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Eid al-Fitr

June 4, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm

Celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan! Learn about Muslim cultural traditions in New York through images from our collections, get a mehndi temporary tattoo, and learn the art of Arabic calligraphy by local artists. 

Registration suggested, but not required.

Price: Free with Museum admission.

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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

Harlem Jazz Series - Tony Lewis

June 4, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Tony Lewis is a drummer/songwriter from the South Bronx, New York who has worked with a variety of stellar artists including Little Richard, Sting, Cyndi Lauper, Rakim, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Michael Hill's Blues Mob, and Craig Harris. 

'My defining moment in choosing to play the drums came from watching cats and listening. My dad, who used to play himself, was always bringing home Down Beat magazine so I would look at all the drum ads with Max Roach, Louie Bellson and Ed Shaughnessy of the Tonight Show band fame, Bernard Purdie, Jack DeJohnette, and Billy Cobham. One particular visual for me was watching the movie "The Glenn Miller Story" with James Stewart from 1954. There's a scene where he's performing (or acting like he is) in a little club jammin' with Louis Armstrong. In the club there's another drummer, the great Cozy Cole playing. Another drumming legend Gene Krupa, who played with Miller in real life happens to be in the club. So, the two start playing together on the same kit. While Cozy is sitting down on his own kit, Gene stands next to him playing his floor toms. The way these two got on while playing and created such a lovely little melody/groove on the kit, I was mesmerized, to say the least. In fact, it was inspiring to me to want to continue playing once I saw this.'

Tony Lewis - Drums

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

House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

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

Caribbean Film Series: See You Yesterday

June 4, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Stefon Bristol | 2019

With Eden Duncan-Smith, Danté Crichlow, Marsha Stephanie Blake

Back to the Future meets Groundhog Day meets Black Lives Matter in this Brooklyn time travel adventure produced by Spike Lee. After her older brother is wrongfully killed by the police, science prodigy CJ (Duncan-Smith, Netflix’s Master of None), and her best friend Sebastian, develop a makeshift time machine, desperate to use their invention to go back in time and save him.

This screening is part of the Caribbean Film Series, which presents feature films made by Caribbean filmmakers that highlight the richness, uniqueness, and viability of Caribbean cinema to Brooklyn, home to the largest population of Caribbean nationals in the United States, and to all New York City residents and visitors. For more information visit the Caribbean Film Academy website.

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

Summer on the Hudson: Pilates in the Park

June 4, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm

This event repeats every week on Tuesday between June 4, 2019 and August 13, 2019.

Join instructor Melissa Ricci, CPT, PMA from Base Fitness® for a flowing, multi-level Pilates Mat class that will tone and balance your muscles, align your body, strengthen your core, and give you renewed energy!

Bring your own mat. 

Cost: Free

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

Summer on the Hudson: Yoga Evening Salute to the Sun

June 5, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm

This event repeats every week on Wednesday between June 5, 2019 and September 25,2019.

End your day with Hatha yoga led by Hollis  in a beautiful sunset setting.

Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat.

Cost: Free

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

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

June 5, 2019 7:00pm

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.

This screening is presented in cooperation with The Racial Imaginary Institute, an Interdisciplinary Cultural Laboratory based on the premise that race is one of the prime ways history lives in us.

Appearances by filmmaker Joe Talbot and actors Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Tichina Arnold and Rob Morgan, moderated by Darnell Moore

General Admission: $16

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

in the shelter of the fold / epilogue

June 5-8, 2019 7:30pm

Doug Varone and Dancers
With Bang on a Can All-Stars
Choreography by Doug Varone

“Varone’s movement style is nuanced in such a way that is all his own, mixing dance, gesture and pedestrian nonchalance in subtle and unexpected ways.”
Chicago Tribune

In an intricately woven tapestry of sound, shape, momentum, and stillness, choreographer Doug Varone and his 13-member ensemble contemplate our private and public relationship to faith. in the shelter of the fold / epilogue comprises of seven interconnected vignettes, featuring original music by Lesley Flanigan, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Raz Mesinai, and Kevin Keller, masterfully performed by Flanigan, PUBLIQuartet, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Drawing upon Varone’s own personal questions about prayer as both a spiritual and secular dialogue, this episodic work digs deep to ask how and why we find shelter in the unknown.

Music by Lesley Flanigan, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Raz Mesinai, and Kevin Keller

Lighting Design by David Grill and David Ferri
Costume Design by Liz Prince
Full price tickets start at $25. 

