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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events March 13 - 19, 2014

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 3/13/2014, 3:32 p.m.

Greetings! Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre (NFT) will celebrate its 44th anniversary with a special gala honoring legendary producer Voza Rivers on Sunday, March 16 at the Tribeca Center for the Performing Arts, located at 199 Chambers St. The special event begins with a 3 p.m. reception and will be followed by the awards program, co-hosted by Danny Glover, Debbi Morgan, Tamara Tunie and Robert Townsend.

Theater

The historic 2014 revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s heart-wrenching family drama, stars Academy and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson. Directed by Kenny Leon (“Fences”), it’s currently in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., New York, N.Y. Opening night is April 3. Call 800-901-4092 or visit telecharge.com for tickets.

“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr. and featuring 2013 Tony nominee Charl Brown, Brandon Dixon and Felicia Roswell, 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.

“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 winners Toni Braxton and Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds, March 18-30. The music was selected by the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars. For more information, call 800-982-2787 or visit ticketmaster.com.

“Platanos, Collard Greens & Callaloo” is David Lamb’s remix of his classic play that brings the Caribbean flavor in the house. It’s now playing at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (enter on 25th Street, between Lexington and Third avenues). Call TheaterMania at 212-352-3101, visit theatermania.com or visit plantanosandcollardgreens.com.

Music

B.B. Kings Blues Club, located on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues, presents “Mr. Funky” Bohannon on Friday, March 14. Valerie Simpson arrives Friday, April 11. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling 212-997-4144 or by visiting ticketmaster.com.

“Legends of Hip-Hop Volume 1” comes to Resorts World Casino on Saturday, March 15 at 9 p.m., featuring live performances from Naughty By Nature, Kurtis Blow, Black Sheep, DJ Marley Marl and more! Doors open at 8 p.m. The show will be followed by “Disco Inferno.” Performances featuring Evelyn Champagne King, Anita Ward, France JolI, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and more are set for Saturday, March 29. Resorts World Casino,110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, N.Y. For more information, call 888-886-8801.

The Blue Note Jazz Club presents Spyro Gyra now through Sunday, March 16. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.com.

The world-famous Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th St.) in Harlem presents another season of “Amateur Night.” Also look for a special Women’s History Month panel presentation spotlighting “Women in Production,” coming Monday, March 17, and more! For tickets and events, call 212-531-5300 or visit apollotheater.org.

Exhibitions

For Women’s History Month, Debi Jackson (of WBLS “Sunday Classics”) presents her third annual photo exhibit, now through March 31 at the ACP State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., in the second floor art gallery. The artist reception takes place March 22 from 1-5 p.m. For more information, call G46- 717-2210.