Community Calendar: June 28 - July 4
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 6/28/2018, midnight
Greetings! At press time, reports are that “Papa” Joe Jackson of the famed Jackson family is suffering from a case of terminal cancer. TMZ reports that family members are rallying to his bedside. The 89-year-old Jackson family mentor/patriarch has been ill (possibly from pancreatic cancer) for some time and appears to be at the end stage. The children, grandchildren and Mama “Katherine” Jackson, his wife of 68 years, have made the trip to the hospital to pay final respects. Jermaine Jackson tweeted this message: “My father’s health is not good, but ‘dying’ is a harsh word chosen by headline writers, not me. For however long he has left, my mother, siblings, and relatives want to be with him, without hindrance.” The irony is the vigil marks the ninth anniversary of “King of Pop” Michael “Joseph” Jackson’s death, June 25, 2009.
“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” brings the music of iconic disco diva Donna Summer to Broadway. The musical includes more than 20 well-known Summer hits. Starring Tony Award winner La Chanze, Anana Dubose and newcomer Storm Lever, who portray three different phases of Summer’s life and career. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. Call 212-379-0370 or visit luntfontannetheatre.tickets.com/.
“Looking Through the Stained Glass Window” is a one-woman play by Evie Rhodes, acclaimed Black woman novelist turned playwright-director. The production is about trauma, AIDS and the rise of hip-hop. Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y., between Eighth Avenue and Broadway, June 29 to July 1. Showtime 7:30 p.m. Visit rhodesenterprise @ventbrite.com.
“On Kentucky Ave.,” created by Jeree Wade, written by Adam Wade and Ty Stephens and directed by Lee Summers, is a celebration of Atlantic City’s famed “Club Harlem.” July 12 to July 28 at Aaron Davis Hall, The City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave., at West 135th Street and Convent Ave., New York, N.Y. Visit citycollegecenterforthearts.org.
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!” 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 Mamafoundation.org. For more information, please visit mamafoundation.org.
“Chicago,” the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical, is celebrating its 21st anniversary on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W.49th St., New York, N.Y. For show information and tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com.
“Little Rock,” written and directed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. History called it heroism. They called it high school. The riveting true story of the Little Rock Nine, the first Black students to attend their city’s formerly segregated Little Rock Central High School three years after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Limited run through Sept. 8, 2018, at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, 18 Bleecker St., New York, N.Y. Visit littlerockplay.com or sheencenter.org.
JD Lawrence’s “Harriet, Rosa & Me” is a thought-provoking, inspiring and witty theatrical presentation written and directed by the NAACP Legacy Award recipient, 8 p.m. at Paramount Hudson Valley Theater,1008 Brown St., Peekskill, N.Y. Tickets are available at the door and on the website http://paramounthudsonvalley.com/events/black-girls.