BLACK HISTORY MONTH A CORNUCOPIA OF CULTURAL TREATS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

In honor of the heritage and ongoing cultural contributions of the African-American community, a bounty of events are being held in and around the Baltimore area during Black History Month. These events are designed to highlight black artistry and black life in America.

Feb. 1 "Black Collectibles and Memorabilia," an exhibit drawn from the collection of Marylander Jeanette Carson, will be on display today through Feb. 28 in the second floor gallery of the Central Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral St. Call 396-5494.

"Constructed Images: New Photography by African-American and Latino Artists" is on exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art through March 24. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission charge except Thursdays. Call 396-7101.

Painter Jacob Lawrence's work will be featured today through Feb. 24 at Dundalk Community College's Gallery, 7200 Sollers Point Road. Lawrence is one of the first black masters of modernism. Others featured are Tina Allen, Schroeder Cherry, Laurence Hurst, Juanita Maldonado, Chevelle Makeba Moore and Ronald Walton. Admission is free. Call 285-9689.

Traditional and contemporary quilts made by African-Americans are on display this month at the Historical Society of Talbot County in Easton. For information call (301) 822-0773.

Author Lucille Clifton will read excerpts from her work at the Howard County Central Library, today from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The program is geared toward children 8 to 12. Admission is free. Call (301) 313-7860.

Feb. 2 KanKouran, a West African dance company, will perform tonight 8 and tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets are $6, $5 for BMA members, students and seniors. Call 396-6314.

Actress Vinnie Burrows, will perform "The Song of Lawino," a one-woman show for men only, tonight at 8 at the Columbia Inn. A panel discussion will follow. Call 433-1975.

Jazz pianist Charles Covington will play tonight at 8 at the John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Road in Fort Washington. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students. Call (301) 292-2839.

Feb. 3 Ekpo Eyo, former director of the Nigerian National Museum, will discuss "Mysteries of the Akwanshi," carved anthropomorphic monoliths from Nigeria, today at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Call 396-6314.

Sankofa Dance Theatre will bring African dance to the Cloisters Children's Museum, 10440 Falls Road today at 2 p.m. Tickets are $4, $3 for CCM members. Call 823-2551.

Feb. 4 The Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., is presenting Eubie Blake memorabilia daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Call 685-3750.

Feb. 6 Walter Hill of the National Archives in Washington will speak on Finding Your Ancestors" today at 5:45 p.m. at the Northwood Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd. Call 396-5494.

"Cry Freedom," a film about apartheid starring Denzel Washington, will be screened tonight at 8:30 in the Decker College Center Pub at Western Maryland College in Westminster. Admission is free. Call 876-2055.

Feb. 7 "Chameleon Street," a new film by Wendell B. Harris, will receive its world premiere tonight at 8 when the Baltimore Film Forum's opens its African-American cinema series at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Admission is $5, $4 for BFF/BMA members, seniors and students. Call 889-1993.

The "1991 Black Living Legends" awards, honoring the contributions of 14 African-Americans in areas such as the arts, science, law and politics, will be presented today at noon at Lexington Market, Lexington and Eutaw streets. Call 669-9077 for information.

"Maryland Blacks in the Civil War," will be the subject of a talk by historian Agnes Kane Callum tonight at 6:30 at the Herring Run Branch, 3801 Erdman Ave. Call 396-5494.

The Eubie Blake 108th Birthday Gala will be held tonight at the Baltimore Grand, 401 W. Fayette St., honoring area citizens dedicated to the arts. Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit the Eubie Blake Cultural Arts Center. Call 396-7400.

Feb. 8 "Heritage, History and Humor: A Celebration of African-American Culture," a three-week Friday night film series, opens tonight with "The Magic Garden" at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. All films start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3, $2 for WAG members. Call 547-9000.

The second annual Scott Joplin Festival, a dance festival featuring Eva Anderson's Baltimore Dance Theatre, will be held tonight and tomorrow night at 8 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets are $15, $12 for BMA members, students and seniors. Call 396-6314.

The Count Basie Orchestra will perform tonight at 8 at Glenelg High School Auditorium, 14025 Burnt Woods Road. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call (301) 313-5533.

