Community Calendar: April 25 - May 1

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 4/25/2019, 10:01 a.m.
Check out what's going on in the community this week.
Keith Sweat (see MUSIC) Contributed

Greetings! “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration” rocked America this past weekend over the CBS-TV network. The cross generational reach of Motown was evident to all in a broadcast celebration of the magic that is The Motown Sound.

The echo of the broadcast crescendoed with the news that The U.S. Postal Service has issued a Marvin Gaye stamp and named a post office in South L.A. for the Motown legend. This combines with the news that Motown is releasing “You’re The Man” a famously aborted project, released after 47 years.

The Motor City’s Aretha Franklin, undisputed “Queen of Soul” has won the Pulitzer Prize in recognition of “her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.

THEATER

“Ain’t Too Proud” is the electrifying new musical celebrating 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”), now brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway. Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. Now through July 31. For 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. at The Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette St, Manhattan. For 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. Now through Tue, Apr 30. For 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 Trans Atlantic journey into slavery in the Americas. One week only! April 30 through May 4 presented by The Billie Holiday Theatre The New Dance Space, Restoration ART 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.

MUSIC

Gloria Gaynor, Thursday, Apr 25 at 8 p.m., Sony Hall, 235 West 46th Street, Manhattan. For ticket information, call 1-877-582-9297 or visit: www.performingartscenternewark.com.

The World Famous Apollo Theater presents one of the most successful groups of all time, The Mighty O’Jays. Friday, April 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.

Harlem Gospel Choir, Sunday, Apr 28 at 1:30 p.m., Sony Hall, 235 West 46th Street, Manhattan. For ticket information, call 1-877-582-9297 or visit: www.performingartscenternewark.com.

Al Green, Sun, May 5 at 8 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan. For information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.