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Harlem Arts Festival 2014 This Weekend! June 27-29

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The third annual Harlem Arts Festival will take place from Friday, June 27th through Sunday June 29, 2014.

Looking to build on the success of the last two years and increase opportunities for local artists and businesses, the multi-disciplinary festival has added an opening night event at MIST Harlem; providing yet another stage for artists to showcase their talents.

Other changes include a new partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Goldman Sachs.

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A Festival Grows in Harlem: The 3rd Annual Harlem Arts Fest Kicks Off June 27th NEW YORK, NY – The third annual Harlem Arts Festival will take place from Friday, June 27th through Sunday June 29, 2014.

Looking to build on the success of the last two years and increase opportunities for local artists and businesses, the multi-disciplinary festival has added an opening night event at MIST Harlem; providing yet another stage for artists to showcase their talents.

The heart of the festival will remain in Marcus Garvey Park with a record 41 artists showcasing their work during the festival on the main stage in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, at the second stage near the northwest entrance of the park, and displaying their visual artwork on the HAF Gallery Walk. “The Harlem Arts Festival is becoming an annual destination for not only local residents, but for people from all over the city,” said Neal Ludevig, executive director of the Harlem Arts Festival. “It’s been amazing to watch the festival and the HAF family grow exponentially year after year.”

What’s New at the Harlem Arts Festival?

• The festival program has expanded to a three-day event with the addition of an opening night party for the community and artists at MIST Harlem. Three up-and-coming artists will perform on the MIST stage, followed by a dance party with DJ Raydar;

• In a new collaboration, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Harlem Arts Festival will present a culminating celebration of their Jazz for Young People on Tour: Let Freedom Swing program on the main stage of the festival this year;

• The festival has partnered with Harlem Eats to host the Harlem Food Truck Rally at Marcus Garvey Park on Saturday June 28th and Sunday June 29th; • Festival sponsors this year include: Whole Foods, JetBlue, Healthfirst, Harlem Community Development Corporation, the Herban Farmer’s Market, and KIND Healthy Snacks;

• KIND will work with a Harlem-based florist to erect a “KIND Wall” of flowers to encourage people to commit random acts of kindness at the festival; -next page- Page 1 of 2Page 2 of 22 What’s New at the Harlem Arts Festival?

• The festival received a grant from Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks, a global volunteer initiative that allows GS employees to take a day off to volunteer with local nonprofits. Goldman Sachs is providing 50 volunteers for the festival;

• And lastly, the festival will introduce a HAF Card that gives every visitor a chance to win prizes that include downloadable digital prints and songs by festival artists, HAF apparel and tote bags and free flights from JetBlue.

Festival attendees can get their HAF card stamped at each performance and activity area for a chance to win. Visit HarlemArtsFestival.com for the full festival schedule and list of performers and follow @HarlemArtsFest on Twitter and Instagram or you can follow the #HAF2014 hashtag for live updates leading up to- and during the festival weekend.

About The Harlem Arts Festival:

The Harlem Arts Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that presents a free annual multi- disciplinary event that showcases local performers and visual artists that inspire and nourish the artistic community in Harlem. The festival aims to promote arts education and literacy by implementing arts- related discussion forums, educational workshops, performance opportunities and activities for youth and family.

This project is part of Harlem’s addition to the larger, citywide commitment to provide free art in the public parks during the Spring and Summer months.

This year’s festival will take place from June 27th through June 29th at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park at 124th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues.

To learn more about the festival visit harlemartsfestival.com. 

The Great Maya Angelou Has Passed On

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Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann.

The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist.  In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

One of Angelou’s most praised books was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”
(read more) Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

*Fellow Harlemite and friend Norman, writes on his Facebook “There are people that you think will live forever and #mayaangelou is one of them.”

*Another Anne B. writes “I loved her books so much.  I remember first reading them in the 1970s.  She was a favorite of mine and she meant so much to me.”

QUOTE: Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Sunday Jazz Corner with Danny Mixon (Harlem)

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Daniel Asbury Mixon from Harlem, New York City is an American jazz Pianist.
Currently you can hear him at the newly revised and highly sought upon Jazz Supper Club Minton’s in Harlem.
A prolific piano virtuoso who has performed in the U. S. and Internationally, Daniel Asbury Mixon was born on August 19, 1949 in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in a musical household he was influenced by his mother and grandparents beginning his early artistic expression at the age of 3. He studied and performed as a tap dancer at the Ruth Williams Dance Studio and even then was known as “The Show Stopper.” Danny attended the High School of Performing Arts with dance as his major.

During an afternoon outing at the Apollo Theatre with his grandfather Danny was inspired by the jazz musicians he heard. It was then that he decided that he would like to be a pianist and he never once looked back.

In May of 2004 Danny was one of the first musicians to be honored by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem in a series entitled “Harlem Speaks,” which resulted in an invitation to the White House for Black Music Month on June 22nd.

Danny’s greatest joy is performing, composing, and arranging for his own group “The Danny Mixon Trio or Quartet,” Danny is currently the Musical Director at Minton’s.

This kind of talent doesn’t grow on trees.  Danny Mixon and all of the jazz musicians at Minton’s are what makes Harlem so great.  If you have not yet visited Minton’s Supper Club in Harlem, and you are a lover of good food and REAL JAZZ, we highly recommend it.   See our previous write up on Minton’s Supper Club, Harlem’s Opening Night at Minton’s

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The Danny Mixon Trio Live at Showman’s Jazz Organ Club