Black actors, writers, comics, improvisers, aerialists, and visual artists converge at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio for the 2017 New Griots Festival. There’s plenty of entertainment in store, with performances by Blackout Improv, wordsmithing by poet Keno Evol, aerial wizardry by Miss Coco Nostal’jah, an appearance by the stellar vocalist and dancer Vie Boheme, and staged readings of plays by Evol’s brother, the talented Antonio Duke. Visual artists will also add to the festivities, with a talk by painter Shaina McCoy and a performance incorporating the photography of Isaac Sundberg. Check out work by poet April Gibson, recent Ivey Award winner Dame-Jasmine Hughes, and drummer “L.A.” Buckner. In addition to these showcases, the festival features community classes in yoga, writing, improv, poetry, and drumming. For a complete schedule of happenings, visit NewGriotsFestival.com.