Greetings! New York City joins the rest of the nation in getting ready for nonstop music concerts, sets and jam sessions to honor Billy Strayhorn’s birthday centennial on Nov. 29. His birthday weekend begins Nov. 28 with the Billy Strayhorn Orchestra at the Bernard Baruch College. On his birthday, Strayhorn music sets are scheduled at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, while a Billy Strayhorn concert is scheduled with the Peter and Will Anderson Quintet at Symphony Space. For more information, visit the Billy Strayhorn Foundation online, read the David Hajdu book “Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn” and attend the Billy Strayhorn tribute during the 2015-16 Jazz at Lincoln Center concert season with JALC Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Visit jazzatlincolncenter.org or contact victoria.horsford @gmail.com.

THEATER

“The Color Purple,” now on Broadway, featuring Jennifer Hudson,Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. Visit colorpurple.com.

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” returns to the United Palace (4140 Broadway at 175th Street). Opening night is Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m., with returning special guest Kurtis Blow, the “King of Rap.” The Saturday, Nov. 21 matinee at 2 p.m. benefits UPCA’s Performing Arts Academy. For tickets, call 866-811-4111 or visit www.unitedpalace.org/UPCA. For group sales, call 212-568-1157 or email mikef@unitedpalace.org.

In “Hamilton: An American Musical,” Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the stage as the unlikely Founding Father making his mark on a hungry, new nation at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com

“The Gin Game,” featuring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, at the John Golden Theater, 252 W. 45th St., running now through Oct. 31. For information, call 800-BROADWAY or visit broadway.com.

“Sistas” tells of the struggles, the joy and the triumphs of being Black and being a woman in America, Saturdays and Sundays, now through January 2016 at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th St., New York City. Call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com.

MUSIC

Kem’s “Promise to Love Tour” with special guest star Tamar Braxton, Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m., the Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza, New York City. For information, call 212-465-6741 or visit ticketmaster.com.

B Mogul presents Ashanti, Friday, Nov. 27 at 11 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com, ticketmaster.com.

“Ladies Night Out” featuring Keith Sweat, Guy and Johnny Gill, Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m., the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Manshantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Erykah Badu, Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 718-856-5464 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Sheila E, Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com, ticketmaster.com.

Hot 97 presents “Hot for the Holidays,” featuring Busta Rhymes and friends Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Sean Paul and Jeremih, Saturday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-757-6600 or visit prucenter.com.

Mariah Carey, Tuesday, Dec. 8 through Dec. 19 at 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway at 79th Street, New York City. For information, call 212-247-4777 or visit ticketmaster.com.

“Monica: The Code Red Experience,” Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Gramercy Theater, 127 E. 23rd St., New York City. For information, call 212-614-6932 or visit venue.thegramercytheatre.com.

“The Jacksons and the Commodores: A Motown Xmas,” Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit njpac.org.

India.Aire’s “Christmas With Friends” with special guest Jonathan McReynolds, Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., Gramercy Theater, 127 E. 23rd St., New York City.For information, call 212-614-6932 or visit livenation.com.

“Christmas in the City” featuring New Edition, Tyrese, Jaheim, Monica and Patti LaBelle, Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-757-6600 or visit prucenter.com.

Bobby Brown, Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com, ticketmaster.com.

Aretha Franklin, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at 8p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, Conn. For information, call 888-226-7711.

Jodeci, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at 8 p.m., at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Gladys Knight and the O’Jays, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at 8p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway at 79th Street, New York City. For information, call 212-247-4777 or visit ticketmaster.com.

COMEDY

Mike Epps, Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m., at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.

DANCE

Savion Glover’s Dance Holiday Spectacular, Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m., Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, N.J. For information, call 201-227-1030 or visit ticketmaster.com.

COMMUNITY

“We Fought Back,” with Charles and Inez Barron, Sunday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. at the CEMOTAP Center, 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y.

Rare handcrafted Black dolls and unique holiday ornaments will be showcased at the Morrisania Doll Society’s Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue at 123rd Street. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

World-renowned scholar Dr. Runoko Rashidi presents his research on our “Global African People” Sunday, Dec. 6. The program begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Admission is free but RSVP by calling 347-907-0629.

Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM weekly with “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and simulcast over WLIB 1190AM. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at WBLS.com.WLIB.com and iHeartRadio. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: “The Global Black Experience” and “The Global Beat Experience,” Fridays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both shows are archived online at www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event or for comments, email igbexp@gmail.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.