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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events Dec 19 - 25, 2013

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 12/19/2013, 12:52 p.m.

Greetings! The African Group of Ambassadors to the United Nations unanimously voted on Friday, Dec. 13 to rename the Conference Hall at the African Union Observer Mission to the United Nations’ “Mandela Hall.” The naming celebration honoring the life and legacy of the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is a last respect to the memory of an illustrious son of Africa and globally renowned, iconic leader.

Theater

This week is the world premiere of Ishmael Reed’s “The Final Version,” which sheds clarity on the African-American community and communism. It’s directed by and starring Rome Neal and will be running at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 E. Third St.) now into 2014. For information, call 212-780-9386 or visit nuyorican.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’s First Floor Theatre, 74 E. Fourth St., Suite A. For tickets, call 212-475-7710 or visit LaMaMa.orgLaMaMa.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, is now playing. 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 visitatimetokillonbroadway.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, visit 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.

Music

The Blue Note Jazz Club (131 W. Third St.) presents Chris Botti’s annual holiday residency on Dec. 16-Dec. 31. Shows are at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or go to bluenotejazz.com.

Legendary R&B soul pioneer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Womack appears at the City Winery (155 Varick St.) Friday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 22. For more information, call 212-608-0555 or visit citywinery.com/newyork.