Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 8/20 - 8/26

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 8/20/2015, 1:15 p.m.
Our congrats to the GHCC and everyone who made Harlem Week 2015 such a glorious success!
Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette, Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton” (see THEATER)

Greetings! Our congrats to the GHCC and everyone who made Harlem Week 2015 such a glorious success!

City Parks Foundation has announced the 22nd edition of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. The festival kicks off the first of its three days Saturday, Aug. 21 in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, just blocks from the famous jazz clubs where Parker graced the stage, and moves to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village Sunday, just across the street from the late Parker’s apartment. For the complete Charlie Parker Jazz Festival schedule and lineup for all SummerStage programming, visit www.SummerStage.org.

THEATER

Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the stage as the unlikely Founding Father in “Hamilton: An American Musical,” determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as himself. An astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. For more information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com.

“Amazing Grace,” based on the true story of the beloved song, follows John Newton, a willful and musically talented young Englishman torn between following in the footsteps of his father—a slave trader in Britain’s international empire of slavery—or embracing compassion. Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., New York City. Call 212-821-8000 or visit www. nederlander.com.

Taye Diggs (“Private Practice,” “The Best Man”, “Rent”) returns to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning, genre-bending, fourth wall-smashing musical sensation “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” now through Oct. 11 at the Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. For information, visit www.hedwigbroadway.com.

The Riant Theatre brings its 28th season of the Strawberry One-Act Festival to Harlem, with over 30 plays from mainstream to multicultural, Aug. 5 to 23 at the Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 E. 123rd St. For more information on all events, visit www.therianttheatre.com or call 646-623-3488.

Tyler Perry’s “Madea On the Run,” Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 5 at 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway. For information, call 212-465-6500 or visit beacontheatre.com.

“Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” the story of the Tuskegee Airmen that exposes their courage to excel despite the overwhelming odds against them, Sundays, Aug. 23 and 30 at 1 p.m. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com.

“Sistas” tells of the struggles, the joy and the triumphs of being Black and being a woman in America, Saturdays and Sundays, now through Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th St., New York City. Call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com.

MUSIC

Chris Brown’s “One Hell of a Night” tour, Sunday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main St., Bridgeport, Conn. For information, call 203-345-2400 or visit websterbankarena.com.

Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For information, visit bbkingblues.com, ticketmaster.com or call 212-997-4144.

Chris Brown’s “One Hell of a Night” tour, Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, N.J. For information, call 732-203-2500 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Rachelle Ferrell, Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., Smooth Cruise on Hornblower Infinity, Pier 40, W. Houston Street at the West Side Highway, New York City. For more information, visit ticketweb.com.

Gladys Knight, Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., the Grand Theater at Fox Woods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-369-9663 or visit foxwoods.com.

Oleta Adams, Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For ticket information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com.

Keith Sweat, Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-642-8989 or visit njpac.org.

Chris Brown’s “One Hell of a Night” tour, Sunday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m., Nikon Jones Beach Theatre, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, N.Y. For information, call 516-221-1000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Freddie Jackson, Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Smooth Cruise on Hornblower Infinity, Pier 40, W. Houston Street at the West Side Highway, New York City. For more information, visit ticketweb.com.

Shirley Caesar, Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m., the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue at 32nd Street. For information, call 212-465-MSG1 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Diana Ross, Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m., NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For more information, call 973-642-8989 or visit njpac.org.

“The Best of the ’90s” featuring Boyz II Men, EnVogue and Coolio, Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena, One Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, Conn. For information, call 860-862-4988 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Musiq Soulchild, Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For information, visit bbkingblues.com or ticketmaster.com or call 212-997-4144.

COMEDY

Kevin Hart’s “What Now?” tour, Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m., Nikon Jones Beach Theatre, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, N.Y. For information, call 516-221-1000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

COMMUNITY

Pass the word, MamaKefaNephthys, founder of First World Alliance, has made her transition. The homegoing, funeral and memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Amsterdam Memorial Chapel, Amsterdam Avenue and 147th Street, Harlem, N.Y.

The CEMOTAP forum “The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same: The History of Lynching and Police Violence in America” with Dr. William Seraile will expose how history is repeating itself. Saturday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m., CEMOTAP Center, 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., S. Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y. For information, call 347-907-0629. Admission is free!

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