Black History Month: Calendar of Events
ART DISPLAY. Artist Edward Bates exhibits his African-American inspired oil paintings during regular library hours Feb. 1-28, Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.
ART DISPLAY. Collection of books, periodicals, printed material and carved statues that relate to African-American art, viewing during regular library hours Feb. 1-28, Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library, 1 South Country Rd.; free; bayshore.suffolk.lib.ny.us, 631-665-4350.
ART EXHIBIT: LIFE IN THE ABSTRACT. Writer, author and artist Tina Andrews exhibits her paintings during regular library hours Feb. 1-28, Central Islip Public Library, 33 Hawthorne Ave.; free; artist reception 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15; centralisliplibrary.org, 631-234-9333.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH EXHIBITION. Award-winning quilter Diane Larrier Collier displays her signature piece, a portrait of President Barack Obama titled "Our Patchwork Heritage Is a Strength," on display during regular library hours Feb. 1-28, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; free; elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH ART EXHIBIT: IN THE RADIANCE OF SHADOWS. Art exhibit with guest artist Warren Lyons, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday through Feb. 28, gallery talk and reception 2-4 p.m. Feb. 17, Ruth S. Harley University Center, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave.; free; adelphi.edu, 516-877-4978.
"INTIMATE APPAREL." Lynn Nottage's play explores the life of an African-American seamstress who creates exquisite lingerie for both the boudoirs and bordellos of 1905 New York and becomes romantically intertwined with her clientele, challenging the sexual taboos of the age, 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday Jan. 25-Feb. 3, in the Little Theatre, Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr.; $9, $7 seniors; ncc.edu, 516-572-7676.
AND FREEDOM FOR ALL: THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR JOBS AND FREEDOM. Follow along the historic journey of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom through the images of photojournalist Stanley Tretick, view photos of the organizers and speakers including A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 28, Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, 100 Crescent Beach Rd. in Welwyn Preserve County Park; $10, $5 seniors and $4 students; holocaust-nassau.org, 516-571-8040, ext. 105.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT BAYARD. Monthlong celebration featuring displays of paintings from some of America's great black artists and posters saluting black abolitionists, pioneers, scientists, educators, horticulturists and ecologists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays Feb. 5-28, at the Manor House, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hwy. (Rte. 27A); free; nysparks.com, 631-581-1002.
EXHIBIT: 400 YEARS WITHOUT A COMB. Artifacts featuring a collection of ancient hairstyling tools, devices and instruments on display; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 7-March 31, African American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St.; $3; theaamuseum.org, 516-572-0730.
ART EXHIBITS. "The Door of No Return" by Frank Frazier, Janice Thacker and Buchi Upjohn featuring a presentation of African-American experiences; "The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful" by Afro-Brazilian artist Ernani Silva featuring expressions of culture and tradition, viewing available during regular museum hours, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 15-March 15, African American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St.; $3; theaamuseum.org, 516-572-0730.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT NISSEQUOGUE. Monthlong celebration featuring displays of paintings from some of America's great black artists and posters saluting black abolitionists, pioneers, scientists, educators, horticulturists and ecologists, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays Feb. 1-28, at the main office, Nissequogue River State Park, 799 St. Johnland Rd.; free; nysparks.com, 631-269-4927.
ART ON DISPLAY. Paintings from some of America's great black artists; also posters saluting black abolitionists, scientists, educators, horticulturists and ecologists, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday Feb. 1-28, in the visitors center, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Rd.; free; plantingfields.org, 516-922-8600.
HIDDEN AND FORBIDDEN: ART AND OBJECTS OF INTOLERANCE EVOLVING DEPICTIONS OF BLACKS IN AMERICA. Exhibit featuring explicit images of racism in America, recommended for adults, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through June 1, Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main St.; $5, $3 seniors; opening reception 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1, suffolk countyhistoricalsociety.org, 631-727-2881.
FAITH RINGGOLD. In-depth study of Ringgold's "Tar Beach" and "The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles," along with biographical documents, articles, awards and books; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 7-28, Molloy College Art Gallery, 1000 Hempstead Ave.; documentary film "Faith Ringgold, The Last Story Quilt" is shown 4 p.m. Feb. 19; free; molloy.edu, 516-678-5000, ext. 6549.
VISUAL HERITAGE IV: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS. Artworks by Tina Andrews, Brent Bailer, Rosa Hanna Scott, Manuel Hughes, Reynold Ruffins and Danny Simmons, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday Jan. 31-Feb. 27, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, reception 5-7 p.m. Feb. 2; free; scc-arts.org, 631-287-4377.
