Howard Theatre Restoration invites you to a special event this Saturday, December 1, 2012:
Oral History Day at the Howard Theatre
Featuring interviews with legendary performers:
Dick Gregory, comedian, civil rights activist, humanitarian
Greg Gaskins, guitarist for Elvis Presley and The Manhattans
David Akers, singer and trumpet player with Wilson Pickett
Jimi Smooth, singer and former Howard Theatre usher
Sandra Bears, original member of The Jewels
and special guest:
Gloria Thomas Gantt, longtime Howard Theatre employee
Plus video clips from documentaries about the Howard
FREE and Open to the Public
Enjoy the Beauty of the Restored Howard Theatre
Connect with Theatre's History and Community
Saturday, December 1, 2012
10:00am to 2:00pm (Doors open at 9:30am)
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street, NW, WDC 20001
ABOUT ORAL HISTORY DAY AT THE HOWARD THEATRE:
Saturday, December 1, 2012 join Howard Theatre Restoration at the Howard Theatre for Oral History Day, an event that will explore the rich history of the Howard Theatre. Oral History Day will feature interviews with people who have had a special connection to that rich history as well as presentation of video clips from documentaries about the Howard Theatre.
Members of the public will also be able to register to share their historical connection to the Howard Theatre by signing up to be interviewed on video about their memories at a future date or as camera time allows during Oral History Day. Oral History Day is free and open to the public and is a great opportunity to see the newly renovated Theatre and enjoy a community event.
Featured Interviews include comedian Dick Gregory, musical performers Greg Gaskins, Jimi Smooth, David Akers, and Sandra Bears, and longtime Howard Theatre employee Gloria Thomas Gantt. Featured Interviewers include jazz writer and oral historian Bill Brower, Dr. Bernard Demczuk, oral historian and Assistant Vice President at George Washington University, Tony Gittens, former Executive Director of the DC Commision on the Arts and Humanities and current Director of the Washington, DC International Film Festival, and Rusty Hassan, WPFW Jazz Programmer and Adjunct Professor of Jazz History at Georgetown University. Video clips from The Howard Theatre: A Class Act, a WETA-TV production, will be screened, as well as clips from other documentaries about the Howard Theatre.
Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc. (HTR) is the non-profit organization that led the effort to restore the Howard Theatre and is dedicated to preserving the history of the Howard Theatre and encouraging the next generation of artists to perform on its stage. HTR is producing Oral History Day as the launch of the Howard Theatre Oral History Project, a long-term initiative that will become a part of the exhibition and archives to be installed at the soon-to-be-built Howard Theatre Education and Cultural Center annexed to the Howard Theatre. The Oral History Project will specifically document history of the Shaw/U Street neighborhood and Washington’s art and cultural community as it relates to the Howard Theatre.
Sponsoring Organizations along with HTR include the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, George Washington University, Planet Vox, WPFW Radio, WETA Television, and Howard Theatre Entertainment.
For more information contact Ms. Shiba Haley, Director of Programs at 301-588-5593 or via email at Shiba@howardtheatre.org