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The 2016 Spring Gala at The Apollo Theater

On Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7pm, The Apollo Theater held it’s annual Spring Gala. This year, the gala featured a star-studded line up for its 11th Annual Spring Gala—its biggest fundraising event of the year. The concert portion of the evening featured performances by legendary R&B group, The O’Jays, and rising star Leon Bridges and Andra Day and was hosted by LL COOL J.

8dba700a2f48429504d4daaf5ab302f2The Apollo Theater is a launching pad for up-and-coming artists through programs like Amateur Night, Apollo Music Café, and the new Apollo Comedy Club and, at this year’s Spring Gala; we’re excited not only to showcase the legends that have paved the way, but to also give a platform to the voices and talent of today. In addition to artistic programming and initiatives, our annual Spring Gala helps to support our educational programs that help nurture the creative spirit of music and culture in Harlem and across the world,” stated Jonelle Procope, president & CEO of The Apollo Theater.

Each year at the Spring Gala, the Apollo also recognizes a corporation for its outstanding philanthropy and community leadership. This year’s recipient of the Corporate Award is Viacom. Philippe Dauman, executive chairman, president and CEO of Viacom, will accept on behalf of the organization. The Award portion of the evening will be hosted by Jonelle Procope with the Corporate Award being presented by Charles Phillips.

Mr. Dauman said, “It is a great honor to accept the corporate award for community leadership from an institution as legendary as the Apollo Theater. Our organizations share a deep commitment to advancing creative voices in American culture and honoring African-American artists, and Viacom applauds their outstanding work.”

Apollo Theater CEO Jonelle Procope and Entertainment exec Richard Parsons.

Apollo Theater CEO Jonelle Procope and Entertainment exec Richard Parsons.

The Theater also announced that it will induct the one and only Prince into its Walk of Fame in honor of his incomparable contributions to music over the course of 40 years.

Prince joins previous Apollo Walk of Fame inductees—all legendary musicians, artists, and entertainers whose paths to fame included the Apollo, including: Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard and Ella Fitzgerald. Inductees are honored with a plaque on the Apollo Walk of Fame, installed under the Theater’s iconic marquee on 125th Street.

Procope states, “The Apollo family was of course, devastated to hear about the loss of Prince. He is, hands down, one of the greatest artists of all time – an absolute genius – and his relationship with the Apollo dates back to 1993. Over the years, we’ve been honored to host him, whether for a seminal New York performance or as a guest in our audience, so we are beyond thrilled to kick off this year’s Spring Gala by inducting him into the Apollo Walk of Fame.”

The Apollo Spring Gala began with a special ceremony to induct legendary recording artist Prince into the Apollo Walk of Fame which was held that afternoon, and continued with red carpet arrivals followed by an award ceremony and a concert with Musical Director Ray Chew (Dancing with the Stars) at the helm. The evening also included special tributes to the trailblazing artists that have been lost in 2016. The night culminated with a much buzzed about after party held in a stylish tent created by celebrity event planner and Apollo board member Bronson van Wyck. This year’s after party featured a special Let’s Go Crazy Dance Tribute with DJ D-Nice spinning a dedicated set to the sounds of Prince’s diverse and extensive catalogue.

The 2016 Spring Gala event was a massive success with each year being as great as the next. For more information on the Apollo Theater, visit their website. You can also keep up with events via social media through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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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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Knox Gallery – More Artistic Treasures in Harlem, New York

Harlem is always known for its history, music and art. You can live here for years and one day walks down a specific street and see something new. Like most of  New York City it is all constantly changing with new and exciting restaurants, stores, etc.

If you are looking for a place to go for some spectacular art exhibit, walk over to 129 th Street near Leno Avenue and you will find Knox Gallery.

Knox Gallery is an exclusive exhibition space that displays the work of emerging and established fine artists of high quality and unique perspectives. Knox offers to serious collectors and art lovers the opportunity to participate in art experiences, to dialogue with the artists, and to purchase fine works at affordable prices. Our calendar has a list of selected artists, chosen for their well-seasoned and eccentric styles.

Knox specializes in showcasing the work of artists whose work reaches beyond the boundaries of the mainstream, focusing on different branches of contemporary art. These can include installations, conceptual art, visionary, esoteric and spiritually-inclined art, and art of the just cause.

The Gallery also features the artwork of Ms. Myra LaSister on permanent installation. Her work on display is from the archives of her original paintings dating back to the 1960’s. In this tasteful installation Myra’s son, Charles Knox LaSister, Chairman of the Board of Knox Gallery, pays homage to his mother. Entering the main gallery rooms at the top of the stairs, visitors will enjoy the wide-open and spacious, contemporary renovation. The atmosphere is charming, like a miniature ballroom with beautifully lit artwork as its intended dancers. Viewers will have plenty of space to move about as they freely flow from room to room.

Knox Gallery has a welcoming and homey feeling, yet its look is polished and elegant. The gallery finds its home in a beautiful brownstone on a tree-lined street in historic Central Harlem, in close proximity to public transportation. Open for special events and by appointment only: We look forward to your visit!

Check out the website at: http://knoxgallery.com/index.htm

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Attending the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC

Lights! Camera! Action! The Tribeca Film Festival has begun in Manhattan. The festivals dates are: April 18, 2012 and run through April 29, 2012.

Many celebrities and high profile individuals are in New York City to celebrate the festival. The exciting thing about this year is this marks the 10th year of the event. Tribeca Film Festival was started by Academy Award winning actor, Robert De Niro and his business/producing partner Jane Rosenthal in 2002. The festival was created as a result of the effects on business in downtown New York following the September 11,2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The actor felt that this was a way to rebuild downtown NY and excite all New Yorkers along with the Entertainment community.

Tribeca Film Festival has now become of the many large festivals in the world along with Toronto, Cannes, Venice, Sundance among others. With the festival now 5 days into the festivities, there is still time to catch some great movies, events and panels. Click here for the more information.

If you happen to be in New York and have the time, take a moment to checking something out and be a part of these exciting events.

And if you think you can’t afford the festival, there is good news. There are many free events you can attend. Check out the Tribeca Film Festival event guide.

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