Community Calendar May 16 - May 22

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 5/16/2019, 5:08 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week.
India Arie

Greetings! “Malcolm X Day” takes place Sunday, May 19. Malcolm X Day is an African-American holiday in honor of the Black Power and human rights leader Malcolm X that is celebrated either May 19 (Malcolm’s birthday), or the third Sunday in the month of May. The commemoration has legal status in the city of Berkeley, California. It is also a proposed holiday in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C, with numerous calls for it to be celebrated alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday. (See “Community”)


“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:

The World Famous Apollo Theatre, The Baltimore Center Stage and Congo Square Theatre Company in association with Mosaic Theatre Company presents the premier of “Twisted Melodies” a powerful play honoring the artistic legacy and personal struggles of genius vocalist and composer, Donny Hathaway (1945-1979) May 30-June 2, 2019. Performances will be Thurs-Fri-Sat at 8 p.m. with matinee performances at 3 p.m. Sat-Sunday. Tickets are available at the Apollo Theatre Box Office located at 253 West 125th St. in Harlem or call 212-531-5305, and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visit: or:

“BLKS,” poet Aziza Barnes’ playwriting debut, paints a picture perfect day in the life of four young women of color in New York City, exploring the joy and anguish of growing up and out. Starring Marié Botha, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Alfie Fuller, Paige Gilbert, Chris Myers and Coral Peña. Robert Wilson MCC Theatre Space/Newman Mills Theatre, 511West 52nd Street, Manhattan. Tuesdays: 7 p.m., Wednesdays: 7 p.m., Thursdays: 7 p.m., Fridays: 8 p.m., Saturdays: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For information, call 646-506-9393 or visit

“The Day I Became Black” biracial comedian Bill Posley grew up happily identifying as both Black and white. But at age 10, he learned the world does, in fact, judge a book by its color and, even though he’s half white, he’s labeled 100 percent Black. Does a young comedian have to get rid of his whiteness in order to be the color he’s “supposed” to be? Soho Playhouse, 15 Van Dam St., Manhattan. For scheduled shows including “talk back” after the show, phone: 212-691-1555 visit: (Box office hours 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Tues-Sun))


“Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show” at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood NJ. Friday May 17 at 8 p.m. Call 800-854-2196 or visit:

Keith Sweat, Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590. For ticket information, call 800-854-2196 or visit