ArtTalk

What Happened, Miss Simone?

A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse, and Black Power icon, Nina Simone is one of the most influential, beloved, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. On stage, she was known for utterly free, rapturous performances, earning her the epithet “High Priestess of Soul.” But amid the violent, day-to-day fight for civil rights, she struggled to reconcile artistic ambition with her fierce devotion to a movement. Director Liz Garbus sensitively explores the constant state of opposition that trapped and tortured Simone—as a classical pianist pigeonholed in jazz, as a professional boxed in by family life, as a black woman in racist America—and in so doing, reveals a towering figure transcending categorization and her times. What Happened, Miss Simone? premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. [Liz Garbus, 2014, USA, 102 min]

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BBQ Shrimp Skewers with a Cheddar Biscuit, Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille Sausage, Beignets and Chocolate Sauce. Vegetarian options available upon request. Drinks sold separately.

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February 2016: Black History Month

FOOVIES SERIES

The 2015–2016 Foovies series explores cultural and gender identity in the context of three “national awareness” months, thoughtfully paired with deliciously prepared menus by Zanzibar at The Loft. The series is integrated into UC San Diego’s Visual Arts curriculum and offers students free tickets to each event!