Arab Museum hosts Women Writers Feb. 9
With dynamic spoken word and compelling musical performances, the 2018Winter/Spring Global Fridays season at the Arab American National Museum is a tour de force by women of color.
The season opens with Women Writers Resist!, a Black History Month celebration on Friday, Feb. 9. Leading off the evening of poetry and music with a spoken-word set is Aja Monet, a poet of Cuban Jamaican decent and a featured speaker at the 2017 Women’s March. The jessica Care moore Quartet headlines, led by the renowned poet, playwright, performance artist and producer. moore’s newest album, Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James, features a collaboration with Talib Kweli. Prior to the concert, an artist talk with jessica Care moore and Aja Monet will explore the challenges of navigating the arts industry as black women. An open-mic session for poets, rappers and acoustic singer/songwriters follows the concert; women and non-binary performers highly encouraged to take part.
Electronic/experimental music takes the stage for the next two concerts. Lido Pimienta, Polaris Prize-winning interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator of Colombian and indigenous Wayuu descent, performs March 9. The theme continues April 6 with Beirut-born and Chicago-based Thoom. The concert opens with DJ Tammy Lakkis and DJ Habibti.
Tickets – $10 AANM Members and $15 for the general public – are available in advance online HERE. Tickets are also available at the door.
All Global Fridays performances begin at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted, at the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. Free, lighted parking is available in the municipal lot north of the Museum.
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