The 8th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

July 28 & July 29, 2018 | 11:00am – 6:00pm

Every year on the last weekend in July, the New York City Poetry Festival unites the vast and diverse New York City poetry community on the idyllic summer paradise of Governors Island. The festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees.

Fostering an approachable, engaging, diverse, progressive, lively, and culturally prominent literary community lies at the core of the festival’s mission. Poets bring to light issues of vital importance; they create avenues of intellect, introspection, political awareness, and artistic communication for anyone to enjoy. The purpose of the New York City Poetry Festival is to liberate New York’s poets and their work from the dark corners of bars, bookstores, and universities and to bring together as many poets as possible, in the bright light of day, to meet, read, teach, learn, listen, perform, and collaborate in the festival’s very own poetry village.

By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye.

Directions to Governors Island: https://www.newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com/directionss

Cost: FREE and open to the public.

Governors Island
Colonel’s Row
New York NY 11231

More Info: https://www.newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com/

 

 

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Harlem Jazz Series – “Sweet” Lee Trio

July 17, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

“Sweet” Lee Odom has been playing clarinet for years, along with other woodwind instruments, including flute and bass clarinet. A native of North Carolina, Lee ventured to New York City in 2011 where she quickly found her way into various musical communities. First, she studied the music industry then clarinet performance at Appalachian State University. The music by Sweet Lee and her accompanying bands has been sending lighting vibes throughout the boroughs of New York. With a fusion of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Classical, and free improvisation, “Sweet” Lee keeps the groove groovin’.

Featuring:

Lee Odom – sax, Alexis Marcelo – piano, and Larry Roland – bass

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm.
House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

ImageNation presents: Music and Film: “Whose Streets?”

July 23, 2018 6:00pm – 10:00pm

6:00 PM – MUSIC: Family friendly R&B/Soul and conscious Hip Hop by DJ Mike

8:00 PM – Film: Whose Streets? Directed by Sabaah Folayan, 100 min., USA. Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, “Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

ImageNation Cinema Foundation is a Harlem-based media arts group, founded with the goal of establishing a chain of art-house cinemas, dedicated to progressive media by and about people of color. Through a variety of exhibitions and programs, ImageNation edifies its audience. We foster media equity, media literacy, solidarity, cross-cultural exchange and highlight the humanity of Pan-African people worldwide.

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

More Info: http://www.imagenation.us/

Outdoor Movie Night at Randall’s Island Park – The LEGO Batman Movie

July 22, 2018 | 8:30pm – 10:10pm

Within the Lego Universe, Batman (Will Arnett) must save Gotham City from his arch-enemy The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) who has vowed the ultimate revenge. Will Batman team up with fellow heroes: Bat Girl (Rosario Dawson), Robin (Michael Cera) and Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) to save the day?

Join us as we watch this animated film to find out!

Cost: FREE

 

Randall’s Island Park
Field 42
New York NY 10035

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Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: Raphael Saadiq Tamar-kali: PsychoChamber Ensemble

July 25, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Since his early days with the multiplatinum group, Tony! Toni! Toné! and throughout his three-decade career collaborating with artists like Solange, D’Angelo, and The Roots, Grammy-winning musician, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq has kept the flames of old-school R&B burning brightly. For this special show, he takes his rightful place center stage to play treasures old and new from his deep catalog. Sharing the bill is Brooklyn’s own Tamar-kali, recently nominated (like Saadiq) for an Oscar for her musical work on the film Mudbound. Tonight, she and her strings/vocal ensemble explore the intersection of classical music and post-punk sensibility.

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE
Damrosch Park
175 West 62nd Street near Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10023

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ImageNation presents: Film: Fences

July 20, 2018 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

2018 ImageNation Outdoors

6:00 PM – Musical performance: TBD
8:00 PM or sundown- Film: Fences

ImageNation Cinema Foundation is a Harlem-based media arts group, founded with the goal of establishing a chain of art-house cinemas, dedicated to progressive media by and about people of color. Through a variety of exhibitions and programs, ImageNation edifies its audience. We foster media equity, media literacy, solidarity, cross-cultural exchange and highlight the humanity of Pan-African people worldwide.

Cost: FREE

St. Nicholas Park – Great Lawn
St. Nicholas Avenue at West 128th St to West 141st St
New York NY

More Info: http://www.imagenation.us/

 

 

2018 Panorama Festival

July 27, 2018 to July 29, 2018

The 2018 Panorama New York City music festival will be held from July 27 – 29 off the coast of Manhattan, Queens and Bronx at Randall’s Island Park. Organizers Goldenvoice Presents have just unveiled the lineup for the third edition of the annual NYC event.

The Weeknd, Janet Jackson and The Killers have been tapped to headline this year’s festival. Other acts confirmed for Panorama ’18 include Father John Misty, The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, Chicano Batman and Migos.

Single-day tickets and three-day passes go on sale on Friday, February 2nd at 10 a.m. ET. Discount prices ONLY available from Feb 2nd to Feb 4th.

Cost: $79 – $230; prices vary for single day and weekend passes.
Randall’s Island Park
Field 81
New York, NY 10035

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Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: Marching Cobras

July 28, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

They’ve performed at the Super Bowl, in an Oscar-winning movie (Birdman), and as part of the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, and now this 60-member drumline and dance team brings its high-energy artistry to Josie Robertson Plaza.

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE

Josie Robertson Plaza
10 Lincoln Center Plaza at 64th Street and the Fountain
New York NY 10023

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Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris and Friends – STAND UP AND RESIST

The Summer of 1968 was one of PROTEST. Fifty years later, we are politically in the same place. To honor the Summer of 2018, we present STAND UP AND RESIST, a series of Friday evening concerts featuring Craig Harris and Friends. Craig will be joined by many of the artists who performed during the last four years for the Harlem Jazz Series.

Join us for three exceptional early evening performances on July 6th, July 13th and July 20th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. We are offering these concerts as FUNDRAISERS! Please donate generously and support Harlem Jazz Boxx as we continue our mission to bring live and creative music to Harlem.

 

 

 

 

On Friday, July 13th at 7:00pm, the following artists will be performing:

Carla Cook – VOCALS
Latasha Natasha Diggs – POET
James Brandon Lewis – SAX
Adam Klipple – PIANO
Calvin Jones – BASS
Craig Harris – TROMBONE
with special guest speaker Abiodun Oyewole

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15 min break)
2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
House doors open at 6:30pm

Suggested donation: $20 or more

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027 US

44th Annual Harlem Week – 2018 Theme: Women Transforming Our World: Past, Present and Future

July 29, 2018 – August 25, 2018

HARLEM WEEK began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a day of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers. Given the huge success of the celebration, more days were added to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history.

Celebrating its 44th year in 2018, HARLEM WEEK offers over 100 events throughout the summer to over 2 million attendees from all over New York and the world. HARLEM WEEK celebrates the neighborhoods assets and unique flavor, promoting Harlem’s rich African, African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, culture, arts, religion, entertainment and sports.

Schedule and location vary each day. Please check the website for each day’s events.

Cost: Free
Various locations
New York NY

https://harlemweek.com/schedule