The Bad Kids: Indie Len Pop-Up Dinner & Movie

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative for students with little hope of graduating from a traditional high school. It’s their last chance. This coming of age story shows extraordinary educators and talented students combatting the crippling effects of poverty.
The film will be followed by a discussion.

5:30pm- Dinner
5:50pm- Film
7:00- Discussion

Event is free and open to the public. For dinner, kindly RSVP to acsjl@kzoo.edu by Monday, March 6, 2017.

PART OF THE INDIELENS POP-UP 2016-2017 SEASON KALAMAZOO SCREENINGS

Face Off Theatre Company Presents the broadway classic: Dreamgirls!

FaceOff Theatre-Dreamgirls 2016Dreamgirls is the story of three black singers – Deena, Lorrell, and Effie who began as a group called the Dreamettes. They start as three talented, close friends and gradually sharpen their act and rename themselves “The Dreams”. Little do they know of the hard, competitive world of show business.

SHOW TIMES ARE:
November 17th 7:30 pm
November 18th 7:30 pm
November 19th 7:30 pm

November 20th 3:00 pm

Doors open an hour before show time!

Living and Celebrating Black History

Kalamazoo- Many people will take the opportunity in the month of February to celebrate the lives, sacrifices and legacy of ancestors past and present. Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, has become an annual monthly observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Carter G. Woodson referenced as the “father of black history”. In February 1926 Woodson announced the celebration of “Negro History Week”, which is considered the precursor of Black History Month. Many organizations and businesses will host Black History venues and activities. Click links for more information about event.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo Public Library
Black Arts & Cultural Center
Barnes and Nobles

Face Off Theatre Company’s The Mountaintop

Kalamazoo, MI-Martin Luther King Jr.,an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, power speaker and public leader was a great man. Katori Hall, American playwright explores Dr. King as a man. Taking place at the Lorraine Motel,in Memphis, Tennessee.The reimagination of the events the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King returns to his room at the Lorraine Motel from delivering a speech earlier that day When a maid arrives with with news and King is made aware of his r his importance to the movement and realizations of himself as just a man, but a purpose that belongs with so many.

The show stars Tanisha Pyron and Kenajuan Bentley, as the maid, Camae, and King, respectively. Both are alumni of Western Michigan University’s theater department. Bentley is a professional actor in Los Kenajuan Bentely as MLK and Tanisha Pyron as CamaeAngeles and has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Pyron is a member of Face Off and is completing her graduate degree in acting.

Opening night is January 14 on Kalamazoo College’s campus. It will be held at Nelda Balch Festival Playhouse. The show runs from January 14-17 at 8pm and January 17 at 2pm. For more information visit
https://reason.kzoo.edu/festivalplayhouse/

People’s Movement Assembly

Majyck Radio-Kalamazoo, MI- Dozens of concerned citizens gathered at a local venue in Kalamazoo to discuss and engage in conversations intended to deconstruct the history and foundation of systemic barriers created by white male patriarchy.

Taking a macro look at the micro level injustices that plague not only our nation, but issues and systems here in SW Michigan and Kalamazoo. Environmental Justice and present day injustices were topics  that brought out emotions and plenty of dialogue.

Participants were able to “break out” into groups, depending on their topic interest and discuss in depth root causes and possible solutions that could be done collectively and individual self interests.

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