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April 15, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's annual Black Arts Festival April 22-25 will include talent showcases, craft, dance and drumming workshops, exhibits and the Bucknellian Carnival celebration.

Several events in the "Caribbean Carnival" are open to the public. They are:

Thursday, April 22: "Dance Hall Queen" film, followed by a discussion led by English professor Glyne Griffith 7 p.m., Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center.

Saturday, April 24: Hip-hop dance workshop with choreographer Perrin "Silky" Lee, who has worked with artists such as Beyonce Knowles, 1:30 p.m., Fieldhouse Dance Studio;

Mask and craft creation, 2 p.m., Craft Center. Masks reflecting elements of African American and Afro-Caribbean cultures may be used for the Carnival celebration on Sunday.

Drum circle, 3:30 p.m., Craft Center side entrance; Mary Knysh will teach basic drum rhythms and techniques.

Gaspipe Theatre production, 4 p.m., Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center;

Heaven's Hotbox: open mic session with students and alumni showcasing vocal, musical, poetic and other performance-related talents, 6 p.m., Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center;

Step Team Talent Showcase: the Jelani Hip Hop dance troupe and step team with Phi Beta Sigma's "Unknown Step Team," 8 p.m., Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall.

Sunday, April 25: Bucknellian Block Party and Carnival Procession, 2 p.m., Smith Quad and Walker Street. The "Ice and Fire" celebration will include student organization tables with information, games and activities. The Grande finale will be a Carnival procession with authentic costumes and a steel band performance.

Several exhibits may be viewed during the weekend, including: the annual student art exhibit, Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m., Samek Art Gallery, Elaine Langone Center; and the Black LGBT History Garden in several locations around campus. The History Garden will feature posters about Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered artists.

Included in this year's Black Arts Festival is the annual Chrysalis Ball, scheduled for Friday, April 23, beginning at 9 p.m. in the Gerhard Fieldhouse with music by George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Tickets are $15 per person, available from the Bookstore or the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center. For more information, see

According to Bucknell senior J.C. Ortiz Calcaño, student organizer, Carnival has its origins in Rome but has become widespread throughout the world. "Today Carnival celebrations are found throughout the Caribbean, incorporating African dance and music traditions that have transformed the early European carnival traditions in the Americas.

Historically, the Black Arts Festival tradition was initiated in the early 1970s by the Association of Blacks for Progress and continued throughout the '80s and early '90s.

Throughout this period most of the Bucknell community took part in the weekend's activities. Through a collaboration of music, dance, small theater productions, and other artistic expressions, the Bucknell community celebrated Black culture in a meaningful and positive way.

"The Black Arts Festival committee aims to enhance not only diversity but also the spirit of learning and experiencing Black culture, society, and issues, through various artistic expressions. The committee is devoted to continuing this tradition," he said.

For additional information contact: J.C. Ortiz Calcaño at, 570-577-4171 or see


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