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!
Lenox Avenue from 122nd to 124th street in Harlem will be the place to be this Sunday for the 2nd SAVOR HARLEM, a FREE Harlem Week event presented by the Harlem Haberdashery clothing store and the Harlem Shake restaurant.
Expect a lively affair featuring clothing, cuisine, and classic cars. Harlem Haberdashery will offer 10% discounts on clothing, and open up their backyard area with a DJ to enjoy as well. Event sponsors will provide special discounts and complimentary soft drinks from Harlem Shake, while adults will be able to get their drink on with Sugar Hill Beer and cocktails available during the day. I hear there will be some BBQ on hand too! It’s all going down from 11 am – 8:00 pm. Let’s do this.
Did you catch WABC 7 TV New York reporter Lauren Glassberg’s piece on the Miss Harlem Shake competition the other day? Eyewitness News went uptown to cover the latest on the ten Miss Harlem Shake finalists which include a Ph.D. candidate, a media specialist, a tax accountant and other women ready to represent Harlem.
“This is really not a beauty contest per say, because we don’t want to objectify women, it’s a personality contest and so the woman we envision as our representative for next year will be beautiful and strong, inside and out,” said Jelena Pasic, the owner of Harlem Shake.
Watch the WABC 7 Online video below.
Remember, voting ends August 31st so get your vote in!
Miss Harlem Shake Contest top 10 finalists voting
In-store customer voting open July 21st -August 31
100 W. 124th Street at Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
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?”