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Harlem Jazz Series - Bruce Edwards

July 16, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Guitarist/Composer, Bruce Edwards was a member of Sun Ra's Arkestra from 1984-1992, traveling all over the planet and appearing on recordings such as "Sun Ra Sextet Live at the Village Vanguard", "Destination Unknown", "A Night in East Berlin" and more. In addition, Bruce has performed/recorded with artists such as James Carter (CD: At the Crossroads) Charles Tolliver, and GE Smith and Lenny Pickett of the Saturday Night Live Band to name just a few. Called "a Master of his instrument" by John Kelman of All About Jazz, for the past several years Bruce has focused on composing and producing music for films and TV, winning a Telly Award for his original music and sound design in 2006, as well as teaching guitar for Jazzmobile, The New School, and privately. 

Featuring: Bruce Edwards - guitarist 

First set: 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm; 15 min break; Second set: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Cost: $15

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

Amanda Seals: Smart, Funny, & Black

July 16, 2019 8:00pm

“By any Joke Necessary!” – Frustrated with the constant negative images of black people in media, unchecked appropriation, and the overall lack of education in African American history, (I mean, how did we not know about the “Hidden Figures” women!?), Amanda Seales decided to use her humor, her Master’s degree in African American Studies, from Columbia University, and her love of games and music, to create a game show that serves as a safe space for the Black voice, and celebrates the many contributions Black Americans have made to history, pop culture and more!

Ticket prizes start at $34.

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

Cunningham Dance Workshop

July 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Join Bessie Award winner and former leading Cunningham dancer, Melissa Toogood, for a workshop featuring the choreographer’s signature movement.

Cost: Free

RSVP is required for all and is on first-come, first-served basis at rsvp@cityparksfoundation.org

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Location: Central Park - Rumsey Playfield, 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, New York NY 10021 US

Penny Lane presents Exit Through the Gift Shop

July 17, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Bansky | 2010

This monthly series brings a prominent artistic or cultural figure to BAM to discuss the film that inspired their passion for cinema, followed by a screening of the film.

Street art provocateur Banksy brought his expectation-defying brand of merry pranksterism to the screen with this stranger-than-fiction documentary in which the famously elusive artist turns the tables—and the camera—on a graffiti-obsessed Frenchman attempting to make his own movie about the LA street art scene. A hilarious and subversive exposé of art world hype and authenticity, Exit 

General Admission: $17

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Merce Cunningham: Summercool feat Stephen Petronio Company / Melissa Toogood / Calvin Royal III / A-Y / Dancers with guest curation by Catherine Tharin

July 17, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Were he still alive, Merce Cunningham would have turned 100 in 2019; To honor the groundbreaking choreographer’s centennial, the Merce Cunningham Trust has facilitated the Cunningham Centennial Celebrations, a globe-spanning array of events featuring his work. As part of these celebrations, SummerStage will host, Merce Cunningham: SummerCool, an evening of performances guest curated by 92nd Street Y’s Catherine Tharin, featuring the Stephen Petronio Company, which has incorporated several of Cunningham’s radical theater work into its repertoire; Melissa Toogood, a Bessie Award winning, former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Calvin Royal III, the star soloist at the American Ballet Theater; and the A-Y/dancers, a repertory dance company from the Hudson Valley.

Cost: Free

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Location: Central Park - Rumsey Playfield, 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, New York NY 10021 US

Lisa Lisa / Cover Girls / DJ Lucy Euclid / Vinnie Medugno (Host)

July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In the mid-80s, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam led a Latin Freestyle scene that had birthed the likes of Madonna and Shannon, helping take the Latin-influenced hip-hop disco music mainstream. The trio had multiple platinum-certified LPs and dominant chart-topping success with hits like “I Wonder If I Take You Home” and “Can You Feel The Beat.” While Lisa Lisa ruled the roost at Freestyle hubs Funhouse and Paradise Garage in Manhattan, supporting act The Cover Girls held court uptown in the Bronx at The Devil’s Nest, making futuristic soulful dance music with next-generation electronic instruments.

Cost: Free

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Location: CPL Thompson Park, Broadway and Wayne Streets, Saten Island NY U.S.

Fantastic Negrito / Brooklyn United Drumline Band

July 18, 2019 12:00pm

“truly fantastic blend of blues, funk, rock and R&B”
—Chicago Sun Times on Fantastic Negrito

A musical force to be reckoned with, Fantastic Negrito has made waves since winning the inaugural NPR Tiny Desk concert in 2014 (with a song recorded in a freight elevator in Oakland). With back-to-back Grammys wins for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Negrito and his band capture audiences with soul-searing vocals, slide guitar, and a dynamic rhythm section that moves from sorrowful blues to gritty funk with precision and passion. High-octane, community-based drumline Brooklyn United Drumline Band opens with their expert musicianship and spirited choreography.

