Minneapolis Community and Technical College has snagged actor and social activist Danny Glover for its 12th annual "Celebrate the Dream" tribute to Dr. King. This year's event takes place Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Basilica of Saint Mary. The event also features the college's Vocal Ensemble, Telesea Dukes and Living Word Church and Outreach Ministries Choir. Admission is free, as is parking in the college's ramp at West 14th Street and Hennepin Avenue. Although Glover is most well known for his Hollywood roles, he also worked closely with groups that helped to overturn apartheid in South Africa. He has worked for a drug rehab center for teens and adults, as the first Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, Amnesty International and many other social causes. For more information about "Celebrate the Dream," call 341-7667.
Mixed Blood Theatre celebrates the life and career of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two performances of "Dr. King's Dream" on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1 and 3 p.m. Actor Warren Bowles, who has performed this show in hundreds of schools and communities across the country, gives a one-man, one-hour performance chronicling King's career from the Montgomery bus strike to his death in Memphis. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $5 for children under age 16. Call 338-6131 or visit www.mixedblood.com
Celebrating Black History
The nationally renowned mystery writer Barbara Neely will read from her most recent novel, "Blanche Passes Go," at the Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. Neely is best known for her mystery novel series and her heroine Blanche, whose perspective reflects "the uneasy truce between blacks and whites in American society." Her first book in this series, "Blanche on the Lam," won the Agatha, Macavity and Anthony Awards. The Walker event is co-sponsored by The Loft and the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library. Admission is free.
This month Penumbra Theatre premieres Sharon Bridgforth's "con flama," a coming-of-age story about a young African American woman growing up in Los Angeles during the turbulent 1960s and 70s. Billed as a "word-opera," the play follows the young girl/woman as she rides the bus to and from school, crossing through African American, Asian and Latin American communities along the way. The show opens Jan. 29 and runs through March 3. For tickets, call 651/224-3180 or visit www.penumbratheatre.org.
Mark Your Calendars Now
The show must go on…and it will at the Guthrie Theater, which endured a major flood this month. Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" will open as planned Jan. 25 in a new production directed by Mark Lamos, one of the Guthrie's most popular actors two decades ago. The final performance on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. is a benefit for the Guthrie's Kenneth and Sheila Livingston Education Fund. Young people ages 10-17 are invited to attend the performance for $5, when accompanied by an adult. A reception with the cast follows the show. Tickets for this "Shakespeare Classic" benefit go on sale Jan. 21. Call 377-2224.