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We Recommend AFROPUNK The Takeover- Harlem Co-Produced by Harlem Stage February 21- 25, 2017

AFROPUNK

The Takeover- Harlem

Co-Produced by Harlem Stage

February 21- 25, 2017

Co-Produced by Harlem Stage, The Apollo Theater and a host of legendary Harlem venues, AFROPUNK commemorates Black History Month by celebrating African-American culture and engaging with contemporary thought and issues, in the New York neighborhood that’s been central to the black American experience for well over a century. AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem will present a week-long series of events featuring live musical performances, film screenings, comedy shows, jam sessions and frank discussions on identity, art and protest.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017

NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE

BLACK JOY AS AN EXPRESSION OF RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION

OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION

7:00PM, FREE (Suggested donation $10)

2031 5th Ave, New York, NY 10035

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The kickoff event of  AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem confronts this historic political moment with a conversation about the diverse expression and cultural significance of Black Joy!  With stereotypical images and tropes of “Blackness” inundating today’s media, it is imperative to explore the creative resistance, expression and liberation housed in our joy — on our own terms, in our own words. This panel discussion will explore the ways our various institutions and movements continue to tell our stories and introduce counter-narratives that genuinely celebrate who we are as a people. It will shine a light on  the tools that have helped heal, activate and keep the cultural expressions of our communities unapologetic and liberated.

Participating in the panel will be

Zoe Kravitz, actress/musician

Larry Ossei-Mensah, co-founder of ARTNOIR

Sade Lythcott, CEO of National Black Theatre

Matthew Morgan, Founder of AFROPUNK

Moderated by André D. Singleton, Co-Founder of The Very Black Project

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017

HARLEM STAGE

TAMAR-KALI: DEMON FRUIT BLUES – A WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWING

7:30PM, $15

150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

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Connecting the dots between modern day rock, gospel, blues and original African rhythms, Tamar-Kali’s Demon Fruit Blues is a multidisciplinary work that explores and deconstructs interrogates gender binaries, patriarchy and womanhood by examining the origins of misogyny. Through the use of music and movement by Ase Dance Theatre CollectiveDemon Fruit Blues interrogates the ‘curse of womanhood’ in Judeo-Christian ideology and how this perception of the female body reverberates in modern day western society, in an effort to heal a culture of “unspoken” influences that psychically severs the ties between history and culture. This work-in-progress showing will be preceded by the screening of a short film and followed by a panel discussion with the Tamar-kaliAdia Whitaker,  Ashley Brockington, Feminista Jones and more.

 

THE SHED: OPEN JAM SESSION – AFROPUNK EDITION

GIN FIZZ HARLEM

9pm-12am, FREE

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Ranked as one of New York City’s “Top 5 Jam Sessions,” #TheShed is a bi-weekly gathering that takes place at Gin Fizz Harlem. It is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated producer/engineer, AnuSun, and provides a taste of the New Renaissance happening in Harlem, and a launch-pad for emerging musical talent. Join us for the special AFROPUNK Edition of The Shed, you never know who might come through!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017

BEARING WITNESS AS PROTEST

THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM

6PM-8:30PM, $7 GA/ $3 Students

144 West 125th Street, New York, New York

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Explore current and historical expressions of dissent in contemporary art at The Window and The Breaking of the Window and Circa 1970, two current exhibitions at The Studio Museum. The evening will begin with a guided walk-through the exhibitions, followed by a public dialogue on bearing witness as an act of protest, and on the actions needed to create the path ahead.

The discussion will be a public dialogue about bearing witness as an act of protest with members of Harlem CopwatchOasa DuVerney (Featured artist in The Window and the Breaking of the Window) and moderated by Chaédria LaBouvier (creator of Basquiat’s Defacement).

AFROPUNK & JILL NEWMAN PRODUCTIONS present A Night Of Comedy Featuring Gina Yashere Doors: 9:00PM; Show: 9:30PM, $20 ADV/$25 DOS GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB at Red Rooster  310 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027 Purchase Tickets Now

AFROPUNK and Jill Newman Productions are collaborating to present – AFROPUNK Comedy featuring Nigerian-UK comic Gina Yashere. Gina Yashere is a stand up Comedian and TV star from the UK that broke onto the American scene in NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She has appeared on Def Comedy Jam. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Nightly Show on Comedy Central and in her 1 hour Stand Up Special on Showtime, Skinny B*tch.  Kevin Avery is a comedian and Emmy award-winning writer. His writing credits include HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, VH1′s Best Week Ever and the critically acclaimed FX original series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on which he had the distinction of serving as head writer.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

AFROPUNK  & THE CINEMA AT THE MAYSLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER present a screening of

THE TALK – RACE IN AMERICA

6:30PM; $10 Donation

THE CINEMA AT MAYSLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER

343 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY, 10027

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The Talk – Race in America – a documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The film profiles, Dr. Christi GriffinSamaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park;Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York police officer, Kenya Barris, creator/executive producer of Peabody Award-winning ABC series black-ishNas, musician/activist, John Singleton, director/screenwriter/producer; and Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist.

MAD FREE & AFROPUNK present The Hair Tales:  An Appropriation Conversation

Harlem Stage

7:30pm; $15

150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

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Cultural critic and image activist Michaela Angela Davis teams up with Franchesca Ramsey, actress/comedian/provocateur and creator of the YouTube sensation Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls, to engage in a candid and kinky communal conversation about Black Girl hair culture in the age of  #BlackGirlMagic & #BlackLivesMatter. Designed as a Pan-African Parisian Salon, the evening will feature improvisational braiding by Ancestral Strands, exclusive set pieces by Enitan Vintage, cocktails and YOU.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

THE APOLLO THEATER

AFROPUNK: “UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK” THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SONGBOOK REMIXED, A CELEBRATION OF BLACK PROTEST MUSIC

7:30PM, Tickets start at $33.50

253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

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Creative & Musical Direction by Robert Glasper

With Igmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band

Featuring Special Guests

Bilal,  Toshi Reagon, Staceyann Chin, Jill Scott, Tunde Adebimpe (TV ON THE RADIO) and more

AFROPUNK pays homage to black protest music and iconic and contemporary artists who have celebrated the power of being unapologetically black.

