Greetings! Our November 2013 GBE Black Business Month is also complemented by Diabetes Awareness Month. Our prayers and encouragement are with all who are battling this disease in our community and around the world.
Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre kicks off its 44th season with Ed Bullins’ classic “In the Wine Time.” Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 7 and the show will run until Nov. 24, Thursday through Saturday, at the Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St. Call 212-941-5800 or visit newfederaltheatre.com.
“After Midnight,” a new musical celebrating the glamour and exuberance of Harlem’s Golden Age and the timeless songs of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Harold Arlen, woven around the prose of Langston Hughes, is now playing. It’s starring Grammy Award winner Fantasia (“The Color Purple”) in her highly anticipated return to the stage. It’s also featuring Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill (“The West Wing”), joined by a cast of extraordinary dancers and singers.
The legendary nightclub comes alive with the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars, handpicked by multi-Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis. It’s playing at thev Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St. (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). For more information, call 817-502-2929 or visit aftermidnitebroadway.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 ticketmaster.com or motownthemusical.com.
In “A Time to Kill,” Rupert Holmes revisits John Grisham’s 1989 legal story on race and justice, focusing on an African-American defendant (John Douglas Thompson) threatened with capital punishment for the murder of white rapists. He is defended by a white lawyer (Sebastian Arcelus). It is playing now through Dec. 31 at the 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!” This hilarious remix of the successful franchise brings the West Indian brethren in. The show takes place at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (enter on 25th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue). For more information, call Theatermania at 212-352-3101, visit theatermania.com or visit plantanosandcollardgreens.com.
“Lady Day The Billie Holiday Musical,” featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and written and directed by Stephen Stahl, is now playing at the Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St., between Ninth and 10th avenues. For tickets, call 212-239-6200, visit telecharge.com or visit ladydaythemusical.com.
The legend Patti LaBelle performs live on Saturday, Nov. 9 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, N.Y. Doors open at 7 p.m.Visit westbury-theatre.com.
WBLS Sunday Classics All Star Central presents “Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence” at B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square on Monday, Nov 11. Doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime is 7 p.m. It will feature Alyson Williams, Black Ivory, Gerald Alston, Full Force, Melba Moore, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Sherry Winston, Ted Mills, the Fred Mac Band. It will be hosted by Debi B. and Clay Berry. Proceeds in part benefit the Youth Development Foundation, which awards college scholarships. For tickets, call 212-997-4141 or visit bbkingblues.com and wbls.com.
Brilliant jazz vibraphonist Jay Hoggard performs on Sunday, Nov. 10, with opening act Young Musicians, presented by PJ’s Jazz Society of the First Presbyterian Church, East Lincoln and North Columbus, Mt. Vernon, N.Y. Doors open at 5 p.m. The performance takes place from 5:15 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 914-667-0823 or visit pjsjazz.org.
Multiple Grammy Award winner Aaron Neville celebrates his critically acclaimed new solo album “My True Story,” revisiting his favorite classics from the doo-wop era on Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City. For tickets, call 212-868-4144 or visit tribceapac.org/aaronneville. Neville moves to the Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, N.J., on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 212-227-1030 or 800-745-3000 or visit the box office. You may also visit Ticketmaster.com or BergenPAC.org.
“The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” a six-part documentary series by Henry Louis Gates Jr., is airing Tuesdays, now through Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It details the African-American saga 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 historic events right up to today—with President Barack Obama serving his second term in the White House. Check your local PBS TV stations, WNET and WLIW.
The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) has announced the final call for submissions. Late submissions will be accepted until Nov. 16. Official selection announcements will be made beginning Dec. 16. The 22nd annual PAFF will be held on Feb. 6-17, 2014, in Los Angeles. For festival information, submission procedures, fees and registration, call 310-337-4737 or visit www.paff.org.
It’s Diabetes Awareness Month and Monifa Maht, “The Healthy Motivator,” presents a “Bed Aerobics Fitness Flow” book party on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Londel’s Restaurant and Lounge, located at 139th Street and Eighth Avenue in New York City. Visit thehealthymotivator.com.
The Hofstra Cultural Center presents a series of events and symposium commemorating the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address and the March on Washington. All events are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged. Visit hofstra.edu/culture for more info.
The Center for Culture/the African Poetry Theatre (176-03 Jamaica Ave. in Jamaica, Queens) invites all to the Gambia “ROOTS” presentation on Sunday Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.. Come watch an exciting 30-minute video about the Roots Festival and participate in a question and answer session about traveling to this West African nation for a festival of music and tours to Kunte Kinteh Island, the Alex Haley village of Jufferre, and an investment seminar. Admission is free. For more information, call 718-523-3312.
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.