The California Democratic Party African American Caucus is asking the state party for a formal apology to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and its members for what it called disrespect by a private subcontractor at its weekend state convention.
Waters, a Los Angeles Democrat known for her comments on President Trump, had been speaking at a caucus meeting during the event Saturday night when the sound to her microphone was cut off.
In a statement released late Wednesday, the caucus said it had concluded an investigation with the Sacramento City Council and executive staff from the California Democratic Party to determine what transpired. They found the state party retained the event planning firm Frontrunner to produce the convention, attended by nearly 3,000 people from across the state. Frontrunner subcontracted the audio and visual work to a separate firm that has not been identified.
The caucus said it was an employee of that firm that approached Waters and interrupted her remarks by pulling the plug connecting her microphone to the audio system.
Executive board members of the African American Caucus have since sent a letter to the newly elected leadership of the California Democratic Party, outlining recommendations it says it believes will address the situation and help prevent similar incidents in the future.
The requests include the formal apology, “a commitment to sensitivity training for contracted and subcontracted employees and better training on protocols when meetings run longer than the contracted time.” It also is asking for reimbursement of the meeting expenses associated with the event, and for party leadership to work with the caucus and develop better security protocols.
“We would first like to humbly and heartfully apologize to the ‘Good’ Congresswoman Maxine Waters, our African American Caucus members, friends and guest for the inexcusable behavior of the audio service employee,” Darren Parker, longtime chairman of the African American Caucus, said in a statement. “In my 20 years as a Democratic Party leader, I have never experienced such the type of behavior as I did at the Sacramento Convention hall on Saturday evening. What is most disturbing is that this individual could have meant harm to the Congresswoman and was unchecked before he reached her.”
If you’re a Black person on the internet, chances are you’ve stumbled across Geila Lila Mesfin’s work. You may not recognize her name but she’s an artist who, in addition to sketching, painting etc, digitally draws images of famous Black women and refashions them in traditional African or African-inspired garb.
In October 2016, Mesfin, who goes by the name @thick_east_african_girl on Instagram, digitally re-imagined this image of our former First Lady, placing her in an Egyptian-inspired headpiece. And the result was stunning.
The series of posts garnered 68 thousand views and over 7,000 likes. But what Mesfin didn’t know was that her work would reach and entirely new audience when Chicago artist and urban planner Chris Devins not only found Mesfin’s work, he passed off as his own, and created a mural of the image in Chicago, just blocks away from the former First Lady’s childhood home.
According to Okayplayer, the project began in November of last year when Devins created a GoFundMe page in order to finance the project. His goal was to raise $,9,900 and he ended up earning $11,785.
When Devins originally pitched the project, he used a photograph of Michelle Obama. But by the time it actually came to fruition, it was Mesfin’s image. Problem is Devins never gave credit to her for her work. And he didn’t say, “I haven’t been able to locate the original artist,” he attempted to pass the work off as his own.
In an interview with DNA Info he said, “I wanted to present her as what I think she is, so she’s clothed as an Egyptian queen. I thought that was appropriate.”
I’m sure you see the problem here. What he should have said was, I liked the way this artist protrayed her. His use of “I” would lead anyone to believe that he was the original creator. And that’s a lie and a particularly heinous one for a fellow artist.
When Mesfin learned of the news, she responded with this note on Instagram.
After several people confronted Devins about his theft of Mesfin’s work, he issued a couple of responses on Twitter, which have since been deleted.
“Our non profit urban planning projects often include paintings inspired by found images. Thank you east african girl.”
“Thank you Geila Lila Mesfin As placemakers, we are truly inspired…”
“We only found out her name now. It was sloppy. Now people are just being mean.”
God only knows what people were saying to Chris. I know there were likely people who took it a bit too far. But I’m also sure he deserved some of it. Whatever was said, it obviously had him on the defensive because he added an update to the GoFundMe post:
“Um. People . If you want to go there, the so called “original” is “stolen” from photographer Collier Schorr.
The broader conversation is one about authorship in the re-mix culture we live in. and this hate coming from people who listen to music that is entirely sampled from other peoples original music. All this hate on a broader effort at community improvement.”
Yes, Mesfin’s digital drawing is based on a photo taken by another artist, a photographer. But if you watch the videos on her Instagram page, it’s very clear that she is digitally altering an existing image. And that is drastically different than presenting a finished work as your own. Furthermore, as Devins is clearly the one in the wrong in this instance, his posture is a bit off. Instead of attempting to share the fault with Mesfin, he should be seeking to apologize and make amends. The comments he’s made since being exposed seem to speak more to his attitude of defense rather than remorse.
As for Mesfin, she’s taking the high road and encouraging her supporters not to attack Devins.
It’ll be interesting to see how they work this out.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel declined Wednesday to throw his weight behind a controversial Northwest Side apartment complex that has drawn angry crowds of opponents to City Hall meetings.
The proposed Jefferson Park building would contain the kind of affordable housing for military veterans Emanuel has championed, and the mayor was asked about it after joining with aldermen and veterans to make a pre-Memorial Day announcement of a citywide drive to collect household items for vets.
Instead of saying directly whether he backs the development, Emanuel spoke about the need for a lengthy process to build community support for such projects.
He sought to draw a distinction between the way Ald. John Arena, 45th, has handled planning for the Jefferson Park building and the way his administration took input for a proposed library with subsidized housing above it being designed in the Northwest Side Independence Park neighborhood.
“That (library) process has been incredibly… collaborative,” Emanuel said. “And I would uphold the process as one where you hear people and they need to be heard. As much as (Arena) is offering his idea, residents who live in that area need to be heard.”
The library and Jefferson Park projects have some differences. The library is being embraced widely in an area that hasn’t had a local branch since the last one was damaged in a 2015 fire. The city is proposing including 44 affordable housing units for seniors on the floors above the library on a busy stretch of Elston Avenue in a part of the city that’s relatively integrated.
The seven-story apartment building at a busy Jefferson Park intersection, on the other hand, is set to include 80 units rented at below-market rate, with 20 of those set aside for people with Chicago Housing Authority vouchers. Veterans with vouchers would get preference.
Opponents of the plan have said it’s too big for the bungalow belt community and blasted Arena for not listening to their concerns. Backers of Arena’s plan have countered that the opponents are really worried minorities will move into the apartments.
The well-organized opposition to the Jefferson Park project could also be making Emanuel reluctant to wade into the controversy as he tries to strengthen his support in relatively conservative, largely white Far Northwest Side neighborhoods ahead of a possible 2019 re-election run. Many homeowners in that part of the city are already upset with him for various tax increases he’s pushed through, for dumping lots of retired city workers from the city health care program and for re-assigning police officers to more violent areas.
And Arena has been one of Emanuel’s loudest critics on the largely acquiescent City Council, giving the mayor another reason not to come to his aid.
In other City Council action Wednesday:
• Three aldermen whose wards straddle the trendy 606 trail proposed hitting area developers who don’t maintain affordable housing with very high fees. The measure was introduced by Aldermen Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st; Roberto Maldonado, 26th; and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th.
