Escape into August

LYSA ALLMAN-BALDWIN | 7/28/2011, 10:56 a.m.
The year is simply flying by and we find ourselves in the last full month...
Escape into August


Escape into August

The year is simply flying by and we find ourselves in the last full month of summer already! Nevertheless, the fun does not stop just because the calendar changes. Wherever we look, whether in our own backyards or far afield, we can find a plethora of great events, exhibits and other activities to delight and inspire. Enjoy!


Anguilla's Summer Festival 2011

  • What: The Anguilla Summer Festival celebrates the culture of the island at its best. One of the top five Caribbean carnival destinations, Anguilla's festival is billed as "the biggest Caribbean Beach Party." Activities include numerous pageants, a Miss Anguilla Swimsuit & Costume Competition, a Soca Classic, Jouvert celebration, boat races, parades, calypso, BBQ festivals and more.
  • When: Through August 7
  • Where: Anguilla, the Caribbean
  • More info: (264) 497-2759,

Harlem Week

  • What: Actually running longer than a week, this annual event celebrates Harlem through a wide array of events, music, family attractions and more, all showcasing the community's rich economic, political, cultural and artistic history-past and present. Celebrating its 37th anniversary this year, visitors will enjoy arts and crafts, a senior citizens day "Elder's Jubilee," international exhibitors, a vendor's village, outdoor film showcase, the New York Family Health Walk-a-Thon and Harlem 5K Run, an HBCU college fair, an expo, live music, dance, a Tri-State Junior Tennis Classic, health, small business and economic development seminars and a great deal more.
  • When: Through August 11
  • Where: Harlem, N.Y.
  • More info:(877) 427-5364, (212) 862-8477,

"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment"

  • What: Organized by the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in collaboration with the Apollo Theater Foundation and presented by the Smithsonian, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" celebrates the 75th anniversary of Harlem's Apollo Theater. It was at the Apollo that swing, comedy, rock 'n' roll, hip-hop, dance and other forms of entertainment have been welcomed for decades, and where some of its iconic entertainers of color could perform when racial disparities in this country prohibited them from performing elsewhere. According to the exhibit's narrative, "The exhibition traces the evolution of the Apollo-from its origins as a segregated burlesque hall to its starring role at the epicenter of African-American entertainment and American popular culture."
  • When: Through September 4
  • Where: Los Angeles
  • More info: (213) 744-7432,

"Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight"

  • What: Based on the newly published book of the same name by National Air and Space Museum curator Von Hardesty, "Black Wings" charts the groundbreaking, history-making and patriotic paths of numerous African-American aviation pioneers, including Guy Bluford, the Tuskegee Airmen and Bessie Coleman, just to name a few. Featured at the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the exhibit also captures the history, events, significant figures and themes associated with African-Americans in aviation and aerospace history.
  • When: Through September 25
  • Where: Chicago
  • More info: (773) 947-0600,


"Charles Smith: Homecoming"

  • When: Also at the DuSable Museum of African-American History, "Homecoming" highlights the rich legacy of folk art in the Midwest through expressive sculptures by Dr. Charles Smith. Smith is founder and director of the African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archive in Aurora, Ill. The museum is an apt backdrop for this exhibit, as it was originally developed to preserve and interpret the experiences and achievements of people of African descent through preservation, documentation, collection and study of the history and culture of Africans and African-Americans.
  • When: August 5-December 31
  • Where: Chicago
  • More info: (773) 947-0600,