- Harlem Repertory Theatre presents “Dreamgirls,” directed and produced by Keith Lee Grant. Running Aug. 17-Sept. 15 and Oct. 5-20 at the 133rd Street Arts Center (308 W. 133rd St.). Call 917-687-3555 or visit www.harlemrepertorytheatre.com.
- “The Best Man,” featuring the brilliant James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury. A revival of Gore Vidal’s play about a contentious presidential election campaign, which originally ran on Broadway in 1960 and was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play. At the Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.
- “Clybourne Park,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Bruce Norris, directed by Pam McKinnon, which also won the Olivier Award for Best New Play, imagines the history of one of the more important houses in literary history, from Lorraine Hansberry’s classic “A Raisin in the Sun.” At the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St. For tickets, call 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250 or visit www.clybournepark.com.
- “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” a revival of the famous folk opera with a revised book in a musical theater format and jazz-oriented musical arrangements, featuring Tony Award winner Audra Macdonald. At the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. For tickets, call 212-239-6262 or 800-432-7780.
- The Martin Luther King Jr. concert series at Wingate Field (on Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street) presents Gospel Night at 7:30 p.m., with Cissy Houston (featuring a tribute to her daughter Whitney Houston) and Vickie Winans. For more info, visit www.brooklynabout.com.
- The Seaside Summer Concert series, held next to MCU Park, presents Gladys Knight and the Commodores on Aug. 16. All shows are free! 572 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. For more information, call 718-222-0600.
- Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo and Melanie Fiona perform at Nikon Jones Beach on Sunday, Aug. 19 and Thursday, Aug. 23 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., 40 miles south of New York City. For more information, call 732-203-2500 or visit www.livenation.com for updates on the Arts Center shuttle.
- New York City’s premier summer jazz series presents their 15th summer season of world-class contemporary jazz, setting sail Wednesday nights through Aug. 29 .Two shows begin at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. aboard the beautiful Spirit of New York cruise ship, departing from Pier 61 in Chelsea Piers at West 23rd Street and the West Side Highway. Coming next are Norman Brown with Gerald Albright on Aug. 22 and Regina Bell on Aug. 29. For more information, go to www.marquees.concerts.com.
- The 12th annual Jazz in the Valley is at its new home on the waterfront of Waryas Park on the scenic banks of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Aug. 18-19 at noon (gates open at 11 a.m.). This year’s festival features the Cookers, Billy Harper, George Cables, Billy Hart, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, Cecil McBee and Craig Handy, We Four, Jimmy Cobb, Javon Jackson, Mulgrew Miller and Peter Washington, Lou Donaldson and Luther Francois on Saturday and Roy Ayers, Swiss Movement Revisited, Les McCann and Javon Jackson, the Helen Sung Trio and Zon del Barrio on Sunday. For more information, visit www.transartinc.com.
- Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks presents “Red Hook Summer.” Lee will be appearing in-person at select locations. For more information, visit www.40acres.com.
- Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks star in “Sparkle,” a musical drama in which Whitney Houston plays a single mother to Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) and her sisters, who form a singing group.
- “Harlem Week 2012: Where the World Meets the World,” with over 100 events and over 2 million attendees! Still to come: “Summer in the City” on Saturday, Aug. 18, the Children’s Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19, plus Harlem Day on Sunday, Aug. 19. For general inquiries, call 877-427-5364. For schedule and vendor info, visit www.harlemweek.com for more info.
- Join the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, New York Road Runners, WLIB and WBLS on Sat., Aug. 25 for the Family Health Walk for Peace in Our Communities, a citywide peace walk to bring us together to combat gun violence, encourage citywide unity and bring about peace in our communities. Everyone is invited to participate! For more information and to register, visit www.nyrr.org or call 212-423-2286.
- Sistas’ Place presents a big band concert benefit on Friday, Aug. 17 featuring the Charles Tolliver Big Band and a spoken word reading by famed poet-activist Amiri Baraka. Performances are 8 and 10 p.m. at 966 Fulton St. in Brooklyn. Call 718-398-1766 or go to www.sistaplace.org. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/265811.
- CEMOTAP, the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and the Global Black Experience team up on Sat., Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at CEMOTAP headquarters, 135-05 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park, Queens, for a tribute and fundraiser for the gravely ill GBE producer J.D. Livingston, currently receiving chemotherapy. J.D. has been unable to continue his work with NAN and the GBE for several months now. It is time for co-workers, fellow organization members and the community at large to acknowledge the work of this behind-the-scenes community warrior. Free admission. For more information or directions, call 718-322-8454.
- Pastor Donnie McClurkin and the Perfecting Faith Church Family invite you to join them for “Church Without Walls!!!” Bring family members and friends and meet at the Western Beef parking lot at 332 Nassau Road in Roosevelt, Long Island, every Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., now through Aug. 26. Live music, praise dancing and fun for the entire family, free! All are welcome to come celebrate, dance and experience an exciting summer of kingdom building, community outreach and the powerful word of God. For more information, call 516-223-8300 or visit www.perfectingfaith.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at GBELIFE.