“The essence of this ordinance, I would hope, is it would slow down the pace of gentrification, slow down the pace of demolishing and asking for permits to redevelop high-priced homes,” Maldonado said.
• Six black aldermen who are supporters of Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference Wednesday to thank the mayor for hiring two African Americans to key administration posts.
Alds. Carrie Austin, 34th; Walter Burnett Jr., 27th; Derrick Curtis, 18th; Emma Mitts, 37th; Michelle Harris, 8th; and Michael Scott Jr., 24th, said they wanted to give the mayor credit for quickly dealing with recent revelations of racist emails at the Water Department by replacing the commissioner with Randy Conner, an African-American. And they said they appreciated Emanuel naming Samantha Fields to be Budget Director after Alexandra Holt announced she was leaving.
• The Council approved a more lenient set of rules for the potential location of gun ranges in the city in response to a federal appellate court decision that struck down previous regulations that only allowed them in isolated areas that covered 2 percent of the city. Those seeking to open ranges will have far more options in business, commercial and industrial areas — with input from potential neighbors taken into consideration.
• Emanuel proposed making $3 million available to police officers, firefighters and paramedics who buy homes in economically struggling areas of the city on the South and West sides. Under the program, the city provide $30,000 no-interest loans to public-safety personnel, with one tenth of that amount forgiven for each year they stayed on the job and in the home.
• Emanuel, in another effort to take political aim at the perceived anti-immigrant bias of President Donald Trump, proposed an ordinance that would ban the city from keeping registries of the city’s residents. City workers and officials also would not be allowed to help other agencies create such a list.
Editor’s Note: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This article is the first in a series exploring how research into adverse childhood experiences – or ACEs – is helping therapists, parents, educators and the medical community better understand the lasting effects of trauma on mental health.
For millions of children in the U.S., poverty, neglect or abuse is a reality of everyday life, though these struggles are often hidden from view.
Adult survivors often feel ashamed about and stigmatized for their childhood adversity. This makes it difficult to recognize that these events occur.
While it’s easier to turn away than to face these issues, we can no longer afford to do so. Stress, mental illness and substance abuse – all health outcomes linked to childhood trauma – occur in the U.S. today at very high rates.
In 1999, I joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an early investigator on a study to examine how childhood trauma can impact health decades later. Little did I know that I was about to begin both a professional and personal journey that would forever change my understanding of medicine, public health and the human capacity to heal.
That seminal study provided insight into the lifelong health consequences of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It was the beginning of our understanding that these experiences can have negative effects on childhood development, leading to physical and mental health problems throughout life.
It brought to light the importance of preventing ACEs from ever occurring. It also drew attention to the healing and recovery needed to prevent these experiences from having an impact across generations.
The ACE Study
In the early 1990s, Vincent Felitti, a physician at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, questioned why patients who successfully lost weight dropped out of a weight loss program. He could not make sense of it. He interviewed each patient individually and learned that the weight loss made patients feel vulnerable. A large proportion of the patients disclosed experiences of childhood sexual abuse. The weight protected them.
The ACE Study was one of the first and largest research efforts conducted to examine the impact of childhood trauma on health decades later.
From 1995 to 1997, more than 17,000 adult members of Kaiser Permanente in San Diego took part in the study. Researchers gathered information on their health and behaviors. Participants also answered questions about adverse childhood experiences, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse; physical and emotional neglect; and growing up in a home with divorced parents, domestic violence, substance abuse, or mentally ill or incarcerated household members.
One day, while reviewing the completed questionnaires, I came across several notes penned by the study participants, thanking us for asking these questions. One said, “I thought I would die never having told anyone about my childhood.” The messages were a true testament to the hidden nature of childhood adversities.
The ACE Study offered groundbreaking insight into childhood trauma.
First, the ACE Study showed that childhood trauma is very common, even among white, highly educated adults with health care.
It’s true that, during adolescence, youth tend to engage in risk-taking behaviors. Our research showed that childhood trauma increased the risk of alcohol use by age 14 and illicit drug use by age 15. Childhood trauma also contributed to the likelihood of adolescent pregnancies and adolescent suicide attempts.
But the story doesn’t end there. ACEs were also found to be associated with multiple adverse outcomes in adulthood, such as cardiovascular disease, liver disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, suicide attempts, alcohol dependence, marital problems, intravenous drug use and many more.
If there is one common thread to many of the preventable diseases we face in the U.S., why are we not paying closer attention?
In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics called for a focused effort to prevent and address childhood toxic stress.
What’s more, many of the outcomes associated with ACEs among adult survivors – such as substance abuse and mental illness – may make it likelier that the next generation will experience ACEs as well.
But not all hope is lost. Research strongly suggests that humans have an innate capacity to adapt and positively transform, even after traumatic and stressful events. Most importantly, positive, supportive and healthful activities can contribute to positive well-being among adult survivors of childhood adversity. Change has to start with ourselves first, so we can provide children with the safety, support, love, and protection they need.
We must recognize – without judgment, but rather with compassion – that trauma is widespread, affecting children and adults across generations. We cannot afford to wait any longer to address trauma and break the cycle of childhood adversities.
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About 100 students at the University of Notre Dame walked out of their commencement ceremony on Sunday, an action that was part of a peaceful protest of the featured speaker, Vice President Mike Pence, and the administration he represents.
After Sunday’s commencement, some criticized the students’ actions, saying they were stifling intellectual diversity in academic institutions. Colleges and universities, they say, should be places where students engage a variety of ideas and learn the critical skill of how to respect and evaluate ideas with which they may disagree. According to them, walking out on Pence demonstrates a lack of academic curiosity and a liberal, millennial generation tendency to tune out anyone whose thoughts and stances they don’t like.
But no one hindered anyone’s right to free speech in the Notre Dame walk out. Commencement should be a celebration that highlights the achievements and potential of the graduates, not an occasion to make a statement on academic freedom.
Colleges and universities have plenty of opportunities during a student’s career to challenge their paradigms. Students who are about to graduate have just spent the last three to five years processing an array of thoughts and beliefs. Graduation acknowledges that students have wandered through the forest of ideological positions and come out on the other side as seasoned academic adventurers.
A commencement speech is not a classroom lecture or a book a professor assigns. There is no opportunity for dialogue during the event nor is there an expectation of engagement after the fact. Commencement is a voluntary ceremony where any speaker can speak on any topic, but students are not obligated to remain and listen.
The Notre Dame walkout demonstrates the effect President Donald Trump has had on high-level officials in his administration. Earlier this month, Bethune-Cookman University students stood up and turned their backs on their commencement speaker, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Criticized for her brand of public education reform and for a lack of experience, some students booed during her speech and a few had to be escorted out of the ceremony.
The president’s rhetoric and actions have alienated many voters, especially some women and racial and ethnic minorities. Anyone who remains supportive of Trump and works to advance his policies can expect strong opposition in public settings like a commencement, especially in a context that expects celebration.
