NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- An African drum and dance performance, a documentary film series, and a variety showcase are among events coming to the New Rochelle Public Library over the next month or so.
Bokandeye African Dance and Drums performance -- Saturday, Feb. 27
This is the 20th anniversary of Bokandeye's partnership with the New Rochelle Public Library and the culminating performance of the 2016 African Dance and Drum Workshops. Anthony Wooden of Bokandeye will lead the performance, which will celebrate the traditional movements and rhythms of African village life, with drumming, authentic costumes and dance.
The free show begins at 2 p.m., in the 138-seat Ossie Davis Theater. It's first-come, first-served, and the library notes that the event always has a capacity crowd -- "so be sure to arrive early." The event is made possible by the New Rochelle Downtown BID in partnership, with the library, the city school district, and the Department of Parks & Recreation.
Extraordinary Women in Film Series -- five Tuesdays, beginning March 1
The first of five films is "He Named Me Malala." This documentary film tells the remarkable story of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
Yousafzai survived and is now an active campaigner for girls' education globally, as co-founder of the Malala Fund. The film is rated PG13, and all five film screenings are free. The films begin at 7 p.m. The series is made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library and is in partnership with Zonta Club New Rochelle.
New Rochelle Council on the Arts: Variety Showcase -- Sunday, March 6
All are invited to an afternoon of live music and spoken word by members of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. The Variety Showcase coincides with the NRCA's Annual Member Exhibit in the Lumen Winter Gallery and the 3:30 p.m. showcase will be followed by an exhibit reception at 5 p.m.
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