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A Little Bee Told Me… about some events on Harlem Stage

Posted Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 at 8:16 am by Neighborbee in Cultural Bees. More in 10031

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EVENT LISTINGS for June 2010
Harlem Stage has film, dance, and music events all month.  Below is a full listing of activities, including a family-friendly, free dance workshop for sons and fathers on Father’s Day weekend.

MEDIA NOTE:  Digital photos, media passes, and artist interviews are available; contact me at [email protected] or by phone below for more information.
NEWFEST at HARLEM STAGE Presents: CHILDREN OF GOD (2010) by Kareem Mortimer and BILLY AND AARON (2009) by Rodney Evans

7:30 pm at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th St.)
Tickets: $14; Available May 24 at <>
The New York LGBT Film Fest presents two films, Children of God and Billy and Aaron, at Harlem Stage on June 7.  Children of God is Kareem Mortimer’s full-length debut feature that takes a groundbreaking look at the lives of people trying to survive in a homophobic and violently repressive island nation.  White gay artist Jonny and black musician Romeo embark on a steamy secret love affair that puts both their lives in danger.  Short Billy and Aaron is a drama about African-American composer Billy Strayhorn and the personal and professional consequences of his decision to live as an openly gay man within the homophobic jazz milieu of the 1940s.  A Q+A with Children of God director Kareem Mortimer, and a reception, follow the screenings.  Part of the Harlem Stage on Screen series.

Wednesday, June 9
(1983) by St. Clair Bourne, filmmaker and founder of Black Documentary Collective
7:30 pm at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue (at West. 135th St.)
Tickets: $10 at <>  or 212.281.9240, ext. 19 or 20

Black Documentary Collective (BDC) and Harlem Stage celebrate BDC’s 10th Anniversary by screening one of its late founder’s most rarely seen films.  The Black and the Green draws parallels between the civil rights movement and the Northern Ireland “troubles” fomented by Irish Catholics who were influenced by the civil rights movement.  In discussing the movie, Bourne once told The Washington Post “it ends up seeming pro-Irish Republican Army in the same sense that a film about Selma in the ’60s might have ended up seeming pro-black.”  Bourne’s sister Judith is a special guest at the screening, which is followed by a reception.  Part of the Harlem Stage on Screen series.


Monday, June 7


Thursday-Saturday, June 17- 19; and Sunday, June 20
EVIDENCE, A Dance Company – Ronald K. Brown/Artistic Director
June 17-19 at 7:30 pm; June 20 at 3 pm at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th St.)
Tickets: $40 at <>  or 212.281.9240, ext. 19 or 20

Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown and his company EVIDENCE return to Harlem to celebrate a 25th Anniversary milestone with their only New York City performances this year.  In the intimate space of the historic and beautiful Gatehouse, the company presents two programs featuring highlights from its two-plus decades of trailblazing accomplishments.  The first program, on June 17 and 20 (a special Father’s Day performance), includes “Two-Year Old Gentlemen” and “One Shot.”  Program two, on June 18 and 19, includes “For You,” “Better Days,” “Incidents,” and “To Harm the Dangerous.”

Saturday, June 19
A movement-based workshop for African-American boys, their fathers and male mentors.
2 pm at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th St.)
FREE and open to all.  Reservations required by calling 212.281.9240, ext. 19 or 20

Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26
Co-presented by George Wein’s CareFusion New York Jazz Festival

7:30 pm
at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th St.)
Tickets: $20 at <>  or 212.281.9240, ext. 19 or 20
On June 25 Habana/Harlem’s Cultural Fusion: Past, Present Future highlights a musical dialogue between two world-renowned pianists – New Orleans legend Henry Butler and Cuban sensation Osmany Paredes.  The program puts late-19th century “early jazz” period selections alongside ragtime music, danzones and habaneras, to reveal and celebrate historic musical parallels, and culminating in the present-day vision of these two piano masters.

Choreographer Ronald K. Brown leads this workshop focused on getting African-American boys to talk about (and dance about) their lives.  Whether facing issues of relationships with girls, keeping out of trouble, or difficulties at school or home, the young men in Brown’s class work through their life challenges by sharing stories and acting them out through movement.  Brown says it’s an opportunity for Black men of all ages to come together, talk, and understand each other through free expression.  Open to all young men, their fathers, and their male mentors. No dance experience necessary.

On June 26, “Habana/Harlem” introduces audiences to the singular vision and dynamic energy of Pedro Pablo Martinez’s newly formed Pedro Martinez Project.  In his new role as bandleader, Pedrito (formerly of Yerba Buena) infuses the project with his unique brand of Afro-Cuban funk and Hip Hop inflection.  Fans will groove to his exciting new music, which features guests vocalists De’adre Aziza, Ihsan, Maria Isa, and Nina Rodriguez.  The Pedro Martinez Project’s performance is part of the Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage series.

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