The U.S. Postal Service today celebrates the life and legacy of Lena Horne as the 41st honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series during a first-day-of-issue ceremony at Peter Norton Symphony Space.
“Today, we honor the 70-year career of a true American legend,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, who dedicated the stamp. “With this Forever stamp, the Postal Service celebrates a woman who used her platform as a renowned entertainer to become a prolific voice for civil rights advancement and gender equality.”
Joining Stroman to unveil the stamp were Gail Lumet Buckley, an author and Horne’s daughter; Christian Steiner, photographer; and Amy Niles, president and chief executive officer, WBGO Radio.
The stamp art features a photograph of Lena Horne taken by Christian Steiner in the 1980s. Kristen Monthei colorized the original black-and-white photo using a royal blue for the dress, a color Horne frequently wore. Monthei also added a background reminiscent of Horne’s Stormy Weather album, with a few clouds to add texture and to subtly evoke the album title. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp. Share the news of the stamp using the hashtags #LenaHorneForever and #BlackHeritageStamps.
Background on Lena Horne
Born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 30, 1917, Horne was a trailblazer in Hollywood for women of color and used her fame to inspire Americans as a dedicated activist for civil rights.
Horne began her career as a dancer at Harlem’s Cotton Club and later became a featured vocalist with touring orchestras. The rampant racial discrimination she encountered from audiences, hotel and venue managers and others was so disconcerting that she stopped touring, and in 1941, she made her move to Hollywood. A year later, she signed a contract with MGM — one of the first long-term contracts with a major Hollywood studio — with the stipulation that she would never be asked to take stereotypical roles then available to black actors. Her most famous movie roles were in Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather, both released in 1943.
During World War II, Horne entertained at camps for black servicemen, and after the war worked on behalf of Japanese Americans who were facing discriminatory housing policies. She worked with Eleanor Roosevelt in pressing for anti-lynching legislation. In the 1960s, Horne continued her high-profile work for civil rights, performing at rallies in the South, supporting the work of the National Council for Negro Women, and participating in the 1963 March on Washington.
Horne’s awards and honors include a special Tony Award for her one-woman Broadway show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music; three Grammy Awards; the NAACP Spingarn Medal; and the Actors Equity Paul Robeson Award. She was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient in 1984, and her name is among those on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
Customers may purchase the Lena Horne Forever stamp at The Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Office facilities nationwide. A variety of stamps and collectibles also are available at ebay.com/stamps.
Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks
Customers have 60 days to obtain first-day-of-issue postmarks by mail. They may purchase new stamps at local Post Office facilities, at The Postal Store usps.com/shop or by phone at
800-STAMP-24. They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in envelopes addressed to:
FDOI – Lena Horne Stamp
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for postmarks up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers are charged 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by March 30, 2018.
Ordering First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamps and stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the USA Philatelic Publication and online at usps.com/shop. Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic Publication online at usps.com/philatelic .
Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:
476906, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $60.00.
476910, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $11.95.
476916, First-Day Cover, $0.94.
476921, Digital Color Postmark, $1.65.
476924, Framed Art, $39.95.
476930, Ceremony Program, $6.95.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center are excited to announce a new, three-year youth and family initiative, Our Big Neighborhood. Inspired by Northwest Folklife’s annual Seattle Children’s Festival, Our Big Neighborhood expands on Northwest Folklife’s vision to bring people together to share and sustain folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations.
Our Big Neighborhood offers families and people of all ages opportunities to discover Northwest communities and cultures through participation and hands-on learning. Throughout 2018, in addition to the Seattle Children’s Festival in September, Our Big Neighborhoodencompasses two new event series – Movin’ Around the World in April and Global Playground in August and a one-day launch event atSeattle Center Winterfest in November. More information is available at www.nwfolklife.org/our-big-neighborhood.
Building on a long history of community-focused cultural programming, both Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center are expanding their programming for children, youth and families. Bringing together live music, storytelling, dance and other multi-cultural art forms in one place will offer Our Big Neighborhood participants the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, cross-cultural exploration and intergenerational exchange. All Our Big Neighborhood programs are designed to spark curiosity, deeper appreciation and understanding for the uniqueness and differences that make our region so vibrant.
