Garden
Parque de Tranquilidad 4th St (Aves C & D)
Sun | Sept 25: 3–5pm Coffee clutch and music by Elizabeth Ruf
Sam & Sadie Koenig Garden E 7th St (Aves C & D)
Sun | Sept 25: 2pm Stories from the Neighborhood Storytelling Open Mic
Secret Garden 4th St (Ave C)
Sat | Sept 24: 1–4pm Art Rumble live art/painting with Carolyn Ratcliffe, Roman Primativo Albear, and more.
Siempre Verde Stanton St (Clinton & Attorney Sts)
Sun | Sept 25: 3pm music inspired by the cosmos and Native peoples with Carmine D’Intino and Goodleaf
6BC Botanical Garden 6th St (Aves B & C)
Sun | Sept 25: 2–6pm Arts for Art presents: Race and Resistance, music & poetry 2pm Karen Borca Trio (bassoon, vibes, drums) 3:45pm Yuko Otomo, Patricia Spears Jones (poetry readings) 3:45pm Laubrock/Rainey Duo (tenor sax, drums) 4:45pm Dickey/Knuffke (drums, cornet)
6th&B Garden Ave B (6th St)
Fri | Sept 23: 8–9:30pm stylish Jazz with Statue of Liberty
Sat | Sept 24: 4–6pm Music ’60s Sing-A-Long & Karaoke with X-Tine and the City Timbres Carmine Band 6:30pm Slide Show/Discussion with Eric Sanderson, landscape ecologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, director of the Mannahatta Project and the author of the bestselling book, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City 7:30pm Slide Show/Discussion with Felicia Young, a social action artist and Founder/Executive Director of Earth Celebrations, a non-profit engaging communities to effect ecological and social change through the arts. Earth Celebrations’ Save Our Gardens project (1991–2005) applied the arts and community to mobilize the grassroots conservation effort 8pm Film screening Concrete Gardens, this summer LUNGS hired 19 students in the NYC Summer Youth Employment Program to work in our community gardens. Partnering with DCTV (Downtown Community Television Center) the students learned the craft of filmmaking and produced an 11-minute documentary about our gardens.
Sun | Sept 25: 11am–2pm Pysanky Workshop how to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs with Anna Sawaryn 2–4pm Live Radio Broadcast radio plays performed by Action Racket Theatre
Toyota Children’s Learning Garden 11th St (Aves B & C)
Sat | Sept 24 & Sun | Sept 25: 12–5pm Boundless in the City Sculpture by Andrea Arroyo
Umbrella House Rooftop Garden 21–23 Ave C (2nd & 3rd Sts)
Sat | Sept 24 & Sun | Sept 25:1–5pm Rooftop Garden with discussion and tours (building door will be open to access roof)
Sun | Sept 25: 3–5pm Hands-on Herbal Medicine Workshop with Parker Pracjek: study medicinal plant identification, cultivation, harvesting, and basic medicinal preparations