Kindred Calendar of Events
Exhibition: “Half Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks” will be on view February 1-April 6 at George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue. The first retrospective exhibition to synthesize the varied works of distinguished African American artist Gordon Parks.
Although the 90-year-old Parks is best known as a photojournalist—he was on the staff of LIFE magazine for more than 20 years—this retrospective brings together his work as a composer, filmmaker, novelist and poet.
Free with museum admission. For information call (585) 271-3361 or visit www.eastman.org
Retrospective of Music by African American Composers. Hochstein Music School Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave. Friday February 8, 8:00pm. Free admission. For more information call (585) 454-4596.
Imaging Freedom: A School Break Week Event. Touch history and “meet” innovators who imagined new freedoms for all Americans. February 17-21, 10:00am-4:00pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave. Free with museum admission. For more information call (585) 271-4320.
Reading, Book Signing & Discussion with Robert J. Sawyer. Sawyer will read from his newly published novel Humans, the second book in his Neanderthal Parallax trilogy.
He will also talk about his series, answer questions and sign books. Robert J. Sawyer is the author of 15 science fiction novels, including the Hugo-Award finalists Starplex, Frameshift, Factoring Humanity and Calculating God, and the Nebula Award winning science fiction thriller The Terminal Experiment.
He is on the creative writing faculties of the University of Toronto and the Banff Centre for the Arts, and is a much-in-demand speaker. For more information visit Rob’s web site at www.sfwriter.com. Friday February 28, 7:30pm. Writers & Books. Free admission.
Lecture: Carla Williams, co-editor (with Deborah Willis) of The Black Female Body: A Photographic History (2002) followed by book signing. Friday April 11, 6:00pm. George Eastman House, Dryden Theatre, 900 East Avenue. For more information call (585) 271-3361.
The Stone-Tolan House Museum at 2370 East Avenue opens for the 2003 season in March and offers tours of the house relating to the period of Dana’s first visit to the plantation in Kindred.
In the period rooms, discover clues about the role of African Americans in our community at that time, when slavery was legal in New York State but free African American settlers were also settling here.
Open Fridays and Saturdays 12:00-4:00pm, with the last tour starting at 3:00pm. Groups of 6 or more may make appointments for tours at other times by calling The Landmark Society at (585) 546-7029. For more information visit www.landmarksociety.org.
The Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, NY offers tours of the area Tubman lived in during the latter part of her life. Tour options include an informative video presentation of Tubman’s life and a bus tour of various venues including The Home for the Aged Tubman organized, the residence Tubman lived in in 1859, the (former) Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church which Tubman attended and the Fort Hill Cemetery, where Tubman is buried.