By Bethy Pierre (BS ’10, MS ’11)
Friday marked one, full year since we’ve established our chapter in sunny South Florida. We’ve got a year under our belt and it feels mighty good. But let’s not keep the celebratory feeling to ourselves; let’s spread it to the rest of South Florida by ushering in Black History Month at some great events.
Listed below are a few happenings taking place in the next week or so.
- Take it back to the late `80s and early `90s with Decadancetheatre, a female group of b-girls highlighting hip-hop through theatrical performance, on Feb. 4 at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Tickets are $35. Click here for more info.
- Celebrate current black artists with “The Love & Laughter Tour” on Feb. 10 at the James L. Knight Center. Featured soul and R&B artists include Chrisette Michele, Carl Thomas and Case. ComediansMarvin Dixon, Damon Williams and Luenell will be there as well. Visit Ticketmaster for price info.
- Tonight (Feb. 1) share a night with The Temptations and The Four Tops at the Broward Center of Performing Arts. Tickets range from $29.50 to $79. 50 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
- Nova Southeastern University is hosting Black History Month events where many are free and open to the public. On Feb. 2, events include a Grand Opening reception for “Contemporary African Diaspoa Memory in Motion,” African Presence 2012 Ninth Annual Art Exhibition. The event will feature painters and sculptors of African descent and will entertain through music, dance, and step performances.
Palm Beach County
- Spend a Saturday night on Feb. 4 with one of the mothers of soul music Ms. Patti Belle at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts starting at $25. More information can be found here.
From the Comfort of Your Home
- If stepping out isn’t on the agenda, throughout the month, WPBT has a list of movies and documentaries worth catching. Watch stories of the Freedom Riders, Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock, The Black Power Mixtape, and more. Find something that may catch your interest here.
For those of you traveling to Gainesville for the Florida Invitational Step Show weekend, make sure to take part in the IBC’s 40th anniversary celebration on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Arredondo Café in the Reitz Union. Contact IBC Director, Dr. John Johnson, for more details.
This is only a glimpse of what’s happening. Let’s get active at some of these events and make our ABA presence be known. And if you want to make it group event, leave a comment.