Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 7/29/2013, 10:47 a.m.
"Storyville" (see THEATER)

Greetings! With the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman verdict still a hot topic of outrage in the national conversation, renowned comedian, civil rights activist and author Dick Gregory brings his brilliant insight and analysis to New York on Saturday, July 27. The show starts at 5 p.m. at Muhammed’s Mosque Temple No. 7, 106-08 W. 125th St., Harlem (near Lenox Avenue).


“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.

“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.

“Motown: The Musical,” directed by Charles Randolph and with the book written by Berry Gordy Jr., features 2013 Tony nominee Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross, Tony nominee Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Brandon Dixon as Berry Gordy. It 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.

“Pippin,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Patina Miller, is dazzling on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, located at 239 W. 45th St. For more information, call 212-239-6200 or visit www.pippinthemusical.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 kinkybootsthemusical.com.

“Storyville,” choregraphed 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. For more information, call 212-935-5820 or visit www.yorktheatre.org.

The Classical Theatre of Harlem and Producing Artistic Director Ty Jones present 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, located at 18 Mt. Morris Park West and 122nd Street. Performances run through July. For more information, contact cheryl@cherylduncanpr.com.

“Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” the true story of the legendary, trailblazing African-American pilots plays for one night only, Saturday, July 27, at the Actors Temple Theater, located at 339 W. 47th St. For more information or tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.


New York City’s premier Brazilian music and arts festival Brasil Summerfest returns 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. For more information, go to www.centralpark.com/guide/attractions/summerstage.

Beyoncé! The “glamazon” rocks the Barclays Center at 620 Atlantic Ave. in Jay Z’s hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 31; Saturday, Aug. 3; and Sunday, Aug. 5. For more information, call 917-618-6700 or visit www.barclayscemter.com.