Community Calendar 12/17 - 12/23

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

Lil Wayne: The Dedication Tour, Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Toyota Oakdale Theater, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, Conn. For information, call 203-265-1501 or visit livenation.com.

Janet Jackson: Unbreakable Tour, Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-757-6600 or visit prucenter.com.

Janet Jackson: Unbreakable Tour, Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit barclayscenter.com.

FILM

Spike Lee’s “Chiraq,” featuring Samuel L. Jackson and more, is now in theaters. Check your local listings.

“Creed” tells the story of Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), who never knew his dad, boxing champion Apollo Creed, as he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Check theaters for listings.

COMEDY

Catch the Harlem Globetrotters Sunday, Dec. 27 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-465-MSG1.

Arsenio Hall appears Saturday, Jan. 16 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.

COMMUNITY

CEMOTAP’s annual Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration is being held Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. This is a family affair with an emphasis on children. In addition to a toy giveaway, entertainment and an African feast, the celebration’s Tireless Warrior Award will be given to Donald and Joanne Whitehead. Admission is free. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped gift appropriate for children ages 4 to 14. CEMOTAP is located at 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., S. Ozone Park, New York, N.Y.

Kwanzaa Celebration: “Regeneration Night,” Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit njpac.org.

Kwanza Celebration: “Regeneration Night,” Sunday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Apollo’s annual Kwanzaa celebration returns with Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. Hosted by WBLS personality Imhotep Gary Byrd, the event honors the principles of Kwanzaa, family, community and culture, at the Apollo Theater, 252 W. 125th St., Harlem. N.Y. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Celebrate culture, energize and recognize Kwanzaa 2015 with Doug E. Fresh Sunday, Dec. 27 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street. The event is free for members with museum admission. Visit AMNH.org for more information.

Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM weekly with “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and simulcast over WLIB 1190AM. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at WBLS.com.WLIB.com and iHeartRadio. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: “The Global Black Experience” and “The Global Beat Experience,” Fridays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both shows are archived online at www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event or for comments, email igbexp@gmail.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.