Imhotep's Guide to Black events: May 1 - 7, 2014

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 5/1/2014, 1:48 p.m.
As we enter African Liberation Month 2014 Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem ...
Jose Feliciano

Greetings! As we enter African Liberation Month 2014, 50 years after its world premiere, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem are co-presenting “Dutchman” by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka). It is directed by Carl Cofield and stars Hollywood actor Sharif Atkins. Opening night will be Saturday, May 3, and showtime is at 8 p.m. at the National Black Theatre (NBT), 2031 Fifth Ave., Harlem.

The tribute to the late, great poet and playwright Baraka (who died on Jan. 9) will run through May 23. General tickets are available at the NBT box office or by calling 212-722-3800. Visit nationalblacktheatre.org.

Theater

“After Midnight” celebrates Harlem’s Golden Age with the timeless songs of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Harold Arlen woven around the prose of Langston Hughes. Three-time Emmy nominated and 11-time Grammy nominated actress, platinum recording artist and former Miss America Vanessa Williams is now starring as guest vocalist in the show through May 11. The music is by select Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars. Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. Fourth St. For information, call 212-719-4099 or visit brooksatkinsontheatre.com.

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. It is directed by Kenny Leon (“Fences”). It is currently in a limited run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., where it originally opened in 1959. To order tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit Telecharge.com.

Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre and the Castillo Theatre present Ed Bullins’ “The Fabulous Miss Marie,” which some call Bullins’ greatest work. The setting is the early 1960s in the Wilshire section of Los Angeles, just before the Watts rebellion. Miss Marie is having a three-day holiday party in her home. Her guests somehow ignore the reality of the outside world. It’s playing now through May 18 at the Castillo Theater, 543 W. 42nd St. Call 866-811-4111 or visit castillotheatre.org.

“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.

“Lady Day,” a tribute to jazz legend Billie Holiday, features multi-Tony Award winner Audra McDonald performing Holiday’s classic moods and melodies. The show takes place at Emerson’s Bar and Grill Circle in the Square Theater, 1633 Broadway. Call 212-239-6200 for more details or visit ladydayonbroadway.com.

“Satchmo at the Waldorf” is an absorbing and uplifting new play about the music, struggles and triumphs of Louis Armstrong, the man who invented jazz. The show stars Obie and Lucille Lortel Award winner John Douglas Thompson (“Othello,” “The Emperor Jones”) as both Armstrong and Glaser in a tour de force performance. Appropriate for ages 14 and up due to strong language. Westside Theatre Upstairs, 407 W. 43rd St., between Ninth and 10th avenues. For more information, call 212-239-6200 or visit www.satchmonyc.com.

Music

The legendary Whispers and the brilliant Jeffrey Osbourne present a Mother’s Day weekend concert on Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. at Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad St., Newark, N.J.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents the return of multi-Grammy Award-winning legendary singer, composer and virtuoso guitarist Jose Feliciano (“Light My Fire”) performing a special concert celebrating Mother’s Day weekend on Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx, N.Y. For tickets, call 718-960-8833  or visit www.LehmanCenter.org.

The Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 Third St., presents the multigenerational rock-jazz band Blood Sweat & Tears with Arturo Sandoval back in the village where they started, now through May 17. Call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.com.

Resorts World Casino (110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y., near John F. Kennedy Airport) presents Legends of Ol’Skool R&B and House Music Dance Concert Dance Party on May 17 at 9 p.m., featuring Oran “Juice” Jones, James “D-Train” Williams and Colonel Abrams. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show is at 9 p.m. For more information, call 888-886-8801. Locate your free shuttle at RwredExpress.com.

Dance

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and an amazing full day of special features for mom. Visit njpac.org.

Community

Larry Hamm, activist and organizer for human and civil rights and founder and president of Peoples Organization for Progress, will serve as CEMOTAP’S honored guest speaker at its 27th anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at the Majority Baptist Church, located at Farmers Boulevard and 115th Avenue in Jamaica, N.Y. Also, Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan  will be awarded for his 96 years of life and his historical work in Egypt. Dr. Arthur Lewis will respond to Hamm’s message. Minister Clemson Brown will be recognized for his expansive documentation of the grassroots struggle. Call 718-322-8454 or 347-907-0629 to RSVP or for further information.

The Central Brooklyn Leadership Council and the Mens Ministry of Historic First Church of God in Christ present the Mary McLeod Bethune “Light of Our Life” awards ceremony, a tribute to African-American women, on Saturday, May 10 at the Historic First Church of God in Christ (221 Kingston Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.) at 3 p.m. Keynote presenters include the Rev. Calvin Butts, Herb Boyd, Bob Law and Councilwoman Inez Barron. It will also feature music, praise dance and poetry. Free admission.


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