25th African Film Festival NY – The Films of Paulin Vieyra

June 8, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Paulin Soumanou Vieyra Shorts

L’Envers du Decor – Ousmane Sembène: The Making of Ceddo (U.S. Premiere)
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, Senegal, 1981, 25 min

Paulin Vieyra captures Ousmane Sembène, one of the greatest filmmakers of Africa, during the filming of Ceddo. L’Envers du Decor was completed after four years of production. As for Ceddo, it would be censored under the Senghor regime and until 1983 by the Senegalese authorities.

Lamb (U.S. Premiere)
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, Senegal, 1963, 18 min
This documentary captures the sport of traditional wrestling, called ‘lamb’ in Wolof, popular in Senegal. Vieyra presents the rigorous rules of the sport and training practices by the sea. The Dakar Arena serves as a showcase for the battles in the film, where every spectator can bet on his favorite wrestler in a festive atmosphere. Fifty years ago, Lamb was in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, a first for a film from sub-Saharan Africa.

A Nation Was Born (U.S. Premiere)
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, Senegal, 1961, 25 min
In 1958, Vieyra set up a special office dedicated to film in Senegal, which, after the independence (1960), became the base of the country’s cinematography. A Nation Was Born is a historical portrait of Vieyra’s homeland showing scenes from pre-colonial traditions, represented mainly by dance, to the exploitative European domination, to the new beginning represented by the celebration of the republic.

Q&A with Stéphane Vieyra, son of Paulin Vieyra.

Cost: $10

Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue btwn 127th & 128th Streets
New York NY 10027

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COQUÍ CLUB: Super Coquís! (bilingual program)

Coqui-Club-bannerJune 2, 2018 – December 29, 2018 | 9:30am – 12:00pm

Learn, play, explore, and grow during El Museo’s monthly bilingual program for our tiniest visitors. Join us on the first Saturday and Wednesday of every month as we embark on an adventure to discover new ways of interacting with art and each other. With time for play, storytelling, museum walk and art making, Coquí Club provides a fun and active way to explore El Museo and enjoy creative themes together. Program length : 60 minutes

Recommended for children ages 1-4 and their caregivers. Dress for a mess!

FIRST SESSION: 9:30 – 10:30am
SECOND SESSION: 11:00am – 12:00pm

No reservation required, but space is limited. First come, first served. This program is not intended for school groups.

Cost: FREE

El Museo del Barrio New York
1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street
New York NY 10029

More Info: http://www.elmuseo.org/event/super-coquis/


25th African Film Festival NY – Before The Vows – U.S. Premiere

June 8, 2018 | 8:15pm – 10:15pm

Meet Afua, a modern day Ghanaian woman with plans to marry her fiancé Nii. The only problem is, Afua is not sure she believes in marriage. Her divorced parents, an unbearable stepmother, and Nii’s bickering married parents, cause Afua to doubt the very thing planned for just a few weeks away: her wedding.

After watching Afua prance around town with her fiancé – selecting a cake, finalizing decorations and altering her dress – we then see her start questioning what makes a marriage truly work. And with nostalgic feelings for a former crush, Afua devises an unconventional plan to ensure that her and Nii embark on a long and happy marriage. However, the very plan devised to help them, is the same plan that may harm them – even before their intended “I do’s.” Q&A with Nicole Amarteifio.

Nicole Amarteifio, Ghana, 2017, 70 min

Cost: $10

Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue btwn 127th & 128th Streets
New York NY 10027

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Fairway Food Festival 2018

June 10, 2018 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Fairway’s first-ever Food Festival will be held on Saturday, June 10th, 2018 at upper Manhattan’s historic Armory Track, and you’re invited!

It’s going to be the ultimate fooding experience where people who are passionate about food can indulge in hundreds of tastings, chat with experts and explore new food trends to their hearts content.

