During the days of segregation when even Jewish merchants weren’t welcome in downtown St. Petersburg, 22nd Avenue and 9th Street was the entertainment ‘Hotspot’ of Black St. Pete! Today, the Creole Café is the anchor of the community and brings a spicy mix of authentic New Orleans cuisine and an affordable gospel jazz brunch … Read the rest
The 28th Annual Berks Jazz Festival in my humble Home Town of Reading, PA., will be kicked off by Bob Baldwin pianist and composer with over more than two decades of Bona Fides as one of the chief progenitors of true urban jazz, will lead the headline New Urban Jazz Party to kick off the Berks Jazz Festival on March 31st. The New Urban Jazz Party will feature Walter Beasley, Marion Meadows… Read the rest
GALA HISPANIC THEATRE kicked off the 13th International Flamenco Festival last night in Columbia Heights with a powerful blend of dancers and singers backed up by a three piece band that transformed the GALA into an intimate tablao Spanish dance hall setting with everything but the sangria.
World famous Salvadorian flamenco artist Edwin Aparicio teamed with his partner Aleksey Kulikov of the Ukraine to bring out the international diplomatic corps in celebration … Read the rest
The Nation’s Premier Black literary foundation honored a trio of iconic figures in the arts and letters at the 16th Annual Legacy Awards Hurston Wright Awards Ceremony. Joining legendary civil rights and now best-selling author Congressman John Lewis, were Third World Press founder and poet Hakin Madhubuti, and Dr. Carla Hayden the first African American … Read the rest
Version 2 of WORD BECOMES FLESH is a muscular and masculine expression of Sweat & Testosterone to the Fifth Power! Justine Weaks sets the tone and tempo from Jump Street with a message of, “Welcome to the Spoken Word”!
What follows is NON-STOP fast break of five dynamic players who weave HIP HOP rhymes, HBCU step show moves, and baseline-to-baseline manic action like a well … Read the rest
For those of you who appreciate an old fashion verbal throw down, with vampish mean girls slinging humorous insults with dagger eyes while one of the central male characters works out a little gender identity problem with shocking Drag Queen resolve, then check out the hilarious Shakespeare Theatre Company’s final season production of ‘SCHOOL FOR LIES’’.
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JAZZ is the Center Stage world premiere of Nobel Prize winning Toni Morrison’s middle piece of her BELOVED trilogy that chronicals a tragic Harlem love triangle that takes a violent turn.… Read the rest
Imagine a world two generations ago in the 1970s when the first wave of non-white immigrants struggled to carve out an existence in post-cold war Germany.
FEAR EATS THE SOUL examines a very personal story of an unlikely couple’s struggle to survive and find love in Germany. Helen Hayes Award winning … Read the rest
At their annual Spring Gala that raised a cool $2 Million in support of arts in the community, the Kennedy Center chose A Celebration of John Lennon: COME TOGETHER as its theme. I was excited when I saw the best graphic backdrop I’ve ever seen at the KEN CEN, … Read the rest
Something culturally relevant and revolutionary is taking place at the Shakespeare Theater Company with their “New Directors for the Classics” series. The current production of MACBETH is the best example of selecting a rising non-traditional star to re-tell an ancient classic in … Read the rest