The many marvels of Black History Month


February 01, 1996

Because of inaccurate information supplied to The Sun, the admission price to the "Lift Every Voice and Sing" concert was incorrectly listed in yesterday's Live section. Tickets to Saturday's 8 p.m. concert at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., are $10 for the public, $8 for society members. For information, call (410) 685-3750, Ext. 372.

The Sun regrets the error.

Black History Month begins today with a promise of worlds to explore -- in music, words, vision and knowledge.

Whether you're drawn to spectacular art exhibits, such as "Ancient Nubia" at the Baltimore Museum of Art, or to celebrities from George Clinton to Nikki Giovanni, there's a wealth of things to do and people to see in the next 29 days. Good thing it's a leap year, or you might not have time.

Generally, if no price is noted, the event is free, but call ahead to verify times and prices. Exhibits and continuing performances are noted on their opening date.


Throughout February

"Visual Griots: Works by Four African-American Photographers," University of Maryland at Baltimore County's Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, 5401 Wilkens Ave., (410) 455-2270. The exhibition, which runs through March 31, explores the role of the photographer as visual storyteller and features 57 works by four artists. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday to Friday except Thursday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

"Free To Be: African-American Artists in a Post-Modern Era," a cooperative exhibition showcasing the work of nine artists at three sites, will run through Feb. 23.

Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, (410) 313-2787. Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Department Education Gallery, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, (410) 313-6600. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Howard Community College Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 964-4941. Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., (410) 685-3750. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 for society members; $5 for general public.

Sankofa and the Maryland Tradition, A Celebration of African-American Arts and Crafts, which runs through March 3, showcases work from the hands of African-Americans, both free and enslaved, from 1790 to 1930.

Mining the Museum, a regular museum exhibit, is a work of installation art created by a single artist, Fred Wilson, who used the society's collections to explore the African-American and Native American experiences in Maryland.

Eubie Blake, 1883-1983, a regular exhibit, displays memorabilia of the musician and Baltimore native.

"Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rivals in Africa," Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-7100. Ancient treasures in ceramics, stone, ivory and bronze. Through April 14. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Museum members and children under 6 free. Ages 7-18, $1.50; seniors and full-time students with ID, $3.50; 19 and over, $5.50. Thursdays are free.

Feb. 1

The Eubie Blake Jazz Museum and Cultural Center's Eubie Blake Anniversary Awards Dinner at the Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave., (410) 625-3113. Honoring Norman E. Ross, founder and retiring director of the Eubie Blake Center, and Ruth F. Ross, educator and community activist. 5:30 p.m. $40.

"Are You Ready, My Sister?" Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, (301) 277-1710. Presented by the Publick Playhouse and Underground Railway Theater, this historical drama follows Harriet Tubman along the Underground Railroad. 10 a.m. and noon Feb. 1-Feb. 2; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 (sign-interpreted noon Feb. 1 and 11 a.m. Feb. 3). Admission $3.50 Feb. 1 and Feb. 2; reservations required. Admission $4 Feb. 3.

"A House of Many Colors," The Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-7100. The BMA's festive, free-for-all evening on the first Thursday of each month will feature spotlight talks on the "Ancient Nubia" exhibition and color field painting, live African and international music and independent films by local African-American filmmakers. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Lecture on Women and Higher Education, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St., (410) 532-5547. The lecture, in celebration of the college's centennial, will be given by Ruth Simmons, Ph.D., president of Smith College. 8 p.m.

Feb. 2

"Emblems to Our Souls: A Sacrifice of African-American Women Artists," Dundalk Community College Art Gallery, 7200 Sollers Point Road, (410) 285-9884. The exhibit, for which there will be a reception Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., features works of sculpted enamel, acrylic and ink, collage, illustration, portraits, bead work and 3-D images. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Feb. 29.

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