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Ebony Escapes! into October

Lysa Allman-Badwin | 10/3/2013, 4:14 p.m.
The California African American Museum in Los Angeles is the site for “Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive,” held through Oct. 20. Photo by Lysa Allman-Badwin

Through Jan. 20, 2014

“Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles” (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Barbara Chase-Riboud is an internationally acclaimed visual artist and award-winning writer and poet, best known for her 1979 historical novel “Sally Hemings.” This exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art brings together more than 40 of her works from Europe and the U.S. It not only examines her artistic career, but focuses primarily on her important Malcolm X sculptures and drawings. All of her various works are lauded for their unique fusion of elements, her cultural, political and artistic life experiences and her interpretation of the context of the American Civil Rights Movement.

215-763-8100, www.philamuseum.org

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Oct. 22 through March 23, 2014

“Kongo Across the Waters” (Gainesville, Fla.)

Presented at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Fla., “Kongo Across the Waters” addresses the cultural and artistic themes within Kongo culture and its connections with African-American art and culture in the U.S. The exhibition will encompass five major themes: “Kongo and the Atlantic World,” “Kongo Across the Waters,” “Kongo in the Age of Empire,” “Kongo in African-American Cultures” and “Contemporary Kongo.” Each theme depicts a diverse aspect of this culture in terms of its history, archaeology, language, leadership, religion and more. This exhibition also coincides with the 500th commemoration of when Juan Garrido, the first African conquistador, came to the Americas.

352-392-9826, www.harn.ufl.edu

Oct. 25-27

2013 World Creole Music Festival (Dominica, the Caribbean)

Celebrating its 17th anniversary this year, the 2013 World Creole Music Festival is billed as one of the island’s top events. Featured headliners this year include Trinidadian soca artist Machel Montano, Jamaican dancehall artist Busy Signal and the legends of zouk, Kassav. Visitors from all around the world flock here each year to enjoy three nights of pulsating rhythms from an impressive lineup of Creole musical acts from all over the Caribbean islands. This year’s lineup features Dominica’s own Triple Kay Global, Ole Benz and Nayee. Great food and outdoor recreation on this beautiful island is also part of the celebration. 767-448-4833, www.wcmfdominica.com

Oct. 25-27

Contemporary Art Fair NYC, American Fine Craft Show NYC & Art Off the Main (New York, N.Y.)

Now in its fourth year, the Contemporary Art Fair NYC, American Fine Craft Show NYC & Art Off the Main will feature some 200 artists and artisans in a three-day celebration of fine art and craft at the Javits Center. The organizers promise that visitors will see “the influence of craft on some art and vice versa” through the various works presented by sculptors, painters, photographers and artists working in mixed media, plus artisans dedicated to fashion, jewelry, accessories, furniture, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, textiles and a great deal more. Artists of Caribbean, African and Latin American ancestry are specifically features in the Art Off the Main portion of the event.

845-355-2400, www.americanartmarketing.com

Lysa Allman-Baldwin writes for numerous online and print publications, including as the cultural travel writer for www.Examiner.com and as a senior travel writer for SoulOfAmerica.com, an Afrocentric travel website. Lysa can be reached at lallmanbaldwin@kc.rr.com