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The Dead Don't Die

July 1 - July 2, 2019 9:30pm

Directed by Jim Jarmusch | 2019

With Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover

In the sleepy small town of Centerville, the moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable, and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. But no one can foresee the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will begin plaguing Centerville: the dead who rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living. The citizens of the town must battle for their survival.

Writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s latest star-studded horror-comedy features an ensemble cast of Jarmusch regulars—Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits—and newcomers to the fold—Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Carol Kane—for a raucous, rueful, and satirical glimpse at American habits and desires at the end of the world. The Dead Don’t Die is a comically terrifying state of the nation addressed in a true cinematic original.

General Admission: $16

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

 

Booksmart

July 1-4, 2019 4:30pm

Directed by Olivia Wilde | 2019

With Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams

“Smart, so very funny, and beautifully directed.”

RogerEbert.com

Best friends and academic overachievers Amy (Dever) and Molly (Feldstein) always thought keeping their noses to the grindstone would give them a leg up over their more play-minded peers. But, on the eve of their graduation, these type-A ride-or-dies get a hardcore reality check and suddenly realize they may have missed out. Determined to make up for lost time, they decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night—a chaotic adventure no amount of book smarts could prepare them for.

General Admission: $16

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

 

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

July 1 - July 4, 2019 4:30pm

Directed by Joe Talbot | 2019

With Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan and Danny Glover

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and community in a rapidly changing city, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation. Adapted from Fails’ own real-life experience by longtime friend and collaborator Joe Talbot, this wistful odyssey is a funny, poignant, and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them.

General Admission: $15

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

Mighty Sparrow / Casym Steel Orchestra

July 5, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Before he became the “Calypso King of the World” or even the Mighty Sparrow, Slinger Francisco was first dubbed “Little Sparrow” on account of his wildly energetic performance on stage. Ever since his first hits “Jean and Dinah” (1956) and “Carnival Boycott” (1957), the Grenada-born Trinidadian calypso vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist has balanced both romance and politics, carrying the torch for Trinidadian Calypso for more than 60 years. He has been recognized by songwriters including Bob Dylan and Van Dyke Parks for his genius as a political and romantic wordsmith. Sparrow is presented in association with Rolling Fork Music. He’s supported by the CASYM Steel Orchestra of a East Flatbush, Brooklyn multi-cultural, multi-ethnic program (Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Youth Movement) founded in 1983 that educates young people of all backgrounds on the Steel Pan (steel drum) art form through academic, recreational, social and cultural activities.

Cost: Free

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Location: Central Park - Summerstage, 71st Street and East River Drive, New York NY 10021 US

Harlem Jazz Series - Lonnie Plaxico

July 5, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Chicago-born Lonnie Plaxico inherited a gift for music that was discovered and nurtured early. At the age of just fourteen, Lonnie Plaxico turned professional, playing the electric and acoustic bass with equal facility. In 1980 Plaxico moved to New York and his first extended tenure was with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers; Lonnie performed on twelve of Blakey's albums. In 1986 he joined Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, continuing with that group until 1993. Presently, Plaxico is the musical director and featured bassist for Cassandra Wilson; their award-winning collaboration has now spanned fifteen years. Plaxico has appeared with such luminaries as Sonny Stitt, Junior Cook, David Murray, Alice Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Sample, Abbey Lincoln, and Dizzy Gillespie. Just as noteworthy are his performances with younger artists -- among them Steve Coleman, Rachelle Farrell and Dianne Reeves. He has also recorded five critically acclaimed albums as a leader. 

Cost: $15

1st set: Noon – 12:45 pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 1:00 pm  – 1:45 pm

House doors open at 11:30 am

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

ADIFF July Film Series Presents: Glorious Exit

July 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Jarreth Merz, a Swiss-Nigerian actor living in Los Angeles, is summoned to Nigeria to bury his father. Nigerian tradition mandates the eldest child to take charge of a father’s burial. Although he accepts the responsibility, he struggles with why he feels morally responsible toward Nigerian tradition and a family whom he hardly knows. Jarreth starts a journey of self-discovery.

Contact: Diarah N'Daw-Spech
Email: info@nyadiff.org
Phone: 2128641760

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

ADIFF July Film Series Presents: Ben & Ara

July 6, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Religious and cultural tensions escalate when an unlikely romance blooms between an African Islamic PhD candidate and her agnostic classmate. They must explore the limits of their inter-racial, intercultural relationship in today’s society.

