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Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute film call, workshops, birthday bash

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) is seeking independent film entries for its 10th annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival to be held April 13 to 21. The genres/subject areas are narrative, documentary, children’s, youth-made, short, LGBT, experimental and animation films. Filmmakers do not have to be Black, but films should include significant, relevant content involving Black people through diverse, multifaceted stories and positive images. The entry fee is $25 USD. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 25. Go here for the call for film entry form or email

Langston Hughes Winter Youth Performing Arts Academy is now enrolling students ages 6 to 18. Students can learn skills in acting, voice, dance and music through African American and Diaspora performing arts. Workshops are held 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 26 to March 30. For more information or to register contact Kristi Matsuda, (206) 684-4758.

And start off Black History Month in February by celebrating the birthday of LHPAI’s namesake Langston Hughes at the LHPAI Birthday Bash, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1. Put on your dancing shoes for the sounds of Motown and LHPAI’s lady of soul, Josephine Howell. Dress up or dress down. Advance tickets are $15 at Brown Paper Tickets or $20 at the door