NIGHTS AT SUGAR HILL: Annette A. Aguilar and StringBeans

Annette A Aguilar

March 16, 2017 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Join us for an evening with Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans as they explore the rich and varied rhythms of jazz across the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.

Enjoy a musical workshop at 6:00pm, and form a part of the final performance! All levels are welcome. 

Cost: FREE Admission

Contact: Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
Phone: 212.335.0004

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling

898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street
New York NY 10032 US

More info and website: http://www.sugarhillmuseum.org/

The Morehouse College Glee Club in Concert: “Music of Generations”

Morehouse College Glee Club

March 18th, 2017 at 6:30PM – 8:30PM

The Morehouse College Glee Club will perform at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem. Now in its 106th year, the Glee Club travels to New York City annually during its Spring Tour. This year also marks Morehouse College’s 150th anniversary and the concert program will reflect this auspicious occasion!

The concert is free and open to the public, however donations are highly suggested to support scholarship and excellence at Morehouse College.

Cost: Free

Contact: Damarcus Bell
Email: the.creativemarc@gmail.com
Phone: 404.797.7506

First Corinthian Baptist Church
1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. at 116th Street
New York NY 10026 US

Website: Morehouse College Glee Club 

Youth Dance Performance: Dancing Through Barriers with Dance Theatre of Harlem

March 16, 2017 | 10:30am – 11:30am

danceThe Dance Theatre of Harlem’s, Dancing Through Barriers® lecture demonstration and performance is an informal presentation on the art and science of dance. Through engaging commentary and dancing, the audience experiences the rudiments of classical ballet, as well as the building block-training process that allows dancers to achieve excellence in this exacting art form.  Priority seating for youth. For ages 13 to 18 yrs. For school groups and groups larger than 10, please contact schomburged@nypl.org for more information.

Cost: FREE.

For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED.  FREE – Register via schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com Register Here. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, NYC

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Films at the Schomburg: The Watermelon Woman

March 15, 2017 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

watermelon-womanThe Watermelon Woman made its debut 30 years ago. Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye, it became the first feature film by a queer African-American woman. The lead character, played by Dunye, finds parallels between herself and 1930s actress Fae Richards, popularly known as “The Watermelon Woman,” a domestic servant stereotype or “Mammy” played by many black women in her time. The film explores the historical exclusion of black queer women working in Hollywood. Dunye will appear in conversation following the screening. Join us as we explore race, sexuality, history, and finding one’s identity in archival sources.

Cost: Free. Firs come, first seated. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registration via SchomburgCenter.Eventbrite.com

RSVP.  All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. Guests, please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street

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Citizen: An American Lyric Teen Talk presented by Schomburg Junior Scholars and Urban Word NYC

March 11, 2017 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

american-lyricThe Schomburg Junior Scholars Program and Urban Word NYC join forces to produce this teen-centered creative examination of Claudia Rankin’s award-winning poetic masterpiece, Citizen: An American Lyric.

Reserve your seats here. Priority seating for youth. For ages 13 to 18 years.

For school groups and groups larger than 10, please contact schomburged@nypl.org for more information.

Cost: FREE – Register via schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com. First come, first seated. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. Guests, please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street

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inHarlem: Simone Leigh – Marcus Garvey Park

inharlem_exhibit_-_artist_-_simone_leigh_inHarlem: Simone Leigh synthesizes the multimedia artist’s recent forays into the public realm with her longstanding interest in African and African-American material culture and female identity. The installation, a particularly elaborate imba yokubikira, or kitchen house, stands locked up while its owners live in diaspora, inserts three structures, reminiscent of imba yokubikira (kitchen houses) from Shona-speaking rural areas of Zimbabwe, into the landscape of Marcus Garvey Park. Approximating the scale and outer texture of the round, clay-and-thatch imba, the structures are arranged in a cluster to suggest a community; however, all are without entrances, to both celebrate a diaspora and evoke the displacement it involves.  Enter Marcus Garvey Park at 123rd Street and Madison Avenue or 124th Street and Fifth Avenue to view inHarlem: Simone Leigh.

Cost: Free

Contact: The Studio Museum in Harlem
Phone: 212-864-4500 x228

Location Details
Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mount Morris Park West
New York NY 10027 US

inHarlem: Kori Newkirk – St. Nicholas Park

inharlem_exhibit_-_artist_-_kori_newkirk_-_st__nick_parkFor inHarlem: Kori Newkirk, the artist transforms one of the iconic sets of steps in St. Nicholas Park into the site of a ceremonial procession. Sentra frames the steps rising from St. Nicholas Avenue with reflective fringe curtains. Formally similar to the artist’s well-known beaded curtains, and reflecting a landscape reminiscent of the pastoral imagery they sometimes depict, the dazzling canopy is visible to, and welcomes, passersby on St. Nicholas Avenue. Public sculpture is a new direction for Newkirk, though his diverse practice frequently incorporates unusual or found materials, often those associated with urban black life.

Enter St. Nicholas Park at 137th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue to experience inHarlem: Kori Newkirk.

