Kwanzaa, a week-long holiday celebrating African identity observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, gets short shrift from a lot of folks (not to mention late-night talking heads) owing mostly to the fact that it was invented in 1966 by a dude named Ron Karenga. Which brings up two questions: Weren't all holidays created by people? And since when does the fact that a holiday is new (if 42 years is new) have anything to do with how "legitimate" it is? We digress. Want to celebrate this (non-religious) holiday with more music, mingling and merriment than you can shake a Kinara candle at? This year, the African American Cultural Alliance will present its 25th annual celebration of Kwanzaa at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church. Admission is free, but the AACA asks that you bring a covered dish for a community supper. For more information, call 251-0007 or go to aacanashville.org.
Sat., Dec. 27, 6 p.m., 2008