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A month of black history

Throughout February, celebrate Black History Month and the rich heritage of African-American culture at an array of events. From African art exhibits and historical theater shows to jazz concerts and hip-hop film showings, a month of educational, thought-provoking and entertaining activities are taking place. Below are some of the area's many Black History Month happenings.

Continuing

"Super Stars: The Navy's Black Admirals" -- Items and photos on the Navy's black admirals, Feb. 1 through March 31 at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, U.S. Naval Academy, 52 King George St., Annapolis. Free; $6-$8 for guided walking tours. 410-263-6933 or www.navyonline.com for hours.

"Meditations on African Art: Light" -- More than 40 objects from the Baltimore Museum of Art's African art collection will be illuminated through April 1 at the museum, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. 443-573-1700 or art bma.org for hours.

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park events -- The museum celebrates African-American achievements in Baltimore, Feb. 3, 10, 21, 24, 25 and 28. The museum is at 1417 Thames St. Most programs are free with museum admission. 410-685-0295 or douglassmyers.org.

Wax figures on display -- Wax figures from the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum will be on display at venues around the area, including Lexington Market, Mercy Medical Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Eastpoint Mall and Security Square Mall. 410-563-7809 for all locations and dates.

Saturday Stories at the Top -- The Black History Month weekly series features griots, re-enactors and traditional storytellers, 11 a.m. Saturdays throughout February at Top of the World Observation Level, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. $3-$5. 410-837-VIEW or viewbaltimore.org.

Feb. 1

"Miss Evers' Boys" -- The Morgan State University's Theatre Morgan presents the show, based on the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment in Alabama in the 1930s, at 11:30 a.m. at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Kossiakoff Conference and Education Center, Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel. 443-778-5000 or jhuapl.edu.

Kweisi Mfume lecture -- The former congressman and past president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will speak on "Race: Exploring America's Agenda," 7 p.m. at Loyola College, McGuire Hall, 4501 N. Charles St. Free; tickets required. 410-617-2310 or loyola.edu.

Isaac Hayes in concert -- The legendary soul singer performs in concert, 8:30 p.m. at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 7 p.m. $44.50. 410-244-1131 or ramshead live.com.

Feb. 2

Tribute to James Brown -- The Boogie Hustlers, Soul'd Out and Written Prisms perform a concert in tribute to the Godfather of Soul, 8:30 p.m. at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $8. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23

Black History Month at the aquarium -- Variety of activities beginning at 5 p.m. Fridays through February at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. Feb. 2 features Abu the Flutemaker and a theatrical performance by Aquarium on Wheels; Feb. 9 features a book-signing and presentation by Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation founder Vincent Leggett; Feb. 16 features a performance by the Return to Goree African Dance Company and songs, music and stories from Bunjo Butler; and Feb. 23 features a forum led by Seventh District Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and a gospel-dance demonstration. $8. 410-576-3800 or aqua.org.

Feb. 2-3

Foreign film festival -- The South African film Tsotsi will be the first film shown at the Carroll County Arts Council's annual Foreign Film Festival at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 3. $4-$5. 410-848-7272 or www.carr.org/arts.

Feb. 2-4

Black Heritage Art Show -- Displays by artists, jazz and gospel music, poetry readings, more, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 2-4 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $5; free for ages younger than 5. 410-521-0660 or black heritageartshow.com.

Feb. 3

Book Lovers' Breakfast with Lawrence Otis Graham -- Talk by the author, attorney and commentator, 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St. Presented by Enoch Pratt Free Library. Registration required. $35, or $300 for a table of 10. 410-396-5494.

Book-signing and lecture -- Author Sherrilyn A. Ifill speaks about her book On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty First Century, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1875 or african americanculture.org.

Black History Month program -- The Julian Branch of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History presents "From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas," 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville. Guests will include performer Zahira, historian Edna O'Connor, musician Norman Ross, author David Jonathan Sawyer and vendor Vivian Armstrong. Free. 410-298-0738.

Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24

African-American Heritage Tour -- Walking tour traces the history of African-Americans in Annapolis, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Tours depart from HistoryQuest, St. Clair Wright Center, 99 Main St., Annapolis. $4-$14; free for ages 2 and younger. 410-268-7601, ext. 107.

