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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