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Ain't Misbehavin': How Louis Armstrong Conquered New York

April 29, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

To celebrate International Jazz Day, revisit Louis Armstrong’s meteoric rise to stardom during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s with jazz historian Ricky Riccardi of the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Afterwards, join us for a special live performance by the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band. 

This event is part of Core Conversations, a series featuring the city's most original thinkers as they engage with topics related to our New York at Its Core exhibition. To view all the programs in the series, click here

About the Speaker and Performers: 
Ricky Riccardi is the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years (Vintage, 2012). He runs the online blog, "The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong," and has given lectures on Armstrong at venues around the world. 

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band has been performing since 1980, inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and their colleagues. They have a weekly engagement at  Birdland and have performed at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer’s Night Swing and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Tickets: $20 for Adults | $15 for Seniors, Students & Educators (with ID)
$10 for Museum of the City of New York and Louis Armstrong House Museum Members
Includes Museum admission. Note: All galleries close at 6:00 pm.

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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th StreetsNew York NY 10029 US

In Conversation: Dr. Carla Hayden and Tracy K. Smith

April 29, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, the first African-American and the first woman to hold this position, will join Tracy K. Smith, the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, and Schomburg Director Kevin Young for a special conversation and program on the future of Black librarianship and inquiry into our current cultural moment.

FREE.

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

Oratorio: I Will Tell You The Truth About This, I Will Tell You All About It

April 30, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith presents a ten-poem sequence capturing the lives and stories of African American soldiers and their families during the Civil War. Derived entirely from historical record, the sequence includes the voices of a mother pleading with President Lincoln to release her son from the army, a soldier sending love his children back home, and deposition statements given by African American veterans, their widows, and descendants hoping to receive their rightful pensions. Set for choir, soprano and baritone soloists by Composer Aaron Siegel, this oratorio will be a gripping tribute to these overlooked lives and stories at a pivotal time in American history.

Price: Free

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

 

Harlem Jazz Series - Craig Harris

April 30, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him. From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, into the confrontational expressionism of the ‘60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word. He has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of progressive jazz’s most important figures and his own projects display both a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of musical expression. It is those two qualities that have dominated Craig’s forty years of activity, bringing him far beyond the confines of the jazz world into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, music curator, and artistic director. Craig, who comes from a tradition of art as a cultural facilitation to help promote change, has employed his musical voice to comment on social injustice with projects including God’s Trombones, based on James Weldon Johnson’s book of sermons; Souls Within the Veil commemorating the centennial of W.E.B. DuBois’s seminal work; TriHarlenium, a sound portrait and 30-year musical time capsule of Harlem; and Brown Butterfly, a tribute to the exquisite movements of Muhammad Ali. 

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

Cost: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church 
43-55 West 124th Street 
New York NY 10027 US

Min Jin Lee

May 1, 2019 6:30pm

Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation

On-sale dates:
BAM Members & Patrons, Mon, Dec 10 at 10am
General Public, Mon, Dec 17 at 10am

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Author Min Jin Lee creates “radical empathy through art” with a sharp focus on diaspora, human rights, and telling the stories that often don’t get told. Her novel Pachinko, the product of nearly thirty years of research, was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Top 10 Books of the Year for The New York Times, and a joint book club selection of PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. Lee’s debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Wall Street Journal. Her work is a powerful meditation on the challenges of migration, immigration, assimilation, and discrimination. She is a Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellow for 2018-9.

Run time: 2hrs
Full price tickets:  $70 (Includes dinner, dessert, wine, and tax)

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - Lepercq Space/BAMcafé, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Reel Impact: The Feeling of Being Watched

May 1, 2019 7:00pm

Co-presented by BAM and Amazon Studios

Directed by Assia Boundaoui | 2018

In the Arab-American neighborhood outside of Chicago where Assia Boundaoui grew up, most of her neighbors believed they were under government surveillance for over a decade. In this stunning documentary, Boundaoui, a journalist and filmmaker, conducts a comprehensive investigation to corroborate their worst fears. The Feeling of Being Watched is an attempt to shine a light on a secret FBI operation to surveil one American community. Unearthing tens of thousands of pages of government documents, Boundaoui connects the dots to one of the largest counter-terrorism investigations conducted in the US before 9/11. In the process, she confronts long-hidden truths about the FBI’s relationship to her own community, grappling with the new knowledge of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.

