Women’s March Co-Chair to Speak as Part of CenterStage Professional Touring Artist Series

by Kalina Newman July 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm 22 Comments

There will be an all-around focus on activism and civil rights during Reston Community Center’s 2017-18 Professional Touring Artist Series at the CenterStage.

As part of that focus, Tamika D. Mallory will speak on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15, 2018) as part of Reston’s Dr. King Birthday Celebration. Mallory was national co-chair of the Women’s March in January, which saw hundreds of thousands protesting in DC and upward of 5 million participating worldwide.

According to her profile on the Women’s March website:

Tamika D. Mallory is nationally recognized as a fiery and outspoken champion for social justice who has worked closely with the Obama Administration as an advocate for civil rights issues, equal rights for women, health care, gun violence, and police misconduct. Tamika has been publicly applauded as “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett, and was selected to serve on the transition committee of New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio.

Mallory is also considered a “leading figure in the grassroots, community-based effort to stop gun violence,” according to the website. She has been in the news recently for her statements against the National Rifle Association.

Mallory is just one of the speakers slated for the coming season of the CenterStage series. Another is Terry Tempest Williams, who will speak on environmentalism on Saturday, Dec. 2. According to her website, Williams is “a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.”

Paul Douglas Michnewicz, RCC’s director of arts and events, says there will be something for everyone during the 2017-18 season.

“Deeply personal and highly engaging, the Professional Touring Artist Season at the Reston Community Center will activate your spirit and motivate your soul,” he said.

The activism won’t just come through speakers either. Chicano rock band Quetzal, who will kick off the series Oct. 1, is described as using music “as a form of politically engaged community-building.”

The full CenterStage season lineup is listed below. Tickets will go on sale for Reston residents Aug. 1, and for non-Reston residents Aug. 8.

For more information about any of the performances, visit the Reston Community Center website or call 703-476-4500.

Quetzal — Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

Mucca Pazza — Saturday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

DakhaBrakha — Sunday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. ($25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston)

Terry Tempest Williams — Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

Reduced Shakespeare Company presents “The Ultimate Christmas Show” — Saturday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ($25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston)

Tamika D. Mallory presents Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration — Monday, Jan. 15, noon ($5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston)

The Color Orange: A Hip-Hop Concert about Friendship and Multiculturalism — Sunday, Jan. 21, 3 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Project — Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

Theater Alliance presents: Word Becomes Flesh by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, directed by Psalmayene 24 — Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

Mark Brutsché is “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” — Sunday, Feb. 18, 3:00 p.m. ($5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston)

Letters from Iraq, composed by Rahim AlHaj — Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

Lúnasa – Wednesday, March 21, 8 p.m. ($25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston)

Erth’s “Dinosaur Zoo Live” — Tuesday, March 27, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ($10 Reston/$15 Non-Reston)

An Evening with Maysoon Zayid, comedienne — Saturday, March 31, 8 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

Anthony de Mare presents Liaisons: Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano — Saturday, April 7, 8 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

PROJECT Trio: Greg Pattillo, Flute / Eric Stephenson, Cello / Peter Seymour, Double Bass — Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

Boys in Trouble, Sean Dorsey, choreographer — Wednesday, May 16, 8 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

Furia Flamenca presents Flamenco to the MAX — Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

Robert Krulwich, scientist, presents Saddam Hussein’s Secret Octopus and Other Stories — Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

  • Mike M

    So, a professional left wing ranter will be coming to Reston in January? News for July?

    • Reston Now

      RCC just released the entire schedule this week, tickets go on sale Aug. 1 and she was the most newsworthy person on the schedule. So yes, news for July.

      • Mike M

        I guess noteworthy is in the eye of the beholder.

        • The Constitutionalist

          Reston Now has to promote their agenda too, Mike, as early as possible. We have to get our hats ready anyways and if I’m going to knit mine I’ll have to start today.

          • Mike M

            I think Reston Now has done a good job at impartiality. But this struck me as the influence of a new hand on the scene.

          • Greg

            An improvement over the past?

    • Greg

      Robert Krulwich is not newsworthy? Perhaps the wrong media. He’s radio.

  • Guest

    I’m waiting for RCC to invite Ann Coulter as a counterbalance to the left-wing, redistributionist, anti-white people rants of Ms.Mallory

  • Really?

    ” A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech”??? Isn’t this the same woman that banned Pro-Life women from attending the Womans March?

  • questionforRN

    Does RCC compensate these artists for their performances? And if so, do they do it with RA money? Asking because I’d hate to know that my HOA fees are lining Mallory Consulting Firms pockets.

    • Mike M

      Excellent question! It is not uncommon for Dems to try to support leftist organizations with tax dollars. I think the RCC is funded primarily by a special district tax, but it’s probably more complicated than that.

    • TheKingJAK

      That’s a fair question which deserves an honest answer.

      • questionforRN

        That sounds like something useful RestonNow should investigate.

  • Greg

    Sure would be nice if the RCC would invite our neighbor, the NRA, to something.


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