Terry McMillan at the Harlem Arts Salon Jan 29 @ 2:30pm

One of our favorite authors, Terry McMillan, reads from her newest novel, I Almost Forget about You, and talks about her writing and artistic process. She will be joined by novelist, Kalisha Buckhanon, author of three books, Solemn, Conception, and her debut novel, Upstate, which received the 2006 Terry McMillan Best Young Author Award. $50. Admission includes copies of I almost Forgot about You and Solemn, food & wine & great conversation. Hakim Hasan moderates.

Harlem Arts Salon 1925 7th Ave Apt 7L New York NY 10026. (212) 749-7771

Allison Hedge Coke & Martín Espada at Harlem Arts Salon

This event has been canceled. January 15, 2017, 2:30 to 6:00pm  for an afternoon of poetry and music with Allison Hedge Coke, whose newest book of poetry is Streaming (Coffee House Press, 2014) and Martín Espada, whose newest book is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (W. W. Norton 2017). Allison Hedge Coke will be accompanied by violinist Laura Ortman.  Email harlemartssalon@gmail.com for your refund.

A funky afternoon at the Harlem Arts Salon December 18

Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 2:30 to 6:00 with guitarist/composer Kelvyn Bell, celebrating the release of his new St Louis Blu CD and a reading by Greg Tate, music and culture and one of the “godfathers of HipHop journalism,” from Flyboy 2, his newest book of essays. Guest moderator: Nicole Fleetwood. $40 admission includes a copy of the CD and book, plus delicious, home-made food and refreshments.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Oct 16, 2016



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May 8, 2016 Stephon Alexander Book Party 2:30 pm

This is a special afternoon of music, food & wine, space talk and book party for theoretical physicist and Brown University professor, Stephon Alexander‘s newest book, The Jazz of Physics.  A jazz saxophonist himself, Alexander will illuminate the mystery of black holes and reveal the secret like between music and the structure of the universe. Listen. He will perform an intimate set with the most versatile and innovative drummer today, Will Calhoun, also a Bronx native and friend of Stephon Alexander. $40. Includes a copy of The Jazz of Physics, Food & Wine. Benefits The Gloster Arts Projects, a 501c3 nonprofit bringing arts education to rural Mississippi.  Jazzofphysics AlexanderStephon-lo-resDon’t forget to bring, mom!Will Calhoun Drummer Mag Cover

May 8th Salon


Spring salons benefit The Gloster Arts Projects

The Gloster Arts Projects

The Gloster Arts Projects

This spring the Harlem Arts Salon is partnering with The Gloster Arts Projects to bring free arts education to Mississippi.  Seventy-five percent of the admission to our fantastic series of talks will go directly to bring the arts to the rural South.

As you know, in addition to a terrific program, admission includes a delicious home cooked meal and wine, and a copy of a newly published book, when appropriate.  All that, plus an informal environment in a historic setting to connect and socialize with a sophisticated group of like-minded people. Over the years, many of you have met life-long friends at our events, as well as other artists and writers. Our salon is one of the best kept secrets in New York City, because we keep it small and focused on quality over quantity. Continue reading

Hustling in New York City

Ms Lawanna Kimbro talks with famed sociologist Terry Williams about the great New York City hustle. December 13, 2015 at 2pm

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Terry Williams, professor of sociology at the New School for Social Research and prolific author, has just published two new books:  The Con Men: Hustling in New York City and Harlem Supers: The Social Life of a Community in Transition. Terry has built a distinguished career studying and writing about teenage life and culture, drug abuse, crews and gangs, and violence and urban social policy. Maybe you heard him on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC Radio recently?

On Sunday and he’ll be talking with our special guest moderator, Lawanna Kimbro about the game behind the game of hustling in New York City and about the role building superintendents play in the Harlem community, two topics that surely resonates with every New Yorker.

Of course, at the Harlem Arts Salon, you’ll have a delicious home cooked meal with good wine and great food for thought. $30 (includes a copy of The Con Men). Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 2-6pm. Seating is limited, guarantee your seat now! Call (212) 749 7771 or email us at harlemartssalon@yahoo.com for more information.

Lawanna Kimbro, Esq.

Lawanna Kimbro, Esq.

Lawanna Kimbro: As a civil rights attorney and mental health counselor, Ms. Kimbro’s life’s work has focused on combating social, racial, economic and criminal injustice. She has contributed to initiatives aimed at improving the lives of the most marginalized in our community. Before her recent appointment as Executive Director in the Homelessness Prevention Administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, she was Chief of Staff of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence bringing her legal expertise earned as a former legal counsel and senior policy advisor at the Equal Justice Initiative, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and the Innocence Project.