Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30 pm
Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing:
How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment
Since its founding in 1934, the Apollo has been the marquee venue for African American musicians, comedians, dancers, and entertainers whose cultural influence reverberated across the nation, transcending spatial boundaries and racial borders.
A panel moderated by Kinshasha Holman Conwill of the National Museum of African American History and Culture with Zita Allen, former dance critic for Dance Magazine; Herb Boyd, author of Baldwin’s Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin (Atria, 2008); Greg Tate, editor of Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture (Broadway Books, 2003); and Mel Watkins, author of Stepin Fetchit: The Life & Times of Lincoln Perry (Vintage, 2006) will examine the cultural history and continuing significance of the Apollo Theater — Harlem landmark and New York City icon. The keynote address is by Professor Robert G. O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
Co-sponsored by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution and presented in conjunction with the exhibition Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment and in collaboration with the Apollo Theater.
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$6 museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 non-members
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Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029
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