NYC Life: Fashion, Harlem Takeover, Motown & Mardis Gras

Don’t miss Gabrielle Carlson’s Valentine Soiree on Feb. 23.  It’s Black History Month and Harlem is in full swing. Celebrate Mardis Gras at the Blue Note, and Motown at BB Kings.  And tomatoes will love Tulis McCall’s funny and smart one women show. Yep, we’re the city that never sleeps.


Feb. 23. Valentine Soiree with Gabrielle Carlson

It’s never too late to celebrate Valentine’s Day and we can’t think of a better way than to be surrounded by Gabrielle Carlson’s beautiful clothes, sipping wine, and chatting with Gab and other fabulous tomotoes. You’re all invited. Feb. 23. 6-9PM. 501 Lex @47th street. Pop in.


 Feb. 21-25. Black History Month in Harlem

Afropunk the Takeover Harlem “is a series of events featuring live musical performances, film screenings, comedy shows, jam sessions and frank discussions on identity, art, and protest.” Co-Produced by Harlem Stage, The Apollo Theater and a host of legendary Harlem venues, AFROPUNK commemorates Black History Month by celebrating African-American culture and engaging with contemporary thought and issues, in the New York neighborhood that’s been central to the black American experience for well over a century. Get more info.


Feb. 25-26. A Decade of Soul at BB King.

Get ready to groove at B.B. King Blues Club.  From Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder to the Jackson 5 and Sam & Dave, you’ll hear the best tunes from soul’s most popular artists in A Decade of Soul.  Vocalists Prentiss McNeil (The Drifters) and Bruce “Big Daddy” Wayne (Wilson Pickett’s Midnight Movers) head up this show.  You’ll also hear hits from James Brown and Aretha Franklin, not to mention Motown and Stax artists galore.  Get $10 tickets via Goldstar.


Feb. 26. Mardi Gras Brunch at the Blue Note

Celebrate Mardi Gras in style with a special New Orleans-themed brunch show at Blue Note Jazz Club featuring “Hot Lips” Joey Morant and his band Catfish Stew. One of the most exciting trumpeters on the scene today, South Carolina native Joey Morant electrifies audiences with his horn playing, skillful scat singing and big heart. Morant received the 2003 Harlem Jazz & Music Festival Instrumentalist of the Year Award and has performed on Showtime at the Apollo and BET’s Jazz Discovery. Each ticket includes admission to the concert plus your choice of entree and brunch-time beverage.  Get discount tickets via Goldstar.

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