UPDATE: Due to the stormy weather, this event was re-scheduled and will take place on Tuesday, December 16th.
This Tuesday, December 9th at 6:00pm a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Frederick Douglass Circle on 110th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard presented by Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle, followed by a FREE guided tour of Harlem Holiday Windows, a project described as revolving around an original holiday story about an 11 year old boy named Chaz who travels through various eras of Harlem’s history on a magical horse, written and performed by storyteller and actor Daniel Carlton.
“The story is illustrated through holiday imagery in the windows of eight participating businesses, and can be accessed via QR code at each site, courtesy of Harlem’s Alive. Each business represents a different era in Chaz’s adventure, with the story brought to life through painting, illustration, 3D sculpture and installation, set design and holiday decorations created and assembled by some of Harlem and New York City’s most prolific talent.”
Presented by Harlem Tourism Board, Taste Harlem Food and Cultural Tours, Harlem Park-to-Park and the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance, Harlem Holiday Windows are set up at various Harlem businesses including Barawine, The Cecil, Harlem Shake, Land Yoga, Lido Harlem, Seasoned Vegan, Vinateria and Cohen’s Optical. Participating artist and curators on this project include Laura Gadson, Christopher Trujillo, Tijana Bjelejac, Esé Alexis, Taina Traverso and Paula Coleman with Carrie Mae Weems, JaSon Auguste, Dianne Smith, Marivel Mejia, Donna Dove, Jordan Baker Caldwell and Kenneth Browne.
Guided performance tour tickets are available from December 4th to the 20th 2014 on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 4:30-6:30PM priced at $20 per adult and $5 per child. Self-guided Tours run from December 2, 2014 – January 5, 2015, and there’s a self-guided Tour Map and Window app as well at www.harlemsalive.com/harlemholiday.
Union Settlement at 237 East 104th Street invites all to its event “East Harlem’s Got Talent” on Friday December 5th. This gathering of talent will feature performances from 4-7pm (open Mic hour from 6-7 pm) while also creating awareness about HIV/AIDS in our community. This is a great opportunity to get FREE and Confidential HIV Testing, HIV/AIDS information, services, dinner, raffles and giveaways.
Total Equity Now and partners around Harlem have launched the 3rd Annual Literacy Across Harlem Holiday Book Drive today, and we join them in asking you to set aside new and like-new books for children and adults living in homeless shelters, havens for victims of domestic violence, and other transitional-living facilities in Harlem. The Literacy Across Harlem Holiday Book Drive from is on from Monday, December 1st until Saturday, December 20th, see below for a donation location near you.
Harlem Holi-Pop kicks-off on NYC Small Business Saturday opening from 12pm – 8pm on both Saturday November 29th and Sunday the 30th. Each day will offer shoppers a unique space to “shop, sip and groove with festive beats, mulled ciders, and savory treats from the newest hotspot on Lenox Avenue, La Bodega 47,” according to organizers.
Fashion and film make-up artist Melanie Harris joins celebrity stylist and designer Carlton Jones to present the second installment of their destination shopping event Harlem Holi-Pop on Saturday, November 29, through Sunday, November 30, 2014. Curating a collective of both local and international designers, artisans and vendors, Harlem Holi-Pop will showcase specialty products, hand made goods, and one of a kind imports from veteran and emerging talent at RAW Space gallery located at 2031 Adam Clayton Boulevard and west 122nd Street.
This Saturday, November 29th is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY across the nation, and it is the official launch of the East Harlem Holiday Market presented by Urban Garden Center and East Harlem community co-working space TASCbar. Come out and SHOP SMALL to support local businesses in East Harlem and Harlem! And remember, the East Harlem Holiday Market will be open every Saturday until Christmas for your holiday shopping pleasure from 12pm-9pm at Urban Garden Center – 1640 Park Avenue, under the tracks at 116th Street. A Christmas tree will be raffled off each Saturday as well.
The Apollo Theater presents ONE LOVE! A BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE CONCERT featuring The Wailers, Third World, Maxi Priest and Ky-Mani Marley this Saturday, November 29th at 8PM and 11PM. Hosted by Dahved Levy, this is event will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Bob Marley’s legendary 1979 Apollo debut, and is Curated by Danny Kapilian with the Apollo Theater.
What a party! Bob Marley’s Apollo debut in October 1979 is the stuff of legend. This commemorative concert, featuring true titans of today’s reggae scene, proves that “the spirit lives…it’s living in the people…and it will never die”. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, The Wailers have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. “Reggae Ambassador” Third World is hailed for fusing funk, Philly soul, hip-hop, South African township music and disco influences into their classic reggae sound.
The Dance Theatre of Harlem has announced special “Holiday Delight” Sunday Matinee performances on December 7, 2014. There will be two shows (2pm and 5pm) which will feature the Dance Theatre of Harlem School in excerpts from the Nutcracker, dances featured in the Apollo Theater’s Ellington at Christmas, a Kwanzaa Celebration, and special guest artists.
Tickets online are priced at $18 for adults, $14 for seniors and children 12 and under. Tickets at the DTH door cost $20 for Adults, $15 for seniors and children 12 and under.
This Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm, the 125th Street Business Improvement District will be organizing the 21st annual Harlem Holiday Lights event in partnership with NYS Office of General Services and Manhattan Community Board #9. This fun event will once again bring a variety of activities to 125th street in Harlem, including lighting the Christmas Tree on the Harlem State Office Building Plaza, and introducing a new lighting design across 12 blocks from east to west on 125th Street.
During the Harlem Tree Lighting Celebration there will be performances by Vy Higgins’ “Mama Foundation Youth Choir”, Chocolat Jarret, R&B recording artist, Traedonya and more. Along with holiday musique, you can also expect children’s arts and crafts and special offers from participating restaurants and retailers. DJ Red Alert will also be holding it down, playing tracks during this FREE event. You can view a map of the street and in store activities on the newly launched .NYC website www.125thstreet.nyc, and on a printed guide for visitors during the festivities on November 20th.