What amazing weather we are having. I hope that you all are getting to enjoy it, I know I am. So there are many shows that have left the Broadway boards but there are still some great ones to see. Also there are many local Artists & Events throughout the city that I know you all will enjoy. Let’s support them and all the shows by purchasing your tickets in advance. I know I sound like a broken record but I can’t tell you enough how important advance ticket sales are to all involved. Enjoy the list and I will see you all behind the lights!
Heard it through the grapevine – Broadway…GET READY!
TO OPEN AT THE LUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE
ON BROADWAY ON SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013
BRANDON VICTOR DIXON AND VALISIA LE KAE
CAST AS BERRY GORDY AND DIANA ROSS
WATCH NEW VIDEO & BERRY GORDY MESSAGE
THE PIANO LESSON
by August Wilson
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
August Wilson is one of our most celebrated playwrights! Role Call members experienced his magic when we saw Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Fences and Jitney. In THE PIANO LESSON, family legacy and how this legacy is best put to use takes center stage. THE PIANO LESSON is a powerful family drama, so let’s show up at the theater and give this fantastic playwright his due!
ABOUT THE PIANO LESSON
In his second Pulitzer Prize-winner, THE PIANO LESSON, August Wilson has fashioned his most haunting and dramatic work.
At the heart of the play stands the ornately carved upright piano which, as the Charles family’s prized, hard-won possession, has been gathering dust in the parlor of Berniece Charles’s Pittsburgh home. When Boy Willie, Berniece’s exuberant brother, bursts into her life with his dream of buying the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves, he plans to sell their antique piano for the hard cash he needs to stake his future. But Berniece refuses to sell, clinging to the piano as a reminder of the history that is their family legacy. This dilemma is the real “piano lesson,” reminding us that blacks are often deprived both of the symbols of their past and of opportunity in the present.
Set in 1936, THE PIANO LESSON is a powerful play from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. A sister and brother fight over a piano that has been in the family for three generations, creating a remarkable drama that embodies the painful past and expectant future of black Americans.
Signature returns to the rich body of work of its 2006/07 Playwright-in-Residence August Wilson with a new production of his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy — an antique piano.
The fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle, The Piano Lesson is a stunning and moving drama of family, history, and survival.
October 30 – December 9, 2012
Single tickets on sale September 25!
The Irene Diamond Stage
IMAGE: August Wilson. Photo by David Cooper.
Sept. 29th, 2012
Doors Open at 12:00AM
Taylor’s sophomore album, Confessional, came out in 2009. In the midst of times that are trying both economically and emotionally, the album revives the true meaning of sacrifice, giving sensually starved listeners an intimate view of romantic relationships draped in musical decadence. Open your ears and receive this blessing.
Russell Taylor has the educational pedigree and the street cred to bridge the chasm between the block and yacht. His musical C.V. is formidable – he’s shared stages with some of his generation’s most respected musicians, including Mary J. Blige, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, India Arie, Mint Condition, Tamia, Rahsaan Patterson, Jaguar, Eric Roberson, Lalah Hathaway, and Omar. With this kind of resume, it should be no surprise that Taylor regularly woos audiences from Paris to L.A., where they swoon over his soulful voice, pristine good looks, seductive smile, and genuinely affable personality.
A Day With Menage
Fri, August 31, 8:00pm – 11:30pm
2 vocal beast are coming to rip it up!! Inaya Day and Toni Menage are going to kick off the holiday weekend with a bang!!
2 shows- 8pm and 10:15pm
271 W. 119th St.
In the heart of Harlem
212.280.2248 (call for reservations)
(click on the image above)
Wild With Happy
Pictured above: Colman Domingo. Photo by Joseph Moran.
WILD WITH HAPPY
By Colman Domingo
Directed by Robert O’Hara
Featuring Colman Domingo as Gil
October 9 – November 11
The Public Theater | 425 Lafayette Street | NY, NY 10003 | 212.539.8500
Exploring the surreal, bizarre, and outrageous comedy that lies in dealing with death and healing, WILD WITH HAPPYfollows the journey of a young man named Gil who plans to scatter his mother’s ashes in the place where she was the most happy. Colman Domingo, star of Passing Strangeand The Scottsboro Boys, leads a four person cast in his multi-character, wild magic ride of a play.
