2020/2021 Season

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ECA Presents Nambi E. Kelley’s Jabari Dreams of Freedom (VIRTUAL SCREENING) | Saturday, March 13, 2021 | FREE with Registration Buy Tickets

ECA Presents Nambi E. Kelley’s Jabari Dreams of Freedom (VIRTUAL SCREENING)

SAT March 13 | 2-3:15PM
FREE
with Registration via the 'Buy Tickets' Button
Age Recommendation: 3rd grade and up, family audiences

ECA is proud to present a FREE virtual screening of Jabari Dreams of Freedom, a critically acclaimed new play for young audiences and their families. Organized in honor of Black Lives Matter Month of Action, and in partnership with Edmonds School District and Communities of Color Coalition’s Arts in Action event, Jabari Dreams of Freedom will be screened in full (47 min.) and followed by a live Q&A with Jabari’s creative team, playwright Nambi E. Kelley and director Daniel Carlton.

Ten-year-old Jabari loves to paint. And through his art, he escapes the turbulent world around him and the reality of a friend hurt by police violence. In his dreams, Jabari meets children and young people from the Civil Rights Era, including Ruby Bridges, Claudette Colvin and others, who teach him how to be fearless. He also meets his hero, Barack Obama, as a 7-year-old boy on the eve of the assassination of MLK, Jr...

Will Jabari be able to instill in 7-year-old Barack the lessons he's learned, and therefore ensure that Barack will have the necessary tools to become president? Will Jabari learn to take these lessons back into his own life and heal his community? Using rap, freedom songs, history, and humor, this play explores what it means to have courage in a world where Black children, Black boys, are not safe.

Critical acclaim from the Chicago Tribune: "Jabari, which imagines the young Obama in his bedroom dreaming with his mom, gives you an advanced sense of how pivotal the existence of that presidency might be for young people with outsize aspirations and enough caring adults around to tend to their safety and their dreams."

** Ticket holders will receive a link to the virtual screening and live Q&A via email, 24 hours prior to the event.

Following the live event, this program will be accessible on-demand until Monday, March 15 at 2PM.

Are you a teacher or homeschool parent? ECA is offering FREE educator access to Jabari Dreams of Freedom and a virtual workshop from March 13 until April 3. Please contact Katie Newbaum, Education & Outreach Coordinator, at katie@ec4arts.org to register.


ECA’s Education & Outreach programs are made possible with generous support by the Hazel Miller Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission. Special thanks to ECA’s partners Arts in Action, Edmonds School District, and Communities of Color Coalition (C3), for their support of "Jabari Dreams of Freedom."

POSTPONED: ECA Music on Film: Give Me the Banjo (2011) | Thursday, March 25, 2021 | $10 Buy Tickets

This event has been postponed. New Date TBA. 

Narrated by Steve Martin, this documentary brings together contemporary players in all styles - Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mike Seeger, Don Vappie and Abigail Washburn, among many others - with folklorists, historians, instrument makers and passionate amateurs to tell the story of America's instrument in all its richness and diversity. 

About the Music on Film Series: 
New in the 2020/21 season, ECA is thrilled to present the Music on Film Series: a collection of critically acclaimed documentary films that celebrate music and the power of the artist. Each event is hosted by a local film critic or cinephile, who introduces the film and leads a Q&A after the screening. Join us for these special events on ECA's state-of-the-art digital cinema system. 

Host TBD. 

Sponsored by Rick & Charlotte Canning, Cheryl Foster & Carl Zapora, Lisa & David Helber, Suzy & Steve Maloney

 

POSTPONED: ECA Presents Ranky Tanky | Friday, March 26, 2021 | $19-$54 Buy Tickets

This event has been postponed. New Date TBA. 

Carolinians who mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit, this quintet performs a bone-deep mix of spirituals and gutbucket blues born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States.

Sponsored by Cline Jewelers, Donnie & Ross Griffin, Ann & Tim Mcmahon, Heidi, Royce, & Stella Napolitino

POSTPONED: ECA Presents The Legendary Ladies of Motown | Thursday, April 08, 2021 | $49-$84

This event has been postponed. New Date TBA. 

Queens of the Swinging Sixties, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, will join their powerhouse vocals in an evening calling back to the golden age of Motown. With decades of experience in the music industry, these icons have defined an entire generation of music as they continue to perform together and provide fans with their favorite Motown hits.

Sponsored by Ruth & David Arista, Edmonds Bookshop, Donnie & Ross Griffin,  Kim & Gary Griffiths

POSTPONED: ECA Presents BODYTRAFFIC | Thursday, April 15, 2021 | $24-$49 Buy Tickets

This event has been postponed. New Date TBA. 

Named “the company of the future” by the LA Times, BODYTRAFFIC is a world-class contemporary dance company, known internationally for its LA-grown, contagious vivacity. Founded in 2007, BODYTRAFFIC continues to push boundaries as a company deeply committed to producing acclaimed works by distinctive choreographic voices. The company will perform Micaela Taylor’s Snap, inspired by the ethnically diverse, yet isolating crowds of LA. It urges audiences to “snap out of” social pressures to conform and connect with their individuality as well as with people around them. 

The presentation of BODYTRAFFIC is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsored by Barclay-Shelton Dance Centre, Matthew & Nicole Cox, and Steve & Leanne Shelton.

POSTPONED: ECA Presents The Small Glories | Saturday, April 17, 2021 | $19-$39 Buy Tickets

This event has been postponed. New Date TBA. 

Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories are a musical tour-de-force partnership planted on the Canadian Prairies. With a stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, veteran singer-songwriters, Cara Luft, an original member of the Wailin’ Jennys, and JD Edwards, have a way of making time disappear. Masters of folk-pop melody and instrumentation, their songs of love and loss are delivered with soaring, interwoven vocals on various combinations of stomping clawhammer banjo, guitar, and harmonica.

Sponsored by Christian Anderson, Ray Liaw & Joseph Gregory, Heidi, Royce, & Stella Napolitino

POSTPONED: ECA Music on Film: 20 FEET FROM STARDOM (2013) | Thursday, April 22, 2021 | $10 Buy Tickets

This event has been postponed. New Date TBA. 

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. This compelling film from award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices, and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. 20 FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. 

About the Music on Film Series: 
New in the 2020/21 season, ECA is thrilled to present the Music on Film Series: a collection of critically acclaimed documentary films that celebrate music and the power of the artist. Each event is hosted by a local film critic or cinephile, who introduces the film and leads a Q&A after the screening. Join us for these special events on ECA's state-of-the-art digital cinema system. 

Host TBD. 

Sponsored by Rick & Charlotte Canning, Cheryl Foster & Carl Zapora, Lisa & David Helber, Suzy & Steve Maloney 

POSTPONED: ECA Saturday Matinee: Sultans of String | Saturday, April 24, 2021 | $10 Buy Tickets

This event has been postponed. New Date TBA. 

Three-time JUNO Award nominees and Billboard charting band Sultans of String creates “energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” according to Maverick magazine. Thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms, the group celebrates musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity.

Sponsored by Laura Ellis