Apolloís 75th Anniversary Celebration Includes DC, NY and Detroit
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Apolloís 75th Anniversary Celebration Includes DC, NY and Detroit

apollo's 75thHarlem’s legendary Apollo Theater opened its signature show January 27 with a special performance by hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh. Amateur Nights continue through October 2010 every Wednesday at 7:30p at the Apollo, 253 West 125th Street (Martin Luther King, Blvd.) in Harlem. Tickets for Amateur Night is $17 and available at the theater’s box office and Ticketmaster.

The first Amateur Night took place in 1934 in the world’s most famous pan-African community, Harlem. The Apollo plans to hold auditions in Washington later this year. Look for the audition announcement in Snippets.

Exhibit Comes to Washington, Detroit, New York

From April 23 - August 29, 2010, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington presents the first exhibition to examine the rich history and cultural significance of The Apollo. With original artifacts, music, and video, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment” tells the story of the Apollo from its origins as a segregated burlesque hall to its starring role at the epicenter of African American entertainment and American popular culture. Exhibits will include:

  • James Brown’s hyperkinetic performances and the live recordings that went on to become best-selling classics
  • Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s spell-binding footwork in a Gilbert and Sullivan opera
  • Ella Fitzgerald’s Amateur Night debut at the age of 17
  • The Jackson Five’s breakthrough performance, featuring a 9-year-old Michael Jackson
  • The Supremes in a dazzling Motown Revue.

Following its premiere in the nation’s capital, the exhibition moves to Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from October 1, 2010 - January 2, 2011, at the Museum of the City of New York from January 30 - May 1, 2011, and in four additional U.S. cities to be announced.

The Companion Book

Published by Smithsonian Books, the richly illustrated book will explore the social and historical significance of the Apollo and the cultural impact of the artists who performed there. Zita Allen, a former critic for Dance Magazine, focuses on the legacy of the Apollo chorus line dancers. Greg Tate, at work on a biography of James Brown, investigates the unique success of the God Father of Soul. Mel Watkins, author of On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy, writes about pioneering comedians at the Apollo. Ethnomusicologist Christopher Washburne, founding director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University, writes about Latin music at the Apollo.

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Free Chinese New Year Event - Washington

The National Geographic Museum, in conjunction with its popular exhibition "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor," welcomes the Chinese New Year a week early with a free family festival Saturday, February 6. The festivities take place in the National Geographic's Dining Hall and Grosvenor Auditorium, 1145 17th Street, NW, from 11a to 3p.

The festival, sponsored by PF Chang's China Bistro, will include free food from the restaurant (while supplies last); film screenings; activities for kids; table tennis; raffles; live performances including martial arts demonstrations; and more.

The public will have the opportunity to receive free tickets to the “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor” exhibition throughout the day, courtesy of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. (Exhibition tickets will not be available for purchase that day.)

• 150 free tickets will be distributed for the 12p viewing. Distribution of these tickets will begin at 11a at National Geographic’s M Street building entrance. The tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of two tickets per person.

• Raffles will be held every half hour during the festival beginning at 11:30a for the chance to win tickets for the 3p viewing that day.

• Additional tickets will be distributed by P.F. Chang’s China Bistro via Facebook and Twitter.

National Geographic Live! will also present a kung-fu film festival Saturday, February 20.

Itís Unanimous: Close the Door Census 2010:†Are You a Negro?

survey iconIt was unanimous, Snippets readers chose Close the Door as the best song the late Teddy Pendergrass’s (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010) ever recorded. There were no votes for any of his other tunes.

2010 census form

The 2010 Census will ask: What is person 1's race? One of the choices will be: Black, African Am, or Negro.

This Week’s Question: Is it offensive for the 2010 Census to use the word “Negro” on the 2010 Census form?

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Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art Opens

“Grass Roots” traces the evolution of an ancient art while examining rice-growing societies which, through the trans-Atlantic slave trade, exported their cultures to America. The exhibition, which opens Thursday, February 4, 6:30p - 8:30p features baskets from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia as well as from diverse regions of Africa, and artifacts, such as basket-making tools. The opening receptions is free.

Suggested admission is $2. The exhibit closes Saturday, March 13 at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street in Alexandria, VA. ( 703.838.4356.)

POH Seeks Entertainment Editor

port of harlemPort of Harlem seeks a new entertainment editor. If interested click here to send us an e-mail along with a writing sample, preferably an entertainment article.

Click Here for a List of Places to Find Port of Harlem from Ben's Chili Bowl to Banjul . . . from Kay Cee Drugs to King-Kennedy King Library in Gary, IN.


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Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.

We selected the second and fifth correct entries and the winners are:  Senora Mitchell and Joe Leak. Both have won a pair of tickets to view Mahalia! at MetroStage

After being canceled because of the snowstorm, DC Loves Haiti:  A Benefit for the People of Haiti, cosponsored by Port of Harlem magazine, takes place this Saturday, February 6, from 6p to 9p at the Park on Fourteenth Street, 920 14th Street, Washington, District of Columbia.  

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