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7/14-7-21 Theater, Film, Art, Music and Community Events

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 8/31/2011, 2:32 p.m.

The second annual Nolafunk.comSummer Jazzfest features Kermit Ruffins (as seen on HBO's "Treme") performing two sets, including a Louis Armstrong birthday set, at Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime hotel, 88 Ninth Ave. between 16th and 17th streets on Thurs., July 14. For more details, visit www.nolafunk.com and for showtimes, call (866) 468-7619.

Chris Brown turns up the heat for the NBC/Toyota concert series Fri., July 15 from 6-9 a.m. (approximate time). Free on the plaza at 30 Rockefeller Center between 47th and 50th streets.

Bringing the spirit this week to the Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park Free concert series is gospel legend Shirley Caesar and Vy Higginsen's Gospel Teen Choir, Fri., July 15 at 7:30 p.m. At the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.bricartsmedia.org.

AfroJam! Presented by Africology, Celebrating Madiba for Nelson Mandela's 93rd birthday, Sat., July 17, 11 p.m.-4 a.m. At SOB's Dining and Dancing, 204 Varick St. at West Houston. For more information, call (212) 243-4940 or visit www.sobs.com.

The Soul Summit Music Festival is happening in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, every second Sunday from 3-8 p.m., starting July 24 and running through through the last week of August. The festival is free and open to the public, showcasing artists of various backgrounds including DJs, bands, dance companies, fashion designers, filmmakers and photographers. For more details, visit www.soulsummitmusic.com.

The Martin Luther King free concert series' annual gospel night is Mon., July 18 at 7:30 p.m. With Mary Mary, Ricky Dillard and New G. at Wingate Field on Brooklyn Avenue, (between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street in Crown Heights. For more information, visit www.brooklynconcerts.com.

R&B sensation Brian McKnight brings his "Just Me" tour to the Apollo Theater on Sat., July 23 at 7 p.m. McKnight sings his classics "Anytime," "Back at One" and more. Also featuring comedian A.G. White. At the world famous Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.

COMMUNITY

CEMOTAP will hold a book party and tribute to revolutionary African nationalist poet George Edward Tait Sat., July 16 at 2 p.m. The program will celebrate the contributions of Baba Tait and his latest book, "Sword Songs," with reviews by a number of community dignitaries, including Dr. Leonard Jeffries. At the CEMOTAP Center, 135-05 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park, N.Y. For more information, call (718) 322-8454

The 2011 Harlem Book Fair, a celebration of literature and culture, will be held Sat., July 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on West 135th Street between Malcolm X and Fredrick Douglass boulevards, rain or shine. For the full schedule of events, visit www.harlembookfair.com.

The Harlem Book Fair presents a tribute to the life and work of poet/activist Louis Reyes Rivera, Sat. July 23 at the Thurgood Marshall Academy, 200 W. 135th St. at the corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, 3-4:30 p.m. For more information, call Layding Kaliba at (212) 234-5583.

HearImhotep Gary Byrdon 107.5 WBLS-FM daily with "Imhotep's On-Air Guide to Black Events" and "Express Yourself," Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with "The GBE Mind Flight," Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight (simulcast on WLIB-AM/WBLS-FM from 7-8 p.m.). The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with the GBE 2.0 "Global Black Experience" and "Global Beat Experience," Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at www.wbai.org. To reach us about your event, email gbemail2@yahoo.com or find us on Facebook.