Written by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photos: Amos White V
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APOLLO OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
NEW YORK, NY (March 2, 2009) Harlem’s Apollo Theater hosted a free Open House Weekend, February 21 – 22, and again on February 28 – March 1, as part of its programming for their 75th Year Anniversary season.
The event featured tours, a mini-exhibition of archival photography, screenings of a BBC film about the theater, and panel discussions on Apollo’s 75 year history and beyond (The theater had a different name and management prior to being called the Apollo).
Audience members came from around the world to get a chance to go on stage and backstage, take pictures, touch the tree of hope, and even perform in a fantasy Amateur Night contest. The tour was conducted by Tour Director/Apollo Ambassador Billy Mitchell.
The March 1st lecture entitled Common Threads: The Apollo and Harlem was hosted by activist, journalist, author, and Amsterdam News columnist Herb Boyd. Boyd, Mitchell, and other esteemed panelists discussed the impact of events in Harlem on the Theater and how the prominence of the Apollo has impacted the social and economic fabric of the Harlem community.
Another Open House weekend is scheduled for sometime in October. Visit the Apollo website for details. For more information about Apollo Theater, visit: apollotheater.org