Here’s a list of Black History Month concerts, art exhibitions, street parades and film screenings taking place throughout South Florida in February.
Thursday, Feb. 8: The art exhibit “Back to Black: African Diaspora Influences in Art and Culture,” featuring works depicting black cultural experiences by artists of African descent, will open at Nova Southeastern University’s Don Taft University Center (3301 College Ave., Davie; 954-262-5553). A 6:30-8 p.m. opening reception will include live music and an African apparel-inspired fashion show, and the exhibition itself will be unveiled at 8 p.m. inside the nearby Alvin Sherman Library (3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Davie). The show will close March 12.
Friday, Feb. 9: The music-minded festival Oakland Park Community Soul at Jaco Pastorius Park (4000 N. Dixie Highway) will honor achievements by the African- and Caribbean-American community. On the bill are performances by Old Skool Gang and BamiDele Dance of African Arts, along with bounce houses, a cash bar and local restaurant vendors selling barbecue and soul food. 6-10 p.m. Free.
Saturday, Feb. 17: The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-6282) will host a block party with food trucks, a talent contest, book giveaways and other activities. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Middle- and high-school students will trot out their original rhymes in exchange for prizes during the second annual Talented 10th Poetry Slam Spoken Word Competition, returning 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Hollywood City Hall (2600 Hollywood Blvd.; 954-921-3328).
Saturday, Feb. 24: The lively musical and cultural history along Fort Lauderdale’s Sistrunk drag will be celebrated at the Sistrunk Street Parade and Festival. The 9-10:30 a.m. parade will kick things off at Lincoln Park (600 NW 19th Ave.) with school bands and decorated floats, and end at the Street Festival, located between Northwest Ninth and Northwest Twelfth avenues on Sistrunk Boulevard. The festival will feature two stages of live music, food vendors and community presentations. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday. Feb. 15: The new exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) includes 11 drawings and paintings by self-taught Brooklyn artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. “Drawing Into Painting” will be paired with Thursday film screenings during the museum’s Art After Dark gathering. Julian Schnabel’s 1996 feature film “Basquiat” will screen 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, followed by Edo Bertoglio’s 2001 film “Downtown 81” at 7:30 Feb. 22 and Sara Driver’s 2018 documentary “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat” 7:30 p.m. March 15. Free.
Tuesday, Feb. 27: Multiple Palm Beach State College campuses will stage events, including the Blues & BBQ /Jazz & Jambalaya food and music festival, taking place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 27 on the Palm Beach Gardens campus (3160 PGA Blvd.; 561-207-5355). The Boca Raton campus (801 Palm Beach State College Drive) will host a 12:30 p.m. Feb. 20 screening of the 2017 legal drama “Marshall,” with “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, in the Humanities and Technology building (Room 103).
Saturday, Feb. 10: The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami’s (770 NE 125th St., North Miami) will host a screening of director Raoul Peck’s powerful 2016 documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” inspired by late author James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember This House.” The decades-spanning film dismantles racial assumptions in America from the Civil Rights Movement through Black Lives Matter. 2-4 p.m. Free.
Friday, Feb. 23: The ongoing Jazz at MOCA series at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami will host twice-Grammy-nominated drummer and percussionist Robert Thomas Jr., once described by jazz legend Melton Mustafa as “the baddest drummer on the planet, bar none.” 8 p.m. Free.
Friday, Feb. 23–Sunday, Feb. 25: The 21st annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival will bring jazz- and blues-charged sets by Nestor Torres, Richie Cole, the Melton Mustafa Orchestra, Jesse Jones Jr., Winard Harper, Doug Michaels, Lenard Rutledge, the Broward College Jazz Band and others to the Historic Lyric Theater (819 NW Second Ave., Miami). This is the first festival not to feature Mustafa, the South Florida jazz trumpeter and icon who died on Dec. 28. The festival will also showcase workshops, authors and film screenings. Here’s the full schedule and ticket information. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. $45 through 6 p.m. Feb. 23, $50 thereafter, $95 for festival pass.
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