Community events celebrate centennial

Here is a rundown of the events related to the Langston Hughes centennial celebration:

� Today-Feb. 28: Mural by Lawrence High School students that is inspired by Langston Hughes poetry and African-American quilts by Marla Jackson, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

� Thursday: "Alice Walker: Readings with Commentary on Langston Hughes," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will read Hughes' poetry and writings and talk about his work, 7 p.m., Lied Center.

� Friday: Book signing by Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple," 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., The Raven Bookstore, 6 E. Seventh St.

� Friday: First Friday Gallery Walk, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Downtown Upstairs Art Group, Fields Gallery, J Gladman Gallery, Phoenix Gallery, Roy's Gallery, Silver Works and More, Southwest and More, Vormehr & Youngquist Gallery, Lawrence Arts Center and Lawrence Public Library.

� Friday: Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards presentation, 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St., with opening reception for "Dream Variations," an exhibit of visual artists' interpretations of the writings of Langston Hughes, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The exhibit extends through February.

� Friday-Feb. 28: Lawrence Photo Alliance exhibit of photographs inspired by the poetry and writings of Langston Hughes, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Kansas Union Gallery, fourth floor, Kansas Union, Kansas University.

� Saturday: Langston Hughes plaque dedication, 2 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center.

� Saturday-Feb. 9: Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival, a workshop collaboration to create works of art based on Langston Hughes' poetry, Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, KU.

� Feb. 5: "America Sings: A Celebration of American Composers," featuring sopranos Harolyn Blackwell and Florence Quivar, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center.

� Feb. 6: "Music and Poetry of Langston Hughes," musical interpretation of 15 poems by Hughes, 7:30 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

� Feb. 7: Poets Lisa Gillard, Hans Ostrom, Willie Perdomo, Kevin Powell and Kalamu Ya Salaam visit Lawrence public schools, afternoon.

� Feb. 7: "An Evening of Langston Hughes," featuring actor Danny Glover, 7 p.m., Lied Center.

� Feb. 7-10: "Let America Be America Again: An International Symposium of the Art, Life and Legacy of Langston Hughes," KU.

� Feb. 8: "Langston Hughes: Black Film and Black Filmmakers," film festival, 7 p.m., Haskell Indian Nations University.

� Feb. 9: Langston Hughes Birthday Party, featuring African-American storytelling and a birthday cake, 3 p.m.-4 p.m., auditorium, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

� Feb. 9: Book signing and reading by Paule Marshall, author of "Brown Girl, Brown Stones" and "The Fisher King," 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., The Raven Bookstore, 6 E. Seventh St.

� Feb. 9: Public reception for Tim Rollins and the schoolchildren who helped created artwork, with hip-hop band Sounds Good, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, KU.

� Feb. 9: "Poetry in Motion: An Evening Honoring Langston Hughes," featuring the Prairie Wind Dancers, open-mike poetry session and local musicians, 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center.

� Feb. 10: "Art and the Dream Deferred," lecture by artist Tim Rollins, 1 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, KU.

� Feb. 14: Jazz singer-songwriter Nnenna Freelon, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center.

� Feb. 15: "Lawrence's Own: Langston Hughes," talk about Hughes' days in Lawrence, 7:30 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History.

� Feb. 16: Gospel concert, 7 p.m., St. Luke AME Church, 900 N.Y.

� Feb. 16: Charles Everett Pace presentation, with second-day issue of the Langston Hughes stamp, 7 p.m., Ninth Street Baptist Church, 847 Ohio.

� Feb. 23: "Ask Your Momma: 12 Moods of Jazz," multimedia production of Hughes' 12-part jazz poetry masterwork by Ronald McCurdy and John S. Wright, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center.

� Feb. 25: "Moving to Harlem: Integrating Poetry and Movement," a teacher workshop presented by dance educator Kimberli Boyd, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Lied Center.

� March 1-3 and 7-9: "Othello," a production by University Theatre featuring actor Walter Coppage, 7:30 p.m. March 1-2, 2:30 p.m. March 3 and 7:30 p.m. March 7-9, Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall, KU.

� March 26: "Harlem," a school-only performance by the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration on Tour, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Lied Center.


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