Greetings! Join the 15th annual New York Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Observance for Racial and Religious Harmony, taking place Sunday, Jan. 20, featuring inspiring words from various religious leaders and uplifting choral performances. Join the celebration at any or all three locations. Bus space limited. To reserve seats, or for more info, contact the New York Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violence at 718-589-7858, ext. 30, or visit Happy King Day!


  • “The Piano Lesson” is August Wilson’s family saga set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, with the Charles clan and its battle of surroundings and 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. Box office: 212-244-7529. For groups of 10 or more, call 646-388-8113 or
  • “Tar Baby,” featuring Desiree Burch, tells the story of America’s infamous black-and-white love affair. Drawing on folktales, history and autobiography, Burch speaks to the growing majority of minority experiences in America. DR2 Theatre, 103 E. 15th St. Ends Jan. 19. Telecharge: 800-432-7250 or 212-239-6200.
  • “Fried Chicken and Latkes” stars Rain Pryor, daughter of the late comedic genius Richard Pryor. This solo show features a “parade of friends, relatives and tormentors” plus impressions of her dad and reveals her surprisingly strong singing voice. At Actors Temple Theatre at Congregation Ezrath Israel, 339 W. 47th St., through Feb. 25. For tickets, call 800-432-7250 or 212-239-6200 or visit


  • To celebrate MLK Day and the presidential inauguration, a concert featuring Dion Parson and the 21st Century Band will take place Sunday, Jan. 13, at Abyssinian Baptist Church. The church is at 132 W. 138th St. near Lenox Avenue. Doors open at 3 p.m., concert begins at 4. Call 212-862-7474, ext. 225.
  • B.B. King’s Blues Club presents “A Gospel Brunch” with the Harlem Soul Choir, held every Sunday at noon. Call 212-997-4144 or visit
  • Pastor Donnie McClurkin & Perfecting Faith Church present “Revival on the Island,” a powerful week of prayer, praise and deliverance, Jan. 8-12 at 311 N. Main St., Freeport, N.Y. Speakers: Bishop Marvin Winans and Pastor Tamara Bennett. For more info, visit
  • Blue Note Jazz Club presents “Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute,” featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli. Jan. 12 and 13 at 131 W. 3rd St. Call 212-479-8592 or visit
  • Birdland presents Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra every Sunday at 9 and 11 p.m. 315 W. 44th St. Call 212-581-3080 or visit
  • Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents “Unforgettable Doo-Wop,” Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m., featuring an all-star evening of classic hits and legendary doo-wop stars. At Lehman College/CUNY, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, the Bronx, accessible by No. 4 or D train to Bedford Park Boulevard and off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Call the box office at 718-960-8833 or for 24-hour online access and a full lineup, go to


  • “Best of the African Diaspora Film Festival,” through Jan. 20, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W. 120th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam. Take No. 1 train to 116th St. Photo ID required to enter the building. For more info, visit


  • Schomburg Junior Scholars and Jonathan Gayles, Ph.D., celebrate the rich tradition of Black superheroes with the Black Comic Book Festival, Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring a screening of “White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books,” a pop-up art exhibition of “Black Kirby,” panel discussions, hands-on workshops and exhibit tables with leading Black comic book artists from across the country. Free. All ages welcome. Registration required. Contact
  • Minister Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammed’s 12th annual Earth Day Tribute, “Revolution 2012,” takes place Saturday, Jan. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Brooklyn Christian Center. Come gather with grassroots organizations for an open town hall meeting that will address various fronts of the “The Black Agenda.” Features attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz, Dr. Leonard Jeffries and hosts Yaa Asantewaa and Bro Obalewa. 1061 Atlantic Ave. (between Franklin and Classon) in Brooklyn. For more info, contact AIMA at 347-876-0123 or 347- 876-0122 or email
  • Milton Allimadi will be honored with the James Baldwin Award at a gala reception and fundraiser for the Law and Policy Group, recognizing him as a leading journalist, author and educator, empowering the community with his free weekly “guerrilla journalism” workshop. Thursday, Jan. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rush Arts Gallery, 526 W. 26th St., Suite No. 311. (Take the E or C trains to 23rd.) For more info, call 212-946-6339 or visit
  • The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee and the 1199 SEIU Activists present their dinner tribute to Black political prisoners and their families, Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center, 1199 Union Headquarters, 310 W. 43rd St. (near 8th Avenue), in Manhattan from 3-7 p.m. with dinner at 4 p.m. Proceeds go to the commissary accounts of the political prisoners. The theme is “Transforming Solidarity: Working Together to End Political Imprisonment and Mass Incarceration.” For reservations and more info, call 718-512-5008. Like them on Facebook at X Commemoration Committee.

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 To reach us about your event, email, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.