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Community Events + Performances for red, black & GREEN: a blues

Posted May 10, 2014 in

CAC Presents Two Performances of red, black & GREEN: a blues plus Community Conversations with Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Dr. Victor Garcia's CoreChange, Findlay Market, Cincinnati Zoo, CCHMC, Conversation Cafe are Partners

CINCINNATI, OH (May 10, 2014) The CAC's final performance in its Black Box series for the 2013-2014 season is red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb), by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. rbGb is a visceral and moving hybrid performance work that brings the stories and voices of Black America into the center of a timely conversation about race, class, culture and the environment.

Performance curator Drew Klein puts it simply. "It is one of the finest performances I have ever seen."

Additionally, the CAC is partnering with many community groups to create a lively dialogue in various parts of the city about issues important to sustaining healthy communities.


Held on two nights, Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31, at the Aronoff Center (the CAC black box is not large enough for the set), tickets are available here.

With passion and energy, intelligence and sweat, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and his fellow cast members lead the audience through four seasons in four cities - summer in Chicago, fall in Houston, winter in Harlem, and spring in Oakland. Within these literal spaces, the narrative exists in more poetic and ephemeral space, toggling between the realities of shotgun houses, subway cars, park benches, and father-son conversations, to more figurative spaces of collective memory, hallucination, dream and lament.

This performance takes place at Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

$18 CAC Members
$23 General
Friday, May 30, 2014 / 8PM
Saturday, May 31, 2014 / 8PM


As part of performances around red, black & GREEN: a blues, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and his team create residency activities which are designed to engage individuals and local community organizations and inspire them to meet one another, share conversation, and forge new partnerships that continue long after the show ends. These residency activities launch a broad dialogue around the question “what sustains LIFE in your community?”, and how the arts can stimulate social change and play a role in the local creative ecosystem.

In Cincinnati, Joseph will engage with the following communities:

Wednesday, May 28th

Conversation Cafe: What Will Grow Here?

With Dr. Victor Garcia and Marc Bamuthi Jones, with Peter Block

6 - 9pm TICKETED

Contemporary Arts Center

The CAC’s popular Conversation Café series continues on May 28th with Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Victor Garcia discussing community change. Joseph is a poet, dancer, art activist, Director of Performing Arts at YBCA and Creator of red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb). Joseph’s hybrid performance rbGb, which premiers in Cincinnati on May 30th and 31st, explores Black America through conversations on race, class, culture and the environment. Garcia is the founding director of Trauma Services of Children’s Hospital and founder of CoreChange, a non-profit organization dedicated to complimenting regional planning efforts through community engagement, a speaker series and working groups. Together they will explore definitions of sustainable living and how to unite community.

Thursday, May 29th

Findlay Market Roundtable: The Creative Ecosystem

5:30 - 8pm FREE

5:30 - 6:30pm Dinner and beverages at Findlay Market, provided by Eckerlin's, Pho Lang Thang, Fresh Table, and Madisono’s Mad Pops

6:30 - 8:00pm Findlay Market Community Roundtable: The Creative Eco-System

An open conversation roundtable on developing an interdisciplinary, integrated community for creative and environmental action, Marc Bamuthi Joseph invites all those invested in the community - artists, civic leaders, social and food activists, everyone - to participate in an interactive discussion exploring new modes of collaboration that can deepen community engagement and better meet the needs of everyone within the community.

Saturday, May 31st

Cincinnati Zoo: A Conversation On Our Environment

10 - 11:30am FREE

Marc Bamuthi Joseph joins with the Cincinnati Zoo to discuss sustainable living within Avondale and beyond. Connecting with passionate Avondale community members, Marc will lead a conversation on what sustains LIFE in Avondale. With support from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Curator: Drew Klein

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