Keeping Black art and culture alive with dinner and conversation.
SUN, NOV 11 // 2:00pm // Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
CD Forum is proud to introduce our newest event series: SUNDAY DINNERS.
To honor our 20th anniversary, each month we’ll gather with you for food and conversation, as we celebrate some of the most inspirational Black folx in our community keeping art and culture alive — while enjoying food catered by some of Seattle’s most sought after and talented Black chefs.
Hosted by season curator Dani Tirrell, our November Sunday Dinner features special guest Valerie Curtis-Newton, with food provided by Chef Jemil of Jemil’s Big Easy.
Tickets are just $15 / Students $10. We want everyone to be able to join us at the table.
About Your Featured Artist: VALERIE CURTIS-NEWTON Currently the Head of Performance – Directing at the University of Washington School of Drama, Valerie Curtis-Newton also serves as the Founding Artistic Director for The Hansberry Project, a professional African American theatre lab. She has worked with theatres across the country including: The Guthrie Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Comany, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Childrens Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, Tacoma Actors Guild, Southern Repertory Theatre, Capitol Repertory Theatre among others.
About Your Featured Chef: JEMIL AZIZ JOHNSON Born and raised in New Orleans, Chef Jemil Aziz Johnson is proud of his Cajun and Creole heritage. Chef Jemil has more than 20 years of experience in the culinary arts–cooking in New Orleans, Seattle, Dallas, and throughout Europe. He has won several awards, including best entree and dessert at the Bite of Seattle, and Seattle’s Best Appetizer of the Year for his Crawfish Beignets. Jemil attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and has been a member of the Executive Chefs of America since 1991. Chef Jemil as owned and operated several restaurants in Seattle, including La Louisiana. Come on down and say hi to Chef Jemil at the window of his popular truck–Jemil’s Big Easy, for a taste of the real thing y’all.
About Your Host / Season Curator: DANI TIRRELL Dance artist, performer, choreographer and dance educator. Dani has danced with Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit, Monroe Ballet Company, Full Circle Dance Company, Natural Locz Dance Company and Dani Tirrell Dance Theater that he founded and serves as Artistic Director. Dani also created Color Lines Dance Ensemble for youth dance artist ages 12 to 18. As a performer Dani has performed on countless stages and festivals throughout the world. Dani’s latest work “Black Bois” premiered at On the Boards (Seattle) in April 2018.