Hollywood stars and heavenly bodies will align this February to launch a stellar celebration of Black History Month in Mobile. Broussard’s Piano Gallery is presenting three star-studded events, culminating in the premiere of Mario Van Peebles’ new movie to benefit the restoration and mission of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
Mario joined us on Studio10 to talk about the weekend events; including a special screening of his new film "Armed"
The first event rooted in the heavenly realm, is a black-tie gala on Jan. 31 at The Heron Lakes Country Club. A cocktail meet and greet and an elegant dinner will be followed by a presentation by the acclaimed actor Van Peebles. The following night the church will dedicate its new star, a $65,000 Viscount digital pipe organ with a concert featuring virtuoso organist Christopher Powell. Acclaimed as one of the finest young organists in the South, Julliard trained Powell brings a flair to the organ that mixes precision with astounding musicality. Van Peebles will be the master of ceremonies for the concert.
On Feb. 2, a more corporeal event starring director, producer, writer, and star of the silver screen, Mario Van Peebles caps off the weekend with a premier of his new action thriller, “Armed.” Called “alarmingly relevant” by producer Justin Nesbitt, the film is inspired by real people and events. It tells the story of a former US Marshall struggling to manage personal adversity and health crises that point to a possible conspiracy. The premiere will be held at The Saenger Theatre followed by a Q&A session with guest star Van Peebles.
“Celebrating Black History Month religiously and secularly through music and film is a perfect way to highlight the cultural contributions of African Americans to our community and our nation,” said Andrew Atkinson, General Manager of Broussard's Piano Gallery and Organist/Choirmaster for The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. “Broussard’s is honored to help this dream come true for the church and to host these events for the benefit and enjoyment of our community.”
Proceeds from all three events will go toward the purchase of the new organ, the crowning achievement of a rebuilding and rebranding campaign undertaken by the historic church. Established in 1854, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is the oldest black Episcopal Church in Alabama and the fourth oldest Episcopal Church in the state.
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