Harlem Holistic Wellness Week-Discovering Natural Wellness Options

April 28, 2018 | 10:00am – 6:00pm

The main focus of the annual Harlem Holistic Wellness Week (HHWW) celebration is to bring awareness to the many natural and holistic options that can address health and the improvement of the quality of life. Due to the many questions surrounding health care, a number of people of all ages are looking for natural ways to maintain health and wellness. Theme of this year’s wellness week is “Discovering Natural Wellness Options.”

Cost: Free
ImageNation Cinema Foundation – RAW SPACE Gallery
2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. btwn 121st & 122nd Sts
New York NY 1002

More Info: http://www.harlemholisticwellness.com




Sakura Matsuri – NYC’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival - Sakura Matsuri

April 28 (Sat) – April 29 (Sun), 2018 – 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Stroll through gorgeous pink Japanese flowers in full bloom at Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival. Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Celebrate Japanese culture through live music, martial arts, performances, dance and more through April 29, 2018.

Note: Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Last admission into the Garden is 30 minutes before closing time. Note: Specialty gardens including the Discovery Garden, Rose Garden, and portions of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and Native Flora Garden begin to close at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $30 for adults; $25 for seniors and students. Advance tickets recommended.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
150 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11225

More Info: http://www.bbg.org


Hostos Repertory Company: “Gender of Attraction” by Chris Rivera | Directed by Ángel Morales

April 26 – May 4, 2018 – Various Times (see schedule in description)

Gender of Attraction is a heartfelt romantic comedy that puts a spotlight on transgender relationships. When Azul, a gender non-conforming makeup artist by day/ drag performer by night, meets (mostly) straight Mitch the attraction is undeniable. Romance starts to bloom, but Mitch doesn’t understand “queer” people, and Azul has serious doubts and fears. Throw in the gossip and meddling of another transgender drag performer and a sassy straight best friend, and things get complicated.

Schedule of performances:
Thurs. Apr. 26, 7:00 pm
Fri. Apr. 27, 7:00 pm
Wed. May. 2, 2:00 pm
Thurs. May. 3, 12:30 & 7:00 pm
Fri. May. 4, 7:00 pm

Cost: $10; Students: Free

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street
Bronx NY 10451

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Theater Talks: Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau

April 30, 2018 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Paradise Blue is the first production of Obie Award-winning playwright, Dominique Morisseau’s Signature Residency. Directed by Tony Award-winner, Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Jitney), it is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience. Morriseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew , Paradise Blue (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Detroit ’67.
@SchomburgCenter #ParadiseBlue

Cost: Free. Please pre-register via Eventbrite.com.

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

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Satchmo in the Studio

April 30, 2018 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

On International Jazz Day 2018, The Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Museum of the City of New York are teaming up for the first public screening of the only known film of Louis Armstrong in the studio, recording his 1959 album, Satchmo Plays King Oliver. The acquisition of the film made headlines in 2015 but it has never been shown publicly until now. Armstrong scholar Ricky Riccardi will provide commentary on the film before a special live performance by David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.

About the Speaker and Performers:
Ricky Riccardi is the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years (Vintage, 2012). He runs the online blog, “The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong,” and has given lectures on Armstrong at venues around the world.

David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band has been performing since 1980, inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and their colleagues.  They have a weekly engagement at New York City’s Birdland and have performed at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer’s Night Swing and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Cost: $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, students & educators (with ID); $10 for Museum members. Includes Museum admission.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029

More Info: http://mcny.org/event/satchmo-studio


Steeped in History: Museums and Identity

April 25, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

A conversation with the directors of two major urban museums: Lonnie Bunch of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and Michael Glickman of the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan. Bunch and Glickman will discuss the opportunities and challenges their two institutions face as they seek to document and exhibit the epic journeys of two crucial American minority communities. In a conversation moderated by philanthropist David Rubenstein, they will consider the curatorial, political, and financial complexities involved in communicating a people’s story and culture in a brick-and-mortar museum.

Reception and New York at Its Core exhibition viewing to follow.

Cost: $35 for adults; $30 for seniors, students & educators (with ID); and $25 for Museum members. Includes Museum admission.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 1002

More Info: http://mcny.org/museums

Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc – The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra

April 28, 2018 | 10:30am – 1:30pm

Join The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra for “I am Always in Transit” a family-friendly exploration of the music and the exceptional career of the Cuban-born composer / conductor Tania León.

10:30 a.m. – Pre-performance interactive art workshop
11:30 a.m – Performance (Repertory Theatre)

Cost: Admission is FREE, however, tickets are required.

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Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451

Uptown Nights: The Return of Two Dick Willie

April 28, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Danny Simmons with Vernon Reid, Ursula Rucker, and Special Guests.

Danny Simmons debuts his latest volume of poetry and artwork The Return of 2 Dick Willie in a unique evening of music, poetry and visual art. He is joined by legendary guitarist, Vernon Reid and poet, Ursula Rucker along with special guest musicians and spoken word artists. Writer and activist, Asha Bandele hosts.

“Equally ferocious and genius with his sensually lush artwork, Danny Simmons is a consummate poet and his alter ego is here to check our egos, kickin’ brand new flava in our mind’s ear while loving us with our foibles, boils, blemishes, crusty eyelashes, contradictions, and all.” Author, Tony Medina.

Cost: $20

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

More Info: https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/2018/2/7/harlem-stride-jazz-nowthe-shed-dk8ly

Black Poets Speak Out/Poetry Month

Black Poets Speak Out - Poetry Month

April 25,  2018 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm

This workshop will focus on the work of Black Poets Speak Out (BPSO) whose hashtag video campaign on Tumblr featured hundreds of videos from Black poets reading in response to the grand jury’s decision on November 24, 2014 not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who murdered Mike Brown. According to organizer Mahogany Browne, the project’s purpose “is to centralize in one space hundreds of poems, songs, prayers and testimonies speaking on behalf of black mothers, black fathers, black brothers and sisters—thousands of voices insisting on justice. BlackPoetsSpeakOut videos are a collective outcry for our black lives.”

This series of workshops, co-presented with the Laundromat Project, are developed based on cultural and social engagement. The workshops and lesson plans, developed for secondary school educators (all are welcomed to attend), demonstrate how social studies can serve as a connective tool to empower educators to use books, writing, and reading to further engage students.

All programs are free and open to the public.

The Laundromat Project amplifies the creativity that already exists within communities by using arts and culture to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance our sense of ownership in the places where we live, work, and grow.

Literary Freedom Project seeks to restore the importance of social and cultural identity through reading.

Cost: FREE

Laundromat Project
920 Kelly Street – Basement
Bronx NY 10459
More Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-poets-speak-outpoetry-month-tickets-42564378201?aff=erelpanelorg

Harlem Jazz Series – Curtis Nowosad

April 24, 2 018 – 12pm

Curtis Nowosad is a New York-based drummer, composer and bandleader. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Nowosad has distinguished himself touring coast-to-coast and playing at clubs such as the Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s and Smalls with his quintet. He has performed in the bands of world-class musicians Marc Cary, Philip Harper, Craig Harris and Braxton Cook, among others and has performed at every major jazz festival in Canada and several in the US; his co-led group CNOTE holds a weekly residency at the legendary Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem. He has performed with three NEA Jazz Masters, Candido Camero, Dave Liebman and Jimmy Owens, and in 2013 he recorded with a fourth, pianist Kenny Barron.

1st Set: 12 Noon – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm Doors open at 11:30am

Cost: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York NY 10027

More Info: www.harlemjazzboxx.com