Through the Eyes of Art
The Chosen Few and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) present the 7th year of Through the Eyes of Art, a Black History Month celebration. This annual event brings together artists, community leaders, politicians, and tastemakers from across the state of Washington to celebrate the black experience.
This year’s theme is A Salute to Black Comedy, where we’ll explore the history of Black comedy, its place in American pop culture, and its importance as a medium for speaking truth to power and social commentary. Come celebrate the many African American comedic voices that echo through our social consciousness.
7:00pm: Doors open | Music from DJ Vitamin D
8:00pm: Opening remarks
8:05pm: "Lift Every Voice and Sing" performed by Rio Chanae
8:10pm: Servanthood Award recipient Isiah Anderson Jr.
8:20pm: The History of Black Comedy: A Talk with Darryl Littleton
8:50pm: Music from DJ Vitamin D
9:00pm: Comedy show
Opening Acts: Tawanna Buchanan and Felisha Barnes
Headliner: Nate Jackson
ON DISPLAY ALL EVENING
• A Salute to Black Comedy Art Exhibit
• Hendrix Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970 Exhibit
Cloud guitar played by Prince and Stage costume worn by George Clinton
RIO CHANAE PERFORMANCE
A messenger unafraid to deliver a hard truth to better the world around us. Neo soul singer-songwriter and internationally ranked spoken word poet Rio Chanae conveys themes of love and heartbreak with dashes of her decidedly more direct poetry stripped down to earth over a lone keyboard.
The History of Black Comedy: A Talk WIth Darryl Littleton
Emmy-nominated writer, comedian and author Darryl Littleton was the first African-American on the advisory board of the Comedy Hall of Fame. His first book, Black Comedians on Black Comedy, was an instant classic, taught as part of the curriculum at USC and adapted into the Showtime documentary “Why We Laugh.” He got his start writing and performing sketches on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” on CBS Radio. Littleton went on to work with Arsenio Hall, D.L. Hughley, and other leading comedians before appearing on television shows, including “The Apollo Comedy Hour,” “Uptown Comedy Club,” “Def Comedy Jam,” “Make Me Laugh,” and “America's Funniest People,” on which he was the grand-prize winner.
Stand-Up Comedian Nate Jackson
A familiar face on the Hollywood Club circuit, Washington State native Nate Jackson's reach has no bounds. He has appeared on HBO's “All Def Comedy,” Kevin Hart’s “Comedy Central Hart of the City,” Bounce TV's “Off The Chain,” BET's “Comic View,” and Laff Mobb’s “Laff Tracks” on TruTV. A writer and producer, Nate is also a former MTV “Wild'N Out” cast-member and current consulting producer who helped bring the laughs to the 2017 BET Awards when hired to write with Leslie Jones. As a live comic, Nate has performed everywhere from Delaware to Dubai, Georgia to Germany, and Jacksonville to Japan, and is rocking crowds while headlining in every time zone. He often returns home to produce one of the west coast’s most successful and longest running one-nighter comedy shows, “Nate Jackson’s Super Funny Comedy Show.”
AWARD RECIPIENT ISIAH ANDERSON JR.
Isiah Anderson, Jr. is a seasoned performer, director, actor, and teaching artist. Isiah is also a strong advocate and organizer of community arts programs that promote self-empowerment, awareness, and positive change in youth. As a comedian, Isiah has opened for such as artists as the late Bernie Mac, DL Hughley, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Dick Gregory, Gerald Levert, Boyz II Men, Roger Troutman and many others. Isiah also appeared several times on Black Entertainment Television's (BET) Comic View and been a featured performer on Russell Simmons Def Jam Comedy Tour.
With painting, photography, sculpture, and printmaking, we’ll have artwork from some of Seattle’s most talented visual artists. In partnership with Arts Corps.
JIMI HENDRIX GALLERY
Hendrix Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970 Exhibit open during the event.
Stage costume worn by George Clinton and Cloud guitar played by Prince.