Below is a sampling of events celebrating Black history Month through Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Film and festivals. For more information contact your local arts council and www.ncarts.org/events. A variety of Black History Month celebrations are scheduled throughout the Department of Cultural Resources. To find out more, visit www.ncdcr.gov/BlackHistory.
Swing Jazz Series featuring John Brown Big Band
Saturday, Feb 16
8 to 10 p.m., McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, Charlotte
Join the John Brown Big Band on February 16 for a night of music including guest artist Tia Fuller. The Swing Jazz Series is presented by Jazz Arts Initiative in association with Jazz Diva Foundation and the Performing Arts Coalition. For more information: (704) 348.5740 or http://www.jbjazz.com.
Jazz at Lincoln Center, “Discovering the Groove in Jazz and You”
Saturday, Feb. 25
7 p.m., Kenan Auditorium, WUNC-Wilmington
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Residency culminates with a Family Concert featuring “Discovering the Groove in Jazz and You”, a program designed to introduce families and young audiences to the world of jazz. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Alvin Atkinson (drummer) and his Quartet explore the many infectious rhythms and grooves in jazz music from swing to boogaloo to Afro-Cuban. For information call (910) 962-3500, (800) 732-3643 or visit www.uncw.edu/arts/jalc.html.
Billy Taylor Jazz Festival
Wednesday, April 24-27
Various times and locations, East Carolina University
The annual festival at East Carolina University features guest-saxophonist Kenny Garrett, the ECU Jazz A Band Ensemble, ECU Jazz Vocal Ensemble and guest Dr. Arthur Dawkins. For more information: www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/music/jazz/jazz-festival.
Kat Williams, A Tribute To life
Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 15
Diana Wortham Theatre
2 South Pack Square, Asheville
Kat Williams, Emmy nominee and 2012 AMG Female Vocalist of the Year, performs along with Free Planet Radio featuring renowned musicians River Guerguerian, Chris Rosser and two-time Grammy Award winner Eliot Wadopian along with Alto saxophonist Chris Hemingway. For more information: (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Tuesday Feb. 12
City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 (with Mie, Carol Maillard and Louise Robinson) at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company, Sweet Honey In The Rock® is an internationally renowned a cappella ensemble. Information: (828) 433-SHOW or (800) 939-SHOW.
National Black Theatre Festival
By A Black Hand, Teen Theatre Ensemble
Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 14
10 a.m., Winston-Salem Arts Council Theater
The performance, written by Professor Arthur M. Reese and Darryl Goodman is for schools and is a hip hop history lesson for a young woman who is struggling with her lack of knowledge concerning the contributions of her African American ancestors. For more information: (336) 723-2266 or www.nbtf.org.
The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez
Friday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, March 9
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
650 E. Stonewall Street , Charlotte
Winner of the 2011 John Gassner Playwriting Award by the New York Outer Critics Circle. A Jewish Confederate soldier return home to find only rubble and two former slaves. As these men reunite to celebrate Passover, they uncover a web of secrets that could cost each man more than just his freedom. For more information: actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
National Black Theater Festival (NBTF)
Monday, July 29-Friday, Aug. 3
Location and performances vary.
The National Black Theater Festival (NBTF) is a program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, founded in 1979 as the first professional black theater company in the state, this community-wide celebration features more than 100 new works and classic offerings from black theater companies from across the country. For more information: www.nbtf.org.
Samplers & Symmetry IV: Pieces by Area African-American Quilters
Through March 16
Delta Fine Arts
2611 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem
Delta Arts Center presents its biennial exhibition of area African-American quilters. The exhibition includes over a dozen quilts from local quilters, many of which are for sale. For more information: www.deltafinearts.org.
The Restraints: Open and Hidden Photography
Through March 2
Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In 1948, Gordon Parks became the first African-American to work as a staff photographer for Life magazine, where he sought to challenge stereotypes while still appealing to a larger audience. This exhibition replicates a color photo essay of the same name that Life ran in 1956. The piece sought to show the magazine’s (largely white) audience that black people, even those living under segregation, lived full, rich, ordinary lives. For more information: (919) 660-3663 or http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/exhibits/upcoming-exhibits.
The Road to Desegregation at Duke: Photography Exhibit
Through March 3
Perkins Library, Duke University, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays; Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Duke University first admitted African-American students into its undergraduate classes 50 years ago. The exhibit uses historic photographs, correspondence, flyers, newspapers and more to tell the story of how Duke became a more diverse university and examines the contributions of African-Americans prior to integration, the process of desegregation at the University, and the ways in which black students have shaped Duke since 1963. For more information: (919) 660-5870 or blogs.library.duke.edu/rubenstein/2012/12/06/road-to-desegregation.
America I AM: The African American Imprint
Through March 3
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture
Levine Center for the Arts, Charlotte
The Gantt Center will extend hours as part of Black History Month on Tuesdays in February (12, 19 and 26) the exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition includes more than 200 artifacts provides context for African Americans contributions that shaped American culture across four core areas: economic, socio-political, cultural and spiritual throughout the country’s history. For more information: www.ganttcenter.org/web.
The annual North Carolina Black Film Festival, sponsored by the Black Arts Alliance, will be held in Wilmington March 14-17 and will feature screenings of independent films by African American filmmakers with guest artists, panel discussions, workshops and more. For information visit www.blackartsalliance.org.
UNCW’s 20th Annual Intercultural Week and Festival
February 11 – 16, 2013
UNC Wilmington hosts the 20th Annual Intercultural Week and Festival celebrating the rich diversity of cultures found within the university and the Wilmington community, Monday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 17, including film, theater, dance and lectures. For more information, call (910) 962-3685 or visit www.uncw.edu/iweek.
Unsung Heroes: African Americans in History
Saturday, Feb. 23
Gaston County Public Library, 2 p.m.
Award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford presents a performance of poetic biographies of the men and women who helped build our nation. This is a free public performance for children.
Meet the Artist Series, Wake County Library
Various locations and times
During the month of February, the public is invited to meet local African American artists at Regional Libraries in conjunction with Black History Month. The programs are free of charge and feature the artists talking about finding inspiration and the expression of it in their work. Registration is requested by calling the library of interest.
Meet the Artist: Linda Dallas, local watercolor artist
February 16, 1 p.m.
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh (919) 856-6710
February 18, 7 p.m.
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct., Knightdale (919) 217-5300
Meet the Artist: Quilting as an Expression of Art & Freedom with Ebony Raleigh Area Group Stitchers
February 16, 1 p.m.
West Regional Library
4000 Louis Stephens Dr. (west) Cary (919) 463-8500
February 23, 11 a.m.
North Regional Library
7009 Harps Mill Rd. (north) Raleigh (919) 870-4000
Meet the Artist: LeGrant Taylor, local painter using oils
February 17, 2:30 p.m.
Eva Perry Regional Library
2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Dr. Apex (919) 387-2100
Talk by William Henry Curry
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor of the NC Symphony
March 6, 2013, 11 a.m.
Farrison-Newton Communications Building Auditorium
North Carolina Central University, Durham
Join Maestro Curry for a talk entitled “The Emancipation Proclamation, its aftermath, and the first African American composers.” The event is free.