Community Calendar 12/17 - 12/23

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 12/17/2015, 5:13 p.m.
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Janet Jackson

Greetings! The National Association of Kawaida Organizations and the International African Arts Festival presents the 49th anniversary celebration of Kwanzaa. The creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, will deliver his yearly founder’s statement, titled “Embracing Kwanzaa’s Principles and Practice: Creating and Celebrating the Good.”

There will be artistic performances by Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble and the Donald Smith Trio Sunday, Dec. 27, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. for vendor shopping. The program begins at 3 p.m.

JHS 258 is located at 141 Macon St., one block from Restoration Plaza. There are discounted prices for seniors and children under 12 years old. For information and directions, call 718-789-3264 or email nakoinfogroup@yahoo.com. For vending opportunities, call 646-410-5723. Vendor space is limited. See “Community” for more 2015 Kwanzaa holiday events. Harambee!

THEATER

“The Color Purple,” now on Broadway, featuring Jennifer Hudson,Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. Visit colorpurple.com.

“The First Noel” runs Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Apollo Theater, 252 W. 125th St., Harlem, N.Y. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit ticketmaster.com.

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” Saturday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m., with returning special guest Kurtis Blow, the “King of Rap,” at NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit njpac.org.

In “Hamilton: An American Musical,” Lin-Manuel Miranda is the unlikely Founding Father at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com

“The Gin Game,” featuring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, at the John Golden Theater, 252 W. 45th St., running now through Jan. 1. For information, call 800-BROADWAY or visit 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 January 2016 at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th St., New York City. Call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com.

MUSIC

Mariah Carey, now through Dec. 19 at 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway at 79th Street, New York City. For information, call 212-247-4777 or visit ticketmaster.com.

“Christmas in the City” featuring New Edition, Tyrese, Jaheim, Monica and Patti LaBelle, Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-757-6600 or visit prucenter.com.

Bobby Brown, Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com, ticketmaster.com.

Jodeci, Saturday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Gladys Knight and the O’Jays, Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway at 79th Street, New York City. For information, call 212-247-4777 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Arrested Development, Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 9 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com, ticketmaster.com.