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Japanese Breakfast / Hatchie / House of Nod

June 24, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm

One of indie rock’s strongest new voices, Michelle Zauner showcases a diverse pop palette as Japanese Breakfast. Writing pretty pop songs about death and grief while wielding strings and AutoTune with equal aplomb, she brings a production both nuanced and cinematic in scope. With support from Australia’s Hatchie, a Pitchfork “Rising” artist with a spaced-out dream pop wall of sound whose debut LP, Keepsake (out June 21), floats as if carried by a cloud.

Cost: Free

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

Harlem Jazz Series - Art Baron

June 25, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Arthur Baron is a trombonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. His defining work was with Duke Ellington, where he toured and recorded from 1973 – 1974.  He has worked with a host of luminaries, including Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, BB King, and Cab Calloway.  In 2006 he was a member of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions Band, touring Europe and the US.  There he performed on trombone, sousaphone, penny whistles & mandolin. He has received several commissions, including Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Art has been deeply involved with education, conducting workshop/clinics and guest appearances with a variety of age groups from pre-school to colleges and universities. In addition, Art was featured nightly as a soloist in the Broadway hit, AFTER MIDNIGHT, bringing his Ellington expertise to the production. Currently, he leads The Duke's Men, an ensemble of Ellington alumni, and is a mainstay at The Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, with his group Art Baron & Friends. Today, Art’s 

Musicians - Art Baron – trombone

House doors open 11:30am

1st set 12 pm – 12:45 pm; 2nd set 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm 

Phone: 212-662-7779

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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

Always / The Courtneys / Ellis

June 26, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Celebrate Canada Day with two female fronted pop bands from opposite ends of the Great White North. Toronto-via-Prince Edward Island 5-piece Alvvays is best known for their breakout hit “Archie, Marry Me;” channeling a love for Teenage Fanclub into witty lyrics and sweet melodies that have a sound all their own, their latest LP, 2017’s “Antisocialites,” took home a Juno Award. They’re joined by Vancouver’s sun-drenched Flying Nun-influenced indie pop band The Courtneys, the first non-New Zealand band signed to the legendary Kiwi label responsible for the enduring “Dunedin Sound.” The all-women 3-piece serves up breezy, catchy songs about broken hearts chock full of pop culture references. Kicking off the showcase are the dreamy emo pop sound of Ellis.

Cost: Free

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

Caribbean Film Series: Sprinter

June 26, 2019 7:30pm

Directed by Storm Saulter | 2019

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.

Storm Saulter, a leading light of contemporary Jamaican cinema, directs this rousing underdog tale of Akeem, a talented high school runner who must rise above a turbulent home life on his way to becoming the country’s next track and field star. Pulsing with color, movement, and music—and featuring a cameo from none other than Usain Bolt—Sprinter is both a multidimensional portrait of a young man finding his way and a vibrant celebration of Jamaican culture.

General Admission: $15

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

Small Island

June 27, 2019 7:00pm

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel comes to life in an epic new theater adaptation as part of National Theatre Live. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, from the Second World War to 1948: the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, England.

In these three intricately connected stories, Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

General Admission: $28

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

3rd Annual LGBTQ Teen Summit

June 27, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm

Join us for a prideful full-day experience for teens and youth as part of World Pride. Celebrate the intersections of LGBTQ culture, history, and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall Riots amongst peers and allies. 

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

Phony Ppl / Conya Doss

June 27, 2019 12:00pm

“a matured fusion of modern-pop songcraft, live-band hip-hop drive, classic-R&B singing and instrumental Steely Dan poise”
—Rolling Stone on Phony Ppl

The video for Phony Ppl’s “Before You Get A Boyfriend” opens to these five friends from Crown Heights in a familiar pose: hanging out on the front stoop of a Brooklyn brownstone. Singer Elbee Thrie’s warm vocals blend with laid-back grooves to showcase this young band’s affection for bossa nova, classic hip-hop, and 90s rap. Since the release of their album Yesterday’s Tomorrow in 2015—highlighted by Rolling Stone after a rock critic saw the group performing in a subway station—Phony Ppl has performed with Erykah Badu, Fetty Wap, and the Roots. They are joined on the MetroTech stage with an opening performance by indie soul singer Conya Doss, whose smooth, soaring vocals have won her a dedicated following even without the support of a major record label.

