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Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 09:35 pm

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DANCE | Salsa dancers
The salsa is rooted in Africa. Its home is in Puerto Rico, but it rose to popularity in New York City. This evening, three-time ESPN Salsa Champions Abel Pena and Zulmara Torres are bringing the passion and moves of the salsa to Springfield. Performing the routine that won them the 2005 Championship, the duo is sure to set the dance floor on fire. Thursday afternoon, the dancers will give salsa lessons and provide information on the African roots of salsa at Lincoln Land Community College. Julio Barrenzuela, Springfield’s salsa ambassador, organized the event in an effort to promote education, health and cultural awareness.
ESPN Salsa Champions
Thursday Feb 19
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth St.
Salsa Lessons and Presentation

Thursday Feb 19
Student Union, Menard Hall
Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Rd.
$2 donation

EVENT | Honoring soldiers
When black soldiers were encouraged to sit on the sidelines during the Civil War and two world wars, they insisted on fighting for their country. The Illinois State Military Museum is honoring the black soldiers who served during the Civil War, World War I and World War II with a display and presentations. Members of the Living History Detachment will display uniforms, equipment and weapons that black soldiers used during the wars. The members of the detachment will also discuss the unique experiences of the black soldiers before the military was integrated in 1948. Included in the event are presentations about a black soldier serving in the 29th United States Colored Troops, the 370th regiment and a black Illinois soldier serving in Europe in World War II.
Honoring Illinois Black Soldiers
Saturday Feb 21
Illinois State Military Museum
1301 N. MacArthur Blvd

EVENT | Soul food
The kitchen is the center of the home in the African-American community, and Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating the food that has sustained the black culture. The 11th annual African-American Food and Vendor Day will bring together local African-American entrepreneurs, food and dance. Vendors include local business owners selling artwork, soap, oils, clothing, jewelry and more. The Kumba Dancers, a group of girls age 8-15, will also give a performance. The main attraction is food from Clay’s Popeye’s Barbecue, one of the most well-known African-American restaurants in Springfield. The menu features barbecue rib tips, cornbread, greens, sweet potato pie and more. The Charhm Band with Ada Lou and Tebe Zalango will provide the music while attendees enjoy a mouth-watering plate of soul food.
African-American Food and Vendor Day
Wednesday Feb 25
Student Union, Menard Hall
Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Rd.

BAND SPOTLIGHT | Jambalaya Jam Band
Once upon a time when faced with the church-designed idea of Lent, many poor, party-loving people were not about to venture into several weeks of forced fasting and designated denial without a major whoop-ti-do beforehand. Thus was born the celebration of Mardi Gras. An integral part of the merrymaking includes a New Orleans-style band and no one could do it better than our very own Jambalaya Jam Band, led by trumpeter Frank Parker and saxophonist Henry Miles. Parker, a New Orleans musician for most of his playing life, knows how to do the N’awlins thing just right. The group performs at the Brewhaus on Monday night for the Lundi Gras Costume Ball (plus every Monday as hosts of a jazz jam) and leads revelers in a traditional Mardi Gras Second Line parade which begins at Trout Lily Cafe on Tuesday at 6pm.
Jambalaya Jam Band
Monday Feb. 22
7 to 10 p.m.
Lundi Gras Costume Ball

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