Friday, April 13, 2012

Around Town

Museums and Sites

Bronx Museum of the Arts: 'Baseball in the Bronx: Nine Innings of Bronx Baseball' (Friday through Tuesday, and Thursday) Baseball fans will have two opening days to celebrate on Friday — that of the first pitch of the season at Yankee Stadium and the start of this exhibition, devoted to the history of the sport in the Bronx. The show, which will be up through May 13, includes photographs of amateur and professional players over the years as well as memorabilia of former players and others. A public opening-day reception is planned for Friday at 5 p.m. A number of talks and book signings are also scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition, many of them taking place next week. Among them are appearances by Arlene Howard, widow of the ballplayer Elston Howard, and Ralph Wimbish, co-authors of "Elston and Me: The Story of the First Black Yankee" (Sunday at 3 p.m.); Kostya Kennedy, the sportswriter and author of "56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports" (Monday at 3 p.m.); and George Vecsey, contributing sports columnist for The New York Times and author of "Stan Musial: An American Life" (Tuesday at 3 p.m.). All are free, as is admission to the museum. Viewing hours for the exhibition are Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. To 6 p.m., and Fridays, 11 a.m. To 8 p.m. And during discussions and special events; 1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th Street, Morrisania, the Bronx, (718) 681-6000,

Morris-Jumel Mansion: Sugar Hill Talk and Swing Dance Lesson (Sunday) The author Terry Baker Mulligan, who grew up in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem and wrote about her childhood in the memoir "Sugar Hill, Where the Sun Rose Over Harlem," will discuss her early years in the neighborhood. The talk, which begins at 1 p.m., will be followed by a dance lesson and social led by the Harlem Swing Dance Society; free, but registration is required at (212) 923-8008. 65 Jumel Terrace, at Sylvan Terrace, Washington Heights,

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Alexander McCall Smith(Sunday) Mr. Smith, author of the books in "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series (and who was born in what was then Rhodesia), will discuss his writing at 7 p.m. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue, at 135th Street, Harlem, (212) 491-2020;; $15, or $10 for members.



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