Community Calendar October 17 - October 23

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 10/17/2019, 12:42 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week.
"The Tina Turner Musical"

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“For Colored Girls Who Have Committed Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking work in American theatre returns to the Public Theater for the first time since its 1976 pre-Broadway smash run. The late legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange tells the brilliant stories of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. With unflinching honesty and humor, each woman’s survival story in a world shaped by sexism and racism. Directed by Leah C Gardener, choreographed by Camille A Brown. Running now through Nov 17. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. (at Astor Place), Manhattan. For more information, call: 212-967.7555 or visit:

The songs of the global Queen of Rock & Roll, Tina Turner, pride of Nutbush, Tennessee, rock Broadway as “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, directed by Phyllida Lloyd heads to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (previously known as the Globe Theatre) located at 205 West 46th Street. In performances now with the official opening November 7. Tony Award and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren (“Shuffle Along...”) is cast in the title role, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe will play Tina at select performances. The cast also includes Daniel J. Watts as Ike Turner, Dawnn Lewis as Zelma. For more information, visit:

“Porgy & Bess,” one of America’s favorite operas, returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production premiered in London in 2018 transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, and Denyce Graves. Now through Feb. 1 2020. Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. For more information, visit:

“Ain’t Too Proud” celebrates The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau. The Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. For information, call: 844-379-0370 or visit:


Throw Back R&B Concert, Ginuwine and Donell Jones, Fri, Oct. 18, 8pm, Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, NYC. For information, visit:

The Isley Brothers & Pointer Sisters, Fri, Oct. 18, 8 pm, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. For information, visit:

“Masters of the Mic” featuring Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie and Funk Flex. Sat, Oct. 19, 8 pm, Ritz Theatre, 1148 East Jersey St., Elizabeth, NJ 07201. For information, visit: