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A Purple Valoentine's Day with Oscar® Nominee Margaret Avery - Castro on Feb. 14

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This Valentine's Day Marc Huestis presents A Valentine's Day Celebration of THE COLOR PURPLE with Oscar® Nominee Margaret Avery ("Shug") live in Person! The main event begins at 7:30 pm at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

This gala features an interview with the star, a performance by BeBe Sweetbriar, an excerpt from the award-winning new documentary ALICE WALKER - BEAUTY IN TRUTH* introduced by director Pratibha Parmar, special surprise guests, and a rare theatrical screening of Steven Spielberg's heartwarming classic THE COLOR PURPLE.

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 1985, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Whoopi Goldberg) and Best Supporting Actress (Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey), this film about love, honor, empowerment, reinvention and redemption is perfect for both Valentines Day and African American Heritage Month.

Margaret Avery is currently featured in BET's new hit series BEING MARY JANE. The show broke a record for the Network on its premiere, drawing almost 5 million viewers.

THE COLOR PURPLE was the debut feature film for both Goldberg (as Celie) and Winfrey (as Sophia). Margaret Avery as Shug is the emotional center of the piece -- in a performance that is both substantial and transcendent. And ultimately it is a love story between Shug and Celie, well before its time in showing tenderness and sensuality between two women.

This event will mark a homecoming for Margaret Avery who is a proud alumni of San Francisco State University.
Pre-event signing start at 6:30 pm.
Tickets available at or 415 863-0611.

* Pratibha Parmar's ALICE WALKER - BEAUTY IN TRUTH airs on PBS American Masters as part of African American Heritage -- Friday, Feb 7.


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