Community Calendar 10/29 - 11/4

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 10/30/2015, 2:47 p.m.
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Greetings! Don’t miss the Harlemween Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St. at Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. Call 212-961 4390 or visit harlemween.org.

This Halloween, the Apollo Theater brings the spirit of New Orleans to Harlem with the “New Orleans Jazz Masquerade.” The weekend-long celebration of events will include a special mainstage concert with Irvin Mayfield Jr., legendary jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in the New York concert premiere of Bridgewater and Mayfield’s new album, “Dee Dee’s Feathers.”

The masquerade-themed concert will be followed by an after-party as part of Apollo Music Cafe in the theater’s Soundstage and will feature the New Orleans go-go brass funk band the Brass-A-Holics. Call 212-531-5305 or visit www.apollotheatre.org. (Also see “COMMUNITY”)

THEATER

In “Hamilton: An American Musical,” Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the stage as the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on a new nation that’s as hungry and ambitious as he is. The production is an astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind, taking place 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 Oct. 31. For information, call 800-BROADWAY or visit broadway.com.

A rare New York revival of “In White America”—the 1963 Drama Desk Award-winning documentary play on the history of Blacks in America from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement—will be presented by Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre at the Castillo Theater, 543 W. 42nd St., Oct. 15 to Nov. 15. Opening night for the limited off-Broadway engagement will be Oct. 29. Performances run Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Group sales are available. For tickets, call 866-811-4111 toll-free or visit www.castillo.org. For more information, visit www.newfederaltheatre.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 Oct. 31 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.

Tyler Perry’s “ Madea on the Run,” Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21 at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 718-856-5464 or visit ticketmaster.com.

MUSIC

Sistas’ Place invites you to a weekend tribute saluting iconic Hall of Fame award-winning singer-songwriter Bill Withers, Friday, Oct. 30, with guests speakers and music. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. at Sistas’ Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For more information, call 718-398 1766.

Mint Condition, Oct. 30 at 8 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.

Stephanie Mills, Friday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For information, visit bbkingblues.com or ticketmaster.com or call 212-997-4144.

Angie Stone, Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com, ticketmaster.com.

The “My Sisters and Me Tour,” featuring Deniece Williams, Karyn White, CeCe Peniston and Kathy Sledge, Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m., the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich at Westerly Road, Manshantucket, Conn. For informaton, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Mavis Staples, Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m., Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, N.J. For information, call 201-227-1030 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Mary J. Blige, Sunday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 NorwichWesterly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Stevie Wonder, in a historic, one-night-only event, presents “Songs in the Key of Life,” Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave. and 32nd Street, New York City. For more information, call 212-465-MSG1 or visit ticketmaster.com.

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com, ticketmaster.com.

COMEDY

Paul Mooney and Dick Gregory, Sunday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com, ticketmaster.com.

Whoopi Goldberg performs Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. at the St. George Theater, 35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, N.Y. For information, call 718-442-2900 or visit ticketmaster.com.

COMMUNITY

Harlem celebrates Marathon Week, now through Sunday, Nov. 1. Join legend Lloyd Price, Alicia Keyes on her marathon run, Marathon Grand Marshall Spike Lee and jazz great Ornette Coleman. Visit harlemdiscover.com.

Other scheduled activities as part of the Apollo “New Orleans to Harlem” weekend will feature an afternoon workshop of mask and music making with designer Vicki Fremont and musician Kevin Hylton; a traditional New Orleans second line as part of the “Apollo Education Family Workshop” series; and an “Apollo School Day Live” for school children, hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield. Call 212-531-5305 or visit apollotheater.org.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Disabilty Employment Awareness Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For informaton, visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month, www.askearn.org/exchange/ndeam-2015-theme-announced and www.nnedv.org/getinvolved/dvam.html.

Please write to express your concern regarding the drastic cuts to the funding of New Heritage Group, Negro Ensemle Company and New Federal Theatre.Their history is New York history. Write to Edwin Torres, Acting Commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, 31 Chambers St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10007. For copies of the petition, email Voza Rivers at vorivers@aol.com.

Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM weekly with “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. and simulcast over WLIB 1190a.m.. 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.