CALENDAR – February 2023
Location is New Haven unless noted otherwise.
Now through Feb. 19
Exhibits: AKWAABA II, Kit Hung, Figures and Faces. Ely Center of Contemporary Art, 51 Trumbull St.
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 12:30 p.m.
A Celebration Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thought-provoking and intimate interpretation of complexities of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One-man play From Myth To Man: Martin Luther King, An Interpretation. Features Southern alumnus John Ivey. Written and directed by Ira Knight. Free. Info: 203-392-5888. SCSU, Adanti Student Center, Ballroom, 501 Crescent St. *
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 4:30 p.m.
Public talk/reading by Poet Laureate Ada Limón. Sponsored by Ezra Stiles College and the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. *
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m.
Black History Community Conversation, led by Probate Judge Clifton Graves. Come learn and share some interest-ing facts about Black History. Stetson Library, Community Conversation Room – 2nd Floor, 197 Dixwell Ave. *
Friday, Feb. 3, noon-1 p.m.
Yale Institute for Sacred Music webinar: Narrating Extinc-tion in History and Myth with Sadiah Qureshi and Nancy Menning. To register, go to ism.yale.edu/news/mass-extinction-art-ritual-story-and-sacred.
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2-4 p.m.
Black History Film Screening: Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things. This documentary explores the exquisite artistry of the first lady of scat as she embraced civil rights issues and influenced U.S. music and culture. Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St. *
Sunday, Feb. 5, 12-2:30 p.m.
Free virtual screening of documentary film Objector. Film explores perspective of a young Jewish woman who seeks the truth, defies the law, and eventually finds her political voice. Directed by American filmmaker Molly Stuart. To register, go to www.palestinemuseum.us/events.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m.
NXTHVN film screening: Unsung Heroes: The Music of Jazz in New Haven. Free. Live panel discussion and Q&A to follow. nxthvn.com. NXTHVN, 169 Henry St.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Film showing of Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates, a silent classic from 1920 and the oldest surviving “race film” – the term used to describe movies produced for Black audiences and with predominantly Black casts. Notable for depicting racial violence under the Jim Crow system. Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Ave. *
Saturday, Feb. 11
Black History Month: Poetry in Black. For more information, contact Sun at [email protected].
Monday, Feb. 13, 5 p.m.
Rachel Tzvia Back: Poetry lecture featuring Tyehimba Jess, author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Yale Univ., Linsly-Chittenden Hall, room 317, 63 High St. *
Friday, Feb. 17, noon-1 p.m.
Yale Institute for Sacred Music webinar: Aesthetics of Extinction with Sugata Ray and Stefan Skrimshire. To register, go to ism.yale.edu/news/mass-extinction-art-ritual-story-and-sacred.
Friday, Feb. 17
Entries for People’s World African American History Month art and writing competition due.
Sunday, Feb. 19, 3:30 p.m. Roundtable, 5 p.m. Concert
‘Wanting Song, In the Beginning’: A Roundtable on Images of Eden in History, Culture, and the Environmental Crisis. Sudler Hall (enter through Harkness Hall), 100 College St. * Concert Breath of Earth at 5 p.m., performed by Yale Schola Cantorum and conducted by David Hill. Focusing on themes of care for the earth, the oratorio was specially commissioned for Yale Schola Cantorum. Free. Info: ism.yale.edu/event/yale-schola-cantorum-breath-earth Woolsey Hall, 500 College St. *
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m.
Film screening: What Could Have Been. Black New Haven leaders helped lead the charge to create the nation’s first Black college in 1831, only to be rejected by white property owners of the city, despite the support of several prominent leaders. Snow date: February 28. Masks are required in the museum. 203-562-4183. www.newhavenmuseum.org. New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave. *
Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30-8 p.m.
Film Black Panther (2018) was praised for its Afrofuturist themes and won seven Academy Award Nominations. Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Ave. *
Friday, Feb. 24, noon-1 p.m.
Yale Institute for Sacred Music webinar: Remembering Lost Species: Rituals for the Anthropocene with Persephone Pearl, Emily Laurens, and Rachel Porter. ism.yale.edu/news/mass-extinction-art-ritual-story-and-sacred.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 12-4 p.m.
Join Sisters with a New Attitude (SWANA) Women’s Support group to celebrate Black History Month with an art exhibit: From the Outhouse to the White House. African drumming, food and more! Wilson Library, Atrium, 303 Washington Ave. *
Saturday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.
African American History Month event: The Power of Youth – The Power of Collective Action: Equity Requires Revenue. Live streamed. [email protected] or 203-624-8664. NH Peoples Center, 37 Howe St. *
Saturday, Feb. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Black History Month – Voices in Power: A Spoken Word Event. Free. nxthvn.com. NXTHVN, 169 Henry St.
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Monday, March 6-Saturday, March 11
CT NOFA’s 41st Winter Conference — live and virtual workshops, concludes with an in-person gathering and celebration at Wesleyan University. Registration is open on a sliding scale. See ctnofa.org for details.
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
African American Women’s Summit – “A Sisters’ Collaborative.” Workshops, seminars, vendors, continental breakfast, heart-healthy lunch. Free. Info: [email protected] Dixwell Community House, 197 Dixwell Ave. *