11/22/18 O&A NYC WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK: November 22 through December 1, 2018 (Including Thanksgiving Weekend Guide)- Art, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre and More


Thanksgiving signals the official start of the holiday season. It is also the beginning of the holiday arts season and this week the excitement is palpable. Theatre aboard from City College to Hell’s Kitchen, music brings back the 60’s on the Upper Westside, with protest art in Chelsea; and while the Ailey company celebrates turning 60 in midtown, we have a group of over 60 “Sugar Babies” dancing in  Harlem. Here 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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11/14/18 O&A NYC DANCE/HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Dance Of The Village Elders Present Santa’s Babies

Dance Of The Village Elders presents their annual Christmas Concert/fundraiser appropriated titled Santa’s Babies. The performance will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2018, 4pm at St. Philip’s Church located at 204 West 134 Street in the village of Harlem. The concert title is an homage to the indomitable spirit of the Village Elders; who have made Eartha Kitt’s Christmas classic, Santa Baby, into their signature holiday work.  Continue reading

4/28/18 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES- HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Bartendaz Rough Cut Documentary

Bartendaz Rough Cut Documentary chronicles The Bartendaz, an urban outdoor fitness culture who work out in Harlem parks.  Continue reading

12/14/17 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez FASHION: PG 1 “Wild West” PE At House Of Hoops

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

Nike is bringing attention back to House of Hoops with more exclusive drops of special edition basketball shoes. House Of Hoops in Harlem will drop Paul George’s signature shoes name the Wild West, although the colorway and theme revealed by Nike Basketball color-blocking guru @beensmoove lends to a sandy beach theme. Continue reading

11/3/17 O&A NYC THIS WEEK: Chez Lucienne Reopens

By Walter Rutledge

Chez Lucienne celebrated it’s reopening on Wednesday, November 1st. The restaurant, which has been closed for the last two month, is back with a new look, a new menu and under new management. Located at 308 Lenox Avenue (one door south of Red Rooster) this quaint little French Bristo has returned with great panache and West African flair.

The remodeled décor has a freshness that accommodates both the happy hour revelers and intimate dining. A serpentine shaped communal seating area framed by ceiling to floor French doors provides an excellent area to mingle. Window shutters uniformly adorned with mirrors lined the long white washed brick wall.

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The revamped menu has retained some Chez Lucienne staples. Great burgers ranging from the Le Burger Classique (angus beef) to a veggie burger with chipotle mayo, and French cuisine favorites as Steak Frittes in a signature peppercorn sauce have survived the transition. And new dishes such as La Grillade D’Agneau (lamb Dibbi Mbacke style) Les Boulettes de Poisson Sauce Dakar (Senegalese fish balls in a tomato stew) offer patrons an exciting West African alternatives to French inspired dining.

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Chez Lucienne offers lunch beginning at 11am, happy hour 4pm- 7pm and late night dining until 2am. For reservations call (212) 289-5555. Bon appetite.

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9/27/17 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Cotton Comes To Harlem- Iris, Officer Jerema and the Paper Bag

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Cotton Comes to Harlem was the beginning of short period in American film that featured black actors in leading roles and the themes dealt with issues from the African-American microcosm. With a screenplay by Arnold Perl and Ossie Davis, and  directed by Davis this action drama represents the black prospective. Much of the film’s humor is urban black comedy, which was groundbreaking in 1970.

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8/30/17 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Cashflow Harlem Ft. Cardi B Ladies vs Thots

CashFlow is a Hip Hop artist from Harlem, NewYork and purportedly has the rap skills of NAS / Jay-Z and the charisma and star power of Will Smith. This is some build up. Others have called him the LL COOL J for 2006!
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4/11/17 O&A NYC HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Bartendaz Rough Cut Documentary

Bartendaz Rough Cut Documentary chronicles The Bartendaz, an urban outdoor fitness culture who work out in Harlem parks.  Continue reading

4/3/17 O&A NYC REVIEW MUSIC: Bobbi Humphrey’s Homemade Jam In Harlem

By Walter Rutledge

Bobbi Humphrey performed two sold out shows on March 25 at Red Rooster’s Ginny’s Supper Club. Continue reading

2/6/17 O&A NYC DANCE: The Dance Of The Village Elders is back!

The Dance Of The Village Elders is back! The fitness, exercise and dance program for senior adults resumed classes in Harlem on Thursday February 2nd from 2pm to 3:30pm at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 204 West 134th Street. Class will be held on Thursday afternoons and run through the end of June. Dance Of The Village Elders classes are free to the public. Continue reading