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Black History Month 2013
at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

SEATTLE — Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) will present a full month of programming to celebrate Black History Month beginning on February 1. Local, national and international artists will take to the stage with dance, theatre, film and music infused with rich African American history. Get ready for a trip through history, performance and cultural wealth for audiences of all ages. In addition to individual tickets, a Black History Month pass may be purchased that will allow entry into all five premier events at a 10 percent discount. The pass can be purchased here.

LANGSTON BIRTHDAY BASH
Friday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Start Black History Month by celebrating LHPAI’s namesake Langston Hughes, born Feb. 1, 1902. Put on your dancing shoes for the sounds of Motown and LHPAI’s own lady of soul, Josephine Howell. Dress up or dress down, as long as you come.

Advance tickets $15 at Brown Paper Tickets or $20 at the door.

CALL MR. ROBESON
Friday, Feb. 8 & Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Nigerian writer and performer Tayo Aluko’s one-man show about Paul Robeson takes us on an historic roller coaster through Robeson's remarkable and eventful life. Highlighting how his radical activism caused him to be disowned and disremembered, even by the leaders and descendants of the civil rights movement, the play features fiery orations and some of Robeson’s most famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of “Ol' Man River.”

Advance tickets $20 at Brown Paper tickets or $25 at the door.

From Africa to the White House: A Journey of Resistance, Triumph and Spirituals
Sunday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Nigerian writer and performer Tayo Aluko creates an illuminating, musically illustrated talk exploring African pre-slavery history; Africans' resistance to white domination over the centuries, and their eventual triumph (symbolically at least) with the election and inauguration of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States.

Advance Tickets $10 at Brown Paper Tickets or $15 at the door.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
School matinee: Friday, Feb. 15, 12 p.m.
Performance: Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Youth Workshop: Sunday, Feb. 17, 11 to 12:15 p.m.
Teen & Adult Workshop: Sunday, Feb. 17, 12:45 to 2:30 p.m.
We are pleased to present the world-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson’ Dance Ensemble’s 2012 world premiere of FUSION, choreographed by Haitian choreographerJeanguy Saintus. Saintus’ piece expresses the rich fusion of Caribbean culture and the contemporary life of his country through Haitian traditional dance and classical, modern and contemporary technique.

Advance performance tickets are $25 or $30 at the door. Advance youth workshop tickets are $10. Advance teen and adult workshop tickets are $15. School matinee tickets are $6. All advance tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

HARRIET’S RETURN
School matinee: Friday, March 1, / 12 p.m.
Performance: Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Karen Meadow has successfully performed her one-woman tour de force on the life of Harriet Tubman throughout the United States and abroad. The play propels you into Harriet's life and the strength, healing, and mysticism of her spirit guides – or "voices"– that Harriet Tubman lived with after a horrendous beating during her life as a slave.

Harriet's Return is an official part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.

Advance tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. School matinee tickets are $6. All advance tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Instittue (LHPAI) celebrates, nurtures, presents, and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts, cultural wealth and iconic legacies. Named for the prolific African American artist Langston Hughes, LHPAI represents the pluralism of local, national and global Black people, in the media platforms of film, dance, theatre and music.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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