Greetings! We open up October in the spirit of GBE Black Arts Month 2013. The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, featuring headliners Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys, attracted some 60,000 people. Wonder used the event to address the issue of gun control, saying, “We must do something about the gun laws in this country,” noting the murder of John Lennon, who was gunned down close by in 1980, and performing the Beatles legend’s anthem for world peace “Imagine.”
“A Raisin in the Sun,” the brilliant play by Lorraine Hansberry, is coming back to Broadway and will feature Tony winners Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll. Actor/director David Cromer and young actor Bryce Clyde Jenkins will also join the cast. The revival will begin previews at the Barrymore Theatre on March 8, 2014 and open on April 3, 2014. The production, directed by Tony nominee Kenny Leon, will play a 14-week limited engagement through June 15, 2014. Tickets are on sale now at ticketscenter.com.
In “A Time to Kill,” Rupert Holmes revisits John Grisham’s 1989 legal story on race and justice. In the story, an African-American defendant (John Douglas Thompson) is threatened with capital punishment for the murder of white rapists. He is defended by a white lawyer (Sebastian Arcelus). The show is running now through Dec. 31 at John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues. For tickets and information, call 212-239-6200 or visit atimetokillonbroadway.com.
“Platanos, Collard Greens & Callaloo.” That’s right, “callaloo”! The hilarious remix of this successful franchise brings the West Indian brethren in. I’ll be hosting the evening on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. Performances take place at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (Baruch College), 55 Lexington Ave. (enter on 25th Street between Lexington and Third avenues) . Call TheaterMania at 212-352-3101, or visit theatermania.com or plantanosandcollardgreens.com.
“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr. and featuring 2013 Tony nominee Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross, Tony nominee Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Brandon Dixon as Berry Gordy, is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway). For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.motownthemusical.com.
“The Trip to Bountiful,” featuring Leon Addison Brown in the role of Ludie, Tony nominee Vanessa Williams and three-time Emmy Award winner and 2013 Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson, has been extended to Oct. 9. It is now playing at the Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. For more information or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit www.newyorkcitytheatre.com.
“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is now playing at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit www.broadway.com/shows/kinky-boots.
There will be an encore performance of the Smooth Cruise aboard the Spirit of New York featuring the Angela Bofill Experience on Friday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The evening will be narrated by Angela Bofill with performances by Maysa and Kim Waters. For tickets, call 866-211-3812 or visit spiritofnewyork.com or wbls.com.
The McCoy Tyner Quintet, featuring Fary Bartz and John Blake Jr., will play Oct. 4-6, followed by Stanley Clarke and the Harlem Quartet on Oct. 8-13 at the Blue Note Jazz Club, located at 121 W. Third St. For more information and showtimes, call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenote.net.
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock will appear at the Capitol Theatre, Friday, Oct. 4 at 148 Westchester Ave., Portchester, N.Y. You can take the Metro-North right to the door. For more info, call 914-937-4126 or visit capitoltheatre.org.
The Regina Carter Quartet will appear now through Saturday, Oct 5 at Birdland, 315 W. 44th Street. For more information, call 212-581-3080 or visit birdlamdjazz.com.
Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly with special guest rap legend Kurtis Blow, will appear at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 (Columbus Day weekend). For more information and tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit wbls.com.
Multiple Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight returns to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. Also on the bill, special guest Mint Condition! The NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, N.Y For more information, visit wbls.com.
“The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” is a six-part documentary series by Henry Louis Gates Jr. airing Tuesdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on PBS detailing African-Americans from the origins of slavery on the African continent and the arrival of the first Black conquistador, Juan Garrido, in Florida in 1513, through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to today as Barack Obama serves his second term as president. Check your local PBS-TV stations, WNET and WLIW.
Harlem Arts Advocacy Week is in motion and building support for Harlem arts and culture now through Oct. 7. For more information, call 347-735-4280 or go to HarlemAA.org.
The New York and New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council’s third annual Sustainability Summit 2013: Expanding Green Innovations spotlights exciting innovative opportunities for multicultural and diverse green businesses with leading green tech experts on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at BNY Mellon, 101 Barclay St. in New York City. The Sustainability Summit will include full breakfast and lunch. For more information, call 212-502-5663 or register online at www.nynjcouncilgreen.com.
Circle of Sisters, the largest expo for women of color in New York City, is back on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Founded in 1998 and sponsored by WBLS-FM, WLIB-AM and YMF Media. For more information, visit wbls.com and wlib.com.
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 7 to 9 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” Sunday evenings from 9 p.m. to midnight. The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: The “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 contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email email@example.com, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.