DuSable Museum of African American History Yanga Fest

Dr. Margaret Burroughs and members of the DuSable Museum developed the Arts & Crafts Festival approximately a half-century ago. Now, what became famous as a major cultural event has been changed to Yanga Fest with a different focus and new date.

Dr. Margaret Burroughs and members of the DuSable Museum developed the Arts & Crafts Festival approximately a half-century ago. Now, what became famous as a major cultural event has been changed to Yanga Fest with a different focus and new date. The free event runs Saturday and Sunday at the museum, 740 E. 56th Place, and will recognize the African presence and influence on Mexico. Yanga Fest will showcase how African and Mexican speech, music, dance, arts that intertwined, and will highlight the beauty of the two ethnic groups. According to the National Museum of Mexican Curated by Sangrario Cruz at the National Museum of Mexican Art every aspect of influence will be demonstrated reaching back to the 18th century colonial artistic expressions. WYNTON MARSALIS will perform his original compositions for the film “Louis” which premiers Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Chicago Symphony Center. Pianist Cecile Licad will perform compositions of the 19th century composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk which Dan Pritzker directed. Assisting the musicians are Sherman Irby, alto saxophonist, Kurt Bacher, saxophones, Ted Nash, saxophone and flute, Victor Goines, saxophone and clarinet, Marcus Printup, trumpet, Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, Dan Nimmer, piano, Carlos Henriqez, bass and Andy Farber, conductor. LISA GOOCH an international jazz and gospel vocalist, organist and inspirational speaker celebrates her 40th  anniversary Saturday, 3 p.m., at DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place. “MAMIE’S ANGELS” featuring Mamie Till-Mobley, mother of slain civil rights martyr Emmett Till premieres Saturday, 7 p.m.  GREENTREE PRODUCTIONS stages the Friday premiere of  “Blues for an Alabama Sky” written by Pearl Cleage and directed by J. Israel Greene, at Stage 773 (formerly The Theatre Building) 1225 W. Belmont. It features Guy Jacobs, a popular gay character and his friend Angel. THE WEST INDIAN FOLK DANCE COMPANY blends modern and folkloric dance at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., Suite 207, in tribute to Jamaican music legend and social activist Bob Marley Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and seniors/students  and  children under 10 years of age are $12. Groups of 10 or more may receive tickets at $15 each. Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender    

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