Community Calendar December 20 - December 26

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 12/20/2018, 1:32 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week!
Nat King Cole

The O’Jays, with their final album, “The Last Word,” and their greatest hits, Monday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m., Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. For Ticket information, call 899-745-3000 or visit


“Christmas with Nat King Cole” Tuesday, Dec. 25, at the Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St., west of Sixth Avenue, at 3 p.m. Call 212-727-8110 or visit


Kwanzaa Umoja/Unity citywide forum is being held at Sistas’ Place on the first day of Kwanzaa, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at 7 p.m. Sistas’ Place is located at 456 Nostrand Ave. (corner of Jefferson Avenue), Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival, will host a 52nd Kwanzaa anniversary celebration. The creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, will deliver his yearly founder’s message entitled, “Reimagining and Remaking the World: A Kwanzaa Commitment to an Inclusive Good.” Cultural presentations by The Donald Smith Quartet and Asase Yaa African Drum and Dance. Saturday, Dec. 29, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Doors open at 3 p.m.), at JHS 258, 141 Macon St., between Marcy and Thompkins avenues, Brooklyn, one block from Fulton St. For further information, call 718-789-3264 or 718-638-6700, or visit and Vendors should call 718-479-4186.

The World Famous Apollo Theater presents its annual Kwanzaa Celebration “Regeneration Night,” featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, with guest performances, Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music, honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community and culture. Hosted by Imhotep Gary Byrd, radio griot of WLIB-WBLS-WBAI. Visit

Join the American Museum of Natural History’s annual Kwanzaa event, a celebration of African-American heritage that is rooted in seven principles known as Nguzo Saba, which promote unity, culture and community development. The festival features a local artisan marketplace. Black Comics Collective hosts a live drawing performance inspired by the seven principles and Oyu Oro performs music and dance from Afro-Cuban traditions. Kwanzaa is hosted by Dr. Linda H. Humes, scholar and storyteller, Saturday, Dec. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life (free with admission). Visit

“Bringing Our Youth to Our History” is the theme of the first annual Kwanzaa celebration at Sisters Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Ave.), scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. Co-hosted with Sisters Uptown Book Club. Contact luvonroberson@ Phone/text: 917-528-1049.

Imhotep Gary Byrd’s “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, and NextRadio. IGB’s “Beat Experience” is heard Fridays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Archived online at For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere,, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.