Scheduled to run from Friday April 24th – May 3rd, Harlem School of the Arts theatre department’s presentation of writer George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum is said to take the audience on a journey through the Black American experience. This play, directed by Alfred Preisser, also features the music of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and the Temptations, and famous African American literary pieces. Get your tickets! Details below.
An unforgettable cast of characters brings George C. Wolfe’s “personal exorcism” of Black cultural myths to life through the humor, pain, and shockingly brutal honesty of Wolfe’s writing. This production of the 1986 work maintains it’s timelessness, while inserting elements of the current Black experience for a new audience all performed and interpreted by the Harlem School of the Arts theater students ages 13-18.
Not only is Digital.NYC coming to Harlem this Wednesday, April 22nd as part of its Five-Borough Tour, but also Silicon Harlem will have their April meetup at Madiba Harlem My Image Studios as well. According to the organizers: “The DIGITAL.NYC and Silicon Harlem partnership will outline NYC’s best tech and startup resources, including today’s most effective ways to find a job, access startup capital and tap into NYC’s burgeoning tech and startup scene.” This Silicon Harlem event welcomes special guest, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.
Come hear Harlem’s leading entrepreneurs discuss scaling a startup in Harlem/NYC. They will discuss their experiences, highlighting the challenges and triumphs of startup business in Harlem/NYC. Panelists include:
- Clayton Banks, Co-Founder, Silicon Harlem
- Sam Sia, Co-Founder, Harlem Biospace
- John Henry, Director of Strategy, Cofound Harlem
This is a FREE event, register and take part in a special drawing for $50 gift card from Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios (must be present to receive.) The event is from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Panel discussions begin at 7pm sharp!
Check out – Harlem Tech Map and Co-working Spaces
Experience Harlem has announced the 4TH ANNUAL FOOD & DRINK BOULEVARD event, which as always will offer a fun evening of food, cocktails, music and entertainment on 8th avenue’s Harlem Restaurant Row. This is an early warning to clear your schedule on the evening of Tuesday, May 5th 2015 from 6:00PM-10:00PM, and be ready to hit-up some great Harlem restaurants along Frederick Douglass Blvd from 111th – 123rd Streets. It will be another night to remember in Harlem!
Drink, appetizer & special promotions
$10.00 at the door
2-for-1 in advance
Go No Fee!
Related – Harlem Restaurant Map and Guide
The Classical Theatre of Harlem 15th Anniversary Celebration – April 13 @ 6:30 pm
The Classical Theatre of Harlem is proud to celebrate its 15th Anniversary with the New York City premiere of “Witness Uganda” in Concert at The Apollo Theater Soundstage in the heart of Harlem. “Witness Uganda”—written by extraordinary Harlem artists Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews—is a documentary musical chronicling the story of a man battling to find his place in a world full of injustice and inhumanity. Catch “Witness Uganda” in Harlem before it opens Off-Broadway this Fall.
The Classical Theatre of Harlem 15th Anniversary Celebration tonight is SOLD OUT!
Let me just say it upfront: Eric Wyatt’s Borough of Kings on Posi-Tone Records is an instant post-bop classic, destined to be one of the jazz world’s more important works of our time. If you listen to it without knowing anything about it, you might guess that it dates back to the 1960s. Modal. Groovy. Ecstatic. Swing. Funk. This brilliant work is authentic with every note, statement, inflection. Joining him on the core of the record are Benito Gonzales on piano, Ameen Saleem on bass and drummer Shinnousake Takahashi. Eric plays all saxophones and flute. They’re a powerful force, both live and recorded. Guests on the record include Clifton Anderson on trombone, trumpeter Duane Eubanks and Kyle Poole plays drums on one cut.
I’ve written about Eric before, three years ago. I had just discovered him at Lenox Lounge with his fierce, driving ensemble. He played the Lenox regularly up until it closed. Looking back, I’m grateful that I got to witness those performances. He held it down, preserving history right up to the last moments of the iconic club’s existence.
