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Try Sun-Cooked Meals at Bed-Stuy Garden's 'Apocalypse Chow'

 Apocalypse Chow, a free July series, offers solar-cooked meals and artist performances at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Garden.
Apocalypse Chow, a free July series, offers solar-cooked meals and artist performances at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Garden.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Fire up the grill a little differently this summer at a program offering free solar-cooked meals and artist performances.

The New York Restoration Project and nonprofit community arts group Flux Factory have partnered this July for “Apocalypse Chow” at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Garden.

For three Tuesdays, groups will collaborate to serve a variety of dishes and bring interactive, community-oriented art outdoors, according to Apocalypse Chow curator Alex Nathanson.

“We’re really interested in bringing more attention to the huge array of community gardens in use,” Nathanson said. “A big part of that is taking art out of galleries, making it feel really accessible.”

The series started on July 7, during which curators Carina Kaufman and Danae Lagoy cooked up Mediterranean-inspired dishes with two solar-powered ovens made from a steel oil drum.

On July 14, artist group Zodiac Dinner Club will prepare experimental meals connected to the 12 zodiac signs, followed by a solar panel sound performance by electrical engineer and Brooklyn-based artist Wesley Marcarelli.  

The final session on July 21 features a workshop teaching attendees how to build their own sun oven and basic solar circuit.

Apocalypse Chow is a part of Nightlight, an ongoing series of free art events exploring creative uses of the sun.

In 2014, the Flux Factory team worked to bring an interactive light-based installation to the Long Island City Community Garden. The group is looking to expand the program to other boroughs, Anderson said.

The second session of Apocalypse Chow will take place at 7 p.m. on July 14 at 95 Malcolm X Blvd. For more information and the full schedule, visit the Flux Factory website.