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“The Trip to Bountiful,” directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and three-time Emmy 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.
“Newsical the Musical,” a musical mockery of the news, is now playing at the Kirk Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. For tickets, call 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250 or visit www.telecharge.com.
A James Brown tribute show will be performed on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at B.B. King. Blues Club in Times Square. Bernard “Prettie” Purdie and friends will perform on Friday, Aug. 30. For more information, visit www.bbkingsblues.com.
“Funky Jazz Vibe Master” Roy Ayers is at the Blue Note now through Sept. 1. Brilliant keyboardist Cassandra Wilson will hit the Blue Note on Sept. 5-6. Joe Sample & The Creole Joe Band will perform Sept. 10-16. 121 W. Third St. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or visit www.bluenotejazz.com.
Dahved Levy’s Caribbean Fever Music Festival will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday, Aug. 30-Monday, Sept. 1. For more information, visit www.fevereyes.com.
The New York Urban League Football Classic, featuring Benedict College vs. Virginia State University, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the MetLife Stadium. Kickoff time is at 3:30 p.m. The event will also feature a battle of the bands. For more information, visit www.nyulfootballclassic.com or www.ticketmaster.com or call 212-926-8000.
“For Colored Boys” is a highly anticipated dramatic web series about a father’s attempt to repair his broken family after being released from prison. Award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad announced the series premiere and award-winning actor Isaiah Washington is executive producer. Watch it every Sunday at 7 p.m. EST on YouTube: www.youtube.com/staceymfilms.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” based on the true story of White House butler Eugene Allen, who served seven successive presidents, is out in theaters now. The film features Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, among others. Check your local listings.
National Action Network (NAN) Political Action Committee presents a “Foster Care Informational Forum” at the NAN House of Justice, 106 W. 145th St. in Harlem on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 12 p.m. Come out and meet the staff of the Administration of Children’s Services and various foster care agencies to learn about becoming an adoptive or foster care parent for a teen, sibling group, parenting/pregnant teen, youth or child with special needs. The panelists will include Daseta Gray, certified infant toddler specialist; Sharonne Salaam, executive director of People United for Children and mother of Yusef Salaam of the “Central Park Five”; Rolando Bini, founder of Parents in Action; Milto, [[ED NOTE: Full name?]] the People’s Institute Above and Beyond; Woody Henderson, founder of the Organization for Reunification & Rehabilitation of Children & Families; and Roger Wareham, human rights attorney for the Freedom Party, who will have the latest updates from the Central Park Five court case. The next court date hearing is Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.nationalactionnetwork.net.