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Wanda's Picks: Honoring Mamakye's Memory & Wadada Leo Smith

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We honor the memory of Mamakye or Dolores Mae Dixon, who is making her ascension (Jan. 20, 1937-Oct. 16, 2011); Wadada Leo Smith blesses the show with a fabulous interview and conversation about his latest opus: 10 Freedom Summers debuting Oct. 28-30, 2011 at the REDCAT Theatre in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex. Visit www.redcat.org or call (213) 237-2800. We feature music from his CD: The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer which features Smith on trumpet, vocals, flugel horn, mbira, and Ed Blackwell on drums and percussion. For those in the area support the fundraiser for Robert Jones and the Lyphedema Foundation by having a meal at Fresh Choice, Sat., Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, 2011, 11 AM to 9 PM. For a coupon and information about Robert call: (510) 253-8120 or email Marcus Gary, qigong4life@gmail.com Oh, and don't forget Maafa Commemoration Month activities continue. Tonight is Post-Afric Highways' play at the Sargent Johnson Gallery, 762 Fulton Street. Friday, Oct. 21, reception at 6 PM, reading at 7 PM. Sat., Oct. 22, play at 2 PM Bring the entire family out. It is a free event. Next week is a film, Traces of the Trade with the producer, Juanita Brown, and youth sharing poetry inspired by the Black Holocaust. The event is, Sun., Oct. 30, 1-4 PM at the Oakland Main Library, 14th and Madison. Visit www.maafasfbayarea.com

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