Brooklyn to Beirut: Art and Theater against AIDS

Join Black and Cuba community partner Sophia Dawson for an evening of Fine Art and Theater at Brooklyn’s South Oxford Space on August 18th. Dawson’s latest works will be auctioned off at Brooklyn to Beirut, an event that will include a talk-back, a solo dance performance by Fela! cast member Danny Soto, and a performance by Paige Gilbert and Khiry Walker. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to HIV/AIDS research, outreach and provide scholarships for students studying Fine and Performing arts. If you are unable to attend, donations are greatly appreciated, and encouraged.

Why Brooklyn to Beirut?

  • In 2009, African Americans accounted for 44% of all new HIV infections.
  • African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV.
  • In 2009, of the total number of new HIV infections in US women, 57% occurred in blacks, 21% were in whites, and 16% were in Hispanics/Latinas.

Schedule of Events

6-7 PM–Bidding will take place for art pieces donated by Sophia Dawson. Sophia has created new pieces inspired by Beirut. An extremely talented Brooklyn-based artist, Dawson holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from New York University and is obtaining her Masters. She has donated many pieces to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

7-8:30 PM–Watch Original FELA! cast member Danny Soto perform a new solo dance piece which is a tribute to Bill T. Jones.

8:30–Paige Gilbert and Khiry Walker will perform Beirut by Alan Bowne, directed by Jesse Wooden.

Following the performances and the announcements of the auction winners there will be a reception with music and refreshments.

There is a suggested donation of $25. Advanced tickets are on sale for $20.

Contact Khiry Walker (347) 397-2448; or Paige Gilbert (313) 980-8881 for tickets. Contributions can also be sent through PayPal, email for more information.

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