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9 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Jan 3, 2021

"Uno Dos Tres," a new mural in East Harlem by Carmen Herrera
"Uno Dos Tres" by Carmen Herrera

A new abstract mural in East Harlem, a legendary Harlem dance company's first virtual matinee, and more fun things to see and do this weekend:


East Harlem JHS 99, 410 E 100th St between FDR Drive and First Ave

A mural of Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera's "Uno Dos Tres," painted by students from the arts and education nonprofit Publicolor, is now up on the eastern wall of East Harlem school JHS 99. The 105-year-old abstract painter had her first solo exhibition at the Whitney in 2016.


Saturday, November 14

Various locations

Celebrate the beginning of India's famous five-day festival of lights with your own feast from one of Harlem's growing number of Indian restaurants: (from south) Indian Summer, Chaiwali, Clove and Mumbai Masala.

Sunday, November 15 at 3pm, $7

Via Zoom

For the first time, this legendary dance company's Sunday matinee—frequently sold-out when held in person—is headed to Zoom. Join for live and recorded performances from not just the Dance Theatre of Harlem, but the Axis Dance Company, the Ensemble Theatre, and more.


In case you missed it:

Friday-Sunday noon-5pm

Central Harlem 2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts

This unique shop specializing in chocolates inspired by Harlem reopens on November 6 after being closed due to the pandemic.

Saturday and Sunday noon-5pm, through November 15

East Harlem El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave at E 104th St

Stop by El Museo's galleries to see "Sweet Blue," this year's Dia de los Muertos altar by artists Libby Paloma and Ace Lehner.

Through November 22, by appointment only

East Harlem El Barrio's Art Space PS 109, 215 E 99th St between Second and Third Aves

The art of 46 local artists—everything from a yarn bomb of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to black-and-white portrait photography—are featured in this exhibit that's a response to "uncertain times." Bonus: all the work is for sale.

Central Harlem 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

After months of pandemic-enforced silence, one of Harlem's top spots for live music reopens. Call to RSVP.

Through November 29

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.

Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm through December 6

Washington Heights The Hispanic Society Museum & Library, Audubon Terrace, Broadway between W 155th and W 156th Sts

Explore the museum's treasures—Goya! El Greco! Velázquez!—which have been reproduced for this outdoor installation in the majestic front terrace. Each artwork also has its own free audio guide you can download on your phone.

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