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How To See “Fela! The Musical”

Fela! ends August 4. Here’s how to get tickets.

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REVIEW: Lynn Nottage's "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark"

From 1930s domestic worker to flamboyant trailblazing diva, Sanaa Lathan deserves every kudo she gets in Lynn Nottage’s new play

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TONIGHT: "Passing Strange" on PBS

The Spike Lee-directed adaptation of the Broadway musical airs tonight at 9pm EST.  Check your local listings. Additional link: All “Passing Strange” posts on Boldaslove.us

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REVIEW: Stew and The Broadway Problem @ Lincoln Center — August 19

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Stew always keeps 'em guessing.   Stew has made a career out of it – first with The Negro Problem, then later as solo artist.  He later confonted all expectations when his first stab at a musical, 'Passing Strange' had a strong run first at The Public Theater, then later on Broadway.  Spike Lee was [...]

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How you can see "Passing Strange — The Movie"

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It's called nationwide on-demand, baby! Yes, New Yorkers will have the pleasure of seeing Passing Strange (the Spike Lee joint) at the IFC Film Center starting on Friday.  Spike will be at a couple of the Friday screenings. For those of you in the rest of the country, you'll finally get to see what I've [...]

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"Passing Strange" film trailer: A Spike Lee joint

I've always said that the musical Passing Strange was the bomb.  Here's what The Onion's AV Club says about the film version: Like Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense it captures with visceral power the sweaty intensity and raw intimacy of a live performance before a packed, euphoric crowd…In Passing Strange irony, post-modern meta-commentary, pop-culture geekery [...]

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UPCOMING: "Passing Strange" at Lincoln Center + special discount code — August 18

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A very cool discussion is taking place next Tuesday, August 18. Passing Strange collaborators Stew and Heidi Rodewald will be participating in this program, which explores the nature of collaboration in the arts.  They'll be joined by Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company, along with two of Bill's collaborators.  The [...]

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UPCOMING: Advanced Screening of "Passing Strange" + Tamar-kali performance — Aug. 11

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On Tuesday, August 11, our friends over at Imagenation are presenting an advanced screening of Spike Lee's film of the black rock musical Passing Strange.  You'll recall that the musical won a Tony Award last year.  The film went to Sundance this year, where it was acquired by PBS and, I understand, will have its [...]

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TONIGHT: Seattle Film Fest Honors Spike, "Passing Strange"

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Readers in the birthplace of Jimi still have time to get tix for tonight's event, where the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will honor filmmaker Spike Lee.  Also included is a special screening of the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Passing Strange.  From the festival site: SIFF will present the Golden Space Needle Award [...]

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"Passing Strange" set to close

As you might expect, I have some mixed emotions about the closing of this ground-breaking musical six days from now on Sunday, July 20.  The news was reported last Thursday.  So that means if you haven’t seen it, time is of the essence.  Discount tickets are available through the remainder of the run.  Head over [...]

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Fear Of A Black President

Some excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tour de force on Obama, race and the limits of integration.

GOOD READ: Hate Crimes Always Have A Logic: On The Oak Creek Gurudwara Shootings

A perspective on the Oak Creek, WI shootings from a member of the Sikh community

GOOD READ: Erykah Badu to Wayne Coyne: “Kiss my glittery ass!”

In case you missed it, Ms. Badu’s choice words to Mr. Coyne

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown

A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web

So much conversation–and now maybe some justice–for this young man.

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