CFPCA offers numerous events for Black History Month...
January 25, 2pm and 7pm, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Actors from the Maggie Allesee Dept. of Theatre and Dance present a staged reading of Fences by August Wilson, in honor of Black History Month, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Set in the 1950s, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play explores the evolving African-American experience. Two readings take place on Saturday, January 25: 2 pm and 7 pm. They are free and open to the public.
February 7 - 16, Bonstelle Theatre
2013 MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney's hit play In the Red and Brown Water comes to Michigan for the first time. Opening in the beginning of February at the Bonstelle Theatre, In the Red and Brown Water is one of McCraney's passionate works from his 'Brother/Sister Plays' series. The Louisiana-based story tells of the tempestuous life of Oya, a teenage girl on her journey to womanhood. She is challenged to make the wrenching decision to remain at home to comfort her terminally-ill mother or to chase her dreams of becoming a college track star. Will she chase her dreams or will she be chased away by her fear? Playing February 7 - 16; Regular Price: $20, Discounts: $15 (All students, WSU staff, WSU Alumni, Seniors (62+), Student Rush $10. Group Rate: (15+) - $10.
February 12, Schaver Music Recital Hall
The Wayne State University Humanities Center presents a Brown Bag Colloquium with guest speaker Department of Music Interim Chair Norah Duncan IV: The Choral Works of Adolphus Hailstork, 12:30pm in the Schaver Music Recital Hall, Old Main Annex (enter from 480 W. Hancock St.).
February 14 and 15, Allesee Dance Theatre
To Sangana (toh sahn-GAH-nah) is Wayne State University's African Dance Company. Its 2014 concert events take place on both Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15, featuring a pre-concert African village bazaar (5:00-6:30pm on Friday, 3:00-5:00pm on Saturday) of mini workshops, a Drum Jam Session, African/Hip-Hop dance, a "To Sangana Treat Cafe" serving African food, and a make-and-take craft class. Both events close with the To Sangana company's own concert performance (7pm on Friday, 6pm on Saturday). $6 Students/Seniors, $12 Adults, $15 General Admission. The Allesee Dance Theatre is 3317 Old Main.
February 16, The Fillmore Detroit
The Fillmore Detroit and the Detroit Jazz Festival welcome the Jason Moran Trio, the Metropolitan Detroit Percussion and Brass Ensemble, the Detroit Choral Society and the Wayne State University Concert Chorale, all conducted by WSU Professor Norah Duncan IV, for a special Black History Month concert titled Jazz Speaks for Life. The concert features a performance of the late, great Dave Brubeck's large-scale sacred composition The Gates of Justice (1969), a cantata based on biblical and Hebrew liturgical texts together with quotations from Martin Luther King's speeches, as well as from Negro spirituals and from the Jewish sage Hillel, and with lyrics by Brubeck's wife, Iola, with whom he collaborated on this and other works.
February 18, Student Center Building Room 268
The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance co-sponsors guest speaker Yvonne Daniel presenting The Swirl of African Dance Research: Embodiment and Citizenship in Afro-Latin America, Noon to 1:30pm. Dr. Daniel is professor emerita of dance and Afro-American studies at Smith College.
February 27, Schaver Music Recital Hall
The Wayne State University Humanities Center presents a Brown Bag Colloquium with guest speaker Dr. Eldonna May of the Department of Music: Brazeal / Cultural Impact of Spirituals, 12:30pm in the Schaver Music Recital Hall, Old Main Annex (enter from 480 W. Hancock St.).