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Greetings Community,

See you all behind the lights!

As Always,



Discount tickets available at



Ashanti, Orlando Jones, LaChanze, Tichina Arnold & Dawn Lewis.  Oh yeah, I’m in it too….(but don’t blink….lol)

The Wiz



AMATEUR NIGHT – Every Wednesday

DREAMGIRLS– November- December 2009

NEW LEGENDS SERIES – Four Concerts Annually

SALON SERIES – Nine Performances in April 2010


Additional performances, as available.


Don’t miss your chance to purchase tickets to selected Apollo programs for only $7.50!

The Next at the Apollo pass offers cardholders the opportunity to purchase tickets to select Apollo performances at the rate of $7.50! Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The purchase period lasts from the show’s on-sale date until one day prior to the performance. Additional tickets to the same performance must be purchased at the regular price.

The Next at the Apollo pass offers cardholders up to ten tickets per year to join Apollo Backstage Historic Tours, which are scheduled frequently by many visiting groups. All tours must be pre-arranged and dates are subject to availability.


The Next at the Apollo pass can be purchased at the Apollo Theater Box Office Only for $7.50. The cardholder must be present at purchase and show photo identification. Your card is not transferable, and therefore, can only be used by the cardholder. The discounts and benefits provided by this card cannot be combined with any other discounts or benefits. The Next at The Apollo pass is honored at the Apollo Theater Box Office only. This card is valid through June 1, 2010.

Supplies are limited, so visit The Apollo Theater Box office to get your Next at the Apollo Pass today!

visit www.apollotheater.org/NEXT.html for more information.






Rock-A-My Soul Musical Auditions for Male and Female Lead Singers and Ensemble Singers
The Riant Theatre will be holding an OPEN CALL auditions for Rock-A-My Soul In The Bosom Of Abraham, a rock/gospel musical at 419 Lafayette St, 2 Floor, between Astor Place and East 4th Street (#6 Train to Astor Place or R Train to 8th Street) on Wed. June 24th  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Thurs.  June 25th  6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tues. June 30th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Roles:  All characters are southerners. Dan Smith: (age 30s), white, dramatic role (lead, tenor/belt), Bobby: (20-30), white, Susan’s boyfriend, rugged, a womanizer; Taylor Cooper:  (age 20-30) black, accused of carjacking (lead, lyric baritone/tenor); Mrs. Cooper: (age 50s) his mother (lead, belt soprano, gospel); Julie: (age 20s), Taylor’s girlfriend, black, (lead, soprano/belt); Mrs. Johnson: (age 40s) black, Julie’s mother (singer); Mr. Johnson: (age 40s) black, Julie’s father, (singers); Abraham Cooper: (age 30s) black, Cooper’s step brother, an attorney, (lead, tenor, dramatic role); Reverend Boyd: (age 40s) black, baritone/belt; Ensemble (singers).  Prepare 2 songs a cappela, 1 legit and 1 gospel, r&b or rock, bring pix & resume.  Performance dates August 16th – August 30th at the Theatre at St. Clement’s.  Pictures & Resumes may also be emailed to therianttheatre@aol.com.  No pay, no fee, Non-Equity.  Interns may apply by visiting website at http://therianttheatre.com/management.html


The Classical Theatre of Harlem invites you to view the ARCHBISHOP SUPREME TARTUFFE video trailer and receive a special 50% discount!

Click here to view


By Alfred Preisser & Randy Weiner
Directed by Alfred Preisser

Featuring: Two-time Tony Award nominee Andre DeShields, Ted Lange (best known for this role as Isaac the bartender on the TV series “The Love Boat”), Kim Brockington (“Guiding Light,” Angela’s Mixtape), as well as Jennifer Akabue, Gerron Atkinson, Jabari Brisport, Tyrone Davis Jr., Soneela Nankani, Gina Marie Rivera, Charletta Rozzell, Lawrence Street, Kisa Willis and Rejinald Woods

June 12 – July 19, 2009
Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday – Friday 8 pm | Saturday 3pm & 8pm | Sunday 3pm & 7pm
Theatre Row Studios | Clurman Theatre | 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Ave.)

