Events into February
LYSA ALLMAN-BALDWIN | 1/31/2013, 1:25 p.m.
Yikes! February already?! It seems as if another year is flying by. Nevertheless, we do have the option of slowing down and taking stock of what we want to see, do and experience this year. Here are a few ongoing and current events to get you on your way. Enjoy!
Through Feb. 24
- "Knock Me a Kiss" (Houston, Texas): "Knock Me a Kiss" is a fictional account inspired by the actual events surrounding the marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois' daughter Yolande to one of Harlem's great poets, Countee Cullen, in 1928. The marriage marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance and was viewed as the perfect union of Negro talent and beauty, uniting the daughter of America's foremost Black intellectual, co-founder of the NAACP and publisher of Crisis magazine, with a poet whose work was considered to be one of the flagships for the New Negro movement. 713-250-0055, ensemblehouston.com
Through April 20
- Black College Expo (various locations): Representing close to 50 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Black College Expo is designed to provide "high school and college students with a unique educational and entertaining experience, during which many students from high school and transferring college students are admitted to colleges on the spot." Collegiate booths, a Career Recruitment Pavilion, Think Green Pavilion, seminars, a Career, Internship & Vocational Expo, step show and scholarship presentations are among the many expo events. (Feb. 2: Los Angeles, Feb. 16: Atlanta, March 9: Oakland/San Francisco, March 30:Washington, D.C., April 20: Ontario, Canada) thecollegeexpo.org
Through April 28
- UniverSoul Circus (various locations): As arguably the most soulful circus on the planet, the UniverSoul Circus presents an entertaining, family-friendly show produced, directed and managed primarily by people of color. Its entertainers are world-class acts from around the globe, including clowns, aerialists, Caribbean and hip-hop dancers, magicians, contortionists, wild animal tamers, daredevils and more. universoulcircus.com (Jan. 29-Feb. 3: Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 5-10: Miami, Fla., Feb. 14-7: Tampa, Fla., Feb. 14-March 3: Atlanta, Ga., March 5-10: Raleigh, N.C., March 12-17: Richmond, Va., March 20-31: Bronx, N.Y., April 2-14: Queens, N.Y., April 17-28: Brooklyn, N.Y.)
- 17th annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration (Hilton Head, S.C.): Showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island, the annual Gullah Celebration has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast. The fun includes a wide array of events designed to attract, entertain and educate local residents, regional, national and international travelers with storytellers, African dance and gospel music, an arts, crafts and food expo, a 5K run, youth event, live entertainment and more. 843-255-7304, gullahcelebration.com
- Harlem Fine Arts Show (Harlem): Expanding from a three- to a four-day exposition in 2013, the annual Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year and is highlighted by an art exposition and charity gala with expressive works of art from over 80 artists and galleries. According to the hosting organization, "HFAS 2013 will exhibit fine art by emerging, mid-career and established artists whose presence in national and global art markets celebrate their contributions to the art canon within a wide range of artistic styles and mediums. The novice as well as the seasoned collector will appreciate this rare opportunity to acquire works created by participating artists." 914-980-4427, hfas.org