Black Culture Sampler

February is Black History Month. Following are highlights of events scheduled through next week.

* "In the Black," an exhibition about racial mythology, meaning and color, continues through Feb. 26 at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, in Heritage Park, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine. Guest curated by Myrella Moses. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Feb. 13 and 20. (714) 724-6893.

* "African Icons of Power: Timeless Artworks from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection" continues indefinitely at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Included with museum admission of $1.50 to $4.50. (714) 567-3600.

* "African American Artists," a documentary film, screens today at 7:30 p.m. at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art. Included with museum admission.

* "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," a play based on Harriet Ann Jacob's 1861 autobiography dramatizing one woman's struggle against slavery, will be presented in the Forum Theatre at Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. Show times: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and Feb. 10-12; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, and Feb. 12. $7 and $8. (714) 559-3333.

* The 1995 Black History Parade and Culture Fair takes place Saturday, Feb. 4, in Santa Ana. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Broadway and 10th streets, goes south on Broadway, west on Civic Center Drive and south on Flower Street, ending at Flower and 6th. The fair will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Eddie West Stadium, Flower and 6th streets. There will be games, exhibits, African storytelling, food, arts and crafts. (714) 440-8943.

* Three short films on the art and culture of Africa's Yoruba tribe will be shown Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art. Included with museum admission.

* Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. $24 to $28. (714) 854-4646.

* "A Raisin in the Sun," Lorraine Hansberry's classic drama, continues through Feb. 18 at the Ensemble Theatre, Olive Heights Center, 844 E. Lincoln Ave., Orange. Shows at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. $12 to $15. (714) 998-2670.

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