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Friday, April 1, 2011

AILEY II’S DYNAMIC DANCERS

Arts & Theater: Ailey II, the youthful and gifted second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will return to its home, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, for a highly anticipated two-week season featuring 14 exciting performances from April 6-17. Comment.

Adolescent angst and sibling rivalry

Movies: Geeky Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) has resigned himself to returning to Westmore Middle School after spending most of the sixth grade getting picked-on by bullies. At least the scrawny, 98-pound weakling and his beefier best friend, Rowley (Robert Capron), have buried the hatchet, even if they remain social outcasts as they start the seventh. Comment.

Majestic portraits of Ethiopians

Arts & Theater: On LaGuardia Place and W. 3rd St. in Manhattan, the windows of NYU’s student center frame 13 majestic and iconic portraits of “Stars of Ethiopia,” photographs created by Chester Higgins Jr. These large-scale portraits are on exhibit until May 1. Comment.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Music: Jazz As part of the 2011 Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Brooklyn Public library, Dweck Center, Eastern Parkway at Flatbush Ave., presents Drumming Workshop with Candido & Friends, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., featuring Candido’s Brithday Jam with The Arturo O’Farrill Quintet at 7:00 p.m., Admission free. For information, call (718) 230-2100. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American: The Bill Hicks Story (Unrated) Still photo-animated bio-pic about Bill Hicks (1962-1994) narrated by 10 of the friends and family members who knew the late comedian the best. Comment.

Marvel with the Marvelettes

Music: Paula Anderson, lead singer for the Marvelettes, took time out of her busy schedule to talk to this journalist about her upcoming show at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts as the opening act for Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Revue on Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. Comments (5).

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hassle-free suppers to savor

Food: When there’s a chill in the air, cozy up to the table with dishes that feed the soul as well as the stomach. This melt-in-your-mouth Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Onions is a complete dinner with very little fuss. A bowl of Broccoli, Bacon and Cheddar Chowder makes a hearty lunch or simple dinner in no time. And this recipe for Quick and Healthy Potato Casserole serves up a creamy, comforting side dish from the microwave in minutes. Comment.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Venue Change for Town Hall Meeting Assemblyman William Scarborough will be holding a Water Board Town Hall at the next 29th AD Task Force Meeting instead of at the usual last Saturday of the month, focusing on how water bills are computed for residential users & six computers will be set up to access account information. Open to all residents; bring water bills to discuss problems & issues. Meeting will be held at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club, 197-01 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, Queens, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. For more information, call the District Office at (718) 732-5412. Comment.

Meddling reporter/detective wannabe

Books: ‘Good Lord, if that woman gets into one more car with one more gangster I’m gonna throw this book across the room!’ the reviewer thought when reporter/detective wannabe Lanie Price did the above yet again. Price is the heroine of the ongoing series of mystery/crime novels by Persia Walker but getting in cars with thugs is the least of Lanie’s problems in this latest page turner. Comment.

Bluesman Pinetop Perkins dead at 97

Music: Legendary bluesman and master piano player Pinetop Perkins died on Monday, March 21 at his home in Austin, TX. Comment.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

AFRICAN MUSIC EXPLODES

Music: African music, from the traditional to cutting edge is taking hold in New York as evidenced by the number of new venues embracing it. Below are listings from a few that have caught our attention. Comment.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Reggae star Smiley Culture dies at 48

Music: The untimely death of reggae star Smiley Culture has been the topic of many conversations since police there released information that the cause was self-inflicted by a knife. Reportedly police were conducting a drug raid at his east Surrey home in England when the tragedy occurred. Comment.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Annette I. Smith launches ‘Etched’

Books: Literati, family, friends, co-workers and proud Bajans including Consul General Lennox Price were on hand for the March 11 book launch of Annette I. Smith’s novel, “Etched” at the Barbados Consulate. Comment.

Jazzing it up with Carlos Garnett

Music: The 12th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival welcomes the return to Brooklyn of jazz great, tenor saxophonist Carlos Garnett. The Carlos Garnett Quintet will perform at the Gala Concert on Saturday, April 2, 2011 in Boys And Girls High School Auditorium, 1700 Fulton St. in the Bedford Stuyvesant section. Comment.

N.Y. Garifuna group to honor Vincentian author

Books: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition U.S.A, Inc. says it will honor Vincentian author Trish St. Hill with the Garifuna Heritage Award during its Second Annual Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night on Mar. 26 at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture in the Bronx. Comment.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Disgraced vet gets shot at redemption

Movies: Between an apocalyptic plotline and a $100+ million budget, it’s no wonder that “Battle: L.A.” is being touted as the first summer blockbuster of 2011. Forget the fact that it’s still winter, from the breathtaking panoramas to the bombastic pyrotechnics to the eye-popping special f/x to the mob scenes of mass hysteria, this film is filled with fixings which just scream 4th of July weekend. Comment.

