The Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage and Jazzmobile have partnered once again to present the 3rd annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival which will run from May 6-11, 2013. As always, you can expect a full schedule of Jazz concerts by emerging and established Artists, as well as Jazz themed panel discussions and films at this year’s Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival. Venues include the Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage Gatehouse, Cowin Auditorium at Teacher’s College, Ginny’s Supper Club, Alhambra Ballroom, The Baby Grand, Minton’s Playhouse, Clark Monroe’s Uptown House, Showman’s Jazz Club, the Sugar Cane Club and the Cotton Club.
The grand-opening of the SoHA SQUARE FLEA MARKET PLACE (the former Harlem Treasure Chest), located at 2171 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (on the corner of West 117th Street), will take place on Saturday, April 6.
Vendor Space is available at a DAILY RATE of $30.
If interested in vending, please contact Tiffany Simone or Paulette at 631-213-SoHA (7642).
Our FARMERS’ MARKET PLACE Coming soon.
Graphics by Chip Singh
Starting this week Harlem Park to Park has a full schedule of events ready for the second annual Harlem Earth Day 2013, including FREE activities for the whole family from this Wednesday, April 3 to Sunday, April 21, 2013 ahead of the official Global Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd. You can participate in panel discussions with celebrity chefs, authors and activists Wednesday evenings at MIST Harlem – My Image Studios LLC on April 3rd, 10th and 17th, and take part in a bunch of activities as well as environmental, health and fitness events this month. Read on for the full schedule of Harlem Earth Day events.
Shawn Batey, Director/Producer of the film “CHANGING FACE OF HARLEM” has informed us that her team has reached the final stage of post-production, and are in need of a little help to complete this important project. An Indiegogo campaign is underway to collect funds to complete the final sound mix and sound edit, color correction, archival footage, graphics and music composer fees. We are happy to see that saxophonist, flautist, and clarinetist Jay Rodriguez from the group Groove Collective is composing the soundtrack for this documentary. Watch the “Changing Face of Harlem” preview video below, and if you can donate from $25 and up to the campaign, expect a special gift for participating.
About The Film:
Changing Face of Harlem is a film told from the voices of longtime residents, business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy about the dreams and struggles of a neighborhood. The film explains Harlem’s intricate history so you can comprehend the complexity and height of emotions that Harlem citizens express today. If you weren’t aware, Harlem is undergoing a huge rebirth and revival just like many other urban communities of color. Identified as The Black Mecca, the birthplace of the renaissance, and also depicted as a crime-infested ghetto, Changing Face of Harlem takes a critical look at how Harlem has undergone its present transformation.
Melissa Harris-Perry set the record straight on the real Harlem Shake dance on her msnbc MHP show, stating some facts about the origins of the Harlem Shake and presenting a group of true Harlem Shakers including the Crazy Boyz, on TV. While we have all had some fun watching many of the so-called Harlem Shake videos online, it’s also a good idea to step back and look at this phenomenon from a historical perspective. History has shown us many instances of art, music, and dance that originated in our inner-cities, especially Harlem, and then taken and twisted into something else and exposed to the world as such. We let you know about some of the originators of the Harlem Shake recently, but girlfriend (MHP) went in and took it further with a history lesson that we hope will go viral online. Watch, listen, and learn.
Who knew that the Harlem Shake dance would make a comeback and be the next big viral video craze on Youtube? The Harlem Shake was first spotted at the Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at Rucker Park in Harlem back in early 1980′s, where a guy named Al B would get his groove on during breaks at the games doing the old-school dance that would also be known as the “Albee.”
Then there’s the dancer and choreographer Moetion, who is said to have taught HarlemShake moves in 2001 to dancers in the G Dep “Let’s Get It” video, Eve’s “Who’s That Girl” video, and Jadakiss “Put Your Hands Up” video. A documentary called “Shake Down” featured Moetion in 2006, and I would bet that we’ll be seeing that make a comeback. I wouldn’t be surprised to see P. Diddy cashing in on the re-emergence of the Harlem Shake since G. Dep was signed to his Bad Boy record label when the song “Special Delivery”, featuring a few Harlem Shake moves, came out in 1998.
Watch the G. Dep “Special Delivery” video below: