Black History Month

January 30, 1992|By Wil Hylton

Black History Month begins Saturday. Originating in 1926, the observance has evolved into a month-long excursion into the African-American experience. With inspiration from the city's generous cultural history, organizations have planned a full calendar that will bring the likes of Cicely Tyson and Eartha Kitt to the area. Here is a sampling of the programs -- from film festivals to gospel shows -- that pay tribute to the achievements of African-Americans.


SATURDAY, FEB. 1 * "Bustin' With the Sounds of Rockapella," The Medical School Teaching Facility Auditorium, University of Maryland at Baltimore, 10 S. Pine St., (410) 328-8035. The a cappella group Regency will mix favorite songs with humor at 8 p.m. Admission: $8; $6 for students, senior citizens, and children younger than 12.

* "Celebrate the African Spirit," Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-6312. Female quartet Ladygourd Sangoma will perform music from Africa, Brazil, the American South and the streets of New York. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Admission: $7; $5 for members, seniors and students.

* Stories at the Top, Top of the World Observation Level and Museum in the World Trade Center, (410) 837-4515. Alice McGill will perform stories from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: $1 for children and seniors; $2 for other adults. Storytelling is also scheduled Feb. 8, 15, 22 and 29.

* "Golden Gate," Lyric Opera House, (410) 481-SEAT. The gospel musical, under the direction of George Faison, will continue in Baltimore at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. through March 1. Call for admission prices.

* "A Star Ain't Nothin' But a Hole in Heaven," Arena Playhouse, 801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500. One of the closing performances of the Arena Players' presentation at 7:30 p.m. Closing performances at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 2. Admission: $10.

* Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-2370 or (410) 685-5225. Throughout February, 18 African-American inventors will be highlighted.

SUNDAY, FEB. 2 * "Ananci the Spider," Cloisters Childrens' Museum, 10440 Falls Road, (410) 823-2551. Fellisco Keeling tells African-American

tales at 2 p.m. Admission: $5; $3 for members.

* "Glory," McManus Theatre, Loyola College, (410) 617-2988. The film, which depicts black soldiers in the Civil War, will be shown at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

* "Rhapsody and Blues," St. Michael's and All Angels Church, St. Paul and 20th streets, (410) 462-2023. Tribute to American music saluting 100 African-Americans who have made a difference in Maryland. 3:30 p.m. Donations welcome; proceeds will go to the Cultural Arts Program of the Strong Blacks Exhibition and Research Center.

* "The Spirit Moves," Eubie Blake Cultural Center, (410) 396-1300. Tony Award-winning actress Trazana Beverly will present her one-woman show at the African-American Arts Heritage Festival. The show will begin at 3 p.m. Admission: $10.

@WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5 * "Cry Freedom," Heubeck Lounge, Goucher College, (410) The film, starring Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline, portrays a South African political movement. No admission charge.

* "Impact of Columbus on African-Americans and Native Americans," Knott Hall 02, Loyola College, (410) 617-2988. Dr. Wendy Wilson of UMBC and Archie Lynch of the Baltimore Indian Center will lead the discussion from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

* "Salute to African-American Musical Theatre 1850-1991," Arena Playhouse, 801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500. Arena Players Youtheatre presents a program at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. Also, programs on Feb. 7, 8 and 10. Admission: $3.

THURSDAY, FEB. 6 * Book-signing with Audrey Edwards, Central Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5494. Editor of Essence will speak on her latest book, "Children of the Dream: The Psychology of Black Success." Admission free, but by reservation only. Reservations must be made by Feb. 3.

* "People of Color," Reisterstown Road Plaza, (410) 764-3222. A weekend arts and entertainment festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. through Feb. 8.

* "Great Black American Entertainers," Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 889-1993. The Baltimore Film Forum will open its series "Great Blacks on Film" at 8 p.m. Admission: $10. Reception will be held before the screening. Series continues on Feb. 13 with "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket," at 8 p.m., general admission $5; and on Feb. 14 with "Identifiable Qualities: Toni Morrison" and "Two Dollars and a Dream," beginning at 8 p.m., general admission $5.

FRIDAY, FEB. 7 * "Heroes and Teachers," Dundalk Gallery, Dundalk Community College, (410) 285-9884. Opening reception for exhibition by Workshop Inc. Studio, under direction of silk-screen printmaker Lou Stovall. Reception 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Lecture by Cicely Tyson, Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, (410) 337-6333. 8 p.m. The award-winning actress will speak at 8 p.m. Admission: $7; $4 for students and senior citizens.

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