10/7/18 O&A NYC WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK: October 7 through October 14, 2018

New York City in October is a great time of year (well anytime is a great time in NYC). This week there is outdoor sculpture in Harlem,  Jazz in Brooklyn, Pizza in the Bronx and Dance honors its own at The BessiesHere are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.

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8/15/18 O&A NYC LBGTQ: 21st Annual NYC Black Pride (August 14- August 19, 2018)

New York City Black Pride 2018 celebrates its 21st anniversary this year! This annual multicultural festival is one of the biggest events celebrating Black and Latino LGBT people in the city.  Continue reading

7/17/18 O&A NYC WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK JULY 17- JULY 23, 2018: Art, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre … and More

Mid- July Heatwave, NYC beach and barbecue continues!  New York City is hot. We have modernist sculpture off Fifth Avenue. Beautiful bodies dancing on Fire Island and the Upper Westside. Jokes in Harlem and Hawaii comes to the Bronx.  Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

3/11/16 O&A NYC – OUT AND ABOUT WITH WaleStylez: Slim Dollar and Sonyae Elie at S.O.B.’s

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr. 

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Emerging artists Slim Dollars and Sonyae Elie performed on March 2nd at New York’s S.O.B’s. Slim Dollar’s urban hip-hop flavor complimented the rap infused R&B style of Ms. Elie. The two artists rocked the enthusiastic crowd, which were on their feet throughout the performance.  Continue reading

2/20/15 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Dances From The Cotton Club

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Out and About NYC Magazine is proud to present three dance and music clips from the legendary Cotton Club. Opened in 1923, the Cotton Club on 142nd St & Lenox Ave in the heart of Harlem, New York. The Cotton Club was operated by white New York gangster Owney Madden who used the club as an outlet to sell his alcohol to the prohibition crowd. 

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The Cotton Club at first excluded all but white patrons although the entertainers and most of staff were African-American.  Dancers at the Cotton Club were held to strict standards; they had to be at least 5’6” tall, light-skinned with only a slight tan, and under twenty-one years of age.

The Apollo Dancer sat the Cotton Club Revue in 1938.

Shows at the Cotton Club were musical reviews that featured dancers, singers, comedians, and variety acts, as well as a house band. Duke Ellington led that band from 1927 to 1930, and sporadically throughout the next eight years. The Cotton Club and Ellington’s Orchestra gained national notoriety through weekly broadcasts on radio station WHN some of which were recorded and released on albums. In this clip Duke Ellington and his orchestra perform  Rockin in Rhythm & Bugle Call Rag with dancers Bessie Dudley and Florence Hill from 1933.

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Cotton Club Dancers Bessie Dudley and Florence Hill

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The entertainers who played at the Cotton Club were some of the most widely known blues and jazz performers of their time including Cab Calloway. This is one of Cab’s broadcasts from The Cotton Club in the 30’s after Duke Ellington took to touring on the road. They later became co- house bands at the club.

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Elegant black show girls ditch Opera for Jazz as they get seduced by a hot jazz tune in Red Hot. You’ve never seen this kind of action from the 1930s main stream Hollywood before, it was cut by the Hays Code. Red Hot stars Dorothy Salter and Maurice Rocco.

Red Hot 1930s Cotton Club Show

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The Silver Belles of Harlem are dancers who performed at the Cotton Club during its heyday era. Group members include Marion Coles, Elaine Ellis, Cleo Ellis, Fay Ray, and Bertye Lou Wood were featured in the 2006 documentary directed by Heather Lyn MacDonald, entitled Been Rich All My Life.

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10/8/14 O&A Its Saturday Anything Goes: Our Weekend Picks

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Its Saturday and as the autumn leaves continue to fall the arts are getting that exciting seasonal lift. There is music uptown, musicals celebrating Harlem and Brooklyn, and dancers dancing downtown. Here are our weekend picks in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About.   Continue reading

O&A NYC Wildin Out Wednesday: George Carlin – Seven Words You Can Never Can Never Say On Television

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George Carlin’s best-known routine, Seven Words You Can Never Can Never Say On Television, was arrested after performing this routine at Milwaukee’s Summerfest and charged with violating obscenity laws. The case prompted Carlin to refer to the words as The Milwaukee Seven. Continue reading

Vivian Reed is Back!

By Walter Rutledge

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The multi-award-winning singer, actress and dancer Vivian Reed is back. After a self-imposed hiatus from performing to care for her ailing mother, Reed is back to the business of entertaining. On Tuesday May 20 she is not only back on stage, but also back at 54 Below, 254 W 54th Street, for one performance at 9:30pm. Continue reading