Rennie Harris Puremovement’s work is said to encompass rich and diverse African-American traditions of the past while simultaneously presenting the voice of a new generation. The Pennsylvania-based company’s goal is to provide audiences with a view of the essence and spirit of hip-hop, rather than what Harris says is the commercially exploited stereotypes most often seen in popular culture. In a society where hip-hop is often portrayed as a violent, undisciplined counterculture, he says his company has instead deconstructed popular perception of this medium, expanding and challenging the boundaries and definitions of hip-hop in general for the past 20 years.
Admission is free and no tickets are required. A question-and-answer session with the company will follow the performance; the public is invited.
The visit and performance is being funded by the Bernard and Mildred Kayden Fund, with additional support from an Abbot Academy Association grant and the school’s Department of Community and Multicultural Development.
Walk the woods at Harold Parker
Exercise, along with a good night’s sleep can increase serotonin, giving a sense of well-being. A free woods walk at Harold Parker State Forest seeks to combine both on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The outing will depart from the headquarters building at 304 Middleton Road in North Andover. This is a moderately paced walk that is perfect for winter vacation week. It is appropriate for all ages, but best suited for children 5 and older. Participants will learn about animal signs in the forest along the way.
The walk is co-sponsored by the Friends of Harold Parker and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information, call 617-828-1728.
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