The inaugural Harlem Eat Up! food festival this past weekend in Morningside park was a great success. The brainchild of Chef Marcus Samuelsson and festival event organizer Herb Karlitz, the first ever Harlem Eat Up Food Festival offered visitors two days filled with food, cooking demonstrations, discussion panels, music, art, kids activities, and more. There were celebrity chefs, and Harlem’s own chefs and Harlem restaurants participating, presenting a wide variety of tasty food and drink. Former President Bill Clinton was there on Saturday to help launch HarlemEatUp, while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his lovely wife Chirlane McCray came by to enjoy the events in Harlem as well. This event was fun and festive, but it was not without a bit of controversy, which we’re sure will be worked out before next year’s HarlemEatUp.
Those who attended HarlemEatUp can relive it with some highlights of the food fest in the video below. Hopefully those who could not make it this year will catch the vibe and come out next year!
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Harlem Shake Restaurant on 124th and Lenox is not playing, they’ve got a few poppin’ events lined up, starting tonight with their Dinner and Movie Date Night! every Tuesday evening with a different movie each week. For $30, you can enjoy unlimited beer, refreshments and dishes from their menu in a two hour span. Tonight it’s the movie “HARLEM NIGHTS,” with Eddie Murphy, Red Fox, and a line-up of comedians. Every Tuesday evening they will be showing a different movie.
The FLUX Art Fair has launched, and will run from May 14-17 at The Corn Exchange Building located at 81 East 125th Street and Park avenue.
FLUX Art Fair -A contemporary art fair in the culturally rich community of Harlem. FLUX Art Fair is a dynamic artistic platform engaging an international community of collectors and those who simply appreciate art to discover artists and discover the vitality of Harlem. Driven by curators collaborating with artists, FLUX Fair contributes to the vibrancy of Harlem by expanding the scene beyond the walls of the fair, partnering with cultural institutions and creating opportunity for rising Harlem artists within the fair. Guest Curators select lead artists to present significant signature works linking emerging artists to a broader spectrum of art collectors.
Artists and curators respond to the curatorial theme: “The 21st Century Artist is a Nomad”. Harlem, an internationally acclaimed crossroads for the modern caravan of creativity, is a particularly relevant place to explore this theme.
A diverse, intimate, & progressive art fair with a global reach, FLUX Fair mirrors the community of Harlem.
The first ever Harlem Eat Up food festival (May 14-17) kicks today with some thirty participating restaurants, food panels, lectures and discussions with “Harlem Talks” at the Studio Museum of Harlem, and a weekend of outdoor events in Morningside Park. You can also experience cooking classes, culinary demonstrations, and dinners around Harlem hosted by notable chefs from Harlem and invited guest chefs. See the list of HarlemEatUp events.
This weekend, come out and enjoy HarlemEatUp events in Morningside Park in Harlem, where a food stroll and lots of outdoor food related events will take place with “The Stroll: A Grand Tasting Experience” on Saturday, and on Sunday with “A Sunday Afternoon In Harlem.” Visit HarlemEatUp! for more, TICKETS are still available online.
In the video below featuring Chef Marcus Samuelsson, WABC 7’s Lauren Glassberg takes a look at the first ever Harlem Eat Up food festival, which kicks off Thursday.
West Harlem Art Fund public art curator Savona Bailey-McClain has announced FRESH EYES, an exclusive, site-specific Harlem Digi-Tour featuring artists Bryan Christie, Negin Sharifzadeh, and Debra Swack. Set to take place Saturday, May 16th, FRESH EYES is on during FRIEZE WEEK 2015, part of the City’s NYCxDesign.
According to Bailey-McClain, the digital art tour will spotlight points in the Mt. Morris Historic District in Harlem, where visitors can take a self-guided or guided tour via a QR coded map. She is curating a selection of videos from this select group of artists and will lead tour-goers to points in the Mt. Morris Historic District where she’s identified connections to these videos. Two FREE tours will be given on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1 p.m. on the southeast corner of 125th Street and Lenox Avenue and again at 2 p.m.
The 2015 HARLEM JAZZ SHRINES starts next week, and we’ve listed the five day schedule of Jazz concerts and shows, and advance Ticket links right here.
HARLEM JAZZ SHRINES FESTIVAL 2015
The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival is an annual event celebrating the classic clubs and venues that made Harlem the Jazz Mecca.
While paying tribute to the greats of the past, this Festival is firmly rooted in the present, highlighting today’s top and emerging talent and showing that Harlem really is where it’s at!
FESTIVAL TICKETS $10 & up | SOME EVENTS ADMISSION — FREE
There’s a fun event happening this Saturday, May 2nd! Created by Harlem resident Kameeka Shirley in partnership with the Harlem Business Alliance, Harlem Routes is described as “an amazing race style action and adventure scavenger hunt game.” It’s set to take place uptown – and everyone is invited to participate. According to organizers, the Harlem Routes event will pit teams against each other to compete in a series of challenges in locations around Harlem as a way to foster discovery, camaraderie and healthy competition among participants.
Scheduled to run from Friday April 24th – May 3rd, Harlem School of the Arts theatre department’s presentation of writer George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum is said to take the audience on a journey through the Black American experience. This play, directed by Alfred Preisser, also features the music of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and the Temptations, and famous African American literary pieces. Get your tickets! Details below.
An unforgettable cast of characters brings George C. Wolfe’s “personal exorcism” of Black cultural myths to life through the humor, pain, and shockingly brutal honesty of Wolfe’s writing. This production of the 1986 work maintains it’s timelessness, while inserting elements of the current Black experience for a new audience all performed and interpreted by the Harlem School of the Arts theater students ages 13-18.