The Saturday after Christmas marks the beginning of Kwanzaa, the seven-day celebration of African culture and community celebrated since 1966. With each day commemorating a different principle--Umoja(unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith)--Kwanzaa serves as a yearly recommitment to the causes of the African-American community. This year TBAAL will host Kwanzaa 2009--Celebrating Hope and Unity in the Community, a Kwanzaa-opening celebration benefiting the North Texas Food Bank and Cedar Hill Food Pantry. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in Room T-314 of the Dallas Convention Center Theater Complex (located at the corner of Canton and Akard streets) and will feature poetry, music, dance and food. Admission is $15. Call 214-743-2400 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Sat., Dec. 26, 7 p.m., 2009