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Terri Lyne Carrington does Max Roach & Ellington! Lakecia Benjamin! #SchomburgLive #WomensJazz

We recommend all programs at this esteemed institution.

Women’s Jazz Festival: Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle

Monday, March 16 at 6:30 PM

In 1962, Duke Ellington recorded a trio date with bassist Charlie Mingus and drummer Max Roach that is considered one of the pivotal jazz recordings of the 1960s. Money Jungle, the 1963 album that emerged from the session, was a commentary on the perennial tug-of-war between art and commerce. Fifty years later, GRAMMY® Award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington, with the help of keyboardist Gerald Clayton and bassist Christian McBride, pays tribute to Duke, his trio and his creative vision with a cover of this historic recording.

Toshi Reagon, singer/composer/producer/activist, returns for the fourth year as Curator for the Schomburg Center’s Women’s Jazz Festival. 

@SCHOMBURGLIVE | #WOMENSJAZZ

To purchase tickets ($25 Members, $30 Non-Members), click here.

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Between the Lines: Renee Watson and Jacqueline Woodson

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 PM

In her inspired Young Adult debut, This Side of Home, Renée Watson explores the experience of young African-American women navigating the traditions and expectations of their culture. Watson, author of Harlem’s Little Black Bird: The Story of Florence Mills, will be in conversation with Jacqueline Woodson, author of the 2014 National Book Award winner for Young People’s Literature, Brown Girl Dreaming.

@SCHOMBURGLIVE | #THISSIDEOFHOME

 

Free! Register

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Women’s Jazz Festival: Celebrate The Great Women of Blues and Jazz

Monday, March 23 at 7:00 PM

Some of New York’s best female performers come together to give praise to those who led the way. The lineup features musical director Toshi Reagon, Allison Miller, Mimi Jones, Shamie Royston, Christelle Durandy, Tamar-kali, and more.

Toshi Reagon, singer/composer/producer/activist, returns for the fourth year as Curator for the Schomburg Center’s Women’s Jazz Festival. 

@SCHOMBURGLIVE | #WOMENSJAZZ

To purchase tickets ($25 Members, $30 Non-Members), click here.

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Women’s Jazz Festival: Catherine Russell & Lakecia Benjamin

Monday, March 30 at 7:00 PM

Catherine Russell was born into music royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a pioneering pianist/composer/bandleader. Her mother, Carline Ray, an outstanding bassist and vocalist, has performed with Mary Lou Williams and International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Russell is in demand as a backup singer and instrumentalist, having performed and recorded with artists including Steely Dan, Levon Helm, David Bowie, and Cyndi Lauper. 

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Lakecia Benjamin has become one of the most highly sought-after players in soul and funk music. She first picked up the saxophone at Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, after which she joined the renowned jazz program at New York’s New School University. With her deep jazz roots, she was soon in demand as an arranger and horn section leader, landing stints with acclaimed as artists as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Macy Gray.

  

Toshi Reagon, singer/composer/producer/activist, returns for the fourth year as Curator for the Schomburg Center’s Women’s Jazz Festival. 

@SCHOMBURGLIVE | #WOMENSJAZZ

To purchase tickets ($25 Members, $30 Non-Members), click here.

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Summer Free Concerts and Performances in nyc –Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Celebrate Brooklyn 24 concerts starting June 4

http://bricartsmedia.org/performing-arts/celebrate-brooklyn/celebrate-brooklyn-prospect-park-bandshell

Celebrate Brooklyn! Prospect Park Bandshell

Squarespace Bud Light TD Bank IKEA KIND World Stage BIM village Voice ABC7 WNYC Prospect Park Alliance
Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae

June 4, 2014 · 8:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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The Soul Rebels / Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen / Lost Bayou Ramblers

June 7, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
Jack Johnson

Benefit Concert: Jack Johnson

June 10, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell

SOLD OUT

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Celebrate Ornette: The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe

June 12, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Ozomatli’s Ozokidz

June 14, 2014 · 4:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
The National

Benefit Concert: The National

June 17, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell

SOLD OUT

The National

Benefit Concert: The National

June 18, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell

SOLD OUT

The National

Benefit Concert: The National

June 19, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Amos Lee

Amos Lee / Lake Street Dive

June 20, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Dum Dum Girls / Hospitality / TEEN

June 21, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Warpaint / Yellowbirds

June 26, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Shovels & Rope / Valerie June / Shakey Graves

June 27, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
Luciano

Luciano / Sandra St. Victor & Oya’s Daughter

June 28, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Talib Kweli / Glenn Kotche / Aja Monet

July 5, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas / Choc Quib Town / RVSB 

July 10, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
Vote, It Ain’t Illegal Yet!

Vote, It Ain’t Illegal Yet!

July 11, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Alloy Orchestra: He Who Gets Slapped / Stephane Wrembel

July 12, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
Shen Wei

Shen Wei Dance

July 17, 2014 · 8:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
Bebel Gilberto

Bebel Gilberto / Vinicius Cantuaria / Netsayi

July 18, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Deltron 3030 / Nomadic Massive

July 19, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
Neutral Milk Hotel

Benefit Concert: Neutral Milk Hotel

July 22, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell

SOLD OUT – Presented by Bowery Presents and Wordless Music

Neutral Milk Hotel

Benefit Concert: Neutral Milk Hotel

July 23, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell

Presented by Bowery Presents and Wordless Music

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Nickel Creek

July 24, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Amandla: A Revolution In Four-Part Harmony Neo Muyanga & William Kentridge’s Second-Hand Reading

July 25, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
Nick Cave

Benefit Concert: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

July 26, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
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Dance Theatre of Harlem / Leyla McCalla

July 31, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Jimmy Bosch y Su Estrellas / Pedrito Martinez Group Featuring Ariance Trujillo

August 1, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Kes The Band / Kuenta i Tambu / DJ Dr Wax / Steel Sensations

August 2, 2014 · 7:00 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Altan / Maura O’Connell

August 7, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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Asian Dub Foundation: THX 1138 / Taylor McFerrin

August 8, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE
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St. Vincent / San Fermin

August 9, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE

Vote, It Ain’t Illegal Yet!

