Community Calendar 7/14 - 7/20

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 7/14/2016, midnight
Check out what's going on in the city this week.
Tommy Davidson Contributed

Greetings! Our GBE Black Media Month sadly announces the passing of beloved radio icon and friend, the pioneering signature voice of the “Quiet Storm” radio broadcast for years over WBLS-FM,.Vaughn Harper has passed at age 71 of complications of diabetes. In addition to his on-air work, Vaughn involved himself in charity work over the years that endeared him to the New York City community. His Funeral is Saturday, July 16. Viewing is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the service 11 a.m., at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr., New York, N.Y. Open to the public.

THEATER

“Motown the Musical,” limited engagement began Tuesday, July 12 at the Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., New York, N.Y. For ticket information, call 212-921-8000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

“Sistas the Musical,” a celebration of African-American women’s history, blends your favorite songs with a touching story of family, strength and perseverance. By the end of this musical, you’ll be up on your feet singing and dancing along. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-947-3499 or visit www.broadwaybox.com/shows/sistasthe-musical.

“Shuffle Along,” on Broadway starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, is a musical revival of the 1921 sensation featuring the show’s original music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, with choreography by Savion Glover, Music Box Theatre, 238 W. 45 St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit shufflealongbroadway.com.

“Turn Me Loose,” a new comedic drama by Gretchen Law, tells the story of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, now through July 17. Off-Broadway, Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St. Starring Tony Award nominee, Emmy and NAACP Image Award winner Joe Morton, best known for his portrayal of Rowan Pope on the hit ABC drama, “Scandal,” as Dick Gregory. The play features an original song by John Legend. Tickets on sale via www.telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200. For more information, visit:TurnMeLoosePlay.com.

“The Color Purple,” a Tony winner on Broadway, featuring Heather Headley, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit colorpurple.com.

“Hamilton: An American Musical,” The multiple Tony Award winner continues to captivate audiences at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com.

MUSIC

Ohio Players, Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Blackstreet, Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m., NYCB Theater at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, N.Y. For information, call 516-334-0800 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Stephanie Mills, Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m., NYCB Theater at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, N.Y. For information, call 516-334-0800 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Boyz II Men/En Vogue, Sunday, July 24 at 7 p.m., NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. 07102. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit njpac.org.

Aretha Franklin, Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for The Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, N.Y., For information, call 866-781-2922. To buy tickets call 1-800-745-3000 or visit bethelwoodscenter.org.

Ruben Studdard, Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Erykah Badu with Hiatus Kaiyote, Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m., Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Aaron Neville 75th Birthday: Celebrating 50th Anniversary of “Tell It Like It Is,” Thursday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit, ticketmaster.com.

Smooth Cruise: Rachelle Ferrell &Rahsaan Patterson, Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., Smooth Cruise on Hornblower Infinity, Pier 40, West Houston Street at West Side Highway, New York, N.Y. For information, visit: ticketmaster.com.

Jill Scott, Thursday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m., NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888- 466-5722 or visit: njpac.org.

Kool & the Gang, Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Jill Scott, with special guest Rakim, Sunday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m., Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Dru Hill 20th Anniversary Special, Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.

COMEDY

Tommy Davidson, July 28 to July 31 at 7:30 p.m. and July 29 and July 30 at 10 p.m., Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, New York, N.Y. For information, visit: ticketmaster.com.

Chris Tucker Live, Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m., NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit njpac.org.

COMMUNITY

Board for the Education of Peoples of African Ancestry invites you to its 18th annual tribute, “Remembering Dr John Henrik Clarke,” Sunday July 31 at 5 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 22 Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Keynote speaker, Dr. Marimba Ani, pan-African scholar and author of “Yurugu,” plus other notable speakers. Admission is free. For further information, call 347-907-0629.

The Maat Communiversity Dr. John Henrik Clarke-Dr. Ben Jochannon, 10-week lecture series features more than 40 brilliant African-American every Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. now through Aug. 18 at the Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood’s Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 212 Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For more information, call 302-465-3787 or visit:mattcommuniversity.org.

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.