Notre Dame has a standing custom of inviting the president of the United States to give the commencement address during his first year in office. Students at the university gathered over 2,700 signatures petitioning the administration not to invite President Trump, who is widely regarded as divisive and showing very low approval ratings in the initial days of his presidency.
Instead, Notre Dame officials invited the vice president, second-in-command to a president whom many find inept and unpredictable. Pence, a former governor of Indiana, was unpopular with many voters before taking national office. He gained broad attention for championing a religious freedom initiative that some say would have permitted Christian businesses to refuse service to certain clientele. Pence ultimately approved a compromise bill, a measure that was criticized by both right- and left-leaning voters.
Pence also faced protesters at commencement at Grove City College, a conservative Christian institution, where disapproving students cited his stances on LGBT rights, health care, and the environment.
Of course, institutions of higher education should expose students to a spectrum of thought in order to challenge their preconceived notions and better understand differing points of view. Productive citizens learn how to navigate a pluralistic world without retreating from it, preparing young people for life after college.
The graduates at Notre Dame didn’t walk out because they refused to listen to Pence’s positions and opinions, they walked out precisely because they had heard him. Only after considering his stances did some members of the Class of 2017 choose to protest Pence’s presence as their commencement speaker.
What about the students who didn’t walk out, students who may have been excited to hear Pence speak? That’s the great part about free speech. While its decision may have been unwise, the university is free to invite whomever it wants to speak at commencement. Students are also free to sit and listen to a speaker whether they agree or disagree. Students are also free not to listen and peacefully, silently walk out in protest.
This is not the first time students at the Catholic school have protested a commencement speaker. Students objected to president George W. Bush because of his support of the death penalty. And students objected to President Barack Obama because of his abortion rights stance, a position that goes against the teaching of the Catholic church.
This year’s graduates of Notre Dame were within their right to register their objection to their commencement speaker by walking out. Observers are also within their right to disagree with the protest. That is what freedom looks like.
Boulder Creek Fest. Boulder’s unofficial kickoff to summer includes a day of activities and entertainment. Boulder Creek/Downtown Boulder, 303-449-3137. Through May 29.
The Denver Arts Festival. An exhibition of Colorado’s best visual artists and a few national talents, too. 10 a.m. Northfield at Stapleton, 8034 E. 49th Place, Denver, 303-330-8237. Through May 28.
Sunday, May 28
Yoga Rocks the Park. Get your downward dog on, then stick around for food, drinks and live music. Kids’ camp for children ages 5 to 10. 8 a.m. Sunken Gardens Park, Speer and 11th, Denver. yogarocksthepark.com. Through September 3.
Thursday, June 1
Lakewood Symphony. For its season finale, the Symphony presents Holst’s The Planets, setting the “music of the spheres” against the universe. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845.
LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil. 7:30 p.m. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver,
303-405-1100. Through June 9.
Saturday, June 3
Burning Can Festival at Lyons Outdoor Games. Start summer with more than 50 craft breweries plus adventure, music and revelry. Bohn Park, 219 Second Ave., Lyons, burningcan.com/lyons. Through June 4.
Denver Chalk Art Festival. See more than 200 artists turn the streets of Larimer Square into a museum of chalk art. Noon. Larimer Square, Denver, 303-534-2367. Through June 4.
Golden Super Cruise. Check out classic cars as they line up or roll out along the open road. 5 p.m. S. Golden Road, Golden, 303-968-7536. First Saturday of the month through Oct. 7.
People’s Fair. Celebrate Denver’s diverse urban community with a weekend of entertainment, events, activities and attractions. 10 a.m. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-830-1651. Through June 4.
Poudre Riverfest. Poudre RiverFest is a free, family-friendly festival that celebrates and educates people about the Cache la Poudre River. Join in for nature walks, hands-on service projects, a scavenger hunt, kids’ activities, exhibitors, food, a New Belgium beer garden and live music. 500 Linden St., Fort Collins., poudreriverfest.org.
A Taste of Louisville. Come and enjoy excellent food, arts and craft booths, kids’ entertainment and the Louis-Palooza, which features local bands performing at the Steinbaugh Pavilion. 9 a.m. Main St., Louisville, 303-666-5747.
Zikr Dance Ensemble. The world premiere of Ancient Shadows, a mesmerizing exploration into the spiritual ancestry of the indigenous people of Central and South America. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845. Through June 4.
Sunday, June 4
Boulder Jewish Festival. Explore Jewish culture with ethnic food, music, fine art, Judaica and activities for all ages. 11 a.m. Courthouse Lawn, Pearl Street Mall, 1300 Pearl St., Boulder, boulderjewishfestival.org.
OUT Boulder County Garden Party. Join Out Boulder County for an afternoon of good food, great friends and two awards to honor local heroes in our LGBTQ Community. 4 p.m. RSVP for location or check out outboulder.org, 303-499-5777.
Thursday, June 8
Longmont Art Guild Art Show. Check out and buy the work of Guild artists in this juried show. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-678-6235. Through June 11.
Taste of the West. Enjoy Jefferson County’s premiere culinary event with over 30 participating chefs and restaurants. 5 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Frontage Road, Golden, 303-399-5652.
Friday, June 9
Taste of Fort Collins. Enjoy the best of Fort Collins with food trucks, local beer and drink, arts and crafts vendors, a kids’ area and live music. Civic Center Park/Washington Park, Fort Collins, 203-900-5566. Through June 11.
Saturday, June 10
Erie Brewfest. The fifth annual outdoor brewfest hosts 30 local breweries, a dozen food trucks and live music from local bands. 12 p.m. Briggs Street, Historic Downtown, Erie, 303-828-3440.
Denver Children’s Museum Birthday Bash. Bring the kids and join Daniel Tiger for a morning of community service in Joy Park. 8 a.m. Denver Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, 303-433-7444.
Grillapalooza. 10 a.m. Spend the day enjoying grilling demos by expert grillmasters. McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-444-7328.
Sunday, June 11
Molly-Dharma Motorcycle Run. Watch or register to be one of 300 bikers riding through the Foothills to benefit local animal shelters. 10:30 a.m. Platte River Bar & Grill, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-548-5123.
A Taste of Puerto Rico. One of Colorado’s most soulful festivals, the yearly event features Puerto Rican food, culture and music. 11 a.m. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-667-4031.
Taste of the Broncos. A walking restaurant tour featuring some of Denver’s most highly regarded chefs, set to the sound of bluegrass and swarming with Denver Broncos players, cheerleaders and alumni. All proceeds benefit Feeding America. 6:30 p.m. Sports Authority Field, 1701 Bryant St., Denver, 720-258-3100.
Thursday, June 15
Do at the Zoo. Graze on sample dishes from more than 55 of the Denver’s finest restaurants and belly up to the watering hole for unlimited drinks featuring the region’s best beers, wines and cocktails. 7 p.m. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 720-337-1400.