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

Bold Visions, Bold Voices: The Harlem Renaissance in the 21st Century

June 6, 2019 8:30am - 3:00pm

The Harlem Renaissance was a moment of reimagining futures for the 20th century. Its works and artists revealed new visions and voices that set the stage for artists of the 21st century. The Apollo Education Program’s professional learning workshop will explore the narratives and themes of the Harlem Renaissance and connect them to the voices of our students today. Educators will be provided with the tools to connect tradition and innovation with legacies of self-determination and resistance.

Join the Apollo Education Program for this full-day workshop alongside seasoned educators to engage in hands-on performative activities, such as theater and musical experiences that will immerse you in the intersection between history and the arts.

Goals of the workshop:

  • A renewed understanding of the core ideas and philosophies that framed the Harlem Renaissance;
  • Teachable histories of people and places that embody those core ideas;
  • Tools for identifying and extracting the counter-narratives that run through African-American history and culture connecting the past to the present;
  • Strategies for student engagement and classroom arts integration; and
  • An understanding of how The Apollo Theater was and is a central part of Harlem’s (and America’s) cultural legacy.

$50 per person

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

Pride: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah

June 6, 2019 10:00am - 6:00pm

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, an uprising began against a police raid of a Greenwich Village bar—the Stonewall Inn—known to serve lesbian women, gay men, and bisexual and transgender people. The event, which turned into six days of demonstrations and conflicts with law enforcement, marked a pivotal moment in the LGBTQ rights movement. Today pride parades inspired by the Stonewall uprising are held in June in cities throughout the world.

Suggested Admission
Adults: $18
Seniors (65+), Students: $12 (with I.D.)
Under age 20: Free
Members: Free

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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

The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs

June 6, 2019 10:00am - 6:00pm

Photographs from the Beats to Stonewall.

The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs examines New York City from the tumultuous 1950s to the dawn of the 1970s through the lens of photographer Fred W. McDarrah. A curious, knowledgeable, and indefatigable visual chronicler, McDarrah created an encyclopedic archive of culture and politics for the alternative newsweekly The Village Voice; from the Beats of the 1950s to the counterculture of the ’60s to the Stonewall uprising and major political events of the early 1970s. The exhibition features images of cultural icons such as Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan, with a particular focus on the agitation for civil rights and anti–Vietnam War demonstrations.

A companion exhibition, PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah, is also on view, focusing on McDarrah’s images of gay pride and other LGBTQ parades, demonstrations, and events.

Opens June 6, 2019.

Suggested Admission:
Adults: $18
Seniors (65+), Students: $12 (with I.D.)
Under age 20: Free
Members: Free

#VoiceoftheVillage

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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

Member Mingle

June 6, 2019 6:30pm

Meet fellow BAM members and the BAM Membership team at a pre-show reception with complimentary wine and snacks. Stop by before a performance or screening (or just join us for a quick drink before dinner in the neighborhood). Open to all BAM members.

Complimentary pre-show reception for BAM members.

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

Bowen Yang presents Kung Fu Hustle

June 6, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Stephen Chow | 2004

With Chow, Tze Chung Lam, Qiu Yuen

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. 

Set in 1940s Shanghai, this action-packed, martial arts comedy follows Sing (Stephen Chow) and his friend, Bone (Feng Xiaogang), as they try to convince the residents of Pig Sty Alley that they’re members of the dreaded Axe Gang only to discover that the town’s residents are more than capable of defending themselves. Roger Ebert described the film as, “Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton meet Quentin Tarantino and Bugs Bunny.”

Inspired by the Screen Epiphanies series at London’s BFI Southbank

Before the film, Bowen Yang will discuss how Kung Fu Hustle inspired his love of cinema.

General Admission: $16

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

Summer on the Hudson: Everybody Tango!

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

This event repeats every week on Thursday between June 6, 2019 and July 25, 2019.

Enjoy introductory Argentine Tango lessons, music, and dancing in the open air.  

Lessons are held at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. with social dance time between lessons.

Live music and dancers will be featured on June 6 and July 25. 

Cost: Free

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Location: West Harlem Piers 125th Street and Marginal Street, New York NY U.S.

Summer on the Hudson: Dance for Seniors

June 6, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm

This event repeats every week on Thursday between June 6, 2019 and July 25, 2019.

Dances for a Variable Population
 master teacher Naomi Goldberg Haas and members of the intergenerational company lead dance workshops for adults of all ages and abilities, with a special focus on seniors. Celebrate moving in strong and creative ways.

