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The Origami Holiday Tree

Until January 13, 2019 10:00am - 5:45pm

Price: FREE

Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than 40 years.

This year's theme is "Oceans of Origami," with models inspired by the special exhibition Unseen Oceans. Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. 

Feeling crafty? Volunteers from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at the Museum to teach paper folding to visitors of all ages.

Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street - Akeley Gallery - 2nd Floor, New York NY 10024

A Christmas Carol in Harlem

December 3, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Tickets:  $45/$35/$25; $10 students/seniors; $10 

Set in present-day Harlem, this holiday treasure is dramatized with CTH’s signature style of infusing classic works with an uptown flair. A Christmas Carol in Harlem places Ebenezer Scrooge as a real estate mogul who has made his fortune at the expense of others. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude. That is until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving and prosperous community.   

A Christmas Carol in Harlem touches on the issues that are affecting so many New Yorkers today such as gentrification and social inequality but infuses it with humor and hope. CTH reinvigorates this timeless tale to remind us that taking the time to be sensitive and mindful is key to celebrating our shared humanity. CTH veteran, Anthony Vaughn Merchant, will lead the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge. 

Based on the Novel by Charles Dickens 
Adapted by Shawn René Graham 
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III and Choreographed 
by Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Location: Aaron Davis Hall, 138 Convent Avenue at 135th Street, New York NY 10031 

“Great Day in Harlem” @ 60 w/ Benny Golson and Jonathan Kane

December 4, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tickets: Free

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the famous Art Kane photograph “Great Day in Harlem”, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem will host Kane’s son, Jonathan Kane, and one of the last living musicians from the photo, NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson, for a night of conversation and celebration of the new book Art Kane: Harlem 1958 released in November.

Art Kane: Harlem 1958 is a visual history of an iconic image including, for the first time, virtually every single frame from the historic shoot. With original text by Art Kane, forewords by Quincy Jones, the legendary Benny Golson, who appears in the photo, and an introduction by Kane’s son, musician and photographer Jonathan Kane, the 168-page hardback volume is the story behind the shot.

In 1958 fledgling photographer Art Kane pitched the idea to Esquire – invite the musicians of New York’s jazz community to come together for one photo. Esquire agreed and Kane sent requests via agents, record labels, managers, clubs, anywhere he could spread the word.

“There was going to be an unusual shooting of a photograph for Esquire Magazine and I was being invited to be a part of it. I couldn’t believe it! Nobody really knew me that early in my career. But zippo, I was there on the intended date. When I arrived, there were all of my heroes.” Benny Golson

57 jazz musicians, from the unknown to the world famous, duly assembled at the unlikely hour of 10am at 7 East 126th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues. The group would include Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Thelonius Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie – whose hat was repeatedly stolen by local kids until Kane surrendered and put them in the shot, too.

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 West 129th Street, New York NY 10027

The Year in Jazz: A Critics Roundtable

December 5, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tickets: $0 - $10

Jazz For Curious Listeners

Four leading music critics representing a range of perspectives and publications will converge in this annual critics’ roundtable, hosted and moderated by Nate Chinen, author, former music critic at The New York Times and current Director of Editorial Content at WBGO. The panel will discuss the music, the artists, and the moments that shaped jazz in 2018.

This year’s panel will include:

  • Kira Grunenberg - Downbeat / No Depression / Off  Your Radar
  • Ethan Iverson - New Yorker / Do The Math
  • Matthew Kassel - New York Times Magazine / WSJ / JazzTimes
  • John Murph - DownBeat / JazzTimes / AARP

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 West 129th Street, New York NY 10027

27th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

December 6, 2018 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost: Free admission; tickets required.

Celebrating youth, three New York dance companies -- BombaYo, Innervisions, and Opus Dance Theater -- will highlight the African influences in the diaspora including Puerto Rico, West Africa, and Harlem.

Location: Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street - Repertory Theater, Bronx, NY 1045

Uptown Nights: Elio Villafranca Afro Caribbean Trio

December 6, 2018 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Cost: FREE. Note: Maximum number of tickets is limited to two.

Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall Citywide, a program of the Weill Music Institute.

Born in the Pinar del Río province of Cuba, Steinway Artist, Grammy Nominated, and 2014 Jalc Millennium Swing Award! Recipient pianist and composer Elio Villafranca was classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. Since his arrival in the U.S. in mid 1995, Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable pianists, composers and bandleaders. Over the years Elio Villafranca has recorded and performed nationally and internationally as a leader, featuring jazz master artists such as Pat Martino, Terell Stafford, Wynton Marsalis, Billy Hart, Paquito D’Rivera, Billy Harper, Eric Alexander, and Lewis Nash, Chick Corea, and Jon Faddis, Johnny Pacheco among others. He is based in New York City and he is a faculty member of Temple University, Philadelphia and The Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and New York University in NYC.

All ticket sales are final, no refunds or exchanges. Valid ID required to pick up tickets.

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

The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian feat. Valerie Simpson

December 6, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tickets: $20

Valerie Simpson, one half of the beloved and legendary songwriter/producers and performers Ashford & Simpson, will join Jazz Museum Co-Artistic Director Christian McBride for a live taping of his SiriusXM radio show The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian.

The evening will feature a mix of duo performance, conversation, and a healthy dose of McBride humor.

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 West 129th Street New York NY 10027 US

Ballet Hispánico: Performances for Young People

December 6th & 7th, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am

Price: $8

Ballet Hispánico returns to Apollo School Day Live with their signature school show, Performances for Young People. The show will provide a guided journey through Latin American dance forms and music. This interactive, dynamic and funfilled exploration will feature performances by the Ballet Hispánico Company, second company BHdos, and La Academia students from the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, and spotlight choreographers and cultures from Spain, Cuba, the Caribbean, and more! Performances for Young People is sure to have everyone dancing all the way home!

