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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Flower power

Art: It’s not the futuristic nude sculptures or trippy, Alice in Wonderland–style magic mushrooms growing out of the floor that has tongues wagging about the “Murakami” exhibit that opens April 5 at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s the 550-square-foot Louis Vuitton boutique, hawking $5,000 purses and $10,000 canvases within the show, which seems to be the real sensation. Comments (1).

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There’s a virus spreading through the borough. Triggered by the blooming of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s collection of cherry blossom trees, it seems that no one is immune from becoming infected with excitement over this gorgeous horticultural event, “Hanami.” Comment.

Japanese hybrid

Music: Perhaps it was fitting that Kagero — a Japanese gypsy rock band helmed by Bedford-Stuyvesant-based frontman Kaz Fujimoto — was playing in a Colombian bar in Queens named after an island in the West Indies. Comment.

’Zen’ masters

Dining: I’d heard rumors about the building forever. Perched on the corner of North Sixth Street and Wythe Avenue, completely encased in vertical wood planks, some people said it was a restaurant, others claimed it was a private dining club and still more swore it was a warehouse with some dark, nefarious purpose. What’s inside of 77 N. Sixth St. was quickly growing into a Williamsburg urban legend, like the affordable studio apartment or pleasant rush hour commute on the L train. But it’s a Toyko-style Japanese restaurant. Comment.

Arty party

Dining: ”Japanimated” — focusing on the art and culture of the land of the rising sun — is the theme of the Brooklyn Museum’s “First Saturday” on April 5. Comment.

Rare reels

Cinema: Prostitutes, policement and gangsters. Not another gubernatorial fiasco, it’s “Tomu Uchida: Discovering a Japanese Master,” a film series celebrating the world of the late director coming to BAMCInematek on April 11. Comment.

Graphic display

Art: James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer and other famous American artists caught J-fever in the late 19th century, and the Brooklyn Museum has 25 works on paper to prove it in its Luce Visible Storage Center, beginning April 16. Comment.

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