By Walter Rutledge
This weekend has a variety of art events throughout the city. We have Jazz in Lincoln Center, art and soul uptown and an old favorite on Broadway. Here are a few of the many events happening in our community and around the city.
Bobby McFerrin: My Audio Biography will have its final performance Saturday, September 15, at 8pm at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center located in the Time Warner Center 60th Street and Broadway. Two years after his acclaimed debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center, McFerrin returns to open our 25th Anniversary Season, performing for the first time with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Framed with new and inventive arrangements by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Audio Biography will explore McFerrin’s wide-ranging influences from symphonies and spirituals, to soundtracks, bebop, and beyond. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, on line at www.jalc.org/ and by telephone at 212-258-9800.
The Studio Museum in Harlem 144 West 125th Street hosts a gallery tour entitled Caribbean: Crossroads of the World on SundaySeptember 16, at 1:00 PM. Caribbean: Crossroads is the culmination of nearly a decade of collaborative research and scholarship organized by El Museo del Barrio in conjunction with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Caribbean: Crossroads offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the diverse and impactful cultural history of the Caribbean basin and its diaspora. The interactive and informative tour led by a knowledgeable Museum educator will have something for everyone; adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome.
Immediately following the gallery tour the museum will offer Hands On: Caribbean Bounty Collages from2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in Workshop B. The workshop you will use a variety of colorful materials to create a food platter collage inspired by foods, fruits and vegetables traditional to the Caribbean. The gallery tour and workshop are part of the Target Free Sundays series and are free to the public. For more information and reservations visit the website at www.studiomuseum.org
For the few who have not had the opportunity to see the new streamlined production of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess you have until September 23 to see this Tony Award winning musical version of the American folk opera. The production stars five time Tony Award winning actress Audrea McDonald and Norm Lewis and includes David Alan Grier as Sportin’ Life, Nikki Renee Daniels as Clara and Phillip Boykin as Crown, with choreography by Ronald K. Brown. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com. The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located at 226 West 46th Street.
Bristro Chez Lucienne, 308 Malcolm X Boulevard, will present singer/songwriter Greg Banks Saturday September 15 at 10:00 pm and 1:00 am. Banks captures the essence of the Soulful 60′s, Funky 70′s and the easy listening of the Neo-Soul 90′s all in one. Called a “Southern Gentlemen & Storyteller” Banks says he is, “Taking the pilgrimage of so many greats before me”. There is no cover charge but reservations are suggested call 212-289-5555
As always thank you for letting me share my world with you.
In Photo: 1 &2) Bobby Mc Ferrin 2) Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson Jean-Baptiste Belley, c.1797 3) Wilson Bigaud Murder in the Jungle, 1950 4) Audrey McDonald and Norm Lewis 4) Greg Banks
Photo Credit: 1) courtesy of artist 2) Carol Friedman 3) Michael J Lutch 4) Courtesy of Chez Lucienne