imhotep's Guide To Black Events
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 7/24/2014, 4:55 p.m.
Greetings! As we close out GBE Black Media Month 2014, we direct your attention to a project close to me and listeners of “The Global Black Experience,” the Spech family’s African Diaspora Film Festival is back, bringing their 2014 “Back to the Roots” festival this year.
Established in 1993, the African Diaspora International Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind film festival. Through rich and diverse programming, ADIFF offers an alternative world view to that one typically offered by other international film festivals. For more info, call 212-864-1760 or visit NYADIFF.org.
William Shakespeare’s famed star-crossed lovers bare their passion uptown as the Classical Theatre of Harlem (with Ty Jones as producing artistic director and David Roberts as managing director) presents “Romeo N Juliet” at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. Performances are free and open to the public and take place through July 27. Follow CTH on Twitter or Instagram @classicalharlem and Facebook at www.facebook.com/theclassicaltheatreofharlem.
The Manhattan Reperatory Theatre presents Summerfest 2014, “Bridge to Baraka,” Friday, July 25 through Saturday, July 26. Shows begin at 7 p.m. at 303 W. 42nd St., on the sixth floor. Visit manhattanrep.com.
“Aladdin,” featuring Tony Award winner James Monroe Igleheart as the uniquely modern Genie, is playing now at the New Amsterdam Theatre, located at 214 W. 42nd St. Visitbroadway.com.
“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.
“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” a tribute to jazz legend Billie Holiday, features 2014 and multi-Tony Award winner Audra McDonald channeling Holiday’s classic moods and melodies, now through Aug. 10 at Circle in the Square Theater, 1633 Broadway. Call 212-239-6200 or visit ladydayonbroadway.com for more information.
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. 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.
Tyler Perry presents “Hell Hath No Fury, Like a Woman Scorned” coming to the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway (between 74th and 75th streets) in October 2014. Call 212-465-6500 or visit beacontheatre.com for more information.
The all new “Smooth Cruises” is now sailing into its 17th summer season on a new night on a new boat, the fabulous Infinity, and a new departure point. Thursday, July 24 features the highly acclaimed vocalist Will Downing, with special guest standup comedian Talent.
Cruises depart promptly at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively.) The boat departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street and West Side Highway. Cruises sail rain or shine. There are no refunds or exchanges.
B.B. King’s presents Alexander O’Neal, July 26; Barrington Levy, Aug. 5; and Morgan Heritage, Aug. 7. There will also be a James Brown tribute show at Lucille’s Bar and Grill featuring celebrated R&B vocalist Freda Payne Aug. 9. B.B. King’s is located at 127 West 42nd St. in Manhattan. Call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkings blues.com.