Dance of the Holy Ghosts – Baltimore
By Wayne A. Young
Dance of the Holy Ghosts is a very appropriate name for the Marcus Gardley play running at Baltimore’s Center Stage through Sunday, November 17. With a scenic design by Neil Patel, the characters, especially Sheldon Best as Marcus, magically transform themselves on stage to create flashback illusions easily created in television and film. This makes great theater.
In much of the story, up and coming poet Marcus learns of his family’s great dysfunctions. Like the other actors, Best toggles himself between the younger and older Marcus to reveal the causes and effects of this dysfunction. The root of this dysfunction is balled into his grandfather’s inability to deal with his own life.
The story of another Black man and how his demons prevent him from not being a trifling, irresponsible human being is something that quickly tired my ears. Even with a weak story and weak script, where the use of four-letter words is the norm, the story is fast moving and entertaining - - especially the second act where we learn of the bedrock of the grandfather’s oppressive demons.
At the end, I just could not get myself to give the play a standing ovation. I am just waiting for a play that tells the story of a Black man who turns his bad experiences into a springboard for self-fulfillment.
New Social-Entertainment Café in Brightwood Park, DC
Culture Coffee, a new neighborhood social-entertainment café, opened in Brightwood Park, D.C. Furnished with high back bar and soft cushioned chairs, the coffee shop offers free Wi-Fi, coffee drinks, teas, fruit smoothies, sandwiches, salads, and pastries, including its signature Mango Vegan Cake.
Owners Veronica Cooper and Saundrell Stevens collaborated with architect Genell Anderson to create a cozy, eclectic space for the Brightwood Park community. They focused on designing an interior that reflect their warm and culturally rich African American heritage that a multicultural audience will appreciate.
Cooper says, “The brightly-colored counter is our focal point.” Anderson added, “Orchestrating the project saved the owners time and money and allowed them to put more money into the finishes like the circular custom counter and furnishings.”
Every month the shop will host live, multi-cultural music performances, open “mic” poetry readings, artist, and authors.
Scheduled events and performances start at 7 pm. Culture Coffee is open at 709 Kennedy Street, NW, Monday through Friday 7 am to 4 pm, Saturday 8 am to 3 pm, and Sundays 10 am to 3 pm.
Photo: Owners Veronica Cooper and Saundrell Stevens collaborated with architect Genell Anderson (middle) of AMAR Group, LLC. Photograph credit – Ken Hipkins.
Things to Do
Coming: BZB and Other Gift Shows
1501 14th Street, NW
Through Sun, Nov 17, $
Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Sextet Tour
Bethesda Blues & Jazz
Fri, Nov 15, $
Dissonance Dance Theatre
East to West: Dances of a Minority Mind
Joy of Motion Dance Center
5207 Wisconsin Ave NW
Sat, Nov 16, 8p
Sun, Nov 17, 7p, $25
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Metropolitan Community Church
474 Ridge Street NW
Wed, Nov 20 6p-9p, free
Caribbean American Heritage Awards
1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Nov 22, 6:30p, $150 and up
Olu Yemisi & Company Entertainment
Pre-Turkey Fun Session
(Dance and Mini Spa)
2610 P. St. NW
(Next to New Jerusalem Baptist Church)
Sat, Nov 23, 4:30pm-6:45pm, $25
Coming to Washington
23rd Annual BZB Holiday Gift Art Show
Shiloh Family Life Center
1510 9th Street
Fri, Nov 29- Sat Nov 30
Sats Dec 7, 14, and 21, 10a-7p, free
Dance of the Holy Ghosts
700 North Calvert Street
though Nov 17, $49
New York (Greater)
An Afternoon of Bach Concertos
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
521 West 126th Street
Between Broadway and Amsterdam
Sun, Nov 17, 3p, $15, $10-Sr/Students
RFA gallery presents Shaunté Gates
2075 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr, Blvd
(7th Ave. @124th St.)
Till Fri, Nov 29, free
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
Wed, Nov 20- Sun, Nov 24, $45-$550
Decorating for the Holidays
Participants Share What They Seek During the Holidays
“In Feng Shui, we believe it is possible to alter the perceptions by changing or combing certain colors,” explained Port of Harlem contributor Sherry Ways at the Decorating for the Holidays event held at the Alexandria Black History Museum. She continued sharing tips on using various colors to create a harmonious balance.
A short breakout session with the 20 participants revealed some of the things we look for during the holidays including memories of and gratitude for our ancestors, peacefulness, gratefulness, and no stress.
During the interactive session, participants shared ideas and Ways circulated easy to create, eco-friendly decorations. “You can use items in and around your homes to create holiday decorations, whether you have candles, twigs, or other things from nature, to create something special and unique for your homes.”
The hour session ended with a silent auction and with the funds going to the Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership. Several participants also went home with door prizes.
Sherry share eco-friendly decorating tips.
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