The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture has kicked off a Classic International Black Cinema year with a Sidney Poitier series.
"Blackboard Jungle" stars Sidney Poitier as an inner-city teacher; it will be screened Feb. 13. "The Mark of the Hawk" stars Poitier as an African caught between violent rebels and colonial governors who refuse to grant independence in the 1950s; it runs March 13.
All screenings begin at 2 p.m. and are free once you pay museum admission. Here's the slate for the rest of the year:
The Diaspora Series consists of Haile Gerima's "Bush Mama" April 10 and "Sankofa" May 8 and Euzhan Palcy's "Sugar Cane Alley" June 12.
The Josephine Baker Series includes "Siren of the Tropics" July 10, "Zouzou" Aug. 14 and "Princesse Tam Tam" Sept. 11.
The Conflict and Resolution Series offers "Nothing but a Man" Oct. 9, "The Pawnbroker" Nov. 13 and "Scar of Shame" Dec. 11. Details: www.ganttcenter.org.
Free museum weekends
Bank of America expanded its Museums on Us program nationwide to add 150 cultural and educational institutions - and Charlotte's involved.
Levine Museum of the New South and both branches of the Mint Museum were already on board. But the program has added Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. (The Nasher Museum of Art in Durham also joined.)
Bank of America and Merrill Lynch debit or credit card holders can visit participating museums free on the first weekend of each month. (That will be Saturday and Sunday.) Present that card and a photo ID, and you're in. Details: museums.bankofamerica.com.
Robbins wins design award
Brooke Robbins, a senior in the School of Design and Production at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, won the Oren Parker Undergraduate Scene Design Award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
The prize goes each year to an individual who shows excellence or outstanding potential in performing arts scenic design while pursuing an undergraduate degree. The Charlotte native will get her award at the March 9 opening of the 2011 USITT conference, held this year in her hometown.
'African Queen' sails again
"The African Queen," the 1951 drama for which Humphrey Bogart won a best actor Oscar, sails again onto the big screen at Davidson's Our Town Cinemas Feb. 11-17.
Bogart stars as Charlie Allnut, hard-drinking owner of a steamboat commandeered by Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn) - who wants to use it to ram a German warship. John Huston directed. Details: www.ourtowncinemas.com.