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Penn State Wilkes-Barre Celebrates Black History Month

1/17/2005 —
Penn State Wilkes-Barre will celebrate Black History Month in February with performances by Pin Points Theater, K.J. James, and BluesWorks.

Pin Points Theater, an educational theater company, returns to the campus at noon, Tuesday, February 1, in the Hayfield House Community Room. With humor and drama, their play, 1001 Black Inventions, promotes the intellectual accomplishments of Africans and African Americans by highlighting the lives of ingenious Black innovators. The performance culminates with "The Twilight Zone," a typical American family attempting to survive in a world without Black inventions. Audiences laugh themselves into the realization that African American ingenuity is an integral part of their everyday lives.

BluesWorks, known for their well-seasoned acoustic/electric style of blues, will perform Tuesday, February 8 at noon in the Café Commons. Formed by Paul Watson and Judy-Luis Watson in 1991, the trio immediately earned a reputation for their skilled musicianship, excellent songwriting and knowledge of the Blues. Harmonica virtuoso, Paul Watson, is highly esteemed among blues critics for his blues harp, vocal style and skilled songwriting. Judy-Luis Watson is famous for her signature-style boogie piano which she learned to play as a youngster in Tanzania, East Africa. The trio is rounded out by guest guitarist, Ralph Fortune. Recent winners of the prestigious Washington Area Musicians Award, BluesWorks is currently celebrating the success of their most recent CD, Far From Home.

Musician KJ James, singer, songwriter, and acoustic blues guitarist, will captivate his audience on Monday, February 21, at noon in the Café Commons. With a repertoire of over five hundred songs, James is one of the country’s most celebrated bluesman and one of the most engaging and dynamic performers on the blues scene today. His credits include five consecutive NACA Campus Entertainer-Of-The-Year nominations and national acclaim for his contribution to the internationally recognized "Salt City Blues" project.

This Cultural and Performing Arts program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 570-675-9284.
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