Local events to celebrate Black History Month

Local events to celebrate Black History Month
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking before crowd of 25,000 Selma To Montgomery, Alabama civil rights marchers, in front of Montgomery, Alabama state capital building. (Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images)

February 1 @ Benaroya Hall

Icon Billie Holiday will be served up a fitting tribute by Seattle’s own Jacqueline Tabor, in concert with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.

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8th Annual BSU Legacy Soiree February 1 @ UW Intellectual House

UW's Black Student Union will embrace the "New Harlem Renaissance" at this Black History Month celebration promising live music, performances, honoraria, keynote speakers, a catered dinner, and more.

Through February 2 @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Sound Theatre Company kicks off its 2020 season with the world premiere of Darren Canady's Reparations, a speculative drama about healing inherited traumas using a device that transforms your blood into a time machine.

February 2 @ University Bookstore

February 4 @ Elliott Bay Book Company In the late 1920s, Seattle-born runner Eddie "The Sheik" Gardner endured racist death threats and other forms of harassment as he competed in the Transcontinental Foot Race across America. Charles B. Kastner chronicles the athlete's journey in his biography Race Across America, which he'll read from on two occasions.

For Black History Month, James Beard Award-winning chef Edouardo Jordan of Junebaby, Salare, and Lucinda Grain Bar has planned a month-long series of events, including interactive food events, seminars, and community service, in collaboration with the Urban League of Seattle. Events and activities include:

· Feb. 3: Cocktails and Conversation with Leaders of Color, including chef Nina Compton, police chief Carmen Best, fire chief Harold Scoggins, Percy Abram Head of The Bush School, and Jordan himself.

· Feb. 7: Soul of Seattle will showcase 10 Seattle-area chefs of color including Makini Howell of Plum Bistro, Trey Lamont of Jerk Shack, and Kristi Brown of That Brown Girl Cooks.

· Feb. 13: Wine dinner with Bertony Faustin of Abbey Creek Wines, the first noted black winemaker in the Pacific Northwest

· Feb. 16: Chef dinner with author Bryant Terry

· Feb. 27: Chef dinner with former Top Chef contestant Nyesha Arrington

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February 6 @ Rainier Beach High School As part of Black Lives Matter at School Week, students from Seattle Public Schools will host an evening of performances dedicated to legendary singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone.

February 6 @ Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum and One Vibe Africa present this free art, music, poetry, and performance festival.

February 7 @ Northwest Film Forum

This mini-fest of five short documentaries is an introduction to the actions of women Black Panther activists, from Frances Dixon to Phyllis Noble Mobley. Local musical star SassyBlack provides the scores.

February 9 @ Northwest African American Museum

A screening of Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975, which features audio interviews with black artists, activists, musicians, and scholars.

February 12 @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

This monthly horror film series will kick off Black History Month with a screening of Rusty Cundieff's 1995 classic Tales from the Hood.

February 13 @ Northwest African American Museum

Join the UW School of Social Work's Association of Black Social Work Students for a discussion on the interpersonal and intimate relationships between black people.

February 14 @ Moore Theatre

In Black Bois, choreographer/dancer Dani Tirrell assembles a many-gendered supergroup of Seattle performers. Together they create a show about the irreducibility of black experience.

February 14-16 @ Benaroya Hall

Jones’ catalog presents an impressive collection of music for a symphony to undertake.

February 15 @ MOHAI

Learn about the history of black women who lent their courage and energy to the suffrage movement and discover how black women and youth today lead political movements to fight against discrimination and voter suppression.

February 21 @ MoPOP

In this annual tribute to black excellence, community members, political leaders, artists, and others will explore the rich incarnations of black comedy and its role in raising awareness of social issues.

February 22 @ McCaw Hall

Jazz icon Charlie Parker gets the operatic treatment in this Seattle Opera production of Daniel Schnyder's Yardbird, a journey through limbo by Parker, who struggles to complete his last masterpiece amidst a series of flashbacks that showcase the glorious heyday of iconic NYC jazz club Birdland, as well as the failures and victories of Parker's dynamic life.

February 23 @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

February 26 @ Neptune Theater

By 1986, when Ladysmith Black Mambazo recorded and performed with Paul Simon, they already had more than 20 albums in their native South Africa. Now they have more than 50 albums. They never stop touring, and they've outlasted the racist apartheid system under which the older members grew up. They're still ambassadors to South African culture.

February 29 @ Northwest African American Museum

For this special edition of NAAM’s Descendants Series, which features conversations with living descendants of notable African American civil rights figures and activists, join relatives of enslaved 19th-century freedom-seekers like Solomon Northrup (whose story inspired the film 12 Years a Slave).