LoHi Music Festival. Warm up for summer at this local music fest featuring The New Mastersounds, TAUK, Liver Down the River and more. 11 a.m. 2219 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, 303-555-5555.
Taste It Broomfield. Enjoy bite-sized dishes prepared by dozens of local restaurants serving up tasty attractions that reflect their signature styles. Local breweries and wineries will offer tastings as well. 5 p.m. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 303-466-1775.
Friday, June 16
The Denver Moth Storyslam. 7:30 p.m. Swallow Hill Music at Daniels Hall, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.
Greek Festival. This year’s festivities will mark 52 years of this beloved celebration of Greek food, dance and music. 11 a.m. Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4610 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, thegreekfestival.com. Through June 18.
Saturday, June 17
Denver PrideFest. Celebrate and support the LGBT community and viva la vida at Denver’s annual parade and party. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-733-7743. Through June 18.
Sunday, June 18
Brewers’ Olympics. Kick off Fort Collins Beer Week with the outrageous competition that proves that drinking and competition go hand in hand. Noon. Go West T-Shirt Co., 1725 Heath Parkway, Fort Collins, 970-217-8786.
Fort Collins Beer Week. An annual beer-centric scavenger hunt that sends you to various locations, including breweries and landmarks, on the hunt for great craft beer. Various venues, Old Town Fort Collins,
970-217-8786. Through June 26.
Monday, June 19
Juneteenth Music Festival. Celebrate the end of slavery and the beginning of African American independence with a parade, music and events. 10 a.m. FivePoints, 25th Street, Denver, 720-505-3274.
Off the Hook Arts SummerFest. A summer-long series of classes, workshops, community building and, of course, music. Locations all along the Front Range, 970-305-2261. Through July 13.
Wednesday, June 21
#IMOMSOHARD Live. Two moms and their comedic take on family life. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.
Friday, June 23
16th Street Fair. An annual celebration of Colorado’s artisans and their fine art and handcrafted goods. 11 a.m. 16th Street Mall, Denver, 720-272-7467. Through June 24.
Saturday, June 24
Brighton Art in the Park. Meet and visit with local, regional and international artists showcasing their best work, sample fine cuisine and enjoy musical performances. 10 a.m. Carmichael Park, 650 Southern St., Brighton. 303-655-2176.
Cherry Blossom Festival. Experience the beauty of Japanese culture and the spring season. 11 a.m. Sakura Matsuri, Lawrence Street between 19th Street and 20th Street, Denver, cherryblossomdenver.org. Through June 25.
High Peaks Art Festival. A juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts, live music and food booths in a beautiful mountain setting. 10 a.m. Town Square, Nederland, highpeaksartfestival.com. Through June 25.
Kinetics Solstice Festival. Enjoy a day of music, food, beverages, a kids’ recycled raft race, solstice swim and the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. 11 a.m. Union Reservoir, 461 Colorado Road 26, Longmont, longmontkinetics.com.
Longmont Pride. Enjoy music, food, games and more as we embrace the equality and diversity that makes us proud to be who we are. 2 p.m. Fourth Avenue between Main Street and Emery Street, Longmont, 303-499-5777.
Rocky Mountain Pizza and Pints Festival. A day of pizza, beer, live music and lawn games for the second annual Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints Festival at Community Park in Louisville from 1-6 p.m. 955 Bella Vista Dr., Louisville, bceproductions.com.
Westword Music Showcase. Hear many of the finalists for the Westword Music Awards, including Shakey Graves, The Revivalists, Bob Moses and more. 12 p.m. Various stages across the Golden Triangle, 1100 Acoma St., Denver,
Tuesday, June 27
SeriesFest. An international celebration showcasing the best new pilots from established and emerging creators in TV. SIE Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, seriesfest.com. Through July 2.
Wednesday, June 28
The Three Musketeers (1921). 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-3282.
Thursday, June 29
Rocky Mountain Regional Pony of the Americas Shows. Join in this horse competition and show featuring English and Western events, games and more. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-678-6235. Through July 2.
Friday, June 30
Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Experience a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts. Denver’s Cherry Creek North Shopping District, from Second to Third Avenues, between Clayton and Steele Streets. Through July 3.
Denver Comic Con. Join the costumed crowds as fans, cosplayers, artists and writers come together to celebrate a love of all things comics. Denver Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, popcultureclassroom.org. Through July 2.
Saturday, July 1
Boulder Arts and JazzFest. Three days of great music and events. Boulder Bandshell, Central Park, Boulder,Bandshell, Broadway and Canyon. 303-990-9177. Through July 3.
Independence Celebration. You only turn 241 once! Come celebrate the nation’s birthday with old-time games, historic demonstrations, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. 5 p.m. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver, 720-865-0800.
Monday, July 3
Erie July Third Extravaganza. Join in the Independence Day celebration a day early. Colorado National Golf Club, Highway 7, Erie, 303-926-2790.
Tuesday, July 4
Fourth of July Celebration. An old-fashioned celebration with live music, drinks, food, games and fireworks at dusk. 4 p.m. Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive, Lafayette, 303-666-9555.
Golden Lion’s Club Fourth of July Festival. An all-day party in Lions Park with food, live music, beer and free rides and face painting for kids. Noon. Lions Park, 1300 10th St., Golden, 303-870-7972.
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast. A classic community celebration with a patriotic sing-along, special performances and front row seats for the fireworks. 8 p.m. Folsom Field, University of Colorado, 2400 Colorado Ave., Boulder, 303-541-1928.
Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival. Enjoy bluegrass, square dancing in a barn and workshops to hone your skills. Parrish Ranch, 15722 Parrish Road, Berthoud, thecroma.org. Through July 9.
Friday, July 7
Biergarten Festival. Bring your lederhosen and grab a beer and a bratwurst. 4 p.m. 17832 Highway 8, Morrision, 303-837-1146. Through July 9.
Colorado Black Arts Festival. An event dedicated to the role of black arts and culture on three stages of jazz, blues, reggae, gospel, traditional African drum and dance. 10 a.m. City Park, 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd., Denver, 888-363-1823ext. 20. Through July 10.
Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo. The 35th annual statewide competition. 5 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Golden, Tickets available through crga.us. Through July 9.
Rhythm on the River. Featuring art, offerings from local restaurants and breweries, and live music. Roger’s Grove Park, 220 Hover Road, Longmont, 303-651-8404. Through July 8.
TEDxMileHigh: Point of Departure. Get ready to be engaged and inspired by ideas and experiences with the power to alter the course of your life. 10 a.m. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1101 13th St., Denver, 303-893-4100. Through July 8.
Saturday, July 8
Breckenridge Brewery Hootenanny. Pig-pickin’, music-playing, foot-stomping, beer-drinking block party with music by the Sam Bush Band and dozens more. 11 a.m. Breckenridge Brewery, 6775 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-623-2739.
Wednesday, July 12
Peter Pan.7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-3282.
