Experience: Harlem will kickoff the month and the calendar’s launch with a cocktail reception on February 4, at La Bodega 47, uptown’s new rum bar opening on 118th & Lenox. Founded by former Native owner, Brian Washington-Palme, at Native’s former location, the new spot will be a much-anticipated rum bar, adding to Lenox Avenue’s expanding hot spot list.
The calendar highlights the most exciting Black History Month experiences and Harlem institutions including the Apollo Theater, which will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a FREE Open House Weekend of activities on February 8 and 9, along with Dance Theater of Harlem, which celebrates its 45th anniversary, plus events at Harlem Stage, the Dwyer Cultural Center, Studio Museum of Harlem, City College Center for the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, among others.
“We're excited by this partnership with Experience: Harlem to produce a calendar to highlight the outstanding Harlem organizations and their events scheduled for Black History Month 2014,” says Ademola Olugebefola, artist, vice president, Dwyer Cultural Center. “It’s also an open invitation to visit Harlem and the world class arts and cultural institutions — that keep our community vital as the heart of Black America — twelve months a year.”
Experience: Harlem CEO, Angie Hancock, who moved to Harlem in 2003 and launched the company in 2006 by parlaying her savvy style and marketing background to connect and tantalize the senses of an emerging uptown nightlife scene, sees Black History Month as a special time Harlemites, other New Yorkers and visitors from around the world to take in all that Harlem has to offer. "Harlem has an amazing and dynamic arts & culture scene and we encourage anyone who appreciates good entertainment, rich history and an authentic New York experience to come up and celebrate."
"Harlem Community Development Corporation (“Harlem CDC”) is pleased to join the Dwyer Cultural Center and Experience: Harlem in supporting and promoting Harlem as the reigning capital of Black America,” says Harlem CDC president, Curtis L. Archer. “Here is where jazz music, dance, writing and art all found a place to exhibit free expression and put the community on the world stage. Our support of this initiative is important in promoting Harlem as a destination for arts and culture to the outside world. As an organization charged with improving economic conditions for residents and businesses, we are excited to meet the challenge."
For a complete listing of Harlem’s Month of Black activities, visit Experience: Harlem (www.experienceharlem.com)