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10 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

A silhouette of co-founder Arthur Mitchell overlooks the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
A silhouette of co-founder Arthur Mitchell overlooks the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

A new national survey of Latinx art, the free online premiere of "Firebird," and more great things to see and do this weekend:

March 13 -September 26; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

East Harlem El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave between E 104th and E 105th Sts

The culmination of two years of research and studio visits by the museum's curators, this national survey takes a closer look at the work of 42 Latinx artists and collectives from the United States and Puerto Rico, exploring themes such as identity, structural racism, migration and more. The virtual opening reception on Friday, March 12 at 6:30pm is FREE.

Saturday, March 13 beginning at 4pm; FREE

Streaming on YouTube

As part of its virtual dance series, DTH is celebrating Women's History Month with the free online premiere of "Firebird," the 1982 ballet based on the Russian folk tale created exclusively for the company by John Taras. The festivities start at 4pm with conversations (including Misty Copeland!) and reflections, followed by a PBS documentary and the ballet itself (8pm).


In case you missed it:


Central Harlem AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9, 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 124th St

Starting March 5, NYC movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity (mask-wearing is mandatory). Current offerings at Harlem's only cineplex include "Judas and the Black Messiah" and "Raya and the Last Dragon."

March 5-19; FREE

Streaming at

This year's Made in Harlem film series, "(Re)Considering Harlem: Legacies and Futures," explores Harlem's past and present with five documentaries and docudramas, including "From These Roots," an award-winning portrait of the Harlem Renaissance from 1974.

Through April 4

Manhattanville In the windows of the Forum, Broadway and W 125th St

A preview of "The Protest and the Recuperation," a new exhibition at the Wallach Art Gallery opening in June, is now up in the windows of the Forum. Included is “Power Print” by political cartoonist Khalid Albaih, pictured above.

A preview of “Power Print” by political cartoonist Khalid Albaih at the Forum.

Fri-Sun 10am-6pm

East Harlem 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St

After being temporarily closed for repairs, the museum reopens on February 26 with exhibits including "City/Game: Basketball in New York" and "Collecting New York's Stories: From Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious."

Through March 27; Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, by appointment only

Central Harlem Claire Oliver Gallery, 2288 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 134th and W 135th Sts

This photo exhibit celebrating the culture of Harlem includes the work of local photographers John Pinderhughes, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Jeffrey Henson Scales and Shawn Walker.


Central Harlem Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 137th and W 140th Sts

This Uber Eats-led initiative is highlighting a string of Black-owned businesses—including Ma Smith's Dessert Cafe, Harlem Chocolate Factory and Ruby's Vintage—with custom outdoor dining structures and colorful lights along the boulevard. Don't miss the public art exhibition in the windows at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and W 137th Street featuring the art of Guy Stanley Philoche and others.

Through winter

Central Harlem Lasker Rink, entrance at 110th St and Lenox Ave; Mon-Sun

Hamilton Heights Riverbank State Park Ice Rink, entrance at Riverside Drive and 145th St; Fri-Sun

Both of Harlem's outdoor rinks are open, and each has a new set of Covid guidelines. In other words, plan ahead.


Central Harlem Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Ave and W 145th St and St. Nicholas Park, St. Nicholas Ave at W 132nd St and W 140th St

Part of the citywide Photoville festival, this free outdoor photo exhibit centers on Black joy and is inspired by the poetry of Ross Gay and the music of Stevie Wonder.

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