Community Calendar March 15 - March 21
3/15/2018, 4:23 p.m.
Greetings! Women’s Herstory Month continues with “A Wrinkle in Time.” The Ava DuVernay directed fantasy-adventure film featuring Oprah Winfrey and starring Storm Reid joined “Black Panther” to give Disney a dominant box office position in the industry. “Black Panther” also launched a solid $66.5 million in China. Dave Hollis, president of worldwide distribution for Disney, told Variety that “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time” accounted for inclusion through their portrayals of strong female and minority characters. “Audiences respond to seeing themselves on the big screen and it’s good business for us,” he added. “Representation and inclusion matter.” That might explain reports that Netflix is in talks with former President Barack Obama and former FLOTUS Michelle Obama to produce a series of “high profile” shows for the company. The power couple recently signed a book deal for $65 million.
“The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired,” a one-woman show produced by Healing Through the Sound of Music and starring Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye, is part of the 100th Birthday Anniversary Voting Initiative Tour. Tuesday, March 27, International House-500 Riverside Dr. New York, N.Y. Riveting storytelling, emotionally stirring songs of the civil rights era and a graphic video montage celebrating an unsung sheroe who became a catalyst to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. There will be a light reception followed by the performance. For information, call 347-395-0259 or visit fannielouhamerstory.com.
“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, starting Monday, March 12, at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St. For show information and tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com.
“The Wiz” is an Afro-futuristic funky musical take on L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” winner of seven Tony Awards in 1975, including Best Musical. Embark on this “Oz-some” adventure, featuring Bad Boy recording artist Robert Curry of Day26 as the Tin Man. Part of the New York Black Arts Festival. Saturday, March 31, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Auditorium at Columbia-Secondary Schools, 425 W. 123rd St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit newyorkblackartsfestival.org.
“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 telecharge.com.
“An Adam Experiment” offers a glimpse into the life of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., historical icon who fought for social justice and equality during the Civil Rights Movement while also wrestling with his own demons. Billie Holiday Theatre,1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y. For tickets, call 718-636-6995 or visit thebillieholiday.org.
“Subway Story (A shooting),” final installment of the GUNPLAYS series, written and directed by William Electric Black. Theater for The New City, 155 First Ave. (at 10th Street). For information, visit theaterforthenewcity.net.
Remy Ma, Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m., Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, New York, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Jeffrey Osborne, Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m., The Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Rd., Mashantucket, Conn.