February 23rd, 2017 by INtoHarlem
On Friday, February 24The Elixir Media Group‘s Uptown Soul Lounge series will celebrate its one year anniversary and pay homage to black history and iconic artists who have harnessed the power of being unapologetically black. This milestone event will take place in the intimate, speakeasy setting of the series’ original venue, Gin Fizz Harlem, and feature special live performances by the captivating experimental jazz/soul artist Melanie Charles, alternative-soul maverick Leandra McNair, and the overpowering and angelic singer/songwriter Britanny Fousheé.
Event time is 8PM and admission is $5 with an RSVP here. Admission is $10 at the door without an RSVP. Early arrival is highly suggested, as admission is not guaranteed once the venue reaches capacity. Gin Fizz Harlem is located at 308 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027.
MORE ABOUT UPTOWN SOUL LOUNGE:
Serving as NYC’s most exciting new platform for the world’s best emerging talent in soul music, ‘Uptown Soul Lounge‘ is a monthly showcase that happens on the last Friday of every month. With the live soulful vibes from carefully curated talent, and resident host Ayoinmotion, ‘Uptown Soul Lounge‘ is the revival of Harlem’s old jazz/soul ethos and the birth of a new musical frontier. Over the course of just one year, it has made its name for bridging the gap between generations and blurring lines in the soul spectrum.

MORE ABOUT MELANIE CHARLES:

Melanie Charles (aka D’flower) is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter,producer, flutist and actress of Haitian descent. A recent graduate of The New School for jazz and Contemporary Music, she has featured on albums alongside contemporary luminaries such as Gregory Porter, Jose James, Lakecia Benjamin, Jesse Fischer, Laura Izibor and more. Melanie has also toured the US and abroad with such acts as Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor, Italian Guitarist/producer Nicola Conte, and Brooklyn based band People’s Champs. After the release of her experimental collaborative album under the name ‘Rat Habitat‘ with guitarist Jordan Peters (Lauryn Hill), Melanie has hit the road again for a nationwide tour, and returns to NYC for Uptown Soul Lounge’s special unapologetically black and one year anniversary event with a signature Chaka Khan meets Badu-esque “sonic collage” performance, fusing r&b, jazz, and Haitian folk songs. 

More from Melanie:

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MORE ABOUT LEANDRA MCNAIR:

Leandra McNair is an American soul singer from New York. Her contemporary alternative soul has strong hip hop influences with a distinct jazz background, rooted in her studies in vocal performance at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. With influences from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Lauryn Hill, Swing out Sister and even Joey Badass, Leandra has crafted a sound that’s uniquely her own, writing all her songs using the ukelele. She released her debut EP ‘Allura Luna’ in 2013. In 2015 Leandra had the honor of singing backup vocals for the legendary Debbie Sledge at the Standard Jazz club in Copenhagen. Later that year she was  invited back to perform her own show at the Standard for a Nat King Cole Tribute with legends Alvin Queen and Neils Lan Doky. Leandra’s latest recording project, the ‘LUCKY‘ EP, is now available everywhere.
More From Leandra:

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MORE ABOUT BRITANNY FOUSHEE:
In a nutshell, one could describe Britanny Fousheé as the perfect amalgam of Amy Winehouse and Toni Braxton. Fusing jazz, alternative rock, and r&b to pioneer a sound that is uniquely her own, Britanny’s stage presence is infectious, allowing her performances to draw you in and lull you into a state of pure bliss that you have to experience to understand.

Britanny first found her calling as a child in her living room in Somerville, New Jersey, where the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Chaka Khan, Bob Marley, Prince, and The Beatles often filled the house. Her mother was a founding member of the all female Jamaican band Pep, which also shaped Britanny’s identity as an artist today. It was around the time her mother purchased their first stereo system and microphone that she began composing music, and singing. 

In addition to Britanny’s vocal training with celebrity vocal coach Craig Derry, her studies in media, classical music, background arrangement, guitar, and piano has made her a well-rounded and seasoned performer.

