Open House Weekend at the Apollo Theater

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Date(s) - 9 Feb 2013 until 10 Feb 2013
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Apollo Theater

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Saturday, February 9 from 12 Noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 from 12 Noon – 5 p.m.


Join the Apollo Theater for its Open House Weekend during which it will open its doors to give members of the Harlem community, New York City residents and tourists alike a unique and free glimpse into the Apollo’s rich history, the Theater’s current and upcoming activities, and programs of other local organizations as well.  Patrons will get to:
·         See film clips, shorts and exhibition panels on the Apollo’s history.

·         Partake in self-guided tours of the historic theater.

·         Visit exhibitor tables staffed by the Apollo’s community partners.

·         Enjoy Billy Mitchell, the Apollo Theater Ambassador, as the weekend’s
Master of Ceremonies.

·         Glimpse sneak previews of the Apollo’s 2013 season.

Special Preview of Apollo 2013 Programs

Join us for an afternoon co-MC’ed by WQXR-FM’s Terrance McKnight with exciting previews of the Africa Now! Festival, Tongues of Fire Choir, Leslie Uggams’ Uptown/Downtown musical, and performances from Amateur Night at the Apollo’s Belinda Munro & Kai Rivera plus Decadance Theater highlighting Breakin’ Convention: Hip-Hop Dance Theater Festival.

Free Family Instrument Making Workshop

The Apollo Education Program presents its annual Open House Weekend Family Instrument Making Workshop on the Apollo Soundstage at 2:45P. Musician Kevin Hylton and visual artistMiah will guide participants in creating and decorating handmade instruments.

After the workshop, stick around for the Family Jam Session. Learn about the tradition of the West African Djeli. Join in with the musicians using your own handmade instrument.
This workshop is appropriate for ages 5 and over.  Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Space for this activity is limited and pre-registration is strongly suggested.

Click here to register.

Special Preview of Apollo 2013 Programs

Day two of Open House Weekend will feature dynamic previews of more groundbreaking events:Apollo Club Harlem hosted by tap sensation Maurice Hines, The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan by Broadway vocalist Rosena Hill Jackson, NextLevel Squad from Breakin’ Convention: Hip-Hop Dance Theater Festival, an excerpt from The National Black Theatre’s Lyrics From Lockdown, performances from Amateur Night at the Apollo’s Nicole Vanessa Ortiz & Arianna Hanson, and a recreation of Apollo legends gracing our stage by cast members of Motown: The Musical

Free Film Screenings


Respond to Sound II: The History of Black Street Dance (1P)
Voices of Love: Whitney Houston and Her Family (3:30P)
Harlem Is…Music (2:30P)

A free screening of a number of films including Voices of Love: Whitney Houston and Her Familywill be shown during the second day of the Apollo’s Open House Weekend.  Voices of Love is a look into one of America’s most musically influential families, the Drinkards.  The documentary features performances, never-before-seen footage, and exclusive interviews and traces the history of song in this talent-infused family.

Celebrating the spirit, strength of family, and the power of gospel music to heal, to transcend and to entertain, Voices of Love features Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston, Sweet Inspirations, The Drinkard Singers, Roberta Flack, Gary Houston and The Drinkard Singers II and includes footage shot at the Apollo.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Gary Keys.

Additionally films to be screened throughout the day include Respond to Sound II: The History of Black Street Dance featuring KRS-ONE, the Black-Eyed Peas, Cab Calloway and others as well as Community Works’ documentary Harlem Is… Music.   

The Apollo Open House is sponsored by Morgan Stanley with generous support provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

WNYC is the Apollo’s media partner for Open House.

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