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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events July 28 - Aug 4

7/28/2011, 10:32 a.m.

THEATER

"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.

"The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith."

  • Dates: Now running
  • Location: Broadway at St. Luke's Theater, 308 W. 46th St.
  • For tickets: call (212) 239-6200 or visit

"Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation," by Vy Higginsen, with original music by Wesley Naylor, directed by Ken Wydro.

  • Dates: Now playing
  • Location: Dempsey Theater, 127 W. 127th St. between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards.
  • More info 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.

  • Dates: July 11-31
  • Location: June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., first floor, between Eighth and Ninth avenues
  • More info, schedules and tickets: www.sistasthemusical.com

FILM & ART

"Malcolm X: A Search for Truth" and "Romare Bearden: The Soul of Blackness-A Centennial Tribute."

  • Dates: open Fri., July 15 - Sat., Jan. 7. Open Tues.-Thurs. 12-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
  • Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X. Blvd.

MUSIC

Jazz legend Earl Klugh sets the stage.

  • Dates: Thurs., July 21 - Sun., July 24 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: Blue Note Jazz Club and Restaurant, 131 W. 3rd St
  • More info:(212) 475-8592 or www.bluenotejazz.com

Chase Jazz Mobile 2011 Summerfest features Yosvany Terry.

  • Date: Fri., July 22 at 7 p.m.
  • Location: Marcus Garvey Park, Fifth Avenue at 122nd Street.
  • Price: FREE!

NBC's Toyota Concert Series presents the man behind the hit "Forget You" and coach on NBC's "The Voice," Cee Lo Green-live!

  • Date: Fri., July 22 from 6-9 a.m.
  • Location: On the Plaza at 30 Rockefeller Center between 47th and 50th streets.
  • Price: FREE!

Rashan Patterson heats things up.

  • Dates: Sat. July 23 at 8 p.m, Fri., July 29 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: Morris Day and the Time bring it! B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 West 42nd St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues.
  • More info:(212) 997-4144 or www.bbkingblues.com

Afrobeat and Nigerian Roots artists Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 take over the Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park Free Concert.

  • Date: This week, Fri., July 22 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • More info: www.bricartsmedia.org
  • Price: FREE!

The Martin Luther King 2011 free concert series continues featuring Charlie Wilson and Eric Benet-live!

  • Date: Mon., July 25 at 7:30 p.m.,
  • Location: Wingate Field on Brooklyn Avenue, between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • More info: www.brooklynconcerts.com
  • Price: FREE!

SOB's presents some serious South African soul with LIRA.

  • Date: Tues., July 26.
  • Location: SOB's Dining and Dancing, 204 Varick St. at West Houston.
  • More info: (212) 243-4940 or www.sobs.com