Up Front

June 05, 2005

BRIDGE, ANYONE?

Ever wondered if you had what it takes to play bridge? If so, try your hand in the beginner's classes of the Baltimore Congress of Bridge Clubs, the umbrella organization of three bridge clubs in the city.

BCBC President Thelma B. Satchell says, "We're always looking for new members to join us, and have beginner's classes whenever we can get eight students to commit to learning bridge for eight weeks."

The BCBC is one of the oldest units in the American Bridge Association, which was started as a bridge club for African-Americans at a time when segregation kept black players from joining white organizations.

Call 410-444-8395 if you're ready to pick up the cards, or if you're already a player and would like to join the clubs' duplicate-bridge games held weekly at various locations.

TRAVEL GUIDE

Whether it's an article on biking through Africa, lolling on the beach in Aruba, taking a spa cure in Philadelphia or touring vineyards in California, Pathfinders Travel magazine has something for everyone - of color. Pathfinders, which bills itself as "The Travel Magazine for People of Color," says on its Web site that it tells readers "where to go, what to do, where to dine and how to get there from a cultural perspective." The magazine is published five times a year; the June issue includes articles on "sizzling vacation ideas," Juneteenth celebrations, and music and food festivals. Single issues are $3.95 and are sold in Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores, as well as through amazon.com.

A SOMBER REMINDER

In a state that doesn't immediately come to mind when you think of African-American cultural attractions is a small, little-known museum that pays homage to the injustices suffered by African-Americans in this country, beginning with slavery days. America's Black Holocaust Museum was founded in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1988 by James Cameron, who survived a horrific lynching attempt in Marion, Ind., in 1930. Current exhibits focus on the voyage of slaves to America, major events in the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the life and legacy of James Cameron. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Admission is $3-$5. Call 414-264-2500.

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, June 14 The Neville Brothers (Aaron included) will perform at this year's Columbia Festival of the Arts. The brothers' News Orleans-influenced R&B sound has been pleasing music lovers for decades. The show takes place at 8 p.m. at the Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Lane, Columbia. Tickets are $35-$55. Call 800-955-5566 or visit www.tickets.com.

Saturday, June 18 It's group-exercise time. Lace up your running or walking shoes and take part in Ray's 5K Run/Walk beginning at 10 a.m. at the Can Company, 2400 Boston St. The race is part of a series of events sponsored by Ravens star Ray Lewis. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers and age-group winners. All participants receive a T-shirt and post-race refreshments provided by Ray Lewis' Full Moon Bar-B-Que. Registration is $30; $35 on race day. No, Lewis won't be running, but he will be the official starter for the race and will attend the post-race party. Call 410-377-8882.

Tuesday, June 21 Tyler Perry's hit play Madea Goes to Jail serves time at Morgan State University's Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive, from June 21-26. The popular character Madea, most recently seen in the film Diary of a Mad Black Woman, is an irascible, tough-talking, full-figured senior citizen who has long been on the lam from the law. For those not in the know, she's a continuing character in most of Perry's works, and also is played by Perry. Show times vary. Tickets are $36.50-$49.50. Call 410-547-SEAT.

Through October In years past, Harlem, N.Y., was seen by many as "the cultural capital" of black America, but some folks in Washington want you to know that "Before Harlem, There Was U Street." That's the name of a walking tour that takes place at 10:30 a.m. every first and third Saturday in the nation's capital. Visit the area where Duke Ellington grew up and music legends Dizzy Gillespie and Cab Calloway kept joints jumping all night. Stop by the Lincoln Theatre, a 1922 entertainment palace that's been beautifully restored; the Thurgood Marshall Center, which once housed the first full-service YMCA for African-Americans and is now a community center; and the African-American Civil War Memorial. The walk, which is sponsored by Washington Walks and Cultural DC Tourism, lasts about two hours and takes place rain or shine. Meet at the U Street/Cardozo Metro Station. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Call 202-484-1565.

FLASHBACK

Who is the man shaking the woman's hand in this photograph published in The Sun on Oct. 25, 1956? Who is the figure depicted in the towering statue? Why and where has this group of people gathered? Write to UniSun Flashback, Features Department, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278 or send e-mails to unisun@baltsun.com.

Answer to April's Flashback

UniSun salutes those readers who recognized the photograph published in the last issue. The picture was of the committee that organized Douglass High School's 100th-anniversary celebration. It was taken in 1983. Several sharp-eyed readers even recognized the woman seated (in jeans) as committee member Twilah Scarborough.

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