Friday, July 14
Colorado Irish Festival. Experience the largest Irish celebration in the Rocky Mountains with traditional Irish music performances, dancing, theater, storytelling, crafts, games and food. Clement Park, 7306 Bowles Ave., Littleton, coloradoirishfestival.org. Through July 16.
Saturday, July 15
Pearl Street Arts Fest. Downtown Boulder is transformed into an outdoor art gallery under the summer sun. Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, 303-449-3774. Through July 16.
Longmont Songwriter’s Festival. Join local songwriters to celebrate the power of the written note. 300 Suns Brewery, 335 First Ave., Unit C, Longmont, 720-442-8292.
German Fest. An experience of German Culture in Colorado full of food, dance and tradition. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845. Through June 23.
Denver County Fair. A showcase of Denver’s unique character and culture all wrapped up in a carnival. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. Through July 23.
The Denver Moth Storyslam. 7:30 p.m. Swallow Hill Music at Daniels Hall, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.
Saturday, July 22
Arvada On Tap. Enter your homebrew in a competition and, win or lose, toast to some slow-cooked BBQ. 12 p.m. Ralston Park, 11200 Ralston Road, Arvada,720-898-3380.
Wednesday, July 26
The Scarlet Letter (1926). 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-3282.
Thursday, July 27
Buffalo Bill Days. Celebrate the root-tootin’ hero of the Wild West with a parade, games and more. Golden, 303-278-9898. Through July 30.
Underground Music Showcase. Experience Denver’s premier indie music festival with over 400 featured bands across 20 venues. South Broadway Area, Denver, theums.com. Through July 30.
Friday, July 28
Boulder Beer 37th Anniversary Celebration. Live music all day featuring Duey and The Decibels and of course beer, beer, beer. Noon. 2800 Wilderness Place, Boulder, 303-444-8448 ext. 19.
Boulder County Fair. Ten days of rides, games, rodeos and more. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-678-6235. Through Aug. 6.
RockyGrass. Come put your feet in the river and listen to some of the best pickin’ in the world at the 45th annual festival. Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons, 800-624-2422. Through July 30.
Saturday, July 29
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Celebrate Colorado’s rich Asian Pacific American heritage. Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 N. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, 303-953-7277. Through July 30.
Jim Gaffigan. Get your laugh on with this comedic genius. 8 p.m. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 303-410-0700.
SummerFest. An afternoon of hands-on, nature-inspired activities designed to be educational and fun for all ages. 1 p.m. Boulder Bandshell, Central Park, Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Sunday, July 30
Aerial Dance Festival. Two weeks of aerial dance performance and training. Frequent Flyers Studio, 3022 E. Sterling Circle, Suite 150, Boulder, 303-245-8272. Through Aug. 11.
Wednesday, August 2
My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy.Steve Solomon’s comedy about what it’s like to leave a family dinner with heartburn and a headache. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845. Through Aug. 20.
Friday, August 4
ARISE Music Festival. Music, yoga, camping, art, film and activism. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland. arisefestival.com. Through Aug. 6.
16th Street Fair. An annual celebration of Colorado’s artisans and their fine art and handcrafted goods. 11 a.m. 16th Street Mall, Denver, 720-272-7467. Through Aug. 12.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Join in the celebration of Fort Collins birthday with its annual showcase of 250 arts and crafts vendors. Downtown Fort Collins, 970-484-6500. Through Aug. 13.
National Poetry Slam Finals. 7 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.
Western Welcome Week Grand Parade and Festival Day. 9 a.m. Downtown Littleton. 303-794-4870,
westernwelcomeweek.org. Through Aug. 20.
Saturday, August 12
Erie Air Fair. Displays of unique aircraft, cars and trucks with helicopter rides, food, beer and musical entertainment. 10 a.m. Erie Municipal Airfield, 395 Airport Road, Erie, 303-664-0633.
Sunday, August 13
Garrison Keillor’s Love and Comedy. 6:30 p.m. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver, 303-777-1003.
Friday, August 18
The Denver Moth Storyslam. 7:30 p.m. Swallow Hill Music at Daniels Hall, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. The mellow moods of the festival are the perfect antidote for the late summer sun. Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons, 800-624-2422. Through Aug. 20.
Saturday, August 19
Boulder Craft Beer Fest. Join Boulder’s beloved breweries in a boisterous beer bash. 1 p.m. Municipal Building Campus Park, 1777 Broadway, Boulder,
Golden Fine Arts Festival. Check out high quality artwork, a friendly atmosphere, a gorgeous creek setting and lots of complimentary activities. 10 a.m. Downtown Golden, 303-279-3113. Through Aug. 20.
Lafayette Peach Festival. Experience what all the fuzz is about at this celebration of sweet peaches. 9 a.m. Old Town Lafayette on Public Road, Lafayette, 303-666-9555.
Friday, August 25
Tour De Fat. Costume up and party down with high-flying acts focusing on fun, music, dance and the American craft beer icon, Fat Tire. 7 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030.
NedFest. Nederland’s celebrated music festival returns with bluegrass, funk, rock and roll and a hint of jazz. Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Field, 151 E. St., Nederland, nedfest.org. Through Aug. 27.
Rock of Ages. BDT Stage puts on Rock of Ages, a musical set in the late ’80s with tunes to match.5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder,303-449-600, bdtstage.com. Through Nov. 11.
Saturday, August 26
Festival on Main. Celebrate the summer with a fun-packed festival of music and activities suitable for all ages. Downtown Longmont, 303-651-8484.
Oktoberfest. Beer hall antics abound at this traditional German fest. 11 a.m. 17832 Highway 8, Morrison, tevedelweiss.org, 303-289-5621.
T.J. Miller. T.J. Miller is one of the most sought after comedians in the comedy world, but not in the drama world or the finance world. 7:30 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.
Sunday, August 27
Golden Gran Fondo Festival. Watch or participate in one the most challenging road races in the nation. 8 a.m. Parfet Park, 10th Street and Washington Avenue, 765-247-2453.
Friday, September 1
A Taste of Colorado. 11:30 a.m. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-295-6330. Through Sept. 4.
Saturday, September 2
Boulder Creek Hometown Festival.Arts and crafts, live performances, 5K, kids and sports expo, food court, beer garden and more. Central Park, Boulder, 303-494-3137. Through Sept. 4.
Pints at the Park. Celebrate the end of summer with beer, bites and more. Noon. Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive, Louisville, 303-666-5747.
Sunday, September 3
Tour de Fat. Celebrate beer and bikes with a parade, cruiser ride, music and more. 10 a.m. Civic Center Park, Fort Collins, 970-221-0524.
Monday, September 4
Rocky Mountain Pizza and Pints Festival. A day of pizza, beer, live music and lawn games. Central Park, Boulder,
303-494-3137. Through Sept. 4.
Friday, September 15
Zee Jaipur Literarature Festival. This three-day offshoot of the largest free literary festival in the world is held at the Boulder Public Library main branch, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, jaipurliteraturefestival.org. Through Sept. 17.
