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List of Post-Show Discussions for THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH



We had an exhilarating and robust series of discussion in conjunction with our Season Three Opener, The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith.

Thank you so much to all the discussants and audiences who made these conversations so special. The complete list of post-show events is below:

Thurs August 24 at 8PM | “From Louis Armstrong to Bessie Smith” with Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director and Victoria Murray Baatin, Associate Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater

Fri August 25 at 8PM | “Sacred and Profane: A Blues Liner Note” with Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater and Otis Ramsey-Zoe, PhD student, University of Maryland

Sun August 27 at 3PM | “Musical Transitions Part I: Blues to Swing” with Stephen Stern, Board Member, Mosaic Theater, Miyuki Williams Radio Host, WPFW, Dr. Saïs Kamalidiin, Executive Director, Howard University Center for Ethnomusicology, Jessica Boykin-Settles, Lecturer, Howard University

Mon August 28 at 7:30PM | Opening Night with Cecily

Thur August 31 at 8PM | “Bessie and the Business” with Victoria Murray Baatin, Associate Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater, Bomani Armah, Poet and Educator, Lisa Richards Toney, Executive Director, The Abramson Scholarship Foundation

Sat September 2 at 3PM | “Musical Transitions Part II: Race Music to Downhearted Blues” with Maurice Jackson, Associate Professor, History Department, Georgetown University, and Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs and Director of Urban Sustainability Laboratory, Woodrow Wilson Center, moderated by Pamela Pinnock, Board Member, Mosaic Theater

Sat September 2 at 8PM | “All Aboard: Bessie’s Blues Caravan” Garrett Peck, Historian and Author, Majeedah Johnson, Author and Writer, Capital Bop, and Dior Ashley Brown, Multifaceted Performing Artist, moderated by Paige Muller, Chief Experience Officer, Curious Caravan and Bob Schlehuber, Associate Producer of Public Programming, Mosaic Theater

Sun September 3 at 3PM | “Songs Called Blues” with Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director and the cast of “The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith”

Thurs September 7 at 8PM | “Empresses and Queens: Black Women in Art” with Paige Hernandez, Multidisciplinary Artist, and Cecily, vocalist and songwriter, moderated by Ari Roth, Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater

Sat September 9 at 3PM | Peace Café “Finding Peace in the Blues” with Marcus Dowling, music and cultural journalist and Solia Bickerstitch, singer and playwright

Sun September 10 at 3PM | “Musical Transitions Part III: From Bessie to Empress of the Blues” with Professor Michelle Scott, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater

Thurs September 14 at 11AM | “Bessie in the 21st Century” with Victoria Murray Baatin, Associate Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater Company of DC and the cast of “The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith”

Thurs September 14 at 8PM | “Mind, Body, and The Spirit of Blues” with Terence Nicholson, Associate Creative Director for Anacostia Arts Center, Makia Green, and Philippa Hughes, Cultural Strategist, Pink Line Project

Sun September 17 at 3PM | “Sexuality and Creative Expression: Part I” with Joanna Cifredo, Host, Trans Specific Partnership Podcast and Helen Starkweather, Member, NTL Institute; moderated by Pamela Pinnock, Board Member, Mosaic Theater

Thurs September 21 at 8PM | “Musical Transitions Part IV: From Bessie to Beyonce” moderated by James Early, Board Member, Mosaic Theater, Mar Cox, Patron Services and Data Manager, Mosaic Theater and the cast of “The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith”

Fri September 22 at 8PM | “Sexuality and Creative Expression: Part II” with Joanna Cifredo, Host, Trans Specific Partnership Podcast, Rayceen Pendarvis, The Ask Rayceen Show, and Rebecca Cohen, Development Associate

Sun September 24 at 3PM | “Addiction and Artistic Genius” Eugene Puryear, Radio Host, “By Any Means Necessary”, Dr. Allen Dyer, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University and Roz White, Teaching Artist


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