WILD WITH HAPPY TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are now on sale!
Regular Tickets: $75 – $85
CLICK HERE or call 212-967-7555 to book your tickets now.
We invite you to join us for talkbacks with the artists, following performances on Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 25.
“Just A Guitar” Concert Series Presents Broadway, Recording and Motown Legacy Artists! 9.24.12
CHILDREN OF KILLERS!
Written by Katori Hall!
The Award-Winning Playwright of
Broadway’s Recent Hit
Fifteen years after the genocide in Rwanda, many of the mass murderers are being released from prison and returning to their villages. Many of them are returning to mothers who have given birth to other men’s children in their absence and a future of uncertainty. Their teenage children, who grew up without them, must now come to terms with their fathers’ legacies. Will these children carry on the heritage of their fathers or will they resist the weight of their history?
Inspired by Katori Hall’s trip to Rwanda in 2009 and commissioned by London’s National Theatre, CHILDREN OF KILLERS is an eye-opening, moving production and an impressive piece of theater!
Craig Handy Performs at Sanctuary August 27
”What distinguishes Handy’s work is that, unlike dozen of his contemporaries he wastes no notes. He reveals in every solo an elegantly intelligent structure. And Handy always finds lyricism in the eye of a hurricane.”
–Thomas Conrad, CD Review
Craig Handy leads a New Orleans-style combo called 2nd Line Smith at Sanctuary, 132 West 47th Street, NYC Monday, August 27 featuring organist Kyle Koehler, guitarist Matt Chertkoff, Sousaphonist Clark Gayton and drummer Scott Kettner.
Showtimes are from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. No cover charge. For reservations or more information, call (212) 234-7000 or visit www.sanctuaryhotelnyc.com.
Harlem Art Walk Tour (Walking Tour of Over 80 Artists & Studios)
Sunday, October 7, 2012
12:00 PM To 6:00 PM
Harlem Art Crawl
125th & Malcolm X blvd., New York, NY
Harlem Art Walk Tour (HAWT) 2012:
A Neighborhood Walking Tour of Over 80 Artists, Studios,
Galleries and Art Related Spaces in the Mount Morris Historical District in Harlem
Walk with us in our beautiful Central Harlem neighborhood on Saturday & Sunday, October 6th and 7th, 2012 from 12PM to 6PM. The tour features the work of over 80 artists living and working in Harlem. Enjoy a relaxing weekend and discover new artwork, galleries and meet artists from Harlem’s vibrant art scene.
Casa Frela Gallery, located at 47 West 119th Street, is the starting point where maps will be distributed to tour participants. The maps highlight the various stops on the walking tour including open artist studios, museums, and cultural and historic venues. All forms of art will be featured including sculptures, ceramics, painting, photographs, etchings and prints and textiles.
Casually stroll through Central Harlem at a convenient pace, buy original artwork from emerging and established artists, visit with the artists and gallery owners or sit down and rest at one of the many sponsoring organizations that are offering services to make your visit as pleasurable as possible.
Working together Harlem art galleries, businesses and organizations have created an exciting art venue free and open to the public. Please come and join us! This tour is sponsored by Casa Frela Gallery and is a part of Open House New York – OHNY 2012.
For further information about the tour please visit the Casa Frela Gallery website at www.casafrela.com or call the information hotline at 212-722-8577.
Fri, Oct 5th, 2012 12PM to 2PM Media Conference
Fri, Oct 5th, 2012 8PM to 10PM Artists Reception
Sat & Sun, Oct 6th – 7th, 2010 12PM to 6PM Harlem Art Walking Tour
HolleThee Maxwell; Entertainment Producer Presents….Ladies Night Out!
Appearing on “STRAIGHT TALK”……………
ZORA YOUNG, Legendary Blues Diva……
Zora knows she can belt out THEE blues….you don’t need to miss this one!!!!!!!
NELLIE TIGER TRAVIS……
Nellie is being honored along with her hometown Mound Bayou, Mississippi, for giving her a Blues Trail Marker, on Saturday, September 1st, 2012….Congratulations Nellie Tiger Travis!!!!
