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Between the Lines: John Woman by Walter Mosley

December 11, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm


Walter Mosley is the author of more than fifty critically-acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. Mosley will discuss and read from his latest novel John Woman. A book signing will follow.

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

Jazz Gallery Mentorship Concert: Eric Revis w/ Julius Rodriguez

December 11, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Tickets: $10

We’ve partnered with the Jazz Gallery to continue the tradition of jazz mentorship. Here veteran bassist Eric Revis takes budding artist Julius Rodriguez under his wing for a performance inspired by Revis’s approach to composition and bandleading.

Featuring: Eric Revis – bass, Julius Rodriguez – piano, Andrew D’Angelo – saxophone, and Nasheet Waits – drums

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

Harlem Jazz Series - Craig Harris Quartet

December 11, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Cost: $15

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. 

Featuring: Adam Klipple – piano, Calvin Jones – bass, Shirazette Tinnin – drums, and Craig Harris – trombone

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

Lapidus Center Presents: Teaching Slavery

December 12, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm


Join us in conversation with leading scholars and educators Manisha Sinha and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas about how teachers can and should help students understand slavery in U.S. history. Manisha Sinha is a Professor of American History at the University of Connecticut and author of The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture and International Education with the Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania and co-editor of Reading African American Experiences in the Obama Era: Theory, Advocacy, Activism.

Presented in collaboration with the Schomburg Center’s Education department.

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

CUNY School of Medicine hosts Mini-Medical School on opioid crisis

December 12, 2018 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm


The topic of the next Mini-Medical School session at The City College of New York will be “Opioids Everywhere: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Combatting the Current Crisis.” The speaker is Dr. Howard Greller, Director of Research and Medical Toxicology in the Emergency Department at St. Barnabas Hospital Health Systems, who will focus on the current opioid crisis impacting the city and the nation.

The talk is free and will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. on the City College Campus, 160 Convent Avenue, in the North Academic Center (NAC) Ballroom. Refreshments will be served.

The CUNY School of Medicine, located on the campus of the City College of New York, hosts a series of free health information sessions for the Harlem community. Mini-Medical School provides an opportunity to explore various health topics, empowering community members with the knowledge to actively take part in their healthcare and that of their families. With no prior educational requirements, this program is open to all members of the Harlem community. Information is presented in an engaging, easy-to-understand style by health professionals and experts in related fields.

We welcome everyone in the community to attend.

 Location - City College of New York, 160 Convent Avenue, New York NY 10031 US

Harlem Jazz Series - Jorge Sylvester

December 14, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost: $20

A unique innovator in the idiom of creative music, Jorge Sylvester’s sound is reminiscent of another time in jazz history when artists like Dolphy and Ornette were exploding on the scene and experimenting with concepts that would ultimately revolutionize music at large. A throwback to the future, Mr. Sylvester has been on the cutting edge of that scene since 1980 when he first came to New York City. His blend of African-Caribbean rhythms with new music is what gives Sylvester his distinguished voice. An impressive composer and arranger, Sylvester has performed with Stefon Harris, Rodney Kendrick, Karl Berger, the David Murray Big Band, poet Sekou Sundiata, the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, the Oliver Lake Big Band, Kuumba Frank Lacy’s Vibe Tribe, the Next Legacy Orchestra, Joe Bowie’s Defunkt Big Band and Nora McCarthy, with whom he also co-leads several groups, namely The ConceptualMotion Orchestra and A Small Dream In Red. Mr. Sylvester performs frequently and conducts workshops throughout the United States teaching his unique approach to composition using Afro-Caribbean rhythms.cted Trombonist of the Year 2008 - 2010, 2012 and 2014 by the magazine El Intruso of Argentina, received the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award and selected by the Downbeat Critics Poll in the Trombone category from 2010 - 2014. Steve is a teaching artist through the American Composers Orchestra, Healing Arts Initiative, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, and the Jazz Foundation of America. 

