Jan 282017
 

Amateur Night at the Apollo

In celebration of Black History Month, the world famous Apollo Theater hosts an afternoon of FREE music and dance performances, family workshops and swing dance lessons.

Apollo Open House offers a unique glimpse into the Apollo’s rich history and current programs, next Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2pm to 6pm.

Here’s what’s on the schedule for Apollo Open House, hosted by the legendary Billy Mitchell:

  • Performances by youth organization Urban Word NYC performers Esther Aloba and Sergio Jimenez presenting poetry and spoken word.
  • Music by Tre Trax
  • Performances by multiple Amateur Night winners Tiffany Obi and De’von Williams Jiles.
  • Family Workshop: The Harlem Swing Dance Society
    An inter-generational dance workshop on the history of classic social dances associated with Harlem and the Savoy Ballroom. With film clips, demonstrations of traditional jazz steps from the Charleston to Lindy Hop and Swing dancing, and a Q & A. Led by The Harlem Swing Dance Society. Appropriate for families with children ages 6 and up.  Apollo Family Workshops are free; pre-registration is strongly suggested to ensure space.  There are two one-hour dance lession sessions to choose.

Excerpts from:

  • Stanley Nelson’s Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.  For centuries, historically black colleges and universities have provided fertile ground for students willing to devote their careers – and lives – to social justice. An excerpt from this film will show how these institutions have continually served as incubators and facilitators for advocacy on behalf of the African American community.
  • Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro.   Stemming from a manuscript by Harlem literary giant James Baldwin and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, Peck’s film is a journey into black history connecting the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present day Black Lives Matter movement.

Both filmmakers will be here to speak about their films and related subjects in a panel moderated by entrepreneur April R. Silver

Participants for the Apollo’s Open House include: Firelight Media, Independent Lens, Magnolia Pictures, National Action Network’s Youth Huddle, THE POINT, Urban Word NYC and Word Up Bookstore

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Jan 102015
 

dance theater of harlemThe renowned Dance Theater of Harlem Sunday Matinées return beginning tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 11th. These are performances by DTH students, the DTH Ensemble, guest artists and more. The family-friendly environment and affordable tickets make this a great way to introduce young people to the beauty and wonder of the ballet, and be inspired by the skill of these young dancers.

Tickets are just $18 adults, $14 for children age 12 and under purchased online from Dance Theater of Harlem, a few dollars more when purchased at the box office. Also, you are guaranteed a seat if you purchase on line.

All performances are at Dance Theater of Harlem,  466 W. 152nd St., or call 212.690.2800.

Click here to find more affordable tickets for NYC theater, ballet, comedy shows and more

Apr 082014
 

after work salsa dancing, nyconthecheapEnd the work week with some spicy salsa dancing at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurant in Harlem, on Friday, April 11th. There’s a FREE dance lesson at 6 p.m., and then DJs spin classic salsa, cha cha, mambo and merengue tunes from 7-11 p.m. Admission is $10, and since you’re already inside one of the best BBQ joints in town, you won’t have far to go for dinner after dancing or in between sets.  Just remember to wipe your BBQ fingers on a napkin, not on your dance partner. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is at 700 West 125th Street, by the West Side Highway.

By subway: take the #1 train to the 125th Street Station, one long block away. By bus:  take the crosstown bus along 125th Street to the end of the line at 12th Avenue, or the busses going up or down Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. See you on the dance floor!

 

 

Aug 282013
 

after work salsa dancing, nyconthecheapCelebrate the end the work week with some spicy salsa dancing at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurant in Harlem, on Friday, August 30th. This is also the goodbye to summer dance evening, and you are requested to wear all white.  There’s a FREE dance lesson at 6 p.m., and then DJs spin classic salsa, cha cha, mambo and merengue tunes from 7-11 p.m. Admission is $10, and since you’re already inside one of the best BBQ joints in town, you won’t have far to go for dinner after dancing or in between sets.  Just remember to wipe your BBQ fingers on a napkin, not on your dance partner. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is at 700 West 125th Street, by the West Side Highway.

