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THEATER

Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, present “Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography” by Laurence Holder. Elizabeth Van Dyke and Joseph Lewis Edwards will recreate the characters they played in the play’s acclaimed 1998 production at The American Place Theatre: she as Hurston, he as the men in her life. Woodie King Jr., artistic director of NFT, will direct. Now through Nov. 20. Castilllo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. Call 212 941-1234 or visit castillo.org/home.

“The Color Purple,” a Broadway Tony winner featuring Heather Headley, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit colorpurple.com.

“Sistas the Musical,” celebrating African-American women’s history, blending your favorite songs with a touching story of family, strength and perseverance. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-947-3499 or visit www.broadwaybox.com/shows/sistasthe-musical.

“Hamilton: An American Musical,” continues to captivate audiences at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com.

MUSIC

Toni Braxton, Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, N.Y. For information, call 516-334-0800 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Maxwell and Mary J. Blige: King and Queen of Hearts Tour, Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-465-MSG1 (6741) or visit ticketmaster.com.

Keyshia Cole, Tank, Jagged Edge and Monifah, Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St, Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit ww.njpac.org.

Tower of Power, Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Mint Condition, Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Stephanie Mills, Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Ben Vereen, Monday, Nov. 21, Wednesday, Nov. 23, Friday, Nov. 25, Saturday and Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. with Special Thanksgiving dinner prix-fixe. Feinstein’s 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 646-476-3551 or visit opentable.com.

DMX, Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 9 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Chanté Moore, Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.

HOT 97 Thanksgiving Weekend Takeover, Friday, Nov. 25 at 11 p.m., Stage 48, 605 W. 48th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 866-468-3399 or visit ticketweb.com.

Russell Thompkins Jr. & the New Stylistics, The Dramatics featuring L.J. Reynolds, The Jones Girls featuring Shirley Jones, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Ted Mills, the voice of Blue Magic and more! Friday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. Only New Jersey appearance of this 70s soul band extravaganza. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. Call 888-466-5722 or visitnjpac.org.

An Evening with Melba Moore and Friends, featuring Melba Moore, Evelyn Champagne King, Meli’sa Morgan, Jean Carne and Force MDS, Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m., St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, N.Y. For information, call 718-442-2900 or visit ticketmaster.com.

COMEDY

D.L. Hughley, Thursday, Nov. 10 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.

Live! Under New Management, an Evening of Spoken Word and Conscious Comedy, hosted by Tim Stickney, featuring Phyllis Yvonne Stickney of “New Jack City” and “The Women of Brewster Place,” Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, 254 W. 72 St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-726-2172.

Sinbad, Thursday, Nov. 17 and Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-757-4100 or visit ticketweb.com.

Martin Lawrence, Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m., Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Rd., Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.

COMMUNITY

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival, in preparation for the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa, will offer a workshop to learn the history, meaning and symbols of Kwanzaa as you make a functioning kinara (candle holder). Please RSVP by Saturday, Nov.19. All wishing to attend and participate must register in advance. Participants will complete the workshop with a functioning Kwanzaa kinara. There is a fee. Those interested should call for  information at 718-789-3264 or 718-638-6700 or email nakoinfogroup@yahoo.com.

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. Archived online at www.wbai.org. For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere Shannon @ nyerere1@aol.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.