I asked Eric about how Borough of Kings came to fruition: It was something that I’m happy to have recorded it because I had been working on that set of music with those musicians for at least a year, and it was good to finally document that musical connection that we were building. Benito and Shin were at the core of the group. I was developing a sound and it got so strong that I had to document it. We had been working on that at the Lenox Lounge. We prepared for that there, so when we went into the studio, it was easy maintaining our musical edge for those compositions.
One of my personal favorites on this project is Ancient Chinese Secrets. It’s got a contagious riff that sticks in my spirit all day long, and the soulful ride is layered, deep and enigmatic. Eric told me that he wrote the tune while in residence in Shanghai. He was staying in a small room with no amenities. When not playing at night, all there was to do was practice, and write. He knew he had created something special. I made something that will outlive me, and it came out of that little room with no television, no connection to the world.
Every detail on this record is absolute perfection. Eric wrote six out of the eight tracks himself. These tunes alone speak to the depth and range of his writing and playing abilities. Benito Gonzalez wrote one fantastic piece, and the band gives much justice to John Coltrane’s Countdown.
I found it notable when Eric told me that Arthur Rhames was the cat who primarily taught him about jazz. You knew he could teach you how to play. He was one of a kind – could have been the next John Coltrane. He was more advanced than the strongest musicians at that time. I knew him for 8 or 9 years. We met in 1981-82. I actually lived in his house for a time. I have taped recordings of him playing that would blow your mind. On whatever instrument he played, and he played many, he sounded like the best at the time. I learned more from Arthur than anyone – practical application, like how to play over the song, when to apply certain techniques.
Eric Wyatt is creating a strong legacy of music, and Borough of Kings will live on as a timeless piece of work. He’s currently working with a musical collective, creating what he calls more adventurous jazz. I can’t wait to see hear what he’s cooking up next.
Buy Borough of Kings on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play.
The Apollo Theater in Harlem celebrated the Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday by honoring the great Jazz vocalist with a plaque on the Apollo walk of fame, and lighting up the Apollo marque for the world to see. The Harlem School of the Arts Choir was on hand as well, singing classic Billie Holiday songs including “God Bless the Child.” Grammy-winning Jazz artist Cassandra Wilson attended the event, and has just released a Billie Holiday tribute album. Fox 5’s
Apollo Executive Producer Mikki Shepard called Lady Day an “Apollo Legend.” And Apollo legends, Shepard said, earn plaques bearing their name on the Apollo Walk of Fame. “She started here in… ’34, some people say ’35, so she was right here in the beginning when we opened our doors in ’34,” Shepard said.
Here’s a piece from theculturetrip.com which explores destinations for live music entertainment uptown – “Top 5 World Music Venues in Harlem'” including Minton’s Harlem, Silvana, Ginny’s Supper Club, The Shrine, and of course the one and only Apollo Theater. I would add Madiba Harlem to this list as well.
“Venture to the iconic New York community which has served as the home of some of the world’s most prestigious names in music. Whether you want to be transported to the past with big-band jazz tunes, get in touch with your spiritual side with gospel, get lost in the belting of a rising talent or simply get funky on the dance floor, Harlem has a place for you. We check out five of the best music venues in the area.”
We should all be aware by now that the first day of every month is Literacy Across Harlem Day, and on Wednesday, April 1st Total Equity Now is encouraging all Harlemites to #RockThoseReads by proudly and publicly carrying a book, magazine, newspaper, or other reading materials everywhere you go to show your love for reading.
Joe Rogers, Jr., Founder & Facilitator of Total Equity Now, who was recently featured and recognized for his work in the community in the Amsterdam News, has let us know that the April 1st “#RockThoseReads Street Team will gather from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the southeast corner of 155th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, “where they’ll hand out lists of books about Harlem, and information about Harlem’s 10 public libraries; ask passersby to name their current and recommended “reads”; tell folks why we love reading, and listen to their reading-related stories; encourage others to carry their reads outside of their bags in celebration of Literacy Across Harlem Day and our collective identity as a community of readers and writers!”