Visits

Friday, November 23, 2012

Spare Time

El Museo del Barrio: Exhibitions on the Caribbean and 'Super Sabado!' 
(Saturday and Sunday, and Tuesday through Friday) Two related events focusing on the cultural history of the Caribbean and its Diaspora are now on view. The granddaddy of the two is "Caribbean: Crossroads of the World," a multifaceted exhibition jointly researched and presented in collaboration with the Queens Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. This show, on view through Jan. 6, contains over 550 art pieces by more than 350 artists. A companion display, "Voces Y Visiones: Gran Caribe," focuses on particular artists and how living or leaving the Caribbean has affected their work; it will be up through Dec. 9. Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. To 6 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.; 1230 Fifth Avenue, at 104th Street, East Harlem, (212) 831-7272, elmuseo.org; $9, $5 for students and 65+, free for members and children under 12. (Free for those 65+ on Wednesdays only.)

 
African Diaspora International Film Festival (Friday through Dec. 11) More than 50 films from 30 countries will be screened at several locations around the city during this three-week festival. The lineup includes documentaries and feature and short films, as well as discussions. Opening the festival on Friday is a screening of "Doctor Bello," a film by Tony Abulu about an American doctor, played by Isaiah Washington, who uses nontraditional methods to treat a young patient, including consulting with an uncertified Nigerian doctor. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street. Screening tickets range from $10 to $45. For details and a full schedule:nyadiff.org.
 
City University of New York Graduate Center: West African Griot Summit and Yip Harburg Talk (Tuesday) This griot summit, with performances that incorporate music, storytelling and poetry, will feature musicians from West Africa, including Abdoulaye Diabat√©, a singer and guitarist from Mali; Yacouba Diabate, a kora player; and Mamady Kourouma, a drummer from Guinea. The performance, which costs $15 or $10 for members, kicks off at 7 p.m. On the same evening, at 6:30 p.m., the Graduate Center hosts a free discussion about the human rights efforts of the songwriter Yip Harburg (1896-1981), well known for his lyrics to "Over the Rainbow," "April in Paris" and many other songs. Harriet Hyman Alonso, author of "Yip Harburg: Legendary Lyricist and Human Rights Activist," due out next month, will also talk about Harburg's life and career. 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street, Manhattan, (212) 868-4444, (212) 817-8460,http://bit.ly/T1Okan.
 
Harlem Art Exhibitions (through Dec. 19) Several exhibitions highlighting the cultural and business lives of Harlem are on view. "Harlem Is ... Activism," focusing on those in business and the arts who have made an impact on life in Harlem, is on view at the Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, at 120th Street, Morningside Heights. A companion exhibition, consisting of artwork by emerging and established artists and titled "Spirit of Community: Art and Activism," with pieces by Faith Ringgold and others, is also on view; both displays, sponsored by Community Works, can be viewed weekdays, 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. Through Dec. 4; (212) 459-1854, communityworksnyc.org. At City College, the photography display "Harlem & the City: Over 100 Years of Special Moments" will be on view through Dec. 19. For more information: ccny.cuny.edu

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