Feb. 9 Lucy Thornton-Berry will examine the African-American experience through prose, poetry and crafts today at 2 p.m. at the Northwood Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd. Call 396-5494.

Papa T, aka Tyrice Dixon, will play roots, rock and soul reggae, tonight at 10 at the BAUhouse, 1713 N. Charles St. Admission is $5. Call 659-5443.

KanKouran, a West African dance company, will perform tonight at 8 and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Kinetics Dance Theatre in the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road. The company will also offer an African dance master class on Feb. 10 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the dance concert are $12, $10 for students and seniors. The master class is $10 and advance registration is required. Call 461-9907.

Feb. 10 The Spirit of Malik Theatre, will perform R. B. Jones' play, "The Award," tonight at 7 at the BAUhouse, 1713 N. Charles St. A discussion with civil rights activists and the playwright will follow. Admission is $10. Call 659-5443.

Photographer Lorna Simpson will present a slide lecture on her work today at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Call 396-6314.

The Singing Shepherds, a gospel group, will perform today at 4 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway. Tickets are $5, $3 for AACC students, faculty & staff. Call (301) 541-2218.

WMAR-TV's Family Festival Day will be held today from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Walters Art Gallery. Music, live theater and children's workshops will be featured. WMAR reporters will share interviewing techniques and let children try their hand at reporting before a television camera. Admission is free. Call 547-9000.

Storyteller Fellisco Keeling will present tales of African-American folklore today at 2 p.m. at the Cloisters Children's Museum, 10440 Falls Road. Tickets are $4, $3 for CCM members. Call 823-2551.

Eva Anderson's Dance Theatre will perform today at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall at Western Maryland College in Westminster. Admission is $5. Students 18 and under are admitted free. Call 876-2055, Ext. 265.

The Morgan State University Choir, under the direction of Nathan Carter, will perform its sixth annual concert of blues, jazz, ragtime and gospel, today at 2 p.m. and again at 3:15 p.m. at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. Admission is free but seating is limited and tickets will be issued beginning at 11 a.m. Call 547-9000.

Jefferson D. Herring, a Tuskegee Institute alumnus who befriended Southern photographer P. H. Polk, will speak at 3 p.m. today following a reception honoring Polk's work, now on exhibit at UMBC's Kuhn Library. The reception starts at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Call 455-2065.

Feb. 11 "Frederick Douglass Now," a multimedia presentation about the lives of great black leaders, will be presented at 8 tonight in the UMBC University Center. It stars Roger Guenveur Smith, best known as the stuttering "Smiley" in Spike Lee's film "Do the Right Thing." Admission is $4. Call 455-3618.

African films "Poko" and "Faces of Women" will be screened today at 7:30 p.m. in Goucher College's "Women's Issues in

African Films" festival. "Finzan" will be screened tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Call 337-6333.

Feb. 13 Yolanda King, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will speak in the Chesapeake Center at Harford Community College tonight at 7. A reception follows. Tickets are $10, $5 for HCC students. Call 836-4140 or 879-8920, Ext. 140.

Julian Bond, former Georgia state senator, will speak tonight at 7:30 in the McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College, Westminster. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Call 876-2055, Ext. 265.

Feb. 14 Alvin Ailey's Dance Theater will perform tonight at 7:30, tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Morris Mechanic Theatre, Hopkins Plaza in downtown Baltimore. Tickets are $35, $32 and $25 for tonight and tomorrow's performances; $40, $35 and $30 on Saturday. Call 625-1400.

"Tilai," a film by Idrissa Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso, will be screened tonight and tomorrow night at 8 at the Baltimore Museum of as part of the Baltimore Film Forum's salute to African-American cinema. Admission is $5, $4 for BFF/BMA members, seniors and students. Call 889-1993.

Feb. 15 Charles Johnson, National Book Award winner who wrote Middle Passage," will speak at the Pratt Library's 1991 Black History luncheon at 1 p.m. today in the Hollyday Room at the Village of Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road. Tickets are $23. Call 396-5494.

"Lean on Me," a film about a principal's controversial approach to teaching, will be shown tonight at 7 and 9 in the Decker Auditorium at Western Maryland College in Westminster. Admission is free. Call 876-2055.

