CHERRY-O! It’s back, people, the surefire sign of pinky-winky spring: the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. When else is it possible to see legging-clad hipsters and camera-snapping Asian tourists frolicking freely amidst the tree blossoms? Today and tomorrow, visitors can nap under cherry trees, see some Japanese artwork, eat sushi at the terrace café and learn to pronounce “Sakura Matsuri” correctly. Moving on to more outdoorsiness, is a bird-watching walk (mulch, mulch, mulch) through Central Park (“That pigeon’s comin’ right at ya—duck!” “Duck? I don’t see any du—KERSPLAT!!!”—and ya got yourself beaned by a rogue pigeon!) courtesy of “naturalist” Joyce Hyon, who we assume is not also a nudist, and wildlife artist Alan Messer. People who don’t give two figs about the outdoors pack themselves into the windowless Bowery Ballroom to catch Aussie brothers the Kin. Try to sneak into their pre-party at the Pure Project Art Space, which will feature work by artist Patrick Madden and photographer Paul Gilmore. Proceeds will go to savedarfur.org. Prepare yourself for some Nolita ninny to ask what kind of designer Darfur is.
[Cherry Blossom Festival, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1000 Washington Avenue, through Sunday, www.bbg.org; bird-watching walk, 9 a.m., 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, call 212-868-4444 to purchase tickets; the Kin, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, www.boweryballroom.com.]