Greetings! As we come out of a weekend of solemn remembrance and memories of 9/11, it’s a good time to relax with Broadway Week, with two-for-one tickets Sept. 18-30. Go to www.nycgo.com/BroadwayWeek to take advantage of the wide number of options available. (See Theater for more.)
- The Classical Theatre of Harlem, in conjunction with the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presents the world premiere of “SEED,” a story of Harlem in the ’80s and ’90s. “SEED” begs the question: How far are you willing to go to protect the future of a community and its children? Opening night is Fri., Sept. 16, with performances through Sun., Oct. 9, at the National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Ave. at 125th Street in Harlem. For tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.seedtheplay.com.
- “Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” the story of the pioneering first African-American fighter pilots, now playing at the Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St. between Eighth and Ninth avenues. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.
- Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett and Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson star in the Broadway debut of “The Mountaintop,” Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning drama, directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon (“Fences,” “A Raisin in the Sun”). Performances begin Sept. 22 with the official opening on Oct. 13. Featuring original music by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis. At the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. For tickets, visit Telecharge.com.
- The Riverside Theatre, Voza Rivers, New Heritage Theatre Group and the City College of New York present Daniel Beaty in “Emergency,” Fri., Sept. 23 and Sat., Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. The following weekend it’s Beaty in “Through the Night,” Fri., Sept. 30 and Sat., Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. Two weekends and six performances only at Aaron Davis Hall on the City College campus, 135th Street and Convent Avenue. For more information, call (212) 650-7100 or visit www.newheritagetheatre.org.
- “Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation,” by Vy Higginsen, with original music by Wesley Naylor. Now playing at the Dempsey Theater, 127 W. 127th St. between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards. For more information and tickets, visit www.mamafoundation.org.
- “Baby It’s You” follows the creation and rise of the independent record company that gave us the popular girl group the Shirelles, the Isley Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Chuck Jackson and more. At the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St. For more information, visit www.babyitsyouonbroadway.com.
- “The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith.” Now running on Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.stlukestheatre.com.
- Whoopi Goldberg’s “Sister Act,” the stage musical based on the 1992 movie of the same name, features funky, soulful songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and presents the dynamic debut of Patina Miller. At the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway. For more information, visit www.sisteractbroadway.com.
- “The Lion King.” The Disney spectacle continues to roar as a landmark musical event on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre, 1515 Broadway at West 45th Street. For more information, call (212) 840-3890 or (800) 714-8452 or visit www.minskofftheatre.com.
- “Memphis,” the musical with a soul music score as its foundation, explores racial integration in 1950s Tennessee, the heart of the South, with compelling performances. At the Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St. For more information, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.memphisthe musical.com.
- Bilal comes to the Big Apple Fri., Sept. 16 at 9 p.m., followed by Big Daddy Kane on Mon., Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. At B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For more information, call (212) 997-4144 or visit www.bbkingsblues.com.
- The Ravi Coltrane Quartet brings jazz artistry Sept. 20-25 to the Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. at 11th Street. For more information, call (212) 255-4037.
- The “Watch the Throne” tour starring Jay-Z and Kanye West comes to the Garden State, Wed., Sept. 28 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. For more information, call (201) 935-3900 or visit www.izodcenter.com.
- FILM & ART
- “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.” Racial activism in reel time captured by Swedish film crews. Opens Friday at local theaters.
- BAMcinematek presents “Ghosts of Attica,” by Brad Lichtenstein, to commemorate the Attica anniversary Thurs., Sept. 15 at BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Screening at 4:30, 6:50 and 9:30 p.m. Panel discussion to follow the 6:50 p.m. screening. For more information, call (718) 636-4100 or visit www.bam.org.
- “Romare Bearden (1911-1988): A Centennial Celebration” marks the 100th anniversary of the legendary, brilliant artist. Featured work includes Bearden’s historic, classic, six-panel collage tribute to Harlem, “The Block.” At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 100 Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street now through Jan. 1. For more information, call (212) 535-7710 or visit www.metmuseum.org.
- The Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure takes place Sun., Sept. 18 in Central Park. “Run breast cancer out of town.” Register at komennyc.org/race.
- “Calling All Men,” the fifth annual free prostate cancer screening for men over 40! Wed., Sept. 21 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Clinical Translational Science Center, 2nd Floor, Room F260. Use the Payson elevators at NY Presbyterian Hospital. One in every six men gets prostate cancer, and men of color have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. For further information and details, call (212) 744-5450 or visit www.nyp.or/cancerprevention/prostate.
- St Luke’s Medical Group will be offering free screenings, workshops and giveaways during their Community Health Day. Screenings will be done for asthma, blood pressure and blood glucose levels, as well as rapid HIV tests and tests for kidney disease. Workshops will be held on hypertension at noon and HIV/AIDS at 2 p.m. Come meet the doctors on Sat., Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2771 Frederick Douglass Blvd. at 147th Street. For more information, call (212) 523-7317.
- Community health fair and blood drive on Sat., Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macedonia AME Church Community Center, 37-22 Union St. in Flushing, Queens. Free health screenings, workshops on the care and prevention of diabetes, long-term health care planning and HIV/AIDS testing will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
- “Think Outside the Cell: A New Day, a New Way,” a national symposium and call to action on issues affecting the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated and their families. Sat., Sept. 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Church, West 120th Street and Riverside Drive. Free and open to the public; breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, visit www.thinkoutsidethecell.org.
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