4/10-11: 72 Magnolias @ BBG, Japanese Foodie Feast…

…and last chance for Monet’s Water Lilies

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PETALHEAD: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is bursting at the seams with blooms. This weekend is the one to catch it: Start with Magnolia Plaza’s 72 trees representing 17 different varieties. Dazzling. (For a map of the blooms, go here.) Saturday and Sunday, 10AM-6PM.

ON-ISLAND: The Japan Society’s j-CATION: Taste Japan event is a daylong feast for the senses all around the theme of Japanese food, with “Edible Cinema” screenings, mini eats-based language and calligraphy classes, dishes-and-drinks pairings, a bento-box battle, Manga sketching, live music by dream-pop duo Asobi Seksu, and even a lecture featuring Nathan’s Hot Dog champ Takeru Kobayashi. Saturday, 1PM-1AM.            

NICE PAD: Attention, art procrastinators: This weekend is your last chance to head to MoMA to take in Monet’s iconic “Water Lilies” series, which Claude churned out while hanging at Giverny. Come Monday 12, you’ll have to settle for plugging his name into Google Image search, which is way less arty. (Also: The Tim Burton retrospective wraps on April 26--so two birds, no?) Saturday and Sunday, 10:30AM-5:30PM.

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