First there was the Apollo. Then came Lenox Lounge (may it rest in peace). But now all eyes are on a budding new cultural landmark, MIST Harlem--a 20,000-square-foot performance venue, cinema and restaurant. Here?s what to check out in the coming weeks.
Comedy Why hello there, Kevin Hart. The stand-up great, along with fellow marquee acts like Colin Quinn and Judah Friedlander, has been known to pop by MIST?s weekly Thursday-night show. Tickets are only $15 in advance (which we recommend, as the 90-seat space does fill up quickly). But the biggest selling point? No drink minimum--a virtually unheard-of perk in the comedy world.
Film The complex?s three-screen theater joins the likes of Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem?s growing art-house film scene. This weekend, MIST Cinema is celebrating the annual African Diaspora Film Festival by showing three past festival hits: Filling the Gap (documenting African-American historical contributions prior to the Civil War), The Story of Lover?s Rock (reliving the Caribbean-British style of music and dance) and Return to Gorée (telling the legacy of a Senegalese jazz musician).
Community Also being in the neighborhood?s first LEED Gold-certified building, the center hosts regular seminars on environmental sustainability--like tomorrow?s urban beautification panel and a discussion with Sustainable South Bronx founder Majora Carter on April 27.
46 W. 116th St. (between Lenox and Fifth aves.); 646-688-5886 or myimagestudios.com