The Cosmopolitan Review
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 4/11/2014, 7:56 p.m.
Finally, at last, warmer weather is slowly inching its way into the atmosphere; after being wrapped up from head to toe all winter, it’s time to shed. If you are feeling like you are really ready to express yourself, consider attending Publicolor’s Stir, Splatter and Roll 2014 Gala. This year the event will be held at Martin Luther King High School (122 Amsterdam Ave.–just behind Lincoln Center) on Tuesday, April 22, and it promises to be delightfully engaging–especially for all of you wanna-be artists.
Co-chaired by designer Michael Kors, architect Gene Kohn and menswear designer Jeffrey Banks, the Stir, Splatter and Roll Gala is a unique, fun-filled party where guests paint alongside some of the city’s leading artists, designers and architects. Among the honorees (every event has some) will be huge Publicolor supporter Michael Kaiser, who as president of the Kennedy Center, is recognized worldwide as a preeminent leader in the performing arts world.
All proceeds support Publicolor’s mission: “to engage disconnected students in their education, while teaching them strong and transferable work habits so they are prepared to be productive in both college and career.” For more information, visit: www.publicolor.org/events/ssr
After you paint, there is still time to dance. The Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 45th anniversary runs April 23-27 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall and it promises to be riveting. For more information, visit www.dancetheaterofharlem.org.
Perhaps you want to join the gang for a theater party? Cleveland Kojack (with a “c”) Manley is organizing a theater group to see “Motown: The Musical.” He has some real good seats for a really good price. Check him and the play out by calling 917-543-5930.
Should you chose to just stay home and curl up in front of the TV, waiting for the April showers to come, fear not; public television will be around a little while longer. New York’s public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21, raised $2.7 million at WNET’S 20th annual Gala Salute, held at Cipriani 42nd Street. The honorees were Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault and Cheryl and Philip Milstein. Hosts for the evening were wife and husband Deborah Roberts, correspondent for ABC News’ “20/20,” and Al Roker, co-host of NBCs’ “Today” and the Weather Channel’s “Wake Up With Al.”
Ok so you do want to go out, but you want to stay local. Shirley Scott and friends request your presence on Thursday, April 17 at Showman’s Jazz Club, located on West 125th Street, to celebrate the birthday of long-time Harlemite Richard Grandy. Also celebrating birthdays are Charlie “Fish Charlie” Moore, Bryan Barksdale, and Zetti Burie Tarrant.
Public relations maven Terrie Williams is urging everyone to see Halle Berry’s new movie “Frankie and Alice.” The phenomenal Berry portrays the true story of an African-American go-go dancer who suffers from multiple personalities. The film also features the legendary Phylicia Rashad, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson and Stellan Skarsgard. According to Williams, “While I encourage everyone to go out and see this amazing film, it’s important to remember the prevalence of unchecked mental illness, especially in urban communities nationwide … A number of residents in urban areas were in fact suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), a by-product of the violence they encounter daily. According to psychiatrist Dr. Kerry Ressler and his colleagues, PTSD is more prevalent in some urban neighborhoods than among war veterans.”