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August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Friday, October 8, 2021 - Sunday, October 31, 2021

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Good News Concert Series in partnership with Tri-C JazzFest

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

America's Oldest Black Producing Theatre

Upcoming Events

God is Anti-racist (GiA-r), composition no. 1

Artist and social justice advocate Amanda D. King’s debut, solo exhibition, God is Anti-racist (GiA-r), composition no. 1, will be displayed in the George L. Forbes Gallery at Karamu House from September 10 - October 22, 2021. The Gallery will be open Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. On Wednesday, hours are extended until 7 p.m. No tickets or registration is required; however, COVID-19 rules still apply.

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August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

It's 1927 and Ma Rainey, the "Mother of the Blues," is recording new sides of old favorites in a rundown studio in Chicago. Fiery and determined, Ma Rainey fights to retain control over her music, while her cocky trumpet player Levee dreams of making his own name in the business. More than music goes down in August Wilson's riveting portrayal of rage, racism, self-hatred and exploitation.

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Good News Concert Series in partnership with Tri-C JazzFest

Open to the public and free (registration requireed, tickets limited to 4 per person), the Tri-C JazzFest and Karamu House present the first concert of the new "Good News Concert Series,” presented by Johnny Parker. The show will feature the Phillip K. Jones Quartet and Dave Thomas Ensemble.

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Community Events

Oberlin College graduates Russell and Rowena Jeliffe opened the Playhouse Settlement in 1915 to offer a place for people of different races, religions, and economic backgrounds to come together through the arts. Today, Karamu House brings together thousands of adults and children every year through community programming and events.

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Arts Education

Karamu House brings together adults and children (of all races and ages) together every year through its arts academy and education programs, including dance, drama and theatre, and vocal performance. The Karamu Arts Academy provides fall and spring semester classes, as well as a summer intensive program. Karamu also partners with local schools and organizations to bring arts education into their programs.

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