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The Apollo presents our free Apollo Open House 2020: Celebration of Cool, sponsored by THIRTEEN, with support from Firelight Media and WBGO-FM. This event is co-hosted by our tour director, Billy "Mr. Apollo" Mitchell, and MetroFocus host and producer Jenna Flanagan (as seen on THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV) and DJed by Keanna Faircloth, host of WBGO's Afternoon Jazz.
Apollo Open House will honor the legacy of the legendary Miles Davis, and looks back on the Apollo's place within Black history and ahead to our upcoming season. This event includes live performances and an advance screening of the documentary American Masters - Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool before its national PBS broadcast premiere, followed by a post-film panel moderated by NJTV News Correspondent/Anchor and WBGO-FM host Michael Hill with the documentary's director and producer Stanley Nelson and other notables.
American Masters-Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool includes mature language and subject matter.
On the soundstage, the Apollo presents Apollo Open House 2020: For the Cool Kids. Hosted by the Apollo Music Cafe's Jodine Dorce with Apollo Music Caf DJ Hard Hittin' Harry, this event offers various satellite activities for youth, including the screening of the new PBS KIDS special The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur presented by THIRTEEN, WBGO Kids Jazz presents I Have a Song Inside My Heart, performances from the National Jazz Museum in Harlem's Oom Bop Sh'Bam, Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling's "What is Cool about Harlem," and ImageNation's screening of award-winning miniseries, Little Apple.
Tickets required for entry.
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Since its inception in 1934, the Apollo has been at the epicenter of African-American culture and a driving force in shaping America’s music landscape. From the days of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong to Michael Jackson, Jay-Z and beyond, the Apollo has secured its place in history as America’s most iconic cross-cultural venue.
The Apollo’s Institutional artistic vision and performance programs center are grounded in the following:
• Celebrates and re-envisions the Apollo’s and Harlem’s legacy in a more forward-looking, contemporary way
• Creates forum for emerging artists and curators
• Supports new directions for mid-career and established artists
• Develops and presents new and cutting edge multi-disciplinary work
• Values culturally diverse artists and audiences
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