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5 fun things to do in Harlem and Washington Heights this weekend

November 14, 2019

 

Make it a fun weekend with these events you'll only find uptown, including an exhibit featuring long-hidden Harlem art, a classic Hitchcock screening in a spectacular venue, and a brand new documentary film festival celebrating black filmmakers and topics.

 

Harlem Roots

Friday, Nov 15 to January 12, 2020; open Fridays noon-7pm; FREE

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 W 125th St and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, 2nd floor art gallery and community room

After years spent hidden in a flooded basement, then moved twice (including a stop in Albany), the New York State Harlem Art Collection has returned home to the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building and will be on display for two months (the show will be open to the public every Friday). The collection was conceived in 1976 to celebrate the contributions of the Harlem art community and includes work by Roy DeCarava, Elizabeth Catlett and Harlan Jackson.

 

Movies at the Palace: North by Northwest

Friday, Nov 15; pre-show at 7pm; $8-$15

United Palace Theater, 4140 Broadway at 175th St

There's no better place to watch Cary Grant almost get run over by an airplane than the United Palace theater: thanks to a big push from Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family, the spectacular theater, built in 1930, now has a new 50-foot screen, projector and surround-sound speakers. 

 

First Annual Harlem Doc Fest

Friday, Nov 15 to Sunday, Nov 17; FREE

Various locations

The first annual Harlem Doc Fest kicks off at Harlem Stage on Friday night with a screening of "The Remix: Hip-Hop X Fashion," which tells the stories of the female designers and stylists working behind the scenes for hip-hop artists such as Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliot, and Lil’ Kim. Celebrating black documentary filmmakers and topics, the weekend-long festival continues with screenings of "Miles Davis: Birth of Cool," "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," and more at various locations.

 

Moe Resner's Baseball Lecture

Friday, Nov 15 7:30pm-9pm; $10-$15

The Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace between W 160th and W 162nd Sts

If you love baseball, don't miss this evening with author and baseball historian Moe Resner. You'll step back in time for the very last game played by the New York Giants, which took place at the former Polo Grounds a short walk away. Afterwards you can check out the memorabilia-packed exhibit on the second floor, "Home Plate: A Celebration of the Polo Grounds."

 

Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra: Arroz con Schnitzel

• Friday, Nov 15 at 8pm$5-$7, free for children 17 and under

Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church, 178 Bennett Ave between W 189th and W 190th Sts; 

• Saturday, Nov 16 at 3pm; $5-$7; free for children 17 and under

Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W 181st St between Fort Washington and Bennett Aves

Not only does Washington Heights have its own orchestra, but it has one with a sense of humor. This weekend's program is called "Arroz con Schnitzel" and begins with Washington Heights-based composer Valerie Coleman's "Afro-Cuban Concerto," followed by Mozart's Clarinet Quintet and Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony (both were Austrian). Become a donor and join Saturday's post-concert reception featuring local food and a group salsa dance lesson.

 

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