Post-screening discussion
with Omar Farah, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights and filmmaker Assia Boundaoui, moderated by Darnell Moore

The Center for Constitutional Rights, believes in the transformative power of art and culture. Freedom Flicks, the Center’s long-running film series, harnesses the power of film to educate, activate, and build community. Freedom Flicks engages audiences across disciplines in stories of struggle and courage that shape our world, past and present. The Center's programming includes screenings of cutting-edge, socially engaged films followed by a short conversation with storytellers, lawyers, and activists.

Run time: 87min
General Admission: $16

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

The Struggle Against Jim Crow North: Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration and Educational Discrimination

May 2, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Jim Crow is best known for its impact in the south, but institutional segregation and systemic inequality defined life for African Americans living in the north through racist policies in housing, schools, and policing. This Conversation in Black Freedom Studies program will feature Brian Purnell, Kris Burrell, Clarence Taylor, and James Forman who will examine the history of the Jim Crow North, and its continued impact on the inequality of today’s educational and criminal justice systems.

Price: Free

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

 

E-Moves (5/2/19)

May 2, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Program A (5/2–5/4)

FLUXX, Joseph Webb and Barédu Ahmed aka Long Arms (L.A.) and pop-up performers Sun Kim and Cein Lockefeller

E-Moves celebrates twenty years of commissioning, presenting and nurturing choreographers of color across the spectrum of contemporary dance idioms to create new work! In this edition we uplift the cogent power of Hip-Hop dance to transport the crowd and push the boundaries of movement. Born out of social dance in urban community park cyphers, basement ballrooms and now seen across the globe on esteemed stages and concert halls Hip-Hop dance is a prayer and a roar. Two commissioned choreographers FLUXX and Omari Mizrahi/Les Ballet Afrik will present a work in progress and a world premiere respectively. E-Moves choreographers also include It’s Showtime NYC, Joseph Webb and Barédu Ahmed aka Long Arms (L.A.) and pop-up performers Sun Kim, Cein Lockefeller, Soraya Lundy and Tweet Boogie. Pop-up performers curated by Adesola Osakalumi.

Tickets: $25

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

Apollo Comedy Club

May 2, 2019 10:00pm

Aminah Imani, Daniel Tirado, Joe Show

Hosted by Kool Bubba Ice
Music by DJ Qool Marv

The Apollo A-LIST advance price is $15 until midnight May 1st.  Please note there is a $10 drink/food minimum. Doors open at 9pm for food/bar. Sign up for the ALIST at apollotheater.org.

Ticket prices start at just $22.

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

La Susanna

May 2-5, 2019 8:00pm

A co-production of Heartbeat Opera and Opera Lafayette

“imaginative and vital”
—The New Yorker on Heartbeat Opera

“uncommonly rewarding”
—Musical America on Opera Lafayette

Two judges desire the beautiful Susanna. When she rejects their advances, they exploit their power in an attempt to destroy her. An iconic Bible story of sexual harassment and the perversion of justice (originally conceived with a male narrator and male savior), Stradella’s seductive 1681 oratorio becomes a startlingly powerful opera for 2019, with women as both storyteller and whistleblower.

Heartbeat Opera, dedicated to re-imagining opera for today’s audiences, and Opera Lafayette, renowned for breathing new life into rediscovered masterpieces, bring together their passions and expertise for this premiere American staging.