July 11, 2014 · 7:30 PM
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
FREE

Gates at 6:30PM

Vote, It Ain’t Illegal Yet! honors the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 with a moving and exciting combination of film, music, and spoken word at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Directed by author/filmmaker/journalist and longtime Fort Greene resident Nelson George, this special BRIC commission honors the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Acts of 1965 with a moving and exciting combination of film, music, and spoken word. This ambitious exploration of American polls yesterday and today celebrates and recognizes the journey we have collectively undertaken towards equality at the voting booth—and the distance we have left to travel. Vote, It Ain’t Illegal Yet! will include contributions by BURNING SPEAR, VERNON REID, MAYA AZUCENA, ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH, CARL HANCOCK RUX, ROSARIO DAWSON, RAMYA RAMANA, and many more. With musical direction by D-NICE.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
With the goal of honest, holistic, and poetic journalism in mind, Celebrate Brooklyn! is asking YOU to contribute your story to this project. When and where was your first time at the booth? Have you ever come up against barriers to voting? Did you or your parents have a different experience before 1964? Whatever your experience has been as an American voter, we would be honored to include it in the evening’s film and spoken word processions. All forms of expression are accepted: photographs, video (maximum 90 seconds), written testimonials, audio reenactments, etc. Be creative! And you just may see your work come to life next summer on our stage.

To submit:

Not sure what to submit? Answer these questions:

  • What’s your first memory of voting?
  • When was the first time you voted?
  • Do you know anything about the 1964 and 1965 Civil rights and Voting rights acts?  If so what?
  • Why is voting important?
  • Are you aware of the many state laws across the country designed to limit the right to vote?
  • Why do you think they are becoming wide spread?
  • If you don’t vote why not?

DEADLINE
April 30, 2014

NYC Votes Brand

To encourage participation among citizens and voters city-wide around this program, BRIC is partnering with NYC Votes, a program of the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

QUESTIONS?
Email
cbvoteproject@bricartsmedia.org

Central Park Summerstage
Summer Stage
Summer Stage by Mule Army

Great performers are already lined up for Central Park SummerStage 2014. See the full 2014 SummerStage schedule here. Founded in 1986, the SummerStage Festival features performances spanning World and American music, modern dance, spoken word, electronic music, and family programming.

Central Park SummerStage is an outdoor venue, located at Rumsey Playfield, which is right off the 5th Avenue and 69th Street entrance to Central Park. The festival runs during the months of June, July, and August, and offers approximately 30-35 free-of-charge performing events. All SummerStage shows go on rain or shine and are only cancelled in the event of dangerous lightning during a performance.

Summer Stage
Summer Stage by Bumper Shine

Most of the concerts throughout the summer are privately funded and may be enjoyed by the general public at no cost with the exception of some of the bigger shows on the Mainstage in the park.

On Tuesday, June 3, City Parks Foundation (CPF) will welcome guests to their Annual Gala presented at SummerStage. The evening will help raise significant funds to support CPF’s year-round free arts, sports, and education programs and CPF will be honoring Andrew Tisch with the 2014 People and Parks Award.

http://summerstage.donyc.com/

Central Park SummerStage Visitors Guide
Central Park Visitors Guide | Where To Pack a Picnic for Central Park SummerStage

Saturday, June 7, 2014 | 7:00PM
12th Brazilian Film Festival of NY featuring Toquinho Tribute to Vinicius de Moraes / DJ Gaspar Muniz
Concert celebrating the highly regarded Bossa Nova composer
Free!

Saturday, June 14, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Roberto Roena y su Apollo Sound / La Mecánica Popular / Little Louie Vega (Elements of Life/Masters at Work)
This dynamic musical lineup of global and Latino music is sure to have crowds dancing
Free!

Sunday, June 15, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Black Coffee Live / DJ Spoko in association with Okayafrica and ImageNation — Celebrating 15 years of Okayplayer
An evening of music from South Africa has been put together in collaboration with the South African Consulate General-NY to celebrate 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa and the National Youth Month.
Free!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.
John Butler Trio
Presented by WFUV, this is a SummerStage benefit concert and proceeds from ticket sales help make SummerStage’s free programming possible.
(Buy Tickets from Ticketmaster)

Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 7 p.m.Fête de la Musique: -M- / Émilie Simon in association with Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Bureau Export New York
Enjoy an evening of French music at SummerStage.
Free!

Sunday, June 22, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Buika / Marques Toliver
A great night of music at SummerStage.
Free!

Monday, June 23, 2014 | 8 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
Hear beautiful arias and duets with Amber Wagner (soprano), Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano), and Russell Thomas (tenor), accompanied by pianist Dan Saunders.
Free!

Saturday, June 28, 2014 | 3 p.m.
Club Classics Live! featuring Sam Sparro, Ultra Naté, Kevin Aviance, Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin and Norma Jean Wright (Formerly of Chic), Company Freak
Join a great dance party curated by Jason King, including a DJ Set by Andre Collins and live interpretations of disco, funk, soul and house classics.
Free!

Sunday, June 29, 2014 | 3 p.m.
Jon Batiste and Stay Human / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
The Blue Note Jazz Festival brings a taste of New Orleans to SummerStage.
Free!

Monday, June 30, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Counting Crows With Special Guest Toad The Wet Sprocket
This is a SummerStage benefit concert and proceeds from ticket sales help make SummerStage’s free programming possible.
(Buy Tickets from Ticketmaster)

SummerStage Visitors Guide

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Beck
This is a SummerStage benefit concert and proceeds from ticket sales help make SummerStage’s free programming possible.
SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Urban Bush Women / Laurie Taylor/Soul Movement
A great evening of dance performances.
Free!

