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BlackArtsFusion at the Capri Theater: A Soulful Celebration of Excellence

Multi-disciplinary Arts Extavaganza Brings the North Minneapolis Community Together at the Historic Capri Theater

Minneapolis, MN, April 15, 2007 --( Audience members are in for a treat this spring at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis. On Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th, 2007, IZORA Productions will present BlackArtsFusion, an exciting celebration of African American excellence. Through incredible dance, spoken word, music, and more, BlackArtsFusion skillfully conveys socially relevant, thought-provoking messages.

Though spearheaded by IZORA Productions, the event is actually the collective effort of several civic groups and features both emerging and established artists. Youth from local schools and community programs will do the elders proud with impressive cameo stage appearances, and the work of young visual artists will be on display. The event will also feature an indoor mini-marketplace, which will offer quality wares by local vendors.

In addition to fostering cultural education, pride, and unity, BlackArtsFusion serves another purpose. 10% of event proceeds will benefit TruArtSpeaks, a developing non-profit organization founded by Latisha "Tish" Jones to create positive social change within the community and to use the arts and education as a means to do so.

BlackArtsFusion features new choreography by three core performers of IZORA Productions: Maia Maiden, Ellena A. Schoop, and Karla Nweje. Other talented dancers appearing on the program are Roxane Wallace, Brent Clarke, and Lindsey Hunter, another IZORA core member. In addition, gifted spoken word artists Carl "Ovadiel" Horton and TruArtSpeaks' Tish Jones will grace the mic with their signature styles.

Why should we celebrate African American culture and history in the spring? Why not? "As a staunch supporter of Black History Month and Kwanzaa, it feels good to gather in honor of our heritage in addition to our regular occasions," says Karla Nweje, Artistic Director of IZORA Productions. "Doing so reminds us -- and others -- that American culture as we know it would not exist without African American culture. Black history is rich, vital American history that can and must be acknowledged year round."

Tickets are now on sale in the lobby of the Capri Theater every Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm and can also be purchased as early as one hour before show times. For ticket info, please call 1-888-202-5962 or visit the website of IZORA Productions,


IZORA Productions is a multi-disciplinary performance group. In addition to producing quality work for the public, the organization seeks to forge alliances among artists and between artists and the community at large, to increase knowledge and appreciation of African American culture and history through the arts, and to support the artistic and educational pursuits of youth.

At-A-Glance Event Info:
Friday, 5/11 & Saturday, 5/12 @ 8 pm
$8 (General Seating)
Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis
African mini-mart open 1 hour before each show (7-8 pm) and during intermission.

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IZORA Productions
Karla Nweje

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