Category Archives: entertainment

See The Black & White Show at Aloft Hotel in Harlem, May 6 opening

The Black & White Show opens on May 6 at the Aloft Hotel in Harlem featuring mixed media, paintings, pen & ink, and photography – all in black and white only. The artists work in code and nuances, parities and disparities using textures, lines, contrast and movement to explore ideas and theories.

Exhibiting artists for The Black & White Show will be Andre Woolery, Kennedy Yanko, LeRone B. Wilson, Marcus Hunter, Michael Ricardo Andreev, Sorin Abraham, Stan Squirewell, Tomo Mori, Walter Lobyn Hamilton, & Yaron Dotan.

The show runs from May 6 to June 30 at the Aloft Hotel on Frederick Douglass Blvd. and 124th Street.

20140423-130349.jpg

20140423-130356.jpg

20140423-130408.jpg

Neil Patrick Harris says no Verizon Fios available in Harlem…at least for his home

The last time Harlem resident Neil Patrick Harris tweeted out something, he eventually got it, which was a Harlem brownstone. Now he can’t get the wifi service he wants so who does he turn to? Twitter. About a day ago NPH tweets out, Verizon Fios service does not reach his new Harlem brownstone. Apparently the service stops about a block away. That’s weird. Why would Verizon Fios stop close to 125th Street in Central Harlem?

The tweet has been retweeted more than a 100 times. I think Harlem is going to be getting expanded Verizon Fios service soon! Don’t ya think?

20140406-091209.jpg

Several celebrities expected to visit Harlem’s La Bodega 47 next week

20140221-174901.jpg
Us New Yorker’s know what happens when celebs descend upon a new Harlem hot spot or any hot NYC spot for that matter. It becomes packed and hard to get it into…right? La Bodega 47, the old Native in Harlem on Lenox Avenue and 118th 20140221-175048.jpgStreet, is about to turn that page.

HarlemGal Inc hears that producer Sidra Smith, twin sister of actress Tasha Smith, is holding a star-studded bash late next week at Harlem’s newest hotspot, La Bodega 47. Word has it that The View host and former Harlemite Sherri Shephard will attend, along with Vivica A. Fox, Tamron Hall, S. Epatha Merkerson, Chef Roblé, Lynn Whitfield, Tyson Beckford, and many more. Ooh-la-la. Of course, this event is invite only and no we are not invited. However, we may stand outside and people watch.

20140221-174925.jpgSpeaking of turning pages, Harlem’s La Bodega 47 is derived from a new chapter for Brian Washington-Palmer, the La Bodega owner known for successful ventures, like Harlem’s Native, Bleu Evolution and Monkey Room. Washington-Palmer decided to close Native and start completely fresh from top to bottom. The corner venue has been completely transformed into a bodega, decor-wise. My favorite part of the new decor is the hanging photo of what appears to be a Cuban lady smoking a cigar.

20140221-174943.jpg
As for the name, Washington-Palmer came up with the name La Bodega 47 because his prior Native wait staff would always run to the Bodega across the street on Lenox Ave and 118th for their break. And why add-on the number 47? That’s the number of rums La Bodega 47 offers. Forty-seven of the finest rums from the Diaspora including Guyana, Venezuela, Jamaica, Trinidad, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Brazil, West Indies, as well as local craft brands from New York.

La Bodega 47 in Harlem had its soft launch recently, but is expected to be fully operational in March. If you haven’t checked out La Bodega 47 during its soft launch, go now or go later in March. But ya can’t say we didn’t warn you if the place ends up being packed after next week!

La Bodega 47 is on the corner of Lenox Avenue and 118th Street. Phone is 212-280-4700.

20140221-175002.jpg

20140221-175021.jpg

Family theater in Harlem: see The African Drum at The National Black Theater February 9

For African-American History Month, Shadowbox Theater presents The African Drum starting February 9 at The National Black Theater in Harlem. The African Drum is a shadow puppet and people show that teaches some valuable lessons about trusting intuition and not following strangers and so on. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The National Black Theater is located at 2031 Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126th. For more information, click here.

