Heritage On Parade

It's a month of all things African-American, from the griot tradition to the jazz age and beyond.

Black History Month Pullout

January 29, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Celebrate the rich African-American heritage at various events around Maryland throughout February -- Black History Month. Choose from live music, dance performances, lectures, soul-food dinners, films, poetry slams, plays, art exhibits, even take a walk through an African rain forest. If that's not enough, there are also family programs, storytelling, puppet shows and craft activities. So take your pick and get busy.

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Art exhibit. Mixed-media works, collages, quilts, fiber dolls and more by Maryland artists at the exhibit Celebration of the Spirit: A Showcase of African-American Artists, through Feb. 27 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Call 410-848-7272.

"Maryland's First Black Lawyers: 1877-1977." Exhibit is on display through Feb. 29 in the Annex of the Enoch Pratt Central Library / State Library Resource Center, 400 Cathedral St. Exhibit was curated by professor Larry S. Gibson of the University of Maryland School of Law. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-396-5430.

Jan. 31

"The Underground Railroad, Not a Subway." Puppet show with Schroeder Cherry, 2 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Meyerhoff Children's Garden, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430.

Dance performance. Step Afrika! a percussive dance ensemble, performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. $6-$10. Call 410-777-2218.

Feb. 1

"Black History Month Family Day." Tours, music, stories and hands-on art activities, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free with museum admission, which is $5-$7; free for ages 18 and under and members. Call 410-396-7100.

Author talk. W. Ralph Eubanks discusses his new book Ever Is a Long Time; A Journey Into Mississippi's Dark Past, 2 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430.

"African-American Read-In." Readings by local authors Mona Lisa DeGross, Rhonda Owens-Smith and William Johnson, audience discussions, young readers' area, refreshments, more, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at Heritage United Church of Christ, 3106 Liberty Heights Ave. Nommo Akili Book Club presents the event. Free. Call 410-935-7638.

Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The musicians perform big-band classics and original works at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $34-$58. Call 410-783-8000.

Feb. 2

"Focus on Freedom" exhibit. Works by African-American photographers, Feb. 2-27 at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free. Call 410-777-2218.

Naval Academy. Garland H. Stillwell, attorney and a guest lecturer at the academy, kicks off Black History Month at the Naval Academy with a talk (and refreshments) at 12:50 p.m. at the Chesapeake Room, Bancroft Hall, King George Street, Annapolis. Call 410-293-2933.

"African-American Read-In." Readings and dramatic interpretations by the Kuumba players, Towson University faculty, staff and students, 4 p.m. at Towson University, University Union, Susquehanna Room, York Road. Event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Call 410-704-5211.

Feb. 3

"National African-American Read-In With Dr. Carla Hayden." Hayden, director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and president of the American Library Association, will conduct the event, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at the College of Notre Dame, Doyle Formal Lounge, 4701 N. Charles St. Participants should bring African-American reading material and lunch to the event. Free. Call 410-532-5307.

Soul food and music. A soul-food dinner will be served and a gospel choir will perform, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the College of Notre Dame, Doyle Dining Hall, 4701 N. Charles St. $6. Call 410-532-5307.

Take 6. The a cappella group performs gospel, doo-wop and jazz-influenced music at 7:30 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $36-$58. Call 410-783-8000.

Feb. 5

"Free First Thursday." Tours to see works by African-American artists and to explore the Beaded Prayers Project, also dancing and music with the Return to Goree African Dance Company, hands-on workshops, more, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. Call 410-396-6314.

"Journey Through an African Rain Forest." Learn about the rain forest of central Africa through hands-on artifacts and a video, 3 p.m. at Pedestal Gardens, multipurpose room, 325 McMechen St. Presented by the African Rainforest Nature Center. Call 410-462-6251.

Walters exhibit preview. Preview the exhibit "Rhythm on Paper: The Illustrations of Brian Pinkney," (which runs Feb. 21-May 30) at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., and experiment with the scratchboard from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Family Art Center. Free. Call 410-547-9000.

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