Black History Month

A Special Pullout Section -- February 2003

January 30, 2003|By LORI SEARS

There are so many local events marking this year's Black History Month that February can't hold them all. Already under way are several art exhibits, as well as an exhibit of artifacts relating to blacks in the military. The three-day "Black Heritage Art Show 2003" kicks off tomorrow morning at the Baltimore Convention Center, and St. Mary's College presents a comedy performance in the evening called "The End of Racism." And the events just keep on coming. You can take your pick of lectures, plays, poetry readings, films, concerts, dance workshops, family programs and book-signings. And for something a little different, there's even a "journey" through an African rainforest.


Military exhibit. Blacks in the Military: Civil War to Desert Storm features artifacts from the Nanny Jack collection and photographs by William E. Griggs, now through Feb. 2 at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St. Free. Call 410-396-5494.

Art exhibit. Spirit in the Cloth features quilts, dolls and other fiber works by various African-American artists, including Deborah Shedrick, now through Feb. 15 at Sassafras, 3200 Barclay St. Shedrick's works will also be shown at a one-day exhibit, Out of the Ordinary, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 16 at Sassafras. Free. Call 410-366-6467.

African dance and drum classes. Sankofa Dance Theater offers traditional African dance and drum classes for children and teens in the spring. Registration begins Feb. 1. Call 410-669-DRUM.

Family programs. Throughout February, family tours, preschool activities, drop-in art projects and more will take place on Saturdays at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Free admission 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Regular admission is $5-$8; free for ages 17 and under. Call 410-547-9000.

"Ain't Misbehavin'." "Fats" Waller musical revue, featuring many of his hits, through Feb. 23 at Center Stage, Pearlstone Theater, 700 N. Calvert St. Times vary. $10-$55. Call 410-332-0033.

Motherhood exhibit. The Majesty of African Motherhood features carved wooden sculpture from western and central Africa, from a private collection, through Feb. 28 at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Main Hall, 400 Cathedral St. Free. Call 410-396-5494.

Art exhibit. Works by self- taught, stained-glass artist Henry A. Jackson will be on display throughout February at MAJA, 1744 Aliceanna St. Exhibit opening and reception 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 1. Free. Call 410-327-9499.

The Amazing Josini. The ventriloquist, magician and actor performs throughout February at various branches of the Harford County Public Library. Free. Call 410-638-3151.

Jan. 31

"Black Heritage Art Show 2003." Poetry readings, jazz and gospel music, lectures, seminars and displays by artists, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Free. Call 410-521-0660.

"The End of Racism." Performance by comedian Preacher Moss, 7 p.m. at Cole Cinema One, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary's City. Free. Call 240-895-4209.

Feb. 1

"The World of Jerry Pinkney." Exhibit of works by the African-American children's book illustrator, featuring original watercolors and pieces from his books. Feb. 1-July 27 at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. $5-$8; free for ages 17 and under and members. On Feb. 1, visitors can meet Pinkney, hear him lecture and give him books to sign, 3 p.m. at the museum. Lecture is $10; $5 seniors, students and members. Call 410-547-9000.

Storytelling. Baba Jamal Koram will share African-American tales, 11 a.m. at the Essex Branch Library, 1110 Eastern Blvd. Free. Call 410-887-0295. He will also tell stories at 2 p.m. at the Woodlawn Branch Library, 1811 Woodlawn Drive. Free. Call 410-887-1336.

Author talk. Meet Ralph Clayton, author of Cash for Blood: The Baltimore to New Orleans Domestic Slave Trade, 2 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Free. Call 410-396-5494.

"Thanks, Africa, Thanks!" Program with Ugandan storyteller, musician and dancer Ssuuna, 2 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Meyerhoff Children's Garden, 400 Cathedral St. Free. Call 410-396-5494.

"Theatre on the Harbor: Jazz Legends and Journeys." First act is a musical tribute to jazz legends; second act is a one- woman presentation by Deborah Wright on Harriet Tubman's road to freedom, 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. $8-$14. Call 410-727-4808, Ext. 112.

"Suppression of the Slave Trade in the U.S. Navy." Program runs 2 p.m.-3 p.m. on the USS Constellation, Pier 1, Inner Harbor. $3.50-$6.50; free for ages 5 and under. Call 410-539-1797.

Feb. 2

"African-American Film Pioneer" series. See a documentary about Clarence Muse's career and two films starring him: An Interview With Clarence Muse, Broken Earth and Broken Strings, 2 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Free. Call 410-396-5494.

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