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November Is Native American Heritage Month

TONIGHT! November 7

2013 Stars of New York Dance.  Kumble Theatre. DeKalb Ave. and Flatbush   Six 2013 Brooklyn leaders (the “Dancing Stars”) and their professional dance artists, compete to win a $5,000 dance scholarship award for the dance partners’ dance organization to pay for the children’s dance tuition fees, class uniforms, shoes and dance costumes: •Carlo A. Scissura, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President & CEO


Victor Reddick, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn •Elwanda Young, United Way of NYC Sr. Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer; Keisha James, Restoration’s Youth Arts Academy; L. Joy Williams, President, Brooklyn NAACP; Jared Lewis, Asase Yaa School of the Arts; The Honorable Betty Staton, Executive Director, Bedford Stuyvesant Community Legal Services; Jude M. Perry-Evans, Balance Dance Theater; L. Henry, Executive Director, Frank R. Bell Funeral Home, Inc.; Melissa Gray, Leaps & Bounds School of Dance, Inc.; Minister Joel Youngblood, Chief Operating Officer, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church; Naeemah Brown, Cradle-N the Rock Youth Dance Ensemble

Special guest presenters include: Errol Louis, event host and the host of “Inside City Hall” on NY 1 News; BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins; and Brooklyn Arts Council President Ella J. Weiss. VIP Tickets include VIP Seating and the 5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception for $125. 7 p.m. General Admission Tickets are $75. •Phone: 917-623-7299 •Website:

November 8


7:30p: Karen L. Smith, sister of the late Barbara Boyd-Smith, returns home to Brooklyn to showcase her new jazz-influenced musical, “3 Divas 3” on stage at Stuyvesant Heights Christian Church, 69 MacDonough St. $30 at the door.  Contact : Michael C. Smith @ 718-501-9416.


November 9

12noon-7p: Diaspora Art Mart presents Be Thankful.  Artists and artisans share their collections of clothing, jewelry, accessories, natural products and more, including Edutainment with performance artists at 3pm and a Grand Fashion extravaganza at 4pm. Admission: Grateful Spirit. YWCA – 30 Third Avenue, corner of Atlantic Ave., 2nd floor/Ruby Nottage Gallery. Producers: Brenda Brunson-Bey and The Tribal Truths Collection, 718-643-8322 and Delali Haligah’s Osun Designs, 718-978-3467,.



November 9-10

2013 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

“Power and Sovereignty”, Boys & Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY.  The Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference connects growers, eaters and organizations across the country to nurture the health and well-being of Black America and the environment as a whole. Attendees explore issues of race, class, health and food through panel discussions, workshops, films and conversations.  Resources are exchanged. Keynoters are:  Monica White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison & President of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network; and Ben Burkett, President, National Family Farm Coalition.


November 16


4 pm: Hip-Hop History Workshop for Teens: B-Boy & B-Girl Dancing with Kwikstep and Rokafella. The Schomburg Center celebrates Hip-Hop History Month in November with four interactive workshops for teens that will explore the four elements of hip-hop: MCing, DJing, B-boy/girl Dancing, and Graffiti/Aerosol Art. Knowledge, the fifth element of hip-hop, is at the root of each session led by pioneers and practitioners of the culture.  Presented by Schomburg Education as part of the Schomburg’s Hip-Hop 4.0 Initiative. FREE! Registration required!


November 17

BEPAA Presents a Master Class: An Afternoon with Tom Burrell, author of “Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority”, John Henrik Clarke House, 286 Convent Avenue, New York, NY. Admission is Free. Call 347-907-0629



December 7

7:30p: Camille A. Brown’s Mr. TOLERANCE, Kumble Theatre. DeKalb Ave. and Flatbush.  $15 Students, Seniors. Tickets: ( 718) 488-1624


December 13

9p-3a: HATTIE CARTHAN COMMUNITY GARDEN: “CHRISTMAS DANCE” – 423 Nostrand Avenue.  Contact: Greg Matthews: 347-932-7157.  Reggie: 347-285-9774. Melvin: 347-792-0898.



Thru November 24

Woodie King Jr’s New Federal Theatre kicks off its 44th season with the first play of “The Ed Bullins Project” – – In The Wine Time, directed by Mansoor Najee-ullah on Oct. 25th at Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street), continuing through November 24th. In The Wine Time will feature Richard Brundage, Angelique Chapman, Khadim Diop, Matthew Faroul, Lindsay Finnie, Harrison Lee, Catherine Peoples, Shirlene Victoria Quigley, Sandra Reaves-Phillips Kim Sullivan, Eddie Wardel, and Eboni Witcher. Tickets: or call 212-353-1176.


Thru January 3, 2014: Noisy in the Next Room, Danny Simmons’ solo exhibition of new work at Restoration’s Skylight Gallery speaks to the heart and soul of human existence, providing a dramatic and compelling bridge between the past and now, we are asked to imagine a future where hope and revival are commonplace. His paintings operate on multiple levels of perception, employing commonplace practices of repetition and erasure, urging you to abandon the notion of up and down. The exhibit kicks off the 2013-2014 season of The Skylight Gallery. Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 11am- 6pm, Saturday, 1pm – 6pm. For information, call 718-636-6949.



Thru January 11, 2014: The Games We Played, a nostalgic revisit through art to the street and board games played by young people and families back in the day,  is an art exhibition at House of Art. While some games occupied the entire sidewalk, other games took up the whole street. There were also classic games played indoors when households still had family game night. This exhibition will showcase a diverse group of emerging-to-established artists with a multitude of genres featuring Guy Stanley Philoche, Jamel Shabazz, Dan Ericson, Charlotta Janssen, Leroy Campbell and others. 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd.


Thru January 14: Schomburg Collects WPA Artists 1935 – 1943. The exhibition highlights the work of visual, literary and performing black artists. It presents founder Arturo Schomburg’s commitment to establish and preserve a black art collection as well as the artists’ responses to America’s racial climate.  Schomburg Collects will feature works by Hale Woodruff, Augusta Savage, Beauford Delaney, James Van Der Zee, Richard Wright, Bob Blackburn, Addison Scurlock, Zora Neale Hurston. Call for hours. 515 Malcolm X. Blvd. @ 135th St. (212) 491-2200.

Thru March 9, 2014: Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, Brooklyn Museum’s first museum survey of more than fifty works of the internationally renowned Nairobi-born, Brooklyn-based artist. Her first-ever animated video is shown as part of the artwork of collages, sketchbook samples, sculpture, a site-specific wall piece and immersive installations. 200 Eastern Parkway, call for hours and entry fees: 718-638-5000.