Celebrating Labor Arts
Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, the DC LaborFest features a wide-ranging selection of art about work, workers and workers’ issues.
MAY DAY/LABORFEST SPECIAL: Weds, May 1, 4-6p
JUDGE SMITH: Tuesday, May 1, 5P
STRIKE (WITH Alloy Orchestra): Fri, May 4; 7:15p
DICTIONARY OF MARX: Sat, May 5, 6p
MAGPIE: Tuesday, May 8, 5p
LABORPALOOZA MUSICFEST: Saturday, May 26, 8p
Featuring: CHILL PARENTS, DC LABOR CHORUS,
JOE UEHLEIN, and MOOSE JAW BLUEGRASS
LABOR JAZZ SHOWCASE: Tues., May 29, 5-7p
MOST PERFORMANCES ARE FREE BUT YOU MUST RSVP;
See below for detailed event write-ups and links to RSVP.
Fri, May 4; 7:15p; AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Live musical accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra
Trouble is brewing at a large factory in Tsar-era Russia: laborers are overworked and underpaid, and when a man falsely accused of theft kills himself, his comrades won't stand for it any more. Sergei Eisenstein, then an up-and-coming theater director and later an eccentric genius whose name would become synonymous with Soviet filmmaking, was only 26 when he directed STRIKE. His startling film debut broke every convention of the time to create a revolutionary cinema for the new country.
DIR/SCR Sergei Eisenstein; SCR Grigoriy Alexandrov, Ilya Kravchunovsky, Valerian Pletnev. USSR, 1925, b&w, 88 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, May 26, 8p; Hyattsville Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781 or listen live on WPFW 89.3FM
FREE; RSVP online here
This year’s first-ever Laborpalooza will showcase an exciting lineup of talented musical artists from the DC-area labor movement. Emceed by LaborFest coordinator Chris Garlock and Labor Heritage Foundation Executive Director Elise Bryant, Laborpalooza will feature the DC Labor Chorus, roots rocker Joe Uehlein and the ULiNERS, Moose Jaw Bluegrass and punk band Chill Parents. This swashbuckling evening of music for the movement is a can’t-miss LaborFest event!
Tues., May 29, 5-7p; FREE
5-6p be part of the live audience for a Live@5 simulcast on WPFW 89.3 FM
6-7p Live set
Busboys & Poets 14th Street; 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
FREE; RSVP online here
Sponsored by the Washington DC Federation of Musicians, AFM 161-710
The DC LaborFest wraps up with a full night of jazz starting with a live simulcast concert from 5-6p on WPFW 89.3FM with local jazz musicians from the Washington Musicians Union: Carl Cornwell, saxophone; Wade Beach, piano; Steve Novosel, bass; Nasar Abadey, drums.
Carl Cornwell: Saxophonist with Project Natale (https://www.reverbnation.com/projectnatale), Mike Thornton Jazz Collective and Maurice Lyles. Co-founder of Gil Scott-Heron's Amnesia Express before embarking on a career in computer systems development. After moving to Washington, DC. Carl became a mainstay at Harold's Rogue and Jar night club, performing regularly as a sideman and as leader of his own quintet. Carl toured the US and Europe as saxophonist, arranger and sometime pianist with Gil Scott-Heron.
Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique, which knows no stylistic limitations. He holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland. He entered the world of jazz as a protégé of Sir Roland Hanna and toured the globe many times over with the United States Air Force Band jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note. Mr. Beach keeps an active teaching and performing schedule, performing with groups around the DC area, including The Jazz Update Band.
Steve Novosel is an American professional jazz bassist and educator whose 40-plus year career has spanned numerous genre, from traditional jazz to swing, bebop, mainstream and avant garde. Steve has toured with Red Norvo, Tal Farlow, Al Grey and most recently, with David “Fathead” Newman. In addition to his previous 57 recordings, he has several on Mapleshade including Portraits in Ivory and Brass with Jack Walrath and Larry Willis and Every Rung Goes Higher with Willis and Steve Berrios plus singer Kenyetta.
Nasar Abadey is a drummer and composer who’s the founder, leader and driving force of SUPERNOVA, and who has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups, performing with many national artists throughout his career. Abadey began playing drums at age five, drawing influences from powerhouse drummers such as Tony Williams, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey and cousin Frankie Dunlop, to name a few. Nasar Abadey creates music which he refers to as Multi-D: multi-dimensional, multi-directional. Mr. Abadey is currently a Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies Department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD