Community Calendar: April 18 - April 24

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 4/18/2019, 10:36 a.m.
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Al Green (see MUSIC) Contributed

Greetings! “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” airs Sunday, April 21, on CBS and CBS All Access. The live concert was filmed in February at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. The tribute will feature Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Boys II Men, Ciara, John Legend, Martha Reeves, Valerie Simpson, Ne Yo, Fantasia, legendary producer-songwriters, Lamont Dozier, Brian & Eddie Holland, Mickey Stevenson and more.

Lloyd Williams and Voza Rivers of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce joined me on “Express Yourself” with the announcement of a partnering with Memphis, Tennessee to celebrate a Centennial of Soul salute to the amazing musical legacy of the city.

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.

“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 ART 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.

MUSIC

The World Famous Apollo Theater will hold auditions on Saturday, April 20, beginning at 10 a.m. for the 2019-2020 season of its signature program Amateur Night at the Apollo. From 10 a.m. to noon, dancers will audition to secure a spot in a special all-dance edition of Amateur Night. Auditions for all other art forms will continue from noon until 6 p.m. Contestants chosen from these auditions will get a spot in the 2019-2020 Amateur Night season line-up. Auditions will be held at the Apollo Theater where Amateur Night producers will screen the first 250 vocalists, rappers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists, and other performers vying for a coveted spot on the Apollo’s stage, where they will then compete for a chance to win the grand prize amount of $20,000.The Apollo is located at 253 West 125th St. in Harlem, USA.