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TANTRA-ZAWADI AT AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY SATURDAY, APRIL 28

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CONTACTS:

Ellen Evaristo, Department of Communications

American Museum of Natural History

212-769-5973

eevaristo@amnh.org

FOR TANTRA-ZAWADI

Debra Williams

Diamond & Company Public Relations

917-216-8445

debra@diamondandcompany.com

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY CELEBRATES GLOBAL WEEKENDS: NEW ORLEANS: CULTURE REMIXED SATURDAY, APRIL 28, FROM 1 TO 6 PM

Featuring Jazz Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and His Party Like It’s Mardi! Band, Cajun Bluegrass Ensemble The Hoppin’ John String Band, Tantra-zawadi with Aleijuan Afuraka and Sarah Dupuy.

Spoken word performance poet Tantra-zawadi to perform at the American Museum of Natural History during its Global Weekends-New Orleans Culture Remixed as part of Jazz Appreciation Month, Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 6 pm.

Hosted by WBGO radio personality Sheila Anderson, the day’s activities will include:

  • Let’s Talk Creole: Discover Creole connections from Louisiana to Haiti and beyond with Tom Klingler, Louisiana Creole language expert of Tulane University; Gregory Guy, linguistics scholar from New York University; and Suzanne Dikker, Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology researcher. Tantra-Zawadi will provide a Haitian Creole reading with musical accompaniment by Aleijuan Afuraka.
  • Secret Societies: Costumes and Masks: Curatorial associate Jacklyn Lacey from the Museum’s Division of Anthropology will lead a tour through the Hall of African Peoples highlighting initiation costumes throughout Africa and the vibrant history of secret societies in African and African-American traditions; and

The day concludes with a Conversation and Concert with Delfeayo Marsalis. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master shares his reflections on growing up in New Orleans in a family of musical masters, including father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton, and Jason, and speaks about his ongoing efforts to keep New Orleans culture alive and thriving. Following the question-and-answer session, Marsalis and his Party Like It’s Mardi! band will perform complete with a Big Chief Mardi Gras Indian and traditional “second line” dancer. Marsalis will be available for a special CD signing after the performance. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Uptown Music Theatre, a nonprofit arts organization founded by Marsalis that empowers the children and greater community of New Orleans.

Throughout the day, traditional Southern-style culinary favorites will be sold in the Museum Food Court, located on the lower level. Take a bite of the Big Easy’s history and sample some delicious traditional bread pudding. In the Grand Gallery, visitors can also create a Mardi-Gras mask, pick up a free Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month poster, and learn how to help the New Orleans-area Habitat for Humanity post-Katrina rebuilding effort.

The Presenting Sponsor of the Museum’s cultural public programming is MetLife Foundation.

Support for Global Weekends is made possible, in part, by the Ford Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., and the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt.

The Media Partner of New Orleans: Culture Remixed is WBGO Jazz 88.3FM / WBGO.org.

American Museum of Natural History (amnh.org)

The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum encompasses 45 permanent exhibition halls and galleries for temporary exhibitions, the Rose Center for Earth and Space with the Hayden Planetarium, state-of-the-art research laboratories and five active research divisions that support more than 200 scientists in addition to one of the largest natural history libraries in the Western Hemisphere and a permanent collection of more than 32 million specimens and cultural artifacts. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the first American museum authorized to grant the Ph.D. degree. In 2012, the Museum will begin offering a pilot Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in earth science. Approximately 5 million visitors from around the world came to the Museum last year, and its exhibitions and Space Shows can be seen in venues on five continents. The Museum’s website and growing collection of apps for mobile devices extend its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more beyond its walls. Visit amnh.org for more information.

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April 20, 2012 at 01:19

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