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.”
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Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, returns to the legendary Apollo Theater on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 7:30pm, following last season’s sold-out holiday performance. The performance is sponsored by Goya Foods. Highlights include a seductive world premiere by Edgar Zendejas inspired by the beloved Mexican celebration “Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead), and the Apollo premiere of Belgian-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Sombrerísimo, an athletic tour de force for six male dancers. The world premiere of Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro’s Hogar will be set to vibrant live music by Ljova and the Kontraband, a mix of classical, Latin, and gypsy melodies.
The Apollo Theater is located at 253 W. 125th Street. Tickets start at $28 and are available for purchase in person at the Apollo Theater Box Office, or through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org.
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Another chain restaurant is opening in Harlem. Red Lobster has sent out the invites announcing they are having a ribbon-cutting ceremony this coming Monday in honor of its Harlem branch opening to the public on the same day at 11 am. The Harlem Red Lobster is located next to the historic Apollo Theater.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include a performance by the Veterans of the 369th Sargent Association, remarks from Red Lobster executives and local officials, and Artist Alethia Brown’s work will be showcased in the RL lounge commissioned by the Harlem Arts Alliance.
WHEN: Monday, November 11th at 10 am ribbon-cutting ceremony by invite only
Red Lobster opens to the public at 11 am
WHERE: Harlem Red Lobster
261 W. 125th St.
NY, N.Y. 10027
Next to the Apollo Theater
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On Tuesday, October 29, the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo) will host the inaugural Small Business Legal Academy to provide free legal counseling for small businesses and non-profits at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater from 9 am to 6 pm. This one-day event will bring together corporate law firms, financial services consultants, city and state agencies, and other service providers to lead workshops and provide one-on-one legal consultations. Topics discussed will include intellectual property law, not-for-profit formation and commercial leasing legislations, among others. Spanish and French interpreters will also be available.
Register here to attend event.
Who: The Association of Pro Bono Counsel
When: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
9:00 – 9:15 am Registration
9:15 – 11:00 am Legal Essentials for Small Businesses
11:15 – 12:15 pm Intellectual Property Issues
1:15 – 2:15 pm Not-for-Profit Formation
2:30 – 3:30 pm Employment Law and Personnel Management
3:45 – 4:45 pm Commercial Leasing Issues
5:00 – 6:45 pm Legal Essentials for Small Businesses
Where: Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th Street
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According to the 125th Street Business Improvement District, the Red Lobster that is coming to 125th Street next to the Apollo Theater is now hiring. Interested participants should go to www.redlobster.com/employment to seek out employment.
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Has anyone noticed there’s is a big beer and wine sign hanging at Frederick Cafe Bistro in Harlem? Walk by 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd and you will see it. I guess this means if patrons want more than coffee, they can now have beer and/or wine?
And did anyone notice that John Legend performed in Harlem last night? According to Marcus Samuelsson’s twitter account, he did. Legend apparently gave a private performance at Red Rooster in Harlem. Nice.
Legend has performed in Harlem before. A few years back he played at the Apollo!
Ahh…the things we notice happening in Harlem! It’s endless.
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One can’t swing a bat without hitting the word Harlem. I say that all the time and it’s how I feel again when reading about the upcoming Broadway musical called Motown. I just came across a write-up in Vanity Fair and all I thought about is how this musical has a connection to Harlem.
Based on what I have read so far, Motown: The Broadway Musical will be very good. I will probably go see it. However, I can’t help but repeat myself on how the show obviously has a strong historical connection to Harlem. Most of the music and the artists that will be featured in the new musical, which opens in April, made their debut at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater, such as The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and more.
I am guessing there will be one scene or at least a mention of Harlem in the show. We’ll find out soon since previews of Motown: The Broadway Musical begins March 11 and opening night is April 14.
See below the two stars of Motown: The Broadway Musical perform inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle or check out the musical on Instagram. They have very cool photos posted.
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A reader recently commented on this site saying, how could you as the blogger list all the holiday events happening at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on 125th Street and not mention the Double Dutch Classic? This reader is absolutely right. Major snafu on my part. So I am correcting my error and here is the info.
Tomorrow, December 2, the 21st Annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic will take place at the famous Apollo Theater. The event starts at 1 pm and tickets are $22, not including tax or service charge. Click here to purchase tickets.
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Harlem’s Apollo Theater recently announced their holiday schedule for December and its packed with a variety of fun events for all ages! And some of the events are free. See list of events below:
Saturday, December 15th – 2pm -6pm
Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland
The Apollo and Coca-Cola are partnering to bring the magic of the Holiday season to Harlem. Under the Apollo’s iconic marquee, Coca-Cola will offer a variety of holiday-themed activities and performances free and open to the public. The festivities include picture taking with Santa Claus, giveaways and performances by two of New York City’s best choirs, ARC Gospel Choir and Refining Faith. Additionally, in the spirit of giving, the Apollo will be a designated location for a toy drive benefiting HELPUSA, a non-profit dedicated to providing housing and the supportive services necessary for the homeless. Hosted by Billy Mitchell, Apollo Theater historian and tour director. This event is free and open to the public
Saturday, December 15th -7:30pm
Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special featuring Apollo Stars of Tomorrow and Special Guest Artist: The OMG Girlz, which are a teenage girl singing group whose current members include Bahja “Beauty” Rodriguez, Breaunna “Baby Doll” W. and Zonnique “Star” Pullins. Tickets are $19, $25 and $29. Groups & families (4 or more): $9.50, $12.50, and $14.50. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets on Sale Now!
Thursday, December 20th – 8pm
Sweet Honey In The Rock: Celebrating The Holydays
This internationally renowned all-female a capella ensemble, will star in a one-of-a-kind holiday season concert on the legendary Apollo stage! Tickets are $25, $45, $65 and $75 Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
Friday, December 28th at 7:30pm
Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night
The Apollo Theater celebrates Kwanzaa with its popular annual show, featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, guest performances by the Songhai Djeli and Flute Visions and Queen GodIs and members of the Harlem Children’s Zone/Forces of Nature’s Youth Academy. Tickets are $16; Groups (5 or more): $13. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster.
For more information, go to the Apollo’s website.