Monday, August 5, 2013

Live the Dream, Celebrate History During Harlem Week

Harlem Week celebrates its 39th anniversary this summer with outdoor concerts, film festivals, sporting events, block parties, seminars, expos, job fairs and more  July 28th through Aug. 24.

This year's theme is “Living The Dream: Celebrating History.” Harlem Week will acknowledge the 150th anniversary of the signing of The Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th Anniversary of The Historic March on Washington, the Super Bowl coming to the New York/New Jersey Area for the first time ever and special musical salutes to the music of Motown via Broadway's Motown The Musical.

  • the first public event, A Great Day In Harlem, taking place Sunday, July 28 at Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial (Grant’s Tomb) at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive. The day will feature entertainment from cultural artists, a Gospel Extravaganza paying tribute to the 1250th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation, The Fashion Fusion show featuring designs from some of the hottest up and coming urban designers and the Concert Under The Stars – “Songs In The Key of Life”, featuring a special tribute to Stevie Wonder, led by Ray Chew, Music Director of American Idol, BET Awards, etc.
  • Business is Booming in Harlem and Economic Development Day Aug. 8 at Columbia University with an all-day expo featuring local entrepreneurs, medium sized businesses and Fortune 200 companies plus seminars on business and health as well as a jobs and career fair.
  • NYC Children’s Festival Aug. 17 and 18 at 135th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd. While the smaller kids enjoy the children’s Festival the college bound young adults can visit the Historic Black College Fair & Expo Aug. 17, also on 135th Street, featuring more than 50 historic black colleges providing information on scholarships, financial aid and more.
Harlem Week began 39 years ago with Harlem Day, which takes place this year on Aug. 18 at 135th Street from St. Nicholas Avenue to 5th Avenue featuring four stages of entertainment, a health village, the Upper Manhattan Auto Show, vendors and exhibitors from around the country and much more.
The final public event will be the Percy E. Sutton Harlem 5kRun and Anti-Gun Violence Walk For Peace Saturday, Aug. 24 beginning at 135th Street. The Walk for Peace is being supported by organizations including the NAACP, the NY Urban League and Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. The walk will conclude with a special event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Historic March on Washington.
For detailed information and to register for selected events visit or call 877-427-5364.

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Theater Critic Lauren Yarger

Theater Critic Lauren Yarger

My Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at

She is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection (, an award-winning website featuring theater and arts news for the state. She is a contributing editor for and is a theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer. She previously served as Connecticut theater editor for and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web.

Yarger is a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

She is a freelance writer and playwright and member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. She also is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle and the CT Press Club.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.


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Key to Content Notes:

God's name taken in vain -- means God or Jesus is used in dialogue without speaking directly to or about them.

Language -- means some curse words are used. "Minor" usually means the words are not too strong or that it only occurs once or twice throughout the show.

Strong Language -- means some of the more heavy duty curse words are used.

Nudity -- means a man or woman's backside, a man's lower front or a woman's front are revealed.

Scantily clad -- means actors' private areas are technically covered, but I can see a lot of them.

Sexual Language -- means the dialogue contains sexually explicit language but there's no action.

Sexual Activity -- means a man and woman are performing sexual acts.

Adultery -- Means a married man or woman is involved sexually with someone besides their spouse. If this is depicted with sexual acts on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Sex Outside of Marriage -- means a man and woman are involved sexually without being married. If this is depicted sexually on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Homosexuality -- means this is in the show, but not physically depicted.

Homosexual activity -- means two persons of the same sex are embracing/kissing. If they do more than that, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Cross Dresser -- Means someone is dressing as the opposite sex. If they do more than that on stage the listing would include the corresponding "sexual activity" and/or "homosexual activity" as well.

Cross Gender -- A man is playing a female part or a woman is playing a man's part.

Suggestive Dancing -- means dancing contains sexually suggestive moves.

Derogatory (category added Fall 2012) Language or circumstances where women are referred to or treated in a negative and demeaning manner.

Other content matters such as torture, suicide or rape will be noted, with details revealed only as necessary in the review itself.

The term "throughout" added to any of the above means it happens many times throughout the show.

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