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December 1st, 2016 by INtoHarlem

hhw-postcard-1Harlem is getting in the holiday windows game, and it’s all about the history. Spanning the corridor of Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 114th and the 122nd streets, eight businesses will display windows designed and executed by fifteen students from Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) BFA program. The window displays will depict holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance. The windows will be on display from November 30 to January 2. Visitors are invited to stroll through the historic neighborhood throughout the holidays and enjoy the window displays while learning a bit of Harlem’s rich history. To kick off the season, two free window tours on November 30 and December 3 will be provided by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. The tours will feature live storytellers and vignettes with actors and performers bringing the windows to life. The family friendly outing will also include free children’s activities and coloring books highlighting historical themes of the period. This unique approach to presenting holiday windows offers an interesting alternative to the traditional downtown windows for the holidays.

Harlem Holiday Windows is an initiative to stimulate cultural and community activity to promote tourism in Harlem during the holidays. The program is presented by Jacqueline Orange’s ArtCrawl Harlem with curator OmoMisha. It is funded by the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance (FDBA), the Harlem Tourism Board (HTB) and is in partnership with Harlem Park-to-Park(HP2P).   Our goal is to benefit businesses, property owners and residents; foster tourism; and showcase the vibrant neighborhood.

The FIT students will create holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance period (1910-1940). The period was defined by the artistic, literary, and political activism of Harlem’s large African American community. The windows will offer both an educational and festive holiday experience with designs ranging from jazz and historical references to dance, fashion and prohibition scenes.

“We are very excited about working with FIT for the Harlem Holiday Windows Project. A free art installation for all members of the community to enjoy is exactly the type of event we are proud to fund,” said Susannah Koteen, Co-President of FDBA and owner of Lido Restaurant. “We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to experience the window displays along Frederick Douglass Boulevard and all that Harlem has to offer.”

“We view Harlem as one of our country’s most historically rich communities, and its contributions to the arts are legendary,” said, Anne Kong, the faculty overseeing the design project. “When we were approached by Jackie Orange to collaborate on this project, it seemed like a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about this period and its significance on how we view art and culture today. This is an opportunity to expose them to this wonderful community as an important part of New York’s heritage. The windows they have designed are a result of careful research to create scenes that are both historically accurate, timeless, and beautiful,” she added.

“It’s our aim to create holiday window displays that are an option to Fifth Avenue department stores while showcasing Harlem’s proud history. We want to foster support of the community, its businesses, and most importantly, our youth” said Jacqueline Orange. “ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. and participating businesses, community organizations and sponsors are working to produce a bolder and bigger holiday window event that will yield even greater benefits for our neighborhood and its members of all ages,” she added. The unique holiday celebration is expected to draw hundreds of visitors to Harlem and participating locations along Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Windows will be decorated at the following businesses:

  • Vintage Harlem NYC Wine & Spirits, 2235 FDB
  • Chocolat, 2223 FDB
  • Vinateria, 2211 FDB
  • Lido, 2168 FDB
  • Harlem Tavern, 2153 FDB
  • Silvana, 300 W 116
  • Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic, 2119 FDB
  • Land Yoga, 2116 FDB

Harlem Holiday Windows free kick off event will start at the Harriet Tubman Statue on 122ndStreet at 5:30pm on November 30, 2016 and will feature an interactive and intergenerational music performance by special guest Shine and the Moonbeams. The second kick off, also starting on 122nd Street, will begin at 3pm on December 3, 2016 ending at the Shop Harlem Live Harlem Holiday Expo at MIST. Produced by Harlem Park to Park, the program will include an art filled afternoon for kids and adults.

In addition to the free kick off tours on November 30, 2016 and December 3, 2016 a full schedule of paid tours and programming around the Holiday Windows, will be offered by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc., throughout the holiday season, from November 30- December 21, 2016. Programming will include weekly tours on the following Saturdays from 3–5pm (December 3, 10, 17). Registration is available on the website. Rates are $10 per person. Call for special group rates.