Thursday, July 3, 2014 | 6-10 p.m.
Herbert Holler / DJ Cosi / Marc Smooth
The longest running weekly Friday-night party in NYC history visits SummerStage on a Thursday night.
Free!

Saturday, July 5, 2014 | 3-7 p.m.
Teddy Afro / Noura Mint Seymali / Hahu Dance Crew
An afternoon of music and dance from Ethiopia and Mauritania.
Free!

Sunday, July 6, 2014 | 3-7 p.m.
Global Family Day: Okee Dokee Brothers / Hybrid Movement Company / Shaun Parker & Company / Acrobuffos / National Dance Institute
SummerStage Global Family Day is back for another raucous afternoon of whacky fun.
Free!

Monday, July 7, 2014 | 6:30-10 p.m.
Neon Trees, Smallpools, Nightmare & the Cat
This is a SummerStage benefit concert and proceeds from ticket sales help make SummerStage’s free programming possible.
(Buy Tickets from Ticketmaster)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 | 7-10 p.m.
Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory / Luke Temple
A great evening of music at SummerStage.
Free!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | 6-9 p.m.
Beatnuts / Ana Tijoux / Bodega Bamz / DJ Tony Touch
Presented in association with (LAMC) Latin Alternative Music Conference.
Free!

Saturday, July 12, 2014 | 3-7 p.m.
Babasónicos / Juana Molina / La Santa Cecilia
Presented in association with (LAMC) Latin Alternative Music Conference.
Free!

Sunday, July 13, 2014 | 6-10 p.m.
Bonobo / Cibo Matto in association with Okayfuture — Celebrating 15 years of Okayplayer
A great night of electronic music at SummerStage.
Free!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | 8-10 p.m.
Ballet Hispanico / A Palo Seco
Latino and Flamanco dance companies will take the stage.
Free!

Saturday, July 19, 2014 | 7-10 p.m.
Lenine & Martin Fondse Orchestra: The Bridge / Maíra Freitas / DJ Tutu Moraes in association with Brasil Summerfest
An evening of music from Brazil.
Free!

Sunday, July 20, 2013 | 3-7 p.m.
Mishima / Txarango / DJ sets by Headbirds in association with the Institut Ramon Llull
Experience music from Barcelona and beyond during Catalan Sounds on Tour.
Free!

Monday, July 21, 2014 | 7=10 p.m.
New Songs of Justice: An Evening Honoring Pete Seeger
An evening honoring Pete Seeger brings great music from Anti-Flag (acoustic), Toni Blackman, The Chapin Sisters, Rebel Diaz, Steve Earle, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, and James to SummerStage.
Free!

Saturday, July 26, 2014 | 3-7 p.m.
Chronixx & The Zincfence Redemption / Junior Reid / The Rice and Peas Crew in association with Large Up and Federation Sound
Free!

Sunday, July 27, 2014 | 3-7 p.m.
Rock Steady Crew 37th Anniversary Concert
Celebrate the 37th Anniversary of The Rock Steady Crew with their second performance at SummerStage.
Free!

Monday, July 28, 2014 | 8-10 p.m.
John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown directed by Fisher Stevens in association with Westbeth Entertainment
A one-man play by Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo.
Free!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 6-10 p.m.
Conor Oberst with special guest Dawes
Presented by WFUV and The Bowery, this is a SummerStage benefit concert and proceeds from ticket sales help make SummerStage’s free programming possible.
(Buy Tickets from Ticketmaster)

Saturday, August 2, 2014 | 3-7 p.m.
Dr. John & the Night Trippers / Hurray for the Riff Raff
Enjoy both old and new music coming from New Orleans.
Free!

Sunday, August 3, 2014 | 7-10 p.m.
Gregory Porter & Revive Big Band led by Igmar Thomas
Bluenote 75th Anniversary Celebration in association with Revive Music
Free!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | 8-10 p.m.
Spectrum Dance Theater / Sidra Bell Dance NY
An evening of contemporary dance at SummerStage
Free!

Saturday, August 9, 2013 | 3-7 p.m.
Tasha Cobbs / Smokie Norful / Pastor Charles Jenkins / VaShawn Mitchell / Kierra Sheard / Micah Stampley / Brian Courtney Wilso
An afternoon of Motown Gospel music.
Free!

Sunday, August 10, 2014 | 3-7 p.m.
Passenger / Liam Bailey / DJ Natasha Diggs
Presented in Association with Giant Step
Free!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | 5 p.m.
Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson, Andrew McMahon
this is a SummerStage benefit concert and proceeds from ticket sales help make SummerStage’s free programming possible.
(Buy Tickets from Ticketmaster)

Saturday, August 16, 2014 | 7-10 p.m.
Blood Orange with guests Moses Sumney / Sean Nicholas Savage
Produced in association with Okayplayer
Free!

Sunday, August 17, 2014 | 7-10 p.m.
Musiq Soulchild
6th Annual WBLS R&B Fest.
Free!

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | 3-7 p.m.
Alex Sensation
La Mega 7th Annual Tropical Fest.
Free!

Sunday, August 24, 2014 | 6-10 p.m.
Fania All Stars
This is a SummerStage benefit concert and proceeds from ticket sales help make SummerStage’s free programming possible.
(Ticketing Info Coming Soon)

Monday, September 8, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Gary Clark Jr.
This is a SummerStage benefit concert and proceeds from ticket sales help make SummerStage’s free programming possible.
(Buy Tickets from Ticketmaster)

 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

8.23.2014 – 8.24.2014 | | Add Comment |
     

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist.

Saturday, August 23rd
The Wallace Roney Orchestra / Lionel Loueke / Melissa Aldana / Kris Bowers with special guest Chris Turner
Marcus Garvey Park

Sunday, August 24th
Kenny Barron / Cindy Blackman Santana / Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith / Brianna Thomas
Tompkins Square Park

 

– See more at: http://cityparksfoundation.flywheelsites.com/calendar/charlie-parker-jazz-festival/#sthash.K6ahQKB1.dpuf

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

8.23.2014 – 8.24.2014 | | Add Comment |
     

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist.

