2017 NY ADIFF Centerpiece Event – Children of Drum & Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

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November 29, 2017 | 11:00am – 11:00pm

Kirikou and the Sorceress – Screening at 11:00 am.
This animated film exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou, born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked. Michel Ocelot, 1998, 74 min, animated feature in English.  Additional screening dates: Mon, Dec. 4 @ 11AM – Teachers College, Chapel and Fri, Dec. 8 @ 11 AM – Teachers College, Chapel.

Children of Drum explores the developments in South African Journalism from 1950s when Drum magazine covered the struggle against the racist Apartheid regime, to the political changes since then that have affected the current state of journalism in South Africa. Directed by Larry Tung., USA/ South Africa , 2017, Documentary, 60 min, English.

Red Carpet @ 6:00PM; Screening at 7:00PM and Q&A after the screening.

Followed by: “Mama African: Miriam Makeba.”
Documents the life and work of the filmmakers associated with This powerful documentary retraces the life, music and activism of international star Miriam Makeba, one of the first African musicians to win international stardom. Miriam Makeba, whose music was always anchored in her traditional South African roots, was forced into exile in 1959. She sang for John F. Kennedy, performed with Harry Belafonte and Nina Simone, was married to Hugh Masekela and also to Stokely Carmichael.

Her life was tumultuous. She always stood for truth and justice. She fought for the oppressed, most importantly for black Africans, as a campaigner against apartheid. She died on November 2008 after a concert in Italy. Mika Kaurismäki’s documentary, traces fifty years of her music and her performing life. Through rare archive footage of her performances and through interviews with her contemporaries we discover the remarkable journey of Miriam Makeba. Directed by Mika Kaurismäki, South Africa / German,y 2011, documentar, 90 min, in English.

VIP reception after the screening!

Cost: $11 – $35

Teachers College, Columbia University – Milbank Chapel
525 W 120th Street near Broadway
New York NY 10027





2017 NYADIFF – Afro-Latino Program

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November 28, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Starting Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 7 pm – Q&A running through Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7 pm– Q&A and Refreshments.

THE INVISIBLE COLOR –  World Premiere.

Sergio Giral |US | 2017 | 60 min | Documentary |English and (Spanish with English subtitles).  This latest documentary by the Dean of Afro-Cuban Cinema, Sergio Giral investigates the black Cuban exile in South Florida, since the first wave of political refugees in the 1959 revolutionary aftermath, to today. It tracks its presence throughout the region, and highlights its contribution to Miami’s civic culture through testimonies and visual documentation.

Valley of The Black Descendants (El Valle de Los Negros) – Q&A; NY Premiere. Sun., Nov. 26th @ 7PM and  Tues., Nov. 28 @ 7PM.

In the Azapa Valley (Chile), an oasis in the driest desert in the world, a group of descendants of enslaved men and women brought from Africa are organizing the first African census in the history of Chile. Their aim is to get official recognition from the State that has concealed their culture and African identity for more than 200 years. Directed by Richard Salgado, Chile, 2017, 52 min. Documentary, Spanish with English subtitles.

Cost: $20

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York NY 10027


2017 NY ADIFF – Gala: “Woven”

ADIFF - photoNovember 25, 2017  1:00pm – 11:00pm

NY Premiere of “Woven”

Attempting to integrate her mother’s traditions with her own dreams, Ethiopian-born Elenie Tariku’s life is destroyed when a mysterious crime in New York takes the life of her only brother. As Elenie searches for the truth behind his death, her life intertwines with an intriguing man whose own personal turmoil brings them together for better or worse. Directed by Salome Mulugeta and Nagwa Ibrahim, US, 2017, 96 mi, English.

Red Carpet at 7:00 pm; Screening at 8:00 pm. Q&A followed by VIP Opening Reception.

Cost: $20 – $35

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street near Broadway
New York NY 10027



Silent Party (1st year) presented by Harlem Holiday Lights

Silent Party (1st year) presented by Harlem Holiday Lights

 Nov 16, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm

It’s the 125th Street Business Improvement District’s 25th Anniversary’s Harlem Holiday Lights Celebration. Bring friends and family and experience music on a new level this year as we introduce our first *SILENT PARTY* hosted by Larry Scott Blackmon. Presented by 125th Street BID and Manhattan Community Boards #9 and #10.

Party-goers will be dancing, singing and celebrating the kickoff of the Holiday Lights Celebration with three guest DJs spinning live.

The 3 guest DJs spinning are:

Channel 1 (Blue) – Soulful House – Sundae Sermon featuring DJ Stormin Norman
Channel 2 (Red): Old School – DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth
Channel 3 (Green) – Today’s R&B and Hip Hop – DJ Vern


  • A Pair of Quiet Events Headphones
  • 3 Live DJ’s battling for your attention


  • You MUST have a credit or debit card for the check-in process. If the headphones are NOT returned, there will be a $100 charge to your credit or debit card after the event.
  • No need to print your ticket, just show the code on your phone or they will have your name at the door.


  • Outdoor Event

When you arrive you’ll receive a pair of special wireless headphones. You can adjust the volume and choose between up to three DJ’s with a flip of a switch. Each headset has a color LED that shows what channel you are listening to, so you can dance along with those listening to the same DJ as you. It’s super social; just lower the volume or take the headphones off to talk to that girl or guy. There’s no loud music that you have to talk over. Plus, there’s no ringing in your ears when you leave!

