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Celebrate Black History Month with words, music, and film in two Queens neighborhoods this weekend.

First up is the Caribbean Reading Series at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Braata Productions, a St. Albans-based nonprofit that promotes Caribbean culture, this event intends to provide a stage for young playwrights and actors to demonstrate their skills while also introducing audiences to the Caribbean Diaspora. Attendees can expect to hear passages written by St. Lucian writer Derek Walcott, who won a Nobel Prize for Literature, and multi-faceted Jamaican wordsmith Trevor Rhone. Attendance is free.

A few blocks down Jamaica Avenue from JCAL, the Jamaica Performing Arts Center will present “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz” on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet, this multimedia concert explores Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz.” The Harlem Renaissance intellectual, who was an early promoter of the literary art form called “jazz poetry,” wrote this 12-verse epic to expound on the African-American struggle for artistic and social freedom in the 1960s. He scored it with musical cues drawn from Blues, Dixieland, Gospel, Boogie Woogie, Jazz, Calypso, African drumming, and some European genres. Ticket prices run from $10 to $20.

On the same day, Feb. 17, the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum will host Fiction and Poetry at 2:30 p.m. Two local authors — Malcolm Boyd and Sherese Francis — will offer selected readings of fiction and verse accompanied by saxophonist Leonardo Love.

Boyd’s work includes the novel “One Way In, No Way Out – A Mann Walker Adventure” and the children’s book “My First Train.” He also founded Three-Legged Elephant Publishing.

Francis frequently contributes to journals and anthologies. Her first book, “Lucy’s Bone Scrolls,” was published in August 2017. She also runs the blog “Futuristically Ancient” and operates the Southeast Queens-based pop-up bookshop J. Expressions. Admission is free.

The same Flushing landmark will screen “13th” on the next day, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m. This 2016 documentary opines on race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States against the backdrop of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. The event is free.

This same documentary will screen again at the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum on the following Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2:30 p.m.

Images: JCAL


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