Saturday, August 23rd
The Wallace Roney Orchestra / Lionel Loueke / Melissa Aldana / Kris Bowers with special guest Chris Turner
Marcus Garvey Park

Sunday, August 24th
Kenny Barron / Cindy Blackman Santana / Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith / Brianna Thomas
Tompkins Square Park

 

– See more at: http://cityparksfoundation.flywheelsites.com/calendar/charlie-parker-jazz-festival/#sthash.K6ahQKB1.dpuf

Lincoln Center OUT OF DOORS Festival

http://lcoutofdoors.org/

July 20
Damrosch Park Bandshell
  • A Memorial Concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger
July 22
David Rubenstein Atrium
  • Passinho Dance Off: The Movie Brazil, 2013, 73 min
July 22
David Rubenstein Atrium
  • Behind the Groove: Welcome Party for A Batalha do Passinho
July 23
Damrosch Park Bandshell
  • Larry Harlow’s HOMMY: A Latin Opera
  • Michael Stuart y Su Tremendo
July 24
Damrosch Park Bandshell
  • Rennie Harris Puremovement
  • A Batalha do Passinho (U.S. Debut)
July 25 and July 26
Hearst Plaza
  • John Luther Adams’s Sila: The Breath of the World (World Premiere)
July 25
Damrosch Park Bandshell
  • Pam Tanowitz Dance
  • eighth blackbird
July 26
Hearst Plaza
Family Day
  • A Batalha do Passinho Dance Class
July 26
Damrosch Park Bandshell
  • Roberta Flack
  • Davell Crawford
July 26
Roslyn and Elliot Jaffe Drive
Family Day
  • Baby Loves Disco – A Family Dance Party
July 26
Josie Robertson Plaza
Family Day
  • National Dance Day
July 26
Hearst Plaza
Family Day
  • Deep Roots of Rock and Roll
    musical direction by Toshi Reagon
    Black Rock Coalition Orchestra and special guests
July 27
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
globalFEST
  • globalFEST films
July 27
Roslyn and Elliot Jaffe Drive
globalFEST
  • Charanjit Singh (NY Debut)
  • DJ Ushka (Dutty Artz)
  • Baiana Play Som
  • DJ Ripley (Dutty Artz)
July 27
Damrosch Park Bandshell
globalFEST
  • BaianaSystem
  • The Bombay Royale
  • Pupy y Los Que Son Son
  • Emil Zrihan
July 27
Hearst Plaza
globalFEST globalFEST Family
  • Banda de los Muertos
  • M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
July 27
Hearst Plaza
globalFEST
  • M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
  • Banda de los Muertos
  • Debauche
July 30
Damrosch Park Bandshell
  • Amel Larrieux
  • Avery*Sunshine
  • The Jones Family Singers (NY Debut)
July 31
Damrosch Park Bandshell
  • José González with yMusic (World Premiere)
  • yMusic
August 1
Hearst Plaza
  • A Celebration of Jenneth Webster
August 1
Damrosch Park Bandshell
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble
August 2
Damrosch Park Bandshell
  • Camille A. Brown and Dancers: Mr. TOL E. RAncE
  • Stew & The Negro Problem
August 2
Hearst Plaza
  • La Casita
  • Poetry: Jennifer Celestin, Louise Sky Dancer Halfe, Jamaal May, Tony Medina, Lenelle Moïse, Jessica Care Moore, Taqralik Partridge, Ramya Ramana, and Frank X. Walker
  • Music: Acardenchados, Arooj Aftab, Soni Moreno, Sonia Olla & Ismael de la Rosa, Ologundê, and Orquesta SCC
  • MC: Baba Israel
August 3
Hearst Plaza
  • Heritage Sunday
  • Echoes of the Divine: Arts of the Turko-Persian Diaspora
    Featuring Ahmet Erdogdular, Shashmaqam, Quraishi, and The New York Crimean Tatars
August 3
Teatro Pregones, The Bronx
  • La Casita
  • Poetry: Jennifer Celestin, Louise Sky Dancer Halfe, Jamaal May, Tony Medina, Lenelle Moïse, Jessica Care Moore, Taqralik Partridge, Ramya Ramana, and Frank X. Walker
  • Music: Acardenchados, Arooj Aftab, Soni Moreno, Sonia Olla & Ismael de la Rosa, Ologundê, and Orquesta SCC
  • MC: Baba Israel
August 3
Damrosch Park Bandshell
  • Tribute to Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez
    Featuring The Cita Rodriguez Orchestra with special guests Pete Rodriguez, Johnny Pacheco, Tito Allen, Willie Torres, Eddie Montalvo, Ray Martinez and the Alma Moyo Drummers
August 6
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Americanafest NYC
  • Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
  • Robert Ellis
August 6
Asia Society
  • Song of the Jasmine Artist Talk
August 7
David Rubenstein Atrium
Americanafest NYC
  • Tift Merritt
August 7
Damrosch Park Bandshell
  • Ragamala Dance with Rudresh Mahanthappa
    Song of the Jasmine (New York Premiere)
  • Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers: Be/Longing 2 (New York premiere)
  • Chinese American Arts Council Dancers: From Chinatown with Love


August 8
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Americanafest NYC
  • Cassandra Wilson
  • The Campbell Brothers: A Sacred Steel Love Supreme (World Premiere)
    Featuring visuals by Brock Monroe
August 9
Hearst Plaza
Americanafest NYC
  • The Devil Makes Three
August 9
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Americanafest NYC
  • Rosanne Cash
  • The Lone Bellow
  • Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
August 9
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Americanafest NYC
  • Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archives
August 10
David Rubenstein Atrium
Americanafest NYC
  • Roots Symposium
  • Heroes of Americana: From the Historic Films Archives introduced by Joe Lauro
  • Talkin’ Blues: Music Makers Relief Foundation’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam, and Tim Duffy in conversation with Dom Flemons
August 10
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Americanafest NYC
  • Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
  • St. Paul & the Broken Bones
  • Bobby Patterson
  • Music Maker Blues Revue
  • Featuring Dom Flemons, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and Ironing Board Sam

May 3, 2014 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, GUIDES, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

11/23 BRC Presents The Deep Roots Of Rock N Roll 7:30pm Pace University, NYC * Toshi Reagon, Nona Hendryx, Vernon Reid

We recommend
NEXT SATURDAY, 11/23
THE BLACK ROCK COALITION PRESENTS
 
“DEEP ROOTS OF ROCK ‘N ROLL”
@ MICHAEL SCHIMMEL CENTER FOR THE ARTS
PACE UNIVERSITY (NYC)
NOVEMBER 23 @ 7:30PM
Featuring the music of Chuck Berry, Bessie Smith, Little Richard, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, Ike and Tina Turner and more of rock’s Black pioneers!
 
