The garden at Sixth Avenue and 15th Street
sprang to life on Saturday, April 28 with Spoke the Hub’s "Local
Spoke the Hub Dancers performed choreographer
Elise Long’s "Green Light." According to Long, "Green
Light" is "a community dance ’meditation’ on the passage
of time, the color green and the go-go-goingness of spring."
The "Green Acres" dance number
was performed to the theme song from the ’60s television show;
approximately 50 members of the audience crouched in the garden
to watch the afternoon of singing, poetry and dance performances;
the opening segment, "Hyacinth in the Vale of Tears,"
performed to classical music by Samuel Barber, attracted the
attention of passersby who stopped to peer through the fences;
another scene from "Green Acres." Among those in the
audience were state Sen. Marty Markowitz.
The Local Produce Festival was held at
eight Park Slope locations and spanned April 2729. Among
the weekend’s participants were the sea chantey-singing Johnson
Girls, poet Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, jazz pianist Richard Thompson,
the Red Hawk Indian Dancers and dance students from the Brooklyn
Friends School, Berkeley Carroll and Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
The Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center is
located at 748 Union St. Performances will continue in the Garden
of Union (Union Street and Fourth Avenue) from 5-7 pm on Tuesdays
through September. For more information about the center, call