Based on Moliere’s great comic classic and inspired by the gloriously unorthodox ministries of Reverend Ike, Daddy Grace and Rasputin, the Classical Theatre of Harlem proudly presents the world premiere of ARCHBISHOP SUPREME TARTUFFE.

Three ways to order your tickets:

Online: www.ClassicalTheatreofHarlem.org

Phone: (212) 279.4200

In-Person: Theatre Row Box Office | 410 West 42nd Street between 9th & 10th Aves.

Click here to view Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe video trailer and receive a special 50% discount

ARCHBISHOP SUPREME TARTUFFE is supported in part by funds from The City of New York Theatre Subdistrict Council, LDC, The City of New York and The Tony Randall Theatrical Fund.


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See Things of Dry Hours for as little as $32.50*!

“DELROY LINDO is SUPERB. Things of Dry Hours is a stark, complex drama filled with rich imagery and laced with dark humor. ” – Associated Press

“Four stars! A gorgeously written and philosophically rich celebration sharing this little known chapter of history.”Time Out NY

A passionate, intimate, historical reclamation of the little-known intersection of Southern racism and the black-led Communist Party in ’30s Alabama. Directed with robust beauty. ” – Newsday

“Garret Dillahunt is compelling” – AP

“Roslyn Ruff combines a vast intelligence and a deep sensuality.”- Newsday

New York Theatre Workshop presents

Things of Dry Hours

Written by Naomi Wallace

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Featuring Garret Dillahunt, Delroy Lindo, Roslyn Ruff

Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours marks the return to the New York stage of famed stage and screen star Delroy Lindo, who received Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for his last Broadway appearance in the original Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Lindo is joined on stage by OBIE Award-winner Roslyn Ruff, who just earned rave reviews for her performance in Athol Fugard’s Coming Home at Long Wharf and Garret Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men). Set in Depression-era Alabama, Things of Dry Hours tells the story of Tice Hogan (Lindo), an African American out-of-work Sunday school teacher and member of the Communist Party, and his daughter Cali (Ruff) whose lives get turned upside down when they take in a mysterious white factory worker (Dillahunt) on the run. Tony Award-winning actor, writer and producer Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues, Seven Guitars) directs.

Special Ticket Offer

Purchase NOW with code DHCTH610 and SAVE!

$32.50 tickets for all weekend performances and

$40.00 tickets for all weekday performances now through June 28th (reg. $65).

Three easy ways to purchase tickets:

1) Call (212) 947-8844 and use code DHCTH610

2) Visit www.broadwayoffers.com and use code DHCTH610

3) Bring a print-out of this offer to the New York Theatre Workshop Box Office located at 79 East 4th Street between Second Avenue and Bowery (open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 1pm – 6pm).

Limited Engagement: Now through June 28 ONLY!Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays thru Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm, Sundays at 2pm & 7pm**

* Subject to availability and prior sale. May not be combined with any other offers and discounts. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. Limit 6 tickets per order. Offer expires June 28, 2009 but may be revoked anytime.

** CheapTix Sundays: all seats for all Sunday performances at 7pm are just $20 each! Tickets are available in advance, in cash only. Limit four tickets per person.



Concert: Miguel Zenón Trio

Featuring: Uptown Arts Stroll 2009 honoree Miguel Zenón playing new compositions with arrangements by Puerto Rican and Cuban composers.

Miguel Zenón, saxophone

Ricky Rodriguez, bass

Henry Cole, drums

Washington Heights resident Miguel Zenón was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  There, he studied classical saxophone at the famed Escuela Libre de Música.  It was at the Berklee School of Music that his formal jazz training began.  Zenón went on to attend the Manhattan School of Music and received a Masters in Saxophone Performance.

In 2008 Zenón received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.  Later that year he was one of the 25 distinguished individuals chose to receive the MacArthur “Genius” Grant.  The fellowship is a prestigious addition in Zenón’s fast-rising career fusing jazz with various forms of music from Puerto Rico, like bomba and jíbara.  To date, he has four albums of his own and has appeared as a sideman in more that 15 others.


