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Black Arts & Performance Summer Day Camp in June

Dr. Anndretta Wilson’s Black Arts & Performance Summer Day Camp is a celebration of African Diaspora culture for young learners of all backgrounds ages 5 to 12.

About this Event

Black Arts and Performance Summer Day Camp students are coached by Dr. Anndretta Wilson and her team to dramatize works by notable Black writers and explore artistic expression across the African diaspora historically. Students are grouped by ages 5 to 8, or 9 to 12 years old. Minimum registration for 1 week (one session) starts at $250. The camp venue is in South Los Angeles in the Leimert Park area.
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Use coupon code “metaphor” for $50 discount (applies to 10 spaces each week through first week of May)

  • Session 1: (June 3-7) Langston Hughes
  • Session 2: (June 10-14) Maya Angelou
  • Session 3: (June 17-21) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Session 4: (June 24-28) Black Excellence All-Stars

Black Arts and Performance Summer Day Camp participants will…

  • Demonstrate thoughts and feelings using movement and sound
  • Work with coaches and peers to memorize their favorite lines of poetry
  • Practice public speaking and precise diction
  • Listen to stories written by prominent Black writers
  • Collaborate to create props and wardrobe pieces
  • Learn and practice The Black National Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing)
  • Perform together on Friday at 3pm to share what they explored during the week with parents and friends

Black Arts and Performance Summer Day Camp runs from 9:00am to 3:30pm and students are expected to bring their own lunches. Camp provided meals and extended care hours including 8:30am drop off can be arranged with an additional fee per child.

Black Arts and Performance Summer Day Camp Founder and Director Anndretta Lyle Wilson, PhD earned her doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Theater and Performance Studies with an emphasis in African American history and culture. During the academic year, she teaches Black Studies in the Ethnic Studies department at California State University, East Bay.

For more details contact Dr. Wilson:

April 13th: Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson at The Metaphor Club

Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson discuss The Undefeated at The Metaphor Club on April 13th at 7pm.

On April 13th, Lawrence Ross will lead a discussion about social justice at The Metaphor Club, as we talk to New York Times best selling author Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson about their new book, The Undefeated. It begins at 7pm, and Eso Won will be selling books, so member or non-member, feel from to come on through!

April 12th: Blackademics @The Metaphor Club

Hello professors, teachers and doctoral students. Are you looking to get in some grading or planning for the upcoming semester/quarter, but not excited about the local coffee shop scene? Great! Want feedback from peers on your project or book idea? We’ve got you covered. Do you need meeting space for office hours? You have it here. BLACKADEMICS at The Metaphor Club!

Get a $19.99 day pass, find a seat, and join other Southern California academics in getting that work done! And we’ll throw in the endless gourmet coffee and tea for free! We open right at 9am and we close at 10pm, so you can chill with your peers all day.

April 19th, 7pm: The MetaREAD

UCLA professor Tim Albaugh leads our monthly MetaREADS table read of scripts

You asked for it, and now it’s here! The Metaphor Club is hosting our third  MetaREAD on March 22nd from 7pm to 10pm. And leading the table read is one of the best screenwriting teachers in the business, Tim Albaugh.

Tim Albaugh is a writer/producer, and a graduate of the UCLA M.F.A. screenwriting program. Tim has taught screenwriting at UCLA, UC Irvine, Hollins University, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. His students have sold features to all the major studios and have had multiple features produced including the recent film ALL EYEZ ON ME and the Christian Bale film THE MACHINIST. Their work in TV includes, but is not limited to, BLACKISH, INSECURE, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, HAWAII FIVE-O, WYNNONA EARP, IZOMBIE, THE MAGICIANS and many others.  In addition to his writing and teaching, Tim consults and speaks at film festivals throughout the world.   

Here are the rules: 

  1. Bring eight copies of the first TEN pages of your script, film or television. Sorry, but it’s limited to those genres. If you bring us more than ten pages, we’ll stop at page 10. No exceptions.
  2. We will have actors read your script. You will sit back and listen.
  3. Please make sure your script is formatted correctly. Final Draft is your friend…most of the time.
  4. After your script is read, listen…don’t talk…or defend. You’re here to get notes. Constructive criticism makes your writing better.
  5. Lastly, have fun. It’s only writing…and your heart and soul on the page.

To enter your script at the MetaREAD is $19.99. For non-members who’d like to attend, but not have their script read, the cost is $10 for entry.

Send an email to to reserve your spot. We’ll have approximately ten slots, so first come, first served.