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January 31 – March 29

Art Exhibit. Masterpieces of African American Art: An African American Perspective. M. Hanks Gallery, 3008 Main St., Santa Monica. Wed. to Sat. noon to 6 p.m. (310) 392-8820, or

January 31
Film Screening. “Negroes With Guns, Robert Williams & Black Power. Monthly film screenings and discussions hosted by FAMLI Inc. Lucy Florence Cultural Ctr., 3351 W. 43rd St., Leimert Park, Los Angeles. 7 p.m. (323) 293-1356.

January 31 – June 1
Art Exhibition. “The African Presence in Mexico from Yanga to the Present,” includes a comprehensive historical range of artwork including contemporary artistic expressions. Calif. African American Museum, 600 State Dr., Exposition Park, Los Angeles. (213) 744-7432 or

January – March 9
Musical. “The Color Purple,” the Broadway hit musical based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, is in Los Angeles. Ahmanson Theatre, (at the Music Center), 135 N. Grand. Ave., L.A.. Tickets: (213) 972-.4400 or

January – May
Science Exhibit. “FADE: The Dark Side of Light,” an exhibit blending science and art, exploring the destructive effects of light exposure on priceless museum treasures and family photos. California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr., L.A. Daily: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission is FREE, parking $6 . (323) SCIENCE – (323/ 724-3623).

February 1
Washington Week. WETA presents Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, a live audience election special. Alex Theater, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets and information (818) 243-7700 or
Book signing. Meet the Omar Bradley, the former mayor of Compton, for the reading and book signing of his autobiography “The King of Comptom- The Assassination of a Dream.” Eso Won Books, 4331 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, 7 pm.

February 2
Carnaval. Brazilian Carnaval 2008. An all consuming party of fun, feathers, fantasy and outrageous costumes. Queen Mary Long Beach, 1126 Queens Highwy., Long Beach. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. (818) 566-1111.

February 2 – 3
Fashion Expo. Vintage fashion exposition. Santa Monica Civic Aud., 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. 9 a.m. (707) 793-0773 or

February 3-March 15.
Art exhibit. 100 Years of Service, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Story Centennial Traveling Exhibit. Noon to 5 pm daily at the William Grant Still Arts center. The Opening Reception will be held on February 2, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., featuring a performance by Marcus Miller with the Freedom Jazz Movement Trio. Admission is free. . The William Grant Still Arts Center is located at 2520 S. West View St.

Febrauary 6
Book reading and signing. An evening with Dr. Bill Cosby, who will dicuss and sign Come on People: On the Path from Victims to Victors. Eso Won Bookstore, 4331 Degnan Blvd. 7 pm.

February 8
Health Fair. The Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (MLK-MACC) Community Health Fair with free rapid HIV testing, blood pressure testing, diabetes testing, nutrition and weight control, vision testing, emergency preparedness information, safe medication use, breast health information, MediCare and Medi-Cal information, financial help/options, information on STDS. MLK-MACC 12021 S. Wilmington Ave., Los Angeles. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (310) 668-5552.

February 9
Reading Club. Bright Stars Reading Club’s 4th Anniversary Celebration promoting the love of reading among young children. Storyteller, magic show, dance presentation, face painting, give-a-ways, raffles, and refreshments. 714 E. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. 12:30 to 4 p.m. (310) 673- READ or

February 14
Town Hall Luncheon. The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) and Councilmember Wendy Greuel, (District 2) will discuss business opportunities and doing business at Los Angeles City Hall. Radisson Hotel, 3540 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $24 members, $40 non-members. RSVP by Feb. 8. (323) 292-1297 or

Every Saturday:
Farmers Market. Leimert Park Village Farmers Market. Fresh produce direct from the farmer to you, rain or shine. Vision Theatre Parking Lot, 43rd St. and Degnan Blvd., L.A. (323) 463-3171.