Miguel Zenón, residente de Washington Heights, nació y se crió en San Juan, Puerto Rico. Allí estudio saxofón clásico en la afamada Escuela Libre de Música. Fue en la Berklee School of Music donde comenzó formalmente su aprendizaje del jazz. Zenón continuó su formación en la Manhattan School of Music donde recibió un Master en Interpretación de Saxofón.

En el 2008 Zenón recibió una beca de la fundación John Simon Guggenheim. Ese mismo año, se convirtió en una de las 25 personas distinguidas con una beca “genio” MacArthur. Esta beca significa otro prestigioso logro en la meteórica carrera que Zenón ha desarrollado fusionando el jazz con distintas formas de música puertorriqueña, como la bomba o la jíbara. Hasta la fecha, Zenón ha publicado cuatro álbumes propios y ha participado como acompañante en otros quince.

Tuesday, June 23, 7pm

Hispanic Society of America

Broadway between 155th and 156th Street

New York, NY 10032

Free Admission

RSVP: 212.568.4396 – info@nomaanyc.org











Where: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette)

When: July 10

Time: 7pm

Cost: $20



The Collection”
CD Release Party
July 17, 2009 @ 8pm
Billie’s Black Lounge 271 W 119th St. NYC

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CD release and rare New York duo piano performance with:

Andy Milne & Benoît Delbecq

Sunday, June 28th

4:30pm & 6:30pm / $15

Klavierhaus / 211 West 58th St.

(bt. 7th & 8th Ave.) New York, NY

reservations – (718) 732-2276 / andy@andymilne.com





This summer we are launching the re-birth of our Summer Arts camp. The West Side YMCA has hosted a popular Arts Camp for many years and this year will be the best yet! This year camp will be headed up by a new, talented trio of strong leaders: Adrianne Barr, Summer Arts Camp Director, and Assistant Summer Arts Camp Directors, Ayo Cummings and Grace Rochford. This year’s whole new staff have a minimum of 40 hours of YMCA training, arts backgrounds, and experience with children. All counselors are over 18 and have college degrees or are pursuing them. Specialists are established professionals in their disciplines in the NYC arts scene.Starting June 29th campers from 7-14 years will explore five major art disciplines: music, writing, visual art, theatre, and dance. Our campers will have the opportunity to focus on the art form that they love while exploring others that they might not have been familiar with. Each disicpline will be taught by talented, succesful artists from the New York area, including many currently working in our year-long staff.

WEEKLY ART TRIPS: The Metroplitant Museum of Art, Sony Wonder Technology Lab, Museum of the Moving Image, Percussion Workshop, Literally Alive Children’s Theatre, The Drilling Company’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, New York Botanical Gardens, TheatreWorks, USA

To register your child please visit the Customer Service Center in the West Side YMCA lobby.

For more information about Summer Arts Camp, please contact: Grace Rochford or Ayo Cummings

(212) 875-4219 or GRochford@ymcanyc.org




Voza Rivers/ New Heritage Theatre Group

Community Works

In Association With
International Communications Association
The Greater Harlem Chamber Of Commerce





For More Information on

and To RSVP

Darryl T. Downing

@ 212-926-2550 x21

Or Visit Our Website
@ www.newheritagetheatre.org




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Due To The Volume Of Interest In These Workshops,

Please Confirm Attendance By Contacting
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B2: Hotlist #40

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Greetings Community,

As Always,



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Local # 52 Motion Picture Studio Mechanics – I.A.T.S.E. application notice
Local 52 also has a program opening as of 7/10/09.  www.iatselocal52.org
Please pass it on…


Chester Gregory Event

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Join Our Mailing List!

How are you? Will you be in the NYC area this Wednesday? If so, I would like to invite you to my FREE performance at Barnes and Noble at Lincoln Center! Yes it’s free, and I will also include a major announcement that day too!
I really hope you can make it, or at least share this info with a friend. Thank you so much for your continued support.
All the best,


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The new award winning film
is coming to theaters June 12!
Exclusive New York engagements start Friday, June 12 at the Paris Theater in midtown, the IFC Center in the West Village and BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn.

