HCL readers may be interested in this documentary of the acclaimed play de novo that tells the true story of a 14 year old boy from Guatemala, who chose to leave his life with a street gang in search of his mother and a better life in the United States. The story, crafted from immigration court transcripts, interviews, and letters, describes his legal struggle for asylum to avoid being deported back to Guatemala, where the gang he left behind had ordered his execution. Two showings are scheduled: November 13th at 7:30 pm and November 14th at 12 noon, at El Museo del Bario (Fifth Avenue and 104th Street).
This event is sponsored by the Libertas Center for Human Rights, in partnership with Houses on the Moon Theater Company and the Mount Sinai Global Health Program. On November 13th, there will be a panel discussion following the film with Dr. Dinali Fernando (Libertas Center Medical Director) and Leah Weinzimer (Libertas Center Program Director), Dr. Craig Katz (Mount SInai Medical Center), and Morgan Allen (CCCS Unaccompanied Minors Program Attorney). Tickets are FREE, but please reserve them in advance: http://www.elmuseo.org/event/de-novo-13/.
Off-Broadway comes to East Harlem. Nigel Barto Presents “Too Late” at the Poet’s Den Theater for 5 consecutive nights on July 16-20, 2013. Tickets are available at http://toolate.brownpapertickets.com for $49 general; $69 (Opening Night & Reception)
Set against the backdrop of a small Maryland beach town, “Too Late” is a story of betrayal and forgiveness, of despair and hope… of love. The Lacey family struggles through an August they will never forget as the sudden death of the youngest family member threatens to destroy four generations of their already fractured family.
“Too Late” premieres off-Broadway on July 16, and runs for 5 evening performances at the Poet’s Den Theater in the East Harlem Arts District. For more details, go to www.facebook.com/TooLateplay
The largest gothic cathedral in the United States was a musical haven to rock star Sting and a sea of international musicians last night. Sting, who is performing two sold out shows December 8th and 9th at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, played songs from his latest album called If on a Winter’s Night …, “a seasonal contemplation mixing traditional English songs and carols with his own The Hounds of Winter and Lullaby for an Anxious Child.” Sting performed about 20 beautiful songs along with two encores to-what I am estimating-a few hundred people, who in my view, came from the tri-state area.
And St. John the Divine was the perfect backdrop for Sting and his musicians. The entire Cathedral looked magical. My guess is Sting’s production company was filming the entire concert from start to finish. Make-up on the ladies was perfectly done and all of the men and women were dressed in black tie for the camera that was located stage left and roaming.
What was fascinating about the concert was every musicial instrument imaginable was on the stage and played. Some I recognized and some I did not. The women who played the harp was interesting.
As for the music, it was the antithesis of what I have always known about Sting, which is generally rock music and a devout yogi. Sting was more of an opera star last night than a rock star, which goes to show the range of this artist. The music and the venue tied together perfectly. It made me feel like I was watching a performance for the King of England or an episode of Showtime’s The Tudors. It felt majestic, yet most of the songs performed were calming and appropriate for the holiday season. My favorite songs were Christmas at Sea, Ghost Story, which Sting said was about his father, and Lullaby For An Anxious Child. For the Lullaby song, he brought out the Newark Boys Choir on stage. They did a wonderful job singing with Sting and what a great opportunity for them. Way to go Newark Boys Choir! However, my question for Sting is “why didn’t he use the Harlem Boys Choir to perform with him?” I have no ill will against the Newark Boys Choir, but Sting was technically in Harlem last night. It would have been a nice and a respectful acknowledgment toward the Harlem community. Oh well, maybe next time.
Overall, the show was beautiful and well worth its price. I guess I was one of the few who was able to purchase tickets online in the first nine minutes when they were made available. Apparently, that is how long it took for both shows to sell out.
Last week HarlemGuy posted about Harlem for the Holidays. If you are looking for something to do this afternoon, check out their holiday bazaar from noon – 5 pm today at the Hip Hop Culture Center on the second floor of the Magic Johnson Theatre. Sponsored by the Global Artists Coalition, there will be vendors, culture, food and performances – all for free! The cast of the Broadway show Memphis kicks things off at 12:30. Go check it out.
Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem
Magic Johnson Theatre
2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd
(Corner of 124 St.) 212 234 7171