Thursday, February 5
PHOTOS BY CATHERINE FARQUHARSON Pix taken in Mississippi at a recent interracial prom sponsored by actor Morgan Freeman hang at Lens Factory (1040 Queen West, 416-988-0929) to February 28.
Saturday, February 7
SOMALIWOOD FILM FESTIVAL Documentaries, features and shorts about Somalia screen today and tomorrow as part of Kuumba. There's a special Q&A screening of I've Been Shot Because I'm Somali on Sunday (February 8).Free. Harbourfront's York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West, 416-973-4000).
BLACK PRESS IN CANADA WEST This exhibit commemorates the trials and triumphs of publishers Henry and Mary Bibb, first black female editor in North America Mary Ann Shadd Cary and more. Runs Saturdays and Sundays through February. $2.38-$5.71. Mackenzie House (82 Bond, 416-392-6915).
INSPIRATION RISING Get your yes-we-can fix at a BHM youth conference featuring Dwayne Morgan, Stacey McKenzie, Amani, Black Ice Step Team and more. 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Free. North York Central Library (5120 Yonge, register at 416-395-5535).
Wednesday, February 11
MANY RIVERS TO CROSS: THE TORONTO JOURNEY Period photos and black history artifacts open at St. Lawrence Hall (157 King East) - a venue that hosted many anti-slavery events - and run to February 16.
Friday, February 13
RANDY WESTON The legendary pianist traces the rhythms at the core of modern jazz back to their African source in a solo tour de force at 8 pm. $25-$40. Weston also appears at a free Q&A session at 1:30 pm, both at York University (Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele, yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice).
Saturday, February 14
KENNY ROBINSON'S NUBIAN DISCIPLES COMEDY CREW Robinson's long-running showcase of all-black comedy marks the special day at Harbourfront with a St. Valentine's Day Laughter Massacre, 9 pm, in the Brigantine Room ($15). Earlier on, there's a free family-friendly show called Afternoon Delight, 3 pm, in the Studio Theatre. Both part of Kuumba (235 Queens Quay West, 416-973-4000).
Wednesday, February 18
BINTI'S JOURNEY Theatre Direct revives its moving production about a young African woman who loses her family to AIDS and finds a home in a new community. Ahdri zhina mandiela directs Marcia Johnson's adaptation of Deborah Ellis's novel. $15-$25. Opens today at the Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie, 416-537-4191, theatredirect.ca), and runs to March 1.
TSHEPANG The true story of an assault on a South African infant inspires Lara Foot Newton's tale of magic realism, pain and forgiveness, presented as part of Harbourfront Centre's World Stage season. $30. Today through February 21 at the Studio Theatre (235 Queens Quay West, 416-973-4000).
Friday, February 20
BANTA The Collective of Black Artists (COBA) presents several world premieres, including a piece by Bakari E. Lindsay inspired by the late South African musician Miriam Makeba. $20-$32. To Feb 22 at Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West, 416-973-4000).
FEMI ABOSEDE helms a tribute to Afro-beat icon Fela Kuti in the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen West), performing his Toronto take on the genre backed up by his sizzling hot Culture Force band, 9 pm, $10. 416-531-4635.
Sunday, February 22
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BLACK VICTORIANS Fire up your historical imagination on a trek through Old York's African-Canadian flashpoints, from 1 to 3 pm. $2.36-$5.71. Starts from Mackenzie House (82 Bond, 416-392-6915).
Monday, February 23
GRAMMY-WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER DAN HILL talks with Marci Ien about his excellent new memoir, I Am My Father's Son: A Memoir Of Love And Forgiveness, at 7:30 pm. $5 (free with book purchase), at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West, 416-598-1447). See review, page 60.