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The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas announces another season of contemporary African-American cultural programs
The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas announces another season of contemporary African-American cultural programs
The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Seattle's premier organization for African-American art and culture announces our 2006-2007 season.

This season is dedicated to bringing even more challenging and engaging performing arts, readings, lectures/discussions, youth programs, and special events that explore the diversity and complexity of African-American culture. We just couldn't get enough of the great work being presented around the country and we had to bring you more! We are expanding our national performing arts events to include two incredible performances. In September do not miss the Northwest premiere of Tania Isaac and Cynthia Oliver, two amazing choreographer/dancers and join us in February 2007 for the Seattle premiere of Carl Hancock Rux's critically acclaimed No Black Male Show. In addition, we are planning many special events and community partnerships that will bring added arts and ideas for you to experience throughout the season.

The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization whose mission is to present and produce African-American cultural programs that encourage thought and debate for the greater Seattle area. Our vision is to inspire new thoughts and challenge assumptions about African-American culture.

For more information, contact Denee McCloud at 206-323-4032 or via email at info@cdforum.org.

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas 2006-2007 Season Upcoming Events



Programs and schedules are subject to change.

Dance Split Bill with Tania Isaac and Cynthia Oliver

Friday and Saturday September 8-9, 2006

8 pm at Broadway Performance Hall

This fall, experience dance at the CD Forum! Do not miss the Northwest premiere of two amazing choreographer/dancers. Tania Isaac and Cynthia Oliver will perform some of their most innovative and striking solo work for 2 days only in September.

Tania Isaac Dance is a physically explosive, sensual marriage of modern and Caribbean aesthetics: part personal documentary and part social commentary. Imagine contemporary dance with a raga-soca blend of movement, words, and images.

Cynthia Oliver creates dance theatre works that move fluidly from dance to word and sound and back again, incorporating post-modern and contemporary dance sensibilities. A Bronx-Born Virgin Island reared performer, she blends the textures of Caribbean performance with African and African-American aesthetics.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for CD Forum members/students/seniors

Which Way Seattle? Series: Inequality in Public Education

Thursday, October 12, 2006

7pm at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre (University of Washington)



This installment of Which Way Seattle? will address current inequality in the Seattle public school system and how it directly impacts African-American students.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for CD Forum members/students/seniors



Ngugi wa Thiong'o, author of Wizards of the Crow

Co-sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company and the Global African Studies program at Seattle University

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

7pm Piggott Auditorium Seattle University

From the exiled Kenyan novelist, playwright, poet, and literary critic-a magisterial comic novel that is certain to take its place as a landmark of postcolonial African literature. In exile now for more than twenty years, Ngugi wa Thiong'o has become one of the most widely read African writers of our time, the power and scope of his work garnering him international attention and praise. Informed by richly enigmatic traditional African storytelling, Wizard of the Crow is a masterpiece, the crowning achievement in Ngugi wa Thiong'o's career thus far.

Ticket info coming soon!

Keith Knight: "Fear of a Black Marker" Underground Cartooning and Activism

Thursday, November 16, 2006

7pm at Richard Hugo House Theatre

Join us for an evening with cartoonist and activist Keith Knight. Keith Knight is a writer, rapper (with Marginal Prophets) media activist, and award-winning cartoonist whose nationally-syndicated weekly comic strips, the K Chronicles and (th)ink, can be found in newspapers, magazines and websites across the country. Knight is part of a new generation of talented young African-American artists raised on hip hop; artists who infuse their work with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics and race. Knight incorporates these same ingredients into his multi-media presentations, displaying some of his favorite cartoons.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for CD Forum members/students/seniors

American Heritage Series: Patriot or Terrorist? Exploring the Legacy of Nat Turner and John Brown

Thursday, December 7, 2006

7pm at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center

Join us as we discuss Nat Turner and John Brown and offer a new perspective on their legacy of armed resistance in the face of a post 9/11 world.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for CD Forum members/students/seniors

Annual Martin Luther King Day

People's Celebration at the Seattle Center

Community Reading of MLK's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Monday, January 15, 2007 (Time - TBD)

The Center House Pavilion/Seattle Center

Join the CD Forum and the Seattle Center in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as community members deliver his historic Nobel Prize acceptance speech. At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

This event is free and open to the public.

Carl Hancock Rux's

No Black Male Show - Seattle Debut!

Friday and Saturday February 9-10, 2007

8 pm at Broadway Performance Hall

Dealing with pop culture and black male identity, the performance narrative features songs, music, and dance exploring the icon of the black male in today's pop culture and American myths. Rux was moved to write the poem that led to this show after attending the controversial exhibition Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art at New York's Whitney Museum in 1994. This will be the Seattle debut of the artist and his important work, which has toured all of the country. The New York Times called Rux "one to watch" in 2004.



Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for CD Forum members/students/seniors.

Stay tuned for more program details and announcements!

For more information, visit www.cdforum.org or call 206-323-4032.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006.

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