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

After StoneWall 50 Years Of Black & Brown Resistance

June 27, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Schomburg LGBTQ Programing in conjunction with Stonewall After 50 at NYPL Exhibition at SASB

Curated By Frank Leon Roberts

On behalf of the Baldwin Hansberry Project & NYPL Schomburg Center

  • An Esteemed Panel Discussion On Stonewall 50 Years of Black & Brown Resistance
  • Panelist
    Deray McKesson
    Elle Hearns
    Darnell Moore
    Kerbie Joseph
    Nala Simmon
  • Performance: Harmonica (Songs for Marsha)
  • Performance: (Curated by Black Pride NYC Organization Founder Lee Solider)
  • Cocktail Reception

In anticipation of the historic 50th year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (the landmark black and brown-led 1969 rebellion that gave birth to the modern LGBT rights movement)—the Baldwin Hansberry Project will partner with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to host a special one day symposium entitled “After Stonewall: 50 Years of Black and Brown Resistance.”

The keynote event of this symposium will be a staged public intergenerational dialogue between leading black LGBT activists reflecting on the various “lessons” that Stonewall teach contemporary activists (i.e. the importance of letting Transwomen lead; the political effectiveness of disruptive direct action; and the power of multiracial organizing). During the symposium, we will launch the hashtag #BlackStonewall50 as a public awareness campaign that highlights the black and brown roots of Stonewall.

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


Duck Down BBQ: Black Moon and Smif-n-Wessun / Statik Selektah (DJ Set) & Surprise Guests

June 27, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Boot Camp Click is at it again, back in Betsy Head Park for another year of the Duck Down BBQ. The hip-hop label’s annual cookout is hosted by members of the seminal Brownsville, Brooklyn clique—Black Moon (Enta Da Stage, “Who Got The Props?”) and Smif-n-Wessun (aka Cocoa Brovaz), boom-bap OGs who helped define a 90s soul & jazz-sampling NYC rap sound that continues to be mined for inspiration by generations of New York rappers.

Cost: Free

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Location: Betsy Head Park, 865 Thomas S Boyland Street, Brooklyn NY 11212 US

West Side Story

June 27, 2019 8:30pm

Directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise | 1961

With Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno

Leonard Bernstein’s music meets Jerome Robbins’ choreography in a Romeo and Juliet tale transposed to 1950s Upper West Side New York City. Rival teenage gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, vie for street dominance, snapping their fingers through brawls and rumbles. Tension builds in more than one way, as new love forms between members of opposing sides. Natalie Wood offers a star turn as young Puerto Rican Maria, whose romance with Tony (Richard Beymer) feels as if it can soothe the uptown war. Parts spirited and heartbreaking, this visually dazzling Best Picture winner maintains its foothold as an American classic.

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

Do the Right Thing: 30th Anniversary

June 28 - July 4, 2019 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm, 9:30pm

Directed by Spike Lee | 1989

With Lee, Rosie Perez, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis

Screenings before 6pm will play in a brand new 4K DCP. Screenings after 6pm will play in a brand new 35mm print.

In Spike Lee’s landmark Brooklyn classic, the streets of Bed-Stuy boil as racial tensions run high on the hottest day of the year. Loaded with an amazing supporting cast (including Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, and Ruby Dee) and music by Public Enemy, Do the Right Thing swings effortlessly from satire to social commentary—and thirty years after its controversial release remains an essential cultural touchstone for a very different Brooklyn.

General Admission: $15

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

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

June 28 - July 4, 2019 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm, 9:30pm

Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | 2019

Acclaimed filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders offers an artful and intimate meditation on the extraordinary life and career of legendary storyteller Toni Morrison. Morrison—who describes her initial inspiration to write as a direct result of no one taking a “little black girl” seriously—reflects expansively on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative, leading an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America, and the human condition through the prism of her own literature.

General Admission: $15

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

Summer on the Hudson: Friday Freshen Up Musical Hour

June 28, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Get out to the park and kick off the weekend with some local sounds at this monthly musical get-happy hour. 

