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The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

“You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker” – the words of jazz great Miles Davis paying homage to the forefathers of a musical … Continue reading

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August 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

August in Harlem

Just as we are getting settled into summer it seems to start dropping hints that it won’t last forever.  Don’t despair though, there is still so much of summer left … Continue reading

August 8, 2014

What the H!

Harlem nights are lit up, thanks to a two year project that has come to fruition in the form of an illuminated giant “H” suspended from the Riverside Drive Viaduct … Continue reading

July 29, 2014

Who’s Culture is it Anyway?

A Review of the Potomac Theatre Project’s production of David Edgar’s Pentecost, Directed by Cheryl Farina David Edgar’s play, Pentecost is rarely produced because of its large and ethnically diverse casting … Continue reading

July 16, 2014

‘The Women of Sugar Hill’

Experience a unique live music and art event being held at the Sugar Hill Building.  Running for three consecutive weekends, you still have time to catch this incredible collaboration on … Continue reading

July 15, 2014

Romeo N Juliet by The Classical Theater of Harlem

The Classical Theater of Harlem, (CTH), has their own version of Shakespeare in the Park.  This summer everyone’s favorite star crossed lovers take the stage at the Richard Rodger’s Amphitheater, … Continue reading

July 4, 2014

Moda 360: A Revolution of Fashion Fusion

Moda 360 premiers this Monday, June 30th and July 1st, for a two day event at The Carriage House Center for the Arts, located at 149 East 38th street.  Moda … Continue reading

June 29, 2014

Holler if you Hear Me on Broadway

Last weekend two of the things that are near and dear to my heart melded together: Broadway and the music of Tupac Shakur. You see, I entered my adulthood during … Continue reading

June 26, 2014

Ethnic Festival on May 17 is venue for Local Culture

This upcoming Saturday, Union Settlement, one of East Harlem’s oldest and largest social service agencies, will host its 22nd Annual Ethnic Festival on East 104th Street, between Second and Third … Continue reading

May 14, 2014

Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street

Harlem and jazz are intertwined with one another, the influence of the music created during the Harlem Renaissance is a lesson in American history.   To walk the wide, tree-shaded … Continue reading

May 14, 2014

Bryonn Bain’s Lyrics from Lockdown Incredible True Story of Being Wrongly Incarcerated

Bryonn Bain’s amazingly true story needs to be told. Wrongly accused of a crime he didn’t commit due to a frightening combination of mistaken identity and racism, Lyrics From Lockdown … Continue reading

July 27, 2012

Review: Children of a Future Age-Young Theater Artists Shine

The spirit of William Blake could very well be called the fourth character in this three-hander production of Knud Adams’ sophisticated Children of a Future Age. Doses of thick symbolic … Continue reading

March 27, 2012

TEDxHarlem Creates Waves in Harlem

After a controversial article appeared on website, DNAinfo accusing the TEDxHarlem Conference of being “elitist,” organizers quickly scrambled to move the venue from the Apollo Theater to Riverside Church and … Continue reading

March 26, 2012

Harriet Tubman Didn’t Take None

Harriet Tubman didn’t take no stuff Wasn’t scared of nothing neither Didn’t come in this world to be no slave And didn’t stay one either And didn’t stay one either … Continue reading

March 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Armory Week at The African Burial Ground

The West Harlem Art Fund teamed up with artist Scherezade Garcia to create a special digital installation in honor of the Omo Valley people of Southwest Ethiopia for Armory Arts … Continue reading

March 26, 2012

Armory Week West Harlem Art Fund Wine Tasting at Lot 125

The West Harlem Art Fund hosted an evening of wine tasting at Lot 125 in Harlem for Armory Week. The wines tasted were Seven Sisters from South African and a … Continue reading

March 24, 2012

Outdoors: Harlem Art Park

East Harlem Art Park is located at the corner of East 120th Street and Sylvan Place. The peaceful park area is nestled between the Harlem Courthouse and Casabe Houses. One … Continue reading

March 24, 2012

Peter Woytuk sculpture exhibit along Broadway.

Have you checked out the public exhibition of 18 sculpture compositions by Peter Woytuk on Broadway? The exhibit was organized by the Broadway Mall Association in conjunction with the Parks … Continue reading

March 24, 2012

3 Things you need to know about the inaugural Harlem Arts Festival

Harlem is going through another renaissance. Whether it’s prime real estate, good food or arts & culture that you’re looking for, you no longer have to leave the neighborhood to … Continue reading

March 13, 2012

Harriet Tubman wreath laying ceremony

The Black Women’s Leadership Caucus is laying a wreath at the feet of the statue of Harriet Tubman, this Saturday at 10am, in honor of Women’s History Month. The ceremony will … Continue reading

March 7, 2012

Torn Asunder: Works from the Migration Series

(New York, NY) – Born in Harlem to immigrant parents, artist Dionis Ortiz never thought of the different aspects of his identity as mutually exclusive. But to Americans, he was … Continue reading

