the Local, an experimental food cooperative in development in Selma, is hosting "NDORH (National Day of Racial Healing) Finale Concert on the River" at the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation to give folks a taste of what the Local is hoping to do in some form or another in Selma: to mash-up food and culture in ways that bring more good flavor, culture, and interesting entertainment to downtown Selma. There is limited seating, with a suggested donation to the Local for the evening of $5 online and $7 at the door, which includes 4 small plates (of possible menu items from the Local), tea, water, and a ticket to the concert (please RSVP here on FB and we will aim to post a link soon so you can purchase tickets ahead of time via Eventbrite).
Our musical guests are described in more detail below, but we will be serving a series of small plates of some dishes we are experimenting with, as they bring us music, conversation, and a slideshow around the intersection of Japanese concentration camps in the U.S. in the 1940s and the Civil Rights Movement. As a part of that, they will share some about Kiyoshi Kuromia, who was born in the same concentration camp where one of our guest’s (Erin Aoyama) mother was incarcerated, and who went on to protest Vietnam, as well as to march in Selma and be a leading LGBT / AIDS activist before he died in 2000 (more on Kuromia here). This is part of a series of events commemorating both MLK Day (Mon., 1/15) and the National Racial Day of Healing (Tues., 1/16). See the flyer posted in the discussion below for more details on the other events Sun., Mon. and Tues. of that week...
More on our musical guests:
Join internationally acclaimed songwriter and violinist, Kishi Bashi, in an intimate acoustic setting, as he shares his songs in a stripped down, acoustic incarnation. He will also show footage and share stories about his documentary about the Japanese American Incarceration and American identity (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/omoiyari-a-songfilm-by-kishi-bashi-music-film).
Kishi Bashi will be joined by songwriter and scholar Julian Saporiti (https://nonoboymusic.tumblr.com/about) and Erin Aoyama, whose grandmother was incarcerated at Heart Mountain, one of the ten concentration camps where Japanese Americans were imprisoned during WW2. Saporiti and Aoyama, both PhD students at Brown University, will share work from the No-No Boy project, which turns stories of Japanese Incarceration into songs.
Atlanta based cello maestro Takenobu will also join in this very special evening of music making, food, and conversation. This concert is part of a musical and research oriented trip which will take the group to Arkansas, where there were two Japanese Incarceration camps.”