Youssou N’Dour: I BRING WHAT I LOVE is a music-infused cinematic journey about the power of one man’s voice to inspire change.  The film follows N’Dour, the highest selling African artist of all time and a devout Sufi Muslim, as he releases a deeply personal and religious album called Egypt in the hope of promoting a more tolerant face of Islam. Almost instantly, his fellow Senegalese reject the album, and denounce his actions as blasphemous. Director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi follows N’Dour for over two years – filming in Africa, Europe, and America – to tell the story of how he faces these challenges and eventually wins over audiences both at home and abroad.

The film’s inspiring personal story, gorgeous footage, and fun beats brings to life Africa as a place of beauty and dignity, reveals the possibility of tolerance among religions and cultures, and shows how one man who lives by his convictions can create positive change through music.

How you can help Bring The Love:

Go see the film on opening weekend. **Opening weekend box office sales are CRITICAL, as they determine how wide a film will be released across the country**

Send emails to your family, friends, classmates, congregations, soccer teams, and other personal networks telling them about the film.

Organize a group of friends to see the film.
*The Paris Theater: Ticket sales go on sale May 29th. Groups of 20 or more    get $8 tickets. Go to: http://www.theparistheatre.com/
*IFC Center: Tickets go on sale June 8th. Groups of 10 or more get $10 tickets for select shows. Call 212-924-6789 or email ifccinfo@ifccenter.com
* BAM Rose Cinemas: go to http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=6&g=82

Organize a group of 25 or more and you will win two tickets to see Youssou N’Dour and Le Super Etoile perform during their US tour in November 2009, and get to meet Youssou N’Dour!  Send 25 ticket stubs to 42 West, Attn: Frank Lomento, 220 West 42nd Street # 12, New York, NY 10036.
Visit the film’s website: www.ibringwhatilove.com and join the email list to be entered into the Spread The Love sweepstakes.  Prizes include tickets to the film’s premiere, CDs, signed posters, t-shirts, and buttons.

Join Facebook Follow Twitter Visit YouTube

Please support this incredible film in any way you can.  Make sure to see the film opening weekend and bring your friends to enjoy Youssou’s powerful message and spread the love!


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nina trio June 6 @ 5:00PM – Red Hook Arts Festival – IT’S FREE!

Purelements’s Professional Company and its performing arts program, COAR, will hook a whole new audience at the 2009 Red Hook Arts Festival. The Company will perform crowd favorites including Fitnah, which was commissioned by Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, and Nina: The Prodigy. COAR will present hot, new choreography. For more info, click here

June 20-21 – COAR 2009 Concert & PURELEMENTS PARTY
The COAR 2009 Concerts Kicks Off! For one night only on Saturday, June 20, Purelements’s performing arts program will present a dynamic mix of modern, jazz, ballet and African dance choreography that will thrill dance enthusiasts of all ages.  The concert will feature the introduction of the Purelements Junior Company! All tickets are only $15. Get your tickets now at purelements.org.
On Sunday, June 21, join the dance company for a FREE Purelements Party and Father’s Day Bash at Boys and Girls High School from 2:00 – 6:00PM.  For more information, visit purelements.org .
June 27 – Merce Cunningham Studios
P.E.’s Junior Company performs live at Merce Cunningham Studios, showcasing new and classic dance pieces. Stay tuned for more information.

Purelements 2009 Summer Intensive


Summer 2007 Intensive

P.E.’s 2009 Summer Dance Intensive is where a select group of students hone their technical and creative dance skills to get a leg up on the competition.
Purelements’ Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) is a two week/ rigorous, full-day summer program which offers structured training for aspiring students of all levels. Experience a summer arts program geared toward the novice and pre-professional student. Participants will spend their day exploring techniques in various of dance forms, culminating in a final presentation. The Summer Dance Intensive will run from July 20th – July 31st, last two weeks in July.  …read more

Contact Us!


Purelements: An Evolution in Dance

1417 Prospect Place, Suite A4

Brooklyn, NY 11213
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Upcoming Just A Piano Concerts:
Monday June 15th – Don’t miss yours truly on June 15th in “Winds of Change” at 9:30pm
For Tickets: http://www.Smarttix.com Ph: 212 868 4444


Harlem Community Arts Fund

HAA Grant Information

The Harlem Arts Alliance announces the launch of the spring cycle of the Harlem Community Arts Fund.  Funding is available for individual artists only.

