Community Calendar 10/20 - 10/26

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 10/20/2016, midnight
Check out what's going on around the city this week.
Brian McKnight Contributed

Greetings! To celebrate Zora Neale Hurston’s 125th birthday, Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, presents “Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography” by Laurence Holder. Elizabeth Van Dyke and Joseph Lewis Edwards will recreate the characters they played in the play’s acclaimed 1998 production at The American Place Theatre: she as Hurston, he as the men in her life. Woodie King Jr., artistic director of NFT, will direct and Wynn Handman, who helmed celebrated productions of the play at The American Place Theatre, is consulting director, Oct. 20 to Nov. 20, Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St. Call 212- 941-1234 or visit castillo.org/home.

THEATER

“The Color Purple,” a Tony winner 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.

“Love Jones the Musical,” Saturday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 718-856-5464 or visit ticketmaster.com.

“Sistas the Musical,” celebrating African-American women’s history, blending your favorite songs with a touching story of family, strength and perseverance. 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.

MUSIC

Smokey Robinson, Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, N.Y. For information, call 800-745-3000 or visit bethelwoodscenter.org.

Brian McKnight, Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m., State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. For information, call 732-246-7469 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Gladys Knight, Friday, Oct. 21, 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.

“Love Jones the Musical,” featuring Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, Dave Hollister, Raheem DeVaughn and MC Lyte, Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m., Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-643-8014 or visit ticketmaster.com.

100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella, featuring Patti Austin, Andra Day, Lizz Wright, the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and Afro Blue, Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Harlem, N.Y. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit ticketmaster.com.

“Love Jones the Musical,” featuring Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, Dave Hollister, Raheem DeVaughn and MC Lyte, Saturday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 718-856-5464 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago—Heart and Soul Tour 3.0, Sunday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, Conn. For information, call 860-862-TIXX (8499) or visit ticketmaster.com.

Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m., The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Rd., Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Toni Braxton, Sunday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m., State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. For information, call 732-246-7469 or visit ticketmaster.com.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic—Halloween Funkdown, Monday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Jazz in the Key of Ellison, featuring Wynton Marsalis, Catherine Russell, Andy Farber, Angelique Kidjo and Patti Austin, Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit njpac.org.

Toni Braxton, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 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.

Toni Braxton, Thursday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury N.Y. For information, call 516-334-0800 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Maxwell and Mary J. Blige: King and Queen of Hearts Tour, Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212- 465-MSG1 (6741) or visit ticketmaster.com.

Keyshia Cole, Tank, Jagged Edge and Monifah, Friday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit ww.njpac.org.

Tower of Power, Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. and 10 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.

Mint Condition, Friday, Nov. 18, 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.

Stephanie Mills, Saturday, Nov. 19, 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.

COMEDY

New York Comedy Festival presents Trevor Noah, Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway at 74th Street, New York, N.Y. For information, call 866-858-0008 or visit ticketmaster.com.

COMMUNITY

Cemotap Forum: “To Vote or Not to Vote Part 2,” featuring Bernard White, Tyrene Wright, Hugh Hamilton and Viola Plummer, Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., Cemotap Center 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y. Admission is free. Call 347-907-0629.

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. Archived online at www.wbai.org. For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere Shannon @ nyerere1@aol.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.