June 13th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
If you’re not on Flipboard, Taptu or Pulse on your Ipad, get there soon. I am finding a load of information about Harlem on these app tools, such as Gadling, which has a profile of Harlem up on their site. Gadling is an AOL travel blog.

In their profile on Harlem, they list different things to do than The Boston Globe or The Financial Times. They tell their readers to check out places in Harlem, such as the Jazz Museum, Hip Hop Culture Center, Patsy’s in Spanish Harlem, WYZ Bar at the Aloft Hotel and more. Check out the complete story yourself by clicking here!

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February 7th, 2011 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
This week the Museum of the City of New York kicks off their three-month exhibition about our beloved Apollo Theater. Starting February 8 through May 1, 2011 , see  Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment at MCNY, located  in Spanish Harlem at 1220 Fifth Avenue at East 103rd. The traveling Smithsonian exhibit traces the evolution of the Apollo-from its origins as a segregated burlesque hall to its starring role at the epicenter of African-American entertainment and American popular culture.

To learn more about the exhibit, click here.

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December 14th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
Monday night was supposed to be a quiet evening relaxing without the computer. Yeah right. The evening ended up being quite the opposite. I got sucked into the real-time online coverage of Paul McCartney playing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, December 13 – mainly on twitter. I am a huge Paul/George/John/Ringo fan so it was easy for me to drop everything.

There were a variety of tweets that came in throughout the evening giving you a sense of what was happening. Deepak Chopra seemed to have the first photo make it out of the Apollo. Then followed by Martha Stewart.

While there were several twitters telling their followers in real-time what songs McCartney was performing at the Apollo, the Examiner.com was quick – and the first to provide the complete set list right after the event was over, along with photos and a post on which celebrities attended the event.

In the end, the Examiner was topped by a subscriber on YouTube, who soon posted live audio from the event right at 11 PM on December 13, which I have posted here. Hurry up and listen to it soon …who knows how long it will last!

According to several online reports, McCartney called the Apollo Theater “the holy grail” and a place he has “dreamed of playing for many a year.” What a nice touch and respectable acknowledgement to the Apollo by McCartney. That is rock royalty at its best!

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December 8th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife
If you were wondering who sits on the Board for the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, wonder no more. Around noon today, the Apollo notified several constituents that last night, (I guess after the holiday lighting event?) they elected seven new board members for its 2010-2011 Winter/Spring Season.
The new directors are Marcus Samuelsson, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Leslie Uggams, Luis A. Miranda Jr., Maya Harris, Marcella A. Jones, and Ingrid Saunders Jones.
Congrats to the new board members and good to know for us Harlemites!

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October 15th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemGal
Early evening Thursday (October 14), the Harlem online community on Twitter were all abuzz informing all interested parties that Prince was in Harlem holding a surprise news conference at the Apollo Theater, and if you wanted to attend the conference held by the Minnesota rock star to get there by 5 PM. Apparently someone or entity made it on time to the Apollo to hear Prince launch his Welcome 2 America tour starting in December and captured the entire announcement on video. Kudos to them! Now all I want to know is will Harlem be on the tour schedule for Welcome 2 America? I sure hope so! My fingers are crossed!

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May 26th, 2010 by Icare4Harlem

Flame Media

By Icare4Harlem

On May 28, 2010, a tribute to the Honorable Percy Sutton and Mr. Bill Tatum will be held at the Apollo Theater.  The event is sponsored by the Gouverneur Parents Association who recognizes and appreciates the efforts of these two men in their support for individuals with disabilities.  The mission of the parent group is to ensure that the rights and privileges of disabled citizens are promoted through the concept of “inclusion.”  People with developmental/physical disabilities enjoy and contribute to, daily community living experiences. The event will feature the musical talents of Flame and Potential Unlimited Productions, Inc.

Flame, is a rock band consisting of 11 individuals with a variety of developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities.  They perform at local, national, and international venues.  Their popularity demonstrates the accomplishments of people with disabilities.

Potential Unlimited Productions, Inc. (PUP) is a non-profit organization that arranges opportunities in the performing arts, for individuals with disabilities.  PUP strives to provide an access for artists to reveal their skills and talent.  Their efforts through public awareness, assists in reinforcing an understanding and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities.

Apollo Theater

253 W. 125th St. (between 7th & 8th Ave.)

8 pm – 10:30 pm

Box Office: 212-531-5305

Tickets also available through Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000

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February 24th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLIfe

Since our inception well over a year ago, HarlemCondoLife (HCL) has been introduced to several interesting people living and working in Harlem-particularly local artists who have a positive link to Harlem. HCL would like to introduce  some of these individuals to you, along with their work, in hope that you will be moved and amazed by the wealth of talent that lives right here in our Harlem community. We certainly are impressed and excited to have you meet some of these talented individuals on our blog site. To help us kick off our first HCL Artist Profile, first up is a local watercolorist. In a Q&A (questions and answers) format, meet Lynn Lieberman in her own words on Harlem in watercolor.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

What is your area of specialty? And why do you feature Harlem in your art work?
My primary area is watercolor. I live, work and create right here in Harlem.  Most of my work is small format-note cards of everything from the famous Lenox Lounge to Apollo Theater to Lee Lee’s Bakery, where Mr. Lee displays my painting of his bakery. In an effort to capture more of Harlem, last year I created a watercolor map of Harlem, which was updated this year and can be viewed on my website.

