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Welcome to AfroSolo:
This year we are celebrating our 20th season. Our theme is "Saluting the Past, Celebrating the Present and Soaring into the Future." The Festival kicks off on July 29th with a panel discussion in collaboration with the Commonwealth Club and Infin8 Sync entitled "Influences of the Arts: Past, Present and Future." I will moderate the panel. The panelists include: international renowned painter, Richard Mayhew, opera singer; actress and filmmaker Susheel Bibbs, Ph.D; actor-director, Peter Calendar and visual artist, Karen Carraway.
On August 3rd, we will present our 12th annual Free Outdoor Jazz Concert featuring E.W. Wainwright and Denise Perrier. On August 10th, we will host our Annual Community Health Fair in collaboration with MoMagic's Backpack Giveaway. August 15-October 15, our visual arts exhibit at San Francisco's Main Public Library is entitled "Reflecting the Light: Works Inspired by Black Masters". Our artists will create works inspired by works of Black Master visual artists. Then, on August 26th, we will celebrate our 20th anniversary with an Alumni Gala. Eminent artists who have performed with AfroSolo over the years will treat us to a historic eventing of performances. Further events include a performance dedicated to honoring Black Men and our Jubilant Birthday Party for All on October 23, 2013.
This will be one of our most inspired festivals yet!!
Hope to see you there!!!
Thomas Robert Simpson
Executive and Artistic Director