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.
This Friday, November 14th, not for profit arts and culture organization Hi-ARTS will be releasing a photo exhibition titled Inside Out: The Peoples Art Project, inspired by prolific photographer and TED prize winner JR. Curator for this exhibition is well known graffiti artist and sculptor Carlos Mare (Mare139).
According to the organizers, this exhibition will “showcase the people of Spanish Harlem who face immense struggles such as poverty, unemployment, drug abuse, and teen pregnancy. Their portraits will be blown up and on display at the Hi-ARTS gallery in Harlem; giving a raw and unfiltered look into the people in the community and their stories. “
Uptown boutique Harlem Haberdashery has launched its 2014 “season of giving” hashtag #TakeCareOfHarlem #Feed500 initiatives to uplift the Harlem community, and they include a coat and toy drive, and an effort to feed hungry and homeless men, women and children from across Harlem. According to organizers, they will be providing “brown paper bag” style lunches with hand-written notes of encouragement and informational pamphlets from other community organizations to each person.
On Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM #Feed500 volunteers will be preparing and packing lunches at Memorial Baptist Church (141 w. 115th St.) #TakeCareofHarlem welcomes food / beverages donations, fiscal donations and physical volunteers who are invited to contact them at TakeCareOfHarlem@Gmail.com or via the #TakeCareofHarlem event page.
On Saturday November 22nd, 2014 The Youth of Harlem Are Once Again Leading A Change. Please Join The #TakeCareOfHarlem Group As We Prepare, Pack & Distribute 500+ Lunches To The Homeless and/or Anyone In Need In The Greater Harlem Area.
According to the Studio Museum of Harlem, Speaking of People will feature over thirty works by a multi-generational, interdisciplinary group of sixteen artists and includes photography, painting, sculpture and sound works that will occupy the Museum’s Main galleries and Project Space. Artists in the exhibition include Noel Anderson, Jeremy Okai Davis, Godfried Donkor, Ellen Gallagher, Theaster Gates, Lyle Ashton Harris, David Hartt, Leslie Hewitt, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Ayanah Moor, Lorna Simpson, Martine Syms, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas and Purvis Young.
By now you should have your Halloween costume ready, but where are you going to party? We suggest you hit up some hot spots in Harlem on October 31st, where you’ll find enough happening Halloween events and parties in restaurants, bars, and even in the streets that will make for a fright night to remember. There are some things for kids and the whole family too if you want to start early with some Trick or Treating in Harlem. We link you up with some exciting Harlem Halloween events below, so check out the event flyers here. Have a safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone.
Harlem Park to Park and Frederick Douglass Blvd Alliance are putting on a fun Harlem Halloween Costume Crawl this Friday, October 31st, and everyone is invited to bring the kids over to trick or treat from 5 pm to 7 pm at HP2P and FDBA businesses along both Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Lenox Avenue. Adults can have fun a bit later as well and participate in the Halloween Costume Bar Crawl from 6 pm to 10 pm. Enjoy $5 cocktails and $5 appetizer specials at over 20 spots, plus chances to win prizes valued at up to $100. Also, a “Thriller Flash Mob” dance will happen every hour from 6 pm to 9 Pm at various locations.
This Sunday October 26th, and every Sunday through November 23rd, Vendy Plaza will come to East Harlem’s La Marqueta on 115th street and Park avenue. Presented by La Marqueta Retoña, Vendy Awards and Office of the Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, this unique outdoor food market concept will feature Vendy Award finalists, winners, and local vendors. Come out and enjoy Food truck vendors, Live Latin-Jazz-Fusion by TROMBEATZ, and beer from Brooklyn Brewery from 12 noon and 6 pm.
The Vendy Plaza will feature a rotating list of vendors, including:
Khao Man Gai (2013 Market Winner)
Ice & Vice (2014 Dessert Winner)
Martha’s Gorditas (Local Vendor)
Macarena’s Elotes (Local Vendor)
Nuchas (2014 People’s Choice)
Snowday (2014 Rookie of the Year)
Wafels & Dinges (2009 Dessert Winner)
Zha Pan Asian (2014 Market Winner)
Producer Quincy Jones’ Jazz Foundation of America will be Honoring the great Herbie Hancock tonight during the 13th Annual A Great Night in Harlem event this evening at the Apollo Theater. This gala concert benefits the Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, a great cause that raises funds to assist elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis across the country. Special guests, performers, and presenters include Bruce Willis, Chaka Khan, Questlove, The Heath Brothers (Jimmy & Tootie Heath), Verdine White, Paul Shaffer, Buster Williams, Wallace Roney, Steve Jordan, Billy Hart, Ray Parker Jr., Susan Tedeschi, Joey Alexander and more.
This year, The Jazz Foundation will honor Herbie Hancock with their Lifetime Achievement Award from Quincy Jones. Hancock will lead an all-star tribute to beloved trumpeter Clark Terry. Ten-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan will pay homage to Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire with help from special guests.
A Great Night in Harlem
Friday, October 24, 1024
253 West 125th Street, New York, NY (between 7th & 8th Ave.)