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Location: MetroTech Commons, 304 Bridge St, Brooklyn NY 11201 USA

Chasing Trane

July 18, 2019 8:30pm

Directed by John Scheinfeld | 2016

This new documentary about legendary jazz musician John Coltrane reveals an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose influence is still felt around the world. Filmmaker John Scheinfeld—with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog—offers a rich, textured narrative that takes audiences to unexpected places. Set against the social, political, and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings the icon to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man and Coltrane the artist.

General Admission: Free

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Location: The Backlot at Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, 650 Fulton St (Fulton at Lafayette) Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Apollo Teen Takeover 2019

July 19, 2019 6:00pm

FOR THE CULTURE

The Apollo Theater has served as a stage for numerous artists who are well-known today. Through Apollo Teen Takeover, young artists are given the opportunity to showcase their talents at one of the world’s most famous theaters. Curated by Apollo Theater Academy high school interns, Teen Takeover is an annual event that brings together young NYC artists seeking to share and celebrate creativity. This year’s Teen Takeover: For The Culture, features performing and visual artists whose work represents New York's diversity and the cultures that reflect the artistry within New York’s unique arts landscape.

Teen Takeover is produced by the Apollo Young Producers, a collective of Apollo Theater Academy alumni.

Cost: Free

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

Magnolia

July 19, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | 1999

With Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

A constellation of lives intersect and implode against the backdrop of the San Fernando Valley in Paul Thomas Anderson’s dark, dazzling vision of American despair. A gloriously unrestrained showcase for a top-flight ensemble cast—from Tom Cruise’s shamanically sleazy pickup artist to Julianne Moore’s pill-popping woman on the edge—Magnolia maintains a fever pitch of emotional intensity as it explodes in a catharsis of rage, love, pain, and beauty.

General Admission: $16

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Jody Watley / Mobile Mondays / Princess Lockerooo / DJ Joey Carvello

July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Grammy winner and 3 time Grammy nominee Jody Watley; multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer/independent label owner and style icon is one of the architects of 21st century Pop/R&B/Dance music. The Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word – is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk. She’s joined by the Mobile Mondays DJs, Operator Emz, and Joey Carvello, who spin a weekly party at The Bowery Electric exclusively with 45 RPM records.

+ House Dance, WAACKING & Disco Workshop with Princess Lockerooo

Free dance classes are held on stage before dance performances. All are welcome and no RSVP is required.

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Location: Corporal Thompson Park, 166 Broadway, 1347, Staten Island NY 10310 U.S.

Harlem Jazz Series - Andrea Brachfeld

July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Flutist, composer, arranger, producer, educator, business owner, Andrea Brachfeld, is a graduate of The High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. Study with Hubert Laws, Jimmy Heath, George Coleman, and Mike Longo helped her develop her own improvisational style. Since she began her professional career as a musician at age 16, she has recorded and played many different genres of music including Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, Charanga, funk, Country Western, and devotional music. Some of the many artists she has associated with include Tito Puente, Hubert Laws, Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton, Wallace Roney, Wycliffe Gordon, Ray Barretto, Dave Valentín, Ray Barretto, Wayne Wallace, Bobby Carcassés, Oscar Hernandez, Alfredo de la Fé, Ralph Irrizarry, Joe Newman, Nestor Torres, Kenwood Dennard, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, and Bill O’ Connell among many others. Andrea currently tours with her own group, Andrea Brachfeld and Insight featuring Bill O’ Connell, Harvie S and Jason Tiemann, the Wallace Roney “Universe” Orchestra and The Bill O’ Connell Quartet / Dave Valentín Tribute Band featuring Lincoln Goines and Robby Ameen.  

Featuring: Andrea Brachfeld – Flute

First set: 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Cost: $20

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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

Charli Persip Surprise 90th Birthday Party and Benefit

July 20, 2019 1:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the 90th birthday of a drumming legend, Charli Persip.  His prolific career has brought him to all corners of the world playing with every musician you can think of including Harry “Sweets” Edison, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Eric Dolphy, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins, Billy Eckstine, and everyone in between.

This afternoon will celebrate Charli with performances and reflections from a range of jazz luminaries who have worked with and/or been inspired by the great drummer and educator.

Unfortunately, in recent years, Charli Persip has been struggling with illness. Due to this, he has had to stop doing what he loves the most, performing and teaching. This has left him to fall on hard times financially due to medical bills.

We are reaching out to the jazz community at this time for any contributions towards Charli Persip medical fund.

He would greatly appreciate the support.

Tickets: $30

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

Malcolm X

July 20, 2019 2:00pm

Directed by Spike Lee | 1991

With Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo

Spike Lee’s powerful adaptation of the iconic activist and orator's 1965 autobiography charts its subject's conversion from street hustler to fiery street-corner speaker to nationally recognized figure—and through his break with the Black Muslims and journey to Mecca, which led to profound changes in his perception of racism and Islam. In one of the great screen performances of the 1990s, Denzel Washington fully inhabits Malcolm X with conviction, force, and dignity.