The submission deadline is Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

To be eligible artists must reside in Central and West Harlem.
For more information and downloadable .pdfs of the guidelines and application forms, see our Grants page.


100 years. always new.
jazz & bbq
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dreyfuss Memorial Garden
Newark Museum
Business & Community
Council and
Newark Museum
Volunteer Organization
Invite You to

summer jazz
& bbq benefit

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Garden Opens & Barbeque Dinner Available at 6 pm.

6:30 pm The Kahil Kwame Bell Duo
7:30 pm Les McCann and Javon Jackson
Swiss Movement Revisited

Admission and Dinner:
$50 per person
($35 tax deductible)
Cash Bar

Sponsorship Opportunities
Count Basie Level ($2,000)
($1,720 tax deductible)
Receive 8 tickets and program recognition

Billie Holiday Level ($1,000)
($860 tax deductible)
Receive 4 tickets and program recognition

Miles Davis Level ($500)
($430 tax deductible)
Receive 2 tickets and program recognition

Ella Fitzgerald Level ($125)
($90 tax deductible)
Receive 1 ticket and program recognition

For reservations call 973-596-6559,
or mail payment to:
Newark Museum
Summer Jazz BBQ Benefit
49 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102-3176
Credit Cards Accepted
All proceeds benefit the Newark Museum.


Allan Harris & Cross That River

Cross That River has been selected by the New York Musical Theater Festival, to be featured 6 times between September 28 – October 18th,  2009.  Each musical selected must raise it’s own funding to be in the festival.  By going to http://www.allanharrisproductions.com and clicking on the PayPal donate button, you can contribute directly to the Cross That River Musical debut at NYMF Fund.  Payments can be made online from $100 on up to $10,000.  Should you wish to contribute $10,000 please contact us by phone at 212 862 3301.  We thank you for your support!  The cast and I hope to see you at the New York Musical Theater Festival this Fall!!!


Brian Courtney Wilson

For additional information on Brian Courtney Wilson, please visit:




ANF Short Film Collective In Conjunction With NY Perks
A Film & Music Affair Featuring

“William B. Johnson’s Subway Symphony, Drumadics is a percussive driven ensemble pushed by the unique sound of the buckets… including a front line sound of the Djembe and Side Bass. The ensemble is made complete with Brass & Woodwind sections adding melodies and breaks that keep the ears wanting more! With African, Latin, HipHop, and Soul highlights this band explodes! Subway sensations William B. Johnson & Drumadics are not just any old subway band; when you hear their sounds… you’ll be stopped in your tracks!”

Also Featuring

“Missing” By Sabrina Moella
We don’t know what we’ve got ’til it’s gone…

“All Things Are Possible” By Emeka Mbadiwe
The people and things we take for granted

Also Some Of The Very Best Of ANF Shorts

On Thursday June 11th
At NY Perks 193 Smith Street – Brooklyn NY (F or G Train To Bergen St)

Happy Hour 6:00pm – 7:00pm (2 for 1 Drink Special)
Including: Croc – Grey Goose – Hennessy – Patronas

Show Time 7:30pm

Donation $10

501c3 Not-For-Profit Film & Theater Co


315 W. 44TH STREET (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
TICKET LINK: http://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.venue&VenueID=68
$25 cover with a $15 minimum


6th Annual On Our Toes in the Hamptons, Saturday, August 22

World Renowned Choreographer Ronald K. Brown

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Returns to the East End with his Internationally Acclaimed Evidence, A Dance Company

