AfroSolo Arts Festival
By: Kyra Gebhardt
Founded by Thomas Robert Simpson in 1993, AfroSolo Theater Company has chronicled the diverse experiences of African Americans through both visual art and solo performances. With praises from Nancy Pelosi, Mark Leno, Tom Ammiano, and Willie Brown, AfroSolo is pleased to announce the 20th annual AfroSolo Arts Festival, themed “Saluting Yesterday, Celebrating Today and Soaring into the Future.” From July 29th through October 23rd, join AfroSolo as they celebrate not only black heritage, but the human experience that unites us.
On July 29th at 5:30 PM, the festival will kick off with a panel discussion with collaboration from the Commonwealth Club of California and Infin8 Sync. Panelists include painter Richard Mayhew, singer and actress Susheel Bibbs, visual artist Karen Carraway, and Peter Callender, the artistic director of the African-American Shakespeare Company. The panel will explore the arts of the past, their influence on the present, and projections for the future.
The festival will continue with United in Health, a free community health fair on August 10th from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center. The festival will also include a visual art exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library from August 15th through October 15th, titled “Reflecting the Light: Works Inspired by Black Masters.” The exhibit will be accompanied by an artist reception on September 15th at 1:30 PM.
AfroSolo is delighted to present the annual free jazz concert in Yerba Buena Gardens on August 3rd at 1 PM. Open to the public, the concert will include renowned jazz drummer E.W. Wainwright, whose past performances include Nelson Mandela's USA tour and Carnegie Hall. The lineup will also include Grammy-nominated vocalist Denise Perrier, who most notably performed with Louis Armstrong.
The AfroSolo Arts Festival will conclude with its Festival Gala on October 23rd at 7 PM. Come celebrate 20 years of AfroSolo with founder Thomas Simpson and an outstanding performance lineup. For a complete listing of events, ticket prices, and more information, visit afrosolo.org or call 415-771-AFRO (2376).
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