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October 2019

Silent Movie Mondays – Body and Soul (1925)

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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$10

Paul Robeson makes his film debut in this Oscar Micheaux melodrama. Robeson plays dual roles: a horrible convict posing as a preacher and his sweet twin brother, a would-be inventor. Micheaux’s signature pointed social commentary is on display in this rare surviving film from his silent career.

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Knife Knights / Darius Jones and Stas Thee Boss – Earshot Jazz Festival

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave South
Seattle, 98144 United States
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$22

“It’s an exploration. My favorite experience with music is hearing something I didn’t hear before that I couldn’t have imagined I’d like,” Butler says over the phone from Seattle. Ishmael Butler (Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces) and crew chief Erik Blood weave what they describe as “soul and shoegaze, hip-hop and lush noise, bass, and bedlam.”

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Sembene

October 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave South
Seattle, 98144 United States
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$10

Co-directed by Samba Gadjigo, author of Sembene's official biography, Ousmane Sembene: The Making of a Militant Artist, and Jason Silverman, an award-winning film producer (Olympia, Shameless) and the Cinematheque Director at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM, SEMBENE! had its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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Silent Movie Mondays – Within Our Gates (1920)

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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The oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director, Within Our Gates, is a searing account of the US racial situation during the early twentieth century, including the years of Jim Crow, the revival of the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Migration of Southern blacks to cities in the North, and the emergence of the “New Negro”.

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We Lived Here: Stories of Seattle’s Central Area

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave South
Seattle, 98144 United States
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Crowley interviews residents of one of Seattle’s most culturally vibrant and racially diverse neighborhoods, now beset with rapid gentrification.

Residents of the Central Area, a historically redlined neighborhood that was one of the few places nonwhites could buy homes, speak with Crowley about how they built a thriving culture around church, music, food, and community. Residents tell stories of working with the Black Panthers, becoming activists in the 1960s, and dealing with rapid gentrification as Amazon and other corporate entities make this once racially and economically diverse neighborhood whiter and wealthier.
MADELINE CROWLEY is a self-taught ethnographer who felt the need to chronicle the stories of her neighbors to bring together the increasingly fragmented community.

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Folks Project – Earshot Jazz Festival

October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave South
Seattle, 98144 United States
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$18

Folks — D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Darrius Willrich (keys), and Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), tribute the long history of music culture of Seattle’s Central District as they build on the legacy of artists like Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Ernestine Anderson, Floyd Standifer, Buddy Catlett, and Sir Mix-A-Lot.

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One Vibe African Dinner Experiences: LANGSTON Night

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave South
Seattle, 98144 United States
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$60

Looking as far back as the Bible and further, breaking bread together has been used to forge familial commitment. Family dinner for black families is for more than survival, it’s a moment where memories are created and survival commemorated.

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Kassa Overall & Sullivan Fortner – Earshot Jazz Festival

October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave South
Seattle, 98144 United States
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$24

Drummer/rapper Kassa Overall is a Seattle-reared revelation on the New York scene in his own bands and with the likes of Vijay Iyer. “One of the few genuine-sounding, full-scope amalgams of contemporary hip-hop and jazz” (NY Times), he appears with pianist Sullivan Fortner, whose jazz motto is “it’s raw and it’s refined.”

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Options: Eric Revis/Bennie Maupin/Nasheet Waits – Earshot Jazz Festival

October 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave South
Seattle, 98144 United States
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$24

Two generations, three masters: bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits (both of Tarbaby, with Orrin Evans), join forces with legendary multireedist Bennie Maupin, perhaps best known for his contributions to such Miles Davis classics as Bitches Brew and as a founding member of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, among countless other collaborations with the greats of jazz.

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November 2019

Gary Hammon

November 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave South
Seattle, 98144 United States
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$22

Born and raised in Seattle, Gary “Jubil” Hammon is one of a number of musicians from the area that have enjoyed a long and successful career in the performing arts. Gary began his study of the saxophone while a junior at Garfield High School.

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