Saturday, January 24, 2009
Mark Your Calendars - February Events
Thursday, February 12
Sweet Honey in the Rock
LOCATION: Hill Auditorium
The metaphor of “sweet honey in the rock” captures completely these African American women whose repertoire is steeped in the sacred music of the Black church, the clarion calls of the Civil Rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere. Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, Sweet Honey In The Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip-hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 at the DC Black Repertory Theater Company, Sweet Honey's collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms.
Friday, February 13
As in past years, each child should bring in a card for every other child. Homemade cards are great, or you can buy them. Little treats are certainly acceptable as well; just make sure to keep it nut-free or non-candy (pencils, whatever). Don't go crazy, and I promise not to also :-)
We will also make valentines for the birds, as well as the community service project for the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Donations will be accepted all month, and I will arrange for a visit there in March.
Friday, February 20
"Drum me a Story"
Location: Wild Swan Theater
Drum Me a Story is a delightful, humorous collection of well-known African tales including Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock and How the Turtle Got Its Shell. The stories are performed through storytelling, acting, and drumming by three actors who play a host of characters, changing quickly with the aid of masks and simple costume pieces. One of the actors, Ryan Edwards, is an outstanding drummer who has studied drumming in Africa over many years. Audiences will delight in his many authentic instruments including a balaphone, a djembe, and a talking drum. During the performance Ryan will demonstrate his many drums and teach the audience about them. Drum Me a Story is approximately 40 minutes long.
Monday – Friday, February 23 - 27
Mid-Winter Break/NO SCHOOL