imhotep's Guide To Black Events Feb 13 - 19, 2014

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 2/13/2014, 11:53 a.m.
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Music

  • It’s a “‘70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Weekend Concert” at the Beacon Theatre (2124 Broadway, between West 74th and 75th streets). Enjoy five classic soul acts on one bill: the Stylistics, the Dramatics, the Emotions, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and New Birth. The show will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15 with 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows and in Westbury at the NYCB Theatre (960 Brush Hollow Road) on Sunday, Feb. 16, with shows at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more information, visit marqueeconcerts.com.
  • Fantasia and friends present a Valentine’s Day concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, on Friday, Feb 14. Enjoy the night and find your love. Call 1-888-GO-NJPAC or visit njpac.org.
  • B.B. King Blues Club presents the following: Tamia (Friday, Feb. 14); Tower of Power (Saturday, Feb. 15); Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra (Wednesday, Feb. 19); Grammy winner Regina Belle (Saturday, Feb. 22); and South Africa’s cultural ambassadors Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Tuesday, Feb. 25). For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com.
  • The brilliant Rachelle Ferrell takes the stage on Thurs., Feb. 13-Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 W. Fourth St. She will be followed by the great Les McCann with the Javon Jackson Band on Feb. 16-20. Look for the legendary Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth with Ron Carter on Feb. 25-26. For information, call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.com.
  • Exhibitions
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announces its first exhibition of 2014, “Motown: The Truth is a Hit.” Featuring items highlighting Motown’s Berry Gordy and the institution’s beloved musical acts, the multimedia showcase is on display now until July 26 at the Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. at 135th Street.

Community

  • Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James will lecture on the contents of his best-selling book “Political Prisoner” at the CEMOTAP Center, located at 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., S. Ozone Park, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. The book exposes how he was framed by Gov. Chris Christie, as well as how intractable corruption continues to cripple Newark.  Admission is free. Call 347-907-0629 for information.
  • Vy Higgensen’s Gospel for Teens Choir is holding auditions for males and females between the ages of 13 and 19. Auditions are friendly and fun! For information, call 212-280-1045 or visit mamafoundation.org.
  • The world-famous Apollo Theater hosts a series of artistic and community programs to celebrate Black History Month. The Apollo’s 2014 Black History Month includes the return of the 1930s/1940s nightclubstyle show “Apollo Club Harlem”; the return of the popular independent emerging artist concert series “Apollo Music Café”; and Apollo “Live Wire” discussion series “Black Style on Stage”. For more info, visit apollotheatre.org

Imhotep Gary Byrd

Imhotep Gary Byrd

Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM daily with “Imhotep’s On-Air Guide to Black Events” and “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” Sunday evenings from 9 p.m. to midnight. The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: The “Global Black Experience” and “Global Beat Experience,” Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email igbexp@gmail.com, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.