Friday, February 1, 2013

Things to do

Museums and Sites

Morris-Jumel Mansion: Lecture on Historic and Contemporary Slave Narratives (Saturday) Janet Neary, an assistant professor of African-American literature and culture at Hunter College, will give a lecture on how the depiction of slave narratives has changed over time. She will point to the works of writers and artists from the 19th century to the present. At 2 p.m., 65 Jumel Terrace, at Sylvan Terrace, Washington Heights, (212) 923-8008, Free, but reservations are required.

'Milt Hinton: Inside Jazz' (through March 4) The acclaimed jazz bassist, who died in 2000 at 90, was also an accomplished photographer who began taking informal photographs of musicians at recording studios and other locations beginning in the mid-1930s. Thirty of his photographs — part of a collection with thousands of images — will be on view in the Living Room Gallery of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Lexington Avenue, at 54th Street. Among those whose portraits are featured are Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday and Thelonious Monk. The free exhibition is the first of two events at the church — noted for its jazz vesper services and its devotion to jazz and jazz musicians — in celebration of Hinton's life and music. On March 3, "Prez Fest 2013," dedicated to the musician, will feature a documentary screening, a panel discussion and performances. More information is available at (212) 935-2200; The exhibition can be viewed during church hours, daily from 8 a.m. To 9 p.m.

'Seis del Sur: Dispatches From Home by Six Nuyorican Photographers' (through March 8) The South Bronx of the 1980s is the subject of this photography show at the Bronx Documentary Center. Among the photographers whose works are on display are two staff members of The New York Times: Ángel Franco, a photographer, and David Gonzalez, a reporter for the Metropolitan desk. The other photographers are Joe Conzo, Jr., Ricky Flores, Edwin Pagán and Francisco Molina Reyes II. Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., 614 Courtlandt Avenue, at 151st Street, (347) 332-6962,; free.

National Arts Club: The Life of Gen. Thomas-Alexandre Dumas (Tuesday) An 18th-century officer who was the first black man to become a general in the French Army, the real-life swashbuckler Gen. Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was also the inspiration for heroes conjured up by his son Alexandre Dumas, author of "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "The Three Musketeers." Tom Reiss, author of "The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo," will talk about him at 8 p.m. 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan, (212) 475-3424,; free.

Big Onion Walking Tours: 'Historic Harlem — Celebrate Harlem History Month' (Saturday) This tour focuses on the history of the area, from its beginnings as a Dutch settlement to its prominence as a cultural and business center. It will meet at 1 p.m. At the northwest corner of Lenox Avenue and 135th Street, Harlem. (888) 606-9255,; $20, $15 for 63+ and students.


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