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The Sixth Annual “On Our Toes in The Hamptons” featuring the internationally acclaimed Evidence, A Dance Company under the direction of founder Ronald K. Brown will take place at the home of The Honorable Bernard and Joyce Jackson, 2028 Deerfield Road, Water Mill, N.Y., 11976 on Saturday, August 22, 2009 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Benefit committee for what has become  the premiere African American cultural event of the season includes Alicia Bythewood, Chair; b Michael, Harriet Michel, Brian and Mira Mullins, Donna Williams. Reginald Van Lee, Neil R. Lowe, Joyce Mullins-Jackson, Reggie Canal, Leslie Mays, Zaid Abdul-Aleem, Dwayne Ashley, Monica F. Azare, Joanne E. Hill, Andrea Hoffman, Sandra D. Jackson-Dumont, James Sullivan, Jocelyn Taylor, Ancy Verdier, Lisa B. Walker. The mission of Evidence is to promote understanding of the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling. The company will celebrate its 25th season in 2010. Highlights include a four-week tour to Africa sponsored by the U.S. State Department and performances at the Vancouver International Dance Festival.

The late afternoon event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, auction, performance and dancing with the dancers. Tickets are $250 & $500: Sponsor packages are $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500. For tickets and sponsorships contact Alexandra Diaz, JFM Group at 914.235.1490 ex. 16 or alexd@thejfmgroup.com. For more information on Evidence, A Dance Company and the event visit www.evidencedance.com

Photographer:  Rachel Papo Company:  Evidence, A Dance Company Dancers (l-r):  Clarice Young, Ronald K. Brown


Be serenaded, as we go on a musical journey of Love Lost and Love Found.


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Cuyler Gore Park, Fulton & Greene

MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK Sun 6.21.09 @ 2pm

248 Mercer @ Bowery, Manhattan

CLINTON CONCERT SERIES Mon 8.24.09 @ 5:45 pm

55th Street Pier, Manhattan


proudly presents an
“All White Networking Affair”

Saturday, August 29, 2009
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration
1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York  11216
Ticket price in advance
Tickets at the location
view the history of restoration

A Networking Event with:
Panel Discussion for small businesses
Vendors from all over the Tri-State
Special Guest

Bring your business cards & connect with wonderful people
while having fun under the tent

First 50 people will receive goody bags from sponsored companies
Please be advised that space is limited so vendors interested in applying for space should email

A networking event that aims to capture the beauty & essence of professionals and small businesses owners : view here

Donna Jarrett, Founder & CEO, ittakesavillagetoday.com


PURE CONFIDENCE races into 59E59 Theaters for the Americas Off Broadway festival

New York, New York April 26, 200959E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) is thrilled to welcome Tony Award-nominee Marion McClinton and Carlyle Brown, one of this country’s most prolific playwrights, to 59E59 Theaters and AMERICAS OFF BROADWAY. The NYC premiere of Mr. Brown’s play PURE CONFIDENCE, directed by Mr. McClinton and from Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre, begins previews on Friday, May 22 for a limited engagement through Friday, July 3. Opening Night is Wednesday, May 27 at 8 PM.  The performance schedule is Tuesday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday – Friday at 8:00 PM; Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PMThere is an added matinee performance on Wednesday, July 1 at 2 PM. The regular ticket price is $45 ($31.50 for 59E59 Members).  A 5-StarCard (one ticket to each show in the festival) is available for $100 ($85 for 59E59 Members).   Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at http://www.ticketcentral.com.  For more information visit http://www.59E59.org.

Set against a backdrop of fast horses, gritty racetracks, and high stakes betting, PURE CONFIDENCE is an exhilarating story of human triumph that explores the meaning of freedom.   On the eve of the Civil War, champion jockey Simon Cato is one of the most successful athletes of his day, dominating the sport of horse racing.  But Simon is also a slave.  Hired out regularly by his owner to Colonel Wiley Johnson, owner of the prize thoroughbred Pure Confidence, Simon wants the one thing the Colonel by law can’t give him: his freedom.  A funny and daring look at the complexity of race, love, and dignity, PURE CONFIDENCE chronicles the story of Simon’s race to freedom.

Carlyle Brown entered the world of great black jockeys by chance but his knowledge of and incisive looks at little known aspects of African-American history made him a perfect match for this subject matter. PURE CONFIDENCE is based on a period when African American riders dominated America’s first national sport.

This production of PURE CONFIDENCE was declared “A Winner!” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The MinnPost.com called the production “Searing! Breathtaking! Beautifully calibrated! Choose PURE CONFIDENCE!”

