Each year, BAM’s annual DanceAfrica Festival is a damn good reason to stay in town over the Memorial Day weekend. In its 31st year, the celebration of everything African brings the motherland to the BK with a grand outdoor bazaar offering crafts, food, and clothes; a film program (including the dramatic documentary Amandala! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, about music in South Africa during apartheid); art by students from La Yahoushua Secondary School in Accra, Ghana, and the city’s Norman Thomas High School; nonstop Afrobeat via the Earthman Experience; and, of course, dance featuring live performances by the Gambia’s Ceesay Kujabi and the Bachinab, Atlanta’s all-female troupe Giwayen Mata, Harlem’s LaRocque Bey School of Dance Theatre Inc., and Brooklyn’s BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble. Buy dope stuff, take in some culture, eat tasty food, and then burn off the calories in a dance workshop afterward.

Fri., May 23, 2008