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Community Calendar

Welcome to WHCR’s Monthly Community Calendar!

Keeping you abreast of events in Harlem and throughout the tri-state area.   If you have an event you’d like to place on our Community Calendar, please call 212-650-7481. Submissions must be made 3 to 4 weeks prior to the event.


November 2018 Events


On Friday, November 2nd from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Manhattan School of Music’s Jazz Orchestra, led by guest conductor and arranger John Beasley will perform a tribute to musical powerhouse Quincy Jones. A master inventor of musical hybrids, Quincy Jones has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African, and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing many mediums, including records, live performances, movies and television. This concert will take place at Harlem Stage at the Gate House, located at 150 Convent Avenue. For more information call 212- 281-9240.


On Friday, November 2nd at 12:00pm

Harlem Grown will offer an hourlong hands-on garden tour.  Participants will learn about hydroponics, soil-based farming, composting and sample some fresh greens. Participants will also learn about the community effort to transform an overgrown and abandoned garden filled with trash, into an urban agriculture.  The tour will take place at 118 West 134th Street. For more information call 212-870-0113.


On Friday November 2nd at 7:30pm

Master percussionist and Grammy Award nominee Wilson “Chembo” Corniel will join Grammy Award nominee William Cepeda and the Redobles De Cultura Afro-Rican Bomba Collective to perform in the Descendants Concert. The evening will be filled with diverse musical expressions from the Island Culture. The concert will take place at Aaron Davis Hall, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd). For more information call 917-275-6975.


On Saturday, November 3rd & Sunday, November 4th from 2pm-7pm

The Mackey Twins Art Gallery Presents For My People: Life, Love & Activism. This art show will feature sculptures and paintings for sale by the renowned artist the late Elizabeth Catlett. Catlett was an African-American graphic artist and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century. The female experience was often her focus. The Mackey Twins Art Gallery is located at 457 East Sidney Avenue (Off North Columbus Avenue) in Mt. Vernon, NY. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call (917) 643-8266.


On Saturday, November 3rd from 12 noon to 6:30pm

The TauiNetwork is hosting an open house. There will be free I Ching spiritual readings for the first 10 people to arrive between 11:30am and 12:30pm. The open house will also offer classes on Qi-Gong, the original Ancient Kundalini Yoga and preparation for the Winter Solstice. There is also healthy vegan cuisine available for sale. The Taui Network is located at 982 Clarkson Ave & Remsen St. in Brooklyn.  For more information call 718-469-3199 or visit www.TauiNetwork.com


On Friday, November 9th at 7:00pm 

There will be a reading of the play “The Fire of Freedom” by Howard Craft, directed by Pat Floyd, performed by Beethoven Oden. The play is about Abraham H. Galloway who lived from 1837 to 1870. Galloway who was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. He later became one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature. This reading will take place at the Castillo Theatre, located at 543 W 42nd Street. There is a small suggested donation. Tickets can be purchased at www.castillo.org. For more information call (212) 941-1234 or visit www.newfederaltheatre.org.


On Saturday, November 10th at 12:00pm

The Schomburg Center will host an open house. This annual Open House is an opportunity for the public to meet the librarians, archivists, and curators, visit the renovated divisions, learn how to conduct research using the Schomburg’s collections, get tips on creating a personal archive, visit the current exhibitions, and attend programs in the Langston Hughes Auditorium. The Schomburg Open House has something for all ages to learn, explore, and enjoy.  It is located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd). For more information call 917-275-6975.


On Tuesday November 13th, from 7:30 to 9:00pm

The City College Division of Humanities and the Arts is pleased to present MLK50: Let Freedom Ring, to honor the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and commemorate the 50th anniversary of his tragic death on April 4, 1968. The goal of the performances, readings and speeches will not only express deep appreciation for Dr. King, but will also inspire us to work in unity so that we may create a society dedicated to dignity, freedom and equality that Dr. King envisioned. The program will highlight the talents of CCNY faculty and students with performances, readings, speeches and film excerpts by the Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the Graduate Jazz Ensemble, and the Departments of Theatre & Speech and Media & Communication Arts. This tribute will take place at Aaron Davis Hall, located at Convent Avenue @ 135th St. For more information call 212-650-6900.


On Thursday, November 15th 12:30pm

The City College of New York will host the Langston Hughes festival at Aaron Davis Hall. Writer and theatre critic, Hilton Als will receive the Langston Hughes Medal. The evening will include a reading by Als, a conversation between Als and writer Sharifa Rhodes-Pitt, an award presentation and a performance by special musical guest Helga Davis.  Aaron Davis Hall is located at Convent Ave @ 135th St.


On Thursday, November 15th 3pm-9pm

The Harlem Holiday Lights celebration will commence. There will be outdoor activities presented by community organizations and other businesses with parades of lights, and caravans of lighted vehicles. The event takes place along 125th Street, and stretches from Fifth Avenue to Marginal Street on the East River. For more information about this event call 212-662-8999.


On Friday, November 16th at 7:30 pm

Tarek Yamani will perform at Aaron Davis Hall. Tarek was born and raised in Beirut and is a Harlem-based, Lebanese-American award-winning composer and Jazz pianist. He will perform Afro-Tarab Jazz in this debut concert. Critically acclaimed for music that is “full of poetry and mysticism,” Tarek ingeniously bridges the boundaries between two eclectic cultures and musical heritages creating a sound and style unlike any other. Aaron Davis Hall is located at Convent Ave @ 135th St. For more information call 212-650-6900.


On display until Saturday November 24th

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire on display. In this exhibition, Báez features women whose legacies are preserved and maintained by the archives of the Schomburg Center. During the gallery tour, visitors will explore the artist’s practice of using photographs, letters, and other archival materials to create large-scale, imaginative portraits. The Schomburg is located at 135th St. & Lenox Ave. For more information call 212-864-4500.


From Thursday through Sunday until March 2019 from 10am to 5pm

The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling has the work of iconic American artist Faith Ringgold on display. Sugar Hill Songbook: Select Work by Faith Ringgold features a collection of works on paper, soft sculptures, quilts, and illustrations inspired by the rich cultural and political heritage of the artist’s home of Sugar Hill. The exhibition showcases work attesting to Ringgold’s relationship with Jazz, while also framing her long-standing commitment to social and political activism. It will be accompanied by a year-long program of intergenerational activities exploring the global impact of the life and legacy of Faith Ringgold and how she has sparked the imaginations of children through art and storytelling, empowering them and their families to better understand and address the complexities of racism, representation, and identity with dignity and hope. The museum is located at 898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street. For more information call 212-335-0004.


If you have an event to put on WHCR’s community calendar, send an email to our General Manager Angela Harden at angela.harden@gmail.com or call 212-650-7147.