Harlem Havana, New Century Jazz

As a tourist in Cuba when President Obama made the announcement that America was ready to reestablish positive relations with Cuba after 57 years, Dec. 17, 2014, was a memorable moment for me.

New Federal Theatre holds gala benefit

Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre recently held a festive gala benefit at Trump Place, 220 Riverside Blvd., honoring Novella Nelson and Melvin Van Peebles, two of many actors and directors who have worked at NFT over the theater’s 46-year ...

Tamara Tunie takes to the stage for ‘American Son’

Tamara Tunie, beloved star of “Law & Order: SVU,” is onstage in a new, world-premiering drama called “American Son.”

Artist McArthur Binion at Galerie Lelong

From a distance McArthur Binion’s art has a textured effect, a few resembling huge pieces of tapestry. But as you get closer, the basket-like weave of blocks reveal bits of personal information. Under the application of industrial crayon and oil ...

From the ‘Minions’ team, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

“The Secret Life of Pets” is the new animation family comedy from Illumination, the company that unleashed those clever little yellow Minions on a generation. The creative brain power is now poised to do the same, this time exploring the ...

Gbenga Akinnagbe stars in ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

The new star of the new sci-fi thriller, “Independence Day: Resurgence,” Gbenga Akinnagbe is a well-rounded actor who finds satisfaction in wearing many hats. Along with promoting his appearance in his new box office film, which also stars Vivica A. ...

Essence Fest legacy expands, music legends conquer the Dome

In more ways than one, the Essence Music Festival legacy is expanding. The series of concerts at the New Orleans Superdome last weekend featured several recording artists with histories stretching back 20 years or more.

Jill Scott ties the knot

Although it is no surprise to yours truly, because I have known that Grammy-winning singer/actress Jill Scott and my longtime friend Michael Dobson have been engaged for more than a minute, the lovely couple were married in a secret ceremony ...

‘The Total Bent’ targets corrupt TV evangelists

“The Total Bent” is a musical that highlights how corrupt some TV evangelists can be.

‘The Shallows’ lacks depth

We all need some downtime.

July 2016 Dance Calendar

Before the July calendar begins, there is still more dance left to see in June.

Dr. Lonnie Smith, Coltrane at Birdland, African masks

Dr. Lonnie Smith, the ever swinging organist and composer, brings his Hammond B-3 to the Jazz Standard (116 E. 27 St.) June 28 to July 3. Smith’s audience prescription for his engagement will be plenty of national hip rhythms from ...

New York art tour in Chelsea

This past weekend was the sixth annual West Chelsea Artists Open Studios tour presented by the West Chelsea Artists Group.

Artist with Down syndrome featured at local gallery

An exhibition of works by Haile King Rubie, a 26-year-old Harlem artist with Down syndrome, will inaugurate the Clara Francis Gallery, a new Harlem art spot, from July 27 to Aug. 17, 2016.

‘The Fits’—A story told through the language of dance

“The Fits” is a film not so much about the performance of dance, but about dance and movement as the language of the film itself.