By subway: take the #1 train to the 125th Street Station, one long block away. By bus:  take the crosstown bus along 125th Street to the end of the line at 12th Avenue, or the busses going up or down Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. See you on the dance floor!

 

 

Aug 212013
 

after work salsa dancing, nyconthecheapCelebrate the end the work week with some spicy salsa dancing at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurant in Harlem, on Friday, August 23nd. This is also the goodbye to summer dance evening, and you are requested to wear all white.  There’s a FREE dance lesson at 6 p.m., and then DJs spin classic salsa, cha cha, mambo and merengue tunes from 7-11 p.m. Admission is $10, and since you’re already inside one of the best BBQ joints in town, you won’t have far to go for dinner after dancing or in between sets.  Just remember to wipe your BBQ fingers on a napkin, not on your dance partner. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is at 700 West 125th Street, by the West Side Highway.

By subway: take the #1 train to the 125th Street Station, one long block away. By bus:  take the crosstown bus along 125th Street to the end of the line at 12th Avenue, or the busses going up or down Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. See you on the dance floor!

 

 

Jan 222013
 

after work salsa dancing, nyconthecheapLearn to lindy and swing where it all began, in Harlem.  The Harlem Swing Dance Society offers $7 lessons every Tuesday evening. Learn how to strut your stuff to the music of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and other icons of the 40s and 50s, when Harlem was the center of the universe for music and dance.

You don’t need a partner, just enthusiasm and a comfortable pair of shoes.  The dance lessons are 7-8 PM at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center, 34 West 134th St, between Lenox and Fifth Avenues — enter through 135th St.  Event website.

If you are a regular follower of NYCOTC, you know I’m a swing dancer and lindy dancer, and love to spread the word about how much fun it is. Also good exercise. See you on the dance floor!

Apr 092012
 

Mardi Gras in ManhattanForget the picket fence.  If your dream house is a NYC brownstone or townhouse, learn what you need to know about obtaining a mortgage, the appraisal and inspection process, life as a homeowner and more in a FREE seminar.  The  Home Buyer Program offers information on all aspects of NYC home ownership, from dream to reality check, and other checks and balances. Completion of this program may qualify you for federal, state, or local government or private mortgage programs. Certificate of completion provided. The free seminar is Thursday, April 12th at 6 p.m., and again the following Thursday, April 19th.   at the George Bruce Branch of the NY Public Library, 518 West 125th St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.

Oct 132011
 

Need a pancake fix?  There already are more than a half-dozen iHop restaurants open in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bronx, and another is about to be added, in the Flatiron/Chelsea neighborhood.  The operators of Limelight Marketplace, in the former church on Sixth Avenue and  20th Street — which became a hot nightclub and disco — report a new iHop will be opening there.  But there is no date announced.  The nearest iHop is at 235 East 14th St., the city’s only 24-hour iHop.  Apparently, that’s doing such a good business that iHop is looking for more locations.  The Limelight location is a curious addition, since the menu does not exactly fit with the upscale names renting space in the Limelight Marketplace, including Todd English.  Last year, iHop announced it would be opening a location in Times Square, but there’s been no additional word on that.  Click here to find the ten iHop locations closest to Times Square, including Harlem, downtown Brooklyn, and Jackson Heights.

Jul 152011
 

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Groove on great jazz with the FREE Jazzmobile salute to jazz great Billy Taylor.  It’s the Jazzmobile Summerfest 2011 tribute, hosted by the Harlem Cultural Archives, featuring Winard Harper.  The concert performance is at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at Harlem River Park, Enter at 139th Street & Fifth Avenue.

May 242011
 

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Thursday, May 26th — Put on your dancing shows and swing to the sounds of the 40s and 50s, with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra to enjoy  big band is playing at Tian at Riverbank State Park in Harlem.  Enjoy an up-tempo evening that’s just $10 and no food or drink minimum.  Or, it’s free if you’re having dinner at Tian.  Riverbank State Park is at Riverside Drive at 145th St.  Take the #1 train to 145th street, or the M5 bus on Riverside Drive.  The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra also will be playing at Midsummer Night Swing, in Lincoln Center, in June and July.

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