Peter J. Harris' new book, The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My 'Unalienable Right,' will take you on a spoken word journey filled with jazzitude that ebbs, flows, crackles and captivates while exploring his childhood in Southeast D.C. on to manhood. His work raises the question, What is a Happy Black Man? The question is thought provoking, insightful and reflective. The answers he reveals will grab you and take hold.
I first met Peter when he was a guest on the Ebony radio show that I hosted on KPCC in the 80's and 90's. His timbre, tone, and cadence produced powerful unforgettable poetry. As a result, he had an open invitation to return. I know Peter could recite the alphabet or read a recipe that will mesmerize and amaze. He is a nationally published writer, educator and well-known literary and cultural participant in Los Angeles. We have read together at the World Stage, Avenue 50 Studio, First Lit Crawl Los Angeles Festival in North Hollywood and at Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT) in Mexico.
The special price of admission provides additional benefits. For example, you will receive a copy of The Black Man of Happiness Book; attend a reception and chat with the author; Terrell Tilford, (http://terrelltilford.com), actor, curator and producer will read from The Black Man of Happiness; and you will have an opportunity to celebrate and honor the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer with alum David Crittendon who will perform civil rights era freedom songs. Plus, you will receive a voucher to see Kiss Me Kate with music and lyrics by Cole Porter starring Wayne Brady singer and comedian, directed by Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director, on selected dates in September and October.
For more detailed information go to http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/community/a-night-out-at-the-pasadena-playhouse.html.
Hold the date, August 31, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. and buy your ticket on line to be part of this exciting and worthwhile happening.
As President of Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura (COFAC), I am honored to be invited to co-present with Peter Harris and the Pasadena Playhouse as a production of their "Consensus Organizing for Theater Initiative" directed by Seema Sueko, Associate Artistic Director.