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Boston arts scene ready to celebrate Black History Month – Lowell Sun

Boston arts scene ready to celebrate Black History Month – Lowell Sun
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The arts are back in full force this season. Just in time for Black History Month. It’s time to educate yourself through art, joy, conflict, film, dance, music, and an afro-futuristic sci-fi story.

The Nicholas Brothers retrospective exhibition, online

Fayard and Harold Nicholas have reinvented, redefined, and refined dance on the silver screen. Somewhere between acrobatics and superheroes, the brothers amassed a series of routines for Twentieth Century-Fox musicals that brought shame to other icons—and Fred Astaire hailed the stair routine from Stormy Weather as the greatest dance scene ever filmed (and he probably was right). ) . This month, the Criterion Channel combined three of its best appearances with “Down Argentine Way”, “Sun Valley Serenade” and “Stormy Weather”. (standardionchannel.com)

The Criterion Channel combined three of Harold and Fayard Nicholas’ best shows with “Down Argentine Way”, “Sun Valley Serenade” and “Stormy Weather”. (Courtesy set of standards)

“Summer of the Soul” and “Love and Basketball”, various shows, Brattle Theater, Cambridge

Questlove directed the “Summer of Soul” documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, often called Black Woodstock, which features amazing performances from B.B. King, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, Sly, Family Stone and Stevie Wonder. Writer/director Gina Prince Bethewood ditched “Love & Basketball” from sports clichés for a subtle, subtle film about gender roles, romance, failure, and compromise unlike anything that came before or after it. Check brattlefilm.org for showtimes.

The Brattle Theater in Cambridge will screen ‘Love and Basketball’ as well as ‘Summer of Soul’. Photo courtesy of Brattle Theater

40 Acres and A Slam, Feb 5, online

Activist and writer Didi Delgado hosts an online poetry competition to raise funds and awareness for the 40 Acres and School Initiative. Attempting to create a farm that empowers blacks of marginalized genders and serves as a hub for black arts, education, and growth, the initiative hopes to build momentum through the talents of some of the great artists of the slam scene. Want to extend a hand or rhyme? Poets can become part of the movement at tinyurl.com/PoetsFor40Acres.

“Young People Obsessed with Color”, March 17-20, Central Square Theatre

Boston playwright Melinda Lopez has combined excerpts from more than 60 interviews with scholars from underrepresented backgrounds to create a story of geniuses hiding in plain sight. Working in labs, bending over at computers, and even making rock ‘n’ roll, these color geeks are helping solve the world’s most pressing problems. Rock hero Nonna Hendricks (formerly of Labelle) composed the music, amplifying the lively narrative. (centralsquaretheater.org)

Dreaming Zenzile, February 23-27, Robert J. Orchard Theatre

Zenzile Miriam Makeba has brought so much to life. The South African icon was a singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, and civil rights activist. Bringing the enormity of Makeba’s life together, Sumi Kakuma created the Grammy-nominated talent for this tribute. It’s a powerful portrait of a powerful artist featuring a live jazz band playing original music and reinterpreting Makeba’s deep catalog. (Artsemerson.org)

“Absorbing Lies”, February 26-27, Schubert Theatre

Sankova Danzafro, with seven dancers and musicians, organized an evening that would eliminate stereotypes and cliched words about the black body. The Colombian Dance Company adds live drums, flute, marimba, and vocals to a program researching the ethnic history of Colombia and the United States. (celebrityseries.org)

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