The production features Christiana Clark, Casey Greig, Karen Landry, Gavin Lawrence, Chris Mulkey, Mark Rosenwinkel and Mark Sieve.

The design team includes Joseph Stanley (set design), Michael Wangen (lighting design), Christine A. Richardson (costume design) and C. Andrew Mayer (sound design).

Marion McClinton (director) is known for his award-winning Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of August Wilson’s work with whom he had a long friendship and professional relationship. Productions include: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Broadway revival), King Hedley II (Broadway premiere, regional theaters), Jitney (Off-Broadway, regional and international theaters), Gem of the Ocean (Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum), Seven Guitars and Two Trains Running (CenterStage), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Missouri Repertory), and Fences (Indiana Repertory Theatre, Paramount Pictures). Other directing credits include Breath Boom (Playwrights Horizons), Jar the Floor (Off-Broadway), Roar (New Group), Thunder Knocking on the Door (regional theaters), Drowning Crow (premiere, Broadway MTC), Elmina’s Kitchen (CenterStage), Yellowman (Mixed Blood/Guthrie Theatre), Bulrusher (Pillsbury House) and Pure Confidence (Mixed Blood).  Mr. McClinton is an Associate Artist of CenterStage. His plays include Police Boys, Stones and Bones (1994 Humana Festival). Awards include two Audelco Awards, OBIE, NEA/TCG Pew Charitable Trust Grant, and Drama Desk, Evening Standard and Tony Award nominations.

Carlyle Brown (playwright) is a writer/performer and artistic director of Carlyle Brown & Company based in Minneapolis, which has produced The Masks of Othello: A Theatrical Essay, The Fula From America: An African Journey, and Talking Masks.  His plays include The African Company Presents Richard III, The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, Buffalo Hair, The Beggars’ Strike, The Negro of Peter the Great, Pure Confidence, A Big Blue Nail and others.  He has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Houston Grand Opera, the Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Goodman Theater, Miami University of Ohio and the University of Louisville.  He is recipient of playwriting fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Theatre Communications Group and the Pew Charitable Trust.  Mr. Brown has been artist-in-residence at New York University School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, The James Thurber House in Columbus, and Ohio State University Theater Department where he directed his music drama, Yellow Moon Rising.  He has been a teacher of expository writing at New York University; African-American literature at the University of Minnesota; playwriting at Ohio State University and Antioch College; African American theater and dramatic literature at Carlton College as the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Artist, and “Creation and Collaboration” at the University of Minnesota Theater Department.  He has worked as a museum exhibit writer and story consultant for the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville.  Mr. Brown is a core member at Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and he is an alumnus of New Dramatists in New York and a member of the Dramatists Guild.  He is on the board of directors of The Playwrights’ Center and Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the non-profit professional theater and the Jerome Foundation. He is a member of the Charleston Jazz Initiative Circle at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina where his works and papers are archived.  He is the 2006 recipient of The Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.

PURE CONFIDENCE was commissioned and developed by Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and premiered at the 29th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays in March of 2005. It subsequently went on to various regional productions across the country, including the Denver Center Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse and Florida Studio Theatre.  ###


Ailey Company



Tuesday, June 16th, 7PM

Ailey Company

reservations required 212.459.1854, info@dwyercc.org


harlem is…MUSIC: The Jazz Tradition
Celebrating Craig Harris, Renowned Jazz Musician and Composer

Craig Harris and his ensemble perform the debut of a new
work in progress titled VOICES IN MY HEAD


Carla Cook, Helga Davis, LaTanya Hall, Gina Breedlove, Adam Klipple
and Calvin Jones

Open dialogue with Craig Harris; Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University; and Amsterdam News journalist Ron Scott.

Dwyer Cultural Center is under the leadership of co-directors, Barbara Horowitz and Voza Rivers.

This event is free and open to the public!
Reservations Required.
Please visit our website for more information www.dwyercc.org

To learn about our other events & programs during the inaugural week please visit the website at www.dwyercc.org or call 212.459.1854

Inaugural Week Events:

Harlem Nights· Thursday, June 18, 7pm
harlem is… Music: The Latin Tradition
Honoring Graciela, the First Lady of Latin music.

