Manual Cinema's No Blue Memories
Friday, January 24, 2020, 8pm
The Music Center
$35 in advance, $40 at the door
No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
Sponsored by Effie and John Macklin
Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. An activist and community organizer, Brooks’ provocative works captured the spirit and struggle of the Civil Rights Movement. In this theatrical spectacle that gives new meaning to the phrase “poetry in motion,” Emmy-winning ensemble Manual Cinema tells her story through shadow puppetry, silhouetted actors, and live music. No Blue Memories features an original screenplay penned by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall of Crescendo Literary and a jazz score composed by Jamila and Ayanna Woods. The music, performed live by a quintet, incorporates and transforms some of Brooks’ most iconic verses.
This performance will be sign language interpreted. Please contact the ticket office at 301.581.5100 to reserve the best seats for viewing sign interpretation.
Manual Cinema Workshop
Thu, Jan 23, 7pm, Concert Hall Stage
Learn Manual Cinema’s “live cinema” techniques and create your own original short show using puppets and overhead projectors in this hands-on workshop. Register online.
Preshow Lecture & Poetry Reading
We Are Each Other’s Harvest: A Gathering of Poets
Fri, Jan 24, 6:30pm, Education Room 402
Celebrate DC’s grassroots poetry scene! Scholar and poet Kim Roberts discusses how Gwendolyn Brooks, May Miller, and Georgia Douglas Johnson nourished a vibrant community of poets. Then, Dwayne B of Spit Dat hosts a poetry reading featuring Morgan Butler, Brandon Douglas, and Marjan Naderi. Register online.
Encore Café Postshow Conversation
Discuss the performance and meet fellow audience members! Stop by the Café Annex (Promenade Level) on your way out and share your thoughts over light refreshments. Free, but space is limited. No RSVP required.
Interviews, previews, and reviews of No Blue Memories.
- “Chicago’s Particular Cultural Scene and the Radical Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks” —Interview with Eve Ewing, The New Yorker
- “Low Tech, High Concept” —StrathmoreNews
- “No Blue Memories gives glimpse of Gwendolyn Brooks’ literary life, legacy” —Chicago Tribune
- “You’ve Never Seen Gwendolyn Brooks Like This Before” —Interview with Sarah Fornace and Eve Ewing, Chicago Magazine
- “Manual Cinema turns Gwendolyn Brooks into poetry magic” —Chicago Reader
Manual Cinema’s No Blue Memories: The Story of Gwendolyn Brooks is part of our Windows series.
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