LIVING COLOUR’S VERNON REID AND COREY GLOVER JUST ADDED!!!
Musical Direction and Design By Toshi Reagon
With Nona Hendryx, Carl Hancock Rux, Chocolate Genius, Tamar-kali, KimberlyNichole,
Karma Mayet Johnson, Kat Dyson, Matt Whyte, Jason Walker, Juliette Jones,
Fred Cash Jr., Mimi Jones, Robert “Chicken” Burke,
Marcelle Davies Lashley and many more!
 
Schimmel Center @ Pace University
3 Spruce Street off Park Row near City Hall
Damage: $35 (GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!)
 

TEN (10) PERCENT DISCOUNT ON ONLINE TICKETS BEFORE MIDNIGHT!
Use promo code “SAVE10” when ordering!

November 18, 2013 Posted by | CULTURE, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

REEL SISTERS of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series 10/12-13 nyc

On Oct. 13, 6:45 pm, Reel Sisters will honor innovating trailblazers ISSA RAE, the producer and writer of the ground breaking web series THE MIS-ADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL (HBO recently acquired the hit show), and SHOLA LYNCH, director of CHISHOLM ’72 – UNBOUGHT & UNBOSSED and FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS.

Join us for an evening of music, film and fun! Special guest performance by vocalist Tamar-kali!

For information visit www.reelsisters.org.

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, 6:45 pm
Kumble Theater, LIU, Bklyn (DeKalb & Flatbush Aves.)
For tickets call: 212-865-2982 or 347-534-3304
Tickets: $35 ($25 with Discount Code: ReelAwards13)

Tickets:

http://kumbletheater.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=600320

Film lovers are invited to enjoy some of this year’s special screenings, workshops and events:

SAT., OCT. 12, 7:30 pm-9:40 pm w/Q & A., Kumble Theater

Free Angela Davis & All Political Prisoners
Director: Shola Lynch

Length: 101 min.
Category: Documentary
Synopsis: Free Angela is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted Angela Davis, a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960’s. Co-presenter: Moikgantsi Kgama, Founder, ImageNation Cinema Foundation

Tickets: $15 ($10 until Oct. 1. Discount Code: ReelPower).

FOR TICKETS:

http://freeangelareelsisters.eventbrite.com/?discount=ReelPower

Defining Myself for Myself: Women of Color Make Documentary Films
Section C: 3 pm am-4:30 pm, LIU, Bklyn. Room: LLC 116, Selena Gallery

Women of color offer an original perspective and point of view, documenting films that are not just the recording of reality. They are purposeful in their storytelling intent. Their stories define women of color by women of color.

Guests: Shantrelle P. Lewis, producer/director of the forthcoming film “Black Pete, Zwarte Piet: The Documentary”; Dr. Marta Vega, director “When the Spirits Dance Mambo”; and Christine Turner, director of Homecomings and Rubber Soles. Moderator: Leslie Fields-Cruz, VP Operations & Director of Programming, National Black Programming Consortium.

Tickets: $7. For information call: 212-865-2982.

FOR TICKETS:

https://definingmyselfreelsisters.eventbrite.com/

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013
Books to Screen Workshop, 3 pm-4:30 pm
Hosts: Tananarive Due and Terence Taylor
Award-winning author Tananarive Due will share her recent journey in adapting a novel into a screenplay to produce her first short film. Be the first to preview Ms. Due’s Danger Word, a short horror film directed by Luchina Fisher and adapted for the screen by Ms. Due.  Tananarive will discuss everything from raising funds for an independent film project to the challenges of translating a literary work for a visual audience. Register: $35 ($25 until Sept. 25)

FOR TICKETS:

http://reelsistersbooktoscreen.eventbrite.com/?discount=Books

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series: Awards Ceremony – Sunday, 10/13/13:

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series celebrates its 16th Anniversary with an exciting selection of films, discussions, a workshop and awards ceremony on Sunday, October 13 honoring Shola Lynch, the producer/director of Free Angela & All Political Prisoners and Issa Rae, the creator/producer of the hit web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. Reel Sisters is a Brooklyn-based film festival founded by African Voices magazine and Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus, that will be presenting 20 films produced, directed or written by women of color from across the globe.Section E: Awards Ceremony 6:45-8:15pm
Honorees: Shola Lynch and Issa Rae Entertainment(Access to Awards Ceremony only on Sunday 10/13/13, does not include Free Angela & All Political Prisoner screening, Workshops)Film Festival Schedule reelsisters.com/schedule.html
TRAILER: vimeo.com/73580875 

Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
One University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 488-1624
Website: www.kumbletheater.org
E-Mail: info@kumbeltheater.org
Map & Directions

Ticket Type Price Quantity
Individual $35.00

September 27, 2013 Posted by | BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, opportunity, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SEKOU SUNDIATA REVISITED

Sekou Sundiata: Writer / Teacher / Artist / Activist

APRIL 2, 2013

Sekou Sundiata: Writer / Teacher / Artist / Activist

at the The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center / Dialogue
Presented by The New School for Public Engagement and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Free: Seating is limited; reservations required

Sekou Sundiata was writer-in-residence and professor at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts for two decades. As an educator, he embraced multiple, contradictory identities and insisted on the integration of art, activism, and personal voice as both a critical citizen and engaged teacher. This conversation will explore how he successfully crossed social, civic, and educational boundaries to “create dangerously.” The panel discussion will be moderated by David Scobey, Executive Dean, The New School for Public Engagement. Panelists include fiction and memoir writer Jane Lazarre, who taught writing and literature at Eugene Lang College/The New School for many years where she created and was the first director of the undergraduate writing program and Brian Lewis, former student of Sundiata and current New School professor, among others.

