Looking for something new and different to do uptown on a Thursday night? Kelley “K. Nikki” Franklin and DaRuddest Jones are hosting a game night in Harlem every Thursday at Ottomanelli’s Wine & Burger Bar located at 1325 5th Avenue at 111th street, from 10pm-2am. The organizers hope to “build this night into something beautiful, safe, and fun that acts as an escape from the work week or as a pregame for the weekend.” Sounds like a fun way to unite with friends, and meet new people over drinks while playing new and old-school games.
21+ TO ENTER, Drink specials all night
10PM – 2AM Every Thursday
Free admission, 2 drink minimum
“where else in Harlem can you play games while enjoying some good food and cheap drinks?”
Get ready for Bastille Day celebrations in Harlem this Sunday, July 13th! The french restaurant Maison Harlem is hosting this event, which celebrates the French National Day, La Fête Nationale in France. It’s all happening uptown at 127th and St. Nicholas Avenue where Maison Harlem restaurant is located, from 12PM to 6:00PM.
Expect a day of fun with some traditional french flair and activities for the whole family on a street that will be blocked off all day, making room for live music, a DJ, Sugar Hill Market vendors, and even an area to play Pétanque! This will be a first for Harlem, and it reminds me of those great Bastille Day events that FLORENT used to have in the Meat Packing District back in the day. Not sure if we’ll see Can-can dancers this Sunday though.
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series is coming uptown for the first SummerStage in Harlem in 2014. Come out to Jackie Robinson Park, 85 Bradhurst Avenue (145 st.) for this FREE event tonight from 7:00 PM – 8:00PM and enjoy a selection of opera arias and duets featuring rising Metropolitan Opera stars! This is the first of 22 events taking place in Harlem from July 8th until August 23rd, presented by City Parks Foundation.
This 4th of July weekend The Classical Theatre of Harlem will launch its presentation of Romeo n Juliet, which will run from this Saturday, July 5th – July 27th. Adapted and directed by Justin Emeka, this interpretation of the classic William Shakespeare piece will take the stage at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park (123rd Street at Mt. Morris Park West, between Fifth Ave and Malcolm X Blvd) in Harlem with shows set for Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30pm, and Fridays at 8:15 with a pre-show Jazzmobile concert at 7:00. The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Romeo n Juliet is FREE and open to the public, and will run approximately 90 minutes.
This intense and fiery CTH production of Shakespeare’s classic will reveal the unpredictable passion of love, barely separated from the unforgiving tragedy of violence. The stage explodes with soulful rhythms, verse, and movement, as Hip-Hop beats provide the backdrop for a community suffering from internal conflict. In its second annual summer offering at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, CTH again brings together a dynamic cast and creative team of familiar faces from last season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with some talented new additions.
Tatiana Pagés, a Chilean-Dominican New York-based art collector and activist designer threw a festive opening for her new contemporary art and design gallery, Tatiana Pagés Gallery last night in Harlem. Located at 2605 Frederick Douglas Boulevard on the corner of 139th Street near historic Striver’s Row, the new art gallery officially opened to the public today with its first exhibit “Thoughts & Senses” featuring art from several highly regarded artists of Latin America including Isabel Cisneros (Venezuela), Adriana Marmorek (Colombia), Natalia Pages, Jorge Pineda, Belkis Ramirez, and Fernando Tamburini (Dominican Republic). The collection is described as “a collection of art dedicated to the exploration of the social as well as cultural tensions by six highly conceptual Latin American artists.”
This Friday June 27th, the 2014 Harlem Arts Festival is kicking-off a weekend of events with an Opening Night Party at MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street. Artists set to perform include Mad Satta, Emily Braden, Charisa The Violindiva, and Andrew Kaminski Art, and DJ Raydar will get the party going.
On Saturday June 28th and Sunday June 29th, the FREE Harlem Arts Festival will be in full swing at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem from 3pm-8pm with a line-up of artistic events, visual arts, and performances in Dance, Music, Spoken Word, and Theater. There will also be a Workshop For Kids as well.
REVIVE MUSIC AND HARLEM ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENT
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
JUNE 27, 2014, 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue.
This Wednesday, June 25th, art organization No Longer Empty is having an Opening Reception for its “If You Build It” exhibition and programs from June 25 – August 10, 2014. Sponsored by Harlem Brewery, the reception will feature music performances by the Jazz Foundation All Stars, local musicians Joey Morant on trumpet, Michael Max Fleming on bass, Mitch Margold on piano, and Greg Bandy, aka “the mayor of Harlem”, on drums. The opening reception is from 7-9pm at 155th Street and St Nicholas Avenue. RSVP here.