As for why Harlem, we have street after street of graceful prewar buildings, each with their own unmistakable curves and lines. Many have been home to the people who reside there for decades, and signs of love and longevity protrude from window boxes, along with flower pots and signs in the windows.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

Does Harlem move and inspire your art work?
Inspiration here in Harlem is endless for a watercolorist.  No matter how many times I walk the streets of Harlem, I always see something different and new to paint, from the Harlem Meer in the Fall to Fields Court at Christmas to the colorful Minton’s Jazz Club, Mike’s Newsstand on 122nd Street and Lenox Avenue, and to Tonnie’s Minis, where they also display my note card painting of the place.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

Is it challenging to use Harlem in your work?
The only challenge to painting Harlem is what to leave out.

Aside from watercoloring Harlem, HCL has to ask what are some of your favorite things about it?
Harlem Seasons. At the first sign of Spring and all through the Summer, window sills are abound with color right up until Halloween pumpkins and Christmas trees with lights. No Holiday is forgotten here.

Watercolor by Lynn Lieberman

Harlem people. Where else in this City can you find people sitting on the sidewalk in their beach chairs enjoying a beautiful Summer evening or barbecuing in front of their building?

Harlem has a plethora of green space from our major Parks to our local Green Thumb gardens-giving us easy access to hours of walking or bike riding from the minute we walk out our front door.

Watercolors by Lynn Lieberman

Our diversity is great. I was born here in the City and have lived in a variety of places over the years, always returning home. Harlem is a place where I feel most comfortable and the place where I live with my family.

And Harlem has s vibrant art community with plenty of ongoing events at the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Harlem Arts Alliance and Casa Frela Gallery, which represents my work.

Watercolor by Lynn Lieberman

In full disclosure, I have purchased notecards from Lynn as gifts. They were a hit on the receiving end with friends and family. Don’t miss out on seeing Lynn’s work in person. Her work is currently hanging, with framed pieces for sale , at Native Restaurant and Il Caffe Latte-both on Lenox Avenue and for sale unframed at www.afinelyne.com

Watercolor by Lynn Lieberman

And if you know of a local artist we should spotlight on HCL, who resides in Harlem and their work is linked to all things positive about Harlem, please send your recommendations to feedback@harlemcondolife.com.

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January 27th, 2010 by Harlem Condo Life

By HarlemCondoLife

If you like David Sedaris, writer, comedian and best selling author, then this post is for you! Sedaris is performing at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater on November 1, 2010 and starting today at 10 AM Wednesday, January 27 there is an exclusive (and in my view very early) presale thru Read more of this article »

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December 6th, 2009 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

I Just had the privilege of attending the incredible performance of “Dreamgirls” at the Apollo Theater, which has just been extended for one more week!  The audience gave a standing ovation before the production even finished.  An earthshaking performance of true talent in this latest production.  It will definitely go to Broadway after touring the country.  This is the best revival of this production to date.

The stage felt like it was part of the audience in this comfortable inclusive setting.  There is nothing second rate about this first class rendition of Dreamgirls.  From the stage sets, to the incredible live performances, singing, technology, costumes and choreography – all were simply incredible.  With special note on this Sunday afternoon’s performance to Adrienne Warren who plays “Lorell” to Chester Gregory who plays “James Early” and to the understudy of Moya Angela, Patrice Covington, who plays “Effie White” who brought the house down!  This was no understudy performance by Patrice.  This was a stars performance.

This cast and production confirms the amount of talent that we have in this wonderful business and what a brilliant experience (if you can still get tickets) this ensemble brings to the legendary Dreamgirls.  If you are able to catch it before it leaves Harlem and hits the road, run… sprint… fly… to get tickets before its too late!

Bravo to the Apollo Theater for giving this spectacular rendition of Dreamgirls an extra edge and meaning to this classic beloved Musical.

If you have seen the movie or the Broadway version of Dreamgirls… you will be blown away by this latest version of Dreamgirls and the incredible talent involved on every level to this unforgettable theatrical experience.

Apollo Theater
353 W. 125th St.
New York, NY

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December 6th, 2009 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

I Just had the privilege of attending the incredible performance of “Dreamgirls” at the Apollo Theater, which has just been extended for one more week!  The audience gave a standing ovation before the production even finished.  An earthshaking performance of true talent in this latest production.  It will definitely go to Broadway after touring the country.  This is the best revival of this production to date.

The stage felt like it was part of the audience in this comfortable inclusive setting.  There is nothing second rate about this first class rendition of Dreamgirls.  From the stage sets, to the incredible live performances, singing, technology, costumes and choreography – all were simply incredible.  With special note on this Sunday afternoon’s performance to Adrienne Warren who plays “Lorell” to Chester Gregory who plays “James Early” and to the understudy of Moya Angela, Patrice Covington, who plays “Effie White” who brought the house down!  This was no understudy performance by Patrice.  This was a stars performance.

This cast and production confirms the amount of talent that we have in this wonderful business and what a brilliant experience (if you can still get tickets) this ensemble brings to the legendary Dreamgirls.  If you are able to catch it before it leaves Harlem and hits the road, run… sprint… fly… to get tickets before its too late!

Bravo to the Apollo Theater for giving this spectacular rendition of Dreamgirls an extra edge and meaning to this classic beloved Musical.

If you have seen the movie or the Broadway version of Dreamgirls… you will be blown away by this latest version of Dreamgirls and the incredible talent involved on every level to this unforgettable theatrical experience.

Apollo Theater
353 W. 125th St.
New York, NY

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