By Walter Rutledge
This is the last weekend of February and Black History Month. There are still many events going on in Harlem that are not only free to the public, but are geared to the entire family. Here are a few of the event taking place this weekend.
The Studio Museum in Harlem presents a gallery tour: Who, What, Wear on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM. Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of Who, What, Wear: Selections from the Permanent Collection led by a knowledgeable Studio Museum educator. Who, What, Wear looks at evolutions in style—self-expression, fashion, artistic technique and societal ideals of beauty. The tour will have something for everyone: adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome. This tour is free and is part of the Target Free Sunday series.
While you are there visit Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona, a re-imagining of Romare Bearden’s iconic, six-panel, eighteen-foot-long collage, The Block (1971) depicting life in Harlem. You’ll see different things in every window, including an angel, a television, a person’s face, and the moon. Join an art-making workshop in which you’ll use a variety of materials to create a unique window of your own.
Mama I Want To Sing: The Next Generation returns for late Saturday matinee performances to the Dempsey Theater (127 West 127 Street) beginning February 25 at 4:30pm. Billed as the longest running off Broadway African American musical the production will run through April 28, 2012. Tickets are $35 and group rates are available for ticket call Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or visit www.smartix.com for more information about the show and other events visit www.mamafoundation.org.
The Dwyer Cultural Center’s Uptown Tea Series continues this Sunday at 2pm with the Joseph Daley Project. Composer, educator and lower brass specialist Joseph Daley brings the Ebony Brass Quintet (trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba) performing Blues, Jazz and Spirituals for children and other critical listeners. Mr. Daley will also present a World premier of Harlem Sunset for brass quintet enhanced with woodwinds, percussion, guitars, piano, bass, and euphonium. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and a student and seniors discount of $15 is available. The Dwyer Cultural Center is located at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue.
The Dwyer Cultural Center is also presenting Amazing Grace, a visual art exhibition of paintings, graphics, sculpture, photography and mixed media art. The showcase features artworks by artists of African descent located in the New York metropolitan area. These artists have fused technical, cultural and spiritual elements together to share visions and to tell their stories. The images are diverse, however there is a recurring theme or feeling of peace and love bonded by a true cohesiveness in quality and unified African spirit. Admission to Amazing Grace is free.
As always thank you for letting me share my world with you
Images 1) Kehinde Wiley Conspicuous Fraud Series #1 (Eminence), 2001 2) Isaac Julien Incognito, 2003 3) Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona 4) Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Sandra Huff 5) Otto Neals
Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.