Community Calendar: April 4 - April 10

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 4/4/2019, 10:40 a.m.
Check out what's going on in the community this week.
Deva Mahal (see Music) Contributed

Greetings! We open up with a respectful nod to our beloved friend, the great Susan L Taylor. Our GBE “Living in the Spirit” Month 2019 highlights “A Walk into Slavery,” a multi-media meditation about reconnecting with one’s ancestors and redefining one’s purpose. While visiting Africa, Hollis King, an international photographer, encounters the slave dungeons of West Ghana—the final stop for many before their Transatlantic journey into slavery in the Americas. Enhanced with photographs, pencil sketches, journal entries, videotaped interviews, and live music, we learn that in order to move forward one must go back. One Week Only! April 30 thru May 4. Presented by The Billie Holiday Theatre, The New Dance Space, Restoration ART1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.

THEATER

“Ain’t Too Proud” is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Five guys—one dream with a sound that would make music history. Written by three time Obie award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony award winner Des McAnuff (“Jersey Boys”), and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys,” “On Your Feet”). The musical brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway. Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th St., Manhattan. For more information, call 844-379-0370 or visit www.secureboxoffice.com/.

“Ain’t No Mo” is a satirical odyssey portraying the great exodus of Black Americans out of a country plagued with injustice. After scenes of the moments before, during, and after this outrageous departure, the production explores the value of Black lives in a country turning away from the promise of a Black president. Now through April 28 at 7 p.m. The Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette St, Manhattan. For more information, visit www.publictheatre.org.

“White Noise” Suzan-Lori Parks’ world premiere play about race, friendship, and our rapidly unraveling social contract. Anspacher Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan; through Sunday, April 21. For more information, visit www.broadway.com/shows/white-noise.

DANCE

For 50 years, Dance Theater of Harlem has inspired the world with a revolutionary vision of a multiethnic ballet company. Co-founded by the great Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, the company performs ground-breaking works with power and grace. Following Arthur Mitchell’s sudden passing in September, the company dedicates the 50th anniversary season to him, his life and legacy. The Company’s New York season at City Center runs April 10 - 13. Join the celebration! For more information, visit www.danctheatreofharlem.org.

MUSIC

Women of R&B Karaoke Night: Old School vs New School! Friday April 5, WBLS’s Shaila Scott and HOT 97’s Miabelle are hosting an epic karaoke night: come out and hear the best of the 90s right up to hottest hits of today. For more information, visit www.ticketweb.com/event/wbls-shaila-scott-women-of-sobs-tickets/.

Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban All Stars April 9-10. Shows 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Blue Note, 131 West 3rd St, Manhattan. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.

Apollo Music Café “Celebrates Africa Now!”Featuring Tosin and Allinor, Friday, April 12 at 10 p.m. Apollo Theater, 253 West 123th Street, Manhattan. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Carnegie Hall presents Deva Mahal with her debut album, “Run Deep,” Sat., April 13 at 10 p.m. in this one-night-only performance with inspiration from generations of female vocalists and songwriters, including special guests Meshell Ndegeocello and the Resistance Revival Chorus. Doors open at 9 p.m.  The first 200 concertgoers receive a free drink. Call Carnegie Charge and mention code WTG31206 at 212-747-7800.

The Nyack College School of Music will present “Yesterday, Today, Forever,” a concert of classical, contemporary, gospel and sacred music Friday, April 12 starting 7:30 p.m. at the iconic cultural arts venue located at Columbus Avenue and 65th Street in Manhattan. Get tickets now at Lincoln Center.org or at the David Geffen Hall Box Office on 65th Street in Manhattan. For more information, call 212-875-5000 or visit www.lincolncenter.org.

The World Famous Apollo Theatre presents one of the most successful groups of all time, The Mighty O’Jays. Fri, Apr 26 at 8 p.m. The O’Jays (named for iconic dj Eddie O’Jay) have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Grammy Hall of Fame. For more information, visit www.apollotheatre.org.

COMMUNITY

National Town Hall Meeting, “Gentrification, the “Negro Removal Program” of the 21st Century: Where do we go from here?”Fri. Apr 5 at 7 p.m. New Jersey Institute of Technology, free and open to the public. Ballroom A at the Campus Center, 150 Bleeker Street, University Heights, Newark, N.J. Host: Ras Baraka, convener: Ron Daniels, moderator: Mark Thompson, and keynote speaker: Danny Glover. For directions and info call 973-596-3605.

Celebrate the 26th SCTPN Annual Dinner Dance and Lifetime Achievement Gala with Sickle Cell Thalassemia Network. Saturday, April 6, at 1139 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn. Come together with the community to recognize the medical professionals and community resources that serve the Sickle Cell Community.

“Black Vegfest Co Op City—The Wholistic Health & Wellness Fair” featuring demonstrations, information, advices, testimonials, entertainment, prizes, nutritious refreshments. “Food Inc.” a Robert Kenner Film. Free Admission. Saturday April 13, 2019, from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Bartow Community Center in Co-Op City, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Room 31, Bronx. For more information, visit www.blackvegfest.org.

Christian Cultural Center’s 2019 “Lent Experience Observance” started on Ash Wednesday and ends Resurrection Sunday, April 21, 2019. There is still time to join the observance under the direction of renowned Pastor AR Bernard.  The public is welcome to visit their internet campus to join Tuesday Night Prayer Services streaming live every Tuesday during the Lent Season from their Brooklyn Campus from 7 p.m.–9 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. Continue the journey of spiritual renewal. For more information, contact CCC Guest Services Christian Cultural Center 718-306-1000; Registration@cccinfo.org.

Listen to 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 WBLS.com, WLIB.com and NextRadio. IGB’s “Beat Experience” is heard Fridays 7 p.m. to 0 p.m. Archived online at www.wbai.org. For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere, nyerere1@aol.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.