Imhotep's Guide to Black Events: August 14-20, 2014
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 8/14/2014, 3:01 p.m.
Greetings! The summer of 2014 is going out with a musical bang. Whether you are from the Big Apple, the tristate area or in from out of town, this month’s events remind us why the great Duke Ellington once remarked, “After New York, there are no cities.”
“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit broadway.com/shows/kinky-boots.
“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr., 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.
The world premier of “Angela’s Justice,” an adaptation of “Antigone” and an homage to Angela Davis. Set in a fictitious place in 1970, Angela is determined, by any means necessary, to get her brother properly buried. Aug.17-Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Dream Up Festival, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. between Ninth and 10th streets. Call 212- 254-1109.
“Smooth Cruises” sails into a new night with Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns, with special guests Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair, Aug. 14; Rachelle Farrell Aug. 21; and Boney James Aug. 28. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The “Hornblower Infinity” departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street and West Side Highway. Visit marqueeconcerts.com.
The Blue Note presents Earl Klugh, now through Aug. 17. The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third St. Call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.com.
“Unforgettable Dinah,” a celebration of Dinah Washington, starring Denise Perrier Quintet with Houston Person, now through Sunday, Aug. 17 at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center, fifth floor, Broadway and 60th Street. For reservations, call 212-258-9595 or visit jalc.org.
The Martin Luther King Concert Series presents “Gospel Night” Aug. 18 with Tamela Mann and the Christian Cultural Center Choir.
“Jazzmobile at 50” presents the Danny Mixon Quartet, Friday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m., City College Plaza at 136th Street. Coming Monday, Aug. 18, it’s Arturo O’Farrill at Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Winard Harper and Jeli Posse in Campbell Park in Cambria Heights Tuesday, Aug. 19. The vendor bazaar opens at 5 p.m. with music 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free concerts featuring Jimmy Heath and Jimmy Pelt return to Grant’s Tomb, Riverside Drive and 122nd Street. “Summerfest 50” is dedicated to Dr. Billy Taylor. For more schedule information and details, visit jazzmobile.org.
City Winery presents the Aaron Neville Duo Aug. 17. City Winery is located at 155 Varick St. Call 212-608-0555 or visit citywinery.com.
The world famous Apollo Theater’s “Amateur Night” celebrates “Harlem Week 2014” with the Harlem School of the Arts Jazz Quartet Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The Apollo Theater is located at 253 W. 125th St. in Harlem. Call 212-531-5300 or visit apollotheater.org.
Grammy Award winning, pioneering Black rock band Living Colour rocks the New Jersey Performing Art’s Center Prudential Hall, Thursday, Aug. 21 at 5 p.m., reuniting for a sizzling, free outdoor concert in Theatre Square, One Center St., Newark, N.J. Call 888-466-5722 or visit njpac.org.