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?”
Get ready for Bastille Day celebrations in Harlem this Sunday, July 13th! The french restaurant Maison Harlem is hosting this event, which celebrates the French National Day, La Fête Nationale in France. It’s all happening uptown at 127th and St. Nicholas Avenue where Maison Harlem restaurant is located, from 12PM to 6:00PM.
Expect a day of fun with some traditional french flair and activities for the whole family on a street that will be blocked off all day, making room for live music, a DJ, Sugar Hill Market vendors, and even an area to play Pétanque! This will be a first for Harlem, and it reminds me of those great Bastille Day events that FLORENT used to have in the Meat Packing District back in the day. Not sure if we’ll see Can-can dancers this Sunday though.
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series is coming uptown for the first SummerStage in Harlem in 2014. Come out to Jackie Robinson Park, 85 Bradhurst Avenue (145 st.) for this FREE event tonight from 7:00 PM – 8:00PM and enjoy a selection of opera arias and duets featuring rising Metropolitan Opera stars! This is the first of 22 events taking place in Harlem from July 8th until August 23rd, presented by City Parks Foundation.
This 4th of July weekend The Classical Theatre of Harlem will launch its presentation of Romeo n Juliet, which will run from this Saturday, July 5th – July 27th. Adapted and directed by Justin Emeka, this interpretation of the classic William Shakespeare piece will take the stage at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park (123rd Street at Mt. Morris Park West, between Fifth Ave and Malcolm X Blvd) in Harlem with shows set for Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30pm, and Fridays at 8:15 with a pre-show Jazzmobile concert at 7:00. The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Romeo n Juliet is FREE and open to the public, and will run approximately 90 minutes.
This intense and fiery CTH production of Shakespeare’s classic will reveal the unpredictable passion of love, barely separated from the unforgiving tragedy of violence. The stage explodes with soulful rhythms, verse, and movement, as Hip-Hop beats provide the backdrop for a community suffering from internal conflict. In its second annual summer offering at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, CTH again brings together a dynamic cast and creative team of familiar faces from last season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with some talented new additions.
Tatiana Pagés, a Chilean-Dominican New York-based art collector and activist designer threw a festive opening for her new contemporary art and design gallery, Tatiana Pagés Gallery last night in Harlem. Located at 2605 Frederick Douglas Boulevard on the corner of 139th Street near historic Striver’s Row, the new art gallery officially opened to the public today with its first exhibit “Thoughts & Senses” featuring art from several highly regarded artists of Latin America including Isabel Cisneros (Venezuela), Adriana Marmorek (Colombia), Natalia Pages, Jorge Pineda, Belkis Ramirez, and Fernando Tamburini (Dominican Republic). The collection is described as “a collection of art dedicated to the exploration of the social as well as cultural tensions by six highly conceptual Latin American artists.”