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01 Sep 2009

Manhattan – Thurgood Marshall Academy

Arts In My Backyard, Manhattan No Comments

IB Manhattan High School:  Thurgood Marshall Academy
Faculty/Administrative Contacts:  Tara Gardner, Dr. Sandye Johnson
IB Manhattan College:  City College of New York
Faculty/Administrative Contacts: P rofessor Eugene Nesmith

Thoughts of the arts in Manhattan immediately conjure images of the great museums and, of course, the bright lights of Broadway. But the island of Manhattan is alive with electricity during the summer from downtown’s Battery Park to Harlem and beyond — and you have the opportunity to be charged by its wattage!

For instance, you may have heard about the revival of the Tony award winning musical, The Wiz at City Center (it closes July 5th, so you can still make it), starring  Grammy award winning Ashanti… but did you know that The Harlem Repertory Theatre will also present an interpretation of this musical theater classic this year? Performances take place at Harlem’s Aaron Davis Hall every Friday and Saturday from July 24th to September 5th!

Also, not only does the world famous Apollo Theater present its legendary Amateur Night every Wednesday, it has also introduced NEXT, at The Apollo Pass, a  great  program that lets you purchase a pair of tickets to any show for $7.50 once you’ve paid the same amount for the membership pass. NEXT specially priced tickets are on a first come first serve basis through June 2010.

Harlem Week and Jazzmobile, two Harlem institutions, offer entertainment and social engagement – and shopping! On the theater tip, the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival will present Scandalous People – A Sizzling Jazzical!written by African American playwright and Brooklyn resident, Myra Churchill. Oh, and if you want to to the family spiritual thing, there is the amazing new spot, Gospel Uptown featuring great music and food.

Other NYC FREE summer staples include SummerStage, the premier concert series in Central Park, and Shakepeare in the Park the always amazing and multi-cultural offering of British playwright. Also notable on the city concert calendar is a CityParks concerts presentation of the Dominican sound on August 18th when the bachata groupXtremepays a visit to Washington Heights’ Highbridge Park.

Key websites for NYC happenings:
www.nycgo.com (official tourism site),

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