The Black Rock Coalition Pushing Forward

APRIL 8, 2013

The Black Rock Coalition Pushing Forward

at the Clark Studio Theater / Dialogue
Presented by Lincoln Center Institute for The Arts in Education

6:30 pm
Free


From Are & Be, to The Kou and dadahdoodahda, to touring with Ani DiFranco on the “Rhythm and News” tour, Sekou Sundiata created his own path with music that existed outside of classifiable categories. He and his peers — founders and leaders of The Black Rock Coalition (BRC) — created modes of expression both radically new and grounded in cultural history; supported each other in the development, exposure and acceptance of Black alternative music; and actively opposed racist and reactionary forces that deny Black artists expressive freedom and economic rewards. Thirty years later, alongside huge shifts in music, Black alternative artists are still making their own opportunities and pushing forward a greater cultural conversation. What are they able to say in the forms that they choose – in the interstitial spaces — that they are not able to say elsewhere? Panelists include current BRC National PresidentLaRonda Davis and co-founder Greg Tate, among others.
Blink Your Eyes: Poets to Music

APRIL 8 – 12, 2013

Blink Your Eyes: Poets to Music

at the Clark Studio Theater / Performances
Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education
In-school performances, not open to the publicA music and spoken word program curated specifically for middle, high school, and college students led by music director JT Lewisand poetry director Tracie Morris with the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra. The multifaceted production, dedicated to and performed in honor of Sekou Sundiata, explores the thin line between poetry and lyrics, and the million questions along that line. How are the two forms different? In what ways are they the same? Do musicians work differently with poets than they do with lyricists? What’s the difference between spoken word and rhyming? Does music change a poem? Can poetry change music?

blessing the boats: the remix

APRIL 12 – 13, 2013

blessing the boats: the remix

at the Apollo Theater / Staged Reading
Presented by The Apollo Theater Salon Series and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
7:30 pm

Free with RSVP; reservations open March 20

The Apollo Theater Salon Series hosts a one-week rehearsal workshop that will culminate in a staged reading of Sundiata’s autobiographical play blessing the boats. Under the direction ofRhodessa Jones (director of original production), Sundiata’s solo work about a life-threatening illness is reconceived through the unique interplay of performers Will PowerCarl Hancock Rux, andMike Ladd.
The premiere of blessing the boats: the remix will be presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River To River Festival, June 27-30 at BMCC’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center. 
Tongues of Fire Choir

APRIL 27, 2013

Tongues of Fire Choir

at the Apollo Theater / Performance
Presented by The Apollo Theater.

8:00 pm

Tickets are $25, $35, and $45 (students $20).  212.531.5305

A new version of the 1996 production originally curated and produced by Sekou Sundiata and composer/trombonist Craig Harris, this lyrical journey celebrates the collective role of poets in the continuum of African American male identity, while building on the transformative impact of Sundiata’s work. Curated by Harris, three generations of writers — Amiri Baraka, Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, Rakim, and Tariq Trotter (aka Black Thought) of The Roots — and artists Regina Carter, Vernon Reid, Bobbi Humphrey, Wumni and Liza Jessie Peterson — push words and music to where they intersect and become one inside a musical score composed by Harris and performed by his ensemble, Nation of Imagination.
Sekou Sundiata: Citizen Poet

APRIL 30, 2013

Sekou Sundiata: Citizen Poet

at the Poet’s House / Dialogue and Book Signing
Presented by Poets House

7:00 pm

Free

A conversation and book-signing to celebrate the publication of theBlink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited retrospective catalogue. Contributing essayists — author/poet/teacher Jane Lazarre, journalist/cultural critic Greg Tate, poets Kimiko Hahn and Amiri Baraka, and project researcher/dramaturg Talvin Wilks — will reflect on the breadth of Sundiata’s accomplishments and his influence as artist, activist, educator and bandleader. Moderated by catalog editor Malaika Adero.
Jayne Cortez & Sekou Sundiata: The Legacy Conversation Revisited

MAY 14, 2013

Jayne Cortez & Sekou Sundiata: The Legacy Conversation Revisited

at the Cave Canem / Dialogue and Book Signing
Presented by Cave Canem
6:30 pm
Free

In 2002, Jayne Cortez and Sekou Sundiata participated in Cave Canem’s Legacy Conversation, discussing historical, aesthetic, political and personal influences on the craft and thought. This presentation will include selections from their recorded conversation, not heard publicly since 2002. A panel comprised of the Conversation’s original moderator Tracie Morris, along withLaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady, will respond to the poets’ exchange and discuss the impact of their legacy on today’s poetics.

blessing the boats: the remix

JUNE 27 – 30, 2013

blessing the boats: the remix

at the BMCC’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center / Performance
Presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River To River Festival
Thursday thru Saturday, 8:00 pm, Sunday, 3 pm
Free

blessing the boats: the remix is a re-imagining of Sekou Sundiata’s acclaimed solo theater work, blessing the boats. Director Rhodessa Jones revisits Sundiata’s story of life-threatening illness and recovery as told through the unique interplay of three poet/performers: Will PowerCarl Hancock Rux, and Mike Ladd. These compelling voices revive Sundiata’s incisive writing, finding the universal in the particular and exploring the ritual and complexities of his play. This remix encompasses language, music, and visual projections of healing and hope.

longstoryshort: Remixed

JULY 3, 2013

longstoryshort: Remixed

at the SummerStage in Central Park / Performance
Presented by City Parks Foundation SummerStage in Central Park

