The Cosmopolitan Review: Feb. 15 - Feb 21

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 2/15/2018, 11:38 a.m.
Oh February, what a beautiful month tis thee! Febrero in Spanish, Fevrier in French, Febbraio in Italian, Er yue in ...

Oh February, what a beautiful month tis thee! Febrero in Spanish, Fevrier in French, Febbraio in Italian, Er yue in Mandarin, Februar in German and Februari in Swahili. Although Swahili is spoken by more than 100 million Africans on the continent, did you know that there are 11 other popular African languages that are used when doing business, enjoying tourist destinations and experiencing the diverse cultures? Just a little bit of culture, now don’t you feel a bit more continental?

If you are feeling continental and would like your teen to see what’s beyond the hood, The New York Times Student journey program is offering a London Art, Theater, Food and Fashion Through the Critic’s Lens seminar and is now accepting reservations for its 15-day tour across the pond. The itinerary includes a tour of London’s cultural hub with visits to the most popular galleries, theaters, cinemas, restaurants and runways. Tuition is $6,990 and the program is June 24 to July 8, 2018. To apply now, go to nytimes.com/studentjourneys.

A little closer to home, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, located at 615 W. 129th St., is featuring the “Arthur Mitchell: Harlem’s Ballet Trailblazer” exhibition, now through March 11. Described as being the first major exhibition devoted to Arthur Mitchell, this project celebrates the life and accomplishments of the New York City Ballet’s first African-American star, and the founder and longtime director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show 2018 has once again returned to the Riverside Church gallery, 91 Claremont Ave. On display Feb. 15-Feb. 18, the Harlem Fine Arts show celebrates the African Diaspora by bringing together contemporary artists with the growing class of collectors. The goal of facilitating this coming together is to showcase cultural ideas and raise awareness of the extraordinary body of work created by international, national and local artists. Don’t miss it.

The Harlem Chamber Players perform in their 10th annual Black History Month Celebration at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The concert features Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s nonet for piano, winds and strings, with Major Scurlock making his debut with The Harlem Chamber Players. Soprano Andrea Bradford and baritone Kenneth Overton will perform music by H. Leslie Adams and selected spirituals. Admission is or was free, depending on whether you have picked up your copy of the New York Amsterdam News, the minute it hit the stands.

Opening at the Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (corner of E. 10th Street) is “Josh: The Black Babe Ruth,” and for all of you baseball fans from the days of the Negro leagues, you won’t want to miss this one. “Josh” is the story of a man who loved and lost. He loved his game, loved his women and in the end lost as he died of a broken heart. The play dramatizes the life, loves and ultimately the tragic decline of Josh Gibson, who was perhaps the greatest slugger of the Negro leagues. The play, based on real events, shows Gibson struggling heroically to make it into the Big Leagues with emotional support from his good friend, the legendary pitcher Satchel Paige, and from the two women who are rivals for his heart—his common law wife and his mistress. Despite his majestic on-field performance, there are immovable obstacles, including resistance to Black players by Major League club owners and Gibson’s own personal demons, which suffocate his chances. Run, don’t walk to catch this one.