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Your guide to Friday, Saturday, Sunday events at National Black Arts Festival

Philadanco will perform at the Rialto Center for the Arts on Saturday. Photo: Lois Greenfield

Philadanco will perform at the Rialto Center for the Arts on Saturday. Photo: Lois Greenfield

By Howard Pousner

The five-day National Black Arts Festival has been building momentum as it heads into its finale weekend, concluding Sunday. Centennial Olympic Park is the nexus of this year’s celebration of African-American and African diaspora culture.
Weekend highlights:

International Marketplace: More than 100 booths in Centennial Olympic Park feature hand-crafted jewelry, leather goods, fabric pieces and more. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Legends Celebration: “To Curtis With Love”: The Impressions, Eddie Levert, Van Hunt, Frank McComb, Dionne Farris and Joi Gilliam pay tribute in song to the late Atlantan Curtis Mayfield. 8 p.m. Friday, Symphony Hall. $25-$65.

Philadanco: The Philadelphia-based modern dance company presents four works, including a new one set to the music of George Clinton. 2 p.m. Saturday.  Rialto Center for the Arts. $25-$35.

Movies: “Soundtrack for a Revolution” is a documentary examining the civil rights movement through its freedom songs. 6 p.m. Friday, Rialto Center for the Arts, $12.

“Ghetto Ballet,” a family-friendly documentary from HBO, follows hopefuls from outside Cape Town, South Africa, as they prepare for the Dance for All audition — and a hoped-for ticket out of poverty. One of the dancers, 19-year-old Sibahle, is in Atlanta Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program on scholarship and will be at the screening. 6 p.m. Saturday (reception 5 p.m.; post-screening talk 6:30). Free. Rialto Center for the Arts.

The documentary “41st and Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers” shows the SoCal Panthers ready, willing and able to fight the power. 7:30 (followed by panel discussion) and 11 p.m. Saturday. $12. Rialto Center for the Arts.

Music on Main Stage: Full slates of free music kick off at 5 p.m. Friday and  noon Saturday and Sunday in Centennial Olympic Park. Highlights include Spread Love with DJ Kermit (5 p.m. Friday), DJ Kayo’s Golden Age 101 (7 p.m. Friday), Roy Ayers with Common Ground Collective playing the music of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti (7:30 p.m. Saturday), Dionne Farris (4 p.m. Sunday) and Lizz Wright (6:30 p.m. Sunday).

A Gathering of Colors gala: Joe Gransden and his 16-piece big band, Jasmine Guy, Avery Sharpe and more perform at this party (and NBAF benefit) evoking a supper club of the 1920s or ’30s. Lynn Whitfield is guest host. 7 p.m. Saturday. $500. 200 Peachtree building.

Art of Life/Canvas for Kidz: Antwan “Big Boi” Patton’s Big Kidz Foundation auctions artwork by more than 20 celebrities, including Martha Stewart, T.I., Janelle Monae, Dr. J., George Clinton and Idris Elba, to benefit his foundation’s arts and humanities programs for youth. Big Boi also performs. 7 p.m. Saturday. $75-$125. Mason Murer Fine Art.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The ASO’s festival-closing concert features young musicians from its Talent Development Program and the Detroit-based Sphinx Competition, both of which nurture talent in black and Latino communities. 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. Ebenezer Baptist Church.

NBAF tickets
For ticketed events, purchase at the Woodruff Arts Center box office, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000,

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