Stories of Liberian women in time of war to premiere in New York
(GIN) – While Liberia's civil war is distant history to some, an African playwright has rescued the tale of five women, captive wives of a rebel commander, whose survival in a treacherous war zone resonates strongly even today.
Tale of redemption revisits the real-life ordeal of single-mom held hostage by rapist
"Captive" Film Review by Kam Williams
On March 11, 2005, Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) was being escorted from jail to the Fulton County Courthouse where he was set to go on trial for assault, kidnapping and rape. But en route to the courtroom, he overpowered a sheriff's deputy (Diva Tyler) and took her gun before embarking on a bloody killing spree that would claim the lives of the judge, a court reporter, a police sergeant and a federal agent.
Ralph Lemon's work bridges performance, contemporary art
Choreographer and interdisciplinary artist, Ralph Lemon, references his 2014 Walker performance exhibition "Scaffold Room" with a free solo lecture/performance – what the artist refers to as a "memory refraction" – one year after the work's premiere.
INTERVIEW: Karrin Allyson chats about her latest jazz album
Born in the Midwest, four-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson has always been on the move.
School in the Bay Area and a degree in classical piano and performance led to Minneapolis and on to Kansas City, where she signed her first contract with Concord Jazz. Thirteen albums followed, with performances at clubs, concert venues, and major jazz festivals in the U.S., Brazil, Australia, Japan and many major cities in Europe. In 2014, Allyson traveled to 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada as a solo vocalist with the Newport – Now 60 Tour, which concluded at the Newport Jazz Festival. Her independently-produced holiday album, "Yuletide Hideaway," followed just in time for the holidays, and won four stars from Downbeat.
WALKER ART CENTER'S EXHIBITION: "Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting"
Review by Carmen Robles
Jack Whitten's abstract paintings are mesmerizing.
Adding everyday objects to the metaphorical strokes of his paint brush, he is able to create thought provoking pieces that connect the art work to the inspiration. Born in a segregated south and active in the Civil Rights Movement of NYC during the turbulent 1960s, Whitten exemplifies the resilience of the artistic spirit and its connection to the soul.
Tony-Award nominee Sanaa Lathan delivers a striking presence and undeniable energy to each project she takes on and continues to build on an already impressive career. She recently completed production on two films.
The Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra is coming to the Dakota Jazz Club, Wednesday, Sept. 16 for two shows
Heritage Blues Orchestra is billed as the grit of low-down country and urban blues with the bold brass of New Orleans with the hand-clapping fervor of gospel punctuated with fiery postmodern, jazz-infused horn arrangements. A Heritage concert takes the audience on a journey across the Middle Passage, on a drive down Highway 49 from Clarksdale, La. to New Orleans, from chain gangs and juke joints to orchestra pits, church pews and even back porches. Heritage Blues Orchestra's music is an inspiring testament to the enduring power, possibilities and boundless beauty of African-American music.