Shameful chapter in U.S. medicine

Books: Anybody who thinks that the medical establishment’s secret exploitation of African-Americans in the name of science ended with the notorious Tuskegee Experiment of 1932 has another thing coming. Those familiar with the book Medical Apartheid are well aware that such nefarious practices have persisted to the present. Comment.

Classique Dance Group visits U.S.

Arts & Theater: Guyana-based Classique Dance Group nailed it during an impressive performance at the ninth Guyana Folk Festival in Brooklyn, attracting the attention of New York’s John Keen Douglas dance theatre that invited the group to return for a workshop in the City. Comments (1).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It’s Italian Night!

Food: Turn a boring weeknight meal into an Italian feast your whole family will truly appreciate. Comment.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Artist Talk The Carter Burden Center for the Aging’s Gallery 307, 307 Seventh Ave., Ste. 1401, N.Y., is hosting an Artist Talk with 76-year-old artist Sara Petitt discussing her solo exhibit: Photographs: Cuba & India 2010, featuring photographs from her travels on exhibit thru 3/24, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $10; space limited; RSVP to cinellij@burdencntr.org to reserve spot. Payment may be made at the door. Comment.

Friday, March 11, 2011

HIGH DRAMA IN ‘FENCES’

Arts & Theater: It was a cold night (10 degrees) in January about 6:00 p.m. as I made my way to the neighborhood senior high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Boys and Girls High School). My youngest daughter graduated from this school in 1989. She is currently a lawyer and married mother in Birmingham, Alabama. I also know a talented young man who is currently employed by my wife, Angela. Not only did he graduate from “The High” in 1988, but he graduated from New York City College of Technology of CUNY (Formerly known as New York City Technical College) with two degrees in design. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 0s & 1s (Unrated) Digital Age comedy about a yuppie (Morgan Krantz) who’s so dependent on his computer that his life starts to come apart at the seams when he discovers after a night of partying that someone has stolen his laptop. With Jeremy Blackman, Ryan Reyes and Hannah Hunt. Comment.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day in the life of grief-stricken caregiver

Books: For some reason, most movies aimed at African-American audiences tend to be either over-the-top comedies or morality plays too melodramatic in tone to be taken very seriously. Flying in the face of that trend is “I Will Follow,” one of those refreshingly rare treats, which simply presents Black folks in a recognizably realistic fashion, ala such similarly understated classics as “Eve’s Bayou” (1997), “Nothing But a Man” (1964) and “The Visit” (2000). Comment.

Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys

Books: St. Francis College and the Manhattan Institute present a talk by social critic Kay S. Hymowitz on her new book, Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, on Monday, Apr. 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the college’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education. Comment.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Springtime celebrations

Food: Spring is full of celebrations and rich traditions that bring the family around the table for special meals. A savory leg of lamb or a dish with succulent lamb loin chops is a delicious way to enjoy a flavorful meal, no matter the occasion. Comment.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Harlem Arts Alliance calls for submissions 

Arts & Theater: Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) is now accepting submissions from visual artists for the Harlem Artz, Rootz & Rhythm Festival 2011 promotional poster and schedule. Comment.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

SOUTH AFRICAN HARMONIES

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2010-2011 World Stages series Comment.

‘It’s All Jazz’ in Brooklyn

Music: On Wednesday, March 2, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium for a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall announcing the 12th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival to run April 1-30. Comment.

Haitian author reflects on revolutions

Books: The writer spoke with author Edwidge Danticat bare minutes after the abdication of Hosni Mubarak, and the Haitian born author found some interesting parallels between the revolutions that threw out the Egyptian strongman and the ghastly Duvalier regime in Haiti. Comment.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 3 Backyards (R for sexuality) Ensemble drama revolving around an eventful day-in-the-life of a trio of suburban New Yorkers: A miserably-married businessman (Elias Koteas) who meets a mysterious woman (Danai Gurira); a housewife (Edie Falco) who gives a famous actress (Embeth Davidtz) a ride to the ferry, and an eight-year-old girl (Rachel Resheff) who encounters a pervert (Wesley Broulik) on her way to school. Comment.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Black-white pairing proves combustible

Movies: Seventeen years ago, Mac (Michael Joiner) and Sara McDonald (Joy Parmer Moore) were left devastated by the loss of a child who died while a crime was being committed. But where Sara’s grief led her to focus on the needs of their surviving son (Robert Erickson), her embittered husband lost his faith and gradually grew emotionally estranged from the rest of the family. Comment.

Orchid Exhibition at Botanical Gardens

Arts & Theater: From March 5 through April 25, orchids take center stage at The New York Botanical Garden in a dazzling display created by Tony award-winning set designer Scott Pask, image-maker Drew Hodges and Botanical Garden curators. Comment.
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