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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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