Community Calendar


June 2024

From now through July 28th, The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism exhibit @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibit explores how African American artists shaped modern art by depicting everyday life in the new Black cities that took shape in the 1920s and beyond. You can see over 100 artworks including paintings, sculptures, photography, film by James Van Der Zee, Jacob Lawrence, Augusta Savage, Romare Bearden, Aaron Douglas and other visionaries. Admission is always pay-what-you-wish for New Yorkers and free for children under twelve. Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 5th Ave, in New York. You can learn more at the Met Museum dot org, click on exhibitions, then Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism exhibit.

Friday, June 14th 6pm @ The Forum at Columbia University  Culture on the Corner,a free and open-to-the-public event series hosted by The Forum. This initiative aims to celebrate and explore the vibrant tapestry of our neighborhood culture in creative ways. In honor of Juneteenth, The Unsung Collective will offer an immersive experience of classical music. Directed by Tyrone Clinton Jr., The Unsung Collective Inc., is a nonprofit organization devoted to celebrating people of color in Western art music in New York City. The Unsung Collective navigates countless stories that are the true fabric of historical and current events, with aims to stretch the confines of music of the Western canon. RSVP is encouraged. Seating is first-come, first-served. Whether you’re a neighbor, a visitor, or simply curious about learning something new, all are welcome. Location: 601 W. 125th St. near Broadway in Harlem.

Sat, Jun 15, 2024 @ 5 pM DANCES FOR A VARIABLE POPULATION (DVP) PRESENTS

REVIVAL 8: THEN AND NOW FREE PERFORMANCE AND WORKSHOP AT GRANT’S TOMB. DVP will also present a free All Together Dance workshop open to members of the public (followed by a 6:00PM performance). Infusing the essence of iconic dance works by master choreographers of the 20thcentury, Dances for a Variable Population (DVP) will lead a performance and workshop of Revival 8: Then and Now. REVIVAL 8: Then and Now is a unique series set to unite legendary pieces from renowned choreographers, creatively inspired by esteemed ex-dancers who once graced their companies. These former dancers, with a deep connection to the original works, will reinterpret iconic works such as Martha Graham’s Steps in the Street, Tina Ramirez’s Carmen,Jerome Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering, and Paul Taylor’s Esplanade,tailored for the older adult population. For more info, visit www.dvpnyc.org. Location: W 122nd St &, Riverside Dr in Harlem.

Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16 @4pm Father’s Day Jazz Legends @New Amsterdam Musical Association. Performances by NAMA Gentlemen, hosted by Lamon Fenner, Lamon’s Jazz Break at 8 on WHCR. Tickets call 212-281-1350. For more information visit: http://NamaHarlem.org Location:107 W. 130th St. in Harlem.

June 17th from 4pm to 8pm “Step Dance” and Jazz event @ Marcus Garvey Park. On Juneteenth Week (6/17-6/23/24), Caesar Arts, in collaboration with the People’s Republic of Harlem Network, will host a Marcus Garvey Park, Richard Rodgers Amphitheatre in Harlem, NY. The event will include top New York’s Victory Dance Step Team, The Nation of Islam Drill Team, The Bushwick Jazz Big Band, John “Satchmo” Mannan Ensemble with Terri Davis and Nikita White, the world famous tap dancer, Omar Edwards and many other artists from the Latin-African diaspora. The event is hosted by world famous DJ Lamon Fenner of WHCR Harlem Radio. The event is free to the public and will be live streamed. Location: Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park, 6316 Mt Morris Park W, from E. 120 St. to E. 124 St. in Harlem.

Wednesday, June 19th 12noon-6pm Juneteenth Glen Island Park, New Rochelle, NY African marketplace, performances by Trifecta Steppers, Bokandeye African American Dance, Gena Roots Reggae band, Mitch Frohman’s Latin Jazz orchestra, Menot Soul, food trucks. The event is free and open to the public but parking is $5 for Westchester country residents & $10 for non-residents. 

