Monthly Archives: December 2012

Harlem Stage Presents The Robert Glasper Experiment

2b4be20ea76928da9fe239adb9ceb4e4Known for many events featuring some of the most talented celebrities, New York City is definitely the place to be and always fun for a visit. Even more so, Harlem is a place where, jazz, soul, blues, R&B and other musical or artists to congregate.

Over 30 years, Harlem Stage has become one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through the commissioning and presenting of challenging, relevant and topical performances by artists of color and bringing them to socially conscious audiences in the communities it serves. Harlem Stage has a long-standing tradition of supporting such artists

As part of the 30th Anniversary events, Harlem Stage along with its supporting sponsors including support from American Airlines, presents an exciting season on shows.

On the evenings of December 13th and December 14th, an elite crowd had the pleasure of experiencing the The Robert Glasper Experiment. The show consisted of performances by Lalah Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Stokley (from Mint Condition), and Questlove.

Pianist Robert Glasper, whose Grammy-nominated “Black Radio” raised his profile this year and took his cross-pollination experiments to proud new heights, closed Harlem Stage’s Fall Season this December 13-14 with “Songs in the Key of Life,” a star-studded tribute to the music of cultural icon Stevie Wonder. It is the third “WaterWorks” commission Harlem Stage presented as part of its 30th anniversary celebration and its acclaimed Uptown Nights music series.

6f61d66e7a11def5205f82e129113afcAccording to Harlem Stage Assistant Director of Programming Simone Eccleston says, “As an institution committed to commissioning and presenting innovative works by artists of color it was important for us to provide Robert the platform and resources needed to bring his creative vision to life. With such an extraordinary ensemble of all-stars in tribute to such a monumental musical figure it will be exciting to hear him explore and transform Wonder’s music and use it a source of inspiration.”

Harlem Stage’s education programs each year provide 10,000 New York City children with access to a world of diverse cultures through the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened ­the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse – in an abandoned space that was once the source of fresh water flowing to New York City, and is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. For more information, visit www.harlemstage.org.

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Maison Harlem: A French Bistro in New York

3459eb7312f3777d58645282001b1446With a clever mixture of a little bit of France and a lot of Harlem, Maison Harlem is a restaurant that you definitely have to visit when coming to New York City. Located in the heart of West Harlem at 341 St. Nicholas Avenue (at the corner of 127th and St. Nicholas), the décor is quaint and cozy. It is just one of the newest editions to a neighborhood that has such a rich history and thriving community.

The restaurant features a charming rustic interior that perfectly complements the mouth-watering French Bistro style menu and superb wine selection.
While having lunch there with a friend, I decided to try the Chicken Paillard, which consisted of breaded chicken breast with tarragon sauce and frisee salad. My friend chose the grilled salmon with lemon caper sauce on a bed of ratatouille. The food was beautifully prepared, deliciously seasoned and savory to the tongue. Since we were quite full from the dish, we chose not to have dessert, but the choices they offered almost made us reconsider.

Maison Harlem is just a little over two months old and is run by two food- and wine-loving French New Yorkers, Romain Bonnans and Samuel Thiam. Samuel grew up in Paris, where restaurants were a family business and he moved to the United States to pursue a dancing career. With a creative mind, he always stayed connected to his deeply-rooted passion for the art of French food. Romain, from Toulouse, France, is an amazing chef now living in NYC with his family. As a successful owner/co-owner of three other restaurants in NYC, he understands what it takes to create the perfect gastronomic experience. The two partners met in New York, realized that they shared a vision, and the Maison Harlem concept took flight.

The beautifully designed restaurant offers an incredible bright and airy space with lots of exposed brick and a comfortable and enjoyable ambiance. I have the say that my experience was very pleasant and delightful. The staff was very attentive and the food was divine and tantalizingly. I am definitely going to spread the word to others about this new jewel of Harlem. It promises to be an exciting part of the neighborhood for a long time to come. Check out out the website at Maison Harlem.

Join African-American Women In Cinema Holiday Celebration at Colors in NYC

4d77e4757c6664e92cac7edaef09edbfOn Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM, AAWIC will be hosting a holiday celebration and networking event. Come meet and connect with industry professionals and enjoy the holiday season! The event will take place at the world renown COLORS Restaurant formed by former workers of the World Trade Center “Windows of the World” who survived 9-11 and are known for their culinary traditions of 22 countries.

This event will be hosted by Stuart Wrede (Co-Founding Partner of Wrede Vainshtein Management and Film Producer) Event Honorary Chairman, Brad Carpenter (Producer, Nurse Jackie, HBO’s Bored To Death)

Tickets are only available on-line! There will be no tickets sold at the door!

