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Contemporary Dance, Jazz Music and Presentations from 651 ARTS Are Among Offerings at Kumble Theater

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Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
718-488-1014

Brooklyn, NY — April and May programming at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts includes dynamic work from local dance companies; the George Polk Seminar; presentations from 651 ARTS, an organization dedicated to developing work from artists of the African Diaspora; and a tribute to jazz legend Max Roach.

Kumble Theater is located on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street in downtown Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 488-1624 or visit www.kumbletheater.org.

Wednesday, April 7, 5:30 p.m., reception; 6:30 p.m., seminar
Long Island University presents: Annual George Polk Seminar “People in Danger/Reporters at Risk”
The dilemma of how to stay safe while still obtaining reliable information from the world’s trouble spots is the focus of “People in Danger/Reporters at Risk,” a panel discussion with 2009 George Polk Award winners David Rohde of The New York Times, Dan Rivers of CNN and Leo Shane III of Stars and Stripes. Free admission.

Saturday, April 10, 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 11, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Cynthia King Dance Studio presents: Local/Express
Dancers of all ages are featured in a fast-paced production with all the enthusiasm, grace and humor audiences have come to expect from this company. Enjoy new works and selections from the repertory. Tickets: $25.

Friday-Saturday, April 23-24, 7:30 p.m.
The Brooklyn Campus’ New Media Art & Performance Program presents: M.F.A. Thesis Concert
An evening of cutting-edge works that blend digital and live performance from students in the Brooklyn Campus’ M.F.A. program in new media art and performance. Tickets: $5.

Saturday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.
WLIU Radio and the Brooklyn Campus Office of Student Life and Leadership Development present:
It’s Time - A Tribute to Max Roach

Musicians Mike Clark, Lenny White, Fred Wesley, Brian Jackson, Richie Goods and Azar Lawrence pay tribute to the late, great master drummer and Bebop co-creator Max Roach. Tickets: $25, $15 for students and seniors.

Monday-Tuesday, May 10-11, 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
The Paper Bag Players present: Great Mummy Adventure
Described as “the most original children’s theater in the country” by Newsweek, The Paper Bag Players perform shows that combine short plays, rousing songs, freewheeling dance, mime and audience participation. For “The Great Mummy Adventure,” audiences will take an expedition to the land of the Pharaohs in search of a mysterious mummy. Suitable for ages 4-9. For more information, contact The Paper Bag Players at (212) 353-2332 or pbagp@verizon.net.

Tuesday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.
651 ARTS presents: Live & Outspoken with Hugh Masekela and Somi
651 ARTS, an organization committed to developing, producing and presenting performance and cultural programming rooted in the African Diaspora, presents the third installment of its “Live and Outspoken” series of conversations. World-renowned South African composer and horn-player Hugh Masekela will interview Somi, an American singer of Rwandan and Ugandan descent. Tickets: $25, $20 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.651arts.org.

Monday, May 17, 10:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Community Works presents: Purelements Dance Company’s Rhythm Stories
Purelements Dance Company, under the direction of Lakai Worrell and Kevin Joseph, presents a colorful montage of dance, song and poetry. Tickets: $7. Contact Community Works at (212) 459-1854 or at performances@communityworksnyc.org.

Friday-Saturday, May 21-22, 8:00 p.m.
651 ARTS, in association with Dance Theater Workshop, presents:
lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi

651 ARTS, in association with Dance Theater Workshop, presents Bessie Award-winning contemporary dance artist Nora Chipaumire and legendary musician Thomas Mapfumo, the “Lion of Zimbabwe,” with his band, the Blacks Unlimited, in a cross-genre collaboration: “lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi.” Nora and Thomas use their impassioned voices to speak about living as Africans in an increasingly borderless world. The work is presented through 651 ARTS’ Black Dance: Tradition & Transformation program, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and is a project of Creative Capital and the National Dance project. Tickets: $25, $20 for students and seniors. For more information visit www.651arts.org.

Posted 03/25/2010

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