Imhotep's guide to black events Oct. 31 - Nov. 7
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 10/31/2013, 5:38 p.m.
Greetings! November, GBE’s Black Business Month, opens with the announcement that Berry Gordy, the legendary founder of Motown Records who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Oct. 24, 1996, and Grammy winner Smokey Robinson will be honored with the Grammy Museum’s first-ever Architects of Sound Award. The recognition is for their unparalleled contributions to the Motown genre.
The inaugural Grammy Museum benefit gala dinner and concert will be hold on Monday, Nov. 11 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Proceeds will go toward the museum, which is dedicated to engaging both children and adults in the power of music through dynamic exhibits, educational programs, live performances and more. The host for the historic first-time event will be music industry veteran and television personality Randy Jackson.
“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.
In “A Time to Kill,” Rupert Holmes revisits John Grisham’s 1989 legal story on race and justice, focusing on an African-American defendant (John Douglas Thompson) threatened with capital punishment for the murder of white rapists. He is defended by a white lawyer (Sebastian Arcelus). It is playing now 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 visit atimetokillonbroadway.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 the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (enter on 25th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue). For more information, 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, visit telecharge.com or visit ladydaythemusical.com.
Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre presents the revival of the Ed Bullins classic “In the Wine Time” Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St. For more information, call 212-941-5800 or visit newfederaltheatre.com.
On Oct. 31, the Jimmy Heath Big Band performs live at the Blue Note, 131 W. Third St. Sets at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. For more information, visit bluenotejazz.com.
The Temptations and the Four Tops perform at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.; Kevin Maynor and Trilogy: An Opera Company present “Paul Robeson Remembered” on Sunday, Nov. 3; and NJPAC celebrates Amiri Baraka and the 50th anniversary of his book “Blues People: Negro Music in White America” on Tuesday, Nov. 5. NJPAC is located at 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For more information, call 888-466-5722 or visit njpac.org.