Friday Freshen Up takes place on the last Friday of the month from May through August.



This event repeats on the last Friday of every month between May 31, 2019 and August 30, 2019.

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

Harlem Jazz Series - James Brandon Lewis

June 28, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

James Brandon Lewis (b. 1983 Buffalo, NY) is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in today’s scene. Lewis has shared the stage with Ken Filano, Darius Jones and Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Mark Ribot, Anthony Coleman and many others. Jazz legend Sonny Rollins endorsed Lewis as a “promising young player with the potential to do great things having listened to the Elders.” New York Times had this to say, “James Brandon Lewis is a jazz saxophonist in his ‘30s, raw toned but measured, doesn’t sound steeped in the current jazz academy values; there’s an independence about him.” Lewis leads numerous ensembles and is the co-founder of Poetry Music Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders. Lewis attended Howard University, with a MFA from California Institute of the Arts. 

James Brandon Lewis – sax 

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

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com
Phone: 212-662-7779

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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

Young M.A / Funk Flex

June 28, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

“The quintessential New York MC” (The FADER) first turned heads rocking Bobby Shmurda’s flow harder than he could on M.A The Mixtape, but by 2016 Young M.A had cracked both the Billboard charts and Forbes’ 30-under-30 list on the strength of the triple-platinum mega-hit, “OOOUUU.” Her latest hit—a remix of Blueface’s “Thotiana”—proves she’s “one of the boys” but still does their schtick better than they do. She is joined by NYC hip-hop figurehead and radio DJ, Funk Flex.

Cost: Free

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Location: Betsy Head Park, 865 Thomas S Boyland Street, Brooklyn NY 11212 US

Life’s Women

June 28, 2019 – October 6, 2019

For the editors of LIFE—the first magazine to tell stories with photographs rather than text—the camera was not merely a reporter, but also a potent commentator with the power to frame news and events for a popular audience. For decades, Americans saw the world through the lens of the magazine’s photographers. Yet between the 1930s and the early 1970s, LIFE kept only six women photographers on staff. LIFE’s Womenfeatures more than 80 images showcasing the extraordinary work created by those six staff photographers: Margaret Bourke-White, Hansel Mieth, Marie Hansen, Martha Holmes, Nina Leen, and Lisa Larsen. 

How were these women part of a larger editorial vision? What topics did they cover, and how did their work reflect—and sometimes expand—the mission of the magazine? The exhibit reveals these photographers’ important role in creating modern photojournalism and defining what LIFE editor-in-chief Henry Luce called the “American Century.” Curated by Sarah Gordon, curatorial scholar in women’s history, Center for Women’s History, and Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator and head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections; with Erin Levitsky, Ryerson University; and William J. Simmons, Andrew Mellon Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Women’s History.

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

Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora

June 29, 2019 10:00am - 6:00pm

“My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” ― Malcolm X

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of global black experiences. Our inaugural Schomburg Center Literary Festival expands our long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. We will spotlight talented literary figures in the US and abroad. The day-long book festival will feature exhibitors, readings, panel discussions, workshops and more for all ages, from prose to poetry, comic books to young adult novels, fiction and non-fiction. The 2019 Schomburg Center Literary Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10am.

Cost: 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

West Harlem Arts & Jazz Fest - Uptown Swing @ Columbia

June 29, 2019 1:00pm

The Harlem Cultural Collaborative, Harlem One Stop and Columbia University celebrate the Harlem Renaissance 100 with an Uptown Swing Dance on Saturday, June 29 from 1pm - 6:30 pm. The celebration will include mini-performances and tabling by a few of Harlem's premier cultural organizations, and a pop-up photo booth for Harlem Renaissance-inspired photographs.

The performance program kicks off at 2pm:

Performance by Harlem Opera Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem Jazz Swing Band led by Andre Carvalho of Manhattan School of Music and we will close out with the Patience Higgins Jazz and Swing Quintet Sugar Hill Creamery and the latest addition to West Harlem eateries, Dear Mama Coffee, will offer lite fare and pastries.

