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"Up 86" guest curator series continues with poet, musician, and emcee Shirlette Ammons


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    Shirlette Ammons , article

    FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 8 PM: Shirlette Ammons is a Durham, North Carolina-based poet, musician, emcee, and film creative whose highly collaborative work defies genre and interrogates her own relationships to gender, Blackness, and Southernness.

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    Sonny Miles , article

    FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 8 PM: Citing gospel, funk, and neo-soul as his biggest influences, Winston-Salem singer and multi-instrumentalist Sonny Miles fuses catchy, relatable lyrics with soulful compositions to create a unique sound.

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    Opera Roanoke and Blacksburg Master Chorale , article

    SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 4 PM: Opera Roanoke, Blacksburg Master Chorale, Virginia Tech Choirs, and the Georgia Boy Choir come together for a production of Benjamin Britten’s "War Requiem."


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    Conor McGrady , article

    ONGOING: These works have been produced in the context of the ongoing tension between the desire for openness and fluidity on the one hand, and the ringfencing of nation states and territories as ideological enclosures, with an increase in barriers to mobility and migration on the other.

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    Anne Samat , article

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16-SATURDAY, APRIL 22: Malaysian artist Anne Samat meticulously juxtaposes beadwork and traditional South Asian weaving techniques with common items.

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    Yanira Collado , article

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16-SATURDAY, APRIL 22: Yanira Collado explores the ideas of migration, reliquary, and memory through construction and ritual.