Feb. 3-Oct. 28

"At Freedom's Door" -- The exhibit At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland, Feb. 3 through Oct. 28 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., and the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., explores the history of slavery in Maryland. On display are historical artifacts and contemporary artworks, presented in collaboration with the Maryland Institute College of Art. 443-263-1800, 410-685-3750 or mica.edu/atfreedomsdoor.

Feb. 4

Earl Klugh performs -- The jazz-fusion guitarist plays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $33.50. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com.

Black History Month Family Day -- Tours of works by African-American artists, music by Goombay, arts workshop, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. 443-573-1700 or art bma.org.

Black History Month at the BMI -- Choral presentations will feature African-American spirituals and show how workers in canneries and factories communicated through song. Show at 2 p.m. with soprano Sabrina Coleman-Clark at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. $5-$7. 410-727-4808 or www.thebmi.org.

Feb. 4, 9-11, 16-18

Arena Players' "Pill Hill" -- Samuel Kelley's theatrical tale of six black steelworker friends in Chicago. Presented by the Arena Players at 801 McCulloh St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. $15. 410-728-6500 or arenaplayersinc.org.

Feb. 6-11

Alvin Ailey dancers -- Performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-10, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. $30-$79. 800-444-1324 or kennedy-center.org.

Feb. 7

Gallery tour -- Meditations on African Art: Light, 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. 443-573-1832 or artbma.org.

Hip-hop dance workshop -- Folashade teaches hip-hop dance moves, 4 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1531 W. North Ave. Wear loose clothes. Free. 410-396-0399 to register.

Author talk -- Harriet A. Washington will discuss her book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present at 7 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430 or www.epfl.net.

Feb. 7, 21, 28

"Midnight Rambles: Race Films" -- Series of rare movies about race, with some created by African-Americans. "Midnight rambles" were late-night film screenings at black movie houses in the early to mid-1900s. 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free. 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

Feb. 8

Hip-hop film -- The film Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip-Hop Dancer follows three young women competing for roles in music videos, 12:30 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College, Careers Center, Room 284, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Free. 410-777-2807.

Feb. 8-9

Contemporary African dance -- Association Noa/Company Vincent Mantsoe present contemporary African dance and music, 8 p.m. both days at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre, University of Maryland, College Park, University Boulevard. $30; $7 students. 301-405-ARTS.

Feb. 9-10

"Going the Distance" -- The Smithsonian Discovery Theater presents the stories of Olympians Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 9 and at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Morgan State University, Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive. $11. 443-885-4440.

Feb. 9-18

"Blues Journey" -- Jerome Hairston performs stories from Walter Dean Myers' children's book Blues Journey, Feb. 9-18 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Family Theater, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. $15. 800-444-1324 or kennedy-center.org for showtimes.

Feb. 10

"Boys of Baraka" -- Film and discussion, 2 p.m. at Morgan State University, Communications Building, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane. Free. mica.edu/atfreedomsdoor.

Theatrical readings -- Baltimore School for the Arts students and Baltimore City high school students will share slavery stories, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1875 or africanamericanculture.org.

Book-signing and lecture -- William Jelani Cobb, author of To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, will speak and sign copies of his book at noon at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, first-floor classroom, 830 E. Pratt St. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1875 or african americanculture.org.

Black History Month concert -- The Morgan State University Choir performs under the direction of conductor Eric Conway, 2 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium, 600 N. Charles St. Free. 410-547-9000.

Feb. 11

"Red Dress Sunday" -- The event, designed to raise awareness of heart disease in the African-American community, takes place at 22 area churches. Featured will be lessons on heart-disease prevention and staying heart-healthy. Event, which is co-sponsored by St. Agnes Hospital and the participating churches, is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to wear red. 410-368-3271 or www.stagnes.org for list of churches.

Family festival -- In celebration of the exhibit At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland, the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., presents a family festival featuring the Sankofa Dance Theater, the Extensions of Faith choir, African storytelling, art workshops and more, noon-4 p.m. Joan Gaither will lead exhibit tours and a quilting workshop for kids. Snow date Feb. 18. Free. 410-685-3750 or mica.edu/atfreedomsdoor.

