Community Calendar October 24 - October 30

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 10/24/2019, 3:09 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week!
"Slave Play"

Greetings! We join the many Americans who are mourning the passing of longtime Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) who died at the age of 68. Cummings was chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, as well as a central figure in the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Thanks also to the many supporters of the embattled Peoples Station WBAI FM. Stay awake and Stay tuned.

THEATER

“Between the World and Me” back by popular demand. Based on the award-winning book by the Apollo Theater’s Master Artist-in-Residence Ta-Nehisi Coates, the theatrical event pivots from the biggest questions around racism and police violence to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son. Offers a powerful framework for understanding our nation’s history, Black life and death, placing them center stage. Limited engagement, features a star-studded rotating cast of artists and activists in a unique experience. Fri-Sat-Mon.—Oct.252628 at 8 pm. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org

“For Colored Girls Who Have Committed Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” 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: www.publictheater.org

“Slave Play” comes to Broadway. Written by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by two-time NAACP and OBIE Award winner Robert O’Hara. The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation—Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems ripping apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in 21st-century.

“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. Now through Feb. 1 2020. Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. For more information, visit: www.metopera.org/season/tickets/

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street, Manhattan. The Queen of Rock Roll and her amazing story is in performances now. Official opening Nov 7. Tony Award and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren (“Shuffle Along”) is cast in the title role, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Tina at select performances Daniel J. Watts as Ike Turner. For more information, visit: www.ticketmaster.com/lunt-fontanne-theatre-tickets-new-york/venue/24583.

“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: www.secureboxoffice.com

MUSIC

The BRIC Jazz FestivalBRIC Jazz Fest Music Marathon is climaxing its fifth year now through Oct. 26 featuring film, poetry, conversation and a three night, three stage live music marathon with global legends, including Ravi Coltrane, musical innovators and exiting jazz newbies. BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn. For more information, call 718-683-5600 or visit www.www.bricartsmedia.org.