This Saturday, September 20th from 1PM-4PM, come out and enjoy the good weather during the 3rd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Drive and Community Celebration.
Join the event organizer Total Equity Now, local authors, and teams from Harlem youth-development organizations, colleges, fraternities and sororities, book clubs, etc. for an energizing, educational stroll through and celebration of the past, present, and future of Harlem’s literacy landscape.
1PM – Rally for reading! Your choice: La Casa Azul Bookstore (143 E. 103rd St. between Park and Lexington) or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Ave. at 156th). Bring (or buy) a favorite book in order to #RockThoseReads (publicly display your identity as a reader) AND a new or like-new children’s book to donate to a Harlem shelter.
2PM – Ready, set, go! Guided by knowledgeable community ambassadors past historic reading-related landmarks, enjoy delicious samples from TEN’s Literacy Across Harlem Day partner cafes: East Harlem Cafe (104th & Lexington), Astor Row Cafe (130th & Lenox), and Cafe One (140th & Amsterdam)!
3PM – Arrive at Marcus Garvey Park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, in the heart of Harlem, for an interactive, family-friendly community celebration of reading and writing!
The long-awaited Africa Center is having an event called “Meet The Africa Center,” a FREE one-day extravaganza from 10:00am-5:30pm this Saturday, September 20th. “Meet The Africa Center” will welcome and introduce the New York community to the home of The Africa Center, located at 1280 5th Avenue on 110th Street in Harlem. Visitors will enjoy a lively mix of entertainment curated by Okayafrica including DJ Birane (Côte d’Ivoire), DJ Underdog, and Rich Medina spinning, and live performances from Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and live performances by Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, as well as Chop & Quench (The FELA! band) with special host Sahr Ngaujah, star of FELA! on Broadway. Sounds exciting!
The Africa Center will of course present some amazing artwork and installations, and there will also be a dance performance by The Dance Theater of Harlem, various activities for children, tastings from The Cecil Harlem restaurant, vendors, and much more. See you there!
After a few months of open voting to select the top five contestants for “Miss Harlem Shake 2014”, a big party was held for the final ceremony on Saturday night at Harlem Shake restaurant on 124th street and Lenox avenue, hosted with great enthusiasm by pop culture expert and blogger Patrick Riley.
The top five contestants were all beautiful and smart women who represented their Harlem based charities well, including No:1: Danielle Summons No 2: Elan Ferguson No 3: Ijeoma Eboh No 4: Amara Korley and No. 5: Casandra Rosario. While they all did great on Saturday in front of a panel of celebrity judges that included Cynde Watson, Brenda Braxton, Farrah Burns, Vy Higginsen, Ken Hanson, Byl Thompson, Kevin McQueen, and Manwea, it was Ijeoma Eboh, 23, Health Educator/PhD Student and Blogger who was voted Miss Harlem Shake 2014. Congratulations to her!
This Saturday September 13th, the Apollo Theater will present the 2nd annual Harlem Healthy Soul Festival, hosted by health expert Dr. Ian Smith, and featuring performances and appearances by Faith Evans, DJ Big Tigger, Dr. John M. Palmer and the NY Knicks City Dancers. This event, which is FREE and open to the public will focus on community and family health, fitness, and wellness with a wide variety of activities all day from 12pm – 6pm.
“Harlem Healthy Soul Festival is designed to serve as a platform for Harlem families to learn about the numerous community health resources to live active and vibrant lives”
It’s all happening at, and around the Apollo building, including outdoors on 126th Street behind the Theater where there will be a fairground filled with health and educational resources, live music, and more.
Great news for those looking for good Summer deals uptown. Harlem Restaurant and Retail Week starts this Friday, August 15th with over 30 businesses participating until August 31st. Harlem Park to Park has been organizing this event successfully for a few years now with the theme #EatShopPlayHarlem, and it’s always a great way to enjoy what Harlem retail stores, and restaurants on and around Harlem Restaurant Row have to offer. The participating restaurants will offer prix fixe 3 course lunch and dinner menu selections priced from $10.14-$30.14, and participating retailers will follow suit selling select items at the $10.14-$30.14 price range.
The City Parks Foundation is presenting some great SummerStage events in Harlem throughout the Summer, including FREE nights of theater, dance, circus, and music shows at Marcus Garvey Park until August 23rd. The full schedule of uptown Summer Stage events are listed below.
DJ Stormin’ Norman, founder of Sundae Sermon, is bringing the party up to St. Nicholas park on 135th street this Sunday. We know people have been waiting for the return of Sundae Sermon in Harlem, so get your picnic gear ready and come out and get your groove on under the sun! DJ Stormin’ Norman will be joined by DJs Tony Touch, Qool Marv, and Cosi. Bevy Smith from Bravo’s Fashion Queens will be hosting, and there will be a special performance by the cast of “Mighty Real”! We love Sylvester right? Kids will also enjoy face painting and yoga on Sunday.
Come out this Saturday, August 9th, for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Street Festival, which will take place on West 152nd Street between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas avenues just outside of DTH headquarters from 12 noon until 7pm. According to DTH, this Street Festival “entertains, informs and encourages community members to become a part of the Dance Theatre of Harlem family as new students, volunteers and supporters.”
The weather will be perfect on Saturday, making for a great opportunity to check out Dance Theatre of Harlem talent and enjoy Street vendors along 152nd Street who will have a variety of American and ethnic foods, jewelry, books, clothing and more.
Dance Theatre of Harlem Street Festival
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9TH NOON-7PM
WEST 152ND STREET BETWEEN AMSTERDAM AND ST. NICHOLAS AVENUES
Featuring Dance Theatre of Harlem School Summer Intensive Students and Special Guest Artists
Also: Special Appearance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company!