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imhotep's guide to black events 4/5-11/12

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 4/9/2012, 12:24 p.m.
Community Calendar: 9/15/11-9/21/11

Greetings! Black Resurrection Month in the GBE is also National Minority Health Month, which includes National Cancer Week. In that context, legendary Hall of Fame artist-songwriter Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with first-stage colon cancer. No word on his prognosis yet, but he is said to be upbeat. We wish him well and will keep you updated as information becomes available.

Theater

  • Tennessee Williams' classic "A Streetcar Named Desire," featuring Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Wood Harris. Sixteen weeks only--in previews now, opening night April 22. At the Broadhurst Theatre, 253 W. 45th St. For tickets and more information, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com or www.streetcaronbroadway.com.
  • Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots," featuring powerful new music written by Perry, about a wealthy family with everything they need and most of what they want. April 5 at 8 p.m. at the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway. For more information, call (212) 465-6500 or visit www.beacontheatre.com.
  • Award-winning playwright and director Marcus Dargan of NuAFrikan Theatre exposes the truth about gentrification in his award-winning new play, "Dream Deferred." Opens April 20 at the 133rd Street Arts Center in Harlem, 308 W. 133rd St., between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and St. Nicholas Avenue. For more information call (347) 855-7281 or visit http://www.nuafrikantheatre.org/dream-deferred
  • "Black Angels Over Tuskegee," the story of the pioneering first African-American fighter pilots, now playing at the Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.
  • The story of early rock 'n' roll comes to life in "Memphis," capturing a defining moment in time of our history and herstory. At the Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St. For tickets and more information, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.memphisthemusical.com.
  • Whoopi Goldberg's "Sister Act," the stage musical based on the movie, features funky, soulful songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and presents the dynamic debut of Patina Miller. At the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway. For more information, visit www.sisteractbroadway.com.
  • "Sistas the Musical," a joyous musical celebration of African-American women from Bessie Smith to Mary J. Blige, at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St. Performances Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (212) 239 6200 or visit www.telecharge.com or www.sistasthemusical.com.
  • "Secrets of Elder Sisters," by Betty Dopson of CEMOTAP, based on her popular book about the courage and indomitable spirit testimony of seven powerful sisters, brings Women's History Month to life. At the Black Spectrum Theatre, 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard inside Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, Queens. For tickets, directions and information, call (718) 723-1800.
  • "Platanos Y Collard Greens," David Lamb's hilarious hit romantic, comedic Off-Broadway play guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, inspire you and make you think, welcomes VH1's "Basketball Wives" star Royce Reed. At the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., on 25th Street between Lexington and Third avenues. For show schedules, call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.platanosandcollardgreens.com. For group sales, call (646) 522-4348.

Dance

  • Cirque du Soleil presents "Michael Jackson: The Immortal." Through dance, music and acrobatics, the show explores Jackson's love of music, the beauty of nature and a dash of magic, inspired by Jackson's immensely popular music. At the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Sat., April 7 at 8 p.m. and Sun., April 8 at 4 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (888) 456-8499 or visit www.thegarden.com or www.nassaucoliseum.com.