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

Black Politics & the Struggle for Justice in Sports

December 6, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Black athletes raising their voices and taking a knee against injustice are under attack by the White House, commentators, coaches, and many fellow Americans. Three writers will examine the role Black male and female athletes have played in the long struggle against racism and injustice and the barriers and criticism they have faced for their politics. Professor Randy Roberts will discuss Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. Professor Amira Rose Davis will preview her forthcoming book, Can’t Eat a Medal: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow. And, ESPN’s Howard Bryant will discuss The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America and the Politics of Patriotism.

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

First Fridays: Black Tie "Schomburg Angel" Holiday Edition

December 7, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Price: $25-$40 

The Schomburg Center is proud to present our 4th annual First Fridays "Black Tie” Holiday Edition. This year, we invite you to become a Schomburg Angel by joining us for our exclusive, annual holiday fundraiser. All proceeds benefit Schomburg Center archives, exhibitions & programs.

This special event will celebrate the spirit of giving, and our 94-year history of preserving and presenting global black history and culture through our vast archival collections that are accessed across the world. Ring in the holiday season at this lavish cocktail affair that includes catered hors d'oeuvres and complimentary glasses of champagne from 6 pm to 7 pm.

Groove the night away with beats by DJ Poison Ivy, the evening’s special guest host, Musa Jackson and his Angels, and our MC Dhalimu from Dhali's Closet. We’ll also have a special surprise performance by Yaz Band.

Suggested Dress Code: Holiday Chic!

Complimentary Goody Bag As Supplies Last! 

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

Ballet Hispánico

December 7, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Price: $13 - $73

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, returns to the Apollo Theater with its celebrated CARMEN.maquia by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s beloved classic. The physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.

Ballet Hispánico is sponsored by GOYA

*Disclaimer: Performance includes partial nudity 

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

Move and Groove: Vinyasa Jazz Flow

December 8, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm


The National Jazz Museum in Harlem invites you to our monthly program: Move and Groove. Join us every second Saturday afternoon for a 60-minute vinyasa flow set to tlive jazz. This carefully curated sequence seamlessly unites mind and body with skillful postures and mindful breathing. Flow towards deep relaxation.

Our yoga class will be led by certified Yoga Instructor and jazz enthusiast Courtney Liddell.

About Your Teacher:

Courtney Liddell was first exposed to yoga through a family friend and yoga instructor at the age of six. Several years later she began to establish a regular practice when friends from a boot camp class coerced her into attending her first vinyasa flow class. Courtney went on to complete her 200-hour training at Sonic Yoga in 2013 and has also completed a chair yoga training with Sunlight Yoga.

Is there an age requirement?

Yes. In order to participate in class you must be 18 or older. If you are under 18, a legal guardian must sign a liability release form before class begins.

What do I need to bring?

Yoga mats are not provided. Please bring your own yoga mat, towel, and water.

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 West 129th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Lara St. John, Violin Matt Herskowitz, Piano

December 9, 2018 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Cost: TBA. Please check back later for ticketing information. Thank you.

Called a “volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone” (Los Angeles Times), Lara St. John is equally at home with classical works, new music, folk, and beyond. She is joined by multifaceted pianist Matt Herskowitz, recognized for his jazz, world music, and free improvisation skills. The duo performs a deliciously eclectic program that features Debussy’s Violin Sonata (a work filled with verve and light), Milica Paranosic’s arrangement of the traditional Macedonian circle dance Čoček, Martin Kennedy’s spectacularly virtuosic and wildly raucous Czardashian Rhapsody, and much more.
TRAD. Ah Ya Zayn (arr. John Kameel Farah)
TRAD. Čoček (arr. Milica Paranosic)
TRAD. Sari Siroun Yar (arr. Serouj Kradjian)
MARTIN KENNEDY Czardashian Rhapsody

Location: Brooklyn Public Library - Central Library/Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, 10 Grand Army Plaza (at Flatbush Avenue), Brooklyn NY 11238

2018 NYADIFF-Closing Night Film: Muslimah's Guide to Marriage

December 9, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Cost: - $20.00 - $35.00 

Muslimah Muhammad, a twenty-something African-American orthodox Muslim woman who lives in Inglewood, CA, has seven days and fourteen hours left in her Iddah (Muslim separation) before she will officially be divorced from her cheating husband. Knowing that the divorce would upset her religious father and the local Muslim community, Muslimah works diligently to try to fix her broken marriage before it is too late.

Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University - Milbank Chapel, 525 West 120th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Kings and Queens of New Jack Swing

December 9, 2018 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Price:$58 - $103

Join us as we celebrate 30 years of the ground-breaking New Jack Swing sound. This special evening will not only serve as a homecoming for Harlem natives Teddy Riley and Keith Sweat but also as a celebration of the ground-breaking sub-genre created in the iconic Harlem streets. Featuring New Jack pioneers GuyBlackstreetDoug E. FreshKool Moe Dee, the Kings & Queens of New Jack Swing will be more an experience than an experience and underscores Harlem’s legacy as a cultural hub for innovation and creativity. In its role as the crown jewel of Harlem, the Apollo is a natural fit to lead celebrations such as these.

The New Jack Swing sound recently received a resurgence after superstar Bruno Mars incorporated it into his latest opus 24K Magic and also credited Riley as a major influence in the making of that album. Teddy Riley continues to produce and also tours with both of his groups – Guy and Blackstreet, respectively.

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

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