“Seattle Center has been an integral partner and supporter of Northwest Folklife and we are extremely delighted to not only be deepening that relationship with our partners and the City of Seattle, but to join together to launch a three year commitment to accessible, intergenerational and cultural exchange for all ages through the Our Big Neighborhood program,” said Northwest Folklife’s Executive Artistic Director Kelli Faryar.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our partnership with Northwest Folklife to present fun, all ages programming that provides participants a window into the diverse cultures who inspire and influence creative expression in our region,” said Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams.
The 2018 Our Big Neighborhood initiative includes:
Movin’ Around the World: Celebrating the Cultures of the World through Movement and Song (April 7-13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) at Seattle Center Armory
This program encourages kids and their families to experience cultures of the world through seeing and doing. Get moving by dancing alongside experienced teaching artists and learn some new moves!
Global Playground (August 4, 11, 18, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.) at Seattle Center Artists at Play
Set in Seattle’s most unique playground, this outdoor program mixes cultural connectivity with outdoor play.
Seattle Children’s Festival (September 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion and Armory
This intergenerational, multi-cultural exchange aims to develop minds and bodies through movement, rhythm, song, and hands-on activities. For more information visit www.nwfolklife.org/seattlechildrensfestival/
Seattle Center Winterfest Launch Party (November 23) at Seattle Center Armory
Joining the tradition that is Seattle Center Winterfest, Northwest Folklife will support the opening weekend with student and cultural performances and activities that bring families together.
Coming up first in April, Movin’ Around the World is a week-long Our Big Neighborhood program that will feature a new cultural community from the Pacific Northwest each day. Running Saturday, April 7 through Friday, April 13, from 11am to 3pm each day, these programs are scheduled over Seattle Public School’s Spring Break to better involve Northwest families. Youth, parents, and families are invited to participate through dancing, music-making, and hands-on activities in the Seattle Center Armory, learning directly from and being inspired by master tradition bearers and youth ensembles. Kids can learn a dance, make crafts, sing a song, and get better acquainted with some of the cultural communities that make up Our Big Neighborhood.
Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center work with models of cultural exchange that directly involve Northwest communities and community leaders in the creation and curation of programming. The Our Big Neighborhood initiative plans to deliver programming that will have a positive impact on children and families, provide early childhood cultural understanding, encourage families to stay active and learn together while building stronger communities. To make this vision possible, Northwest Folklife partners with local organizations to create a truly co-curated and community program. If you would like to learn more about Our Big Neighborhood and other public programming at Seattle Center, click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200.
Photo by Erinn Hale
About Northwest Folklife
Northwest Folklife is an independent arts organization that celebrates the multigenerational arts, cultures, and traditions of a global Pacific Northwest, 365 days of the year. For 47 years, Northwest Folklife has been deeply committed to celebrating the diversity of our Northwest communities and to de-mystifying our differences together, under one roof. Northwest Folklife believes that arts and cultures build stronger communities. Northwest Folklife is committed to access for all and works to unite our communities by offering all of our programming with no admission charge by raising funds from individuals, corporations, foundations, and the public sector. www.nwfolklife.org
About Seattle Center
Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center – an active civic, arts and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in area business activity, 18,621 jobs and $631 million in labor income in King County.
Join Events on The Edge, the masterminds behind the Murder Mystery Shows, for a special night of interactive comedy theater at its finest.
On Friday, Feb. 23, meet the Biscotti Family of Bayonne, New Jersey, for a hilarious evening of fun, served up family-style at Chambers Creek Regional Park, Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th St. W. in University Place.
Become part of the entertainment and show off your musical prowess with original songs, along with a few surprises throughout the evening. Learn special ‘skills’ for family survival, how to perform a proper ‘hit’, and how to survive FBI surveillance – all while laughing your way through a gourmet Italian-style dinner provided by Chambers Bay Grill and no host bar. Learn more at www.piercecountywa.org/4455/Dinner-Theater.
Pre-register by Feb. 16 to reserve your spot. Cost is $59 per adult (21 and over event). Tickets will not sold at the door and seats are limited, so register online today or call 253-798-4141
by Vince Brady
Beauty and the Beast, one of our annual holiday pantomimes, transports you into the classic tale with a ‘panto’ twist!