Cost: Free

Contact: The Studio Museum in Harlem
Phone: 212-864-4500 x228

More Info:

Location Details
St. Nicholas Park

St. Nicholas Avenue at West 128th St to West 141st St
New York NY US

This exhibit will be in the park until July 25, 2017

First Fridays – Little Havana/Afro-Cuban Edition

March 3, 2017 | 6:00pm – 9:30pm

guantanamoIn honor of Arturo Schomburg’s Afro-Latino heritage and dedication to collecting materials that celebrate the African Diaspora experience, the Schomburg Center and Conjunto Guantánamo are excited to present the “Little Havana/Afro-Cuban” edition of First Fridays. Enjoy our signature drinks, and groove the night away with a mix of heartthumping beats and live band sets at our popular monthly social gathering!

The evening’s band will be the sizzling ambassadors of Cuban folkflore, Conjunto Guantánamo, who’ll bring a freshly interpreted, classic Afro-Cuban sound. The jam session will be punctuated by lively percussions, pounding syncopated bass lines, brazenly exotic trumpet melodies, uninhibited improvisation, and the sultry vocals of Pepito Gomez that will infuse the evening with traditional Afro-Cuban music and the raw energy and edge of New York City’s unique nightlife.  Host: Dhalimu from Dhali’s Closet. Suggested dress code: Afro-Latino flair! @SchomburgCenter | #FirstFridays  | #ConjuntoGuantánamo.  You must be 18+ years old to party | 21+ years old to drink. See you there!

Cost: Tickets: $15 RSVP HERE. First come, first seated.  For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. Guests: Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.  

https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2017/03/03/first-fridays-little-havanaafro-cuban-edition

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037 US

 

Women’s Jazz Festival: Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz

Monday, March 6, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

ellaThis annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. “Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!” is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. The festival’s guest curators are critically acclaimed harpist, Brandee Younger and ethnomusicologist, Aja Burrell Wood, and The Afro-Latino Festival.

FESTIVAL CALENDAR

March 6: Divine Ella – Acclaimed harpist Brandee Younger will join singer Jean Baylor, Camille Thurman (alto sax and vocals), Courtney Bryan (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Kassa Overall (drums) as they highlight Ella Fitzgerald’s influence in both sacred and secular music. The evening will draw on Fitzgerald’s record, “Brighten the Corner,” offering original compositions and new arrangements of favorite Fitzgerald masterpieces that evoke a spiritual essence.  This program is guest curated by harpist Brandee Younger, a fearless and versatile talent, who defies genres and labels as a classically-trained musician playing in the avant-garde tradition of her sonically forward predecessors Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane.

March 13: Ella is Present – Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington, together with special guests, will perform a tribute to the indelible legacy of Ella Fitzgerald. This retrospective will present Fitzgerald’s impact on today’s diverse and progressive voices and explore her unique influence in contemporary music. Guest curated by Aja Burrell Woods, enthnomusicologist and adjunct professor of African American music at The New School and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music

March 20: WJF in Conversation: There’s Something About Ella – (To RSVP for this FREE talk, please click here.) Join us for the debut of Women’s Jazz Festival Conversations. We invite scholars, artists, and archivists to discuss the legacy of women in jazz. This evening we will reflect on the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald.

March 27: J’adore Ella – The French duo, Les Nubians, sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Bordeaux, France are known for melding African rhythms with jazz and R&B. This final evening of the festival will provide a glimpse of Fitzgerald’s influence as an internationally acclaimed jazz artist. In 1990, Fitzgerald received the French medal of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres) for her significant contributions to jazz.  Infusing traditional Fitzgerald with cultural notes from across the African diaspora, the Grammy-nominated singers offer a sophisticated ode to why the world loves Ella Fitzgerald. Guest curated by the Afro-Latino Festival NYC. WBGO Jazz 88.3FM/WBGO.org is a media partner of the 2017 Women’s Jazz Festival.  (Image: Studio portrait of singer Ella Fitzgerald, circa 1940s, Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). @SchomburgCenter #WJF2017

Cost: There is an admission charge for this event: $30: General Admission, $25: Schomburg Society Members (March 20th is FREE) – Purchase tickets via SchomburgCenter.Eventbrite.com

Tickets.  Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center. 

Contact: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Phone: 917-275-6975

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street

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inHarlem: Kevin Beasley Morningside Park

iinharlem_exhibit_-_kevin_beasley_nHarlem: Artist, Kevin Beasley features Who’s Afraid to Listen to Red, Black and Green?, and transforms a section of Morningside Park into a stage. Beasley installed a trio of large-scale sculptures he refers to as “acoustic mirrors,” incorporating his signature found materials. Each sculpture features one of the colors of the African-American flag in the form of found red, black, or green T-shirts cast in resin. The acoustic mirrors enable a variety of planned performances and encourage impromptu use by members of the Harlem community. Who’s Afraid to Listen to Red, Black and Green? reflects the artist’s complementary interests in sculpture, sound and community-building, and will create a unique space for both contemplation and conversation.

inHarlem: Kevin Beasley’s “Who’s Afraid to Listen to Red, Black and Green?” sculpture is located in Morningside Park. The closest entrance is at 113th Street and Morningside Drive.

Cost: Free

Contact: The Studio Museum in Harlem
Phone: 212-864-4500 x228

Location Details
Morningside Park
70-74 Morningside Drive at 113th Street
New York NY 10027 US

This exhibit will be in the park until July 25, 2017