Nationally recognized master storyteller and musician Charlotte Blake Alston will share an evening of the traditional African and African-American stories and songs that have become the hallmark of her repertoire Friday, Nov. 2, beginning at 7 p.m. at the West Las Vegas Arts Center. Her solo performances are often enhanced with traditional instruments, such as the 21-string kora. Admission is free, but tickets are required and may be picked up in advance at the center, located at 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Please call (702) 229-4800 for more information.
Alston is the host of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s preschool concerts, hosts and narrates at family concerts, and has performed on the Carnegie Hall Family Concert series in New York since 1995. She has performed in such venues as the Smithsonian Institution and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and for prestigious occasions including presidential inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania gubernatorial inaugural celebrations in Harrisburg, Penn. She has been a featured narrator for orchestras across the United States.
Alston has received numerous honors, including the esteemed Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Artist of the Year Award (1997), the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association and the Zora Neale Hurston Award (2009), the highest award bestowed by the National Association of Black Storytellers. For more information on Alston, see her website.
In addition to the West Las Vegas Arts Center performance, the city of Las Vegas also is sponsoring two performances at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. These free performances are primarily for invited classes from the Clark County School District, but also are open to the public. The West Las Vegas Library is located at 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. In addition, Alston will participate and perform at the Vegas Valley Children’s Book Festival Nov. 3 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. For more information on the festival, go online to www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/.