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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

TOP 5 (THE ARTS)


1.

Hip Hop Kung Fu
Dancing in the Streets
Tues, Aug 2 & Wed, Aug 3

Through a juxtaposition of the martial arts disciplines Shaolin Wushu Kung Fu and Tai Chi and hip-hop dance styles such as krumping, vogueing, waacking, locking and freestyle, dancer Buddha Stretch and his crew show the reciprocal influences of Asian culture and hip-hop. Tuesday’s event is an open dress rehearsal and conversation with the artists at Casita Maria in the Bronx. Wednesday’s event is the world premiere performance, plus a question-and-answer session, at the Asia Society in Manhattan. Both shows are free.

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Valerie "Ms. Vee" Ho.
Photo: Linda Gunther
2.

Thieves
Public Theater
Wed, Aug 3–Sun, Aug 14

American Indian Artists (AMERINDA) presents a play about searching. Set in a powwow in a Brooklyn high school, deals are made, souls are compromised, love blossoms, identity is sought after and redemption is found. At times laugh-out-loud funny and at times frighteningly brutal, the play highlights the absurdity of the urban Indian's dual existence.

3.

Word for Word Author: Sapphire
Bryant Park Reading Room
Wed, Aug 3

The writer of the novel Push, which became the award-winning film Precious, talks about her sequel (The Kid) which follows the son of Claireece “Precious” Jones, as he navigates life as an orphan in New York City.

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Sapphire.
4.

Out of Doors Festival: Malkit Singh and Dengue Fever
Damrosch Park
Thurs, Aug 4

The impassioned vocals of Indian singer Malkit Singh have earned him a Knighthood and made him an unrivaled global superstar of bhangra and Punjabi pop style. L.A.’s Dengue Fever, fronted by Cambodia-born singer Chhom Nimol, mixes 1960s psychedelia, Cambodian rock, surfy garage-pop and Afro grooves.

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Dengue Fever.
Photo: Lauren Dukoff
5.

SummerStage in Harlem: Henry V by William Shakespeare
Marcus Garvey Park
Fri, Aug 5 & Sat, Aug 6

The Classical Theatre of Harlem and director Jenny Bennett explore the thoughtful, funny and belligerent diplomacy of the young King Henry V. Henry's reputation as a fun-loving lad who’s lived among the common folk inspires love from commoners and disregard from his enemies. He lays claim to France, and invades the country with a “band of brothers.”

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