The isolated community of Gee's Bend is tucked away in a U-shaped curve of the Alabama River. Its inhabitants descend from slaves, many of whose relatives literally walked from North Carolina with their slave masters in the 1840s. However, from this history of strife, hatred and isolation grew world-famous quilts of amazing character.
Tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Space Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, see the story of Gee's Bend through the eyes of three women. Stitched together with gospel music and lovable characters, the history of the civil-rights movement is reflected in the lives of these women as the audience follows the bends and twists of their lives, from 1938 to 2000. "It's all about textures, from the textures of their lives to the textures of the quilts," says Chris Wiger, publicist and public-relations manager at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
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Gee's Bend runs through April 19; tickets are $36 to $48. Get more information at www.denvercenter.org or 303-893-4100.
March 14-April 19, 2008