We love Meshell Ndegeocello and are so thrilled for her new multidisplinary theatrical work “Can I Get a Witness?” Commissioned by Harlem Stage, this exciting piece draws inspiration from the James Baldwin quote, “From my point of view, no label, no slogan, no party, no skin color, and indeed no religion is more important than the human being.” It also is inspired by Baldwin’s work The Fire Next Time.
Meshell stays on the cutting-edge of creativity & challenging societal norms, and this timely project will surely hold true to this tremendous value. It’s time for church – let’s go!
Can I Get a Witness? runs December 7th through the 11th at Harlem Stage. Save the date, and get your tickets!
Posted in HarlemCondoLife Tagged with: Harlem Stage, Harlem Theatre, James Baldwin, Meshell Ndegeocello, Theatre Harlem
The Sweet Spot Festival returns to Harlem this summer.
From May through September, the festival will host an eclectic range of musicians, DJ’s, themed dance parties, performance & visual artists, kids art and educational activities, fitness workshops and a market place with an array of food vendors and one-of-a-kind vintage & jewelry selections.JetBlue will be sponsoring flight giveaways. Great DJs will spin Soulful House, classic R&B, Disco, Funk, Soul, and Afro-Beat for music lovers of all ages. Themed dance parties include a roller-skating Jam, Reggae night, and a BaBy Got Soul kids dance off.The Sweet Spot Marketplace will offer local businesses an opportunity to shine. Vendors can apply to the Sweet SpotMarketplace here: Vendor Application
Personally speaking, we are so happy and proud that our friends who started and still run Giant Step so many years ago are helping to “Keep the Vibe Alive” ™ and doing so in Harlem.
Harlem Arts Alliance
Harlem Stage and Musical Directions.
Sunday, May 26 – West Harlem Piers
Sunday, June 16 – Jackie Robinson Park
Saturday, July 20 – Jackie Robinson Park
Saturday, August 17 – Jackie Robinson Park
Saturday, September 14 – Pier 1
Sunday, September 22- Jackie Robinson Park
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Mark your calendars and make sure not to miss the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival which will run May 7 – 13, 2012. “The prestige of the past. The pulse of the present.”
2012 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival Re-creates Small’s Paradise Featuring Concerts, Jam Sessions and Educational Events.
The events are scheduled to be held throughout Harlem, from the Apollo Theater to the Harlem Stage Gatehouse.
The first night will be on May 7, at 9:00 pm Harlem After Dark – Small’s (Re)Created: Harlem After Dark featuring vocalists Johnny O’Neal, Sachal Vasandani, Umar Hassan (The Last Poets) and The Tap Messengers. “Harlem After Dark is a journey back into the heydays of Harlem. In a joint effort between Revive Music and Jazzmobile, Small’s Paradise will revisit the experience and live music of the 1030s and 1040s, presenting a retrospective concert with a modern day twist incorporating vocal numbers, tap dancing and an after-hours jam session.”
The festivities with various performers will continue nightly until May 13th.
For more information and the full schedule please click here:
2012 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival.
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The mission of the HarlemArtsFestival is to produce an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival in June of each year at the newly renovated Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, free and open to the public, showcasing local performers and visual artists to inspire and nourish the artistic community in Harlem.
This year’s festival is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, on June 29th and 30th!
They seek artists from all disciplines to apply via their website and submit their work, where a committee of established artistic presenters from Harlem with backgrounds in music, dance, theater, and visual arts will help select the artists that will perform each year.
This project will be part of Harlem’s addition to the larger, citywide commitment to provide free art in the public parks during the spring and summer months.
COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS & JOINT PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
“This annual multidisciplinary event, the Harlem Arts Festival, will highlight the value of the arts to our city and the community. It is in true Harlem fashion to provide entertainment and enlightenment to visitors and residents alike. The Harlem Arts Festival is a fitting addition to the rich artistic history and cultural splendor that is so intrinsic in our community.”
– Senator Bill Perkins
They have already received pledged support from the following individuals and organizations from within the community, and would love your support too:
• Clyde Valentin: Executive Director of the Hip Hop Theater Festival
• Grace Aneiza Ali: President of Of Note Magazine Associate Director of the Dwyer Cultural Center
• Harlem Park to Park
• Homer E. Cook: Community Outreach Coordinator for the Global Technology Preparatory School & The NYC Department of Education
• Jan Willem Van Bergen: Board Member Adarsh Alphons Project
• Larry Scott Blackmon: Deputy Commissioner of Community Outreach, City of New York & Recreation
• Lawrence Rodriguez: Executive Director of Casa Frela Gallery
• Laura Greer: Programming Director from The Apollo
• Saundra Heath: Executive Director of Heath Gallery
• Senator Bill Perkins: New York State Senate, 30th District
• Simone Eccleston: Programming and Arts Education Manager of Harlem Stage
• Sidney Grant: Artistic Director at Ballroom Basix
Pledge you support on Kickstarter today!
Apply to participate today!
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If you are planning to join WeAct for this Tuesday’s community dialogue (HCL, April 1) with Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), please note that the location for both the community dialogue and the preceding scientific session has been changed to The Harlem Stage Gatehouse at 150 Convent Avenue at W. 135th Street. The Scientific Session is still scheduled for 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm & the Community Dialogue is from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 13th. All are welcome.
Posted in Harlem Tagged with: Community Dialogue, environmental health. health, Harlem, Harlem Stage, Location Change, NIEHS, WeAct