7:00 – 10:00 pm

Free
Sekou Sundiata frequently collaborated with and was inspired by dynamic women throughout his career. SummerStage’slongstoryshort: Remixed celebrates his idea of the influential female muse through the performances of three commanding female artists:Nona HendryxSandra St. Victor, and Toshi Reagon, all known for their powerful voices as well as their socially relevant lyrics. These artists will perform their own work as well as selections from Sundiata’s last CD, longstoryshort, which was released on Righteous Babe Records in 2000. The show will be punctuated throughout with performances from cutting edge poets performing some of Sundiata’s classic works and new pieces inspired by his artistic legacy. A video tribute from Ani DiFranco, who credits Sundiata as a mentor and invited him to record on her label, completes the program.
Free: Amplified

JULY 18, 2013

Free: Amplified

at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / Performance
Presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

7:30 pm

Free: Entrance is on a first come first served basis; seating is limited

Free: Amplified, curated and organized by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, invokes, remixes and deconstructs Sekou Sundiata’s Free(1977), his only published book of poetry. This multimedia concert features a generation of New York and L.A. based poets and performing artists who came of age in the 1990s as well as a new generation of poets in their twenties inspired by both Sundiata and his heirs. Free: Amplified’s ensemble features HPrizm (Anti-Pop Consortium), Tamar-kali, Douglas Kearney, Patrick Rosal, Kamala Sankaram, Jasiri, Val-Jeanty, Kassa Overall, andLisette Santiago.
Co-commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for Target Free Thursdays.

Event Calendar

La Casita

AUGUST 3, 2013

La Casita

at the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors at Hearst Plaza / Performances
Presented by La Casita at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors
12:00 to 5:00 pm
Free

Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors will dedicate La Casita 2013 to the memory of Sekou Sundiata, who performed at its inaugural edition in 2001. La Casita offers urban poetry, spoken word, and the musical and poetic expressions of traditional and contemporary cultures in two marathon performances featuring 15 artists, presented in consecutive days at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Teatro Pregones. La Casita’s emcee will share the poetry of Sekou Sundiata between the sets of the invited spoken word and musical artists.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is sponsored by Bank of America. 
La Casita

AUGUST 4, 2013

La Casita

at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors at Teatro Pregones / Performances
Presented by La Casita at Teatro Pregones
3:00 to 8:00 pm
Free

Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors will dedicate La Casita 2013 to the memory of Sekou Sundiata, who performed at its inaugural edition in 2001. La Casita offers urban poetry, spoken word, and the musical and poetic expressions of traditional and contemporary cultures in two marathon performances featuring 15 artists, presented in consecutive days at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Teatro Pregones. La Casita’s emcee will share the poetry of Sekou Sundiata between the sets of the invited spoken word and musical artists.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is sponsored by Bank of America
Sekou Sundiata: The Legacy Continues

SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

Sekou Sundiata: The Legacy Continues

at the MIST (My Image Studios) / Performance
Presented by Cave Canem

7:00 pm

Cave Canem presents a poetry-with-music performance paying tribute to the work and legacy of Sekou Sundiata at MIST. Three accomplished Cave Canem poets, including Whiting Award-wining author Tyehimba Jess and poet, novelist and performer, Karma Mayet Johnson, will present favoriate Sundiata poems and original work influenced by his oeuvre. A performance by i improvisational violinist/vocalist Mazz Swift will round out the evening.
The America Project Methodology: A Symposium for Educators

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

The America Project Methodology: A Symposium for Educators

at the The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center / Dialogue
Presented by Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

10:00 – 2:00 pm

Free: Open to educators and teaching artists; registration required
A series of workshops and opportunities for hands-on, practical engagement with the research-to-performance methodology established by Sekou Sundiata in his America Project.Acknowledging that practices uniting imagination, humanities, and public engagement continue to live through many teachers and teaching artists today, this session will be an opportunity to share work, make connections, be inspired, and learn from others.
The Circle Unbroken is a Hard Bop

SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

The Circle Unbroken is a Hard Bop

at the The Kumble Theater / Performance
Presented by 651 ARTS

7:30 pm

Tickets $25
One of Sekou Sundiata’s seminal works, The Circle Unbroken is a Hard Bop (1992) will be reimagined and directed by Kamilah Forbes, artistic director of The Hip Hop Theater Festival. This multilayered music-theater work, which propelled Sundiata into the world of theater, tells a story of three African-American artists — an expatriate dancer, a poet, and a musician — who come of age during the political and cultural movements of the late 1960’s and 70’s. Forbes is an acclaimed director particularly noted for her strong commitment to developing work by, for, and about the hip hop generation.
the 51st (dream) state

OCTOBER 10, 2013

the 51st (dream) state

at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space / Performance
Presented by the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space

7:00 pm

Tickets: $20 
Sekou Sundiata’s last theater work, the 51st (dream) state, is presented by The Greene Space as an intimate performance hosted by John Schaefer (Soundcheck on WNYC). Over three years (2003-2006), Sundiata traveled through the U.S. gathering perspectives from ordinary Americans to create the 51st dream state. In the shadow of 9/11, he sought to understand how he and others felt about being American in an age of empire and what future we could imagine and make possible. Blink Your Eyes revives this expansive, illuminating work for a live audience, a live video webcast, and audio podcast.
Days of Arts and Ideas and WeDaPeoples Cabaret

OCTOBER 11 – 12, 2013

Days of Arts and Ideas and WeDaPeoples Cabaret

at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse / Dialogue and Performances
Presented by Harlem Stage

7:30 pm

Free to $20 

Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sunidata Revisited concludes with the Days of Art and Ideas and WeDaPeoples Cabaret at Harlem Stage. Join a host of artists and scholars who participated in the retrospective, and more: for readings, discussions and showings looking at the central themes of Sundiata’s The America Project and the 51st (dream) state. Saturday night it all culminates in a raucous evening of socially engaged poetry, comedy, music and dance, as well as mixing, mingling and dancing to the revolution as part of Harlem Stage’s ongoing series WeDaPeoples Cabaret, originally created by Sundiata in 2006.

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