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BAM presents DanceAfrica 2012: One Africa/Many Rhythms The 35th anniversary of DanceAfrica—under the artistic direction of Baba Chuck Davis—features the largest gathering of dance companies in its history, with 15 companies in attendance and performance over two weekends, the return of many favorite performers, and reunions of companies from the earliest DanceAfrica festivals during a special Opening Celebration on Sunday, May 20.
Celebratory tradition also includes BAMcafé Live and FilmAfrica events, the outdoor DanceAfrica Bazaar, an Iconic Artist Talk, and more.
DanceAfrica 2012 One Africa/Many Rhythms Artistic Director: Baba Chuck Davis
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)
DanceAfrica 2012 Opening Celebration: May 20 at 3pm All tickets: $20
DanceAfrica 2012 Memorial Day Weekend: May 25 at 7:30pm** May 26 at 2 & 7:30pm May 27 & 28 at 3pm Tickets start at $20 (Half price for ages 16 and under) **Dance critics are invited to attend the Friday, May 25 performance; please contact aleshko@BAM.org” aleshko@BAM.org
Iconic Artist Talk: Baba Chuck Davis May 27 at 6pm BAM Hillman Attic Studio Tickets: $20 ($10 for Friends of BAM) To purchase tickets or for more information, visit BAM.org or call (718) 636-4100.
May 2012 marks the 35th anniversary of DanceAfrica—a Memorial Day weekend tradition packed with dance, music, art, film, and community events—plus the popular DanceAfrica outdoor bazaar. Founded by Baba Chuck Davis in 1977, DanceAfrica is the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance and has become one of the most vibrant celebrations of its kind, uniting dancers worldwide to celebrate the cultural vitality of Africa and its diaspora.
In a departure from years past, DanceAfrica 2012 will feature a special pre-Memorial Day Opening Celebration on Sunday, May 20 at 3pm to commemorate DanceAfrica’s 35th anniversary which will feature reunions of and performances by many of the companies from the earliest DanceAfrica festivals. A traditional libation ceremony will take place on the steps of the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building prior to the ceremony at approximately 2:30pm. In addition, over Memorial Day weekend (May 25—28), DanceAfrica 2012 will present a different performance roster each evening.
DanceAfrica 2012 begins on Saturday, May 19 with a pre-opening ceremony at 10am at Weeksville Heritage Center. This traditional ceremony, which includes dancing and music by local artists, is an integral part of DanceAfrica that honors elders who have passed on to the ancestral grounds. The event is free and open to the public. The celebration will continue at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn) at 1pm with the annual community welcome for the visiting company featuring free performances by students from Restoration who have participated in the DanceAfrica Education program. The week-long DanceAfrica celebration, which is centered around the dance performances at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (May 20, 25—28), also includes the popular outdoor DanceAfrica Bazaar with nearly 300 vendors selling crafts, food, and fashion; FilmAfrica, a BAMcinématek film series at BAM Rose Cinemas; master classes for families and adults; a Black Rock Coalition Orchestra Salute to Don Cornelius & Soul Train with a Late-Night Dance Party in the BAMcafé; and an Iconic Artist Talk with DanceAfrica founder Baba Chuck Davis interacting with DanceAfrica footage from the BAM archives.
Additionally, recent recipients of the Samuel H. Scripps BAM Scholarship for post-secondary education will be presented with their awards on the Opera House stage during the May 20th Opening Celebration. Inspired by the spirit of DanceAfrica, BAM.
Trustee Richard Feldman launched the Samuel H. Scripps BAM Scholarship Fund in 2008, in memory of former BAM Trustee and arts patron Sam Scripps. The Scholarship exclusively benefits students who have participated in BAM’s arts education programs, including the DanceAfrica Education initiative. Mainstage lineup. Opening Celebration, Sun, May 20 at 3pm **
Adanfo Ensemble (Syracuse). Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Company (Manhattan)* United African Dance Troupe (Queens). BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble (Brooklyn). Alumni Companies: Arthur Hall Afro-American Alumni Ensemble (Philadelphia)* Charles Moore Dance Theatre (Brooklyn) Chuck Davis Dance Company (New York) Dinizulu Dancers, Drummers, and Singers (Queens) International Afrikan-American Ballet (Brooklyn) *Not performing. **Traditional libation ceremony on the steps of the Peter Jay Sharp Building precedes the Opening Celebration, at approximately 2:30pm
Fri, May 25 at 7:30pm Adanfo Ensemble (Syracuse) Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa (Washington, DC) United African Dance Troupe (Queens) BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Sat, May 26 at 2pm & 7:30pm Adanfo Ensemble (Syracuse) Forces of Nature Dance Theatre (Manhattan) Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Company (Manhattan) BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Sun, May 27 at 3pm Adanfo Ensemble (Syracuse) Illstyle Peace Productions (Philadelphia) Creative Outlet (Brooklyn) BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Mon, May 28 at 3pm Adanfo Ensemble (Syracuse) Hamalali Wayunagu Garifuna (Bronx) Asase Yaa (Brooklyn) BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble (Brooklyn)
About the companies The Adanfo Ensemble is an ensemble of musicians and dancers with roots in Ghana, West Africa. Founder David Etse Nyadedzor was born and raised in Ghana where he performed with many local African groups. An experienced master drummer, he studied with the Folkloric Selamta traditional cultural group at the Center for National Culture in Accra, Ghana, where he mastered Ghanaian and other African drumming techniques as well as a repertoire of Ghanaian, Togolese, Nigerian, Guinean, Senegalese, Zimbabwean, and South African dances. The word “Adanfo” translates as “friends and family” and the ensemble has performed widely throughout the United States.
In 1964, the Chuck Davis Dance Company (CDDC) included a small group of dancers and drummers from a neighborhood youth summer program participating in a summer program at the Burger Junior High School Action Theatre in the South Bronx, and the Bernice Johnson Dance Studio. By 1968, CDDC, under the management of Bessie Pruitt, was a company-in-residence for the New York City Board of Education, reaching thousands of children through lecture-demonstration and mini-concerts. In 1977 the company was chosen to represent the US at FESTAC ’77, a pan-African cultural event held in Lagos, Nigeria. CDDC also served as official US Ambassadors of Goodwill, touring Italy, Yugoslavia, Norway and Greece in 1980. The company, which performed in many DanceAfrica festivals, disbanded in 1983.
The Arthur Hall Afro-American Dance Ensemble was founded in Philadelphia in 1958. Over the next 30 years, the ensemble toured internationally to West Africa, the Caribbean, and Brazil, founded the storied Ile Ife Black Humanitarian Center and the Ile Ife Museum of African Culture in North Philadelphia, performed on national television broadcasts, and produced numerous full-length ballets. The company was dissolved in 1988 when founder Arthur Hall left Philadelphia for his native Memphis, Tennessee. Ensemble alumni have formed several performing groups and cultural organizations, and continued to perform for Arthur Hall until his death in 2000. In 2008, ensemble alumni regrouped to present a series of concerts and cultural celebrations to honor Hall.
