Ed Murray, Mayor
3/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Calandra Childers (206) 684-7306
Langston Institute announces 2014 Season
Featuring the annual film festival, summer teen musical and fall play
SEATTLE — Royal Alley-Barnes announced the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute 2014 season today. The season encompasses foundational annual programs, running now through the holiday season. The annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, Summer Teen Musical and Fall Play fill out the year. In addition, a new program, entitled Jazz @ LHPAI, will take place three times throughout the year, bringing a laid-back evening of jazz to the Central District neighborhood. Full programming details below; tickets will be made available as programs draw near.
Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
Saturday, April 26 – Sunday, May 4 | Times vary, please check website for details
The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) celebrates its 11th year this year, continuing the tradition of presenting positive, provocative and penetrating independent films created by emerging and established filmmakers. Three anchor films have already been confirmed:
Toussaint L'Ouverture: a two-part action epic based on the life of Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L'Ouverture, a leader of the Haitian independence movement during the French Revolution, who emancipated slaves and established Haiti as a black-governed French protectorate.
The Magic City: the poignant story of young sisters Tiana and Nia, and their new friend Amiya. Victims of abandonment, abuse and the Florida foster care system, the resourceful trio use their street smarts to survive while plotting to conceal the death of the sisters' aunt.
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids: Family mini-fest. This beloved animated series ran from 1972 to 1985. It centered on Albert (known for his catchphrase "Hey, hey, hey!"), and his friends who hung out in a Philadelphia junkyard. Together this group of Afro-American inner-city kids shared educational adventures and finished each episode with a song played on cobbled-together junkyard instruments. It was created, produced and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby and was based on Cosby's childhood memories.
Exact dates and times for these three events will be released in March along with a complete list of the dozens of exciting films, workshops, filmmaker events and talk-backs. Festival passes ($50 - $150) will be available online in late February. Individual screenings are $5 for youth under the age of 16 and seniors (65+), and $10 for adults. Teen Tix cards are also accepted for individual film screenings, providing $5 tickets for teens.
Jazz @ LHPAI
Thursday, May23 | 7 – 10 p.m.
Several times a year, Langston Hughes Performing Arts institute will transform into a happening night club with local jazz and food and beverages. Future dates will be announced in the coming months.
3rd Annual Seattle's Harlem Renaissance Fundraiser GALA
Saturday, June 28 | 7 – 10 p.m.
Join us for the 3rd Annual Seattle Harlem Renaissance GALA, ‘Embracing Our Past, Building the Future.' It will be a magical evening, celebrating the community's accomplishments. The evening will showcase young talent. Funds raised at this gala event provide significant support to the Teen Summer Musical and Teen Performing Arts Academy.
Pre-Teen Academy Summer Play
Pre-Teen and Teen Academy: June 24 – August 6
Pre-Teen Performances: Thursday – Saturday, August 7 - 9
Teen Performances: Thursday – Sunday, August 14 -17
Students ages 6-12 and 13-18 years will experience full days of creative activity at the pre-teen and teen academy: formal acting skills each morning and creative narratives each afternoon. Through this process, they will channel challenges, dreams and opinions into a collaborative work of art to be featured on stage. Working with trained, emerging and master artists, students explore the technical aspects of theater, hands-on training with costumes and sets, movement class (including modern dance, ballet, hip-hop and African dance and drumming). Underlying all instruction is the historic and present role of African Americans in American performing arts.
Auditions begin in May; schedule an audition for the 2014 Teen Summer Musical by calling 206-684-574.
LHPAI Annual Fall Play
Friday, September 12 – October 12
2013's fall play, Hello Darlins, shared the life of the remarkable comedian Moms Mabley and her 50-year career from the 1920s to the 1970s. At the same time, it shed light on the remarkable talent and impact African Americans have had on American theatre. The 2014 Fall Play will again focus on an African American talent from that era, but this year it will focus on Seattle's own music scene.
De Cajon Afro Peruvian Celebration
Friday – Sunday, December 12 – 14
Now in its third year as a holiday celebration, De Inga y Mandinga is bilingual English-Spanish piece that explores Peruvian mixed-ethnic and cultural heritage from an Afro-Peruvian perspective through music, dance and poetry.
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