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Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

DISRUPTIVE ARTISTS

Music: A new season is in session. The Harlem Stage performing arts theater has announced their lineup for their spring season, which started on Jan. 16 and kicked off with “Ella! A Centennial Celebration.” The new season has several shows and even some free forthcoming performances and workshops. Comment

Harlem lounge partners with Broadway show

Food: They’re going more Caribbean! A Harlem eatery is introducing a new menu inspired by Caribbean cuisine. The owners of Cove Lounge joined a partnership with the Broadway revival of the musical “Once on This Island.” As an official partner for the show, starting Feb. 1 the restaurant is adding new Caribbean dishes and drinks to their menu, said the co-owner. Comment

Safaree to receive ‘Blue & Bougie Impact Award’

Music: Hard work, a will to succeed and not being afraid of taking chances is helping Brooklyn based, Jamaican rapper Safaree succeed in the entertainment business. On Sunday, Feb. 18, Safaree will be presented with the “Blue & Bougie Impact Award” at Mingles Cafe, in the Bronx, New York for the fascinating year he had in 2017. Comment

Fellowships for East Brooklyn artists

Arts & Theater: An East New York-based art organization has announced a $16,000 fellowship for Brooklyn artists. ART’s East New York (AENY) is introducing the The Van Lier [re]Activate Fellowship as part of their ReNew Lots project for artists and artisans living in eastern Brooklyn. Comment

Revival of “Once on this Island” on Broadway

Arts & Theater: The revival of the 1990’s musical “Once on this Island,” is the sole Caribbean-based show currently on Broadway. It returned to the stage in December, close to three decades after its first run. It is a one of a kind production and its rebooted comeback is even more exciting, said the show’s marketing partner. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

It’s not all black and white

Books: It’s all there in front of you. Plain as day. Plain as the nose on your face with nothing left to tell, it’s all in black and white — or is it? When it comes to racism, says author Ijeoma Oluo, it’s complicated and in her new book “So You Want to Talk about Race,” there may be shades of gray. Comment

Is Chutney out of place in Carnival?

Arts & Theater: When people get angry, they tend to speak their mind. Their emotions explode in words that they have been suppressing for some time. Psychologist Dr Jeffrey Huntsinger proved this theory after conducting experiments at Loyala University in Chicago in the USA in 2012. Comment

Biopic on disgraced olympic skater fails to impress

Movies: On Jan. 6, 1994, while waiting to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship competition, top-ranked Nancy Kerrigan’s (Caitlin Carver) knee was smashed by a billy club-wielding hit man named Shane Stant (Ricky Russert). After the cowardly attack in the halls of Detroit’s Cobo arena, the assailant quickly escaped with the help of a waiting getaway car driven by Derrick Smith (Anthony Reynolds). Comment

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Delirium (R for violence and disturbing images) Harrowing horror flick about a just-discharged mental patient (Topher Grace) who inherits a haunted house from his recently-deceased parents (Robin Thomas and Daisy McCrackin). With Patricia Clarkson, Genesis Rodriguez and Callan Mulvey. Comment

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

SISTAS

The Musical now in its seventh year

Music: With the arrival of 2018, the long-running smash SISTAS: The Musical had its seventh New Year’s celebration at St. Luke’s Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District. Comment

Book Review: ‘Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations about Retirement Romance, Wrinkles and Regret.’

Books: Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore have written a tome that delves into different ways of looking at life after retirement, about the onset of wrinkles, and other aspects of what some call the golden years. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

REBEL SALUTE

Music: Rebel Salute, Jamaica’s iconic concert series, will stage its 25th annual showcase on a plantation in the parish of St. Ann on Jan. 12 and 13 Comment

Artists of color head to Harlem

Music: Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for more than 30 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2018 season of performances. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Frederick Douglass’ story too important to miss

Books: You’re not backing down. There’s a line in the sand and nobody’s crossing it on your watch. When something isn’t right and you can fix it, you’re going to defend it, too, even if it costs you. As you’ll see in “Facing Frederick ” by Tonya Bolden, if you lived in the mid-1800s, you’d be in good company. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

Revolution in history: Jamaican author profiles ten influential guerilla figures

Books: If there is one thing you will learn from history — it’s that it repeats itself. Those are the words author Peter Polack says in reference to his forthcoming book “Guerrilla Warfare: The Revolution Kings.” In his book, Polack profiles 10 guerilla leaders of various backgrounds, who were influential in changing the scope of many countries across the globe. He says a look back into the men who headed these revolts can help indicate where the world is going. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game (R for profanity and sexuality) Baby-daddy comedy about a couple of childless retirees’ (Martin Landau and Paul Sorvino) competition to convince a nurse (Maria Dizzia) that he’s her long-lost father. With Pamela Dubin, Alexander Cook and Kayla Harrity. Comment

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