'THE MISTRESS OF MONTICELLO.' Play written and directed by Tina Andrews, dramatizes the controversial relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave mistress Sally Hemings, 8 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 2 and 9, Friday Feb. 8; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday Feb. 10, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane; $10, $5 younger than 21 with student ID; tickets must be purchased 40 minutes before showtime, scc-arts.org, 631-287-4377.
'RUNNING SCARED, RUNNING FREE: ESCAPE TO THE PROMISED LAND.' Interactive theatrical performance about the links among the Underground Railroad, secret codes hidden in quilts and a Long Island American Indian tribe; 10 a.m. and noon Feb. 4, 6, 12, 14, 25 and 27, Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village Center, 111 Main St.; $12, $8-$12 students; stonybrookvillage.com, 631-751-2244.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
BLACK HISTORY MONTH OPENING CEREMONY. With guest speaker Shaun Harper, 1 p.m., held in Ballroom A, Stony Brook University, Student Activities Center, Nicolls Road; free; 631-632-9968.
Friday, Feb. 1
DISCOVERING ARTISTS. Artist Elizabeth Catlett is known for her smooth, stylized sculptures and prints that depict African-American life; learn about the artist's life and her developments as an artist as children create prints, 5:30-6:30 p.m. grades 1-3, and 7-8 p.m. grades 4-6, Huntington Library, 338 Main St.; free; register, hpl.suffolk.lib.ny.us, 631-427-5165.
FIRST FRIDAY. Celebrate Black History Month with the soulful sound of Paul Hefner on the keyboard and the vocals of Tara Nova, jazz favorites by Black & Tan, 7 p.m., Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave. at Route 25A, Huntington; free; heckscher.org, 631-351-3250.
THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS. African-American gospel music on electric steel guitar, 8 p.m., Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St.; $20-$25; landmarkonmain street.org, 516-767-6444.
Saturday, Feb. 2
STRENGTH, COURAGE AND WISDOM. An evening of song and dance to celebrate African-American culture, 2 and 7 p.m., Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk County Community College, Crooked Hill Road; $10, free for students with SCCC ID and ages 18 and younger; sunysuffolk.edu, 631-851-6341.
AMERICAN DANCE FROM AFRICA TO BROADWAY. Presented by ENCORE Cultural Arts Performances, learn how American dance evolved from its African roots and European influences into the stage and social dances of today, 2 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; free; elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280.
BLACK HISTORY LUNCHEON. Hosted by the Long Island Cross Section of the National Council of Negro Women, featuring entertainment, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh St., vendors, reserve; $75; longislandcrosscounty.org, 516-489-4560.
DOCUMENTARY FILM AND DISCUSSION. "Hoodwinked" (2012) by Janks Morton is an exploration of the most recent data being released by the U.S. Census Bureau, DOJ, DOE, DOC and the CDC to highlight strides and achievements in the African-American community, followed by a discussion led by Johan Powell, 6-9 p.m., African American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St.; $3; theaamuseum.org, 516-572-0730.
CELEBRATE UGANDA CULTURE AND TRADITIONAL DANCING. Learn about Ugandan culture and traditions, enjoy African dance styles and an educational presentation, 2 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free; uniondale library.org, 516-489-2220, ext. 204.
Sunday, Feb. 3
ASANTE'S AFRICAN SAFARI. Journey to Africa with storyteller and dancer Asante, accompanied by a percussionist, as he explores African folk tradition with tales and dances, 2-3:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free; brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.
EVOLUTION OF RHYTHM AND BLUES. Local artist and producer Ahmad Ali and his band perform jazz and blues classics, 2-4 p.m., Central Islip Public Library, 33 Hawthorne Ave.; free; centralislip library.org, 631-234-9333.
LIVE MUSIC. Love songs of the past and present performed by Eddie and the Starlights, 2 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., free, elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280,
MUSIC OF NAT KING COLE. Performance of songs made famous by the late Nat King Cole, 2 p.m., Sachem Library, 150 Holbrook Rd.; free; sachemlibrary.org, 631-588-5024.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILM SERIES. "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962) 2:09; not rated evokes the long history of racial injustice and crippling prejudices that continued to plague the United States while in the midst of the civil rights movement, 2 p.m., Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St.; free; portjefflibrary.org, 631-473-0022.
Monday, Feb. 4
FILM AND DISCUSSION. "The Great Debaters" (2007), PG-13, 2:06, drama starring Denzel Washington based on the true story of Melvin Tolson, a professor at Wiley College who coaches a group of African-American students on a historically elite debate team, 11 a.m., Captree Commons, room 113, Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood-Grant Campus, 1001 Crooked Hill Rd., sunysuffolk.edu, 631-851-6341.
