There's a little something for everyone this weekend, from an all-day festival celebrating the food, music and style of Africa to a free jazz concert in one of Harlem's historic parks:
Mist Harlem, 46 W 116th St between Fifth Ave and Malcolm X Blvd
Saturday, Feb 22 noon-7pm
Celebrate the tastes, sounds and style of Africa at this all-day event featuring food tastings, a pop-up market, live cultural performances, DJ sets and business panels. Find out which country from Africa and across the diaspora has the best-tasting rice dish at the Rice Dish Challenge, featuring chefs from Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Jamaica, Haiti, and more.
Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, 85 Bradhurst Ave between W 146th and W 147th Sts
Saturday, Feb 22 2pm-4pm; FREE
Head to the historic recreation center at Jackie Robinson Park for this free concert featuring jazz pianist Emme Kemp presented by the Jazz Foundation of America. Kemp will perform for the first hour, followed by an open play inviting attendees to join in.
187 Lenox Ave between W 119th and W 120th Sts
Saturday, Feb 22; seatings at 6pm, 7:30pm, 9pm and 10:30pm
With roots in Puerto Rico, Alex Guzman, the co-owner and chef of Harlem newcomer Archer & Goat, has organized this special night to help families impacted by the recent earthquakes in the town of Guanica, PR. Tickets are $50 and include a cocktail made with pitorro–a Puerto Rican moonshine from the Bronx's Port Morris Distillery–a choice of entree and dessert.
Photo: Archer & Goat