Muntu’s fall concert series “Building on a Legacy” will bring a spark of vibrancy to the city before winter dullness sets in. This work will include a premiere of Diedre Dawkins’ “Sweet Nina, ” a tribute to legendary singer Nina Simone. Brazilian choreographer Rosangela Silvestre’s “Guide” will also be presented, along with “Keep on Swingin” by Muntu’s Artistic Director Amaniyea Payne. The performance on Friday includes a gala reception and silent auction from starting at 6pm. The 35-year-old company is known for bringing traditional, intensely researched, African and African-American music and dance to the stage while forging new cultural traditions. The lively spirit of their dances often inspires audience involvement. Past shows have included a story shaped around the era of jazz in nineteenth-century New Orleans and a presentation of African-influenced dances and music from Latin America. (Tamara Matthews)
At the New Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 South Ingleside Ave, (773)241-6080). This production is now closed.