Friday, February 20, 2009

This Weekend's Top Choices

The artist collective known as The Saartjie Project (pronounced Sar-key) is back again with a new show called R/Evolution: Deconstructing the Myth of the Booty. The show examines the politics surrounding the Black woman's body by using the life of Saartjie Baartman-- known as the Venus Hottentot--as the lens. Baartman lived in the 1800's, brought from Africa to Europe and caged in a traveling exhibit so people could examine her large butt and genital area. The fascinating story about her life is still largely unknown, but the known facts are astounding. This show weaves elements of Baartman's life into today's contemporary images of Black women--examining stereotypes and the inner-depths of Black womanhood.

An Adinkra Group Production, Hot Buttered Soul: A Musical Affair features the vocal stylings of Maimouna Youssef who was the featured vocalist on the Roots' 2006 hit "Don't Feel Right".

From the acerbic lyrics to the intense production to Maimouna Yousef's soulful crooning, everythingabout this song feels absolutely right," wrote Henry Adaso of after the single's release. Thesingle went on to be nominated for a Grammy nomination in 2007.

Youssef's appearance with The Roots led to performances throughout the U.S. and around the world as sheshared stages and swapped musical licks with such artists as: Angelique Kidjo, Brian Wilson’s band, BigDaddy Kane, Nas, Wilco, Zap Mama, Cody Chestnut, Martin Luther, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, andTalib Kweli.

Youssef rocked the stages of many renowned venues such as Denver Colorado ‘s Red RocksAmphitheater, New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, and Switzerland’s Moniteau Jazz Festival.

She will perform at Mirrors on Feb. 21 for a concert to include performances by jazz/soul vocalist AkuaKyerematin, and roots soul musician C. Love. The event is hosted by spoken word artist Bassey Ikpi of the HBO show "Def PoetryJam".

Show begins at 7pm and advanced tickets $20. Tickets can be purchased at


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