UMass Amherst to Host Entertainment and Educational Events During Black History Month

January 26, 1998

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AMHERST, Mass. - A number of educational, cultural, and social events are planned at the University of Massachusetts in February in honor of Black History Month. For further information, call the numbers listed beside each event below. All telephone numbers are in the 413 area code, unless otherwise indicated.

Thur., Feb. 5 - Lecture by Attallah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, 7 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. All seats must be reserved for this event, which is free to Five College students, staff, and faculty with a valid I.D., and $3 for the general public. This event is sponsored by the Black Student Union. Tickets are available by calling the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS.

Fri., Feb. 6 - Comedian Kivi Rogers will appear at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, as part of the "Something Every Friday" series. Rogers has been seen on "The Tonight Show," HBO’s "Def Comedy Jam," NBC’s "Comedy Showcase," and NBC’s "Home Improvement." He also appeared in last summer’s feature film, "Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion." This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Student Activities Office. For more information, call the Student Activities Office at 545-3600.

Sat., Feb. 7 - "Kings, Queens and the Divine Comedy of Karen Williams," 8 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. Tickets are $4 for students and seniors, and $7 for the general public, and are available through the Fine Arts Center Box Office by calling 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS. The event is co-sponsored by the Stonewall Center, the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Student Organization, and the UMass Arts Council. For more information, call the Stonewall Center at 545-4824.

Tues. and Wed., Feb. 10-11 - "Fires in the Mirror," 8 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium on both days. A play presented by the Trinity Repertory Company, "Fires in the Mirror" is based on the 1991 Crown Heights incident in which a conflict was set off between African Americans and Hasidic Jews. The story is told through monologues delivered by characters ranging from a Jewish homemaker to the Rev. Al Sharpton. Written by Anna Deaveare Smith, the play has been awarded a Special Citation Obie, and was produced for PBS’s "American Playhouse." Tickets are $5 for Five College students; $8 for people age 17 and younger; and $15 and $20 for the general public. Presented in conjunction with the New World Theater. For tickets, call the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS.

Wed., Feb. 11 - Larry Johnson, 7 p.m. at the Augusta Savage Gallery. The veteran Delta blues guitarist appears in a solo performance. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the gallery at 545-5177.

Fri., Feb. 13 - "A Musical Soul Review," a performance by the four-member musical group "Exposure," 8 p.m. at the Bluewall Caf?. The event is free and open to the public, and is part of the "Something Every Friday" series sponsored by the Student Activities Office. For more information, call the Student Activities Office at 545-3600.

Thur. Feb. 19 - Jay Hoggard, 7 p.m. at the Augusta Savage Gallery. The jazz vibraphonist and Wesleyan University professor will present a solo concert. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the gallery at 545-5177.

Fri., Feb. 20 - "Voices in the Rain," 8 p.m., Bowker Auditorium. Songs, dance, and monologues summon up the stories of African-American men in prison today. Author and performer Michael Keck offers the premise that there are many sides to the story of incarcerated African-American men, and he explores several in the one-man show. Tickets are $5 for students and people age 17 and younger; $10 for the general public. For more information, call the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS.

Sat., Feb. 21 - Talent Show in the Campus Center Auditorium, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $3 and will be available at the door. Sponsored by Iota Phi Theta. Thur., Feb. 26 - Classic Blues Videos, 7 p.m. at the Augusta Savage Gallery. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Student Activities Office. For more information, call the Student Activities Office at 545-3600, or the gallery at 545-5177.

Thur., Feb. 26 - Dominican Independence ’98, a cultural event, 7 p.m. in room 101 Campus Center. This event is sponsored by Casa Dominicana and is free and open to the public. For more information, call Casa Dominicana at 545-0054.

Thur., Feb 26 - Frank Lowe Quintet, 8 p.m. in Hampden Theatre. A member of the post-Coltrane generation, Lowe played with Sun Ra in the late 1960s, studied classical music at the San Francisco Conservatory, then played with Alice Coltrane, Rashid Ali, Milford Graves, and UMass faculty member Archie Shepp. This performance is part of the Magic Triangle Jazz Concert Series, sponsored by the Residential Arts Performing Series and WMUA. Tickets are $6 for students, $9 for the general public, and are available by calling the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS.

Fri., Feb. 27 - "Women of the Village," 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. An evening of music, dance, and fun as Merida Castillo, Valerie Stephens, Bongi Goba, and their 11-piece band perform. This event is free and open to the public, and is part of the "Something Every Friday" series sponsored by the Student Activities Office. For more information, call the Student Activities Office at 545-3600.

Sat., Feb. 28 - Dominican Independence ’98, a dance, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. This event is sponsored by Casa Dominicana. For more information, call Casa Dominicana at 545-0054.

Other Events

"A Brush with the Blues," Mon., Feb. 2 through Fri., Feb. 27, in the Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House. An exhibit of watercolor portraits of African-American blues musicians, by retired University faculty member Jack Coughlin. The exhibit is open Mon. and Tues., 1-7 p.m., and Wed. through Fri., 1-5 p.m. An opening reception will be held on Mon., Feb. 2, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call the gallery at 545-5177.

Black History Month Photo Exhibit, opening at 5 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 23, and running through Fri., Feb. 27, in the Graduate Lounge in the Campus Center. Photos are from a collection owned by Joseph "Jose" Tolson of the Student Activities Office.

Making Connections: Library Resources for the Study of Black History, Fri., Feb. 6 through Fri. Feb. 27, on the main floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. An exhibit featuring the University’s various resources in the field of African-American history. The exhibit is a collaboration between the archives collection, music library, government documents collection, and reference and microforms collections. For more information, call the library’s reference desk at 545-0150.