Kanye West had an eventful few days in New York City.
Greetings! We kicked off December, our “Radio GBE Family Month 2013,” with World Aids Day and two pioneering community-health empowerment activists, C. Virginia Fields, president and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and the organization’s founder, Debra Fraser-Howze, now senior vice president of governmental and external affairs at Orasure Technologies. The message from both: Get tested. For more information, call 212-694-6290 or go to nblca.org.
“A Season in the Congo,” written by brilliant Martinican poet and playwright Aimé Césaire, is now playing in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Césaire’s birth. It will play Dec.19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at La Mama First Floor Theatre, 74 E. Fourth St., Suite A. For tickets, call 212-475-7710 or visit LaMaMa.org.
“After Midnight,” a new musical celebrating the glamour and exuberance of Harlem’s Golden Age and featuring the timeless songs of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Harold Arlen, woven around the prose of Langston Hughes. The production stars Grammy Award winner Fantasia and Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill. The music is by select Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, handpicked by multi-Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis. It’s now playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St. (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). For more information, call 817-502-2929 or visit aftermidnightbroadway.com.
“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr. and featuring 2013 Tony nominee Valisia 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 ticketmaster.com or motownthemusical.com.
“A Time to Kill” is now playing through Dec. 31 at the John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues. For tickets and information, call 212-239-6200 or visit atimetokillonbroadway.com.
“Platanos, Collard Greens & Callaloo”—that’s right, “callaloo!” This hilarious remix of the successful franchise brings the West Indian brethren in. It’s now playing at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (enter on 25th Street, between Lexington and Third avenues). Call TheaterMania at 212-352-3101, theatermania.com or visit plantanosandcollardgreens.com.
“Lady Day: The Billie Holiday Musical,” featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and written and directed by Stephen Stahl, is now playing at the Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St. between Ninth and 10th avenues. For tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com or ladydaythemusical.com.
Three-time Grammy-Award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott will take the stage at Radio City Music Hall on New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. with special guests Luke James and DJ Premier. Visit radiocity.musichall-ny.com.
The Blue Note Jazz Club (131 W. Third St.) presents David Sanborn now through Dec. 8, followed by Maya Azucena’s Holiday Show on Monday, Dec. 9. Fourplay appear on Dec. 20-15, and Chris Botti starts his annual holiday residency on Dec. 16-31. All shows start at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or go to bluenotejazz.com.
The Apollo’s new holiday season includes “Ellington at Christmas,” celebrating the legacy of Apollo legend Duke Ellington and featuring Savion Glover, actor Keith David and jazz vocalist Lizz Wright; Amateur Night finals, with $10,000 prize winners; our seventh annual Kwanzaa celebration: “Regeneration Night,” hosted by yours truly; “Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland”; and Ballet Hispanico, which will premiere a new work based on Día de los Muertos. Visit apollotheater.org.