Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Dance, paintings, sculpture, song and stories of African-Americans: NW Louisiana Black Arts Festival, July 9, 10, at Municipal Auditorium

African-American Folk Art of Louisiana will have a day in the sun at the NW Louisiana Black Arts Festival, to be held July 9 and 10 at the Municipal Auditorium. In a Times interview, organizer-artist Bill Scott told writer Jennifer Flowers, "African-Americans have large, extensive traditions that some people are not aware of," he said. "If you don't know where you came from, you can't go anywhere. It instills pride in our young people and encourages the development of the arts."
Please see more at SptBlog, June 5.

Saturday, July 9
Mainstage: corner of Milam St. and Elvis Presley Ave.
11:30 a.m.: Darrel Andrews, local conductor and composer, variety and old school music.
12:15: It’s That Shining 1, blues and hip-hop.
1 p.m.: Ena/Meschellaneous, poetry.
1:30 p.m.: First Baptist Dance Ministry, praise dance.
2 p.m.: The Essence — Jevon Miller and W. Washington, poetry.
3 p.m.: Showers of Blessings Dance Ministry, dance.
4:30 p.m.: The Grant Family, praise dance.
5 p.m.: Truth Universal, urban rap music.
7 p.m.: Kumaasi African Ensemble, African dance.

Inside the Municipal Auditorium:
11:30 a.m.: R.E. Henry film.
12:30 p.m.: lecture with quilt maker Carolyn Mazloomi.
1:30 p.m.: Thelma Harrison, storytelling.

All-day events at the auditorium include exhibits of works by Barbara Sidney, Sarah Albritton, The Toothpick Man and the New Orleans Museum of Art Iron Workers Exhibit.

An African bead painting workshop with Jimoh Buraimoh, Oshugbo, Nigeria Chief, also will take place at the Academy of Visual Arts, 605 Texas St.

Sunday, July 10
1:30 p.m.: Invasion, gospel music.
2:30 p.m.: Inter City Row Cultural Arts Institute, dance.
3 p.m.: New Dimension Brass Quartet, music.
4 p.m.: singer Neverlyn Townsel and the Fellowship Ensemble, music.
5 p.m.: Ena/Meschellaneous, poetry.
5:30 p.m.: G.C.R. Showband, variety music.
Inside the Municipal Auditorium:
8 p.m.: Bobby “Blue” Bland concert, with Freddie Pierson and Intimate Moments and local blues singer Jimmy Lynch. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Kid Zone: Chaka Zulu African ceremonial stilt-walker, waterslides and face painting will take place continuously throughout the day.

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