20140208-075016.jpg

Things to do with kids in Harlem: Jazz Cats for Kids at Silvana Harlem

Save the date of February 22! That’s when Jazz Cats for Kids will take place at Silvana in Harlem at 116th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. A jazz quartet will be on hand to entertain kids of all ages. The event starts at noon and is hosted by Harlem4Kids and the Musician’s Aid Society.

Silvana will have their full menu available, as well as a few additional kid-friendly items for the crowd. Doors open at 11:30 am.

Purchase tickets here. All tickets ($5/person, children under 2 are free) must be purchased in advance.

20140205-110618.jpg

Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater turns 80

Happy birthday to the Apollo Theater in Harlem! Today, the iconic American venue turned 80 years old.

The Apollo stage has been graced by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and even President Barack Obama.

“The Apollo opened on Jan. 26, 1934, a year after the original venue at 253 W. 125th St., Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, shut down.”

20140126-182849.jpg

Free screening in Harlem, see Pompeii with Kit Harington of TV’s Game of Thrones

There is another free screening happening in Harlem on February 6 at 7 pm at Magic Johnson Theater. The movie is POMPEII.

Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

Here is the link to get tickets: http://www.sonyscreenings.com/HarlemGal

CAST
Kit Harington (TV’s Game of Thrones), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix Series), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Lemony Snicket’s Series Of Unfortunate Events), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead), with Jared Harris (TV’s Mad Men and Mortal Instruments) and Kiefer Sutherland (TV’s 24). It is directed by Paul WS Anderson (Resident Evil series).

20140125-085423.jpg

Harlem holiday lighting events, Marcus Garvey Park December 5 and Frederick Douglass Circle December 12

There are two Harlem holiday lighting events happening for us to attend. Tonight is the annual Holiday Celebration of Lights at Marcus Garvey Park. It starts at 7 pm. Additional details are below.

A week from today, December 12th, the Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle are hosting a Holiday Tree Lighting starting at 6 pm. More information below.

So in essence our Thursdays are booked for December. Attend one or both events! See you there!

20131205-080505.jpg

20131205-080521.jpg

Want a Harlem t-shirt? Keep Harlem, Harlem tees now available

On this Harlem blog, I use tees to feature the subject matter, ie Harlem. Sometimes readers ask, where can I buy a unique tee with the name Harlem on it? Here’s an option. One of my favorite Harlem sites, Harlem NYC, is now offering Harlem tees to purchase. The t-shirt says “Keep Harlem, Harlem.” Pretty cool…huh? If you’re interested in purchasing this Harlem tee, go here! And to check out Harlem NYC like I do, click here.

20131202-082009.jpg

Lido Harlem offering wine and dinner tastings for upcoming holiday season

20131121-112042.jpg
The holiday season is upon us, Harlem! Do you have special plans? Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar on 117th Street and Frederick Douglass is offering wine and dinner tastings during the holidays! Interested participants can schedule a wine and tasting event with friends and family or hold a company holiday party at Lido Harlem as well!

Your special event can include history, grapes and other important wine facts. For example, discover why certain foods pair better than others with your wine. Sommelier, Andrea Wobensmith will lead the tasting in a fun and relaxed setting. Lido Harlem is offering 4 and 5 course pairings for 10 or more individuals.

For reservations, call Lido at 646-490-8575, or Andrea Wobensmith at 917-733-9413, andrea@wineandtravels.com Below is a sample menu for your viewing:

First Course
Warm salad of arugula, roasted pears, walnuts, shaved parmesean
Wine: Prosecco Brut Jeio Bisol
Second Course
Arancini, risotto rice balls stuffed with gorgonzola
Wine: Rose Sangiovese
Third Course
Spaghettini, arrabiata with grilled shrimp
Wine: Toscana Rosso Circa
Fourth Course
Braised short ribs with fontina polenta, marscapone cream, fresh horseradish
Wine: Aglianico Del Vulture
Fifth Course
Chocolate budino with sea salt
Taylor Fladgate, Fine Ruby