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Black events calendar: August 15-21, 2013

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 8/15/2013, 11:08 a.m. | Updated on 8/15/2013, 11:08 a.m.

Greetings! The 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which took place at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is coming! It will be led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, and Martin Luther King III, president of Realize the Dream and eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Several prominent national civil rights organizations, including the NAACP, National Urban League and others, will also be there on Saturday, Aug. 24. It will not only be a commemoration, but a continuation of the efforts of 50 years ago. Join the march and “Realize the Dream.” Let your voice be heard and your presence be counted. For travel information and general information, visit www.nationalactionnetwork.net.

Theater

“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.

“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.

“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.

“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is now playing at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit www.broadway.com/shows/kinkyboots.

Music

Set sail with BLS-FM on a Smooth Cruise with Rachelle Ferrell on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. aboard the Spirit of New York at Pier 61, Chelsea Pier. For more information, visit www.wbls.com.

Listen to some class soul from Gladys Knight and the O’Jays at New Jersey Performing Arts Center,1 Center St., Newark, N.J. on Friday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.wbls.com/events or www.njpac.org.

New York City diva-legend Melba Moore will perform with Andre Ward at 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 Ron Ayers is coming on Tuesday, Aug. 27 to the Blue Note, 121 W. 3rd St. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or visit www.bluenotejazz.com.