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Jazz Actors Theatre/Studio "A" for a Kwanzaa celebration 

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If you feel like you have a little more room to squeeze in some additional holiday feasting, drag your bloated self down to Jazz Actors Theatre/Studio "A" for a Kwanzaa celebration Tuesday, Jan 1, at the Walker Gallery for the Creative Arts. Jazz Actors Theatre has celebrated Kwanzaa with food and entertainment since 1993.

And what about the food? It's the same starchy, filling, stick-to-your-ribs holiday food we all know and love: "Cranberry sauce, greens, potato salad, yams — you name it, it'll be there," the gallery director, Ernie McClintock, says.

Fruit-related foods, he adds, will also be plentiful to symbolize success of the harvest, because Kwanzaa celebrates that time of bounty. Looks like vegetarians and vegans won't feel left out during dinner or go home hungry.

The entertainment will also be bountiful. After you feast on the holiday dinner, the theater company will offer storytelling, singing monologues and essay readings. Student actors will perform a "Celebration of Lorraine Hansberry." You can also visit the game room to play board games, see various folk and jazz musicians perform throughout the gallery and view the art of Ronn Walker. If nothing else, you'll be able to make new friends and learn about a different tradition. Anyone can come, bring food and enjoy the multicultural event, McClintock says. "Our Kwanzaa is sort of a collective thing with our friends who bring different items." Join them from 2-8 p.m. The entertainment begins at 2:30 p.m. 6 E. Broad St. A $5 donation is requested. 648-3530.

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