Harlem Nights· Friday, June 19, 7pm
harlem is… Music: The Blues Tradition
Honoring Sandra Reaves-Phillips, Acclaimed Actress and Blues Legend.

Saturdays at the Dwyer
June 20, 1-5pm
Featuring an amazing arrary of talented Harlem artists and performers.

The Roger Furman Reading Series
Monday, June 22, 7pm
A reading
of “Entitled,” written by Esther Armah and directed by Petronia Paley.

A partnership of Community Works and International Communications Association

Reservations required, please call
212-459-1854 or email info@dwyercc.org

258 St. Nicholas Avenue @123rd Street

Please visit our website for more information www.dwyercc.org

Promotional and Print materials for Dwyer Cultural Center are made possible with a special grant from Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

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Harlem Nights is funded, in part, by New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; by Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, under contract with New York City Department for the Aging; and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the New York Council for the Humanities or National Endowment for the Humanities.

Funding for the inaugural debut of Saturdays at the Dwyer is provided by Council Member Inez Dickens, under contract with New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

Funding for the Roger Furman Reading Series is provided by NYC Council Member and Majority Whip Inez Dickens.

Exhibitions at the Dwyer are made possible by American Express, Citi, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


The Industry Cosign
The Social Network/Gemini Celebration
Video Mix Party
Monday, June 15th, 6 PM- 12 AM
Video Mix Provided By:
DJ Wiz, The Awesome Two and DJ Vernon
Hosted By:
BIG CED and The Legendary Dana Dane
If you are part of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn, this is the place to hang out with your other online friends! We are also having a Gemini Birthday Celebration with Pebblee Poo, Tony ‘Crush’ Tone, Mr. Walt, Evil Dee and Trenny
The M1-5 Lounge (52 Walker Street between Broadway and Church)
Drink Specials
Food Is Also Served

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The Wiz @ City Center

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Greetings Community,
So I am at it again.  I’m happy to announce that I have joined the cast of City Centers Encore Star Series of “The Wiz”.  I am very happy to be apart of this fantastic production.  Now let me clarify that I am apart of the ensemble and not one the Stars….lol….but couldn’t be more happy to be on stage with an amazing group of talented people.  It is a short run and I need you all to get your tickets early and see this production.  The show stars: LaChanze, Ashanti, Tichina Arnold, Dawn Lewis & Orlando Jones.  You will laugh, dance and sing along.  Hope to see you all behind the lights.
As Always,



[6/12 – 6/18, 6/24 2pm, 7/1 2pm performances only]
Orchestra Seats

(Reg. $25)

(Reg. $85)

(Reg. $110)

[6/19 – 7/5 performances only]
Orchestra Seats

(Reg. $25)

(Reg. $85)

(Reg. $110)


ONLINE: Click here and use code 4900

BY PHONE: Call CityTix® 212.581.1212 and use code BBX

IN PERSON: Bring a printout of this email to the New York City Center box office at
W. 55th St btwn 6th & 7th Aves (Mon-Sat 12-8, Sun 12-7:30)

Artistic Director
Jack Viertel

Ashanti        Orlando Jones
The Wiz

Book by
William F. Brown
Music & Lyrics by
Charlie Smalls
Based on the story
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”
by L. Frank Baum

Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, Christian Dante White
Tichina Arnold, Dawnn Lewis


Choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler
Music Director
Alex Lacamoire
Directed by
Thomas Kail

*This discount is subject to availability and cannot be combined with anyother offer or used on previously purchased tickets. Limit of 8 tickets. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Regular service charges apply to online and phone sales. Please note that this discount becomes invalid 2 hours before show on day of each performance.


Grand Opening Gospel Uptown!

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Greetings Community,
Well a new establishment is opening in Harlem one I am sure that you all are going to enjoy.  “Gospel Uptown” opens June 12th with a fantastic menu and an equally fantastic line-up of talent.  This beautiful room is filled with the spirit of Harlem let’s support “Gospel Uptown” and be apart of bringing and keeping something positive, exciting and beautiful to Harlem.

As Always,





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