TICKETS START AT  $25—135

More Info: https://www.bam.org/talks/2019/la-susanna 

Location: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

An Apollo Journey Through Rhythm & Blues with the Michael-David Band

May 3, 2019 11:30am

SCHOOL DAY LIVE

RHYTHM & BLUES REVUE WITH THE MICHAEL-DAVID BAND

Tickets: $4 Per Person (students, teachers, chaperones)

The Michael David Band returns to School Day Live with the Apollo Rhythm & Blues Revue. From the 1960s to the 21st century, Rhythm & Blues has reflected the political and cultural changes of the times and influenced the sounds of contemporary music such as funk, soul, and hip-hop. Join the Michael David Band as they highlight the contributions of early Rhythm & Blues pioneers such as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton and innovators like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and many others who performed at the Apollo Theater.

(Grades 3-12)

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

Harlem Jazz Series - T. K. Blue

May 3, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

T.K. Blue began his life in music by playing trumpet from ages 8 to 10, then switching to drums for a year. After a hiatus, at age 17 he dedicated himself to music by learning flute. While attending New York University Blue threw himself headlong into music, concentrating on the saxophone. After performing and traveling extensively with Abdullah Ibrahim, T.K. moved to Paris where he recorded Egyptian Oasis, his first record as a leader, which sparked State Department tours to some 20 countries in Africa. Back in the USA since 1990, T.K. has worked constantly, in a wide range of styles and situations. Augmenting his long-term relationships as Musical Director with pianist Randy Weston and with the Spirit of Life Ensemble, for several years he was an adjunct professor at Suffolk Community College, and Montclair State University, as well as a full-time professor and director of jazz studies at Long Island University.      

Featuring: T.K. Blue – saxophones,   

1st set: 7:00 pm -7:45 pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

Greater Calvary Baptist Church 
43-55 West 124th Street 
New York NY 10027 US

First Fridays: Black Fraternities and Sororities/The Divine Nine Edition

May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm

African American fraternities and sororities have a long tradition of championing education, service and empowerment on college campuses and in communities across the country. Join us on May 4 for a special First Fridays Black Fraternities and Sororities/The Divine Nine Edition, presented in partnership with members of the Deltas, AKAs, Zetas and the Kappas!

We’re calling all fraternity and sorority members and those who love them to come celebrate the history of the Divine Nine in the Langston Hughes lobby. Wear your paraphernalia and rep your organization as we dance to beats provided by DJ Ocross & WBLS's own DJ Jon Quick. 

In addition, First Friday guests are invited to visit our exhibitions during extended viewing hours:

Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. presents an intimate travelogue of King’s pilgrimage to India, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance in Oslo, Norway, and work as a non-violent crusader for civil rights, as captured by select photographers of the day in the Latimer/Edison Gallery. 

Syncretic Vibrations that engages a call-and-response between students in our Teen Curators program and the work of anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits, located in the American Negro Theatre

Signature drinks and food will be available for purchase from Melba's Harlem in the lower level in the American Negro Theater.

Dress Code: Rep your Greek Organization with your colors or letters!

#FirstFridays

#SchomburgCenter

21+ Event 

There is an admission charge for this event: FREE - Registration Required.

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

 

To Sleep with Anger + When It Rains

May 3, 2019 7:00pm

May 3—Post-screening Q&A with Charles Burnett

To Sleep with Anger
Dir. Charles Burnett
1990, 102min, DCP
With Danny Glover, Paul Butler, DeVaughn Nixon

Charles Burnett’s beguiling, poetic realist fable charts the fissures that form within a Los Angeles family when they receive a surprise visit from an old Southern acquaintance (a mesmerizing Danny Glover), who turns out to be the houseguest from hell—perhaps literally. Interweaving strains of black folklore, surrealism, and macabre comedy, Burnett fashions a masterpiece of idiosyncratic genius.

When It Rains
Dir. Charles Burnett
1995, 13min, 35mm

In Burnett’s jazz-inflected reflection on music, black identity, and community, a trumpeter spends New Years Day helping a friend raise money to pay her rent and keep her from being evicted.