Black History Month lecture -- Art historian Tosha Grantham will speak on "African-American Art: Identity, Strategy and Abstraction," 2 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium, 600 N. Charles St. $5; free for members. 410-547-9000.

Black History Month at the BMI -- Choral presentations will feature African-American spirituals and show how workers in canneries and factories communicated through song. Show at 2 p.m. with the Baltimore Regional Community Male Chorus with director Cynthia Shepherd at Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. $5-$7. 410-727-4808 or www.thebmi.org.

Feb. 15

Musiq Soulchild -- Soul-music concert, 8:30 p.m. at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 7 p.m. $20-$25. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

Feb. 17 and 24

"Freedom Train" tours -- Tours of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Frederick Douglass' home and the Orchard Street Church, Underground Railroad sites and stories about Harriet Tubman, Feb. 17 and 24. Bus tours will leave from the museum, 1601-03 E. North Ave., at noon. $39.95. 410-563-3404.

Through Feb. 18

"Jitney" -- August Wilson drama about a group of Pittsburgh cabdrivers, by the African Continuum Theatre at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. N.W., Washington. $35. 202-397-7328 or fordstheatre.org or africancontinuum theatre.com for times.

Feb. 18

Performance and talk by Jimmy Cobb -- The jazz drummer will speak and then perform with his band, Cobb's Mob, 4 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. $27; $25 seniors and members; $10 students. 410-385-5888 or baltimorechamberjazz.org for tickets. Also, attendees can arrive early for a free 3 p.m. docent-led tour of the museum's works by African-American artists. Reservations required. 443-573-1818 or artbma.org.

Maryland State Boychoir -- African-American spirituals, gospel selections, traditional hymns and music from Africa with poetry and readings by African-American writers will be presented by the Maryland State Boychoir's Tour Choir and Concert Choir at its African-American Celebration, 4 p.m. at Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 Madison Ave. The choir performs under the direction of Frank Cimino and Stephen Holmes. Free. 410-523-1700 or marylandstate boychoir.org.

Sisters in the Spirit -- Gospel-music concert features singers Shirley Caesar, Kelly Price, Angie Stone, Dorinda Clark Cole, Nicole C. Mullen and Yvonne Capehart, 7:30 p.m. at the 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $37.50-$39.50. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster .com.

Black History Month at the BMI -- Choral presentations will feature African-American spirituals and show how workers in canneries and factories communicated through song. Show at 2 p.m. with gospel singer Thomas Myers at Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. $5-$7. 410-727-4808 or www.thebmi.org.

Feb. 20

Soweto Gospel Choir -- The ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25-$62. 410-783-8000 or baltimoresymphony.org.

Feb. 22

Gallery tour -- Embark on the tour "African-American Artists Across the Collection," 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. 443-573-1832 or art bma.org.

"Black Jeopardy" -- Participants can test their knowledge of African-American history and culture, 2 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College, dining hall, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Free. 410-777-2511 or www.aacc.edu.

Feb. 23

The O'Jays -- An evening of soul music, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 8 p.m. $60 day of show; $55 in advance. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

"Jazz Night" -- Food, drink and jazz with Andrew Best and friends, 6 p.m. at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601-03 E. North Ave. $25-$30. 410-563-3404.

Feb. 24

Pianist Jason Moran -- Jazz concert by Moran and his group the Bandwagon, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. $25. 800-444-1324 or kennedy-center.org.

African-American Festival -- Visitors will listen to and learn about jazz rhythms, hear storytellers, create their own instruments and make jazz-inspired artworks at the "All Jazzed Up" festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Free. 410-547-9000.

Feb. 25

Literary talk -- Professor Jane Donovan presents a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Toni Morrison's novel Beloved, 2 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430 or www.epfl.net.

Black History Month at the BMI -- Choral presentations will feature African-American spirituals and show how workers in canneries and factories communicated through song. Show at 2 p.m. with singer Angela Weathers-Owens at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. $5-$7. 410-727-4808 or www.thebmi.org.

A listing in Thursday's LIVE section contained incorrect details about Jimmy Cobb's Feb. 18 performance at the Baltimore Museum of Art. There is a docent-led tour of the museum at 4 p.m., and Cobb will perform with his band at 5 p.m. Registration is required.The Sun regrets the error.
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