Date(s) - Mar 28, 2021
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Black Voices in Conversation—A History of Cabaret (Sunday, March 7th)
Moderator: Mark Ruffin
Panel begins at 3:00 PM Central Time.
Room opens at 2:30 to meet and greet the panelists and each other.
So much was going in the 19-teens and twenties to make Chicago the first American capital of cabaret. The Stroll on State Street featured Black performers like Alberta Hunter and band leaders like Lil Hardin Armstrong, and club owners. Harlem picks up the baton in the 30s. And Barney Josephson opens Café Society in the 40s expressly to create an environment where Black and white performers and audience could work and enjoy together.
Dan Johnson – Chicago’s History of Blacks in Cabaret
Natalie Douglas – Creator of many tribute shows celebrating Black artists
Lynn Colbert-Jones – Songwriter
Hermene Hartman – Publisher
Healing through Song Part 1 – I Know Where I’ve Been (Sunday, March 14th)
Rooms open at 2:30 to meet and greet the artists and each other.
Livechat with with emcees David Stephens and Arlene Armstrong and today’s cast from Chicago and beyond:
Paula Dione Ingram (Las Vegas), Madeline Morgan, Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, Ava Saunders, Holly McGuire, Patrick Davis, Sean Harris and Margaret Murphy-Webb.
Songs from the world of Langston Hughes, musical theatre, R&B, Latin America and more.
Healing through Song Part 2 – I’m Here: See Me As I Am (Sunday, March 21st)
Room opens at 2:30 to meet and greet the artists and each other.
Livechat with emcees David Stephens and Arlene Armstrong and today’s cast from Chicago and beyond:
Carmeanna Eberly, Cynthia Clarey, Che Rhymefest Smith, Coco Sho-Nell, Bobbi Wilsyn, E. Faye Butler, Evelyn Danner, and Randolph Johnson.
Songs and spoken word from the world of rap, musical theatre, American Songbook, jazz, gospel and more.
Healing through Song Part 3 – Dream On (Sunday, March 28th)
Room opens at 2:30 p.m. to meet and greet the artists and each other. Show begins at 3:00 p.m.
Live-chat with emcees David Stephens and Arlene Armstrong and today’s cast from Chicago and beyond:
Natalie Douglas (New York City), Jeannie Tanner, Sophie Grimm and LaShera Moore Ellis, Cornelius Johnson, Seany-Doo, Ava Logan, Lynne Jordan, Gwendolyn Brown (Nashville)
Songs and spoken word from the world of rap, spirituals, musical theatre, new songs, pop, and more.
Suggested donation for the 4-part series: $100 or more for patrons, $60 per family, $40 for VIP, $25 for general admission, and $5 for students. No donation is too small nor too big. Be sure to Register at blackvoicesincabaret.org/rsvp to receive your link to the livestream. Registration opens on February 15th.
Call 773.509.9360 for more information.