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MIST Harlem
Just your average Thursday night with Kevin Hart (photo by Tyler Busher)

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

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