An invitation for AAWIC Holiday Celebration

Location:
Colors Restaurant
417 Lafayette Street
New York, New York 10003

Start date:
Wed, Dec 19, 2012 6:30 PM
Duration: 2 hours

Ticket Price $25.00 (Includes Light Refreshments and beverages). Net proceeds will be donated to the victums of Sandy.

To purchase tickets or make a donation, please click below: www.ticketriver.com/event/5555-african-american-women-in-cinema-celebration!

About AAWIC

AAWIC is dedicated to providing a platform and showcase for aligning experienced and novice filmmakers, directors, producers, screenwriters and actors. It is the goal of AAWIC to give artistic women a path to fulfilling their dreams through showcasing their talents, exposure to peers’ interaction, and mentoring by established professionals.

Our Mission

Our goal is to expand, explore and create opportunities for minority women filmmakers within the entertainment industry through: Enlightenment, Entertainment, Education and Enterprise.

UBC-TV Network launches with first national live broadcast of ABA Basketball

38x92g5winb12dk5igd6The Urban Broadcasting Network (UBC-TV) will officially launch on Saturday night, December 8, 2012. UBC-TV Network is a new urban lifestyle cable network that has national cable and satellite deals in place that enables its programming to be seen in over 50 million households. UBC-TV Network will produce original content that will be distributed over multiple platforms which will include cable, VOD, online, set-top boxes, mobile, wireless-devices, social media and other platforms.

The first program broadcast by UBC-TV will be a broadcast of the American Basketball Association game featuring league power The Jersey Express vs. The Connecticut Topballerz on December 8th at 8PM live from Centenary College Reeves Gymnasium, 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ. The broadcast will launch the network and is the first of a minimum ten game schedule of ABA games to be broadcast on the network, making history as it marks the first time the famed ABA will have its games broadcast live on national television.

In keeping with the spirit of the fabled ABA that gave the world the 3 point shot, the shot clock, the red, white & blue basketball and basketball legends like Moses Malone, George “The Iceman” Gervin and Julius “Dr. J” Erving the UBC ABA game broadcasts will feature halftime concerts, celebrities in a special interview lounge and more. The slogan of the ABA is “more than just a game” and the broadcasts of the ABA on UBC-TV will be more than a regular basketball game telecast. Saturday’s broadcast will feature a performance of the National Anthem by former NBA guard Kareem Rush, halftime performances from up and coming artist Anthem and The UBC MIX Dancers plus appearances from Boxing great “Sugar” Shane Mosley, NASCAR’s only black female driver Tia Northfleet, R&B star Ray J and more.

“The ABA televised games will establish a new paradigm in professional sports television with the true fusion of musical entertainment with sports,” stated UBC-TV CEO Peggy Dodson. ,” Joe Newman, ABA CEO, added “UBC-TV has put together a programming format that should have huge appeal combining entertainment, news and sports with an “out of the box” approach that will make it a very popular network with a diverse audience of people of all ages. We are very pleased to be a part of it and will make watching ABA games a very enjoyable experience.”

The excitement kicks off with the first broadcast this Saturday, December 8th at 8PM. The UBC-TV broadcast of The ABA and its subsequent programming will be available nationally on Direct TV channel 63 or 895, DISH Network channel 63 or 8115 and throughout throughout the Northeast on Time Warner Cable channel 63, Verizon FIOS channel 18, RCN channel 19, Cablevision channel 20 & NuVisions channel 78. Check your local listings for the channel in your area or call your cable carrier and ask for UBC-TV Network and ABA Basketball. You can also watch the LIVE Stream of all the ABA Basketball games Online through www.ubctvnetwork.com

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The Annual “KIDS R PEOPLE TOO!” Showcase in New York

KRP2_inviteEach year, the annual “Kids R People Too!” event pays homage to the wonderful world of childhood by showcasing the talent of emerging young artists.   This year thee show consists of a Runway Fashion show, dance battle and Christmas Toy drive.  The show is alive with colorful art, vivacious music, and original fashions displayed in the exhilarating runway show. The event is a tribute to children and the child advocacy programs that contribute to the “Kids R People Too!” organization. The event will also raise awareness of cerebral brain aneurysm research for kids as well as adults.

“This show is designed to bring a child’s eye to the arts and to show that children’s self-awareness can be stimulated by fashion, music and art; to create a beautiful atmosphere and raise the consciousness of kid power in the worlds of fashion, music, and art” said Tai Chunn of MVC Management Productions. “We wanted to do a theme-based show to add to the overall excitement of the event.”

