- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers, Washington Wizard Etan Thomas and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles may come from diverse disciplines, but they’ll unite for the Next Generation Awareness Foundation’s fourth annual Film & Discussion Series, part of the 2007 Urban Film Series Tour. For the next five days, the series will offer Washingtonians a host of film events and festivities organized around the theme “We Remember” in honor of Black History Month. The activities begin tonight at Landmark E Street Cinema (555 11th St. NW) with movie screenings and discussions with filmmakers. Selections include “July ‘64,” about the 1964 race riots in Rochester, N.Y., and “Denis A. Charles: An Interrupted Conversation,”about the avant-garde jazz musician’s life. Tomorrow, Mr. Ayers will receive an NGAF award, and Mr. Thomas and other celebrity slam poets will perform at Bohemian Caverns (2001 11th St. NW). For a full schedule of events and ticket information, visit www.urbanfilmseries.com or call 202/409-7240.

Jenny Mayo

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