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Upcoming Events


For Lovers Only: Alice Smith & Bilal

Sat, Feb 10, 2018, 8:00 PM

Four-octave singer/songwriter Alice Smith and Grammy®-winning vocalist Bilal offer a "double bill" pre-Valentine's Day concert featuring individual sets by each artist. 

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Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

Sat, Mar 3, 2018, 8:00 PM

Celebrating the 80th birth year of legendary R&B singer/songwriter Bill Withers, Blue Note recording artist José James explores Withers's deep musical catalog from "Ain't No Sunshine" to "Just the Two of Us."

 

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Critical Breaks Reading Series: Chasing Mehserle 

Mar 9 - Mar 10, 2018

This captivating performance piece examines race, class, gender, and privilege through the lens of a fictional character as he processes the real-life murder of Oscar Grant.

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Wild Style 35th Anniversary Film Screening, Discussion & Demo 

Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 7:00 PM

Experience the rise of early Hip Hop as documented by Wild Style, often considered Hip Hop's first motion picture, with a special screening, discussion, and demo in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the New Directors/New Film screening.

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In the Beginning Dance Party: Wild Style Dance Party featuring Grand Wizard Theodore & Grandmaster Caz 

Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 9:00 PM

Join a dance party led by legendary DJs Grand Wizard Theodore and Grandmaster Caz in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the New Directors/New Film screening of Wild Style. Free, no tickets required!


Between the World and Me 

Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 8:00 PM

Experience Ta-Nehisi Coates's book Between the World and Me with a live performance event weaving together excerpted selections, interactive visual storytelling, and newly composed music. Featured on the New York Times best-seller list, Between the World and Me offers a powerful framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

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Meshell Ndegeocello

Thu, Apr 26

The visionary vocalist and bassist returns with music from her new album Ventriloquism, an imaginative recording of covers that redefines the musical experience.

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La Reyna y La Real (part of Artes de Cuba)

Thu, May 17

This musical duo explores the versatility of rap by merging it with other genres and styles with a Cuban flare. Their partnership aims to show a female image in a male-dominated genre.

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