The Colored Section This new play by Thomas Meloncon, author of The Diary of Black Men, Whatever Happened to Black Love and From Africa to the Third Ward, is a premiere production at Houston Community College's Theater One. His latest drama, set in an innocuous barbecue restaurant in Huntsville circa 1948, cunningly dissects the absurdities of segregation. The proprietor has done all right, in his own quiet way, even though his establishment is frequented by the KKK. His granddaughter, Angel, arrives from New York with her own loud and proud ideas about what rights you need to do all right, and dramatic tension is established. 8 p.m. (Shows Thu.-Sat., Feb. 17-26; Sun., Feb. 27, 2:30 p.m.) Central's Theater One, 3517 Austin, 630-1138. $3, $5.
Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass Actor Fred Morsell has appeared on Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and General Hospital. Morsell has also toured the country performing Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass in elementary, middle and high school auditoriums. His one-man, two-act play -- a dramatic re-creation of the abolitionist's speech "The Lesson of the Hour" -- was taped for PBS and will be shown tonight on broadcast television. 8 p.m. Channel 8.
lovve/rituals & rage Barbara Jordan would not approve of the spelling used by the root wy'mn theater company. But she might be taken by their fierce performance of lovve/rituals & rage. Sharon Bridgforth's poetry-play is the story of one woman's soul -- four performers dance and sing the journey of this soul. K. Anoa Monsho's choreography enriches Bridgforth's free verse that describes the daily life of an African woman 500 years ago, and urban life in the last decade. lovve/ rituals & rage is co-sponsored by the Houston Community College System Black Student Union, Student Government Association, Sister Art Network and DiverseWorks. (Also Fri., Feb. 18.) 8 p.m. Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin, 630-1138. $10, $5 students.
(To learn how and why root wy'mn structure their works exactly as they do -- and to tell your own stories in your own way -- attend a performance workshop at DiverseWorks. Noon-2 p.m., 1117 East Frwy., 223-8246. Free.)
Hope Shiver Portrays Harriet Tubman Young Audiences of Houston and Bayou Bend present the life of Harriet Tubman and the story of the Underground Railroad. Actress and singer Hope Shiver mixes spirituals and work songs into her one-woman show about one woman's courage and commitment to freeing fellow slaves. Pianist Ann Chadwick will accompany. Young Audiences of Houston is the local chapter of a national organization committed to enlightening and inspiring students through the arts. Performances at 2 & 3 p.m. Bayou Bend Museum, 1 Wescott Street, 520-2600. Free.
Folk Art on Display in Beaumont Collector Sally M. Griffiths, a connoisseur known across the country for her taste in the work of unknowns, has lent pieces by 20 artists for this show. These artists were not concerned with making art, and many were untrained. The pieces Griffiths treasures are the work of Hispanics, prison inmates, Native Americans, former doughnut-shop employees, geriatrics -- in short, just folks. Cardboard, found objects, wood and whatever else the artists had handy, or liked the looks of, are used effectively to create these very personal works. Thru April 10. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main Street, Beaumont, (409) 832-3442.
Edward Albee and Lorenzo Thomas Houston is currently home to these two important American writers, and the Margrett Root Brown Reading Series offers a chance to hear them read. University of Houston-Downtown instructor and poet Lorenzo Thomas' collections include Jambalaya, Chances Are Few and The Bathers. UH-D students know Thomas as an unfailingly polite, soft-spoken man and an inspiring teacher. According to the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Thomas is "one of the most broadly based and multifaceted writers of African descent in America today."
Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee, who teaches at the UH central campus in the spring, joins Thomas. Albee may read from some old thing like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf or do a dramatization from a recent play like Fragments. 8 p.m. Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet, 639-7300. $5 donation requested, free for seniors and students.