Community Calendar April19 - April 25

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 4/19/2018, 2:02 p.m.
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Greetings! Our GBE “Living in the Spirit” month continues with Celebration 2018, a four-day event honoring the life and legacy of Prince, taking place at Paisley Park, April 19 to April 22. Prince’s Paisley Park Museum is presenting “Prince: Live on the Big Screen” at the Target Center in his hometown of Minneapolis. The concert features newly mastered and never before released audio and video of Prince (on the screen) accompanied live by a super-group of musicians who performed with him over the years.

Queen Beyoncé became the first Black woman and any woman of color to headline the internationally famed music festival Coachella in the Southern California desert town of Indio. The worldwide live stream, two-hour long performance featured a Destiny Child’s reunion, a Beyoncé tribute to Nina Simone and quotes from Malcolm X.

News from the Pulitzer Prize Board is that Kendrick Lamar, a nine-time Grammy Award winner, has won a Pulitzer Prize for music for his album “Damn.”


“Yellowman” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in drama. A seminal work in the American theater and a powerful examination of the intraracial tensions that affect communities and individual lives. Now playing until May 5 at The Billie Holiday Theatre, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Call 718-636-6995 or visit

From the creators of “Mama I Want to Sing,” Vy Higginsen’s Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the brand-new 30th anniversary production of their acclaimed musical, “Let the Music Play…Gospel!” Conceived and written by Higginsen and Ken Wydro, the legendary production returns with roof-shaking performances guaranteed to lift your spirit. Now playing at the Dempsey Theater in Harlem,127 W. 127th St., between Lenox and Seventh avenues. Tickets are available by calling 212-280-1045 or through OvationTix at Special rates for seniors age 62 and older and for groups of 10 or more are also available when calling the box office. For more information, please visit

“Set It Off” brings back Frankie, Stoney, TT and Cleo, live on stage! The one and only Da Brat is leading the way as Cleo, along with an all-star cast: vocal powerhouse Demetria Mckinney, actress Kyla Pratt and Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Letoya Luckett. April 28 and 29 at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit

“Chicago,” the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical recently celebrating its 21st anniversary on Broadway, welcomes legendary singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson, making her Broadway debut in the role of Matron “Mama” Morton, at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St. For show information and tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit

“Sistas: The Musical,” St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St. (between Eighth and Ninth avenues), New York, N.Y. Now through June 24, 2018. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit


Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. Visit

Blue Note Jazz Club presents Kenny Garrett, April 19 to April 22, 131 W. Third St., New York, N.Y. Shows are 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Visit