Run time: 115min
General Admission: $15

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

 

E-Moves (5/3/19)

May 3, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Program A (5/2–5/4)

FLUXX, Joseph Webb and Barédu Ahmed aka Long Arms (L.A.) and pop-up performers Sun Kim and Cein Lockefeller

E-Moves celebrates twenty years of commissioning, presenting and nurturing choreographers of color across the spectrum of contemporary dance idioms to create new work! In this edition we uplift the cogent power of Hip-Hop dance to transport the crowd and push the boundaries of movement. Born out of social dance in urban community park cyphers, basement ballrooms and now seen across the globe on esteemed stages and concert halls Hip-Hop dance is a prayer and a roar. Two commissioned choreographers FLUXX and Omari Mizrahi/Les Ballet Afrik will present a work in progress and a world premiere respectively. E-Moves choreographers also include It’s Showtime NYC, Joseph Webb and Barédu Ahmed aka Long Arms (L.A.) and pop-up performers Sun Kim, Cein Lockefeller, Soraya Lundy and Tweet Boogie. Pop-up performers curated by Adesola Osakalumi.

Tickets: $25

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

Apollo Music Cafe featuring John Holiday

May 3, 2019 10:00pm

Returning to the Apollo after his break-out performance as John Blue in last season’s world-premiere opera production of Daniel Roumain and Marc Bamuti Joseph’s, We Shall Not Be Moved, John Holiday headlines this intimate Café performance with a set that effortless connects the African American musical traditions of jazz, R&B and gospel with opera.

Countertenor John Holiday, winner of the 2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award and nominee for “Newcomer of the Year” by the German magazine Opernwelt, has quickly established himself as a fast-rising singer to watch, with his voice that has been praised as “a thing of astonishing beauty” (New Yorker). Holiday’s 2018-19 season includes a role debut as Nero in Agrippina with Ars Lyrica, Handel's Israel in Egypt with MasterVoices at Carnegie Hall, and a debut with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor in Handel’s Messiah. His season continues with his debut at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, singing the role of the First Male Voice in Huang Ruo’s chamber opera Paradise Interrupted.  Most recently, he was chosen as a 2018 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 honoree, in the company of individuals such as Madeleine Albright, Glenn Close, and Janelle Monáe.

#ApolloMusicCafe

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

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman

May 3, 2019 - July 28, 2019

Artist Augusta Savage (1892–1962) overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become one of America’s most influential 20th-century artists. Her sculptures celebrate African American culture, and her work as an arts educator, activist, and Harlem Renaissance leader catalyzed social change. This exhibition explores Savage’s lasting legacy through her own work and that of the younger artists she inspired, including Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000), Gwendolyn Knight (1913–2005), and Norman Lewis (1901–1979). Through more than 50 works of art and archival materials, it illuminates Savage’s artistic vision, as well as her profound impact on her students and her community. Organized by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and coordinated at New-York Historical by Wendy N. E. Ikemoto, associate curator of American art. 

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Location: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York NY 10024 US

Summer on the Hudson: Monuments Tour of Riverside Park

May 4, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm

The New York Historical Society  and Summer on the Hudson partner for a monuments tour of Riverside Park, an Olmsted gem and one of New York City’s Scenic Landmarks. Join us for a guided walk along Riverside Drive that highlights the park’s development as well as its historic and commemorative monuments.

Tour A begins at the 72nd Street park entrance and proceeds north. Tour B begins at the 122nd Street General Grant National Memorial and proceeds south. Each tour is approximately 1.5 miles and involves some walking up hills. Wear comfortable shoes.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Cost: Free

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Location: Riverside Park - General Grant National Memorial, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive, New York NY 10027 USA

Keys to the City: The Ultimate New York City Scavenger Hunt

May 4, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm

50 clues, 2 boroughs, 1 winner. The Museum of the City of New York presents the ultimate New York City scavenger hunt.

Explore the greatest city on Earth by decoding clues to locations around Manhattan and Brooklyn – from iconic buildings to historic watering holes – while helping us raise vital funds for the Museum of the City of New York! Join the after party at the Museum for a toast to celebrate your journey, meet the other teams, and see if you’ve won any of our coveted prizes.