February 26, 2012

Harlem Arts Festival

We are looking for performing and visual artists to present during a 2-day festival in June 2012 in Marcus Garvey Park. Special preference will be given to artists who are … Continue reading

February 18, 2012

Harlem Theatre Arts Festival Opens With Magic and Empowerment on Stage: Review of POOF by Lynn Nottage

The first Harlem Theatre Arts Festival honored philanthropist Dhonna Goodale with the “Champion of Change,” Award for her work on domestic violence at the presentation of Lynn Nottage’s play, “Poof.” … Continue reading

February 3, 2012 · 1 Comment

A walk through black history in Harlem

Harriet Tubman Location: Saint Nicholas Avenue, West 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) The  Harriet Tubman sculpture, designed by Alison Saar shows stylized portraits of “anonymous passengers” of … Continue reading

February 1, 2012

Crossing Lines exhibit at Heath Gallery

“CROSSING LINES” EXHIBIT OPENS AT HARLEM’S HEATH GALLERY FEB 4th-MAR 3rd Kai Heath has been following her father’s art career since she was a little girl, accompanying him to art … Continue reading

February 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Langston Hughes

Happy birthday to Langston Hughes, who was born February 2, 1902.  New York Public Library posted a photo of Hughes (far left) with Charles S. Johnson, E. Franklin Frazier, Rudolph Fisher … Continue reading

February 1, 2012

Lynn Lieberman originals featured at Swing Concept

Perhaps you have seen Lynn Lieberman’s wonderful watercolors featuring local Harlem establishments at the Studio Museum, Harlem Flo, The Winery, or on DNAinfo.com. Most recently, Swing Concept Shop has turned … Continue reading

December 26, 2011

Classical Theatre of Harlem and Hip Hop Theatre Festival present SEED, a Love Letter to Harlem

If you see one show this season, go see SEED. If you are a Harlem resident, you have absolutely no excuse not to see it. The show is playing at … Continue reading

September 20, 2011 · 1 Comment

Tape Revival: At What Point is it Rape?

The first question that came into my head after watching Knife Edge Production’s remount of Stephen Belber’s Tape, was “Why this play? Why now?” Even as the query formed in … Continue reading

September 15, 2011 · 3 Comments

Proud Poppas at the Harlem Arts Alliance

By: Tahnia Belle Continuing the spirit of Father’s Day, The Proud Poppas Photo Project, showcased by the Harlem Arts Alliance opened on June 24th and will be an ongoing public … Continue reading

June 29, 2011 · 2 Comments

Mario Fratti’s Quartet: Symmetry and Equality in Four Movements

The walls of Mario Fratti’s apartment on West 55th St. are padded with the kind of well worn antiques, posters, and mementos that have witnessed a life in the theater. … Continue reading

June 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

around town: watercolors by lynn lieberman

May 4, 2011

Saturdays @ the Dwyer

May 3, 2011

El Gato Teatro Makes Her Home in Harlem

El Gato Teatro, a dance theater collective led by Harlem resident, Gabriella Barnstone premiered its latest work Nuevo Laredo at Dixon Place last week. El Gato Teatro fuses dance, theater, … Continue reading

April 18, 2011 · 1 Comment

E-Moves 12 at Harlem Stage

By:  Tahnia Belle Back with a breathtaking bang, Harlem Stage presents Season 12 of E-Moves, a two night dance showcase that reminds us how movement can tell our stories and … Continue reading

April 14, 2011

Segregated Sound at the Museum of the City of New York

By Gigi LaBelle Last Friday the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) held a public forum on the topic of race relations and music titled, “Segregated Sound? African … Continue reading

April 7, 2011 · 3 Comments

Spirit of Community at Dwyer

The spirit of Harlem is Resounding, Magnetic, and Eternal. Spirit of Community features specially commissioned works in photography, mural, sculpture, and video chronicling the sights, sounds, colors, textures, cadences, and … Continue reading

April 5, 2011 · 2 Comments

An Evening of Women and Excellence in Harlem

By: Gigi LaBelle In honor of Women’s History Month, Harlem’s Riverside Church Theatre hosted an Evening of Excellence with Women in the Arts.  The event highlighted the incredible journeys of … Continue reading

April 4, 2011 · 1 Comment

Gertrude Jeannette can certainly hack it

If you know Ms. J. (as she is affectionately called by her beloved H.A.D.L.E.Y Players) then you know she most certainly can hack it. If you are like most, your … Continue reading

April 3, 2011

Sprayground and Graffiti Artist Cope2 Launch New Line of Backpacks at Atmos NYC

By Gigi LaBelle Ok 80’s babies if you grew up in NYC, do you remember riding graffiti covered subway trains?  I remember being so enamored with the bright colors and … Continue reading

April 1, 2011 · 1 Comment
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