The Charles Moore Dance Theatre (CMDT) is one of the oldest nonprofit black arts organizations in Brooklyn. Founded in 1974 by Charles and Ella Thompson Moore to demonstrate the beauty and great variety of African, Caribbean, and African-American culture, the company proves that multiculturalism and traditional black American arts are inseparable.
The International Afrikan-American Ballet was founded in 1975 by former members of Les Ballet Du Ladji Camara and modeled on the great national ballets of Guinea and Senegal. As artists who had worked and trained with Papa Ladji Camara prior to that company’s disbanding they did not want to lose the foundation of African folkloric music and dance. In 1977, IAAB was invited by Baba Chuck Davis to become a part of what became known as DanceAfrica, along with four other companies that helped to establish DanceAfrica as a landmark series. The company disbanded in the mid-1990s.
Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Company, founded by Danys “La Mora” Perez, is a company committed to the preservation of Afro-Cuban folklore, encouraging cross-cultural understanding of dance and music forms derived from African culture. The company’s traditional repertoire pays tribute to African lineages derived from the Yoruba, Congo, Carabali, Arará, and Dahomean cultures of West Africa and Haiti, while also celebrating Cuban heritage.
The United African Dance Troupe performs, entertains, and educates using dance, song, drums, and percussion from the continent of Africa. UADT’s dancers and musicians range from 7 to 70 years old, and bring joyful cultural expression to each performance.
Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn was founded in 1994 by Jamel Gaines, Lakai Worrell, and Kevin Joseph with a mission to provide a venue for artists to develop and perfect their craft through dance, theater, spoken word, film, and live music. Through its Arts in Education Program (AEP), Creative Outlet has worked with more than 1,000 students in 25 New York public schools, providing lecture demonstrations and special concerts. The company has performed in various festivals and venues around the world, including Germany, Italy, and Mexico.
The Dinizulu Dancers, Dummers, and Singers was established in the early 1950s by Nana and Alice Dinizulu. Alice Dinizulu was a former student of and performer with Joseph Comadore, Ismay Andrews, and Asadata Dafora, among others. It was thanks to this background and through later research, study, and collaboration with artists in Africa that the present repertoire—which includes exciting dances from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa—was developed. The company has performed widely nationally and internationally, introduced countless children to traditional African culture, and performed for heads of state including President Nelson Mandela of South Africa.
An annual favorite and symbol of youth involvement in the preservation of African heritage, the BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble returns to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House for its 16th consecutive year. Under the mentorship of Baba Chuck Davis, the gifted young dancers of Bedford Suyvesant Restoration Corporation celebrate both ancestral roots and the modern-day community. “Exuberant, disciplined young dancers from Bed-Stuy, the BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble are a group worth following,” praised The Village Voice.
Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa shares the history and spirit of traditional West African drumming and dancing, blended with contemporary music, such as reggae, blues, jazz, and hip-hop, to reflect the richness of the African American experience.
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre is an African and contemporary modern dance company co-founded in 1981 under the choreographic direction of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam and executive artistic director Olabamidele Husbands. Informed by African and American traditions, the company delivers a visceral, thought-provoking blend of contemporary dance, traditional West African dance, ballet, house, hip-hop, and live music, oriented around ideas of environmental health, spirituality, and survival of life on Earth.
Illstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural dance company based in Philadelphia. Founded in 2002 by Brandon “Peace” Albright and Forrest Webb, the company fuses the movement and spirit of old school hip-hop with various styles of dance to deliver an inspirational message of individual expression to worldwide audiences of all ages. The company has heralded as “fabulous” by The New York Times.
Founded in the Bronx in 1992, Hamalali Wayunagu Garifuna Fokloric & Modern Dance Company is devoted to sharing and teaching Garifuna culture though dance, music, poetry, and drama from the vast repertoire of Garifuna culture.
Formed in 2001, Asase Yaa is a group of young artists dedicated to exploring connections between African and African-American culture. Comprising musicians, dancers, and singers with training in various disciplines, the company also includes a griot committed to preserving African-American history through storytelling.
Dr. Charles “Chuck” Davis, artistic director and founding elder of DanceAfrica, is one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America. He has traveled extensively to Africa to study with leading artists. Davis founded the Chuck Davis Dance Company in New York in 1968 and the African American Dance Ensemble in Durham, NC, in 1983. He has been a panelist for several programs of the National Endowment for the Arts and is a recipient of the AARP Certificate of Excellence, the North Carolina Dance Alliance Award, the 1990 North Carolina Artist Award, and the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He has served on the board of the North Carolina Arts Council since 1991 and in 1992 he received the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts, the state’s highest honor. In 1996, Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble were awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Dance Residency Program, a three-year initiative launched in 1994 by the New York Foundation for the Arts and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. In 1998 he received an honorary doctorate from Medgar Evers College; he has received honorary doctorates from several universities, all of which mean a great deal to him. Most recently, Chuck Davis and DanceAfrica were cited as one of “America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: The First 100” by the Dance Heritage Coalition.
About DanceAfrica Weeksville Heritage Center Opening Ceremony on Sat, May 19 at 10am The DanceAfrica libation ceremony, led by the Council of Elders, has been held annually at Weeksville Heritage Center. This traditional libation ceremony honors elders who have passed on to the ancestral ground and will include dancing and music by local artists. The event is free and open to the public. Weeksville Heritage Center is a historic site of great national significance. During the 19th century, the village of Weeksville was a vibrant and independent African American community. The contemporary center includes three historic structures and is scheduled for expansion in 2012 with the completion of the 19,000-square-foot Education and Cultural Arts Building. The Weeksville Heritage Center is located at 1698 Bergen Street in Brooklyn. (weeksvillesociety.org)
The celebration continues at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn) at 1pm with the annual community welcome for the visiting company featuring free performances by students from Restoration who have participated in the DanceAfrica Education program.
Each year, the free outdoor DanceAfrica Bazaar has been a gathering place for diverse crowds from all five boroughs of New York and the tri-state area, attracting an estimated 30,000 people throughout the weekend. The DanceAfrica Bazaar includes nearly 300 local and international vendors, transforming the streets surrounding BAM into a global marketplace of African, Caribbean, and African American food, fashion, artifacts, jewelry, and crafts. The Village Voice has declared it “the boldest party in town” and The New York Times has called it “a colorful kickoff for the summer street festival season.” The Bazaar features entertainment for families, including face painting and crafts at the Children’s Village.
The Bazaar takes place Saturday, May 26, 12–10pm and Sunday & Monday, May 27 & 28, 12–8pm on Ashland Place (between Fulton St & Hanson Pl) and in the GGMC & Impark parking lots. Admission is free and times are subject to change.
Members of the visiting companies, along with Baba Chuck Davis, lead two dance workshops in the BAMcafé (30 Lafayette Ave). A family workshop, for children and adults, will be held on Sunday, May 27, 11am–12:15pm, followed by an adult workshop on Monday, May 28, 11am–12:30pm for people with intermediate to advanced dance experience. Family workshop fees are $10 for adults ($5 for ages 15 and under), and adult workshop fees are $12. Visit BAM.org or call 718.636.4130 x1 for details. Space is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.