Have Fun and Make a Difference! 

Scavenger hunt registration fees and team fundraising efforts will directly support the Museum's mission of fostering understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the world’s most influential metropolis. 

How It Works:

  • Teams of at most 10 and at least 3 players start from a location of their choosing to decipher clues to identify sites in the Lower East Side, Two Bridges, the Financial District, Brooklyn Heights, and DUMBO. Any individual registrants without a team will be assigned to one
  • Clues are worth different point values depending on difficulty and distance
  • Teams must photograph all of their members at the clue sites and post their pictures to a team-designated Instagram account to earn points
  • Teams do not have to visit every site; rather, the objective is to earn as many points as possible in the allotted time
  • Afterwards, participants will meet at the Museum for an after party where winners will be announced and prizes awarded
  • Please have cash on hand – Bonus points may be offered at select sites and could include optional low-cost purchases
  • In case of rain – The scavenger hunt will be rescheduled to Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please note that no refunds will be offered if the event is moved to the rain date

Prizes:

  • First Place - A private gallery tour and reception for the winning team as well as Family Museum Memberships for each team member (valued at $150)  
  • Second Place - Family Museum Memberships for each team member (valued at $150)  
  • Additional prizes for fundraising to be announced! 

Scavenger Hunt Timeline: 

  • 10:00 am – Hunt begins when players receive the clues and instructions via email
  • 2:00 pm – Hunt concludes, participants meet at the Museum for awards and after party
  • 4:00 pm – After party concludes

Price: $50 per person

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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets, New York NY 10029 US

Glimpse

May 4-5, 2019 10:30am, 3:30pm

Oorkaan

What shape is the sound of a double bass? What does purple sound like? How do you sing a tree? Using responsive technology and colorful live projections, innovative Dutch company Oorkaan presents a visual concert that poetically and playfully imagines what music might look like if we could see it. Young audiences are transported to an enchanted space where music activates a range of possibilities. Featuring Oorkaan’s original jazz-inflected compositions, including vocals, a double bass, and percussion, Glimpse is full of sensory surprises, offering a multitude of ways for children to connect to music.

Run time: 40min
All tickets:  $16

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Location: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Summer on the Hudson: Shape Up NYC Dance Fitness in West Harlem Piers Park

May 4 - September 28, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm

Join Shape Up NYC's fun dance fitness classes! Colorful outfits are encouraged! 

Dance fitness classes feature aerobic, fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body with easy-to-follow dance steps. 

Shape Up NYC is a free, drop-in fitness program with locations across the five boroughs. You do not need to be a member of a recreation center in order to attend a class, though you must bring a lock for classes held at recreation centers. Our fitness instructors know how to make fitness fun!

Cost: Free

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Location: West Harlem Piers, Henry Hudson Pkwy btwn St. Clair and West 135th St., New York NY 10027 US

Cinco de Bougie "Harlem Edition" Networking Brunch for Women of Color

May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Touted as one of the most empowering and inspirational networking events in New York City, the Bougie Brunch returns with a festive Uptown flair! Join the BB Group for a celebratory gathering for women of color to connect. The afternoon will be lively with entertainment, delicious cuisine and cocktails. Tickets are limited. Get your seat at the table today!

For partnership and sponsorship opportunities email info@bougiebunchgroup.com

Tickets: $61

Contact: Ericka Hatfield
Email: info@bougiebunchgroup.com

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Location: Cecil Steakhouse, 210 West 118th Street, New York NY 10026 United States

Compensation

May 4, 2019 2:00pm

Directed by Zeinabu Irene Davis | 1999

With Michelle A. Banks, John Earl Jelks, Christopher Smith

One of the most innovative films of the 1990s, the poetic first feature from Zeinabu Irene Davis traces the parallel love stories of two black couples—in each case a deaf woman and a hearing man—in the early 1900s and 1990s as they face discrimination and the respective threats of tuberculosis and AIDS. To make the film accessible to deaf audiences, Davis employs sign language and a range of silent film techniques that in turn pay homage to the very first generation of black filmmakers.

