Thursday, November 1, 2018
Doors 5:30 pm | Begins 6 pm

The Lincoln Theatre's Community Conversations is a free series designed to generate community discussion on a variety of interesting questions surrounding the arts.

The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York, from approximately 1918 until the mid-1930s. Also known as the "New Negro Movement" at the time, this glorious rebirth of the African-American arts cast a cultural spell over the nation and the world. Two Columbus natives—jazz drummer Carl "Battleaxe" Kenny and jazz trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison—walked both the "Million Dollar Block" of Columbus' Long Street and the heart of Harlem along Manhattan's Lenox Avenue during this unprecedented groundswell of African-American artistic expression.

Facilitated by a local panel of speakers, this Community Conversations event will explore the "Renaissance Magic" experienced by these two native sons. The panel will include cultural historian Dr. Jack Marchbanks; Michael Smith, Lecturer, Jazz Studies, The Ohio State University; Nannette Maciejunes, Executive Director, Columbus Museum of Art; and Lincoln Theatre General Manager Suzan Bradford.

As part of Columbus' "Harlem Renaissance 100—I, Too, Sing America" celebration, "Renaissance Magic" will be held at the Lincoln Theatre Cardinal Health Ballroom (769 E. Long St.) on Thursday, November 1. Doors open at 5:30pm. The program will begin at 6pm. Admission is free.

After the program, attendees are invited to the Lincoln Theatre's main auditorium for a sneak peek of the Lincoln Theatre Association's upcoming, original musical theatre production, Renaissance MAGIC! Optional donations for the Lincoln Theatre Association will be collected at the preview performance.

Admission is free.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Donna and Larry James.

Support for the Lincoln Theatre's 2017-18 season is provided in part by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the City of Columbus, Franklin County, Nationwide, and the Ohio Arts Council to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.