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Harlem Stage Announces Second Annual Open House FREE September 8, 2018


Harlem Stage Announces 2018 Fall Season Presenting World Class Visionary Artists of Color



Visit the Historic Harlem Stage Gatehouse Theater, Preview Select Artists from Upcoming Season, Join a Drum Circle led by Master Drummer King Salim Ajanku and a Community Sing led by Marcelle Davies-Lashley, Participate in Activities, and Dance to Tunes from Harlem’s Own DJ Ness Digital

September 08, 2018 – 3:00-6:00PM


New York, NY – August 22, 2018 – Harlem Stage is back with another amazing season featuring a range of Music, Theater, Spoken Word and the return of their WaterWorks discussion series. Experience this legendary uptown venue that for over 35 years has been promoting the creative legacy of Harlem and visionary artists of color. Harlem Stage will launch the Fall 2018 season with their second annual Open House on September 8, 2018 from 3:00-6:00pm. Harlem Stage welcomes the community and invites all drummers, percussionist, dancers and culture enthusiasts! Participate in a drum circle led by master drummer King Salim Ajanku and a community sing led by Marcelle Davies-Lashley.

Bring your tambourines, djembes, congas, cajónes, hand percussion and joy!

Tour the Gatehouse and learn about its historical restoration from a facility that distributed clean water to New York City into a state-of-the-art flexible performing arts center. Meet some of the artists and learn about Antigone in Ferguson. Presented by Harlem Stage and Theater of War Productions, Antigone in Ferguson is an unprecented five-week run of free performances from September 13th-October 13th, 2018. Open House attendees will view an excerpted performance accompanied by a community sing led by vocalist Marcelle Davies-Lashley. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family and dance to the soulful sounds Harlem’s own DJ Ness Digital.


September 08, 2018
3:00 PM- 6:00 PM
150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street)
Special Event
Tickets: FREE with RSVP
**Note: Email to sign up for the Drum Circle*

“During a time in America and the world in which many of us feel impotent against the oppressive forces of the state, art enables us to respond, to speak truth to power, to resist and to attempt to transform. The time is now and the doors to the Harlem Stage Gatehouse are open” said Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage.

Monique Martin, Director of Programming, said “This season Harlem Stage will continue to be a ‘Sanctuary Space’ for dialogue, bridge building and transcendent theater, music and dance. Artists from down the block, around the way and across the globe will present bespoke programs to ignite our imaginations, pose disrupting questions and ground us in our collective commitment to a world that honors everyone. We look forward to holding space with you and honoring our collective humanity.”

Box Office Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan).
Box Office Hours:  Regular box office hours are 10AM–3PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance.
By Phone: 212.281.9240 ext. 19

Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem’s cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas.For over 35 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through its work with artists of color and by facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts. With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Bill T. Jones, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar-kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Stew, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx and more. Its education program each year provides over 1,000 New York City children with introduction and access to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This once abandoned space, originally a pivotal source for distributing fresh water to New York City, is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. Harlem Stage is a winner of the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

For more information on Harlem Stage, visit: www.
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Connect with Harlem Stage:
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Twitter @myharlemstage




Saturday, September 8 3:00pm- 6:00pm Harlem Stage Open House: Drum Circle, Community Sing & DJ party FREE with RSVP Special Event
September 13 – October 13, Tuesdays – Saturdays 7:30pm

(Saturdays: 3:00pm and 7:30pm)

Harlem Stage & Theater of War Productions Present Antigone In Ferguson FREE with RSVP Theater
Friday, October 19 7:30pm Maimouna Youssef $25 Music
Friday, October 26 7:30pm Sacred Rebel Women $25 Music
Friday, November 2 7:30pm Manhattan School of Music comes to Harlem!

MSM Jazz Orchestra: Tribute to Quincy Jones

$25 Music – Jazz
Thursday, November 15 7:30pm WaterWorks Conversation and Cocktail Party with Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité $50 Special Event
Saturday, November 24 4:00pm-8:00pm The Give Thanks Get Down: A DJ Dance Party! $15 Dance Party
Saturday, December 1 7:30pm Sarah Elizabeth Charles and SCOPE $25 Music
Thursday, December 6 7:30pm Elio Villafranca Afro Caribbean Trio FREE with RSVP Music
Friday, December 14 7:30pm Pop Up Performance at Silvana’s Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Featuring Braxton Cook FREE with RSVP Music
Saturday, December 15 7:30pm Weedie Braimah and The Hands of Time with special guests Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah  and Pedrito Martinez $25 Music






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