The Show, produced by MVCManagement Productions Inc., will be held on Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at Chelsea Piers, 300 New York, Pier 60, 23rd and West Side Highway at 3 PM.  All press and celebrity inquiries, contact Monique Tatum at mtatum@beautifulplanning.com 

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Harlem Stage’s WaterWorks Program presents a Musical Tribute to Stevie Wonder

113dbb6faad6c28676359f52b39602e1Harlem Stage has presented some of the most memorable events over the years and this season is no different. Robert Glasper and Special Guests Present The World Premiere of “Songs in the Key of Life,” a Musical Tribute to Stevie Wonder, Commissioned by Harlem Stage’s WaterWorks Program on Thursday- Friday, December 13-14. The Robert Glasper Experiment, Lalah Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Stokley (from Mint Condition), Questlove and Many More Take Icon’s Music to “Higher Ground”

Pianist Robert Glasper, whose Grammy-nominated “Black Radio” raised his profile this year and took his cross-pollination experiments to proud new heights, closes Harlem Stage’s Fall Season December 13-14 with “Songs in the Key of Life,” a star-studded tribute to the music of cultural icon Stevie Wonder. It is the third “WaterWorks” commission Harlem Stage is presenting as part of its 30th anniversary celebration and its acclaimed Uptown Nights music series.

Glasper – who has accompanied the likes of Maxwell and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and employed many soul and hip-hop stars on his own critically-acclaimed albums and shows – will share the stage with several exemplary musicians & vocalists from the worlds of R&B, soul, hip-hop and jazz: including his own The Robert Glasper Experiment with drummer Mark Colenburg, bassist Derrick Hodge and saxophonist Casey Benjamin (who have backed Grammy winners and high profile artists such as Common, Chrisette Michelle, Q-Tip, Kanye West, and Lauryn Hill ); drummer Questlove (from the Roots; Thursday show only); and singers Lalah Hathaway (daughter of Donny Hathaway known as “the first daughter of soul”), Eric Roberson (a multi Grammy-nominated singer in his own right) and Stokley (from Mint Condition, an acclaimed R&B band with numerous Top Ten hits).

“Songs in the Key of Life” will be “one of the coolest live shows,” says Glasper, whose debut appearance at Harlem Stage in 2010 was as part of a tribute produced by Revive Music Group, honoring fusion trailblazer Roy Ayers. “Stevie is one pop artist every jazz musician has to take seriously. He has a knack for turning complex songs into deceptively simple radio hits but we are going to dig deep into his nearly half-century-wide catalog. Glasper also praises Harlem Stage for its support in developing “Songs in the Key of Life” adding, “Ever since I moved from Houston to New York in 1997 I’ve heard about Harlem Stage and how many amazing people have played there. To be able to pay homage to great musical minds like Stevie on that stage means a lot.”

Harlem Stage Assistant Director of Programming Simone Eccleston says, “As an institution committed to commissioning and presenting innovative works by artists of color it was important for us to provide Robert the platform and resources needed to bring his creative vision to life. With such an extraordinary ensemble of all-stars in tribute to such a monumental musical figure it will be exciting to hear him explore and transform Wonder’s music and use it a source of inspiration.”

The world premiere of “Songs in the Key of Life” is December 13 and 14, 2012. with two sets each night at 7:30pm and 10pm. Performances are at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue (@ W. 135th St). Cabaret seating with food and drink for sale. Tickets are $45 (Table seating); and $25 (Bench Seating)

On Friday, December 14, a 6:30 pm pre-performance discussion with Glasper will be moderated by Andre Torres, Editor-in-Chief of Wax Poetics.

ABOUT HARLEM STAGE

Over 30 years, Harlem Stage has become one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through the commissioning and presenting of challenging, relevant and topical performances by artists of color and bringing them to socially conscious audiences in the communities it serves. Harlem Stage has a long-standing tradition of supporting such artists — around the corner and across the globe — including legends such as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Bill T. Jones, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Tania León, Carl Hancock Rux, Nora Chipaumire and Jason Moran. Its education programs each year provide 10,000 New York City children with access to a world of diverse cultures through the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened ­the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse – in an abandoned space that was once the source of fresh water flowing to New York City, and is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. For more information, visit www.harlemstage.org.

30th Anniversary Sponsors

Harlem Stage’s 30th Anniversary Season Lead Sponsor is Time Warner, Inc. with additional support from American Airlines, Arts Engine/Media That Matters, Black Documentary Collective, Vinnette J. Carroll Fund, The City College of New York, Columbia University, The Council of the City of New York, The Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, The Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation, Maison Française Columbia University, Manhattan Beer Distributors, MAPP International, MetLife Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, SHS Foundation, Target, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Corporation, Urban Word NYC, Reginald Van Lee, The Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall, and Yamaha.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media review tickets are available. For more information, to schedule interviews or to reserve media review tickets, please contact Goodman Media for Harlem Stage atHarlemStage@goodmanmedia.com or 212-576-2700.