Beauty and the Beast – silliness meets hilarity in this Holiday Panto!
Songs to sing along with, Villians to boo, Heroes to cheer, and Belle being the strong beauty we all love. Great for families and all ages – Silly jokes and some humor that’s a bit naughty, but NEVER nasty! As we like to say 4 to 104 enjoy this show. Nothing is taken seriously – except for making you laugh – come join the fun and be part of the celebration!
3200 SW Dash Point Road. Federal Way, WA 98023
Directed by Jennifer York
Musical Direction by Terry O’Hara
Choreography by Eric Clausell
December 1st – December 24th, 2017*
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
Special added performances:
Wednesday, December 20th at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 21st at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 23rd at 2:00pm
Pay What You Can: Thursday, December 14th at 7:30pm
Group Rates for 10 or more. Contact the Box Office!
Click here to purchase tickets
Celebrate the holidays with your family in the world of Dr. Seuss!
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d’Amici
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 Kilworth Memorial Chapel
Celebrate Winter? Brrrrrrrr. The cold. Clouds. Dark evenings. Taking refuge by the fireplace. A cup of hot cider. And that brisk “wake-up” feeling when you step outside in the first snow.
Hmmm. Yes—let’s do it! And why not also stir in some music, song, poetry, and fellowship by attending some of the five winter concerts and services at University of Puget Sound.
Winterfest: A Celebration of Winter in Music and Poetry brings the much-loved Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d’Amici to Kilworth Memorial Chapel with a performance of music and poetry from many traditions, cultures, and lands. Two concerts will be held, on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m., in the chapel on campus at N. 18th Street. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, military, students, and Puget Sound campus members.
Steven Zopfi will conduct the choirs and Symphony Orchestra members in works from England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Israel, United States, Norway, and Spain. The styles cover Renaissance, Baroque, modern, a cappella, carols, and gospel music. Some special features: There will be sing-along carols, music from local composer Andrew Jacobson, and a Sufi song set to a text by Islamic scholar Abu Abdillah Muhammad.
TUBACHRISTMAS will be the first concert of the season, on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. A brassy collection of song will be performed by student musicians in Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center—just inside the University of Puget Sound entrance at N. Alder Street and N. 15th Street. The event is organized by affiliate faculty artist Ryan Schultz.
Festival of Lessons and Carols, a popular evening service, will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Rev. Dave Wright ’96 and campus members will provide readings. The Adelphian Concert Choir will lead sing-alongs of traditional carols, accompanied by the Bethel Schneebeck Organ. The festival is a traditional candlelight worship celebration of Christmas, based on the famed A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, performed each year by the King’s College Choir at Cambridge University. Attendees are invited to bring canned food, dry food, or cash donations for St. Leo’s Food Connection.
Tis the Season, a free concert featuring two more Puget Sound choral groups, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Chorale, conducted by J. Edmund Hughes, and the Dorian Singers, conducted by Kathryn Lehmann, will perform music including works by Christopher Aspaas, John Rutter, David Eddleman, Dan Forrest, and Keith Hampton.
FOR TICKETS: Tickets for the two Winterfest concerts are available online at tickets.pugetsound.edu, or at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100. Admission is $10 for the general public; $5 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound students, faculty and staff. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. For directions and a map of the campus: pugetsound.edu/directions
Christopher Paul Jordan and Gustavo Martinez will show artwork in solo exhibitions at Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, from Monday, Nov. 13, to Saturday, Dec. 9.
Gustavo Martinez, a professor at Green River College, in Auburn, creates sculptural ceramics. His exhibition, Guardians, Warriors, and Allies, explores how the artist comes to peace with his inner demons.
Martinez tells stories through his work that embody powerful imagery, history, and figurative forms that connect to Mesoamerican imagery and personal identity. The artworks involve the presence of a guardian-warrior who is an ally aiding Martinez in the process of quieting his mind and allowing positive thoughts that are free of fear and that help guide him in times of darkness.
Christopher Paul Jordan is well-known in the Tacoma art scene. He has had a significant impact on public art across the city, and this will be his first solo gallery show. Kittredge Gallery is proud to host Jordan’s work on landscapes, community, and reimagining the painted landscape tradition in the context of displacement.
