October 2, 2009

Amiri Baraka turns 75

As Amiri Baraka turns 75, Newarkers celebrate

By Carrie Stetler

October 01, 2009, 5:29PM
Amiri Baraka hasn't mellowed with age.
One of the last surviving authors of the Beat Generation, and an enduring symbol of Newark's political turmoil four decades ago, Baraka turns 75 next week.
Amiri Baraka's 75th birthday events
Tomorrow: Jazz vespers at 6 p.m.
at Bethany Baptist Church, 275 West Market St., featuring piano player
and composer Randy Weston.
Admission is free.
Tuesday: Opening for exhibit of Baraka's drawings from 6 to 8 p.m. at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad St. Admission is free.
Wednesday: Birthday jam at the WISOMMM Cultural Center, 15 James St., featuring several jazz artists. Tickets are $50, which includes a light buffet, live entertainment and complimentary wine.
Thursday: "Baraka Book and Birthday Bash," hosted by the Newark Public Library at 5 Washington St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be readings by young poets, a short film screening and a Baraka book signing.
Oct. 9: A symposium on "The Political Evolution o f Amiri Baraka" will be held at 6 p.m. at Central High School Auditorium, 246 18th Ave. Admission is free.
For more information, visit www.Amirib75.com
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