‘Night of Jazz’ among upcoming events

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By Donna Thornton/News Editor

Looking for a special way to spend Valentine’s Day? How about “A Night of Jazz at the Gadsden  Museum of Art?”

In conjunction with the museum’s current photo exhibit, “The Fine Art of Jazz,” the staff is staging a jazz concert and special viewing, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Museum Curator Rebecca Duke said the concert features the music of The Liz Wood Project and A T.A.D. of Jazz, Tickets will be $25 and will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

The museum’s exhibit features fine art photos of jazz artists from photojournalist Dan White. White shared a Pulitzer Prize as part of the staff at the Kansas City Star for coverage of the Hyatt hotel skywalk collapse – a tragedy that killed 42 people in July 1981.

According to White’s website, in 2006 he completed a series of 50 photos of Kansas City’s legendary jazz musicians. The portraits and anecdotal interviews, compiled over 20 years, opened as a one-man show at the American Jazz Museum and the show has traveled the country since then.

It’s latest stop is at the Gadsden Museum of Art, where the exhibit will continue through March 15.

After a night of jazz, nothing could be finer than a stack of pancakes. Find those on Feb. 15 at Convention Hall, as the Gadsden Kiwanis annual Pancake Day hits the griddle at 6 a.m.

Pancakes will be served from 6 a.m. til 2 p.m., with best serving times being from 6 to 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door, and are available from Kiwanis Club members.

Dads can share a special day with daughters on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the YMCA’s annual Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance. From 5 to 8 p.m. at Convention Hall. Tickets are available at the YMCA. 

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