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imhotep's guide to black events 2/28-3/6/13

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 3/1/2013, 1:40 p.m.
A Suite sampling of upcoming events

Greetings! It's "GBE Women's Herstory and Health Month 2013." Special greetings to our beloved "sistas" in the tri-state and beyond. A special acknowledgment to Dame Shirley Bassey of the U.K., who at 76 used her "license to kill" with her "Goldfinger" performance at the Academy Awards in tribute to 50 years of James Bond. Amazing!

Theater

  • "Motown: The Musical," based on the book by Berry Gordy Jr., directed by Charles Randolph Wright, is the real story of "Hitsville U.S.A.," the soulful sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed American and world pop culture forever. The show features legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul. Gordy launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Broadway previews begin Mon., March 11 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway); the official opening is April 14. For group sales, call 212-339-6262 or 800-432-7780; regular tickets at www.Ticketmaster.com and at www.MotownTheMusical.com
  • "My Brother Marvin" stars Emmy Award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield, Image Award-winning actor Clinton Powell, R&B sensation Keith Washington, vocal powerhouse Tony Grant and platinum-selling R&B group Az Yet. "My Brother Marvin" tells the story of musical genius Marvin Gaye, exposing "the man behind the music." It's told by his sister Zeola through the eyes of his mother's "hidden" journals. It's a riveting ride through the life and times of one of the most intriguing and mysterious musical legends the world has ever known. The official opening is Thurs., April 11 at the Beacon Theater. www.beacontheatre.com/events or www.ticketmaster.com
  • "Platanos and Collard Greens" will make you laugh and think about the combined power of the nation's "new majority." Baruch Performing Arts Center. 55 Lexington Ave. at 25th Street. 646-312-5073 or www.platanosandcollardgreens.com

Music

  • Sweet Honey in the Rock's new 2-CD set, "A Tribute: Live! Jazz at Lincoln Center," sets the stage for Women's History Month. Group member Ysaye Barnwell recites a roll call of some of the great female African-American vocalists whose songs helped shape the group and the "Tribute" repertoire, including Abbey Lincoln, Odetta, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, Carmen McRae, Bessie Smith and Sarah Vaughan. Tour dates include: Fri., March 1, McCarter Theater, Princeton, N.J.; Sat., March 2 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, N.J.; and Tues., March 5 at B.B. King's, New York City. For more info and additional, non-"Tribute" dates, visit www.sweethoneyintherock.org. Also coming to NJPAC on Fri., March 29 will be Take 6 & Hezekiah Walker. 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722) or njpac.org
  • En Vogue, Lillo Thomas, special guest James Dtrain Williams, and Cherelle will perform in the "Evening of Sophisticated Soul," on Sat., March 2 at the Theatre at Westbury. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, N.Y. Tickets are available now at Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
  • Celebrate Women's History Month at the Schomburg Center's annual "Women's Jazz Festival." Join an exploration of sacred music from spirituals to gospel with mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran and vocalist Marchelle Davies Lashley. Mon., March 4, 7 to 9 p.m. At the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium. To purchase tickets, call 888-718-4253 or visit www.showclix.com.
  • The amazing Jazz Crusaders - keyboardist Joe Sample, trombonist Wayne Henderson and saxophonist Wilton Felder - bring their Houston, Texas-based funk to the Blue Note Jazz Club & Restaurant,131 W. 3rd St., New York. Tues., March 5 through March 10. For more information, visit www.bluenotejazz.com.
  • Coming: Alicia Keys' "Set the World on Fire Tour," with Grammy Award-winner Miguel. Mon., April 8, 7:30p.m. at the Prudential Center, Newark, N.J., and Thurs., Aprill 11, 7:30p.m. at Madison Square Garden. www.ticketmaster.com or www.wbls.com
  • The Apollo Theater announces its March 2013 programming. Highlights include the Apollo's signature show, "Amateur Night," returning Wed., March 6, with special guest Ruben Studdard. The Wed., March 20 show is a special salute to Broadway. In celebration of Women's History Month, the Apollo's Education Program offers a career seminar, "Behind the Scenes: Women of Color in the Arts," on Mon., March 11. Apollo legend Leslie Uggams' one-woman show chronicles her historic career from Harlem to Broadway in "Uptown/Downtown" on Mon., March 18. Soprano Jessye Norman and jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon join the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia and conductor George Manahan for "Ask Your Mama" on Sat., March 23. www.apollotheater.org