The Sweet Spot Festival is back in Harlem this weekend with a Jamaican themed dance party at the West Harlem Piers. DJ Herbert Holler & The Rice and Peas Massive will be joined by DJ Gravy, Max Glazer and Micro Don spinning Dancehall reggae tunes and riddim vibes, and Dancehall artist Nardo Ranks will perform live as well.
Sweet Spot Festival Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Cooler Fete will also feature the Sweet Spot PoP-Up Market with food vendors, arts & crafts, and Vintage Bazaar. For kids, The Laundromat Project offers a free silkscreening workshop promoting “Harlem on My Mind, Too,” an oral history project created to document and celebrate Harlemites’ stories, history, and culture.
Come on out Saturday, August 2nd to this FREE Sweet Spot Festival event from 2:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. at West Harlem Pier Park – 125th Street. Always a great crowd and lots of fun!
The first of 21 SummerStage Theater events taking place in Marcus Garvey Park this summer starts tonight with the FREE presentation of “Handball”, a story about gentrification within New York City and how people work to find their own way in the new landscape.
Tuesday, July 29 – Saturday, August 2; Tuesday, August 5 – Saturday, August 9
Urban Theatre Movement’s Handball
By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Directed by Brenda Banda
Marcus Garvey Park, MN
Urban Theatre Movement’s Handball, written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Brenda Banda delivers an explosive take on gentrification in New York City. The play tracks a park filled with characters as unique and diverse as the city itself. Tempers flare as new transplants work to make their mark while old residents struggle to maintain their way of life. Over the course of two hot, summer days we watch a once lively, buoyant park become extremely tense as each character struggles to find their way and survive while witnessing their neighborhood falling apart. Stories become intertwined, power is shifted and change reveals itself to be inevitable. Handball tells the story of modern-day urban America and the people struggling to find their way in it.
DATE: Tuesday, July 29 2014-Satuday, August 2; Tuesday, August 5 – Saturday, August 9
TIME: 8:00 p.m. –10:00 p.m.
PLACE: SummerStage at Marcus Garvey Park
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W
Celebrating its 40th year, HARLEM WEEK kicks off this Sunday, July 27th with “A Great Day in Harlem” at Grant’s Tomb on 122nd street and Riverside Drive. This FREE event features live music, including a Gospel Extravaganza with Bishop Hezekiah Walker, as well as arts & crafts, food vendors, a Fashion Fusion show, and it all ends with “A Concert Under The Stars” Sunday night featuring a Motown musical concert and “The Sound of Philadelphia” which will pay tribute to the legendary record labels and artists.
Harlem Week is essentially a month-long festival at this point, with a line-up of events like “Summer in the City” on August 16, and “Harlem Day” on August 17 at 135th Street from St. Nicholas Avenue to 5th Avenue where you’ll find four stages of entertainment, vendors and exhibitors, the Upper Manhattan Auto Show, and more. There’s also Senior Citizens Day, children’s festival, and the Tri-State Jr. Tennis Classic to enjoy, while Rucker Park will be hosting the Golden Hoops showcase, the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run & NYC Walk will salute the 50TH Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill, and ImagineNation will present an Outdoor Film Festival at 7 p.m. on the Great Lawn in St. Nicholas Park to wrap up Harlem Week on August 23rd. See the full HARLEM WEEK 2014 calendar of events.
Miss Harlem Shake Contest top 10 Finalists
Back in May, the popular burger and milkshake joint Harlem Shake celebrated its one year anniversary by launching a contest to select the new “Miss Harlem Shake,” and after receiving over 55 applications from Harlem girls 18 years and older, the top ten have been selected. These ladies will move forward through the next round of voting, and you can participate by voting in-store from July 21st – August 31st at Harlem Shake restaurant, located at 100 West 124th Street on Lenox Avenue.
Each order placed at Harlem Shake between July 21st and August 31st will come with a ballot featuring the 10 semi-finalists. There will be a scoreboard on display in the restaurant to track each contestant’s progress. The top five with the most customer votes will continue on to the final ceremony in September where a winner will be chosen by a judging panel of notable Harlem faces.
The lucky lady who is crowned “Miss Harlem Shake” will receive fortune, fame and feast: $1,000 to a charity of their choice, $500 to keep, and best of all, free Harlem Shake burgers for a year.
Stay tuned for more information about the final ceremony on September 13th hosted by pop culture expert and blogger Patrick Riley. All are invited to join the party and watch us crown “Miss Harlem Shake!”
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.