13 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Apr 6


The Sing Harlem choir will perform live from the Harlem Parish.

A free virtual gospel performance from acclaimed choir Sing Harlem, the return of live jazz at the Grange, and more great things to see and do this weekend:


"Alice Neel: People Come First"

Through August 1

Upper East Side The Met, 100 Fifth Ave at E 82nd St

This career retrospective of Alice Neel includes a treasure trove of portraits and streetscapes from the 24-year period the painter lived in East Harlem.


Neighborhood clean-ups

• Saturday, March 27 10am-2pm

Clean-Up and Sunflower Planting, starting at Dream Street Park, 225 E 124th St

A nine-block clean-up of East Harlem, ending with snacks for volunteers at Amuse Bouche Bistro.

• Sunday, March 28 at 10am

Hamilton Heights Community Clean-Up, meet at Riverside Drive at 135th

A morning cleanup of the Riverside Viaduct.


"She Is" Pop-Up Market

Sunday, March 28 1pm-6pm

East Harlem FSUMC The People's Church, 163 E 111st St at Lexington Ave

A pop-up featuring local women-run small businesses, including Casita Artesanal (colorful Mexican crafts) and crochet artist NaomiRAG.


The Gospel! Live with Sing Harlem

Sunday, March 28 at 4pm; FREE

Streaming on Looped

Live from Harlem Parish Stage, this virtual gospel experience features the Sing Harlem choir—all young voices who graduated from Vy Higginsen's Mama Foundation for the Arts.



Live jazz at the Grange

Sunday, March 28 6pm-9pm

Hamilton Heights The Grange Bar & Eatery, 1635 Amsterdam Ave at W 141st St

After a brief hiatus, the Grange has reopened and is back to hosting the Sam Taylor trio on Sunday nights.


In case you missed it:


Spring Into Fitness Sampler

Through Saturday, April 10; weekends at 10am, weekdays at 6pm; FREE

Via Zoom

Harlem's small fitness and wellness businesses have joined together to offer three weeks of free classes, including meditation, cardio, HIIT, yoga, and strength & conditioning.



Daryl Myntia Daniels: "I'm Not Your Superwoman"

Through April 10; Wed-Fri, Sat & Sun noon-8pm

Central Harlem Kente Royal Gallery, 2373 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts

Bronx-based artist Daryl Myntia Daniels explores the stereotype of the "strong Black woman" in this solo exhibition of her vibrant paintings.


Estamos Bien - La Trienal 20/21

Through 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.



AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 reopening

Ongoing

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."


“The Protest and the Recuperation” preview

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 below.


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

The Museum of the City of New York reopening

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."


"Love Letters for Harlem"

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

A celebration of Harlem's culture, this photo exhibit includes the work of local photographers John Pinderhughes, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Jeffrey Henson Scales and Shawn Walker.


The Renaissance Pavilion

Ongoing

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.


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