Run time: 95min
Format: 16mm
General Admission: $15

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

Physically Integrated Workshop: Mark Morris Dance Group

May 4, 2019 4:00pm

Led by Domingo Estrada Jr. and Nicole Sabella
In conjunction with Pepperland 
Co-presented by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group
For dancers with and without disabilities

Company members from Mark Morris Dance Group lead a master class around this season’s presentation of Pepperland. The session begins with a warm-up, followed by select movement phrases and character work from the piece, which integrates live music from different times and cultures, including eastern music, jazz, and classical. Assistants will be on hand to provide modifications for movement as needed. Participants are welcome to share any accommodation needs up to 48 hours in advance and we will coordinate assistance accordingly.

Run time: 2hrs
All tickets:  $20

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Location: Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Daughters of the Dust

May 4, 2019 4:30pm

Directed by Julie Dash | 1991

With Cora Lee Day, Barbara O, Alva Rogers

Julie Dash’s gorgeous evocation of early-20th century Gullah life chronicles three generations of women in the Peazant family—descendants of slaves living on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina—as several prepare to leave home to migrate north. Steeped in the language, culture, and customs of the Gullah people, Daughters of the Dust is a dreamy, at times mystic, celebration of folk traditions and black womanhood.

Run time: 112min
Format: DCP
General Admission: $15

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

Double For Your Trouble (Gospel Stage Play)

May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 7:15pm

Double For Your Trouble is the modern day story of Job. Most of us are familiar with the biblical story of how Job's life was turned upside down when the enemy executed a full attached on him. However through it all, Job’s faith and love for God never wavered. Although his heart was broken and his body was overcome with pain, Job believed and trusted that God would deliver him.

Most of us have gone through experiences that would have caused us to lose our mind if it had not been for the Lord on our side. Ebony, our modern day Job, is under the attack of the enemy and has hit rock bottom. She is well aware of the story of Job but will it be enough to carry her through her own personal heart break?

Tragedy has caused Ebony to experience a stream of emotions…denial, hurt, anger, depression, rebellion...which have left her mentally, physically and emotionally drained. Can God restore and mend Ebony’s broken heart? Yes, He can! But will she allow Him to? 

Double For Your Trouble is the story of God’s love and His ability to restore what the enemy has stolen from you… and give you double for your trouble.

Cost: $35 – $40

Contact: Lisa Evans-Graham
Email: rosebabyent@gmail.com
Phone: 646-797-7227

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Location: Oberia D. Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street btwn Malcolm X & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvds, New York NY 10027 US

Sankofa

May 4, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Haile Gerima | 1993

With Kofi Ghanaba, Oyafunmike Ogunlano, Alexandra Duah

This blistering, elaborately stylized parable from LA Rebellion leader Haile Gerima (Bush Mama) is a beautiful and disturbing Afrocentric interrogation of the past through a contemporary lens. While on a photo shoot in Ghana, an African-American model who has lost touch with her roots is transported back in time to a sugar plantation in the antebellum South, where she experiences the horrors of slavery and discovers the power of revolt.

General Admission: $15

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

 

E-Moves (5/4/19)

May 4, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Program A (5/2–5/4)

FLUXX, Joseph Webb and Barédu Ahmed aka Long Arms (L.A.) and pop-up performers Sun Kim and Cein Lockefeller

E-Moves celebrates twenty years of commissioning, presenting and nurturing choreographers of color across the spectrum of contemporary dance idioms to create new work! In this edition we uplift the cogent power of Hip-Hop dance to transport the crowd and push the boundaries of movement. Born out of social dance in urban community park cyphers, basement ballrooms and now seen across the globe on esteemed stages and concert halls Hip-Hop dance is a prayer and a roar. Two commissioned choreographers FLUXX and Omari Mizrahi/Les Ballet Afrik will present a work in progress and a world premiere respectively. E-Moves choreographers also include It’s Showtime NYC, Joseph Webb and Barédu Ahmed aka Long Arms (L.A.) and pop-up performers Sun Kim, Cein Lockefeller, Soraya Lundy and Tweet Boogie. Pop-up performers curated by Adesola Osakalumi.

