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Ella Tribute in SF

The life and music of Ella Fitzgerald (pictured) will be feted next week as part of the second annual San Francisco Black History Month Celebration, an event presented by SF Noir, a Bay Area black arts and culture organization. The tribute, which will feature Bay Area singer Ledisi backed by the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, takes place Feb. 21 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, along with movie presentations and spoken word performances. And another day of celebration events, including a lecture and film series on hip hop culture, follows on Feb. 22 at Rasselas Jazz Club in the Fillmore. A schedule of planned events for both days follows below.

Tickets for the Palace of Fine Arts Gala are $30 for Gold Circle seating, $25 for general admission seating in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased at:,, or at these San Francisco locations: City Box Office or Marcus Book Stores in San Francisco and the East Bay. Tickets for Hip Hop: A World View and the 21st Century Negro Project at Rasselas Jazz Club are $10 and are available on or at the door the night of the show. Ticket prices include admission to after parties. For more information, visit

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