On Saturday, February 8, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will offer two events: a 10 a.m. “Door County Talks” presentation about “the long civil rights movement,” and a 7 p.m. Fireside Coffeehouse Concert (and ukulele jam) by ukulele orchestra Forté & The Pianissimos.
Door County Talks: “A Meditation on the Long Civil Rights Movement” with Dr. Vince Lowery
UW-Green Bay’s Vince Lowery will deliver this week’s Door County Talks presentation, entitled “How Many Reconstructions Does It Take to Be Free?: A Meditation on the Long Civil Rights Movement,” at 10 a.m. in DCA’s cozy Fireside Lobby. Lowery will discuss three eras: first, the period of Reconstruction that followed the abolition of slavery; second, the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century (which some historians refer to as the “Second Reconstruction”); and now, fifty years later, a period when many are calling for a “Third Reconstruction” in light of the persistence of Jim Crow-style policies and practices. In his talk, Lowery will trace the threads connecting these three eras, exploring moments of progress and regression and the road left to travel.
Vince Lowery is the Director of Student Success and Engagement at UW-Green Bay, a role he assumed after spending his first decade at UWGB in the classroom, teaching an array of African-American history and ethnic studies courses in humanities and history. His talk will include a post-talk question-and-answer session. Coffee and bakery from Kick Ash Coffee will be available for purchase. Lowery’s lecture is presented in conjunction with The Door County Civility Project and Just Door County, and it is free to the public. Freewill donations are encouraged.
Fireside Coffeehouse Concert: Forté & The Pianissimos
At 7 p.m., ukulele orchestra Forté & The Pianissimos will perform in DCA’s Fireside Lobby. During the first half of the show, Forté & The Pianissimos will lead attendees in a singalong/uke jam (the songbook is available on the DCA website). After a brief intermission, Forte & The Pianissimos will play a full set.
Described as the Midwest’s premier ukulele orchestra, this spirited group is exuberant and fun as they strum through their collection of original songs and upbeat covers. This past summer, Forté & The Pianissimos were featured artists for the 49th Annual Ukulele Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii. In additional to performing, they teach ukulele, harmonica, and song writing workshops throughout the Midwest.
Tickets for the February 8 concert are $17.50. Seating is limited. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made at the DCA box office, located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m, and can also be reached on the phone at (920) 868-2728 or online at dcauditorium.org.
The DCA winter season is sponsored by Dahl Law Firm and Ross Estate Planning.Special Thanks to Passport Program Partners Alexander’s Restaurant, Friends of Gibraltar, RocketDSD.com, icecreamsource.com, and Gibraltar Schools.