Tag Archives: Community Events

Mount Morris Park neighborhood of Harlem Annual House Tour is this weekend

Jun 10, 2011 @ 14:38
By HarlemGal
Don’t forget the annual Mount Morris Park Annual House Tour is this weekend hosted by Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association. It is this Sunday, June 12th!

This is the time when one can see some of the most beautiful brownstones in New York City that make up Central Harlem, also known as the Mt. Morris Park area. Also the area was recently praised by New York Magazine.

Here is the schedule for the day for those interested in attending:

  • 11 AM to 4 PM: Follow the Self-Guided Tour of Homes 
  • 1 PM and 3 PM: Join the Architectural Walking Tour
  • 12 Noon and 2 PM: Go Inside Historic Harlem
  • 1:30 PM: Join the Marcus Garvey Park Walking Tour

The Pratt Harlem Project starts now

Apr 14, 2011 @ 7:00
By HarlemGal
What should a developer do with its 9000 square foot commercial space that’s been empty for a while and its the space that WAS in negotiations with the owner of Busboys and Poets? Simple answer. Donate (hopefully that’s what the developer did) the retail space for a two-week art exhibition called The Pratt Harlem Project. This is an art exhibition, in collaboration with Pratt and Harlem artists, opening to the public  starting tonight, April 14, at 2280 Frederick Douglass Blvd between 122nd and 123rd.

The Pratt Harlem Project aims to bring works by new artists from Pratt in Brooklyn and Harlem’s arts community together with buyers and interested viewers. The exhibition will feature 90 works from 80 artists and will be mixed-media and includes alumni and student artists from both Pratt and the community.

An opening reception, which is open to any and all interested, will take place tonight, April 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the exhibit will remain open through April 28. The hours are: Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursday Harlem holiday planner

Dec 9, 2010 @ 8:03
By HarlemGal
There are two wonderful events taking place this evening for you to consider for your Thursday Harlem holiday schedule.

First, we want to tell you about the Winter Celebration and Tree Lighting in Morningside Park, organized by the Friends of Morningside Park. Festivities will begin at 4:00 PM inside the St. Recreation Center at 123rd Street and Morningside Avenue. The holiday celebration will then move outside at 4:30PM. The holiday tree will be lit at 5:00 PM.

And second, we want to tell you about Harlem Flo’s Holiday Trunk Show, which will include items to purchase from local artists and designers. This event will take place at their second location, which is 2276 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, and starts at 6 PM.

So if you’re looking to attend a tree lighting and get some holiday shopping done, tonight is the night in Harlem.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Haiti Rebirth Charity Brunch to be held at Columbia University

May 10, 2010 @ 0:48
By HarlemGal

It has been several months since the horrible earthquake occurred in Haiti and there are still ways we can all assist in toward relief efforts right here in Harlem.

A select group of professionals representing various companies, such as ESSENCE Magazine, have joined forces to raise funds for Haiti by hosting a charity brunch. The Haiti Rebirth Charity Brunch will take place Saturday, May 15, from 12:00pm to 4:00p at Columbia University’s Faculty House Presidential Ballroom, which is located at 64 Morningside Drive. The event will be emceed by DeMarco Morgan, Weekend Anchor, NBC4, and will include an art exhibition, silent auction, entertainment, Haitian cuisine and a panel discussion exploring the issues related to the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Proceeds from the brunch and silent auction will benefit Habitat for Humanity International and its effort to provide earthquake survivors with short-term shelter and long-term transitional homes.

To purchase tickets to the Haiti Rebirth Charity Brunch on May 15, click here.

The Life and Times of Malcolm X at Harlem’s Schomburg Center

May 6, 2010 @ 21:28

Photo by Carol Rosegg

By HarlemGal

The Schomburg Center hosts a lot of interesting events.  The last time I was there was for the Boy Scouts of Harlem documentary. They are now hosting another interesting event in partnership with the New York City Opera. It’s about Malcolm X-the great civil rights leader.

