Imhotep's guide to black events 2/22-27/13
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 5/31/2013, 12:39 p.m.
Greetings! We join family, friends and fans around the world, in acknowledgment and in celebration of life, for the brilliant jazz musician-educator, Donald Byrd, who passed at the age of 80. The Byrd classic "Flight Time" has been my theme song for the GBE for many decades. May he rest in peace.
- "Motown: The Musical," based on the book by Berry Gordy Jr., directed by Charles Randolph Wright, is the real story of "Hitsville USA," the soulful sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed American and world pop culture forever. The show features legendary Motown hits and charts Motown founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey, from featherweight boxer to the 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 March 11 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway), official opening April 14. For group sales, call 212-339-6262 or 800-432-7780; regular tickets at www.Ticketmaster.com and at www.MotownTheMusical.com.
- Experience Woodie King, Jr.'s "Black History Month Play Festival," featuring "DuBois and Miss Ovington," held Friday, Feb. 22 to 24 at the Castillo Theatre, 543 W.42rd St. (between 10th and 11th avenues). Co-starring Peter Jay Fernandez as W.E.B. DuBois and Kathleen Chalfant as Mary White Ovington, written by Clare Coss, directed by Gabrielle Kurlander. For more information, call the New Heritage Theatre Group at 212-926-2550.
- Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre (NBT), in association with criminal justice reform advocates, the Correctional Association of New York and Harry & Gina Belafonte, present the world premiere theatrical run of Bryonn Bain's "Lyrics From Lockdown," now through Sunday, Feb. 24, at NBT, 2031 Fifth Ave. (between 125th and 126th streets). For tickets, call 212-868-4444, the NBT box office, or online at www.smarttix.com.
- "Fried Chicken and Latkes": Rain Pryor, daughter of late comedic genius Richard Pryor, stands on her own with a solo show, including a "parade of friends, relatives and tormentors," plus impressions of her dad, and reveals a surprisingly strong singing voice. Actors Temple Theatre at Congregation Ezrath Israel, 339 W. 47th St. Open run through Monday, Feb. 25. For ticket information, call Telecharge, 800-432-7250 or 212-239-6200, or visit www.telecharge.com.
- Charlie Wilson and Tyrese, up close and live at Madison Square Garden for one night only, Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. For more information, call 866-858-0008 or go to:www.ticketmaster.com.
- En Vogue, Lillo Thomas, with special guest James Dtrain Williams, and Cherelle in "Evening of Sophisticated Soul," Saturday, March 2 at the Theatre at Westbury. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury, New York. Tickets are available now at Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
- 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. Third St., New York. Tuesday, March 5 through March 10. For more information, visit www.bluenotejazz.com.
- Before Spike Lee, Henry Hampton, Stanley Nelson, St. Claire Bourne and many other successful Black documentary makers, there was Bill and Bill. Explore the brilliant work, legacy, and lives of Bill Miles and Bill Greaves. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m. FREE, with registration required by calling 212-491-2040 or visiting www.schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com.
- Also at the Schomberg: screening of "Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life & Times of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie." A conversation between the filmmaker Yemane Demissie and renowned photographer Chester Higgins follows the free screening. Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.