Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has put together a full calendar of events for Black History Month several of which are free. Here are some highlights.

Feb 17th to May 22nd - The Jazz Loft Project
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery 40 Lincoln Center Plaza

An exhibition featuring the work of photographer W. Eugene Smith who owned a loft in Manhattan's Flower District where jazz artists such as Charles Mingus, Zoot Sims, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk held late night jam sessions. The exhibition includes listening stations and film footage.

American Girl, World Citizen: A Musical Journey of Nina Simone
(2 Performances)
Feb 18th, 7pm - Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue
Feb 22nd, 7 pm - Illinois Jacquet Performance Space, 94-15 159th Street, Jamaica, Queens

A tribute to musician and activist Nina Simone, whose music reflected a variety of genres including classical, jazz, and pop. "In this spirited tribute, a group of powerfully-talented women (hand-picked by Musical Director Tamar-kali) pays homage to a sister traveler of song through works that Nina Simone wrote, touched, or transformed during her transcendent career."

Feb 25th, 8:30 pm - The Mighty Third Rail
David Rubenstein Atrium
, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets

The Mighty Third Rail is a local band that mixes the elements of hip hop poetry, beatboxing, violin and bass. They're self-described as "a 3 man squadron lead by Actor/Poet extraordinaire Darian Dauchan and featuring the indelible Ian Baggette on Bass, and the charming Curtis Stewart on violin. When they're powers combine they produce a unique voltron of a sound the likes of which the world has never heard. But no one can be told what The Mighty Third Rail is, you have to experience it for yourself."

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