LOCAL BRIEFS •Â February 13, 2009

Posted on 12 Feb 2009 at 8:12pm
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Neeki Bey to lead ‘Global Jazz Vespers’ at Cathedral of Hope
The Cathedral of Hope, 5810 Cedar Springs Road, will offer "Global Jazz Vespers" on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. The service, to be led by musician Neeki Bey, is a synthesis of several traditions, each finding a unifying voice jazz. The service is free and open to all.

In the "Global Jazz Vespers" service, jazz music emerges as a balm that has the power to heal and inspire, while social justice provides a context for understanding the unique relationship between jazz and the church, as jazz gave voice to a marginalized people even before the church’s conscience was awakened.

Bey, minister of music for Dallas’s Church in the Cliff, is a native Texan and life-long choir boy who ties together jazz piano, choral music and African drumming, with gospel influences and a hint of country twang. Through his professional endeavors as performer, producer, composer and conductor throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa, Neeki connects those around him to the stories and rhythms of people around the world, blending the skills of a priest preserving the sacred traditions of indigenous cultures and the insights of the prophet who calls for bold new ways to share musical gifts across boundaries.

Bey was educated at the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Morehouse College, Institute for European Studies-Vienna, and Southern Methodist University. He currently serves as minister of music for Dallas’s Church in the Cliff.


‘Eric Trich: omg!’ collector’s art exhibit opening at Cathedral of Hope
Art for Peace & Justice will present "Eric Trich: omg!" a collector’s art exhibition, Feb. 20-April 10 at the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road.

The exhibit will feature paintings and sculptures on loan from the collections of Bill and Heather Esping, Brad Johnson, Mark Murphy, R. Keith Nordin, H.I.H. Princess Sarvenaz Pahlavi and Jeff and Jan Rich, as well as the private collection of SGA Enterprises and a private collection in London.

Cordell Adams to read from, discuss ‘Light Bread’ at RCD
Resource Center of Dallas’ Phil Johnson Historic Archives and Library will host author Cordell Adams in a reading on Feb. 26 featuring his debut novel "Light Bread," at 7 p.m. at the center, 2701 Reagan St.

The book tells the story of Veola Cook and is set in fictional Parkerville, Texas. Adams says Veola is based on his real-life grandmother, Leola Cox, who was a native of Jacksonville in East Texas. She died in 1980, and the book was initially written as a memoir for Adams’ family. But, on the advice of writing consultants, he turned the memoir into a book. Three months after it was published, the book sold more than 3,000 copies and is now in its second printing. Adams will have copies of "Light Bread" for sale at the reading and will sign them. More information on the book is available at www.sweettaterpiepublishing.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 13, 2009.

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