Imhotep's Guide To Black Events Jan 23 - 29, 2014

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 1/23/2014, 4:24 p.m.
Our GBE “Emancipations Month” spotlight shines on “Friday Night in Harlem,”
Lauryn Hill (see MUSIC)

Greetings! Our GBE “Emancipations Month” spotlight shines on “Friday Night in Harlem,” saluting gospel and swing jazz at the Apollo Theater on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. The mega event also celebrates the 2014 Super Bowl and Black History Month and will pay tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington, with featured performances by the Manhattan School of Music Swing Jazz Orchestra. See special performances by Cecil Bridgewater and Arturo O’ Farrill.

The tribute will also feature award-winning vocalist Regina Belle and an all-star band, including brilliant jazz musicians Alex Bugnon, Victor Bailey and Lenny White. The Whitney Houston Award will be presented to legend Valerie Simpson, who will be joined onstage by Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church Mass Choir. I’ll see you there.

For tickets and information, call 800-745-3000 or visit


“Dr. Dubois and Miss Ovington,” written by Clare Cass and presented by the New Federal Theatre in association with the Castillo Theatre, runs now through Feb. 16 at the Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St. For more information, call 212-941-1234 or visit

“The Kitchen,” a thrilling drama presented by the H.A.D.L.E.Y Players in association with Voza Rivers’ New Heritage Theatre Group, is now playing at the Poet’s Den, 309 E. 108th St. in East Harlem. For more information and tickets, call 646-502-6562 or visit

Fraser Grace’s “Breakfast With Mugabe” runs now through March 2 at the Lion Theater, 410 W. 42nd St. For tickets, call 212-239-6200, or visit or

“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr. and featuring Felicia Boswell 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 or

“After Midnight” celebrates the glamour and exuberance of Harlem’s Golden Age, with the timeless songs of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Harold Arlen woven around the prose of Langston Hughes. The production stars Grammy Award winner Fantasia and Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill (“The West Wing”). The music was selected by the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars.

“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 and schedule information, call 212-239-6200 or visit or

Shedding clarity on the African-American community and communism, Ishmael Reed’s “The Final Version” is now playing at the Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 E. Third St. It is directed by and starring Rome Neal with an awesome cast. Call 212-780-9386 or visit for more information.

“Platanos, Collard Greens & Callaloo”—that’s right, “Callaloo!” This remix brings Caribbean flava in the house. Now playing at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (enter on 25th Street between Lexington and Third avenues). For tickets, call TheaterMania at 212-352-3101, visit or visit


Aretha Franklin’s Radio City Music Hall appearances have been rescheduled for June 15 and16. Visit for more information.