–Thursday, December 21 at 9:00 – Afro-Sonic (FREE)–Friday, December 22 at 7:30/9:30 – Equinox Jazz Series Featuring Candida Rose ($10.00)/Eclection Presents Feel Free Fridays ($5.00)
–Saturday, December 23 at 9:00 – Creole Royale Featuring Tjovi Ginen and The Neon Soul Cabaret Featuring DJ Mikedelick ($10.00)
–Monday, December 25
–Tuesday, December 26 at 9:00 – Caribbean Cultural Series Presents: Maroon Society (FREE)
–Wednesday, December 27 at 8:00/9:00 – Latin Jazz & Salsa (Lessons $7.00/Show $5.00)
–This Holiday Season, Give The Gift of Membership!
–New Years Eve at Black Rep! Sunday Dec 31 – 6pm – Ignorants ($15.00 or FREE with Bright Night Band) – ALL AGES/7pm – Grupo Ondas Capoeria ($15.00 or FREE with Bright Night Band) – ALL AGES/10pm – New Years Eve Party with Black Rep ($20.00 – $15.00 with Bright Night Band) – 21+
–Support Education at Black Rep!
This week marks the final performance of an Equinox Jazz artist of 2006. The previous five performances of the 2006 series have been a delight and we hope you’ll all come join us and Candida Rose on Friday before you hunker down for the holiday. This week also marks the final Creole Royale showcase of 2006. Tjovi Ginen is not to be missed, with their ecstatic drums, mixed Haitian Kreyol and English lyrics and political fire, they’ll be sure to leave you wanting more this Saturday night.
It still isn’t too late to support Black Rep by giving your friends the gift of great art this holiday season. Black Rep Memberships are an affordable, thoughtful way to share the art of the African Diaspora with all your loved ones.
Thursday, December 21 at 9:00 – Afro-Sonic (FREE)
Afro-Sonic features Blackdove and Mikedelick, artists who craft explorative DJ sets grounded in the sound of deep house, but mixed in the spirit of breaking down the barriers of genre.
Black Rep drummer in residence, Sidy Maïga, a percussionist from Bamako, Mali, West Africa, enhances the night with electrifying Dun Dun and Djembe.
Friday, December 22 at 7:30/9:30 – Equinox Jazz Series Featuring Candida Rose ($10.00)/Eclection Presents Feel Free Fridays ($5.00)
Come downtown early on Friday evening. You can enjoy a free ride on a horse-drawn carriage across the street from Taza, just a block down from Black Rep, shop at all your downtown favorites, including Bowl & Board, Cathers & Coyne, Design Within Reach, Butterfield, Symposium Books, Clover, and Craftland, and then come enjoy our classic Jazz series, Equinox, this week featuring the illustrious Candida Rose.
The show starts at 7:30 with doors open at 7:00. Born, raised, and currently residing in New Bedford, Massachusetts, vocalist Candida Rose captivates her audiences with a uniquely compelling voice that combines the undertones of jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel with just the right touch of international spice. Her debut CD entitled “KabuMerikana: The Sum of Me”, combines her Cape Verdean musical roots with her American influences to bring a fresh new take on world/jazz music which she calls “KabuJazz”.
Following Equinox, stick around for the Feel Free Fridays crew. DJs J Scratch and Brown Hornet play the best in Old Skool, Funk, R&B, Afro-beat and more.
Saturday, December 23 at 9:00 – Creole Royale Featuring Tjovi Ginen and The Neon Soul Cabaret Featuring DJ Mikedelick ($10.00)This week in the Creole Royale, masters of Haitian roots music, Tjovi Ginen, bring their eclectic sound to Xxodus Café in the Black Rep. Tjovi Ginen, which roughly means “children or spirit of Africa”, invokes their message of freedom through a blend of African, Latin and Haitian vodou rhythms. Their lyrics lace each track with Reggae, Ska and Jamaican dub poetry and unfold stories of struggle and triumph, pain, power and love. DJ Mikedelick spins something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue at The Neon Soul Cabaret.Monday, December 25Café will be closed for the holiday.
Tuesday, December 26 at 9:00 – Caribbean Cultural Series Presents: Maroon Society (FREE)
The Caribbean Cultural series is a demonstration of the Afro-Caribbean connection. It puts a face and a sound to Caribbean musicians as part of the African Diaspora while further connecting the social, cultural and political relations between these musicians and the nature of their musical influences.
Wednesday, December 27 at 8:00/9:00 – Latin Jazz & Salsa (Lessons $7.00/Show $5.00)Latin Jazz & Salsa is a demonstration of the Afro-Latino connection. It puts a face and a sound to Latin musicians as part of the African Diaspora while further connecting the social, cultural and political relations between these musicians and the nature of their musical influences.This Holiday Season, Give The Gift of Membership!Since its founding in 1996, the Black Rep has certainly grown in size. The organization now offers a full slate of cultural activities, with its Westeminster Street doors open six nights a week, year-round. This season the Black Rep introduces a tiered-membership program that allows patrons to experience the many complementary facets in a convenient package.
Artistic Director, Donald King, says of the membership package, “many people were aware only of our theater; others our nightly cultural events, and still others knew us only as the sponsors of Sound Session We wanted to encourage people to sample and explore all of our offerings.”
Not only does membership allow access to provocative plays such as this year’s Black Maria, weekly after hours events, like Salsa lessons, and the premiere genre-defying multi-stage musical festival, Sound Session, but the commitment helps to underwrite the Black Rep’s efforts to bring cultural education into area schools.New Years Eve at Black Rep! Sunday Dec 31 – 6pm – Ignorants ($15.00 or FREE with Bright Night Band) – ALL AGES/7pm – Grupo Ondas Capoeria ($15.00 or FREE with Bright Night Band) – ALL AGES/10pm – New Years Eve Party with Black Rep ($20.00 – $15.00 with Bright Night Band) – 21+At 6pm, Black Rep affiliate artist, Elizabeth Keiser, presents her latest work featuring actors of all ages. This is a musical/comedy/multi-media play which calls attention to the importance of personal accountability on a global level. What Happens when a young man eats, but it’s barely even food? What happens when a young girl spray paints bad words and throws rocks at innocent pigeons? What Happens when we trust the media and don’t bother to read? Slowly and frighteningly, society’s bad-doers transform into big, huge, giant, humungous ants: but not regular ants, IGNORANTS!
At 7pm come check out a demonstration by Grupo Ondas. Capoeira is a beautiful, Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates a fight, a dance, and a game. Grupo Ondas is a Rhode Island based group of capoeristas that teach both the Brazilian and Cape Verdean cultures. Come and watch the stUdents and masters practice Capoeira, and afterwards you can experience it for yourself.
At 10pm join The Black Rep’s family of DJs as we spin an incomperable blend of Caribbean, Salsa, Afro-beat, Old Skool, New Skool, Funk, House and everything Afro-Diasporic under the sun. This party goes until the wee hours!
Support Education at Black Rep!As an arts organization with a dual mission, both artistic and civic, the Education Department at the Providence Black Repertory Company looks at the intersection between arts, culture, social change and education. Our education programs develop youth and adults who recognize the importance and power of the arts and culture of the African diaspora and embrace the values of community and democracy that are part of these traditions. How do we do it? Black Rep artist educators teach workshops in music, dance, theater, poetry and video production rooted in art forms of the African diaspora. They also use methodologies which stress collective collaboration and value students’ cultural heritage and experience. Most importantly Black Rep raises funds for arts programming so costis not a barrier to participation.Contact Information:email: email@example.com phone: 401-351-0353 x102web: http://myspace.com/xxoduscafe
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