Greetings! Hard to believe we have come to the end of the year, and Kwanzaa and Christmas are around the corner! Our congratulations to our sista, the PR queen from “The Rockaways,” April Silver, whose Akila Worksongs celebrates “Elevating 20 Years of Arts and Activism, Live!” It will be an afternoon of spoken word, live music, drama and dance! The event takes place Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2:30 p.m. in Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., enter on East 25th Street between Lexington and Third avenues. For general info, call 718-756-8501 or go to akilaworksongs.com.

Hurricane Sandy

  • Rep. Gregory Meeks’ office has compiled a great deal of valuable information on a wide range of post-Sandy services available and is providing important info on the Rapid Response Program. Contact Meeks at 718-725-6000 or visit him online at www.meeks.house.gov.
  • Apply for FEMA assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. You may also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Activist and author Kevin Powell and April Silver of Akila Worksongs have done vital work on organizing critical info and services. Text sandy411 to 33233 for updates, relief and resources or visit www.kevinpowell.net/blog/2012/11/new-york-post-hurricane-sandy-inforesources.

Theater

  • The world famous Apollo Theater presents a full calendar this month for the holiday season, including comedian Chris Tucker, the Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland, Sweet Honey in the Rock and our annual Kwanzaa Celebration. For more schedule information, go to www.apollotheater.org.
  • “The Resurrection of Alice,” written and performed by Perri Gaffney, directed by Jackie Alexander. Arranged marriages are practiced among many cultures around the world, but surprisingly, through the mid-20th century, young girls in the United States found themselves in arranged marriages to men who were usually pillars in the community and financially comfortable, yet old enough to be grandfathers. Now through Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Billie Holiday Theatre at Restoration Plaza, N.Y. Call 718-636-0918 or 718-636-0919 for tickets or visit www.billieholiday.org for more info.
  • “The Piano Lesson,” directed by the brilliant Rueben Santiago Hudson. The Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s epic century cycle saga set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, featuring the Charles family and a battle over surroundings and a shared legacy … an antique piano. Signature Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St., between Ninth and 10th avenues. Extended through Jan. 13. Call the box office at 212-244-7529. For groups of 10 or more, call 646-388-8113 or visit www.signaturetheatre.com.
  • “Fried Chicken and Latkes” features Rain Pryor, daughter of late comedic genius Richard Pryor, as she stands on her own with a solo show that includes a “parade of friends, relatives and tormentors,” plus impressions of her dad and the reveal of a surprisingly strong singing voice. Actors Temple Theatre at Congregation Ezrath Israel, 339 W. 47th St. The show has an open run. For ticket information, call Telecharge at 800-432-7250 or 212-239-6200 or visit http://www.telecharge.com.
  • “Tar Baby,” featuring Desiree Burch. It took over 200 years to build race relations in America, but it will take international performer and comedian Burch under two hours to dismantle them. “Tar Baby” is the story of America’s infamous Black and white love affair, from shotgun weddings to “post-racial” open relationships. Drawing on folktales, history and autobiography, Burch speaks to the growing majority of minority experiences in America. DR2 Theatre, 103 E. 15th St. The preview date is Jan. 5, with the show running Jan. 8-19. For ticket information, call Telecharge at 800-432-7250 or 212-239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.

Music

  • B.B. King’s Blues Club presents the brilliant vocalist-guitarist Jose Feliciano (“Light My Fire”) Sunday, Dec 16; Latin Jazz Nativity, Friday, Dec. 21; and a Classic R&B, Motown and Soul Revue on Saturday, Dec. 30. A Gospel Brunch with Harlem Soul Choir is held every Sunday. For more info, call 212-997-4144 or visit www.bbkingblues.com.
  • Birdland presents Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Sundays at 9 and 11 p.m. 315 W. 44th St. Call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.birdlandjazz.com.

Film

  • “The Central Park Five,” a new documentary from David McMahon and Sarah and Ken Burns, explores the still-unaddressed miscarriage of injustice involving five young New York City African-American teenagers (Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise). The film puts a spotlight on their conviction in 1989 for the rape and beating of a female jogger in New York’s Central Park–a crime they did not commit. Years later, their story is a major film. Appearing at the IFC Center, Sixth Avenue and West 3rd Street, and Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd streets. Through Dec. 20. Visit www.ifccenter.com for more information.

Community

  • The Schomburg Center presents “From Cover to Cover: 20 Years of African Voices” at the Latimer/Edison Gallery. Curated by Dammy Simmons, now through Jan.19. “From Cover to Cover” features a diverse selection of the journal’s cover artists, including Faith Ringgold, Otto Neals, Justin Bua, Francks Deceus, James Top, Elizabeth Catlett and Verna Hart. Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. For more info, call 212-491-2200 or visit www.schomburgcenter.org.
  • Dr. Lenora Fulani will interview Roy Ayers, a music legend and one of the most sampled artists in history. Always innovating, he has enjoyed a long and accomplished career as a soul, funk and jazz composer and the No. 1 vibraphone player. The interview takes place on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., second floor. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by calling 212-962-1699.

Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM daily with “Imhotep’s On-Air Guide to Black Events” and “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight (simulcast on WLIB-AM/WBLS-FM from 7-8 p.m.). The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with the GBE 2.0 “Global Black Experience” and “Global Beat Experience,” Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at www.wbai.org. To reach us about your event, email gbemail2@yahoo.com, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.