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  1. Midwest Songwriter Sessions

    February 27, 2017, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    The Normal Theater is the new home of the Midwest Songwriter Sessions. These concerts showcase talented musicians both from and traveling through the Midwest, and are booked & hosted by Marcos Mendez; if you're interested in performing, please drop him a line at: mendezmusiclive (at) gmail (dot) com. We're looking for solo acts as well as bands; instrumentalists as well as vocal ensembles. When asked about the focus of this series, Marcos offered the following: "I believe that we have a community full of extremely talented artists that have very limited opportunities to play live and hone their craft. If we can foster this talent and provide opportunities for local (and traveling) singer-songwriters the local music culture will thrive."

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  2. I Am Not Your Negro

    February 28, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. PG-13 / 95 min.

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