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University Settlement's Performance Project is a public performance project that finds concrete ways to reestablish and articulate the importance of the arts within the education system and the community at large. Performances include established, new and emerging artists. We are committed to creatively incorporating artists into programming at University Settlement, including our after-school programs, The Door, the Houston Street Center and the Beacon. Artists can work with specific programs or age groups and propose participant workshops, professional development trainings, community events or interactive art making experiences.

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Now Harlem… OR GENTRIFY THIS!: LaTonia Phipps

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:00pm

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8:00pm

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:00pm

Ticket Information

General $15

Students & Seniors $10


a picture of author la tonia phipps

When Rita, a young white poet, moves to a gentrifying uptown block, her neighbor Joanne, who often goes by the name Harlem exclaims, "Your being here is like another Applebee's we don't need." Harlem is forced to choose between the cause she believes in and an answered prayer. Written for a society masked by centuries of pain, Now Harlem… OR GENTRIFY THIS! is part testimonial and part catharsis. It is a call for communities to first examine themselves before demanding change. This poetic journey will take you from loss and injustice to love, healing and faith. Follow LaTonia Phipps on Twitter.

Read the review of this show in NY Theater Now!


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