General Admission: $16

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Ana Tijoux / Combo Chimbita / L'Unicorns / DJ Shame Hosted by Jen and Magie

July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Ana Tijoux is a French-Chilean pop singer and rapper with a long history of championing social justice and nonviolence. She first started rapping and dancing at 11 years old, and did stints in the groups Los Tetas and Makiza before setting off on her own in 2006 with the single “Ya No Fue.” In 2009 she embraced hip-hop with her Grammy-nominated breakout LP 1977, which drew comparisons to DJ Premier’s work with Jeru the Damaja. She’s joined by Combo Chimbita, a New York-based group of Colombianos formed at world music incubator Barbes in Brooklyn. Self-proclaimed “Tropical Futurists,” they reach into the past to find the sounds of the future, with rhythms rooted in cumbia yet incorporating champeta, Afropop, calypso, dub, Haitian kompa, and even a little bit of Cape Verde’s space echo vibes.

Cost: Free

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Location: Corporal Thompson Park, 166 Broadway, 1347, Staten Island NY 10310 U.S.

An Elephant Sitting Still

July 20, 2019 6:00pm

Directed by Hu Bo | 2018

With Peng Yuchang, Zhang Yu, Wang Yuwen

The first and only feature from novelist-turned-filmmaker Hu Bo, who tragically took his own life at age 29, is already being heralded as a modern classic of Chinese cinema. An Elephant Sitting Still charts the intertwining fates of a group of desperate and dispossessed souls on a journey through the industrial landscape of northern China, in search of a mythical elephant. Full of revelatory silences and mesmerizing long takes, this bleak, beautiful existential odyssey reaches for—and achieves—the transcendent.

General Admission: $16

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

A Brighter Summer Day

July 21, 2019 2:00pm

Directed by Edward Yang | 1991

With Chang Chen, Lisa Yang, Chang Kuo-Chu

One of the towering masterpieces of the 1990s, Edward Yang’s at-once sprawling and intimate epic charts the coming of age of a teenage boy growing up amid political turmoil, warring street gangs, and the encroaching influence of American pop culture in 1960s Taiwan. With a novelist’s attention to detail, Yang conjures a vivid world of young love, rock ’n’ roll, teenage abandon, and simmering violence that aches and swoons with the romantic melancholy of youth.

General Admission: $16

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Force M.D.s and U.M.C's with Red Alert / DJ Xcel & DJ Thrilla Hosted by Tariq

July 21, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm

The story of Force M.D.s has long been touched by tragedy—four of its original members have suffered early deaths. But for a time in the late 80s and early 90s, the Staten Island-based R&B group swirled doo-wop harmonies with hip-hop beats into hits like “Tender Love,” featured in the seminal hip-hop movie Krush Groove, and “Love is a House,” which hit #1 on the R&B charts. The Force M.Ds—”MD” stands for “Musical Diversity”—would even collaborate with Wu-Tang Clan chieftain Rza on his Bobby Digital solo project with “My Lovin’ Is Digi.” Surviving members Rodney “Khalil” Lundy, Stevie D., and Zieme will be joined by U.M.C’s, a memorable but short-lived duo from the Island whose light-hearted raps stood in stark contrast to the gangsta rap scene dominating NYC during their run in the early 90s. Composed of Haas G (who would later produce Lil’ Kim & 50 Cent’s “Magic Stick”) and Kool Kim, the duo would score hits on the Billboard Rap Single chart with “Blue Cheese” “One To Grow On.” On the 1s and 2s is Kool DJ Red Alert, a cornerstone of early hip-hop and NYC radio mainstay who performed with Afrika Bambataa’s Universal Zulu Nation, helped popularize the “mixtape” format, and helped break Boogie Down Productions’ seminal single “South Bronx.”

Cost: Free

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Location: Corporal Thompson Park, 166 Broadway, 1347, Staten Island NY 10310 U.S.

Thee NY Night Train: Soul Clap & Dance-Off Live Review with Jonathan Toubin

July 21, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Featuring Irma Thomas, Archie Bell, Carl Carlton, Joe Bataan, Binky Griptite, Brooklyn Rhythm Band

The New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off, the global nightlife institution featuring the original 45s of NYC DJ Jonathan Toubin and a dance contest in the middle, is the 21st Century’s most popular and prolific soul party. For this show at SummerStage in Coney Island instead of the usual vinyl record format, the soul legends themselves make a rare New York appearance to sing their hits live and in person in front of an all-star 13-piece band.

Cost: Free

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Location: Ford Ampitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W 21st St, Brooklyn NY 11224 USA

Seven Samurai

July 21, 2019 6:30pm

Directed by Akira Kurosawa | 1954

With Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima

The granddaddy of all samurai movies, Akira Kurosawa’s epically entertaining action classic tells the story of a band of ronin who join forces to defend a helpless village against bandits. Driven by an electrifying performance from the mighty Toshiro Mifune, Seven Samurai brilliantly balances virtuosic swordplay set pieces with penetrating human insight into friendship, honor, courage, and collective versus individual strength.

General Admission: $16

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

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