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October 26th, 2016 by INtoHarlem

The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents the hit “Fit for a Queen” for one more week.  Get your tickets now!

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October 16th, 2016 by INtoHarlem

Our Grand Opening Weekend kicks off tomorrow October 15th to Sunday, October 16th! The weekend is action packed with FREE activities for everyone. Activities such as our inaugural 3-part exhibition titled Home, Memory, and Future,” Calle Bembé neighborhood party, food vendors, children’s art activities, and Open House New York panels in collaboration with Apollo Theater and Positive Workforce.

HOME, MEMORY, FUTURE EXHIBITION

October 2016 – March 2017 

The 3-part exhibition explores HOME in the age of gentrification, dislocation, migration, exile, belonging, health and unaffordable housing. The exhibition will feature work from 20 artists of various mediums, including augmented reality. Renowned curator, Lowery Stokes Sims joins Yasmin Ramirez, Marta Moreno Vega and Regina Bultrón Bengoa in curating HOME, MEMORY, AND FUTURE.

Free Admission
No preregistration is required to view the exhibition
Hourly self-guided tours:  11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK AT CCCADI

Uniting Community – Cultural Spaces | 2 Panels  

From East to West, the heartbeat of Harlem–125th Street–once bustled with theaters, clubs and other music venues that embraced African American and Latino artists and audiences. As part of the Open House New York Weekend, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and the Apollo Theater explore West Harlem’s rich musical and cultural history.

Experts Richard BlondetHenry MedinaRalph Mendez, and John T. Reddick take us on an audio and video tour exploring how African aesthetic transformed West and East Harlem into a vibrant cultural and musical epicenter, one that continues to vibrate in the nation today.

Saturday | October 15, 2016 
Where: Positive Workforce | 109 E 125th St, New York, NY 10035
Panel 1 | 11:30am – 1:00pm
Panel 2 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm 

Sunday | October 16, 2016 
Where: Apollo Theater at 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
Panel 1 | 11:30am – 1:00pm 
Panel 2 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm 

CALLE BEMBE: NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY!  

Where: Northern Manhattan Rehabilitation Parking Lot | 125th BTW Lexington and Park Avenues

Saturday | October 15, 2016 

Children’s Art Village 
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Storytelling, dance workshops, face painting, and fun drop-in art activities.

Libation
Time: 12:30pm to 1pm 
Babalorisha John Mason, Iyalorisha Angela Fontanez, and Babalorisha Paulo Bispo.

Grand Opening Concert 1
Time: 1:15pm to  2:30pm
Performances by Amma McKen with Roman Diaz and Cimarron, and Something Positive.

Battle of the DJ’s
Time:
 5pm to 7pm
Dj Sabine and Dj Bjoyce

Grand Opening Concert 2
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Performances by Los Pleneros de la 21

Sunday | October 16, 2016 

Children’s Art Village 
Time: 11am to 4:00pm
Storytelling, dance workshops, face painting, and fun drop-in art activities.

Grand Opening Concert 3 
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Performances by DelSonido

DJ Dance Party  
Time: 3pm to 4pm
DJ Beto of IBomba

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September 5th, 2016 by INtoHarlem

Shop Harlem

Happy Labor Day!

Fall has officially arrived
and Harlem Happenings
just keep getting better!

From Back to School Specials
to
Special Fall Menus

Fall Fashions
to
Finding Your Groove

 
Harlem is Hot…anytime of the year!
 
plus
Save the Date!
Harlem Harvest Festival is Saturday, October 8th.
Annual Harlem Bake Off
Entry Forms Now Available! 

#HarlemHarvestFestival
#HarlemBakeOff

#WelcomeToMyHarlem

SAVE THE DATE!
Harlem Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 8th

ANNUAL HARLEM BAKE OFF!

