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WHAT’S HAPPENING MEMPHIS? Author-driven literacy festival gets Sept. debut

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Multi-award winning Christian fiction author, Shelia E. Lipsey, has taken a giant leap of faith in an effort to help people from all walks of life focus on the importance of literacy by creating the Black Writers And Book Clubs (BWABC) Literacy Festival to be held Sept. 14-15 on the campus of The LeMoyne Owen College (LOC).

"The mission of the festival is to provide encouragement, support, and information to anyone desiring to learn more about the wonderful world of reading along with the gift to write stories that inspire others to read," said Lipsey.

The BWABC Literacy Festival has partnered with Literacy Mid-South and LOC LeMoyne Owen College to bring the event to Memphis.

"As a writer, author, mother, and grandmother, literacy is extremely important to me. It is such a passion that I wanted to do something in the city of Memphis to help bring this important issue to the forefront."

Local elementary and high schools are encouraged to contribute essays about the importance of literacy. Participating students will be eligible to win prizes from a Kindle e-Reader to a basket of books.

The 2012 BWABC Literacy Festival include writing workshops, and a literacy forum hosted by Literacy MidSouth and the Benjamin Hooks Library. There also will be book signings, author panels, and the opportunity to network with publishing professionals and authors.

For more information, call 901-672-2653 or email bwabc1@ gmail.com. The website is www. bwabcliteracyfestival.com. Find BWABC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bwabc; or follow via www.twitter.com/bwabclitfest.

Hattiloo & 'The Classics'

George and Martha's relationship is defined by drunken verbal abuse. One evening, Martha invites a young couple for a nightcap. As the night progresses, the young couple gets caught up in George and Martha's need to hurt each other.

That's the storyline to Edward Albee's classic, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf,' which will open at the Hattiloo Theatre on Aug. 30 and run through Sept. 16 under the direction of Kristi Steele.

In association with the play, Hattiloo also will be the venue for a free panel discussion titled "The Classics & The Black Community" from noon to 2 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 25. The Hattiloo is located at 652 Marshall Ave.

Show times for the play are 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices range from $10 to $25. A pay-what-you-can performance is set for Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For tickets, call 901-525-0009. For more information, visit Hattilootheatre.org.

Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

Queen of the Blues Denise La Salle – known by many as the "Queen of the Blues – will headline the Center for Southern Folklore's Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, which is set for Labor Day Weekend.

The annual two-day event will feature over one hundred performances by regional music makers, artists, cooks, dancers and talkers. And it's all free.

La Salle will appear along with Joyce Cobb, Kate Campbell, Star & Micey, Darrell Petties and SIP, Billy Gibson, Danza Azteca de Memphis, Los Cantadores, Marcela Pinilla, Sonny Burgess and the Pacers, J. M. Van Eaton and many more.

The festival will unfold downtown on Main Street from Peabody Place to Union Ave. It will run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 1 and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 2.

Founded in 1972, the Center for Southern Folklore is a cultural organization documenting and celebrating the music and traditions of Memphis and the Mid South. This is the 26th Memphis Music & Heritage Festival that the Center has produced.

For more information, call 901-215-4439.

BRIEFLY: Music superstar Candi Staton and The New Olivet Sanctuary Choir will team up to remake the soul-stirring hit "You Got The Love." All are invited to attend a live taping of the song's video this Sunday (Aug. 19) at The New Olivet Baptist Church, 3084 Southern Ave. R&B/pop balladeer Peabo Bryson will perform. Admission is free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the taping to begin at 6 p.m.

NOTE: TSD columnist Myron Mays is taking a break. His column – "What's Happening Myron?" – returns with next week's edition

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