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October 2016

Black Nativity Auditions!

October 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Carter Hall, Beckley, WV 25801 United States + Google Map

Langston Hughes’ gospel song play “The Black Nativity” returns to southern West Virginia this December and will be presented in two locations over two weekends. About Black Nativity: Black Nativity is a retelling of the classic Nativity story with an entirely black cast. Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style, with a few songs created specifically for the show. It was one of the first plays written by an African American to be staged at the Lincoln Theater. The…

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Black Nativity Auditions

October 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We're still looking for more cast for this production that will be presented on December 9th and 10th at the Historic Fayette Theatre in Fayetteville and at WVU Tech Beckley on December 16th, 17th & 18th. Everyone is welcome to come and read for a speaking part. Singers are needed as well as musicians and crew. All ethnicities are welcomed! Men are especially needed and no one will be turned away who is willing to commit to rehearsal and at…

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December 2016

Black Nativity

December 16, 2016 @ 7:00 am - December 18, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

The Langston Hughes' gospel song play, Black Nativity is back in southern WV for a second year with productions in Beckley and Fayetteville, WV! When the name Langston Hughes is mentioned, one immediately thinks of the brilliant American poet, social activist and leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Least mentioned have been his body of work in the field of playwriting. "Black Nativity" is a retelling of the classic nativity story with an all black cast. Traditional Christmas carols are…

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May 2017

SJB WV Artist Silent Auction

May 19 @ 1:00 am - June 1 @ 12:00 pm

Show your support for the Simply Jazz and Blues Festival and W.Va's talented visual artists by placing a silent bid on some very unique and amazing pieces. The winning bids will be announced at our event, "Your Jazz Desserts: An Evening With the Bob Thompson Quartet" at WVU Tech's Carter Hall. We are still adding artists, but below is a list of those who have already submitted their work to show support for the Simply Jazz and Blues Festival: 1.…

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June 2017

Your Jazz Desserts

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

“Your Jazz Desserts: An Evening with the Bob Thompson Quartet” on Friday, June 2nd. This evening will feature not only cool jazz but delicious desserts from area restaurants and organizations. For this kick-off fundraiser we will also have a silent auction featuring West Virginia artists and will be debuting our 2017 souvenir booklet “SJBF Summer of Blues” that will include articles, profiles and advertisement all about W.Va. and its’ jazz and blues scene and history. Bob Thompson is a great…

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