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For those in-the-know, Memorial Day weekend is definitely not a time to flee the city, because that’s when the Brooklyn Academy of Music brings dance, film, live music and merchandise from the African diaspora to Fort Greene.

The 27th annual Dance Africa festival brings performances by Ghana’s Nii Tettey Tetteh and the Kusun Ensemble; the New York City-based Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble and the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company from Virginia. For a complete list of performance dates and times, which begin May 28, and ticket prices, visit BAM’s Web site at

The festival also includes dance master classes with Nii Tettey Tetteh and The Kusun Ensemble at the Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Ave.) on May 23 ($8, $5 children under 16); a Dance Africa Bazaar in the parking lots adjacent to BAM May 29-31; and a film program at the BAM Rose Cinemas beginning May 27.

A highlight of the film festival will be two free, sneak-preview screenings on May 31 of Jim McKay’s movie "Everyday People" set in Fort Greene. McKay and executive producer Nelson George will give a Q&A following the 6:45 pm screening. The film’s composer and Chocolate Genius front man Marc Anthony Thompson (pictured), will give a live performance in the BAMcafe.

Now that’s not something you’ll see "everyday" in Brooklyn.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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