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Today should be sunny and warm, with a high reaching 87℉. Temperatures will venture into the ’90s tomorrow. The 16th Annual Vision Festival, a smorgasboard of experimental jazz, dance and art, continues its week-long run at Abrons Arts Center this evening. Also, the LES Heritage Film Series wraps up its inaugural season of rarely seen 16mm, historical footage at the Seward Park library. Visit our Calendar for more local events and don’t forget to submit your own!

Rain Date Scheduled for Art in Gardens Kickoff

6BC Botanical Garden courtesy of Matthew McDermott

Arts for Art has asked us to pass along the word that there is a rain date scheduled for their event, “Art in Gardens,” which is supposed to kick off today with the premier of William Parker’s 15 Piece Bass Composition: Segments of Light (details mentioned previously here). If need be, the Rain Date for today’s event will be next Sunday, Sept. 19 at 1:30 in the First First Street Garden (next to 50 E 1st Street btwn 1st & 2nd Ave).

William Parker Kicks Off “Art in Gardens” This Sunday

6BC Botanical Garden

6BC Botanical Garden courtesy of Matthew McDermott via flickr

Our friends at Arts for Art (a.k.a. VisionFestival) have sent word of a new work being presented by jazz musician and composer William Parker to open their series of art and performances, “Art In Gardens,” devoted to protecting our community gardens.

Vision Fest Wraps up at Angel Orensanz Foundation

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Be sure to head down to the Angel Orensanz Foundation at 172 Norfolk Street to catch the last night of the 7-day Vision Festival put on by Art for Arts.

"It all started with improvisation" says founder, dancer and co-host Patricia Nicholson Parker.  "I define Avant Jazz as disciplined disregard of traditional sound barriers – you can pick and
choose the rules you are going to use or not use… 99% of what I
present is improvisation."  She says the festival hasn't changed too much over the 14 years she's been putting it on but she does feel like our
community has lost it's understanding and it's relationship to art, partly because of market place pressures to be financially successful and partly because of the new "viral" world we are all living in now. "You have to
hear it live – it's visceral art – it's exciting, inspiring, it's doesn't do
the same thing when you are plugged in".

Tonight's (very visceral) closing celebration includes
performances by Jason Kao Hwang's Spontaneous River with a 30 String
Ensemble, The William Parker Quartet
plus Special Guests Bobby
Bradford on trumpet and James Spaulding on sax.  Then there's an After
Party at The Local 269 (Corner of Houston and Suffolk Street) with a jam
session led by Bobby Bradford that should go well in to the night.

Weekend Arts & Activities

250px-Milford_Graves Highlights of this weekend's avant-garde Vision Festival: Tonight's tribute to Albert
Ayler starring trumpeter Roy Campbell; a quartet led by the drummer Milford Graves tomorrow night; Spontaneous River with violinist
Jason Kao Hwang on Monday. See the complete schedule here.

Drummer Milford Graves

The Met's Summer Recital Series takes place tonight in East River Park at 7. Featured will be soprano Joyce El-Khoury, bass Keith Miller, accompanied by Vlad Iftinca. Actor/conductor Damon Gupton, a Juilliard graduate, will host the park concert.

Rooftop Films: Tonight on the Open Road Rooftop Above the New Design High School, "A fun, frantic, fantastical program of films about losing your grip on reality, and reality losing its grip on the world." The doors open at 8pm.

The ring toss, hoola hoops, jump ropes, face painting and obstacle courses… all part of the third annual field day at East River Park. Registration is at 10am, open to all families with children.

Bumblebee1 Don't be alarmed if you see a bunch of people dressed like bumble bees crossing the Williamsburg Bridge this weekend. It's all for a good cause!

Vision Fest Kicks Off Tonight at Abrons Main Stage


Amiri Baraka prepares his words at a Vision Fest sound check this afternoon.

The 14th year of Arts for Art's Vision Festival begins tonight at 7:30p and will run for seven action packed evenings, including full days of art, music and dance over the weekend. Performances this evening include Brass Bang, Douglas R. Ewart and Inventions "Dawn" (featuring poetry from poet icon and revolutionary political activist Amiri Baraka), video by Luciano Rossetti, and Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris Conducts A Chorus of Poets and String Ensemble. Tomorrow night honors saxophonist Marshall Allen.  Go here for the full schedule. We'll be posting updates and interviews from the festival throughout the week.