Greetings! Back from my hometown, the Queen City of the Great Lakes, Buffalo, N.Y., as a newly inducted member of the 36th annual Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Class of 2018. I am in pretty good creative company with Grover Washington Jr., Rick James, Dr. Lonnie Liston Smith, Arlester Christian (Dyke and the Blazers) and the amazing Aretha Franklin. I received a standing ovation for an original work called “Thank You Buffalo” and had a moment of surprise when the BMHOF unveiled a video congratulatory message from my brother, comrade and musical collaborator, multi-Grammy Award winner, Mr. Stevie Wonder.
“Once on This Island” is the story of a fearless peasant girl who takes a remarkable life journey for love. Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St., New York, N.Y. A Tony award winner. For more information, call 800-447-7400 or visit onceonthisisland.com.
“Smokey Joe’s Café,” an all new incarnation of the record-breaking Broadway hit, returns to New York City. Featuring 40 of the greatest soulful songs of the past century. Stage 42, formerly the Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” brings the iconic disco diva, Donna Summer, to Broadway. The musical includes more than 20 well-known Summer hits. Starring Tony Award winner LaChanze, Anana Dubose and newcomer Storm Lever, who portray three different phases of Summer’s life and career. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. Call 212-379-0370 or visit luntfontannetheatre.tickets.com.
So So Def 25th Cultural Curren$y Tour, featuring Jermaine Dupri, Xscape, Anthony Hamilton, Jagged Edge, Da Brat and more, Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. (at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue), Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
“Amateur Night at the Apollo,” every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. World famous Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Harlem. Featuring WHCR DJs. Visit apollotheater.org.
The World Famous Apollo Theater presents a celebration of James Brown’s “Say It Loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud,” which marks 50 years this year. The lineup includes Avery Sunshine, Raheem DeVaughn, Lisa Fischer, Nona Hendryx and original James Brown band members Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Robert “Mousey” Thompson, under the music direction of Christian McBride. Hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit ticketmaster.com or apollotheatre.org.
Staten Island Jazz Festival 31, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Snug Harbor Cultural Center Music Hall, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, N.Y. For information, visit utasi.org/events.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour, Monday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call or visit Ticketmaster.com.
Tyrese & Tamia, Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m., Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For ticket information, call 718-856-5464 or visit ticketmaster.com.
The Whispers, Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m., Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad St., Newark, N.J. For ticket information, visit ticketmaster.com.
American Dance Guild honors two dance luminaries, Jane Comfort and the late Eleo Pomare, in four days of performances by 32 multigenerational artists from across the United States (Oct. 25-Oct. 28) at Ailey Citigroup Theater.
Netflix presents “Quincy,” a new documentary (streaming now) written and directed by Quincy Jones’ actress daughter, Rashida Jones and documentarian Alan Hicks. Check listings.
“Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland.” In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old Black woman from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town and later was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Although ruled a suicide, her death sparked allegations of a racially motivated police murder. HBO Documentary Films. Check Listings.
Watch and listen to Serena Williams singing a touching message for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Visit www.instagram.com/p/BoUJN25na2Y/?taken-by=
Calling All Voters! Voters are being urged to check their status by going to voterlookup.elections.ny.gov, where they can enter their name, date of birth, county and ZIP code. If no match is found or the voter’s status is not listed as active, the voter should contact the Board of Elections.
Calling All Africans! It’s Your Table, CEMOTAP’s annual luncheon. Dr. Umar Johnson speaks Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center,172-17 Linden Blvd, Jamaica, N.Y. Food, drink, live band, dancing and edutainment. Admission is free. For information, call 347-907-0629.
Debi Jackson exhibits her works in the Sandy Bennett Art Gallery in the Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, N.J. Jackson is the former co-host of Hal Jackson’s Sunday Classics on WBLS. All proceeds from the sales of her photography are donated to the Youth Development Foundation, Inc. The Sandy Bennett Gallery is on the mezzanine level of the Bergen PAC and is open to the public 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 201-816-8160.
Imhotep Gary Byrd’s “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 NextRadio. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.