Weekend viewing

A preview of a new documentary that explores the lives and livelihoods of people affected by the Gulf oil disaster. For those of you who happen to be in Brooklyn or Brooklyn-adjacent on October 15, the 99 Percent Gallery will be holding a screening of the full documentary.

Highline chat

The Highline, New York City

For those of you staying or residing in Minneapolis at the moment and who are needing some good old-fashioned, intelligent diversion, the Walker Art Center will be holding a talk this evening on the monumental Highline, the elevated linear park born out of an abandoned railway bed in lower Manhattan. The talk is part of a citywide visioning process on public green space, entitled The Next Generation of Parks. It will be located in the Cinema, and is free. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., talk starts at 7:00 p.m. For more info, visit the Walker calendar online.

A celebration of possibility

Installation from a previous year’s International Garden Festival

For over 20 years the Festival International des Jardins has featured some of the more interesting takes on what garden might mean and consist of. Located in the picturesque Chaumont-sur-Loire, the festival selects 20-some artists and designers from around the world to install their version of a garden. This year’s theme, Gardens Body and Soul, features a range of literal to abstract variations on the theme, such as a tea garden containing shelves upon shelves of kitschy cups and saucers, vintage tableware attached to trees, and in the center, sofas on which you can actually take your tea and bask in the calm of the garden. For a sneak peak at this year’s intallations, check out these videos. No need to speak French, as the images should speak for themselves. The festival runs from April 29 – October 17.