Tickets: $25

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

Apollo Music Cafe featuring Alicia Olatuja

May 4, 2019 10:00pm

Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage”, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals,artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless (2014). Over the past year, Alicia’s own band has been steadily in demand, and they have performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Jazz Standard, Vermont Jazz Center, Rockport Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Monty Alexander Jazz Fest, and the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, to name a few. Alicia was a featured vocalist on Gregory Porter’s 2017 Grammy-winning “Take Me To The Alley”.

Now focusing on the rich contributions of a diverse selection of female composers, Alicia is set to release her sophomore album, Intuition: From the Minds of Women in 2019 on the Resilience Music Alliance label. The album celebrates the achievements of a long list of esteemed female composers, while offering a musical perspective unique to Olatuja. She is joined by Kamau Kenyatta and Ulysses Owens Jr. as producers and the material includes songs of Brenda Russell, Sade, Tracy Chapman, Kate Bush, Angela Bofill and Linda Creed.

Standard Ticket: $22

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

Summer on the Hudson: Tai Chi

May 5, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am

Join instructor Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice tai chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. 

This event repeats every week on Sunday between May 5, 2019 and August 11, 2019.

Cost: Free

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Location: Riverside Park - Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive, New York NY 10024 USA

Summer on the Hudson: Irish Arts Center New York City Irish Dance Festival

May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Irish Arts Center kicks off Summer on the Hudson's 2019 season with its annual day-long Irish Dance Festival featuring performances by hundreds of the best Irish dancers, with opportunities for the whole family to join in.

Cost: Free

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Location: Pier 1, Riverside Park South at West 70th Street, New York NY U.S.

Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

May 5, 2019 4:00pm

Directed by Leslie Harris | 1992

With Ariyan A. Johnson, Kevin Thigpen, Ebony Jerido

Shot in 17 days on a shoestring budget, Leslie Harris’ indie cult classic is an electrifying portrait of brash and brilliant Brooklyn teen Chantel, who remains determined to succeed in life even when a personal crisis threatens to derail her dreams. Described by Harris as “a film Hollywood dared not to do,” Just Another Girl on I.R.T. offers something still all too rare on screen: a dynamic depiction of an outspoken, fearless young black woman drawn with real-world complexity.

Post-screening Q&A with Leslie Harris

Run time: 92min
General Admission: $15

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

Eve's Bayou + Dreadlocks and the Three Bears

May 5, 2019 6:30pm

Eve’s Bayou
Dir. Kasi Lemmons
1997, 109min, 35mm
With Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield 

Kasi Lemmons made a splash with one of the most distinctive directorial debuts of the 1990s, a richly atmospheric, Southern Gothic stew of sex, lies, and voodoo in which a young girl witnesses secrets and deceptions tear her wealthy Louisiana family apart. A hothouse blend of Creole folklore, magic, and mysticism, Eve’s Bayou provides a scintillating showcase for a powerhouse ensemble of black actresses.

Dreadlocks and the Three Bears
Dir. Alile Sharon Larkin
1991, 12min 

The classic Goldilocks fairy tale gets an Afrocentric twist in this playfully subversive construction paper cutout animation.

GENERAL ADMISSION: $15

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

Down in the Delta

May 5, 2019 9:30pm, May 6, 2019 4:30pm

Directed by Maya Angelou | 1998

With Alfre Woodard, Wesley Snipes, Al Freeman, Jr., Esther Rolle

The one and only film directed by Maya Angelou features an Oscar-worthy performance from Alfre Woodard as a troubled Chicago mother who, while staying with her uncle in the Mississippi Delta, finds redemption by reconnecting with her family’s history. A natural filmmaker, Angelou imbues her characters with remarkable depth and complexity, forgoing easy sentiment in favor of an authenticity that lives in its indelible details.

Run time: 112min
Format: 35mm
General Admission: $15

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

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