Black Culture Celebrated at "Themes in Black"

Okay, yes, technically Black History Month is February. Which apparently means we don't have to think about African-American culture or achievements at any other time of the year. But isn't it a bit of a slight that it happens during the shortest month? (Every four years, it's 29 whole days!) That's why this Friday evening, St. Luke's Episcopal Church is sponsoring its first "Themes in Black" event at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave.

Local actors, artists, musicians, and writers will offer their own brief reflections on black history and heritage. It is also an open-mic event: Anybody (of any race) can sign up for a five-minute slot to present the work of their choice, either original or a favorite piece of writing or music. Registration begins at 6 p.m., with the program expected to run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event is free, although donations of $2-$5 will be accepted (with proceeds going to the Beck Center).