Greetings! with Black History Month 2018 in motion, we salute Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who in 1915, along with Jesse E. Moorland, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now known as the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History) The organization set the foundation for what would become today’s national Black History Month, observed each February. The 2018 theme, “African-Americans in Times of War,” commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I in 1918.
The month sets the stage for a coming epic, Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther,” which according to movie industry experts is heading for as much as $150 million in its North American opening on the four-day Presidents Day weekend. The film starring Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o also stars Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan. Ryan Coogler directed. “Black Panther” is outpacing all superhero movies in advance ticket sales for Fandango’s online tickets service, eclipsing 2016’s “Batman v Superman,” even though it doesn’t open in theaters until Feb. 16.
“Josh” tells the story of “The Black Babe Ruth,” Josh Gibson, a legendary Negro League Baseball player who some say died of a broken heart. Gibson was determined to make it into major league baseball, despite the odds. Set in the 1940s and based on real events. Feb. 8 to Feb. 25, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (between Ninth and 10th streets), New York, N.Y. Call 212-254-1109 or visit theaterforthenewcity.net.
“An Adam Experiment” provides a rare glimpse into the life of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who fought for social justice and equality during the Civil Rights Movement while also wrestling with his own demons. Billie Holiday Theatre,1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y. For tickets, call 718-636-6995 or visit thebillieholiday.org.
“X or Betty Shabazz & the Nation,” written by Marcus Gardley, directed by Ian Belknap, five weeks only. The Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. Call 866-811-4111 or visit www.stclementsnyc.org/.
“Sistas: The Musical,” St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. Running through January 2018. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com.
“The Lion King,” Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit http://minskofftheatre.box-officetickets.com.
A Night of Love, featuring Anthony Hamilton, Kesha Cole, Avant, Tamia, Eric Benet and Donell Jones, Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
An Evening of Love, featuring Brian McKnight, K-C and JoJo, Christopher Williams and Al B. Sure, Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m., The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Rd., Mashantucket, Conn. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Jeffrey Osborne, Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic: Funky Fat Tuesday Celebration, Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.