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FEBRUARY EVENTS! Free and open to public Free parking in Library lot


TASTE OF SOUL SUNDAY! Sunday, February 20 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Main Library Join us as we celebrate African American history and culture at the sixth annual Taste of Soul Sunday. Sample African American music, dance, and history. Free food samples by Southern Fish Fry, Chez Olga, and LoLo’s Café.


On Stage Hey Marco!


Mariya Shalayeva in The Mermaid


Film from a Woman’s Perspective


| by Sasha E. Wolff S


TEVEN S PI E LB ERG, Ron Howard, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese. All acclaimed directors are owners of the coveted Academy


Award for Best Director. For more than 80 years, the Best


Director Oscar went to a male recipient, but all that changed during the 2010 Academy Awards when Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director for her work on Hurt Locker. So now that a woman has taken home the Oscar, people are now taking a closer look at the opposite sex’s take on the portrayal of life through film. One such local opportunity to take a look at this perspective is the seventh an- nual Chiaroscuro International Film Festival that’s taking place from now until April at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Kathryn Bigelow actually served as inspi-


ration for the topic of this year’s international film series, “Women Behind the Cameras.” “Our group [Chiaroscuro Film Series


Board] has a list of many themes we choose from, taking into consideration the events of the year,” said Gretchen Minnhaar, the film series’ founder. “Because in 2009, a woman, Kathryn, won the Oscar, we felt the topic of women directors made sense considering that


women have done this for a very long time in other countries.” Over the summer, Minnhaar and other


CHIAROSCURO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UICA, Grand Rapids Feb. 13 & 27, March 20, April


members of the film series board watched 30 films directed by women. The group whittled them down to six from countries like Germany, South Africa and the Czech Republic. Minnhaar hopes the pictures they chose will “help inspire, and above all, make the viewer think.” Not only are the people


17, 2:30 p.m. FREE! uica.org, (616) 454-7000


behind the Chiaroscuro Film Festival excited about shar- ing foreign film, but they’re advocates of the budding film industry in Michigan. Before every feature, a


locally produced film will be shown. The Chiaroscuro film board, made up primarily of local college professors and community members, hope that by sharing the work of local talent, it can serve as a springboard for these rising stars. Attendees of the festival have the op-


portunity to participate in a round table discussion with local experts about the film, as well as an opportunity to discuss the film over refreshments. n


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Step Performances IMANI


History & Author Presentations Cooking Healthy Soul Food Gwen Crawford Whatever Happened to Idlewild? Coy Davis The Mis-Development of Black Men in the U.S. Dr. Rik Stevenson, Jr. The African Immigrant’s Experience in the U.S. Dorothy Sewe


Activities for Kids Jewels of Africa Craft: Masai Beaded Necklace Activities for Teens Step demonstration with Zeta Phi Beta HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARIES:


WHATEVER HAPPENED TO IDLEWILD? Wednesday, February 23 7:00 pm Main Library Travel back in time to discover the rich history of Idlewild, Michigan, a place called “The Black Eden” of our time. Director Coy Davis will provide an introduction and answer questions after the showing.


LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF MERZE TATE Monday, February 28 7:00 pm Main Library Meet Merze Tate, an African American woman who sought a life not restricted by color. From becoming the first African American graduate of Oxford University in 1935, to reserving a seat on Pan American Air first flight to outer space, Tate lived a life without limits and achieved many other “firsts.” Director Sonya Bernard-Hollins will provide an introduction and answer questions after the showing.


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