Featuring: Jorge Sylvester – alto saxophone and compositions, Nora McCarthy – voice, poetry and compositions, Donald Nicks – double bass, and Tcheser Holmes - drums

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

Apollo Music Café - Liz Vice with Kyle Shedrick

December 14, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Price: $48 -$78

Best known for her Gospel, soul, and R&B-infused album entitled, “There’s A Light,” Portland, Oregon bred vocalist, Liz Vice has won fans over with her genuine approach to music and playful interaction with audiences.   With over one million Spotify listens of title track, “There’s A Light,” Liz Vice has gained recognition from publications such as OPB’s One Song, World Cafe, eTown, NPR’s Live Wire, and Relevant Magazine amongst others.

Kyle Shedrick is a singer/songwriter from Clinton, SC. He has independently released two EPs, Who I Am and HigherPlane.

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

Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland

December 15, 2018 2:00pm - 6:00pm


Under the twinkling lights of our famous marquee, The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola invite you to bring the family for holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa Claus and amazing performances from local choirs.  This event is hosted by the Apollo Theater’s Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell.

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

Batoto Yetu Holiday Celebration 2018

December 15, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Tickets: $10 - $25

In this special holiday performance, Batoto Yetu’s dancers, musicians, and guest artists will present a dynamic blend of ancient and contemporary art forms as they share the life of Queen Nzinga Mbandi, a 17th century queen of the Mbundu people in Angola and a resilient leader who fought against the Portuguese and their expanding slave trade in Central Africa. Experience a journey that bridges pre-colonial history and present day and demonstrates the impact of the African diaspora on modern society.

Location: Aaron Davis Hall, 138 Convent Avenue, New York NY 10031 US

Apollo Music Cafe - Angela Johnson

December 15, 2018 10:00pm - 12:00am

Price: $22

Angela Johnson brings in the festive season with soulful set blending her high octane sound with classic holiday hits.    A prolific songwriter, her music has appeared on television programs including HBO’s The Wire, UPN’s Kevin Hill, FX’s The Shield, the WB’s Roswell,  A&E’s The Glades, HBO’s Oz, and FOX’s The Mindy Project.   She recently collaborated with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan member, Ghostface Killah, on his critically acclaimed, 36 Seasons album (“Love Don’t Live Here No More” and “Bamboo’s Lament”).

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

Nativity: Birth of a King presented by The Dance Ministry Institute

December 15 and 16, 2018 | 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Cost: $45 - balcony; $60 - orchestra; group rates/tickets available for group of ten (10) or more

Come and experience the love, joy, and excitement of the Christmas season by experiencing Dance Ministry Institute's (DMI) performance of Nativity: Birth of a King.

NATIVITY: BIRTH OF A KING is a full-scale dance drama that unveils the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ through the artistic expressions of dance and song. This theatrical production incorporates 100 cast members (representing over 50 churches), 20 dance scenes, pre-recorded and live music, featured soloists and a 50-voice choir to convey the cultural conditions surrounding the birth of Christ.

The NATIVITY is packed with visually arresting and spiritually moving dance performances that minister to your heart, mind, and spirit. With compelling choreography, beautiful lighting, and creative costumes, NATIVITY engages audiences from beginning to end.

Performance schedule:
Saturday, Dec 15th - 2:00 pm Matinee and 7:00 pm 
Sunday, Dec 16th -  2:00 pm Matinee and 7:00 pm 

Location: Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street btwn Tenth and Eleventh Aves, New York, NY 10019

Intergenerational Jam Session

December 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Tickets: $0 - $10

Pianist and master educator Eli Yamin has a way of bringing people together through jazz. He’s a blues evangelist who partners an infectious love for the music with a passion for sharing it in ways that everyone can understand. His musical workshops, full of clapping, singing, dance and play, invite listeners to feel the music deep in their bones.

Here, Yamin and friends kick off the afternoon with a romping set of blues and jazz, followed by an all-ages jam session open to musicians, singers, and dancers of every stripe.

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

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