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Tales for Black History Month

Sunday marks the beginning of Black History Month, and two events next week -- a storytelling session and a production at South Florida's 38-year-old M Ensemble Company -- kick off an arts-active month that will culminate in the Miami debut of April Yvette Thompson's searing solo show Liberty City at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts' Carnival Studio Theater Feb. 18-March 1.

Dwashington072 On Monday, actress and storyteller Donna Washington brings her tale-spinning talents to the Caldwell Theatre Company, 7901 N. Federal Hwy. in Boca Raton.  The popular spoken word performer appears as part of Florida Atlantic University's American Voices Series, with shows at 2 and 7 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and $25.  Call 1-877-245-7432 or visit the Caldwell web site for more info.

Truth006 And on Thursday, Feb. 5, M Ensemble opens its production of Sandra Asher's A Woman Called Truth.  Jerry Maple Jr. directs Christine Alexander, Carolyn Johnson, Victoria Mallow, Curtis Allen, Loye Hawkins and John Wendell in the drama about Sojourner Truth, a woman born into slavery who became both an abolitionist and a women's rights advocate.  Spirituals, slave songs and folk songs help illuminate the drama, which unfolds from 1797 to 1851.

A Woman Called Truth runs through March 1, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $25 ($20 for students and seniors), and the theater is at 12320 W. Dixie Hwy. in North Miami.  Call 305-895-0335 or visit the M Ensemble web site.