Enter today to win prizes for:

Best Candy
Best Brownies
Best Cookies
Best Pie
Best Cake

Entry forms due Wednesday, September 21st!

Lido Harlem

Join us for Labor Day Brunch
and enjoy our famous bottomless mimosas!

2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd

Land Yoga Wellness Center

Kick off your Fall season with
15% off at Little Bamboo Sushi
when you take a Tuesday or Thursday 12 pm class at Land Yoga
this September!

Harlem’s Heaven Hats

Fall in to Fashion
with Cuban inspired floral hats
designed by Evetta Petty, Harlem’s Heaven Hats!
Hats on display in Macy’s Herald Square
as part of Harlem Havana, a cultural exchange to showcase the music, arts, and food of Harlem and Havana. 

2538 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd

Corner Social

Celebrate Labor Day
(and every Monday)
with
Oysters & Moet!

321 Lenox Avenue

Ponty Bistro Harlem

Continue Your Labor Day Celebration with
“Ms Vinnie King”
Harlem’s Finest Jazz & Blues Singer

Wednesday, September 7th
7pm-11pm

Reserve a table today (212) 234-6474 or www.pontybistro.com

144 W. 139th Street

MIST Harlem

Harlem International Film Festival Opening Night
Wednesday, September 14th
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Harlem Premiere of The West African homage to Purple Rain: “AKOUNAK TEDALAT TAHA TAZOUGHAI” aka 
“Rain The Color Blue With a Little Red In It”
 46 W. 116th Street

MIST Harlem

Noire Fashion Show
Saturday, September 24th
8pm-10pm

46 W. 116th Street

 

Solomon and Kuff Rum Hall

Blue Nefertiti, a French Cabaret
Starring Celia from Les Nubians

September 29th
and
October 13th

Dinner at 7pm and 9pm
Seating is limited.
Dinner reservations should be made via email (info@solomonandkuff.com)

2331 12th Avenue

 

 

 

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August 15th, 2016 by INtoHarlem
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Tuesday August 16th

Head to Ginny’s Supper Club for a taste of Harlem and Havana!    Located at 310 Malcolm X Blvd.

 Experience the music and culture of Harlem and Havana at Ginny’s Cafe with Cuban inspired menu items, live music performances from the Harlem Havana All Stars and Keith the Captain Gamble and the New Gypsies and more!  
Showtimes 7PM and 9PM

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Wednesday August 17, 2016 

Harlem/ Havana Art Exhibit features Unique Images of Cuba.
Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion 
West 136th Street & Malcolm X Blvd.

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Wednesday August 17, 2016

Head to Sylvia’s for a taste of Harlem and Havana with food for the soul and performances from Harlem and Havana.

 Historic Sylvia’s Restaurant celebrateHarlem/ Havana with a special evening featuring Cuban Inspired Cuisine , Signature Cocktails an electric night of performances from Cuban musician Jorge Luis Pacheco y su Grupo and 
Harlem’s own Janice Marie Robinson and Friends.

macys flyerThursday August 18, 2016 

HAVANA COMES TO MACY’S!

Come Celebrate with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, for the first annualHarlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival: an international exchange honoring the rich artistic connection between these two historic cities. Join our Harlem/Havana Day, a cultural celebration featuring the best of Harlem and Havana with live music, dance performances and much more!  Plus, enjoy a special “sip & dip” culinary experience with Cuban Master Chef Alex Garcia.

Herald Square, Home Department, 8th Floor, 6:00pm 

 

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August 3rd, 2016 by INtoHarlem

Next Meetup!
Silicon Harlem in partnership with the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce will host an interactive discussion on “Driving Business Profit through Social Media & Strategic Partnerships”
Thursday, August 11, 2016
3:00pm | FREE! | RSVP required
The Harlem Week event takes place at:

Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall, 
115th Street & Broadway 
economic dev day
SAVE THE DATE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
 Silicon Harlem 3rd Annual Next Gen Tech and Media Conference
BROADBAND MATTERS

 

Silicon Harlem, 215 W. 125th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10027

 

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August 3rd, 2016 by INtoHarlem

The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Heath Gallery Present
Inside ~ Outside
A Group Exhibition Curated by Lady K Fever
August 6 – 24, 2016

Inside ~ Outside explores the works of 7 local artists. The artists show their work on gallery walls and inside museums while embracing a practice of street art and public installations. The influence of their outside practices is apparent in their interior sculptures and canvases. 

