Tag Archives: Entertainment

Free screening in Harlem of About Last Night-January 9, download tickets here

See the remake for free of About Last Night in Harlem, January 9th, at Magic Johnson Theater on 125th Street. Get tickets here.

This contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. The all-star cast includes: Kevin Hart (Think Like A Man, upcoming Ride Along), Regina Hall (Best Man Holiday), Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man, TV’s Almost Human), Joy Bryant (TV’s Parenthood) and is directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine, Accepted).

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See two Harlem-focused films for free July 22

One of our favorite documentarians and Harlem Gals, Shawn Batey, has given us the heads up about a free film event. Total Equity Now, Community League of the Heights, and The A.M.E. Zion Church on the Hill are hosting a free film screening on The Impact of Gentrification on Education in Our Community. The two films that will be featured are The Changing Face of Harlem and El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem. See details below.

The A.M.E. Zion Church
Monday, July 22nd, 6:30 p.m.
2005 Amsterdam Ave. (between 159th & 160th)
2nd Floor – Community Room
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Make Music New York happening at Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Circle June 21

There are several Harlem establishments participating in the seventh annual Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham,” tomorrow June 21, such as Harlem Food Bar, bier international, The Winery and more. There is a new addition to this global musical event. Frederick Douglass Circle will be participating in Make Music New York starting at 5 pm at 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd where Frederick Douglass Circle is located! See details below!

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Plenty happening in Harlem June 9, Green Gym Day, Mafrika Music Festival, Mt. Morris Park House Tour, Maysles Education Open House

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There is so much happening on June 9 in Harlem, there’s absolutely no time for church. Unless you prefer the church of the outdoors, music or brownstone tours. Decisions, decisions. What to do in Harlem on June 9? Here’s some ideas:

Sunday, June 9 is Green Gym Day – a day to celebrate outdoor fitness in our parks! The Friends of Morningside Park will be leading a hike/walk through Morningside and St. Nicholas Parks. It starts at the park entrance at 110th and Manhattan Avenue at 10:30 am and it ends at the Hamilton Grange at 141st Street at noon. Here is a link to the hike route.

For more than 23 years the community of Mount Morris Park has been opening doors and inviting fellow New Yorkers from across the island and visitors from around the world into the beautiful homes located in Harlem. This year’s tour around the Mount Morris Park section of Harlem will feature homes, churches and even an iconic funeral parlor with a nationwide reputation and a remarkable example of Tiffany glass work. For more information on the events of the day, details on how to order tickets and directions to the Mount Morris Park Historic District, visit www.mmpcia.org.

The seventh annual Mafrika Music Festival is also happening June 9 in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The program starts at noon, runs till 7 pm and it’s FREE to the public. Enter Marcus Garvey Park at 120th street and 5th Avenue in Harlem. As always, this event has involvement from Yatenga French Bistro and Bar and ShrineNYC.

And last, but certainly not least, Maysles Documentary Center will be holding an Education Open House from 1-2 pm at their Lenox Avenue location between 127th and 128th Street. Parents and youth from 7 to 17 years old are invited to come learn about upcoming summer film programs for the youth.

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Sylvia’s Restaurant from Harlem to be on ABC’s The View today

Harlemites, listen up! Don’t forget to watch ABC’s “The View” today, Wednesday May 22nd at 11:00 am. The entire staff of Harlem’s famous Sylvia’s Restaurant will be on, along with the Woods Family. Hopefully, our former Harlem Gal and co-host of The View Sherri Shepherd will be leading this interview.

And congrats to our Sylvia’s on their big TV interview on The View!
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Inside Harlem Shake Restaurant, opens at noon May 16

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HarlemGal Inc was invited to the soft opening/private event of Harlem Shake Restaurant today and yes, we had a great time! Harlem Shake takes you back in time with its vintage look from the 50’s. Not only is Harlem Shake providing a classic look and feel, it is spacious and filled with a ton of light since it sits right on the corner of Lenox Avenue and 124th Street.

Inside there are vinyl stools lined up along their corner windows, vinyl booths posted against the wall where the now famous Harlem Shake photo hangs of the beautiful black women winking, and there is a celebrity wall of signed photos on display wishing Harlem Shake all the best with their upcoming opening. Former President Bill Clinton is up on the wall, along with Janet Jackson to Marcus Samuelsson and more.

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As for the food, I had a Harlem Shake cheeseburger for $6.95, sweet yam fries for $3.95 and a Harlem shake shortie for $3.95. The Harlem shake shortie is a red velvet shake made with Tonnie’s Minis Cupcakes. If you like red velvet cake, then you will like this shake.

All of the food items I had were delicious. I especially like the bun on the hamburger. It was very fresh and it stayed connected at the back so nothing dripped out.

Oh, by the way. Harlem Shake will offer bottled and draft beer, plus select wines, from $5-8 for beer and $7 to $12 for a glass of wine.

Harlem Shake will open at noon this Thursday, May 16 as this blog first reported. Their grand opening will be on June 13! See you at Harlem Shake Restaurant.

Harlem Shake Restaurant
100 W 124th Street
New York, New York 10027
Phone (646) 508-5657

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Blink Fitness signage up in Harlem, target opening day June 2013

A friend, reader of HarlemGal Inc., and filmmaker/producer of Changing Face of Harlem, Shawn Batey, sent in a photo over the weekend of signage on the upcoming Blink Fitness, which will be located on 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. According to Blink Fitness’ website, the Equinox-owned business is aiming to open this coming June. Interested consumers can join the gym at their Harlem location for $1. For more information, go to www.blinkfitness.com/locations.

And a big thanks to Ms. Batey for sending in the photo! Muchas Gracias!

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Attend World Premier Of ‘American Beatboxer’ at Harlem’s Schomburg Center May 15

Harlem, we are all cordially invited to attend the V.I.P. reception of the world premier screening of the film, “American Beatboxer” The documentary hits the stage at the Schomburg Research Center on May 15th in Harlem, NYC.

“American Beatboxer” tells the story of the first ever, American Beatboxing Championship, shot during the summer of 2010, at Littlefield Performance and Art Space in Brooklyn. Contestants of all races from the United States competed, down to eight finalists. This documentary honors the evolution of Beatboxing juxtaposed against the final day of competition to crown the first American beat boxing champion.

The event is free by RSVPing in advance to AmericanBeatboxerRSVP@gmail.com. Below are all the details to attend:

DATE: Wednesday, May 15th
TIME: Reception–5:30-6:30 pm; Screening–7-8:30 pm; Q&A–8:30-9:30pm
LOCATION: The Schomburg Center, 515 Lenox Avenue & 135th St.

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Harlem Shake Restaurant to open to the public May 16, not May 14 as previously reported

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If you were planning on stopping by Harlem Shake, the restaurant that is opening up soon on Lenox Avenue on May 14, not so fast. Sources tell HarlemGal Inc that the opening day of Harlem Shake, no not the dance or recent video craze, but the actual restaurant in Harlem, is set to open to the public on May 16.

Similar to most new dining establishments in Harlem, Harlem Shake will do a lot of private practice runs before they actually let the public in. So stand by and be ready on May 16.

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Breadbox Studio in Harlem to host design event May 11

After I posted about the Harlem Focus event by Cooper-Hewitt, another design event happening in Harlem was sent in to share. On May 11, Harlem’s Breadbox Studio will be providing “a demonstration of Maker Bots and 3D Printing machines, and a talk by young TOY designers.” The event is free to the public and it starts at 6 pm.  BreadBox Studio is located at 1844 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

To learn more about the event, click here.

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