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Lia Chang: Vanessa Rubin in Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday at National Black Theatre, February 19-21

Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday by Reenie Upchurch, stars Vanessa Rubin with musicians: Levi Barcourt, David Jackson, and Bernard Davis at the National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Avenue in New York, from February 19-21. Presented by Woodie King, Jr., National Black Touring Circuit, the performances are part of a month-long lineup in Woodie King, Jr.’s Black History Month Play Festival, which runs from February 5 – February 28, 2010.

Hosted by Jazzmobile and directed by Woodie King Jr., Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday is based on Billie Holiday’s last performance as witnessed by playwright Upchurch. In this moving evening of theatre and music you’ll hear some of Holiday’s most memorable songs: Fine and Mellow, Deep Song, Strange Fruit, My Man,, Yesterdays and Loverman. The play also focus on Holiday’s drug problems, New York City’s Cabaret License, Artie Shaw, Bessie Smith and historical musicians of the 1940s & 50s. With costumes by Ali Turns and lighting by Antoinette Tynes.

Friday, February 19 at 8pm
Saturday, February 20 at 8pm
Sunday, February 21 at 3pm

National Black Theatre
2031 Fifth Ave at 125th St.
New York
Tickets are $20 and are can be purchased here.

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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