Glam Girls Go to: Cafe Bistro for When Harlem Comes to Paris kickoff event

Nea Posey, Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi. Me and cast

Lil SoSo kicked off this year's production at Cafe Napolean in Adam's Morgan where I reprised my role as Mamie Mason, a southern socialite who hosts the crème de la crème of the Harlem Renaissance in Paris. The inaugural event gave patrons a sneak peek of When Harlem Came to Paris and improv performance and artistic showcase of art, culture and fashion.

Can you imagine what would it have been like if Zora Neal Hurston, Josephine Baker, Duke Ellington, Wallace Thurman, Bruce Nugent, Dorothy West, Ma Rainey and Lillian Hardin-Armstrong all came together in the city of lights for a night of music, prose and conversation? That concept is the premise behind "When Harlem Came to Paris" (WHCTP), the brainchild of Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi of LiL SoSo Productions,

Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi and John Murph

For three years, Lil Soso has partnered with the Alliance Française de Washington to host the event which places the audience and performers in a finale party to signalfy the end of the artists' cultural tour. This year the event is set in 1926 and,, as always will feature a Parisian-style salon party that features food, drink, music and live performances. Attendees can get in on the action by dressing in the style of the 1920s and interacting with what are now famed and iconic figures of Black American literary, music and cultural history.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

"When Harlem Came to Paris"
Alliance Francaise de Washington
2142 Wyoming Avenue, NW-WDC
$55 for Alliance Members, $65 for Non-members (Must be 21)

Tickets available until March 19th 4PM at: 202.234.7911

Set in 1926 this event features portrayals of real -life writers and musical artists from the famed Harlem Renaissance era, food, drinks, live music and performances. 1920's style evening attired is suggested, but not mandatory. Log onto: for more information on the events or email:

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