News Roundup: Making Time for Trees, Mermaids, and Refugees

Try as Wangari Matthai might to emphasize the importance of trees by planting millions of them, the tall green things really don’t get enough credit for keeping us alive. This Sunday, the Tree Museum is celebrating the opening of its public art project with an Afro Puerto Rican percussion group and garden party. And no, you don’t you don’t have to be a tree hugger to appreciate the outdoor gallery along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. [TreeMuseum]

To commemorate World Refugee Day on Saturday, buy a pair of tickets to BAMcinemaFEST’s New York premiere of the movie Reporter, which documents New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof’s trip though the Congo in 2007, as he tries to shed light on the too oft overlooked inequalities and injustices still plagueing Africa and much of our world. [BAM]

On the east coast, there’s been a lot more gloom than bloom lately, but if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em. The largest art parade in the nation, Coney Island’s Mermain Parade, intends to go on rain or shine this Saturday afternoon, with floats, the Ringling Bros., Harvey Keitel, antique cars, tassled boobs, and really good hot dogs. [Gadling]

While some would say New York City is one giant yard sale—c’mon, how many pieces of furniture have you swiped off the streets and kept in your home?—there are always flea markets and festivals thrown in for good measure. Like the Happy Place event going on in Williamsburg this weekend, where a ping-pong installation, beer keg, 15 local designes, and a small press newsstand are expected. How bazaar. [DailyCandy]