Featured artists:
Bio, Glendalys Medina, Jenevieve, Lady K Fever, Marthalicia, Natalie Colette Wood and Shame 125

24 West 120th Street
Opening Reception
Saturday August 6, 2016
7 pm – 10 pm

Inside ~ Outside coincides with All Along the Watchtower a public art installation by Artist Lady K Fever on the Acropolis  in Marcus Garvey Park. 

All Along the Watchtower
Artist guided walk through
8 pm
Leaving from Heath Gallery @ 7:45
The installation is best viewed as the sun begins to set and dusk approaches. All Along the Watchtower is made almost entirely of light reflective materials, the flash of the viewers camera will cause the materials to illuminate creating a soft glow all along the Acropolis.
Meet up with the artist and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance President Connie Lee at Heath Gallery at 7:45 pm and join us on a walk through of the Acropolis. Bring a camera with a flash or just your cell phone. The installation is sponsored by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative with funding provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation.
All parks groups, cultural organizations, artists and curators are welcome to participate.
For more information contact Connie Lee President, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance
E presidentmgpa@gmail.com P 917-797-9938

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August 2nd, 2016 by INtoHarlem

Harlem Stand UP!

The 4th Annual JAMAICAN INDEPEN-DANCE!

August 6, 2016 – 2 PM – 9 PM

West Harlem Pier / 125th St & West Side Highway

Music by:

Father German

NYC Champion Sound RICE + PEAS

Deejay Gravy, Max Glazer

Origahnal Vibez, Micro Dan

and more surprise guests to be announced

FREE dancehall workshop by international choreographer, BLACKA DI CANCA

SEE YOU ON THE YAAD!

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August 1st, 2016 by INtoHarlem

Thursday, August 11th, 5:00pm
Staunch: A Grey Gardens Party
(Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Maysles Brothers’ Classic)
Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY
Join us for a 5:00pm “Edie” costume contest and parade, followed by a 6:00pmconversation and screening of excerpts from Grey Gardens.
The Maysles Documentary Center, The Parrish Art Museum and Hamptons International Film Festival are proud to co-present a “site specific” conversation and excerpts from the cult classic documentary, Grey Gardens (1976, Janus Films, 95 minutes, produced by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Susan Froemke; and directed by the Maysles, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer) at the Parrish Art Museum on Thursday, August 11th.
Grey Gardens reveals moments in time in the lives of the eccentric Beales, a mother and daughter who were related to Jacqueline Bouvier and lived in squalor in their 28-room East Hampton estate on Georgica Pond. Panelists participating in the conversation include Harlem historian Michael Henry Adams (Harlem Lost and Found), Grey Gardenssubject Jerry “the Marble Faun” Torre, Grey Gardens editor and producer Muffie Meyer, and Sara Maysles (daughter of Albert Maysles and co-author of the book Grey Gardens).
In addition, following a long-standing tradition at Grey Gardens screenings, audience members are invited to dress in costume as “Big Edie” or “Little Edie” Beale. The costume contest will be judged by Iris Apfel and Jerry “the Marble Faun” Torre. Prizes included limited edition Grey Gardens memorabilia including the original film poster and a new limited edition poster for this event, with art from Rebekah Maysles.
Grey Gardens is a masterful documentary that captures the idiosyncrasies of an isolated family of renown living in the heart of the Hamptons but happily stuck in the past,” said Andrea Grover, the Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish. “The evening will be enriched by a panel of specialists and fans who respond to some of the most memorable moments in the film.”

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