Ebony Escapes! into summer
LYSA ALLMAN-BALDWIN Special to the AmNews | 5/27/2011, 2:35 p.m.
Summer is here and there are so many events going on this month that we'll just have to traverse the country and enjoy them all! Here are a few to get you started.
Through June 12
Seattle International Film Festival (Seattle, Wash.)
This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Seattle International Film Festival, billed as the largest film festival in the United States. Each year, approximately 150,000 film lovers flock to Seattle to enjoy more than 400 films from over 60 countries and other film-related events.
(206) 324-9996, www.siff.net
Through June 19
"The Test: Tuskegee Airmen Project" (Detroit, Mich.)
Held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit, "The Test: Tuskegee Airmen Project" details the struggles and triumphs of these airmen, the first squadron of Black aviators who were deployed into combat in North Africa during World War II. According to the museum's website, "'The Test' tells an incredible story of men in war struggling to be the best Americans they could be as they struggled against the prejudices of their countrymen."
(313) 494-5800, www.chwmuseum.org
Through July 17
"Sixteen Pieces" (Chicago, Ill.)
Based on the sacred literature of the Yoruba people of West Africa, "Sixteen Pieces," presented at the DuSable Museum of African-American History, encompasses 17 paintings created by very talented artists from Trinidad, the United States, Nigeria, Cuba, Ghana, the United Kingdom and Brazil who represent the Yoruba Diaspora.
According to the museum, "These artists were chosen through the Yoruba divination tradition to interpret verses from the ancient wisdom system known as Ifa. Taken together, these works give insight into the Yoruba worldview of life, death, transformation and rebirth. Each painting interprets a specific body or book of literature that deals with the human experience as seen in the Yoruba tradition."
Sacred artifacts used in the Yoruba divination ritual, with photographs and video of their use as well as summaries of each message and story, are also part of the exhibition.
(773) 947-0600, www.dusablemuseum.org
35th annual Miami-Bahamas Goombay Festival (Coconut Grove, Fla.)
Created as "a celebration of culture expression embracing the legacy of a Bahamian-rooted community known as Coconut Grove," this festival is one of the area's signature events, encompassing Junkanoo dance, a parade, delicious Bahamian and American cuisine, a children's area, golf tournament, gospel service and a great deal more, all with a strong Bahamian and African-American vibe.
(305) 448-9501, www.goombayfestivalcoconutgrove.com
19th annual Capital Jazz Fest (Columbia, Md.)
Celebrating its 19th anniversary this year, the annual Capital Jazz Fest presents some of the best live contemporary jazz and soul music in one place. Held on a picturesque, 40-acre, natural, wooded setting known as Symphony Woods at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. (between Washington and Baltimore), the festival draws tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country.
This year's lineup includes George Duke, Patti Austin, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, War, Boney James, Chrisette Michele, Michael Franks, Chuck Brown, Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, Take 6, Oleta Adams, Herbie Hancock and many other venerable artists. In addition to the outstanding vibe, festivalgoers can enjoy artist workshops, culinary stations, arts and crafts booths and late night after-parties.