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National Black Arts Festival highlights: July 31

The National Black Arts Festival continues through this weekend. Check back every morning to see some highlights from the day’s events.

Events for Friday, July 31

Books: An E. Lynn Harris tribute will use stories and poems to celebrate the author, who died recently as a result of heart disease. 6:30 p.m. July 31. Woodruff Arts Center. FREE.

Dance: Atlanta African Dance and Drum Festival will teach classes for children and adults, featuring music and dance from Guinea, Mali and Ivory Coast. 6 p.m. July 31, 10 am. Aug. 1-2. Morehouse College Archer Hall Gym, 894 Fair St. in Atlanta. $12 per class for adults, $10 for groups, $5 for children.

Music: “To Sing The Truth: A Tribute to Nina Simone” includes performances by Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Joi Gilliam and Lisa Simone Kelly. 8 p.m. July 31. Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall. $20-55. STORY.

Storytelling: The Literary Salon opens for a day of workshops featuring storytelling through quilting, filmmaker Jonee Ansa and writers such as Tina Ansa, Farai Chideya and Nelson George. The salon runs noon-8 p.m. July 31. Woodruff Arts Center. FREE. (Updated 6 p.m.: Nelson George event canceled!)

Visual Arts: The International Marketplace at the festival opens today. The market runs noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. in Atlanta. FREE. STORY.

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17 comments Add your comment

Jamie Gumbrecht

July 31st, 2009
3:08 pm

Pete: totally inappropriate. Treat it like a discussion between mature adults, or don’t talk. Take your hate elsewhere.

Pete

July 31st, 2009
3:02 pm

How about a black violence history month. You excel at that.

Mark

July 31st, 2009
2:50 pm

I agree with Chris. You people want to be equal, but have this festival, BET, Black history month, etc. You people are your own worst enemies.

tl

July 31st, 2009
2:26 pm

Stated perfectly by Reign, “Your White arts festival and other events, activities, etc. is 365 days a year, 24/7, we’re all exposed to your history, your culture, your everything everyday, that’s why other cultures represented in the United States of America have to do their own thing, otherwise, there will be no representation.”

Delight

July 31st, 2009
12:19 pm

tee hee….wow Chris actually had an impact. People, people. you scoop trash, place in dumpster and keep moving you don’t disect and attempt comprehension.

Jamie Gumbrecht

July 31st, 2009
12:17 pm

Hey Chris, and everybody: Inside Access is a blog about fun things to do in Atlanta. This can be a good discussion, so let’s keep it civil and on-topic. This is not the place for race-baiting or hurtful stereotypes. Thanks for reading.

Brooke

July 31st, 2009
11:51 am

Hey Chris the National White Arts Festival can be found in any Powder Springs trailer park…cmon.

Lisa

July 31st, 2009
11:35 am

Actually the “National White Arts Festival” occurs everyday at any major museum or festival – have you ever been to the High Museum or Dogwood festival?

Reign

July 31st, 2009
11:33 am

Your White arts festival and other events, activities, etc. is 365 days a year, 24/7, we’re all exposed to your history, your culture, your everything everyday, that’s why other cultures represented in the United States of America have to do their own thing, otherwise, there will be no representation.

Chris

July 31st, 2009
11:18 am

When is the National White Arts Fesitval? Oh that’s right, we don’t have that.