Community Calendar: March 28 - April 3

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 3/28/2019, 10:51 a.m.
Check out what's going on this week in the community.
Smokey Robinson (see music) Contributed

Greetings. As we close our GBE Women’s Herstory Month 2019, we sadly announce yet another passing of an iconic figure on the NYC landscape with the transition of popular, award winning host-creator of the “Open Line,” the legendary, award winning host, Bob Slade of WBLS-FM. With condolences to all. He will be missed.

THEATER

Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre presents, in association with the Castillo Theatre, “Looking for Leroy” by Larry Muhammad. It’s hard to overestimate the impact of playwright LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka. What’s it like to be in his shadow? Now through March 31, Castillo Theater, 543 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. Thurs.-Sat at 8 p.m. plus Sat. and Sun. matinees at 2:30 p.m. For information call 866-811-4111 or visit castillo.org.

“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/.

Shades of Truth Theatre/Voza Rivers Heritage Theatre Group/Harlem Advocates For Seniors present “MLK: Up Close & Personal” (from childhood to the March On Washington) featuring Michael Green as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, March 29 at 6 p.m. Rayman and Flanagan Furniture, 100 West 125th St. (near Malcolm X Blvd.), Harlem. Free admission. RSVP @ eventbrite.com. Contact: Michael Green at 646-488-9576.

“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, Apr 21. For info, visit: www.broadway.com/shows/white-noise.

MUSIC

Bobby McFerrin, Thursday, March 28 through Saturday March 30, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St., Manhattan. For info, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

The St. George Theatre 89th anniversary red carpet gala and benefit concert in Staten Island presents one of the most successful groups of all time, The Mighty O’Jays! Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) The O’Jays have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Grammy Hall of Fame. The annual red carpet gala serves as the principal fundraiser for St. George Theatre Restoration Inc. and features a pre-show cocktail reception, prime seating. The Georgie award presentation, and an after-party in the grand-mezzanine lobbies with open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dance music. The first 12 rows are reserved for gala attendees. For more information regarding the gala including purchasing gala tickets and prime seating, sponsorships and journal ads, please call 718-442-2900 x 504. For reservations visit www.stgeorgetheatre.com.

Smokey Robinson, Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m., Borgata Casino Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. For info, call 800-515-2171 or visit boxofficeticketsales.com.

Apollo Music Café celebrates “Africa Now! Featuring Tosin and Allinor,” Friday, April 12 at 10 p.m. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, Harlem. For info, visit ticketmaster.com.

TV

“American Soul,” BET’s dramatic TV series inspired by the Don Cornelius classic show “Soul Train.” Check Listings.

FILM

Source of Knowledge presents “Stranger Fruit” a film by Jason Pollack, Friday April 5. Doors open at 6 p.m.; viewing at 6:30 p.m. Open discussion with Dr. Leonard Jeffries. 867 Broad St., Newark, N.J. For info, call 973-392-7299.

COMEDY

Don’t miss the April Fools Comedy Show on Saturday, March 30th starring Sommore, Rickey Smiley, Lavell Crawford, DC Young Fly and more! Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. onthecornerof32ndSt.and7thAve. Visit www.thegarden.com

COMMUNITY

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations and the International African Arts Festival in conjunction with the International Black Women’s Congress will host a Black History Month Part Two—Focus on Women program, entitled: “Black Woman What Are You Thirsting for in 2019?—Empowering Our Voices, Moving Beyond the Margins!” with life coaches Zakiyyah Zaimah and Cynthia D Pullen. Event date: Sunday March 31, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1360 Fulton Street, Suite 401 in Brooklyn. Minimum $ donation req. For info, call 718-789-3264 and 718-638-6700 or visit iaaafestival.org.

Community Works and New Heritage Group in partnership with the Harlem Hospital Center present “Harlem Is…Spirit of Community” featuring an eclectic mix of artwork, photography and poetry by Harlem-based artists reflecting their views on community, claiming identity and Harlem’s storied contributions. The continuing exhibition also features a 30-foot timeline of Harlem’s history and a film honoring its cultural contributions. MURAL Pavilion at Harlem Hospital. Wed-Saturday 12-5 p.m. or by appointment. Free and open to the public. For info, call 917-757-2242 or visit info@communityworksnyc.org.

Joint Hearings with Black Legislators, Clergy, and Community Leaders to address “The Force Report” will be held April 2, 2019 @ Bethel AME Church, Paterson, N.J. at 6 p.m.; Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Mt. Zion AME Church, New Brunswick, N.J. at 6 p.m. Hearings will be used as an opportunity for victims to share their experiences and to train community organizations on using data to hold local law enforcement responsible for disproportionate use of force against African-Americans. For info, contact changlaw1@verizon.net.

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.