Live jazz at the Harlem Meer, Taíno art in El Barrio, and lots more fun stuff to see and do this weekend.
July 23-August 8; Wed-Fri 2pm-8pm, Sat & Sun noon-8pm
Central Harlem Kente Royal Gallery, 2373 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W `138th and W 139th Sts
Elizabeth "Queen Ann" Burnett's detailed shadowboxes—many of them autobiographical—make the leap from Harlem Chocolate Factory's windows to this gallery next door.
Friday, July 23rd 5pm-8pm; July 24-August 8 11am-7pm
East Harlem Galería del Barrio, 162 1/2 E 104th St near Lexington Ave
Miguel Luciano brings a bronze replica of the Taíno Zemí Cohoba Stand—and other work from his last three years as an artist in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—to the community in El Barrio.
Friday, July 23 7:30pm-11:30pm, $25
The Bronx The Bronx Brewery, 856 E 136th (backyard entrance on W 135th St)
Enjoy live salsa from Latin Grammy Award winner Jeremy Bosch ft. Los Hachero—and enjoy a brew or two—in the Bronx Brewery's back patio.
Through July 29; Tuesday-Sunday at 8:30pm; FREE, no reservations needed
Central Harlem Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt. Morris Park West and W 122nd St
It's the final week to see this modern reboot of Shakespeare's Richard III by the Classical Theatre of Harlem outdoors in Marcus Garvey Park.
Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Harlem Blues & Jazz Band
Sunday, July 25 at 2pm; FREE
Central Harlem Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the park at 110th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves
Swing by the picturesque Harlem Meer to hear the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band perform classic jazz.
In case you missed it:
Through the summer
Morningside Heights Riverside Park between W 119th and W 125th Sts
Five goats return to a two-acre, fenced-in section of Riverside Park to help with the weeds.
Open Streets on Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Through Sept 30; Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-9pm
Central Harlem Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 111th to W 120th Sts
Nine blocks of Frederick Douglass Boulevard are closed to traffic on the weekends through September. The stretch includes a long list of restaurants with expanded outdoor seating, including Melba's, BLVD Bistro, Lido, Vinateria, and more.
Traveling While Black: A Century of Pleasure & Pain & Pilgrimage
Through December 31; Tuesday-Thursday by appointment, walk-ins Friday & Saturday
Central Harlem Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd and W 135th St
Visit the Schomburg on Fridays and Saturdays without an appointment and see its two current exhibitions, including a show exploring a century of "traveling while Black."
In theaters and streaming now
Questlove's documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival in Marcus Garvey Park—bringing to light performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and more—is finally out. Watch it in theaters (including the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9) or stream it on Hulu.
Central Harlem The Cecil, 210 W 118th St and St. Nicholas Ave
Harlem's acclaimed Sing Harlem choir is taking you to church—on Saturdays.
Through April 2022
Central Harlem Morningside Park, Morningside Ave and 120th St
Take a selfie with artist Zaq Landsberg's 25-foot-long sculpture, "Reclining Liberty," right above the entrance to the park at 120th Street.
Harlem Grown: Saturdays on the Farm
Saturdays through October
Central Harlem 134th Street Farm, 118 W 134th St between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds
Free workshops for children on farming (sample themes: pollinators, leafy greens, edible flowers) on Harlem Grown's urban farm. Registration is mandatory.
"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.
Hamilton Heights The Grange Bar & Eatery, 1635 Amsterdam Ave at W 141st St
The Grange hosts the Sam Taylor jazz trio every Sunday night.
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, 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.
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