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CTC's TOWN HALL MEETING WAS AN HISTORIC SUCCESS

By: Charles E. Rogers | 4/12/2011, 4:34 p.m.

NFT's 'IN SEARCH OF MY FATHER' SET TO ROLL AND ROCK

"In Search of My Father...Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins," written by and starring W. Allen Taylor, continues to gather momentum as its opening day draws nearer. Directed by Ellen Sebastian Chang, "In Search of My Father..." will run at Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center/Recital Hall (466 Grand St., lower Manhattan) from Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 29. This moving, insightful, award-winning play explores the intimate story of Taylor's life-long search for his real-life father, Bill Hawkins, the first Black disc jockey in Cleveland, Ohio. With the period R&B, gospel and jazz music serving as a backdrop, Taylor performs a wide range of richly defined characters. The search becomes a bittersweet journey of self-discovery as well as a celebration of the rich cultural legacy of Black radio. General admission is $20. Show times are: Wednesday-Friday--7:30 p.m. Saturday--3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday--3:00 p.m. For credit card orders: (212) 279-4200, or online at TicketCentral.org. For more information call (212) 353-1176 or go to www.NewFederalTheatre.org. Make those reservations earlier. You don't want to miss "In Search of My Father...Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins."

REV. RUN'S IN NEW SNEAKERS IN NYC

On Thursday, May 15, legendary Run DMC rapper-entrepreneur-author-MTV star Rev. Run (aka Joseph Simmons), took over New York City's Herald Square for the day! The rev made an exclusive in-store appearance that day from 3 to 5 p.m. at FootAction USA, 430 Seventh Ave. (at 34th Street), to introduce his new Run Athletics ICON sneaker. Inspired by Run's legacy and his 2007 BMI Icon Award, the brand new ICON sneaker has a classic look, reminiscent of the Adidas Shell Toe. The star of his own acclaimed reality show, MTV's "Run's House," which debuts its fifth season this summer, Run then "ran" over to New York's famed Madison Square Garden (a venue he'd performed at numerous times with his award-winning rap group Run DMC) to make a special guest star appearance at the Kid Rock concert. He did his own performance and also jammed with Pam Anderson's wild child former boyfriend, Kid Rock.

That's it for now. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Exit, Stage-Write...