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AfroSolo Arts Festival 21
Black Voices Performance Series
Our Stories, Our Lives
When:
Program A - Fridays, September 19 and 26 at 8 pm, Sundays, September 21 and 28 at 3 pm.
Program B - Saturdays, September 20 and 27 at 8 pm, Sundays, September 21 and 28 at 7pm
Where:
African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF)  map
Admission:
Program A - $30-Gala Reception, Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 pm, Light Refreshments, All other performances $15-30
Program B - $30-Gala Reception, Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 pm, Light Refreshments, All other performances $15-25
Gala Reception Special - Attend Gala Receptions for Program A and B: $50
Tickets: [ PROGRAM A ] [ PROGRAM B ]

Thomas Robert Simpson
Thomas Robert Simpson
Lance Burton
Lance Burton
Stephanie Anne Johnson
Stephanie Anne Johnson
Tarika Lewis
Tarika Lewis
Kurt (DJ Lamont) Young
Kurt (DJ Lamont) Young

This year we proudly present two solo performance programs, one featuring Stephanie Anne Johnson and one featuring Lance Burton, Tarika Lewis and Kurt (DJ Lamont) Young. Both will be hosted by Thomas Robert Simpson, AfroSolo's founder and artistic director.

Program A:

Stephanie Anne Johnson will perform Every Twenty Days: Cancer, Yoga and Me, her personal story about being diagnosed with cancer in December 2012. The title refers to her chemotherapy treatments, self-healing practices, and remembrances of family and friends who died from this disease. It's an intimate, funny, and uplifting story about the journey from diagnosis to treatment to physical well being. Johnson is an AfroSolo alumna as a visual artist and lighting designer. With more than thirty-five years of experience behind the scenes, this show represents Johnson's first venture into playwriting and solo performance.

Program B:

Lance Burton will perform The Irrelevance of Being Relevant, the story of a Black man who, as a 1st grader, left Little Rock, Arkansas for San Francisco just as the 101st Airborne dropped into Little Rock to escort 9 Black students into Central High School. He shares his trials as a teen navigating 1960's civil rights in the Fillmore and protests in the Haight/Ashbury. Leaping to years later, he considers the struggles of loves, marriage and a 30-year career on the fringe of media and technology as a Black man in San Francisco. Burton is a media entrepreneur creating print, video and photographic features, stories and profiles that depict the Black experience in San Francisco over the past 75 years.

Tarika Lewis performs My Life As A Black Panther (working title), her personal story as the first female to join the Black Panther Party (BPP) for Self Defense in 1967. She is one of the founding members of It's About Time, a website dedicated to the legacy and alumni of the BPP. She was also a consultant on the movie "Panther" by Marlo Van Peebles and played herself in a few scenes. Lewis is an accomplished violinist and has traveled the world playing in the Legendary John Handy's Band and many others. Lewis is the director of MyStringsOfSoul, a youth instruction and string ensemble that performs Jazz, Traditional African, Hip Hop, R&B and good Soul music.

Kurt (DJ Lamont) Young performs If God Wanted Me To Fly, an autobiographical story about the last time he spent time with his father's father and how his granddad's favorite pair of dress shoes traveled with Young around the world. DJ Lamont is a KPOO programmer, renowned disc jockey, and audio storyteller. He now takes those skills and live performance to the stage. Young is the founder of Fingersnaps Media Arts, which is dedicated to the education, cultivation, and inspiration of DJ culture.


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