imhotep's guide to black events 2/16-22/12
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 2/16/2012, 4:59 p.m.
Greetings! We sadly report the still shocking world news that "The Queen of Pop," Whitney Houston, is dead at age 48 of causes unclear at press time. Houston is the daughter of famed vocalist Cissy Houston, cousin of pop legend Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of "The Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin. Services are this weekend in her hometown of Newark, N.J. Houston, who sold some 200 million records worldwide, has been described as "The Voice of a Century."
- The National Black Touring Circuit presents the Black History Month Play Festival, Feb. 3-26, honoring African-American political heroes and sheroes A. Philip Randolph, Zora Neal Hurston, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Rep. Barbara Jordan. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. For locations and more information, call (212) 279-4200.
- "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 Gershwins' Porgy & Bess," now on Broadway with four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis and two-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier. At the Richard Rogers Theater, 226 W. 46th St. For tickets and information, call (877) 250-2929 or visit www.porgyandbessonbroadway.com.
- Alicia Keys presents "Stick Fly" ("When it comes to family...you're stuck"), a new play by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Kenny Leon. Now playing at the Cort Theatre on Broadway, 138 W. 48th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.
- Whoopi Goldberg's "Sister Act," the stage musical based on the 1992 movie of the same name, features funky, soulful songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and the dynamic debut of Patina Miller. At the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway. For more information, visit www.sisteractbroadway.com.
- "Platanos y Collard Greens," David Lamb's hilarious hit romantic, comedic off-Broadway play, is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, inspire you and make you think. At the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. at 25th Street. For show schedules, call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.platanosand collardgreens.com. For group sales, call (646) 522-4348.
- "The Queen of Soul," multiple Grammy Award-winner Aretha Franklin, comes to Radio City Music Hall Fri., Feb 17 and Sat., Feb 18 at 8 p.m. 1260 Sixth Ave. For tickets and more information, visit www.radiocity.com or call (212) 247-4777.
- A jazz tribute honoring "Four Black Immortals"-Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-composed by Earnie Wilkins, conducted by Jimmy Health. The music will be performed by 52 musicians, including the Jimmy Heath Big Band, 16 Strings and the ARC Choir, with narrative poetry by Nana Camille Yarbrough. Sat., Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, 65th Street at Columbus Avenue. For more information, call (212) 234-7740, (718) 589-9414 or (212) 875-5030.
- Diane Reeves is coming to Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street, Feb 24-26. For more information, call (212) 721-6500 or visit www.jalc.org.
- Positive Community and the Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngbood present a "Classic Black History Month Dance Party Tribute" to Hal Jackson on his 73 years in broadcasting. The dance will celebrate fitness, fellowship, family and fun to benefit the Hal Jackson Youth Development Foundation. Fri., Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Spann-Washington Fellowship Hall, 760 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 388-3900 or (718) 525-6184.