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Celebrate Black Arts at These 6 Shows

From a symphonic tribute to Quincy Jones to the return of Black Bois.

By Stefan Milne February 11, 2020

Exploring Passages Within the Black Diaspora focuses on the work of female-identifying photographers. 

Another Conversation in Black Surreality

Feb 6–29 LA artist Kenneth Moore comes to Frederick Holmes with his second Seattle solo exhibition. Another Conversation in Black Surreality plays out in a range of subjects (jazz portraits, landscapes) and patinated styles (cubism, surrealism, expressionism). What unites the paintings is Moore’s force of vision—at once emotive and beguiling. Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, Free 

Noir Presents

Feb 13 & 28 South Lake Union’s Timbre Room is hosting a series of shows by drag group Noir for Black History Month, including Ladies Night: A Dedication to Female Rap on February 13 and “Go Home Roger!”: A Dedication to Black Sitcoms on February 28. Is the poster an image from Sister, Sister? But of course. Timbre Room, $10 

Black Bois

Feb 14 Two years after selling out a run at On the Boards, Dani Tirrell’s Black Bois takes the stage at the Moore Theatre. The dance theater piece, which features music by Benjamin Hunter and words by J Mase III, features Black performers in dance, music, and language. It is, in Tirrell’s words, “a ceremony to our ancestors, and a thanksgiving to our past, present, and future.” Moore Theatre, $40 

The Best of Quincy Jones

Feb 14–16 It is no small thing to say that Quincy Jones may be the greatest musician—in the sweep and depth of his influence—that Seattle has ever produced (Hendrix is the only other who can approach such singularity). And who the hell else can call the Beatles “the worst musicians in the world” and then praise Paul Allen’s guitar playing a few sentences later, and have you going, “Well, Quincy would know”? Here Sheléa, one of Jones’ protégées, and Jonah Nilsson join with Seattle Symphony to pay tribute. Seattle Symphony, $35–$101

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

Feb 22–Mar 7 The high drama of Charlie “Bird” Parker’s life—ducking school at 14, four marriages, a blaze of bebop brilliance, a heroin overdose at 34—is just as suited to opera as one of his bracing sax runs. In Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, a recent chamber opera, the legend’s ghost departs his deathbed body and takes flight to explore the life that brought him there. McCaw Hall, $35–$339

Exploring Passages Within the Black Diaspora

Thru Mar 19 For this winter exhibition Photographic Center Northwest has partnered with journal MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, the Frye Art Museum, and Jacob Lawrence Gallery to present works from female-identifying photographers from Africa, the U.S., and the Caribbean, including Abigail Hadeed, Portland’s Intisar Abioto, and Seattle’s LeLeita McKill. Photographic Center Northwest, Free

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