Community Calendar October 31 - November 6

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 10/31/2019, 1:25 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week!
"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is Enuf" Joan Marcus photo

Greetings! We move into our GBE “Black Business Month,” Nov. 2019, saluting the many who have and will start the businesses of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Special kudos to Berry Gordy Jr. creator of Motown, who has officially retired at age 89 as the company celebrates 60 years. (See “TVFILM and “COMMUNITY”)

At WBAI, the struggle continues in the courtroom, with “Pacifica Over America” still overriding local originated programming. Stay tuned for court decisions. Monitor it al at


“Fires in the Mirror” is a reimagining—with new performers and collaborators—of Anna Deavere Smith’s Drama Desk award winning groundbreaking response to a civil outbreak. The work reveals the underlying racial tensions in the nestled Brooklyn community of Crown Heights in the summer of 1991. This landmark play is launching Anna Deavere Smith’s Residency 1 at Signature...Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. For more information, contact the Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036; tickets: 212-244-7529 or visit

“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered SuicideWhen The Rainbow Is Enuf” The late legendary playwright/ poet Ntozake Shange tells the brilliant stories of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. With each woman’s survival story in a world shaped by sexism and racism. Directed by Leah C Gardener, choreographed by Camille A Brown. Running now through Nov. 17. Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette St (at Astor Place), Manhattan. For more information, call: 212-967-7555 or visit:

“Slave Play” comes to Broadway. Written by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by two-time NAACP and OBIE Award winner Robert O’Hara. The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation—nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems ripping apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in 21st-century. For more information, visit:

“Porgy & Bess” One of America’s favorite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production premiered in London in 2018 transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. Now thru Feb. 1, 2020 at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, Manhattan. For more information, visit:

“The Best Things In Life” playwright David Lamb; producer Jamillah Lamb (Creators of “Platanos and Collard Greens”) are back with the hilarious, romantic, redemptive story of music’s biggest star who’s sold out to have it all, until an unwanted visit from the ancestors upends his world. Sat., Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.. Improv Asylum, 307 West 26th Street, Manhattan. For more information, call: 212-352-3101 or visit:

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street, Manhattan. The ‘Queen of Rock n Roll,’ in performances now. Official opening Nov. 7. Tony Award and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren (“Shuffle Along”) is cast in the title role, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Tina at select performances Daniel J. Watts as Ike Turner. For information, visit: theatre-tickets-new-york/venue/24583

“Ain’t Too Proud” celebrates The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau. The Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. For information, call: 844-379-0370 or visit: