Dwyer Cultural Center Opening Celebrates Harlem's History and Tradition
Say Harlem, and evoke culture â€“ the Harlem Renaissance, the Harlem Boys Choir, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Apollo Theater, Harlem hip-hop artists Kurtis Blow and P.Diddy/Sean Combs. The Dwyer Cultural Center is opening in Harlem, kicking off a week of free events, to celebrate this rich culture of Harlem.
Tuesday night June 16th at 7 p.m. is jazz with Craig Harris and his ensemble, Nation of Imagination. Thursday June 18th is Latin music honoring Graciela, the First Lady of Latin music with a performance by the Harbor Latin Youth Ensemble. Friday, June 19th is the blues with performances by Harlem’s own â€œladies of the bluesâ€ â€“ Ghanniyya Green, Lady Cantrese and LeeOlive Tucker.
All the evening performances include conversations with journalists and academics.
The Dwyer Cultural Center (which has an interesting history itself, a new cultural center rising up in the midst of a recession) bills itself as â€œthe city’s first state-of-the-art, multimedia cultural center devoted exclusively to the culture, traditions, and history of Harlem.â€
It is located at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue, a two-minute walk from the 125th Street station of the A train (Tidbit: â€œYou Must Take The A Trainâ€ was what Duke Ellington scribbled to Billy Strayhorn on his directions to his home in Harlem; Strayhorn used the note to compose the song that became Ellington’s signature.)