In Latent Home Jordan’s carved paintings and immersive virtual installations archive fragments of Tacoma’s landscape. Reassembling neighborhood memories through rolls of unprocessed film from 2007, Jordan uses a series of collaborations with his teenage self to investigate the construction of belonging in an era of red-lining and mass displacement. Describing the exhibition as a “long distance phone call with the past,” Jordan experiments with optics, aerosol art, and stereoscopic collage to survey his childhood home, while questioning traditions of consuming and documenting the environment.
Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the Department of Art and Art History and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public.
Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, Wash.
Directions and Map: pugetsound.edu/directions
Regular Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m.
Josephine Howell was born on the Southside of Chicago, IL. She made Seattle her home in 1993. She has always been fascinated with music and the arts, captivating family and friends at an early age with her amazing gifts. Although she never studied music professionally, “Josie” possesses a God-given endowment for the arts. She first explored her interest and abilities for singing in the children’s choir at The True Right M. B. Church. Her range of talent extends from singing, dancing and acting to the very production and direction of the arts. Her performances convey passion, inspiration and melodious sound that is birthed from a life of challenging struggles and immense victories. Because Josephine recognizes the importance of each hand, helping another, she regularly participates in local community events, performing, entertaining, but also sometimes speaking very candidly to those who need to hear from someone who’s walked in their shoes. She has also committed her time and talent to speak to our government about the plight of the homeless, a place she once knew firsthand. She believes that is important not just to entertain, but to use her gifts, her singing, her speaking, her acting, her directing to better the community, city and country in which she lives. Josie attributes her success to her mother, Alberta Tucker, for instilling in her a spiritual foundation based on a personal relationship with God. But she recognizes God as her ultimate reason for her gifts, her will and her determination.
Celebrate the Gates Foundation Visitor Center’s transformation to the Gates Foundation Discovery Center!
Performances by Seattle’s own “The Flavr Blue” and Gansango
Music and Dance. Explore our brand new exhibits and play games for good. Meet our amazing local partners and find out how you can turn caring into action! Drinks by Optimism Brewing Company and more! FREE.
Take action at the Launch Party!
Meet and hear from individuals creating change to better communities here and around the globe. Take part in our featured take action project; Birthday Dreams with The World is Fun, dedicated to getting you involved.
Launch Party Partners include:
The World is Fun
United Way Emerging Leaders
Northwest Tap Connection
– Tickets on sale Oct. 16 at HondaBattleoftheBands.com
– Voting now open to help decide which HBCU marching bands will perform
– “March On: Dream Together” theme for 2018 invitational showcase celebrates HBCU culture and community
Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) will make its highly-anticipated return to Atlanta on January 27, 2018, when eight marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) take the field to dazzle fans with their music, choreography and pageantry. The polls are now open for the public to vote for their favorite marching bands to perform in the 16th annual HBOB Invitational Showcase.
Beginning today, fans can visit http://www.
“For more than 15 years, Honda Battle of the Bands has provided a stage for exceptional marching bands—a hallmark of HBCU culture,” said Stephan Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations & Social Responsibility for Honda. “Honda is honored to celebrate these student musicians and their teamwork, and we look forward to their dynamic performances come January.”
This year’s theme, March On: Dream Together, highlights the distinctive culture of HBCUs—both on and off the field. It is a culture that impacts and inspires far beyond its community. In addition to music education, HBOB celebrates everything from the rich history and traditions of HBCUs to the life-long connections that fuel future leaders.
In the last two years, the HBOB Invitational Showcase has attracted a combined audience of nearly 120,000 fans via the live show and online livestream. Tickets for the anticipated event start at $10 and will be available for purchase on October 16 at HondaBattleoftheBands.com.
In addition to the marching bands, the 2018 Invitational Showcase will also feature the fourth-annual HBCU Power of Dreams Award. Honda established the award to honor extraordinary individuals who are positively affecting the lives of others and moving the HBCU community forward. Members of the HBCU community will have the opportunity to nominate an exceptional individual who is making a difference in the community. Honda will recognize the winner in a ceremony during the event.
For more information on Honda Battle of the Bands and to buy tickets, visit www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com.