Imhotp's guide to Black events
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 8/8/2013, 10:43 a.m. | Updated on 8/8/2013, 10:43 a.m.
Greetings! GBE celebrates Harlem Month 2013 and reminds you: WBLS and WLIB have announced that Harlem Week will celebrate the much anticipated Stevie Wonder tribute, “Songs in the Key of Life” (rescheduled from July 28 due to rain) and the celebration of “Motown: The Musical” on Harlem Day, Sunday, Aug. 18 from 1-7 p.m., on the main stage on West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. For more information on upcoming Harlem Week 2013 events, visit www.harlemweek.com.
We also sadly report the passing of the jazz-funk master, keyboardist/songwriter/producer George Duke, who passed away at age 67. His death comes with the release of his new album, “Dreamweaver,” dedicated to his wife, Connie, who passed from cancer just a year ago.
“The Trip to Bountiful,” directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and legendary three-time Emmy Award winner and 2013 Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson, is now playing at the Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. For more information or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit www.newyorkcitytheatre.com.
“Motown: The Musical,” with book written by Berry Gordy Jr. and featuring 2013 Tony nominee Valesia LeKae as Diana Ross, Tony nominee Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Brandon Dixon as Berry Gordy, is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway) For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com and www.motownthemusical.com.
“Storyville,” choreographed by Mercedes Ellington (granddaughter of Duke Ellington), spotlights the place many historians call the “birthplace of jazz”—the famed “Storyville” district in New Orleans in 1917. It’s now playing at the theater at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th Street. It will run through Aug. 17. For more information, call 212-935-5820 or visit www.yorktheatre.org.
“Pippin,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Petina Miller, dazzles on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St. For more information, call 212-239-6200 or visit www.pippinthemusical.com.
“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is playing at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit www.broadway.com/shows/kinkyboots.
“Shida,” written and performed by Jeanette Bayardelle (star of “Hair” and “The Color Purple” on Broadway), tells the powerful and inspiring true story of one girl’s struggle to achieve her dreams. The show is running now through Aug. 28. For more information, visit www.shidathemusical.com.
“Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” the true story of the legendary, trailblazing African-American pilots, is now playing on Saturdays at the Actors Temple Theater, 339 W. 47th St. For more information or tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.
BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn series features Shaggy and TK Wonder on Friday, Aug. 9 at the Prospect Park Bandshell. For more information, visit www.bricartsmedia.org.
SummerStage 2013 presents a 40th anniversary celebration of hip-hop culture with “The Founder” DJ Kool Herc on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 3-7 p.m. in Central Park with special guests Coke La Rock, Roxanne Shante, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Premier, Grand Master Theodore, DJ Red Alert, Marley Marl, DJ Jerry Dee, Skoob from DASEFX, Soul Sonic Force and more! For more information, visit www.cityparksfoundation.org.
Join legendary New York City radio personality Ken “Spider” Webb and friends at the Harlem State Office Building on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. for “Support in the Key of Life” a medical-musical fundraising “Webb-athon” for my son Khamit Byrd, who is battling diabetic macular edema. It will be hosted on his internet radio show at www.kenwebbinternetradio.com. I’ll be there, along with Bob Law, Roy Ayers, Alyson Williams and many other surprise guests. (You can donate during the webcast.) For online donations, just Google “You Caring Gary Byrd.”
The Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series will take place at Wingate Field (Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street), with free shows every Monday at 7:30 p.m. Gladys Knight and the O’Jays will be playing on Monday, Aug. 19. For more information, go to www.wbls.com.
New York City diva-legend Melba Moore with perform with Andre Ward at the B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square on Friday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. For more information, go to www.bbkingsblues.com.
The funky and brilliant vibraphonist Roy Ayers is coming on Tuesday, Aug. 27 to the Blue Note, 121 W. 3rd St. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or go to www.bluenotejazz.com.
“Rising From Ashes,” an inspiring tale told by Forest Whitaker, is playing at Quad Cinema, at 13th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
“2 Guns,” starring Denzel Washington, is now playing in theaters everwhere. Check your local listings.
“Fruitvale Station” is playing at select theaters. Check your local listings.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors, featuring over 100 free performances, including African and African-American music, dance and spoken word, is running now through Aug. 11. All events are free; no tickets are required. For detailed information on performances and a calendar of events, call 212-875-5766 or visit lcoutofdoors.org.
City Parks Foundation announces the 2013 season of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival that brings over 100 free performances to 17 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, comedy and theater, SummerStage is a vital part of New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. The festival runs now through Aug. 29. For a full calendar of events, visit www. cityparksfoundation/summerstage.org.
The Men’s Ministry of the Historic First Church of God in Christ and the Central Brooklyn Leadership Council will host a debate on the question, “Has Gospel Music Become Too Worldly?” on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at the church, 221 Kingston Ave., Brooklyn.
Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM daily with “Imhotep’s On-Air Guide to Black Events” and “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” Sunday evenings from 9 p.m. to midnight. The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: The “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 contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email firstname.lastname@example.org, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call