Community Calendar 7/1 - 7/7
7/2/2015, 2:57 p.m.
Greetings! No play could have hoped for a better lead in than the president of the United States himself, Barack Obama, singing its theme at an international news event. “Amazing Grace,” based on the true story of the beloved song, follows John Newton, a willful and musically talented young Englishman who is torn between following in the footsteps of his father—a slave trader in Britain’s international empire of slavery—or embracing compassion. The show takes place at the Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., New York City. Call 212-821-8000 or visit www.nederlander.com.
“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” is the story of six men embarking on a journey to become pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps despite the overwhelming odds against them. Going beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen, it exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel in spite of the overwhelming odds against them. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 46th St. Sundays, July 5 to 26 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, as told through the life of one woman and the women in her family. Moving from the days of Jim Crow to the present, the narrative is presented through songs like “Strange Fruit,” “Society’s Child” and “Taint Nobody’s Business,” right up to the present. Saturdays, July 4 to 25 at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays, July 5 to 26 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.
The 2015 Essence Festival, July 2 to 5, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Poydras St., New Orleans, La. For ticket information, visit essence.com.
Gloria Gaynor (“I Will Survive”) and Maxine Nightingale (“Right Back Where I Started From”) and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Saturday, July 11, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y. (next to JFK Airport). For information, visit rwnewyork.com or call 718-215-2828.
Salt-N-Pepa, Thursday, July 16 at 8 p.m., BB King Club Bar & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For ticket information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com.
Jill Scott, Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m., Toyota Oakdale Theater, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, Conn. For information, visit ticketmaster.com or call 844-854-1450.
Jill Scott, Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., Kings Theater, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit kingstheater.com or ticketmaster.com.
R. Kelly, Thursday, July 16, Friday, July 17 and Sunday, July 19 at 8 p.m. at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-369-9663 or visit Foxwoods.com.
R. Kelly, Saturday, July 18, at 8 p.m. at the Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-757-6000 or visit prucenter.com.
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkedelic’s “Shake the Gate” tour, Sunday, July 19 at 9 p.m., the Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, N.Y. For ticket information, visit ticketmaster.com, paramountny.com or call 630-673-7300.