Our Man In Jazz: Sonny Rollins Tribute

September 27, 2017 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Theodore Walter “Sonny” Rollins is a living icon and one of jazz’s most influential tenor saxophonists. In celebration of our recent acquisition of the Sonny Rollins archive, filled with correspondence, notes, photographs, and more, this evening program will pay musical tribute to the icon and include highlights from his archive. Pop-up exhibition available throughout the evening.

Cost: FREE

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

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Artist and the Archive: Deconstructing Racial Imagination

destructioinSeptember 26, 2017 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Founded by poet and McArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine, The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII) is an interdisciplinary cultural laboratory of writers, activists, scholars, and artists, dedicated to the work of engaging the concept of the racial imagination, specifically critiquing the costs and means by which whiteness and institutional racism have shaped cultural production, politics, and memory. This program will feature a discussion with Rankine and scholars, artists, and writers on art, activism and the archives. They will also explore how TRII’s new online archive will be used by artists and writers seeking to examine important conversations on race in the U.S. and across the globe through artistic practice. 

Cost: FREE.

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

Reach Week in NYC 2017 – 10th Anniversary and CD Releases

September 24, 2017 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Pastor Terrance L. Kennedy & New Hope for the World Ministries (NHWM) celebrates Reach Week in NYC 10th Anniversary with a power-packed concert & release of his brand new CD at the World Famous Apollo Theater. The music is fresh, progressive, soulful, and sure to make you want to clap, shout, and wave your hands. Further, the concert/CD will feature National Recording Artist Pastor Beverly Crawford as special guest. Get ready as she leads the choir in “Ya Gotta’ Know Jesus!” With an international choir, & full band consisting of the Hammond B3, drums, horn section, keyboards, bass and lead guitars, this group is ready to raise the roof. YOU won’t be disappointed!

Reach Week commemorates 10 years of outreach.  With Pastor Terrance L. Kennedy at the helm, NHWM leads the fight against HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and the many health disparities that plague our communities. Your presence will be a win-win!

Cost: $40.

Location
Apollo Theater, 
253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

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Schomburg Teach-in with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

muhammadSeptember 20, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

In the spirit of teach-ins developed to advance social movements and societal transformation, we invite you to join this conversation with leading academic and community experts at the Schomburg to understand today’s policy issues and local impact. Dr. Muhammad will facilitate an interactive discussion on education policy with Dr. Noliwe Rooks, author of the forthcoming book Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education.

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.

Cost: FREE.

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

Rituals of Peace – Elektra Kurtis and The Ensemble Elektra

Elektra KurtisSeptember 19, 2017 7:30pm – 9:15pm

In September 2017, violinist/composer Elektra Kurtis joins her Ensemble Elektra to bring their Rituals for Peace concert series to New York City, for performances that showcase the violinist’s unique blending of musical and cultural styles. Kurtis, whose music is described as “profound yearning, ecstatic wailing and an aching beauty” ( All About Jazz ), brings a sonic language that reflects her Greek origins, musical upbringing in Poland, and further studies in Finland.

Rituals for Peace will be performed at NYC’s Cornelia Street Cafe on September 5, and at Symphony Space on September 19 . The concert series, which culminates at the Symphony Space event, explores the intersections of classical and jazz traditions, equally drawing from music of Polish, Greek and Arabic origins.

The events will feature world premiere performances of Kurtis’ works Wholetone
Games and Hera. In addition to building bridges through music, the performers will invite audience members to participate in live communal “rituals for peace.” Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Lefteris Bournias, clarinet;  Bradley Jones, bass;  Reggie Nicholson, drums

Cost: $27; $30 Day of Show; Seniors, Students, Children $15. 

Symphony Space – Leonard Nimoy Thalia
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York NY 10025 US

Rituals of Peace – Elektra Kurtis and The Ensemble Elektra

ELEKTRA
September 19, 2017 – 7:30pm – 9:15pm
In September 2017, violinist/composer, Elektra Kurtis joins her Ensemble Elektra to bring their Rituals for Peace concert series to New York City, for performances that showcase the violinist’s unique blending of musical and cultural styles. Kurtis, whose music is described as “profound yearning, ecstatic wailing and an aching beauty” (All About Jazz), brings a sonic language that reflects her Greek origins, musical upbringing in Poland, and further studies in Finland.

Rituals for Peace will be performed at NYC’s Cornelia Street Cafe on September 5, and at Symphony Space on September 19 . The concert series, which culminates at the Symphony Space event, explores the intersections of classical and jazz traditions, equally drawing from music of Polish, Greek and Arabic origins.

The events will feature world premiere performances of Kurtis’ works Wholetone

Games and Hera. In addition to building bridges through music, the performers will invite audience members to participate in live communal “rituals for peace.”

Elektra Kurtis, violin

Curtis Stewart, violin

Lefteris Bournias, clarinet

Bradley Jones, bass

Reggie Nicholson, drums

Cost: $27; $30 Day of Show; Seniors, Students, Children $15.
Location:
Symphony Space – Leonard Nimoy Thalia
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York NY 10025 US

Prophets of Rage

September 12, 2017 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill have lived the resistance from day one. So it’s no surprise that in the midst of 2016’s tumultuous election, the revolutionary musicians would join together as Prophets of Rage to combat the coming storm, whatever it may be.

While the fierce independence and enduring influence of their collective lineage is nearly impossible to overstate, these creative kindred spirits knew immediately this was a different beast. Set for release in September of 2017, Prophets of Rage, their explosive, self-titled debut LP, exemplifies the band’s commitment to creating a more decent and humane world.

Cost: $39.50 to $511.00 per ticket.

 Location

Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Between the Lines: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

National Book Award winner, Jesmyn Ward will discuss her new novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing.” Ward grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story, and the power and limitations of the bonds of family. Ward will be joined in conversation by Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. A book signing will follow. @SchomburgCenter #SingUnburiedSing.

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.

Cost: FREE. Registration via SchomburgCenter.Eventbrite.com
RSVP.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street

New York, New York

More Info: https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2017/09/06/sing-unburied-sing-jesmyn-ward

 

Between the Lines: My Soul Looks Back by Jessica Harris

My_Soul_Looks_Back_-_Jessica_Harris_2September 13, 2017 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Jessica B. Harris, preeminent culinary scholar of the African Diaspora, cookbook author, and journalist, pens a memoir about a time in her life shaped by a romance with fellow college professor Sam Floyd, as well as friendships and chance encounters with cultural icons, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou and Nina Simone. Harris will be in conversation with Carla Hall, Chef and co-host of ABC’s popular Emmy award-winning lifestyle series The Chew. A book signing will follow. This is an official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends event, presented in collaboration with PEN America. Watch in livestream. 

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. @SchomburgCenter #MySoulLooksBack

Cost: FREE

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