About BAMcafé Live DanceAfrica 2012 programming Fri, May 18 at 9pm Brooklyn Arts Council Presents Half the Sky Festival: Jazz Women Fusing Forms Alsarah & The Nubatones from the Sudan perform an evocative mix of Middle Eastern and East African music; Moroccan-born Malika Zarra combines a breathtaking range of African and other traditions through songs in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, French, and English.
Fri, May 25 at 10pm Mason-Jam-Ja Band A renowned authority on Yoruba culture and religion, as well as a percussionist and composer, John Mason is helping to expand the improvisational vocabulary of spirituals, blues, rap, and more with the musical languages of West Africa. Mason and his band will perform an assortment of up-tempo acoustic numbers that bridge traditions and continents.
Sat, May 26 at 10pm Black Rock Coalition Orchestra Salute to Don Cornelius & Soul Train + Late-Night Dance Party The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra returns to BAM for a tribute to late Soul Train guru Don Cornelius, performing songs by the Whispers, Shalamar, Lakeside, Dynasty, Babyface, Midnight Star, Carrie Lucas, and other artists from the Solar (formerly Soul Train) Records catalog. A dance party follows, with DJ Idlemind spinning Soul Train classics well into the wee hours.
About FilmAfrica at BAMcinématek This year’s cinematic companion to the 35th annual DanceAfrica 2012 runs from May 25 to 28 and features films from Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and special guests Akin Omotoso and Daniel Cattier. The series includes Lionel Rogosin’s recently re-released apartheid-era classic Come Back, Africa, Michel Ocelot’s Tales of the Night—a special children’s film screening in 3-D—and selections from the African Film Festival’s Traveling Series.
BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave) Tickets: $12 per screening for adults; $9 for seniors 65 and over and children under 12; $9 for students under 25 with valid ID (Monday–Thursday, except holidays); $7 BAM Cinema Club Members Tickets available by phone at 718.777.FILM or by visiting BAM.org
Fri, May 25 at 2, 6:50pm A Trip to Algiers (2010) Directed by Abdelkrim Bahloul, Algeria/France. A young woman loses everything during the war for Algeria’s independence in 1962. When a Frenchman who is leaving the country offers her and her children his former home, an unscrupulous government official tries to it away.
Fri, May 25 at 4:30, 9:15pm One Way, a Tuareg Journey (2010) Directed by Fabio Caramaschi, Italy/Niger. This inspirational documentary chronicles a separated family’s slow, fractured emigration from Niger to Italy and the adversity and opportunities they find there. With Lezare (2010) Directed by Zelalem Woldemariam Ezare, Ethiopia. This beautifully shot film tells the touching story of a homeless boy in a small village in Ethiopia.
Sat, May 26 at 2, 6:50pm* Man on Ground (2011) Directed by Akin Omotoso This bold and exacting portrayal of rising xenophobia in South Africa follows a young Nigerian living in the Johannesburg refugee tenements who disappears during an uprising of violent riots against immigrants. In the span of a single night, his brother, on a short visit from London, tries to elucidate the mystery. *Q&A with Omotoso
Sat, May 26 at 4:30, 9:30pm Come Back, Africa (1959) Directed by Lionel Rogosin Rogosin (On the Bowery) directs this chronicle of the life of Zachariah, a black South African living under the rule of the harsh apartheid government in 1959.
Sun, May 27 at 3, 9pm Kinshasa Symphony (2010) Directed by Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer, DRC/Germany Two-hundred musicians playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Congo! This powerful film takes a fascinating look at the Congolese Symphony Orchestra to tell a larger story about the Congo and the power of music.
Sun, May 27 at 5pm* Kongo: 50 Years of Independence of Congo (2010) Directed by Daniel Cattier Drawing on the region’s historiography and using the latest methods of docudrama filmmaking, Kongo is a documentary series in three parts that offers an original and new perspective on the colonization of the Congo, the largest country in Central Africa. *Q&A with Cattier
Mon, May 28 at 2*, 4:30*, 6:50, 9:15pm Tales of the Night (in 3-D) (2011) Directed by Michel Ocelot In this tapestry of six exotic fables from renowned animation auteur Ocelot, viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, captive princesses, sorcerers, and enormous talking bees. Ocelot’s (Kirikou and the Sorceress) first foray into 3-D continues the shadow-puppet style of Princes and Princesses, with black silhouetted characters set against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns. In English with French subtitles. *Subtitles read aloud
Bloomberg is the BAM 2012 Winter/Spring sponsor.
DanceAfrica 2012 is part of Diverse Voices at BAM sponsored by Time Warner Inc. Target is the presenting sponsor of BAM Community Access to the Arts. Support for DanceAfrica 2012 and BAMcafé Live is provided by Con Edison. .
Essence Music Festival is the cultural partner of DanceAfrica.
FilmAfrica is part of Global Connections at BAM sponsored by MetLife Foundation. Major support for dance at BAM provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance with additional support from Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation.
The Wall Street Journal is the title sponsor of BAM Rose Cinemas and BAMcinématek.
Programming in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House is supported and endowed by The Howard Gilman Foundation.
Winter/Spring Season supporters: Bank of America; Chase;; The Howard Gilman Foundation; The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation; mcgarrybowen; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Donald R. Mullen Jr.; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts; The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; Mikhail Prokhorov Fund; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; The SHS Foundation; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; The Skirball Foundation; The Starr Foundation; Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Foundation; Steve Tisch Foundation; The Winston Foundation, Inc.; Friends of BAM and BAM Cinema Club.
Sovereign Bank is the BAM Marquee sponsor. Yamaha is the official piano for BAM. R/GA is the BAM.org sponsor. New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is the official hotel for BAM..
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAM Rose Cinemas, and BAMcafé are located in the Peter Jay Sharp Building at 30 Lafayette Avenue (between St Felix Street and Ashland Place) in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. BAM Harvey Theater is located two blocks from the main building at 651 Fulton Street (between Ashland and Rockwell Places). Both locations house Greenlight Bookstore at BAM kiosks. BAM Rose Cinemas is Brooklyn’s only movie house dedicated to first-run independent and foreign film and repertory programming. BAMcafé, operated by Great Performances, is open for dining prior to BAM Howard Gilman Opera House evening performances. BAMcafé also features an eclectic mix of spoken word and live music for BAMcafé Live on Friday and Saturday nights with a special BAMcafé Live menu available starting at 6pm.
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, Q, B to Atlantic Avenue (2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St for Harvey Theater)â€¨ D, N, R to Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street; C to Lafayette Avenueâ€¨Train: Long Island Railroad to Atlantic Terminal Bus: B25, B26, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67 all stop within three blocks of BAMâ€¨ Car: Commercial parking lots are located adjacent to BAMâ€¨â€¨For ticket and BAMbus information, call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100, or visit BAM.org.
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