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Dream Deferred Opens April 20 at 133rd Street Arts Center in Harlem

Written and directed by the award-winning playwright Marcus Dargan, Dream Deferred puts a spotlight on racial tensions and social action, as African-American residents of an apartment building in Harlem struggle against the looming commercial dominance of a newly built condominium, just across the street. Dream Deferred is drawn from Dargan’s conversations and observations of Harlem residents. “It’s a historical document, artistically expressed to reflect the experiences of a people who may someday vanish from Harlem’s landscape without having had their final stories told. This play represents the beginning of their untimely end.”

Dream Deferred will run 13 performances from April 20-29 at the 133rd Street Arts Center located at 308 West 133rd Street in Harlem. General tickets are $20 at the door and are available at the box office one hour before curtain or by calling the box office at 347-855-7281. Advance online tickets are $18 for adults, and $15 for seniors, students, and artists at www.brownpapertickets.com.

For complete ticket and schedule information, visit www.nuafrikantheatre.org/dream-deferred.


Attend the Harlem Fine Arts Show

Don’t forget the Harlem Fine Arts Show is taking place this coming weekend, February 10-12th, 2012, at Riverside Church at 120th Street. There is still plenty of time to purchase tickets. Go to www.hfas.org to order online or call 914-450-4269!


See Peter Woytuk on Broadway Exhibition in West Harlem

If you’re up on 137th Street and Broadway this weekend you may see a giant pair of Sheep? Or if you head 20 blocks south on Broadway you may witness A Conversation…in large form? Don’t panic if you see animals in mass along Broadway! It’s actually Peter Woytuk on Broadway, a major exhibition of bronze sculptures, being displayed on the Upper Westside, West Harlem and Washington Heights.

The sculptures from this exhibition located in West Harlem include: Bridging the Gap at Broadway and 114th Street; A Conversation at Broadway at 117th Street; Sheep Pair at 137th Street Montefiore Park; and A Rail of Ravens on Broadway between 139th to 140th Streets.

Who is Peter Woytuk? Apparently, he is globally known for his sculptures of animals. He “cleverly reduces their shapes to essential forms, allowing the power and elegance of his subjects to  become both graceful and whimsical expressions of mass.”

So who needs to head South in Manhattan to see interesting sculptures when all us Harlemites have to do is head West from October 21, 2011, through April 2012 to see Peter Woytuk on Broadway! Check out the map below of all the animal sculptures along Broadway!

See Bedeviled at Casa Frela Gallery in Harlem

In addition to the Farm Festival taking place this coming weekend (October 15), there is another event to consider in Harlem. Open House New York and Casa Frela Gallery are hosting their Fall art festival called Bedeviled. Some of the artists that will be featured and you might personally know are: Evi Abeler, Lynn Lieberman-AFineLyne,Darlene Aschbacher, Steven E. Brown, Eric Erving, Thomas Schultz, Daina Shorbrys, Tagea Vangsgaard and more. Plus it is FREE!

Stop by the Studio Museum in Harlem for a free schedule. All the exact details are listed below!

You’re invited to ‘Cultural Unity through Arts’ in Harlem

There isn’t a moment that goes by where there isn’t something fun and interesting to do with the art community in Harlem. They are always creating events that are aimed at bringing the community together in Harlem. Here is one example. H&M Art Gallery and Framing is holding a reception this Friday, Sept. 23 in celebration of their exhibition called Cultural Unity through Arts. For a little more than a week in Harlem, there are several activities planned for this exhibition at the 17 East 125th location that will feature several visual and performing artists.

All are invited to attend and from what I can tell…it is free! If you would like to attend, check out the calendar of events below!

Sneak peek at agenda for Frederick Douglass Circle Dedication in Harlem September 20

The dedication of the Frederick Douglass Circle, located at the intersection West 110th Street and FDB, is definitely on for next week, September 20, starting at 11 a.m. and HarlemGal Inc. has the scoop on some of the agenda.

Actor and Tony Award-nominee Andre De Shields will perform and channel Frederick Douglass in front of all the guests and dignitaries. De Shields is well-known for this and performed as Frederick Douglass in 2009. See video below.

Impact Repertory Theatre and Harlem School of the Arts will give performances. And a direct descendent of Frederick Douglass will be present and either acknowledged or part of the speaking agenda.

So far, there’s no word on whether Mayor Bloomberg will be on hand for the dedication.  However, there will be several local representatives in attendance.

Not too bad of an agenda to start! Now that we have a sneak peek of the Frederick Douglass Circle Dedication, the next question is are you attending? Chime in if you plan on attending this event!

To read complete blog coverage on Frederick Douglass Circle, click here!

See The Twin Towers and The City Exhibition in Spanish Harlem

Starting September 3, the Museum of the City of New York pays tribute to 9/11 with a three-month exhibition of the World Trade Center. The Twin Towers and The City Exhibition includes photographer Camilo Jose Vergara’s four decades-long study of the World Trade Center. Vergara is known for “capturing the Twin Towers’ place in the history of the city, their colossal presence on New York’s skyline, and their surprising gracefulness.”

In addition, Artist Romain de Plas paintings will be a part of this featured exhibition. He spent “the year after 9/11 making series of vivid paintings of the Twin Towers.”

The Twin Towers and the City opens Sept. 3 and runs through Dec. 4 at the Museum of the City of New York located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd.


Changing Face of Harlem Director looking for photos of Harlem artist from the 1930s or 1940s

The Changing Face of Harlem documentary, which is capturing Harlem’s rebirth of the last decade needs our help. The director of Changing Face of Harlem is looking to use photos-and maybe film footage-of an artist/performer who performed in Harlem during the 1930s or 1940s. If you know of someone who has photos of a Harlem artist from that time period, please go to the Changing Face of Harlem Facebook page or contact the director at shawn@changingfaceofharlem.com. Another option is to email harlemgalinc@gmail.com with your suggestions and HarlemGal Inc. will make sure it get’s passed on to the director.

The second option is to find the family of a Harlem artist/musician/dancer/singer etc. Maybe this amazing person who performed in Harlem back in the day continued their personal legacy through family? If you know of someone who had a mother or father that performed in Harlem the 30s or 40s, the director is looking to use those photos and film footage for her documentary. Again, if you know of someone, use the contact information above.

And last, if you’re wondering why the Changing Face of Harlem director is looking for these photos and film footage, she is working on strengthening the history section of Harlem in her film.

Hope we can help! Have a wonderful day Harlem!

Local artist introduced by Harlem Gal profiled by DNAInfo

May 20, 2011 @ 15:00

By HarlemGal
Scanning through this week’s news clips, we could not help but notice the DNAInfo profile on Harlem watercolorist Lynn Lieberman. A big congrats to Lynn on her recent press coverage! And kudos to us for being the first blog to introduce the talented watercolorist to our readers back in February 2010. We are flattered to be viewed as a credible source of information for art and culture!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Spirit of Harlem Community at Dwyer Cultural Center

Apr 11, 2011 @ 8:00
By HarlemGal
Learn about the essence of Harlem through the eyes of contemporary artists. Starting April 12 and running through mid-September, the Dwyer Cultural Center, located at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, presents the Spirit of Community, an exhibition featuring commissioned works in photography, mural, sculpture, and video chronicling the sights, sounds, colors, textures, and people of Harlem. In the Spirit of Community, visitors will see how artists lend their imagination and innovation to capture the heartbeat of Harlem’s vibrant and thriving community. On April 12, head on over to the Dwyer at 6:30 PM to see this exhibition. And if you cannot make it then, it runs for five months ending September 15!