SPEAK Cafe, other events set for Krannert Art Museum

CHAMPAIGN — The SPEAK Cafe, an open-microphone event, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Palette Cafe at Krannert Art Museum.

Moderator Aaron Ammons said the session — free and open to the public — will be a tribute, as part of Black History Month, to the late "Baba" Oscar Brown Jr., the Chicago-born singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, civil rights activist and actor.

SPEAK Cafe is sponsored by African American Studies, the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 40 North/88 West, and Krannert Art Museum.

Other events this week at the museum:

— 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities screening of "Valley Girl" (1983), directed by Martha Coolidge and starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily and Frederic Forrest.

— Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Tango at KAM. Tango dancing to live music by Tangotta — members are Armand Beaudoin, bass/cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Chris Reyman, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar. Organized by Melih Sener and Chantelle Hougland.

— 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Jon Liebman, guest curator of "Fifty Years: Contemporary American Glass from Illinois Collections," will lead a free tour of the exhibition, on view through April 29 at Krannert.

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