HOLLETHEE MAXWELL,Legendary Icon…..
Singing songs recorded LIVE in PARIS, FRANCE and talking about life, self and experiences!
W.L.Lillard, your host……
Come enjoy The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s reading series,
AUGUST 27, 7 PM
THE SHABAZZ CENTER (3940 BROADWAY, B/W 164 AND 165)
FEATURING WORKS BY
Chris Cragin Day, Kimberly V. Headley, Vikas Menon, Ashley Denise Robinson, Nathan Yungerberg
FOR ACTORS: The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) is looking for actors to take part in a new program called the Playwright’s Playground. It is designed for playwrights to hear cold readings of scenes from their works in progress and for actors to become acquainted with the work of emerging writers while they take an important role in the creation of new plays.
The next Playground session will be on Monday, August 27th, from 7 pm – 10 pm at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center on 165th Street and Broadway. All actors must arrive at 6:30 and check in with either Debra Cardona or her assistant Pia Wilson in order to be cast in a scene. Because so many actors are interested in participating, there is no guarantee that you will be cast each time, but we will do our best to accommodate you. There are some incredible playwrights lined up, and it is important to us that a truly diverse group of artists are a part of this endeavor.
If you are interested in participating, all you need do is arrive at 6:30 on a Playwright’s Playground Monday. The dates and all pertinent details are listed below.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Administrator, Playwright’s Playground
What is the Playwright’s Playground and how does it work?
One Monday of each month will be designated as Playwright’s Playground Mondays. Interested playwrights may submit a 10- to 12-page scene from a work in progress, and, if chosen to participate, a Monday will be assigned to them. Up to five playwrights will be featured at each Playground. The night of the Playground, CTH will provide copies of the scenes and cast actors to read from those attending the Playground. (NOTE: full plays are not read at the Playground, only 10-12 page scenes)
PLAYGROUND DATES FOR FALL 2012:
September 17, October 15, November 12
All Playwright’s Playground Mondays will take place from 7 pm – 10 pm at The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center, which is located at 3940 Broadway at 165th Street. Take the A, C or 1 train to 168th Street and walk south to 165th Street. The Shabazz Center is on the east side of the street opposite the hospital. Take the stairs at the rear of the lobby to the second floor.
|Natalie is headed to Birdland on SEPTEMBER 2ND, hosting THE BIRDLAND JAZZ PARTY @ 6PM!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 @ 6PM
BIRDLAND JAZZ PARTY
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB
315 W. 44TH ST (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
$25 plus a $10 minimum
|SAVE-THE-DATE for exciting, upcoming gigs that include the closing night of the The 23rd New York Cabaret Convention presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19TH and right after that, Natalie returns to Birdland with a special version of her Freedom Songs show called “FREEDOM SONGS: ELECTION EDITION” on MONDAY, OCTOBER 22ND @ 7PM. Cabaret Convention tix are available now, so click here for those. FREEDOM SONGS: ELECTION EDITION tix will be available soon. (If you really feel the need to get those reservations in, please call Birdland and make them now. The staff will be happy to take reservations this early!)
HERE IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT I REALLY BELIEVE IN. YOU ALL KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE ANIMALS. IF YOU CAN ATTEND IT IS GOING TO BE LOTS OF FUN AND I AM PROVIDING THE MUSIC. I WON’T UNFORTUNATELY BE THERE PERFORMING MYSELF AS I’M DOUBLE BOOKED BUT I HAVE A GREAT MUSICIAN AND DJ THAT WILL MAKE THE AFTERNOON LOADS OF FUN. IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU CAN.
NY SAVE Upcoming Events
Afternoon of food, drinks, fun and entertainment to support it’s mission, Saving Animals in Veterinary emergencies
Saturday September8, 2012
4:00 pm (rain or shine)
738 Toldt Hill Road
Staten Island, New York
$125.00 per person
$200.00 per couple
Casual Attire, Valet Parking, Raffles and Prizes.
Special thanks to:
Ms. Barbara O’Donell Simpson
for lending her private home for this event.
Please click HERE to download the invitation
SAVE THE DATE! OUTMUSIC AWARDS
12-16 -12 Las Vegas!