Marking the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, the New York City Opera will present an abridged concert version of “The Life and Times of Malcolm X” on May 12 at Harlem’s Schomburg Center. Composer Anthony Davis and scenarist Christopher Davis will offer insights on their inspiration and creative process.

New York City Opera’s collaboration with the Schomburg Center is part of Opera Matters, the company’s series of events combining conversation, media and live music to celebrate opera’s connections to the visual arts, film, literature, the mass media and pop culture, the African-American experience and the world at large.

If you would like to attend this event, check out the details below!

“The Life and Times of Malcolm X”
Wednesday, May 12, at 7:oo pm
Tickets: $10
Purchase at the Schomburg Shop at (212) 491-2206 or Telecharge.com

The Schomburg Center is located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street) New York, NY 10037

The School of American Ballet to offer free auditions in Harlem

Apr 23, 2010 @ 11:27

Photo by SAB

By HarlemGal

The School of American Ballet (SAB), the country’s leading classical ballet academy, will hold special free auditions for the 2010-11 Winter Term for girls and boys ages 6 to 10 on in Harlem on Saturday, May 8, at 5:30 PM at Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, 1 East 104th Street, Manhattan (main entrance of El Museo Del Barrio on Fifth Avenue at 104th Street). Children must be 6 by September 1, 2010, to audition for the upcoming school year.  The open audition in Harlem is offered as part of SAB’s Community Auditions program, which visits Brooklyn, Queens, Chinatown and the Bronx every May.

SAB’s faculty will look for girls and boys who are interested in pursuing focused ballet training.  No prior training is necessary. Children should wear shorts and tee shirts, bathing suits or leotards to the audition.  Those selected for admission will be invited to enroll for two classes per week at SAB’s Lincoln Center headquarters for the 10-month, 2010-11 Winter Term, which begins in September and runs through mid-June.  Tuition scholarships are available.

Visit www.sab.org for more information about the School.

Sting performs to a sold out crowd at Harlem’s St. John the Divine, Only U.S. stop

Dec 9, 2009 @ 15:41

By HarlemGal

The largest gothic cathedral in the United States was a musical haven to rock star Sting and a sea of international musicians last night. Sting, who is performing two sold out shows December 8th and 9th at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, played songs from his latest album called  If on a Winter’s Night …, “a seasonal contemplation mixing traditional English songs and carols with his own The Hounds of Winter and Lullaby for an Anxious Child.” Sting performed about 20 beautiful songs along with two encores to-what I am estimating-a few hundred people, who in my view, came from the tri-state area.

And St. John the Divine was the perfect backdrop for Sting and his musicians. The entire Cathedral looked magical.  My guess is Sting’s production company was filming the entire concert from start to finish. Make-up on the ladies was perfectly done and all of the men and women were dressed in black tie for the camera that was located stage left and roaming.

What was fascinating about the concert was every musicial instrument imaginable was on the stage and played. Some I recognized and some I did not. The women who played the harp was interesting.

As for the music, it was the antithesis of what I have always known about Sting, which is generally rock music and a devout yogi. Sting was more of an opera star last night than a rock star, which goes to show the range of this artist. The music and the venue tied together perfectly. It made me feel like I was watching a performance for the King of England or an episode of Showtime’s The Tudors. It felt majestic, yet most of the songs performed were calming and appropriate for the holiday season. My favorite songs were Christmas at Sea, Ghost Story, which Sting said was about his father, and Lullaby For An Anxious Child. For the Lullaby song, he brought out the Newark Boys Choir on stage. They did a wonderful job singing with Sting and what a great opportunity for them. Way to go Newark Boys Choir!  However, my question for Sting is “why didn’t he use the Harlem Boys Choir to perform with him?” I have no ill will against the Newark Boys Choir, but Sting was technically in Harlem last night. It would have been a nice and a respectful acknowledgment toward the Harlem community. Oh well, maybe next time.

Overall, the show was beautiful and well worth its price. I guess I was one of the few who was able to purchase tickets online in the first nine minutes when they were made available. Apparently, that is how long it took for both shows to sell out.