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11/1/2017 - First Friday Night Live set for November 4

Stacy Ash
(785) 309-5770

First Friday Night Live set for November 4

(Salina, KS 11-17) Salina Arts & Humanities, in collaboration with downtown stakeholders, announces the upcoming Friday Night Live concert event on November 4. Friday Night Live is a series of arts and entertainment programming for Salina residents and visitors designed to increase attendance and participation in arts-related events and to strengthen partnerships with local business owners in the downtown arts district.

On Friday, November 4, programming kicks off with First Friday visual arts events downtown at The Flower Nook, 208 E. Iron Avenue, with "BYOA" (Bring Your Own Art) at The Flower Nook Window Gallery from 4 to 7 p.m. Other visual-arts exhibits include the Cindy Mahanay exhibit at Peaceful Body Wellness Retreat, 120 N. Santa Fe, from 5 to 7 p.m. and the Art-O-Mat unveiling at the Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe, from 5 to 7 p.m. The midtown First Friday Night Live venue, Salina Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 901 Beatrice, features the exhibit "Infusing the Everyday with the Cosmic," from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will also be music at Heart of Dixie, 109 N. Santa Fe, with Dex Umekubo and Dean Kranzler from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The featured First Friday Night Live performance event is accomplished storyteller and educator Karen Abdul-Malik from New Jersey, performing under the moniker, Queen Nur. Abdul-Malik has shared her stories at venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Equity Theater on Broadway in New York City, and many locations in between. She has been the recipient of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation's Artist as Catalyst grant for her work with at-risk teens and women's shelters. Abdul-Malik also received the National Storytelling Brimstone Grant for an innovative community-based program.

She will be on stage with a guest percussionist at Ad Astra Books & Coffee House, 141 N. Santa Fe, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to share stories of African American heritage set to African drum beats. This will be an intimate and provocative setting to see such a talented and vibrant storyteller.

Admission is free for all November 4 FFNL events. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about Friday Night Live and First Friday programming for November and December. For more information, call Stacy Ash at 785-309-5770.

For needed accommodations, please call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966. The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections and the Friday Night Live performance series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.