Contact: Jessica Reyes
Email: jr3533@columbia.edu
Phone: 212-854-5141

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Location: Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University, 615 West 129th Street, New York NY 10027 USA

Virgin Island Jazz Collective

June 29, 2019 7:00pm

The VI Jazz Collective is an ensemble of young Virgin Islanders showcasing the musical heritage of the US Virgin Islands and their forefathers through the harmonic structure of jazz.

The VI Jazz Collective:

Keshawn Hardy – Trumpet
Sherwin Williams – Saxophone
Jairay Petty – Piano
Sam Smith – Bass
Joshua Farrell – Drums
Eljhaie Brathwaite – Steel Pan
Howard Peters – Vibes

Under the Direction of Mr. Dion Parson, these young musicians have been developing their musical craft since 2014 as members of the VI Youth Ensemble (VIYE) – a performance-based education program administered by United Jazz Foundation for musically talented Junior High and High School students on the US Virgin Islands.

The VI Jazz Collective provides an opportunity for VIYE alumni to spread their wings and represent the US Virgin Islands on a National and International level as part of the world-wide campaign “Made in the VI”; a collaboration between the Economic Development Agency (EDA) of the US Virgin Islands and United Jazz Foundation!

Tickets: $10

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

Jonathan McReynolds

June 29, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Jonathan McReynolds is a gospel musician who began his music career in 2012 with the release of Life Music . The album charted on three Billboard charts: the Billboard 200, Gospel Albums, and Independent Albums. His latest full-length album Make Room debuted #1 on Billboard Gospel, and an instant Grammy favorite. “Not Lucky, I’m Loved” gave Jonathan his first #1 song on Billboard. His second album Life Music: Stage Two features another superstar fan in India.Arie and went on to grab a Grammy nomination and a Dove Award win. In 2018, his one hour TV special aired on TV One and he was also the first in his genre to form a major partnership with Tidal.

Cost: Free

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Location: Betsy Head Park, 865 Thomas S Boyland Street, Brooklyn NY 11212 US

Everybooty 2019

June 29, 2019 9:00pm

BAM presents Everybooty

“The parties are plentiful during Pride Week, but Everybooty at Brooklyn Academy of Music is set to become the arty-queer event of the season.”

Everybooty descends on BAM this WorldPride weekend for a four-floor, more-is-more art party with the glitteriest critters of the queer art and nightlife worlds. This radical evening of revelry fills the BAM Fisher from basement to rooftop with performances, DJs, installations, and general ruckus, serving up too much as just enough.

New for 2019: a piano lounge for group singalongs, hosted by Marc Oleszko and featuring special guests Salty Brine, Jo Lampert, Erin Markey, Tasha Michelle, and more! Andre J., Switch n’ Play, Flower Tortilla, Lady Quesa’Dilla, Viva Vidalia, Theydy Bedbug, and the House of LaBeija bring life to the Fishman Space, plus DJ sets by Papi Juice and J Clef and decor by Melo Davis. Photographs by internationally acclaimed artist project, Kings & Queens, will be featured in the lower lobby.

All tickets: $30

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


Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze

June 30, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The Amateur Astronomers Association and solargazing return with solar telescopes specifically designed to safely look at the sun and see sunspots and prominences under a summer sky.

Cost: Free

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

Buika / A-WA / Blick Bassy / DJ Tara

June 30, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Latin GRAMMY winner, two-time GRAMMY nominee, singer-songwriter-producer and composer, Buika (Bweeka) graces every stage with her sensual, soulful voice and female band. This 2014 SummerStage alumnus is famous for her unique fusion of jazz, flamenco fusion, afro-pop, reggae, R&B and more. Buika has been described as “the voice of freedom” in NPR’s “50 Greatest Voices of All Times”.

She’s joined by A-WA, an Israeli band with an Arabic name featuring three sisters of Yemeni Jewish, Ukranian, and Moroccan Jewish heritage. With a mix of traditional Yemenite, hip-hop, and electronic music, the sisters’ hit “Habib Galbi”, a traditional melody sung in the Yemenite dialect of Judeo-Arabic, was the first song in Arabic to go #1 in Israel. With support from Blick Bassy, the sensitive Cameroonian singer with a love for American blues who performs delicate songs in the Cameroonian language of Bassa.

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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