Harlem Renaissance Weekend - 4 Great Events

303 Union St, Bay St Louis, MS 39520
(415) 336-9543
  • Presented By: 100 Men Hall
  • Dates: February 3, 2023 - February 5, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Price: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre - $40, Costume Gala $20, Richmond Barthe, A Moveable Mélange - free, Ayo Scott's painting & Taariq David's custom cocktail - free
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February’s Harlem Renaissance Weekend will begin on Friday, February 3 at 4PM with the unveiling of Artist Ayo Scott’s painting commemorating the Harlem Renaissance. From as early as he can remember, Scott found himself immersed in the art community of his city, New Orleans. He grew to love the studio time he spent with his father, artist John T. Scott: 40-year professor of art and recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship. He never felt pressured to be an artist, but his family always provided him with opportunity, guidance and support for his endeavors from bronze casting to papermaking. 

Unveiling: Ayo Scott’s painting and Taariq David’s custom cocktail

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To RSVP for the Friday afternoon unveiling of Ayo Scott’s painting and Taariq David’s custom cocktail event coordinators ask that attendees secure a free ticket online to make sure adequate parking is available. 

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is scheduled for Friday, February 3 at 6-8PM. Featuring celebrity mixologist Taariq David’s custom cocktail honoring the Harlem Renaissance and dinner served by local chef Big Bertha. Tickets are $40 and include dinner and one custom Harlem Renaissance cocktail with wine and beer offered to attendees aged 21 and over. Cash/credit bar available. 

Friday’s dinner will be prepared by Bertha Parker whose passion for soul food puts the secret ingredient – flavor – in every dish she creates. After years of working at a grill and catering business, Bertha and her family owned a full-service restaurant in Slidell, and seven years ago she came to Bay Saint Louis to start her own catering company, Big Bertha’s Kitchen and Catering. 

Berkley the Artist takes the stage on Saturday, February 4, 2023 for a musical tribute to the Harlem Renaissance legendary musicians. The Harlem Renaissance Gala is a costumed affair asking patrons to don their best imitation of a fashion that broke from tradition in Harlem empowering women to raise their hemlines and lower the necklines and adorn themselves with extravagant hair fascinators along with chandelier earrings, sparkly brooches and elegant fur collars. Zoot suits, silk shirts, pocket squares, Fedora hats, suspenders, and bow ties were all the rage for men. Tickets are $20. 

Berkley the Artist is that passionate voice that silences a room. He is a sensational songwriter and professional vocal coach. The New Orleans bred artist grew up singing Gospel and Soul in his father’s church. Berkley’s musical prowess seamlessly merges classical, pop, R&B and hip-hop music into fresh, sexy and emotional records. He fills up the space in his music with striking vocals, golden melodies and a charm. Berkley is the champagne of the modern American soul-pop movement. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

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Tickets for Friday’s Murder Mystery Dinner and Saturday’s Harlem Renaissance Costume Gala may be purchased online and available at the Hall’s Will Call the day of each event. Tickets for those two events will be sold at the door, based on availability and may be higher in price. 

Saturday’s sounds of swing will mingle with the sweet aroma of food available for purchase from Big Boyz BBQ. According to Dangermond, Owner Rodney Beals has never met a stranger, and Beals’ “butt-master” barbecue is in his blood — he’s been at the grill since he was 11 years old. He first started serving the masses at his famed annual barbecue that happened every spring at New Orleans’ famed City Park. Cash/credit bar available. 

Harlem Renaissance Costume Gala

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Throughout the weekend, attendees will be able to purchase a commemorative, letterpress poster created by Kennedy Prints that harkens the words of the Harlem Renaissance. This is the third of four customized posters that Kennedy Prints has designed and is producing for the Centennial year, with copies of each to be donated to the archives of Mississippi Universities and Colleges.

February 5

The weekend culminates when dance theater Mississippi (dtMS) presents a moveable mélange of artistic performance to introduce the genius of Richmond Barthé to a wider audience. The setting will be a Blues club within a Blues club, where Barthé’s ideals of individual dignity and belief in self come to life through a language that shines a light on human worth and love. This event, from 6 – 8 pm, is open to the public. There will be a cash/credit bar available but no food service.

Richmond Barthé is best known for his portrayal of Black subjects. The focus of his artistic work was portraying the diversity and spirituality of man. Born: January 28, 1901 in Bay Saint Louis, Barthé moved north in pursuit of training as an artist and eventually became associated with the Harlem Renaissance. He was one of the first African American artists to focus thematically on the lives of African Americans. 

Dance theater Mississippi (dtMS) has performed across the Gulf Coast making its Mississippi debut with Katrina Cottage, a performance that galvanized what it meant to be from a region shattered by natural forces while energized by hope. Other performances include Keepers of the Light, In My Father’s House, and A Shadow of Things to Come. 

To RSVP for the dance theater Mississippi’s Sunday night Richmond Barthé: A Moveable Mélange, event coordinators ask that attendees secure a free ticket online to make sure adequate parking is available.  

Richmond Barthé: A Moveable Mélange

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In addition to the events at the Hall, Studio Waveland, 228 Coleman Avenue will be hosting an exhibit with original art by Richmond Barthé as well as other artists. The exhibits opens on Thursday night, February 2, 2023.  For more information about the exhibit, visit https://www.studiowaveland.com. (504) 914-9618, studiowaveland@gmail.com

Every event presented throughout the Centennial Year Celebration honors the Hall’s culturally rich history and upholds its current mission of educating Mississippi Gulf Coast residents and visitors about the venue’s significant contributions throughout its first hundred years.

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