SOUL FOOD. Learn how to make traditional African-American dishes with Chef Charlie, 7-9 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., register; free; brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
BILINGUAL BOOK DISCUSSION. "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett; story based on African-American maids working in white households during the early 1960s in Mississippi, 7-8:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., register, free, brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.
FOREVER FREE: LINCOLN, CIVIL WAR AND THE AMERICAN MARCH TO EMANCIPATION. Lecture with James Coll, associate professor of American and constitutional history at Nassau Community College, focus is on President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation as well as wartime legislation developments dealing with slavery, 7-8:45 p.m., Smithtown Library Nesconset Branch, 148 Smithtown Blvd.; free; smithlib.org, 631-265-3994.
Thursday, Feb. 7
FILM. "Red Tails" (2012), PG-13, 2:05, action adventure starring Cuba Gooding Jr., story is based on African-American pilots in World War II, 2 and 6:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free; brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.
Friday, Feb. 8
THE UNFORGETTABLE NAT KING COLE. Tribute to the late Nat King Cole featuring video of his life, performances and interviews, 12:30 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., free, elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280.
DIVERSITY LECTURE: ROCKY POINT'S AFRICAN-AMERICAN PAST. Lecture on forgotten history remembered through historical archaeology, 5-8 p.m., Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main St.; $5, $3 seniors; suffolkcountyhistorical society.org, 631-727-2881.
FILM. "The Great Debaters" (2007), PG-13, 2:06, drama starring Denzel Washington, based on the true story of Melvin Tolson, a professor at Wiley College who coaches a group of African-American students on a historically elite debate team, 2-4 p.m., Smithtown Library Smithtown Branch, 1 N. Country Rd.; free; smithlib.org, 631-265-2072.
Saturday, Feb. 9
THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN EARLY NEW YORK. Lecture and illustrated presentation on the enslavement and freedoms in the early 1600s through 1830s in New York, 2 p.m., African American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St.; $3; theaamuseum.org, 516-572-0730.
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY: FROM SOUL TO SWING. Enjoy classic tunes, jazz, swing and rhythm and blues with Richard Lanham, 2 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free; uniondalelibrary.org, 516-489-2220, ext. 204.
Sunday, Feb. 10
TALKING DRUMS. Ages 3 and older discover the music of Africa through chants, drums and instruments in this hands-on class with drummer Kobla Mensa Dente, 2-3 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free; registration begins Jan. 28, brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION. Celebrate the achievements of African-Americans, learn the heritage of past pioneers, present leaders and their contributions to the United States, listen to song, poetry and dance, hosted by the Wheatley Heights Mother's Club and Concerned Fathers, 2 p.m., Half Hollow Hills Community Library Dix Hills Branch, 55 Vanderbilt Pkwy.; free; hhhlibrary.org, 631-421-4530.
AFRICAN CULTURE EXPERIENCE. Presentation with traditional African folklore and stories, along with music and a discussion of various African customs, 2:30 p.m., Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd.; free; freeportlibrary.info, 516-379-3274.
A SALUTE TO BLACK MUSIC WITH A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO DUKE ELLINGTON. Musicians perform highlights from the jazz repertoire, including selections by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Horace Silver, 2 p.m., Sachem Library, 150 Holbrook Rd.; free; sachemlibrary.org, 631-588-5024.
THE MUSIC OF NAT KING COLE. Tyrone Robinson performs songs made famous by the late Nat King Cole, 2:30 p.m., South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd.; free; shpl.info, 631-549-4411.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILM SERIES. "In the Heat of the Night" (1967), rated TV14, 1:49, mystery starring Sidney Poitier captures the ugliness of racism in the South, mutual understanding and respect between its two central characters, 2 p.m., Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St.; free; portjefflibrary.org, 631-473-0022.
Monday, Feb. 11
BOOK DISCUSSION. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Amityville Library, Oak and John streets; free; amityvillepubliclibrary.org, 631-264-0567.
Monday, Feb. 12
FILM AND DISCUSSION. "Sankofa" (1993), 2:04, drama starring Kofi Ghanaba, an African-American fashion model is taken on a spiritual journey as she is transported to a plantation in the West Indies and has a firsthand experience with the horrors of slavery, 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19; and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 15; in Captree Commons, room 113, Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood-Grant Campus, 1001 Crooked Hill Rd.; free; sunysuffolk.edu, 631-851-6341.