PBS launches its Black History Month programs with “I’ll Make Me A World: A Century of African American Arts,” airing February 1-3 at 9 p.m. (E.S.T., check local listings). . . . Have a hot cup of java while listening to some jazz, gospel or blues at Chattanooga’s Bessie Smith Hall (200 MLK Blvd.; 423-757-0020). Its new CoffeeHouse Concert Series happens every Tuesday in February, 7-9 p.m. . . . The Gullah culture, which has its origins in slavery, is kept alive with the annual Native Islander Gullah Celebration. This year’s events take place February 6-28 at various sites on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. For more info, call 800-721-7120; www.gullahcelebration.com . . . . George C. Wolfe’s acclaimed play, The Colored Museum, hits Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center Stage (1701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.; 310-827-0889; www.kcrw.org/latw) February 17-19 and 21. Tickets are $28 and $32 . . . . In Washington, D.C., Carnival ’99: A Black History Month Masquerade Ball, February 27 at the Smithsonian Castle (1000 Jefferson Dr. SW; 202-287-3306), 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $125 per person, $225 per couple and will benefit the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture.
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by Alisa Gumbs