Black Academy of Arts and Letters

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters concert to highlight music of Stevie  Wonder

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters concert to highlight music of Stevie  Wonder

Film footage, oral histories, photos, and memorabilia are part of the Black Academy of Arts and Letters’ “Three Decades of Excellence: Triumph Over Adversity” exhibit through Aug. 25th in Dallas, TX.

The event is being held at the Naomi Bruton Main Stage, 650 S. Griffin.

Hours are Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free and donations are accepted.

According to the organization, only in the last ten years has the local African-American community reached its stride of major support, a growing acceptance, and an appreciation from the area.

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters was formed as a cultural-arts institution in Dallas in 1969 and include such well-known members as Harry Belafonte, Duke Ellington, Alex Haley, and Lena Horne among several others. The organization encompasses dance, music, film, literature, and visual arts. It attracted over 700,000 patrons in its most recent season.

The National Black Theater Festival is July 30-Aug. 4th in Winston-Salem, NC and the Academy will be part of it.

For more information on both events, call 214-743-2440.

In unrelated event news, the Second Annual Arts Run in Austin will be held Sept. 8th at The Paramount Theatre.

You can register at and if you’re in the first 50 to sign up you receive a free gift.

Registration is $20 for adults ($25 after Aug. 31st) and $12 for children ($17 after the 31st). Runners, walker, sponsors, and volunteers are strongly encouraged to run or walk dressed as their favorite stage or film star and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

There is a 15-minute zone in front of the theatre where you can park while you pick up your packet and t-shirt at the State Theatre, 719 Congress Avenue next door to the Paramount Theatre.

Pick up packets; etc. Sept. 7, noon to 8 p.m. at the State Theatre Lobby or Sept. 8th starting at 7 a.m. in the same location.

You can also pick up your chip timer on the 8th beginning at 7 a.m.

Parking is free at any meter spot on the weekends.

In other event news, through Sept. 22nd take your kids to the Austin Children’s Museum to participate in The Big Game. Hours are Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday noon to 5 p.m. The address is 201 Colorado Street and the phone number is 512-472-2499.