7/14-7-21 Theater, Film, Art, Music and Community Events
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 8/31/2011, 2:32 p.m.
The New Haarlem Arts Theatre presents "Blues for Mister Charlie," by James Baldwin, directed by Eugene Nesmith, now through July 17. Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m., with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. At Aaron Davis Hall, Theatre B, on the campus of the City College of New York on Convent Avenue between 133rd and 135th streets. For tickets, go to www.smarttix.com.
Community Works and Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group present Daniel Beaty's "EmergenC," directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Extended by popular demand through Sat., July 16 at 7 p.m., featuring a post-performance discussion with Beaty following the show. At the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Ave. (entrance on 123rd Street between St. Nicholas and Frederick Douglas avenues). Tickets are limited and can be purchased at the Dwyer box office, Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. For more information, call (212) 222-3060.
"Baby it's You" follows the rise of New Jersey housewife Florence Greenberg, who teams with African-American songwriter Luther Dixon to launch an independent record company, the popular girl group the Shirelles, the Isley Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Chuck Jackson and more. At the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St. For more information, visit www.babyitsyouonbroadway.com.
"The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith." Now running on Broadway at St. Luke's Theater, 308 W. 46th St. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.stlukestheatre.com.
"Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation," by Vy Higginsen, with original music by Wesley Naylor, directed by Ken Wydro. Now playing at the Dempsey Theater, 127 W. 127th St. between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards. For more information and tickets, visit www.mamafoundation.org.
"Sistas: The Musical" tells the story of African-American women through popular music. Using hit tunes from "God Bless the Child" to Destiny's Child, the musical traces the history of Black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the girl groups of the '60s to the empowerment of the '90s. July 11-31 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., first floor, between Eighth and Ninth avenues. For more information, schedules and tickets, visit www.sistasthemusical.com.
FILM & ART
"Reel Harlem 10th Anniversary Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival" features free outdoor film screenings. Thurs., July 14,the National Black Programming Consortium features "When the Drum is Beating" at 7:30 p.m. Filmmaker Whitney Dow will introduce the film, the story of Haiti's complex past, present and music of 62-year-old Orchestre Septentrional, the country's oldest and best-known band with memories of its founder and leader, Ulric Pierre-Louis. At the bandshell at Bradhurst Avenue and 148th Street. Rain venue will be inside the Jackie Robinson Recreation Center at Bradhurst Avenue and 146th Street.
"Malcolm X: A Search for Truth" and "Romare Bearden: The Soul of Blackness-A Centennial Tribute" both open Fri., July 15, and are on view through Sat., Jan. 7 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X. Blvd. Open Tues.-Thurs. 12-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays.