The life of notable African American playwright, poet, and writer Amiri Baraka, who passed away in January, will be celebrated this Saturday at north Minneapolis's Capri Theater. The event includes performances by a slew of local artists, and is hosted by author Alexs Pate and community leader Arleta Little. Baraka, who was born Leroi Jones and was also formerly known as Imamu Amiri Baraka, was an integral force in the black arts movement of the 1960s and '70s, penning the groundbreaking play The Dutchman, as well as many books of poetry, plays, and essays. Though internationally known, Baraka had connections right here in the Twin Cities, serving as a mentor to a number of young artists, including e.g. bailey, who mounted a production based on Baraka's poetry at the Southern Theater in 2011 featuring a performance by Baraka. He will be part of the tribute, along with Toki Wright, Shá Cage, Emmanuel Ortiz, Bao Phi, Tish Jones, Bill Cottman, Andrea Jenkins, Chaun Webster, Truthmaze, and others. A pre-show reception at 1 p.m. will be hosted by the McKnight Foundation.
Sat., April 12, 2-4 p.m., 2014