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Spike Lee To Moderate "Will Smith: An Evening Of Stories With Friends" at Kings Theatre on November 9th


Spike Lee To Moderate "Will Smith: An Evening Of Stories With Friends" at Kings Theatre on November 9th

(NEW YORK, NY) -- Academy Award® winner, Spike Lee, will moderate the upcoming event WILL SMITH: An Evening of Stories with Friends, taking place on November 9, 2021 at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. The event is in support of the upcoming release of the upcoming memoir Will (on sale November 9). Doors at 6:30pm, event starts at 8:00pm.

WILL SMITH: An Evening of Stories with Friends will launch in Smith’s hometown of Philadelphia, PA on November 8th and also includes stops in Chicago, London, and Los Angeles. For the first time, Smith opens up fully about his life, tracing his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Joined by special guests, this will be an unforgettable evening sharing the profound journey that self-knowledge brings. 

Tickets are available to purchase online or at the Kings Theatre box office. Each ticket for  includes a copy of Will Smith’s memoir, Will, written with the help of Mark Manson, author of the multimillion-copy bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Will Smith is an actor, producer, and musician, and a two-time Academy Award nominee and Grammy and NAACP award winner, who has enjoyed a diverse career encompassing films, television shows, and multi-platinum albums. He holds many box office records, including the most consecutive $100 million–grossing movies (eight). He and his wife founded the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation to improve lives by providing invaluable resources to accelerate the growth of initiatives that focus on deepening individual and collective empowerment in the areas of arts and education, social empowerment, health and wellness, and sustainability.

Will Smith’s transformation from a fearful child in a tense West Philadelphia home to one of the biggest rap stars of his era and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, with a string of box office successes that will likely never be broken, is an epic tale of inner transformation and outer triumph, and WILL tells it astonishingly well. But it’s only half the story. 

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Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn’t see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn’t signed up for. It turned out Will Smith’s education wasn’t nearly over. 

This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. WILL is the story of how one person mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world’s biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home.

Spike Lee To Moderate "Will Smith: An Evening Of Stories With Friends" at Kings Theatre on November 9th

Starting as a rapper in 1985, Smith is best known for his acting roles in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” I Am Legend, the Bad Boys and Men in Black film series, Hitch and most recently, Aladdin. His vast filmography also includes transformative portrayals of true-life icons in Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, both which garnered him Academy Award nominations, as well as his role in Concussion. Smith recently produced and starred in 2020’s biggest box office hit, Bad Boys For Life, in addition to producing and appearing in HBO Max’s emotional “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” 30th Anniversary Reunion special. He also executive produced and hosted Netflix’s six-part docuseries “Amend: The Fight for America,” which explores the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution with an inclusive array of contemporary thought-leaders and experts. 

Next up, Smith will produce and star as Richard Williams, the infamous father of American icons Venus and Serena Williams, in Warner Brothers’ King Richard, which will release on November 19th. Smith is in production on Apple’s upcoming scripted action thriller Emancipation, directed by Antoine Fuqua, and produced by his Westbrook Studios.

Westbrook Inc. houses Westbrook Studios, Westbrook Media, the digital content studio, social media management, and creative brand incubator, and direct to consumer business, Good Goods. Smith and his wife also founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation to benefit inner-city community development, youth educational projects and underprivileged children and their families.

Fitbit is the title tour sponsor in support of Smith’s path towards growth, his recent fitness journey, and the many “steps” that go into an international book tour. 

Spike Lee To Moderate "Will Smith: An Evening Of Stories With Friends" at Kings Theatre on November 9th

Academy Award® Winner Spike Lee’s iconic body of storytelling has made an indelible mark on filmmaking and television. His career spans over 30 years and includes: She’s Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Clockers, Girl 6, Get on the Bus, He Got Game, Summer of Sam, Bamboozled, 25th Hour, She Hate Me, Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna, Red Hook Summer, Old Boy, and Chi-Raq. Lee’s outstanding feature documentary work includes the double Emmy® Award-winning If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, a follow up to his HBO documentary film When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and the Peabody Award-winning A Huey P Newton Story.  In the Television arena, he launched his Netflix original series “She’s Gotta Have It”, which ran 2 seasons on the platform. The series is a contemporary update of his classic film.

Most recently, he Directed and Produced the four-part documentary essay NYC EPICENTERS 9/11➔2021½ released by HBO and streamed on HBO Max. He also directed and co-wrote Da 5 Bloods for Netflix. His Directed version of David Byrne’s American Utopia was released by HBO. Prior to Da 5 Bloods, the visionary filmmaker Co-Wrote and Directed the Academy Award®-nominated and critically acclaimed hit film BlacKkKlansman, winning the Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Lee is also known for his legendary Air Jordan TV commercials and marketing campaigns with Michael Jordan for Nike. In 1997 he launched the advertising agency Spike DDB, a fully integrated agency with a focus on trendsetter, cross-cultural and millennial audiences. He recently Directed new additions to the Capital One “Road Trip” national campaign featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Charles Barkley.

In addition to his films, TV series and commercials, Lee has Directed a number of music videos and shorts for artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Public Enemy, Branford Marsalis, Bruce Hornsby, Miles Davis and Anita Baker.

By attending an event at Kings Theatre, all patrons are acknowledging their consent to, and agree to abide by, the safety precautions that have been adopted.

As public health conditions and the State’s guidance for performing arts and live entertainment change, the theatre will remain flexible and adapt to applicable health protocols, such as face coverings, health screening, enhanced air filtration and ventilation, and rigorous cleaning and disinfection.

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All patrons 12 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO. Patrons are required to present an ID matching the name on their vaccination documentation. Acceptable methods for providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination are: Excelsior Pass; NYC COVID Safe App; CDC Vaccination Card; NYC Vaccination Record 

Children under the age of 12 who are not yet able to be vaccinated may attend performances when accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

All patrons are required to wear acceptable face coverings at all times inside the venue, except when actively consuming food or beverages. Acceptable face coverings do not include bandanas, gaiters, or any face mask with a vent. Venue management reserves discretion over determining whether a face covering is acceptable. Three-ply face coverings will be made available for patrons that do not arrive at the venue with an acceptable face covering.

Kings Theatre is located at 1027 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

originally published: 11/02/2021

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