Cost: $10 Admission. Please Register & Purchase Tickets Online via Eventbrite.com.


125th Street, Morningside Ave & Hancock Place
New York NY 10027


More info: https://harlemholidaylights2017.eventbrite.com




NYC Needs Emergency Snow Laborers!

Sign up now to be an emergency snow laborer and help to remove snow and ice from bus stops, step streets, and other locations throughout the city this winter.
Interested? Please register at one of these DOT garages, weekdays from 7AM until 3PM. Snow laborers will be paid $15 per hour, and $22.50 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week.
* Flatbush Yard: 2900 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn NY 11234
* Bronx Yard: 258th Street & Mosholu Ave Bronx, NY
* Long Island City: 5-40 44th Drive, Queens, NY
* Kew Loop Yard: 78-88 Park Drive East, Flushing NY 11367
* Harper Street Yard: 32-11 Harper St, Queens NY 11368

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor.

All applicants must bring:
* Two small photos (1 ½ square)
* Original and copy of two forms of identification
* Social Security card or Tax ID Number

More info: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/about/snow-removal-laborers.shtml



WaterWorks at 10: Visionary Artists and Transformative Art

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November 13, 2017 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm

This discussion series is dedicated to reflecting on the visionary artists and transformative art that has been, and continues to be, created in the Gatehouse. It is designed to highlight the significance of our WaterWorks commissioning program—past, present and future, while creating space for dialogue, community and transformational ideas. Join us for an intimate dinner party examining hidden influences in American Pop Culture and the importance of intersectional artistic practice; featuring WaterWorks artist Tamar-kali in conversation around her new work Demon Fruit Blues.

She will be joined by Kyra Gaunt PhD, Elissa Blount Moorhead, Laina Dawes and Peg Schuler-Armstrong, in a conversation focusing on the role of the ‘Blues Woman’ in contemporary music and how the legacy of African American culture and traditions inform her new work. Only 50 tickets available.

Cost: $50 per person includes dinner and discussion.

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York, NY 10031

More Info: https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/2017/11/13/waterworks-at-10-visionary-artists-and-transformative-art

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Martha Redbone Roots Project

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November 13, 2017 at 7:00pm  8:30pm

Martha Redbone fuses Native American soul, Piedmont blues, and Appalachian folk to create a stirring and unique style of music. Memories of growing up in Clinch Mountain, Virginia, and Harlan County, Kentucky—where she embraced her Cherokee and Choctaw roots—inspired “Americana’s next superstar” (The Village Voice). Her soulful vocals have drawn listeners to the heart of American roots music, and inspired Living Colour’s legendary guitarist, Vernon Reid to exclaim, “Martha’s voice itself is the sound of the dreams of hills and rivers.”

Performers: Martha Redbone.  The remaining artists to be announced.

Cost: FREE!

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037

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A Misty Copeland Ballet Class

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November 6, 2017 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Harlem Stage is honored to host world renowned Misty Copeland who will lead a ballet class designed to deepen the engagement in the arts for young ballet students in the Harlem Community and collaborate with Harlem arts organizations. Students selected by and from Dance Theater of Harlem and Harlem School for the Arts will participate in a one-hour ballet class with Ms. Copeland. We will open the Harlem Stage Gatehouse to students and their families to experience the inspiring, empowering, and history making Misty Copeland.

The Ballet Class will be followed by an intimate conversation around the concept of “being the first” between Misty Copeland and legendary dancer, choreographer and actress, Carmen De Lavallade, moderated by Zita Allen from New York Amsterdam News. This event is made possible with the generous support of Valentino D. Carlotti.

Cost: $50

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York, NY 10031

More Info: https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/2017/11/6/misty-copeland-ballet-class  

Carla Cook Quartet – Harlem Jazz Series

November 14, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm

CARLA%20COOK%2019Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully — but she doesn’t stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you’d never imagine could be interpreted as jazz. This native Detroiter, who grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you’ll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel. Cook has always eschewed labels, and refuses to become a jazz purist or snob. That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Cook her signature style. In 1999, Cook recorded her debut album, It’s All About Love. The CD enjoyed favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000. In 2000, Cook recorded her second album, Dem Bones and in 2002, she recorded Simply Natural, both for MAXJAZZ. Her albums continue to receive critical acclaim.

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11am

Price: $15

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Ensemble Connect

Ensemble Connect

November 12, 2017 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Schubert’s Octet and the daring music of such cutting edge composers as Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, and Hans Zender represent just some of Ensemble Connect’s extensive repertoire. The critics have taken notice: The New York Times called them “the new face of classical music,” while New York Classical Review said it is “one of the strongest ensembles in the city.” These exciting young musicians are members of a fellowship program that prepares them for careers as innovative performers, teachers, and advocates for music in the 21st century.

  • Ensemble Connect
    ·· Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet
    ·· Nicolee Kuester, French Horn
    ·· Rebecca Anderson, Violin
    ·· Mari Lee, Violin
    ·· Adelya Nartadjieva, Violin
    ·· Andrew Gonzalez, Viola
    ·· Julia Yang, Cello
    ·· Lizzie Burns, Double Bass
    ·· Lee Dionne, Piano
  • STEPHEN HARTKE The Horse with the Lavender Eye
  • BRAHMS Trio in E-flat Major for Violin, Horn, and Piano, Op. 40
  • DVOŘÁK String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77

Cost: FREE!

Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church
178 Bennett Avenue at 189th Street
New York NY 10040

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