Passionate and provocative, for more than three decades Urban Bush Women have focused on issues of concern to African American women, but issues that reach far beyond that demographic to universal concerns of respect for self and others. The focus on this visit is Hair & Other Stories which promises to combine energized dance theatre with conversations likely to challenge generally accepted perceptions and speak to the value of plurality. The choreography by associate artistic directors Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis is set to original compositions by The Illustrious Blacks, i.e. Manchildblack and Monstah Black.

Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood Hills; Fri., Aug. 30, 8 p.m., $25-$50. —Ann Haskins

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