Contact: Diarah N'Daw-Spech
Email: info@nyadiff.org
Phone: 2128641760

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Ralph McDaniels Soul Jam ft. Blue Magic and DJ Hollywood

July 6, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

“Uncle” Ralph McDaniels is a hip-hop mainstay with more than 400 credits as a music video director to his name (Nas’ “It Ain’t Hard To Tell”, Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.”, and Black Moon’s “Who Got The Props”, among others), but he’s likely best known as the longtime host of Video Music Box. McDaniels created the long-running music video program in 1983, and for the past three decades he’s documented New York’s hip-hop scene with the wisdom and reverence of a hip-hop lifer who’s seen it all. At this year’s SummerStage festival he’s hosting a “Soul Jam,” joined by two acts from the 1970s that ooze style and swagger. The Philly soul quintet Blue Magic is known for its choreographed dance moves, smooth ballads like the lovesick anthem “Sideshow” (1974), and their 1989 collaboration with Big Daddy Kane, “To Be Your Man”; DJ Hollywood came to fame as a disco DJ whose call-and-response style of performance pre-dated hip-hop music in the mid-70s. As the first to string together rhymes into a “flow,” the glitzy downtown DJ is credited as one of hip-hop’s earliest forefathers, even though he resisted association with the burgeoning scene in the gritty South Bronx.

Cost: Free

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Location: Central Park - Summerstage, 71st Street and East River Drive, New York NY 10021 US

ADIFF July Film Series Presents: International Art in Cuba: Black Mozart in Cuba & Resistance

July 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm

International Art in Cuba: 

The Black Mozart In Cuba & Resistance

4pm – The Black Mozart in Cuba
(52 minutes)

The Black Mozart in Cuba is the latest act in the rehabilitation of the memory of this extraordinary human being. The film skillfully combines biographical information with performances of his works. Born in Guadeloupe of a Senegalese enslaved woman and a French nobleman, Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), became one of the most remarkable figures of the 18th century. He influenced the music and political life of his time. He was a genius composer and conductor, a virtuoso violinist, the best fencer in Europe, as well as the first black general in the French army.

For 200 years after his death his music was rarely heard, due in part to Napoleon’s efforts to erase his existence from history. Today, his music is being rediscovered and played by orchestras and music groups around the world. In this documentary, Cuba dedicates a week of cultural activities to his memory and welcomes Saint Georges as “a great hero of the Caribbean.”

5pm – Resistance
(28 minutes)

A documentary film on Ben Jones by Cuban filmmaker Dania IIisástigui Avilés.

The documentary Resistance gets close to the essence of the art of the African American artist Ben Jones. It documents his powerful exhibition RESISTANCE presented at Cuba’s most important cultural institution Museo National de Bellas Artes. The museum exhibits many works which display, sensitivity and humanitarianism.

Ben Jones’s artwork focuses on issues of spirituality, political struggle, and environmentalism and their impact on the African diaspora and humanity.

Screening followed by reception and Q&A with Ben Jones

Contact: Diarah N'Daw-Spech
Email: info@nyadiff.org
Phone: 2128641760

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

 

Tabou Combo / Lakou Mizik / DJ Sabine Blaizin

July 7, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Tabou Combo was founded in Petion-Ville by the Chancy brothers in late-1960s Haiti, but the self-proclaimed “ambassadors of konpa” have taken their style of Haitian dance music around the world since their move to Brooklyn in 1971. The orchestra, whom are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, borrows the repetition and breaks of Afro-American gospel, while incorporating African soukous and American funk with French colonial kontradans and quadrilles. They’re supported by Lakou Mizik, a multi-generational Port-au-Prince collective that celebrates the African, French, American, and Pan-Caribbean influences that collide in Haiti.

Cost: Free

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Location: Springfield Park, 145-53 184th Street, Springfield Gardens NY 11413 US

Mr Eazi / Efya / Blinky Bill / DJ Mohogany

July 7, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Mr Eazi describes his laid-back bops as his pioneering Banku music—named after the heavy Ghanian comfort food—and while the Afropop artist makes soundtracks for good times, he also represents the cultural exchange between African neighbors Nigeria and Ghana. Born in the former and educated in the latter, the recent Mad Decent signee often touches on themes of migration, and can be seen on the cover of his 2017 mixtape Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos in a suit tailored in the fashion of a Ghana Must Go bag, a symbol of the link between the two countries. He’s joined by Efya, the Ghanian pop singer from Kumasi who won four consecutive Ghana Music Awards for Best Female Vocal Performance (2011-2014) and collaborated with Mr Eazi on their breakout hit “Skin Tight.” The show will also feature the stylings of “Blinky” Bill Sellanga, the Red Bull Music Academy alumnus and Kenyan frontman for the house/funk/disco group Just a Band, with support from DJ Mahogany, a Brooklyn-bred DJ currently spinning unpredictable genre-defying sets in Europe.

Cost: Free

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

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