Harlem Renaissance-style "Rent Party"

with live jazz

Kansas Union

Governor Kathleen Sebelius has declared this Saturday "Aaron Douglas Day" in Kansas, honoring the art and legacy of Douglas, a Topeka native who became the foremost visual artist of the Harlem Renaissance and whose work is being celebrated this fall by KU's Spencer Museum of Art with a national touring exhibition and extensive programming.On Saturday, the Spencer will host a national interdisciplinary conference on Douglas which is free to the public; the event will culminate Saturday night with a Cabaret/Harlem Renaissance-style "Rent Party" from 8 to 11 PM in the Kansas Union Ballroom. The celebration will include cabaret performances featuring the music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and others, conceived and directed by KU alumnus Eric Avery. Also, attendees can dance to live jazz by Kansas City's American Jazz Museum All Stars with Bobby Watson, and to additional music by Lawrence DJ Josh Powers (a.k.a. Scenebooster). The Jazz All Stars are Watson (alto sax), Tyrone Clark (bass), Gerald Dunn (tenor sax), Jason Goudeau (trombone), Al Pearson (trumpet), and Monica Warren (percussion).Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students with I.D. The cost of a ticket includes two drinks, plus appetizers and dessert. Non-alcoholic options will be available for those under 21.For details about the exhibition, conference and party, please visit www.aarondouglas.ku.edu.

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