A center of innovation and creative catalyst for Harlem, New York and the US, the Apollo Theater continues its role in cultivating emerging talents and established artists in October. With music at its core, the theater has prepared a month of world class events and community programs. There's enough happening to make the Apollo Theater your home for performing arts events in New York this October.
Amateur Night at the Apollo - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October, 7.30pm
Amateur Night at the Apollo / Photo courtesy of Apollo Theater Foundation
The Apollo Theater's signature program, 'Amateur Night', continues in October, helping to discover new talent and emerging artists. There will be a brand new line-up of contestants including aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists. They will compete for the chance to perform during the 8 October Show Off, move on to the Top Dog on 19 November, and the hopefully win the title of Super Top Dog on 26 November and the $10,000 cash prize. Be there to keep or boo them off stage. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office at 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
Africa Now! South Africa - 9 to 12 October
The Soil / Photo courtesy of Apollo Theater Foundation
The Apollo Theater in partnership with the World Music Institute, will be hosting its own annual Africa Now! Festival as part of New York city's celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's inauguration. The 4-day festival reinforces Harlem's enduring cultural and social relationship with South Africa and showcases the country's music scene. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office at 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
Live Wire, 9 October, 6:30 pm - As part of the Apollo's educational Live Wire series, you can join a panel discussion with South Africa artists involved in the Africa Now! Festival to explore themes of cultural identity and South Africa's role in global cultural exchange.
Toya Delazy / Photo courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment South Africa
Music Café, 10 October, 10pm - Toya Delazy, winner of the "Newcomer of the Year" and "Best Pop Album" awards at the 2013 South African Music Awards, will be performing on the Apollo's soundstage. Delazy is a South African singer, pianist, dancer, and performer from KwaZulu-Natal.
Miners Shot Down Film by Rehad Desa / Photo courtesy of Uhuru Productions
Film Screenings, 11 October, 1pm and 4 pm - The Apollo Theater is partnering with the New York African Film Festival, World Music Institute and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to screen 2 South African Films.
Felix' is a family film about a 14 year old boy named Felix Xaba who dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father. It won the Audience Award at Durban and Best Film at Lucas.
The documentary 'Miners Shot Down' by director Rehad Desai, follows a worker's strike in one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines where 34 were killed and many more injured.
Both are FREE screenings at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Mainstage Concert, 11 October, 8 pm - A new generation of South African superstars will dominate the mainstage of the Apollo Theater for a blowout concert. Some of the new big hitters include the US premiere of Tumi Molekane, a socially conscious hip hop artist formerly of Tumi and the Volume, an award-winning a capella group called 'The Soil' whose music may be described as "Kasi Soul", and Simphiwe Dana, the Xhosa singer and songwriter whose unique blend of jazz, afro-soul, hip hop and traditional music has thrilled audiences all over the world.
Vickie Frémont Recycled Art Workshop, 12 October, 1pm - Designer Vickie Frémont will work with participants to craft dolls and other objects inspired by South African music and culture using recycled materials durig her Recycled Art Program at the Apollo.
Vickie Frémont Recycled Art at Museum of Biblical Art / Photo courtesy of Vickie Fremont
Uptown Hall, 12 October, 3pm - As part of the Africa Now! Festival, Apollo's Uptown Hall series will shift its focus to the Harlem community's relationship with South Africa on a social, cultural and political level including the Harlem Renaissance, Nelson Mandela's historic visit in the 1990s, and opportunities and challenges faced by both places today. This is a FREE public event with first admittance given to those who have registered.
The Apollo Theater is one of the venues participating in Open House New York (OHNY). John Reddick, a Harlem historian and Columbia University Community Scholar will be presenting a talk about the theater's 80-year history in Harlem from the Apollo's main stage. This public event is FREE with first admittance given to those who have registered. As part of OHNY, participants can also explore the other historic theater sites along Harlem's 125th Street.