Cost: $5
The Armory
216 Fort Washington Avenue
New York NY 10032

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Morningside Farmers Market

Saturdays | 9:00am – 5:00pm May 5 – December 29, 2018

Down to Earth Markets bring together two kinds of vendors: local farmers and area food makers who source locally. By incorporating qualified producers into our markets, we expand upon the traditional farmers market. More local food entrepreneurs find a venue to sell their products directly to shoppers. In turn, shoppers benefit by discovering a greater offering of local foods at the markets. Best yet, regional agriculture thrives, as more businesses source from area farms.

Cost: Free. Food, produce, etc. is available for sale.

Harlem – Morningside Park
110th Street and Manhattan Avenue
New York NY

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25th African Film Festival NY- The Fruitless Tree – U.S Premiere

June 7, 2018 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The Fruitless Tree – U.S. Premiere

Director: Aïcha Elhadj Macky; Country: Niger/France; Year: 2016; Running Time: 52min; and Language: French and Haoussa with English subtitles.

As a married but childless woman, Aicha finds herself in a situation that is totally “out of the ordinary” in her country, Niger, where women are expected to have children. But just like everywhere else in the world today, Niger also experiences problems with infertility. Based on her personal story, Aicha Macky explores the private suffering of women in her situation with great sensitivity. Speaking openly as a childless woman among mothers, she breaks a taboo in Nigerien society.

Cost: $10. Refunds only up until 1 day before the event.

Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue
New York NY 10027

More Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-fruitless-tree-us-premiere-tickets-45865921205

Movies Under the Stars: Marvel’s Black Panther movie screening and Wakanda Fashion Show

June 1, 2018 | 6:00pm – 10:30pm

Join NYC Parks, Historic Harlem Parks, and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film!

T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake. Rated PG-13.

Come early! Before this screening, in partnership with ImageNation, we will have a Wakanda-style fashion show, music, live African drumming, and more activities related to the movie.

Know Before You Go – You should arrive before 6:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken, so space is available on a first come first served basis. All are welcome!

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park – Richard Rodgers Amphitheater
18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027

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Bill Clinton & James Patterson / The President is Missing

June 4, 2018 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Please join President Bill Clinton and the world’s bestselling author, James Patterson as they discuss their forthcoming novel, The President is Missing, offering candid insights into their unique collaboration and research, as well as the timely and alarming issues their novel raises about our world today.

The President is Missing marks the first time a President has collaborated with a bestselling novelist on a work of fiction. The result is a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with details only a President could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver.

Cost: $35. Admission includes one pre-signed hardcover copy of the book.

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

More Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bill-clinton-james-patterson-the-president-is-missing-tickets-44578385150






A Luv Tale: The Series & The Film

June 9, 2018 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Set in culturally rich and historic Harlem, A LUV TALE is an edgy romantic comedy—digital series that examines friendship between four beautiful and cultural lesbians of color navigating their complex lives through a world of art, music, consciousness and love. This a special three-part Pride program consisting of a film screening, conversation and an uptown hang.

Cost: FREE. Tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis until the capacity of the house has been reached. Ticket distribution will begin (1:00pm) an hour and half before show time. Arriving early will help insure your reservation is honored. PLEASE NOTE: After an hour into ticket distribution at (2:00pm); tickets not picked up will be released.

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

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Eddie Allen – Harlem Jazz Series

Jun 1, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author … Eddie Allen is one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. Playing everything from jazz to R&B/Pop to Latin to symphonic to Broadway, and everything in between. Eddie has worked with such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre. He has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Jack McDuff, Etta Jones & Houston Person, Mongo Santamaria, Chico Freeman, Charli Persip, and Vanessa Rubin. Eddie leads a quartet, a quintet, a Latin/Brasilian project, a large ensemble and a big band, who not only plays Eddie’s compositions and arrangements, but also the music of such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Rufus Reid as they come to lead the band.

Eddie Allen: Trumpet
Justin Jones: Alto Sax
Misha Tsiganov: Piano
Kenny Davis: Acoustic Bass
Darrell Greene: Drums

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00 – 8:45pm

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

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