Greetings! Earth, Wind & Fire were honored by the L.A. City Council with their own day, Sept 21, based on their hit song, “September.” Band members, fans and city employees celebrated with food and music. In addition, Earth, Wind & Fire made a little history on Thursday, July 18, becoming the first R&B group to receive the Kennedy Center Honors. They’ll be just the fourth music group overall to receive this acknowledgement, following three rock groups: The Who, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles .The Kennedy Center Honors tend to go to individuals or lead singers and writers, rather than the groups themselves. The leader of EWF was the late Maurice White.
“For Colored Girls Who Have Committed Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking work in American theater returns to the Public Theater for the first time since its 1976 pre-Broadway smash run. The late legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange tells the brilliant stories of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. With unflinching honesty and humor, each woman voices her survival story in a world shaped by sexism and racism. Directed by Leah C Gardener, choreographed by Camille A Brown. Running Oct. 8 through Nov. 17. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St (at Astor Place), Manhattan. For more information, call 212-967-7555 or visit www.publictheater.org
“Porgy & Bess,” one of America’s favorite operas, returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production premiered in London in 2018. It transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, with the vibrant music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker and Ryan Speedo Green. Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. For more information, visit www.metopera.org/season/tickets/
“Ain’t Too Proud” celebrates The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau. The Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. For information, call 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice.com
“Hadestown—Where a Song Can Change Your Fate” from the pen of Anaïs Mitchell, winner 8 Tony Awards, Tony winner Andre De Shields, Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th St., Manhattan. For more information, visit: walterkerrtheatre.com
“The Lion King.” Minskoff Theatre, 200 W.45th St., Manhattan. For ticket information, visit: minskofftheatre.box-officetickets.com.
“Kinky Boots the Musical.” Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., Manhattan. For ticket information, visit: www.kinkybootsthemsuical.com
“To Kill A Mockingbird” the classic Pulitzer book by Harper Lee, which became a classic movie, now onstage at the Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th St, NYC. For ticket information, visit: Ticketmaster.com
The 2019 season of Capitol One City Parks Foundation “Summer Stage” featuring free and benefit performances from 200 local and global artists in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks across NYC. Free. For final schedule-location information, visit: cityparksfoundation.org/calendar/
Jazzmobile’s 55th anniversary! The annual free summer mobile concert series is in the parks and streets, in all 5 boroughs! Free. For more info, visit: www.jazzmobile.org
Felix Hernandez Presents: “Rhythm Revue’s Sunset Cruise”, Sat., Sep. 28 at 7pm. (Doors 6 pm), Hornblower Infinity, NYC Spirit of New York Departs from: Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, West 23rd St.
The 13th Annual Classic R&B One Day Bus Outing Oct. 5, 2019, featuring live in concert: The Spinners, Midnight Star, Rose Royce, Delfonics, New Birth and Blue Magic. Departing 10 a.m., Boarding 9.30 a.m. for The Golden Corral from 2 locations: Queens USA Diner, 241 03 Merrick Blvd.—contact Bus Capt. Pat 347-249-5220 and from Boys & Girls HS, 17 Fulton St., Brooklyn—contact Bus Capt. Ollie 347-528-8810. Bus Middle Aisle SeatsAfter Party Hershey, Pa.
Dave Chappelle’s newest Netflix standup special “Sticks and Stones.” Check listings. Visit: Netflix.com
The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre kicks off its five-week season with an Opening Night Gala Benefit Wed. Dec. 4, 2019, at 7 p.m. at New York City Center. The gala features incredible dancers in a one-night-only performance, which will conclude with Alvin Ailey’s timeless Masterpiece “Revelations” performed to live music. All proceeds benefit the creation of new works, scholarships to The Ailey School, and Ailey’s educational programs for children. For more information, visit: alvinailey.org
The 57th New York Film Festival will run from Sept 27–Oct 13. This year’s lineup traverses 17 different countries. Various screening venues. Call 212-875-5232. Visit filmlinc.orgvisit us
Inspired by actual persons and events, Godfather of Harlem reimagines the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from a decade in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. Original series on Epix. Check listings.
“Hitsville: The Making of Motown” A new documentary featuring Motown co founders-legends, Berry Gordy and Smoky Robinson with Motown greats and vintage footage. Showtime. Check listings. Visit: www.sho.com/titles/ 3470002/hitsville- the-making-of-motown
Remember Bahamas Relief: Support the struggle of brothers, sisters and families who were Hurricane Dorian victims and survivors in the Bahamas, please call: 800-224-2627 or visit: www.bahamas.com/relief
The Sphinx Virtuosi is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras, comprised of 18 top Black and Latinx classical soloists. Through the Sphinx Virtuosi National Tour, this self-conducted ensemble brings fresh, diverse programming to leading venues around the country and engages in immersive outreach to bring classical music to communities nationwide, including students of all ages. Including annual stops at Carnegie Hall and Miami’s New World Center, the Sphinx Virtuosi performs to sold-out crowds and continues to garner critical acclaim. For more information, visit: www.sphinxmusic.org/sphinx-virtuosi/
Listen to Imhotep Gary Byrd’s “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on WBLS-FM and simulcast over WLIB 1190AM. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at WBLS.com, WLIB.com. IGB’s “Radio GBE” is heard Fridays 7p.m. to 9p.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.