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Black Choreographers Festival 

When: Feb. 10-11, 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 12, 4 p.m. 2012
Phone: 888-819-9106
Price: $10-$25

This year's festival scored a major coup with Word Becomes Flesh, Oakland artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph's compelling paean from a single father to his unborn son in which an all-male cast merges hip-hop, spoken word, and contemporary theater. Fresh off a much-heralded revival in New York, it's headed for a national tour in 2013 -- catch it on Saturday, Feb. 12. True to its name, the Black Choreographers Festival highlights the Bay Area's talented African and African-American dance makers, and the opening show on Friday, Feb. 11, includes Reginald Savage, Corey Action, Teela Shine Ross, and Kendra Kimbrough Barnes, while the Sunday, Feb. 13, family matinee showcases pre-professional youth -- you just might spot the next Marc Bamuthi Joseph among them. All shows are at Laney College Theater (900 Fallon St., Oakland); the festival continues for two more weekends in San Francisco. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m.; $10-$25. 1-888-819-9106 or

— Claudia Bauer


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