Community Calendar February 20 - February 26

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 2/20/2020, 5:40 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week!

Greetings! Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had this to say about the Kobe Bryant Memorial coming up this weekend, Feb. 24, at the Staples Center: “I think one message that I would say is this is not just about a man who was a basketball player, this is about a father, this is about a leader, this is about a filmmaker, this is about an artist, this is about somebody who was so much more than just how he was on the court,” he told reporters. We are one city that believes in each other, believes in something bigger than ourselves, and we will absolutely do everything to make sure that this is done so that everybody can come to it as well.”

THEATER

“A Soldiers Play” Roundabout Theatre Co. presents Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece bursts onto Broadway, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun”), starring three-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier and two-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, now through Mar. 15, American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St. (btw. 7th and 8th Aves), Manhattan. For ticket information, call: 212-719-1300 or visit: www.roundabout theatre.org/get-tickets/2019-2020-season/a-soldiers-play/.

“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 St, Manhattan. The ‘Queen of Rock n Roll,’ in performances now; 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 ticket information, visit: www.ticketmaster.com/lunt-fontanne-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. Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. For information, call: 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice.com.

“Chicken and Biscuits” A new comedy by Douglass Lynne with heart, soul and a little shade. Feb.28–Mar.22. Queens Theatre located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly under the iconic towers of the New York State Pavilion. Easily accessible by car, bus and subway. For tickets, call: 718-760-0064, or visit: queenstheatre.org

MUSIC

“DrumFolk: Step Africa” Powerful. The drum is talking. The music is calling. When Africans lost the right to use their drums, the beats found their way into the body of the people—the DRUMFOLK. New percussive art forms took root and made way for tap, beatboxing and the African American tradition of stepping. From hambone to hip hop, an extraordinary ensemble of dancers, drummers and musicians takes us from West Africa to Washington, D.C., with hidden histories and resounding rhythms that transformed America. 3 weeks only! Feb. 28–Mar. 15 at the New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., Manhattan. For more information, call: 646-223-3010 or visit: www.newvictory. org

Jill Scott brings her “Who Is Jill Scott: Words and Sounds” Vol.1 anniversary tour to NYC on Thur. Feb 20 at Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Ave. of Americas. For more information, call: 212-632-4000. Tickets on sale at Ticketmaster.com

Come celebrate Black History Month in the heart of the Hudson Valley at a new, weekend long festival celebrating Gospel music. Feb.21–23. Hosted by the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, Majed Neshewat Convention Center and Changepoint Theatre. For more information, visit: duchesstourism.com/ticket info