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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute celebrates Black History Month
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
1/17/2014  10:00:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Calandra Childers  (206) 684-7306


Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute celebrates Black History Month


SEATTLE — Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) will celebrate Black History Month, starting with their annual Birthday Bash kick off on February 1. A Salute to the '60s and Motown will wrap up the month on February 28. In addition to performances, filmmakers may submit independent film entries for consideration for the 11th annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival through Without A Box; submissions are due by February 14. The film festival will run from April 26 to May 3.

LANGSTON HUGHES MOTOWN BIRTHDAY BASH
Saturday, February 1 / 7 pm
Start Black History Month at LHPAI by celebrating namesake Langston Hughes, born February 1, 1902. Put on your dancing shoes and kick up a storm to Seattle native Robin Summerrise, who will DJ Motown's greatest hits. Dress up or down, and join us for fun, food and a trip down memory lane with some of the greatest music ever made. Light reception by Chef Rokea Jones will include appetizers and wine. Advance tickets $15 at Brown Paper Tickets or $20 at the door.

Freshest Roots Open Mic Night
Friday, February 7 / 6-10 pm
Come share writing, poetry, art, comedy and music at Freshest Roots' Expresso Open Mic Night. Nothing to share? Come anyway to support local talent and have fun! Interested participants may sign up for open mic slots by visiting www.freshestroots.com. Free and open to the public.

Northwest Royale Breakdancing Tournament
Saturday, February 8 / 5-10 pm
Host: Neo 1 (UNL/BR) / DJ: Fish Boogie (UNL/HBL)
This competition will feature some of the illest breakers from Canada, Oregon and Washington. B-boys and b-girls will be invited from each region and will be joined by winners of a day-of competition. Unlike normal breakdancing tournaments, there is no prize specified; each participating dancer will be given a cash amount for participating in the competition that they will use to wager as they compete. As an added element, none of the competitors will know who their partner is until the day-of. Advance tickets $10 at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door for non-invited competitors, or $12 at the door for spectators.

A SALUTE TO THE '60s & MOTOWN
Friday, February 28 / 7 pm
A Salute to the '60s & Motown is a musical variety show featuring the Ernest Pumphrey Revue. Created by Ernest Pumphrey, Sr., Seattle entertainment veteran, this show will tell the story of Motown Recrods' 110 top ten hits between 1961 and 1971. Starring Ernest Pumphrey, Jr., Josephine Howell, Makini Magee, okanomodé, Tiffany Wilson, Mark Cardenas and Ernest Pumphrey, Sr. Advance tickets $20 at Brown Paper Tickets or $25 at the door.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute | Preserving the legacy.
Royal Alley-Barnes, executive director; Jacqueline Moscou, artistic director
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.

Office of Arts & Culture | Making art work.
Randy Engstrom, director
We envision a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. We are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

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