"Heritage, History and Humor: A Celebration of African-American Culture," a Friday night film series, continues tonight at 7:30 with "Countdown at Kusini" at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. Admission is $3, $2 for WAG members. Call 547-9000.

Feb. 16 "Baltimore Jazz Legends," a tribute to Baltimore's jazz greats Eubie Blake, Cab Calloway, Chick Webb and Billie Holiday, will feature the Peabody Ragtime ensemble, singer Delores Lynn, and pianists Ellis Larkin and Mel Spears tonight at 8 and tomorrow night at 7 at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. Call 685-3750.

William S. McFeely, author of a new biography called "Frederick Douglass," will speak at Washington College in Chestertown, today at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Call (301) 778-2800.

Feb. 17 Odetta, a world-renowned folk singer, will perform today at 3 at the University of Maryland at Baltimore's Medical School Teaching Facility Auditorium, Pine and Redwood streets. Admission is $8, $6 for students and seniors. Call 328-8035.

The Spirit of Malik Theatre, will perform R. B. Jones' play, "The Award," tonight at the BAUhouse, 1713 N. Charles St. A discussion with civil rights activists and the playwright follows. Admission is $10. Call 659-5443.

Storyteller Toyin Fadope will spin stories once told by Baltimore's black community in the mid-19th century today at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the 1840 House, 800 E. Lombard St. This event is free with paid museum admission. Call 396-3279.

Feb. 19 "A Taste of the South," a smattering of traditional Southern fare and a tribute to African-American cuisine, will be offered today from noon to 1 p.m. at Dundalk Community College, 7200 Sollers Point Road. Call 285-9689 for more information.

Feb. 21 "Over 40," a new black musical comedy, opens tonight at 8 at the Lyric Theatre, 1404 Maryland Ave. Special opening night tickets are $17.50 for all seats. The show runs through Feb. 24. Call 481-6000.

"My Brother's Wedding," a new film by director Charles Burnett, will get its Baltimore premiere tonight at 8 at the Baltimore Museum of Art as part of the Baltimore Film Forum's salute to African-American cinema. Admission is $5, $4 for BFF/BMA members, seniors and students. A reception will follow; a separate cover will be charged. Call 889-1993.

Anthropologist Mark P. Leone will speak on "African-American Historical Archaeology in Annapolis: Discovering an Independent Heritage," tonight at 8 at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. Admission is free. Call 547-9000.

Feb. 22 "Heritage, History and Humor: A Celebration of African-American Culture," a Friday night film series, continues tonight at 7:30 with "Ceddo" at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. Admission is $3, $2 for WAG members. Call 547-9000.

Feb. 23 Puppeteer Schroeder Cherry and his entourage of African-American and West African puppets will weave tales today at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive. Call 396-6314.

Umoja Sasa, a storytelling troupe, will perform at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., today at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Call 396-5494.

Jazz singer Ruby Glover will present "The Other Side of the Record," a children's jazz storytime, today at 1:30 p.m. at the BAUhouse, 1713 N. Charles St. Also featured will be vocalist Brenda Alford. Admission is $5. Call 659-5443.

Feb. 24 Storyteller Toyin Fadope will spin stories once told by Baltimore's black community in the mid-19th century today at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the 1840 House, 800 E. Lombard St. This event is free with paid museum admission. Call 396-3279.

Storyteller Alice McGill will present African and African-American stories for children today at 2 p.m. at the Cloisters Children's Museum, 10440 Falls Road. Admission is $4, $3 for CCM members. Call 823-2551.

Feb. 26 The Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters of Maryland will host a reception today from 6 to 8 p.m. on the fourth floor at City Hall to honor "14 Black Living Legends." Call 669-9077 for information.

"I Shall Not Be Moved," a program of poetry and dramatic literature, will be held today at noon in Dundalk Community College's student lounge. Admission is free. Call 285-9689.

Feb. 28 "Finzan," a new film from Mali by director Cheick Oumar Cissoko, will get its Baltimore premiere tonight at 8 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, as part of the Baltimore Film Forum's salute to African-American cinema. Admission is $5, $4 for BFF/BMA members, seniors and students. Call 889-1993.

The Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, a professional group of six singers and an accompanist, will perform tonight at 8 at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. Admission is free. Call 547-9000.

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