Performance Theater at Joyce Gordon Gallery

The Joyce Gordon Galley in Oakland will host “When Struggle Gave Improvisation the Blues,” a poetry performance theater play by poet and playwright Charles Curtis Blackwell, 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at 406 14th St. in Oakland. This original play captures the jazz era of the 1950s and the 1960s and social and cultural episodes of that time. Students from the East Oakland Youth Development Center will participate. Youth readers include Johnny Brooks, Lakeisha Harris, Mija Mason and Isis Walls with musician Mali Williams on bass and readers Taylor Blanche and Tafari Flenoy. For information call (510) 465-8928 or go to JoyceGordonGallery.com
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