Celebrate “Holidays at the Apollo”With Programs for Audiences of All Ages

Holiday Highlights

Coca-Cola Winter WonderlandApollo2011– Free Event
Saturday, December 15th – 2pm -6pm

Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special featuring Apollo Stars of Tomorrow with Guest Artist The OMG Girlz
Saturday, December 15th -7:30pm

Sweet Honey In The Rock: Celebrating The Holydays
Thursday, December 20th – 8pm

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night
Friday, December 28th at 7:30pm

(Harlem, NY)— This December, the Apollo Theater will present a series of holiday programs designed to celebrate family, culture, music, comedy and community. Throughout its legendary history, the Apollo has consistently been a model of innovation and excellence, and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the nation. This year’s holiday programming represents the range and vibrancy of the Theater’s artistic offerings.

Saturday, December 15th – 2pm -6pm
Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland
Before the show, the Apollo and Coca-Cola are partnering to bring the magic of the Holiday season to Harlem. Under the Apollo’s iconic marquee, Coca-Cola will offer a variety of holiday-themed activities and performances free and open to the public. The festivities include picture taking with Santa Claus, giveaways and performances by two of New York City’s best choirs, ARC Gospel Choir and Refining Faith. Additionally, in the spirit of giving, the Apollo will be a designated location for a toy drive benefiting HELPUSA, a non-profit dedicated to providing housing and the supportive services necessary for the homeless. Hosted by Billy Mitchell, Apollo Theater historian and tour director. This event is free and open to the public

Saturday, December 15th -7:30pm
Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special featuring Apollo Stars of Tomorrow With Guest Artists the OMG Girlz
The legendary Apollo Theater lights up this holiday season with the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special, the 3rd Annual event under its signature program Amateur Night, showcasing recent winners of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category. Featuring an incredibly talented array of instrumentalists, singers and dancers from ages 8-18, this program captures the spirit of young performers all hoping to follow in the footsteps of Apollo Legends like Michael Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald, whose careers were launched on the stage of the Apollo. Sponsored by Coca-Cola Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special will be hosted by Capone.

Stars of Tomorrow Performers include: Solomon Hicks, Arianna Dempsey, Tiffany Obi, Austin Paul, Jr., Lianah St. Ana, Andrew Malabunga, Matthew Whitaker, Hannah Richardson, The Midas Touch, Mirei Tohyama and Michael Woodard.

Special Guest Artist: The OMG Girlz is a teenage girl singing group whose current members include Bahja “Beauty” Rodriguez, Breaunna “Baby Doll” W. and Zonnique “Star” Pullins. The group was formed by Grammy Award winning Singer/Songwriter, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, formerly of the multi-platinum girl group, Xscape. The OMG Girlz have quickly risen in popularity with their hit “Gucci This (Gucci That)” and have been featured on BET’s 106 & Park and as part of the Scream Tour with Diggy Simmons in 2011.

Tickets are $19, $25 and $29. Groups & families (4 or more): $9.50, $12.50, and $14.50. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253
West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets on Sale Now!

Thursday, December 20th – 8pm
Sweet Honey In The Rock: Celebrating The Holydays
This internationally renowned all-female a capella ensemble, will star in a one-of-a-kind holiday season concert on the legendary Apollo stage! Sweet Honey In The Rock will celebrate music from many faiths and religions around the globe through stunning vocals rooted in the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions. With American spirituals, Latin, Chinese, African and Hebrew influences, this program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa. This concert marks the first time this Grammy Award winning troupe, will headline at the Apollo. In 2009, Sweet Honey In The Rock performed as part of an African American cultural legacy festival.

Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Shirley Childress Saxton (American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter ) comprise the current ensemble. The group has incorporated ASL into their live performances since the early ’80s.

Tickets are $25, $45, $65 and $75 Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000,
http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Friday, December 28th at 7:30pm
Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night
The Apollo Theater celebrates Kwanzaa with its popular annual show, featuring the
renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance
Theatre, guest performances by the Songhai Djeli and Flute Visions and Queen
GodIs and members of the Harlem Children’s Zone/Forces of Nature’s Youth Academy. Since 2006, the Apollo has established an annual show to celebrate this holiday tradition on one day of the Kwanzaa holiday. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community, and culture. Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company, Regeneration Night Kwanzaa Celebration has become a fun and affordable Apollo tradition for the entire family. Hosted by radio personality Imhotep Gary Byrd.

Tickets are $16; Groups (5 or more): $13. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000,
http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Apollo Theater Information
Box Office Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday – 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday – 12:00 pm – 6:00pm

About the Apollo Theater

The Apollo is a national treasure that has had significant impact on the development of American culture and its popularity around the world.  Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in cultivating artists and in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop.  Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo’s stage. The Apollo Theater’s new artistic vision builds on its legacy.  New Apollo programming has music as its core, driving large scale and more intimate music, dance and theater presentations.  The Apollo will continue to present historically relevant presentations, as well as more forward-looking, contemporary work. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.

Holidays at the Apollo is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company.  Additional support for the Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night provided by Macys.

 

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