No class July 4.

Cost: Free

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

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

June 6-8, 2019 7:30pm

Composed by Bryce Dessner
Libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle featuring words by Essex Hemphill & Patti Smith 
Directed by Kaneza Schaal
Roomful of Teeth with special guests Alicia Hall Moran & Isaiah Robinson
Music direction & conducting by Brad Wells

Situated somewhere between erotic heat and cool classicism, the work of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe obliterates the high-low divide, exploding classical conceptions of beauty. Fueled by a lifelong fascination with the artist’s transgressive, sacred-profane vision, composer Bryce Dessner (The National), in collaboration with Korde Arrington Tuttle, video designer Simon Harding, and director Kaneza Schaal (JACK &, 2018 Next Wave), invites us to experience these arresting images anew. Featuring photographic projections and a new score by Dessner—performed by the daring eight-person vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and a chamber orchestra—Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) examines how we look and are looked at, bringing us face to face with our innermost desires, fears, and humanity.

Set and costume design by Carlos Soto 
Lighting design by Yuki Nakase
Video by Simon Harding
Dramaturgy by Talvin Wilks & Christopher Myers

Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann in partnership with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Full price tickets start at $30.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Summer on the Hudson: #TotallyPublicKaraoke

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

This event repeats on the 1st Friday of every month between June 7, 2019 and September 6, 2019.

Amaze the crowd when you rock the mic at #TotallyPublicKaraoke nights. Bring your friends, your voice, and your courage. All ages!

Please note: This is a popular event, so please note that sign-ups are required and close between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. depending on attendance. You may not have a chance to sing. One song per person/group. We alternate young singers with adults in the lineup. 

Cost: Free

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

Harlem Jazz Series - Tony Lewis

June 7, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Melissa Slocum has been performing worldwide since 1982, and worked with such legends as Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones. Comfortable in genres ranging from duo to big band, traditional to avant garde, she performed and recorded with Charli Persip and Superband, Ralph Peterson and the Fo'tet, Avery Brooks with Craig Harris, Howard Johnson and Gravity, Dakota Staton, Kevin Mahogany, the Firey String Sistas, and the all woman big band DIVA, among many others. Television appearances include Newport Jazz Festival 1999, Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Gala, BET Interview, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN with the Kevin Mahogany Quintet and CBS News with Lionel Hampton.  Ms. Slocum holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music.  

Featuring:

Melissa Slocum – bass 

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

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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

First Fridays: Black LGBTQ World Pride Edition

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

We’re excited to kick off LGBT Pride Month at the Schomburg Center with our 5th annual First Fridays: Gay Pride Edition and with recognition of our In the Life Archive, a collection of materials of and by black LGBT people throughout history preserved in our Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

Join us as we celebrate PRIDE with the music of DJ Missy B and Craig Nice in the Langston Hughes Lobby and jam to DJ Frankie Paradise in our Schomburg Courtyard as you enjoy our signature drinks and extended viewing hours in our galleries.

The event will be hosted by Lee Soulja from Black Pride NYC. Legendary drag performer Harmonica Sunbeam will also hit the stage for a legendary performance!

Suggested donations are welcome. 

Dress code is FABULOUS!

21+ Event 

FREE. First come, first served. 

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

Mapplethorpe in Performance

June 7, 2019 6:00pm

With Bryce Dessner, Korde Arrington Tuttle, Kaneza Schaal
Moderated by Nico Wheadon
In conjunction with Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

The creative team behind this season’s production of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), composer Bryce Dessner, director Kaneza Schaal, and multidisciplinary artist and dramaturg Korde Arrington Tuttle, discusses the range of artistic influences that informed Robert Mapplethorpe’s work—and how the production translates the visual medium into an interdisciplinary experience.

All tickets: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - Hillman Attic Studio, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Double For Your Trouble (Gospel Stage Play)

June 8, 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

Parquet Courts / Sachiko Kanenobu / Arp / Prince of Queens

June 8, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Brooklyn pioneers have long provided a contemporary perspective on a vintage aesthetic, their restless spirit consistently forcing their core punk aesthetic to break new ground. Their latest LP, 2018’s Danger Mouse-produced Wide Awake!, further evidences an adeptness at finding new ways to keep rock music interesting. The boys are joined by the Japanese cult hero Sachiko Kanenobu; She has only recently begun performing her 1972 debut Misora, which channels Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan with a tenderness to rival the folk legends.

Cost: Free

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

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