7/18/2013, 2:54 p.m. | Updated on 7/18/2013, 2:54 p.m.
Greetings! As the weather heats up, so do the politics across the nation in the wake of the not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial. During a concert on Sunday in Quebec City, Canada, my longtime friend, brother and creative partner the legendary Stevie Wonder announced he would not perform in Florida until the controversial Stand Your Ground laws are repealed throughout the country.
Wonder’s statement in part reads: “I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform ther
e again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.” You can read Wonder’s full remarks at www.amsterdamnews.com.
See “Community” for Harlem Week 2013’s “Songs in the Key of Life” tribute information.
“Motown: The Musical,” directed by Charles Randolph Wright and with the book written by Berry Gordy Jr., features 2013 Tony nominee Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross and Tony nominee Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson. It’s playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway). For group sales, call 212-339-6262 or 800-432-7780; purchase regular tickets at www.ticketmaster.com and at www.motownthemusical.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. 43th St. For more information or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit www.newyorkcitytheatre.com.
“Lucky Guy,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Courtney Vance and Hollywood icon Tom Hanks, is playing at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway). For more information, call 212-239-6200 or visit www.shubertorganization.com/theatres/broadhurst.asp.
The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents the Shakespeare classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by artistic associate Justin Emeka, this summer in Harlem’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park at 18 Mt. Morris Park West at 112nd Street. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York’s premiere Brazilian music and arts festival Brasil Summerfest returns on July 20-27 at several high-profile venues in Manhattan, including Central Park Summerstage, City Winery, Joe’s Pub, South Street Seaport, Nublu, Standard East, Brooklyn Public Library and more. On Saturday, July 20, the lineup at Central Park SummerStage will include the U.S. debut of showstopping performer Gaby Amarantos, touted as the “Brazilian Beyoncé.” More artists will be added soon. For more information, go to www.centralpark.com/guide/attractions/summerstage.
R&B supergroup TGT is heading to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center this summer! Don’t miss Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese live on July 20. Get your tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets, at www.ticketmaster.com or at the NJPAC box office. For more information, visit www.wbls.com.
“Smooth Cruises” presents Najee on Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. on the Spirit of NY/Pier 61. For more information, go to http://marqueeconcerts.com or www.wbls.com.
Newark’s Lincoln Park Music Festival (LPMF) returns for an eighth year for four days of music, dance and safe family fun in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood of Newark, NJ on July 25–28. LPMF offers attendees an arts and crafts marketplace, great food from scores of vendors, education about getting in shape in the health and wellness pavilion and concerts.