I think it’s always good to go beyond the cultural spaces you continually find yourself in. Cross over to another part of town. Explore a new artist’s work. That’s how I expand on my experience of the world, how my life becomes more full, more rich.
So much going on here in Providence this weekend culturally, and white folks, if you keep thinking you need to get out beyond the white bubble you’re living in, here are some opportunities to enter new spaces, explore new artists’ work, and ponder current matters of art, race and racism.
Invisible Upsouth, Thursday, March 3 – Sunday, March 6, 2016, with Christopher Johnson and Vatic Kuumba, Wilbury Theatre, 393 Broad Street, Providence (Tickets: $10 – $15)
Invisible Upsouth, The Wilbury Theater Group
I was excited when local, yet nationally-acclaimed poet and arts educator, Christopher Johnson, told me he was selected to write, direct and act in his first play. You wont’ want to miss (I’m going this weekend) Christopher’s play, Invisible UpSouth a New Works Program play commissioned by The Wilbury Theatre Group.
Christopher wrote and produced the play along with poet, Vatic Kuumba. The play, inspired by the important classic, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, is described as..“part reflection, part conversation, and part examination on living in [what we’re told is] a post-racial society. But what does “post-racial” mean to the people who suffer under conditions of “everyday” racism? What does modern-day poverty look like in our community? Who holds the power in the power structure? What is considered a riot? How is an act, a verb, a word, changed depending the culture associated with it – with the race engaging in it? [Read more…]