Monday, February 18, 2013

SPIKE LEE EVENTS KICK OFF BLACK HISTORY MONTH @ CA

Creative Alliance

SPIKE LEE TRIBUTE EVENTS

WHEN: February 21 – March 14
WHERE: Creative Alliance, The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224

Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis and others star in Brooklyn Boheme, a documentary chronicling the rise of an African American creative community in Brooklyn in the 90s. The film screens as one of the Black History Month events at Creative Alliance. Filmmaker calls it "a gripping story with the voice of authenticity."

A unique gathering of some of Baltimore's most prominent African American creatives follows. They talk through how Baltimore can grow its own African American creative class in the spirit of Brooklyn Boheme. Panelists are:

Don Palmer, moderator. This native Baltimorean was a speech-writer for Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden and New York Mayor Ed Koch. He has also overseen various grants programs for the New York State Council for the Arts.

 

 

Rain Pryor. Artistic Director of Baltimore's Strand Theater and critically acclaimed star of the stage and screen, Rain has performed her sold-out shows across the world. Her solo show "Fried Chicken and Latkes" won numerous awards, and her live jazz/blues cabaret "Pryor Experience" received 4 stars and headlined at the Hippodrome Theatre.

 

 

Farajii Muhammad. Farajii is co-founder of New Light Leadership Coalition, which develops young leaders. He's also the creator of the hugely popular youth-oriented radio program Listen Up that aired on 88.9 WEAA FM (Morgan State University) for three and a half years, garnering the award for Best New Media from the Association of Black Media Workers.

 

 

 

Grasshopper. Filmmaker Bryan "Grasshopper" Robinson has created indie music videos and shorts; corporate PSAs, commercials, web promotions; and major network post production for the BET Network. He is the recipient of the Bret Ratner Grant from the New York Film Academy. The works of his production company Grasshopper Philms have been featured in numerous festivals and venues throughout the state.

 

Jimmy Wilson. A horn player since the age of six and a former Peabody student, Jimmy has extensive recording and performance experience. His successful contemporary jazz band Fastlife performed with numerous regional artists. In 2009, his third album Bright Light from a Single Spark was the winner of the Individual Artist Award in Artistic Excellence from the Maryland State Arts Council.

 

Rosiland Cauthen. While pursuing her MFA in Theater from Towson State University, Rosiland noticed that there was a lack of plays being performed that depicted the black experience. Looking to fill this void, Rosiland rallied the support of her fellow students to create the Kuumba Artists, and continues to put on two to three productions a year.

 

Spike Lee Tribute Show

WHEN: March 15  7 & 9 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

Legendary jazz musician Jimmy Wilson plays tunes from Mo' Better Blues. Sharayna Christmas Rose performs modern dance from She's Gotta Have It. OOH and Jahiti of Brown F.I.S.H. give us hip hop classics from Do the Right Thing. Playwright Rosiland Cauthen's Kuumba Artists stage theatrical scenes from Crooklyn. Filmmaker Bashi Rose presents a director's cut of Spike Lee's interviews and classic films. Producers Shawn Holmes and Karen Summerville host.

 

BROOKLYN BOHEME
Documentary with Spike Lee, Branford Marsalis, and More

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 7 PM

In celebration of the upcoming Spike Lee tribute, CA proudly presents Brooklyn Boheme. Nelson George teams with filmmaker Diane Paragas to interview such luminaries as Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis, Rosie Perez, Saul Williams, and Lorna Simpson for a lively celebration of Brooklyn pride.

LET’S DO IT SPIKE LEE STYLE
WHEN: Friday, March 15, 7 & 9 PM

Legendary jazz musician Jimmy Wilson plays tunes from Mo' Better Blues. Sharayna Christmas Rose performs modern dance from She's Gotta Have It. OOH and Jahiti of Brown F.I.S.H. give us hip hop classics from Do the Right Thing. Playwright Rosiland Cauthen's Kuumba Artists stage theatrical scenes from Crooklyn. Filmmaker Bashi Rose presents a director's cut of Spike Lee's interviews and classic films. Producers Shawn Holmes and Karen Summerville host.