Friday June 21st 7pm 6/21 to 6am 6/22 WHCR’s House in Harlem radio show will broadcast live from the Bronxlandia.  Meet House in Harlem DJs Black Icon1, IamTinaDixon and DJ ND and guest DJs.  Tickets: $20 at the door. Half the proceeds go to WHCR-90.3FM. Location: Bronxlandia 910 Hunts Point Ave, Bronx, NY 10474

Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22 Cultural Caravan Productions Arts Festival @ The Harlem State Office Building. Friday, June 21 @ 4:30pm Premier Screening of documentary: African American history & Hair-tage: The Struggle for Natural Cultural Expression by Louise Dente. Only 23 out of 50 states in the United States have passed the Crown Act, which protects people of color from school expulsions or termination of employment for wearing naturel Afrocentric hairstyles. This film focuses on the implications.  Free for children under 5. For tickets visit Eventbrite or call 347-804-5810. Saturday, June 22 @ 1pm Cultural workshop by Dr. Sarah Webb founder of Colorism healing. Reflections of US: Transforming how we see ourselves and others. Children African Fashion show, Spoken word poetry feature: The Origianl Grandassa models, Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater, African Dance & Drum Company, Atiba Wilson & Be’fo Quo’tet.  Free for children under 5. For tickets visit Eventbrite or call 347-804-5810. Location: Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building 163 W. 125th St. in Harlem.

Friday, June 21st Make Music New York returns across all 5 boroughs:

  • Tilted Axes: Strawberry Solstice is a musical procession taking place from noon to 2:00 pm that will begin and end at Richard Tucker Park (W. 66th Street and Broadway) and rove throughout the neighborhood with stops at multiple places of interest.
  • Tilted Axes: Strawberry Moon is an atmospheric and ambient musical happening created by members of the ensemble in collaboration with Ultimate Ears. Situated from a base station at Astor Place Plaza from 6:00-7:00 p.m., the artists will transmit original live music and sonic treatments to Ultimate Ears’ BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 speakers, some suspended from above via helium balloons and others moving through the plaza via a support team of performers. 
  • Pueblo Harlem from Noon-7:30 p.m. at Johnny Hartman Plaza in Manhattan (140 Hamilton Place)

Pueblo Harlem is Belongó’s (formerly Afro Latin Jazz Alliance) annual celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture, which has taken place for 10 years with support from New York City Council District 7. This festive program includes activities for children and families, and performances by: Arturo O’Farrill and the multi-Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, Belongó’s pre-professional youth ensemble; and special guests from Belongó’s family of performing and teaching artists. Presented in partnership with The Brotherhood Sister Sol. 

  • RECAP Quartet & Eclectic Charango Beats from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, Queens (73-19 37th Road) 

The RECAP Quartet is a program of Mantra Percussion, a future-focused, BIPOC-led organization. RECAP will present numerous pieces commissioned for the ensemble, exploring percussive music through pots, pans, glasses, flutes, marimbas, bells, and other found-sound instruments. The Eclectic Charango Beats Hybrid Set is a collaboration between the Brooklyn-based band and the Colombian producer Pernett, created to give the band’s music an electronic, vibrating touch while keeping its essential Andean and Latin-American elements. Supported by the office of local City Council Member Shekar Krishnan, District 25.

  • Altin Sencalar Latin Jazz Project from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Morrison Plaza in the Bronx (1620 Westchester Avenue)

Altin Sencalar’s quintet will perform original compositions rooted in salsa, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Caribbean sounds along with arrangements of popular jazz standards with a Latin flavor. Featuring Altin Sencalar on trombone, Kalí Rodríguez-Peña on trumpet, Sterling Cozza on piano, Marcos Varela on bass, and Zachary Adleman on drums.  Presented in partnership with Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice and HONK NYC! The complete 2024 Program Guide is posted at www.makemusicny.org.

Saturday June 22nd 6:00-7:30 pm West Harlem Arts Alliance WHAA/Montefiore Square Park Free Summer Jazz Series 2024  featuring Craig Holiday Haynes & Friends. Location: the beautifully renovated Montefiore Square Park on 137th & Broadway in West Harlem. For more information about Arts and Jazzfest NYC™ email artsandjazzfestnycinfo@gmail.com or call 212-665-5313. For more information about the West Harlem Arts Alliance (WHAA) email mpalma@whaanyc.org or visit www.whaanyc.org.

Saturday, June 22, 2024 4pm8pm NJMH Juneteenth Black Music and Dance Celebration rooted in community, movement, and sounds from the Black Diaspora. Performers include: Will Calhoun’s Mali Project feat. Cheick Tidiane Seck, Michelle Gibson’s Second Line Offering feat. Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings. Introducing: NJMH House Band, under the direction of Christopher McBride, featuring 2024 NJMH Jazz Is: Now! Location: Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park, 6316 Mt Morris Park W, from E. 120 St. to E. 124 St. in Harlem.