‘Tubman’ Onstage at August Wilson AACC; Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner Play MCG Jazz (Fri., 2/21/20)

Harriet Tubman meant business. This photo is undated; the new play 'Tubman' imagines her in the present.

Harriet Tubman meant business. This photo is undated; the new play ‘Tubman’ imagines her in the present.

1) Harriet Tubman had powers that seemed otherworldly. Escaping from slavery in the antebellum South, she returned to lead many more daring escapes—outwitting pursuers, defying the odds, crediting her success to divine guidance. In the Civil War, she co-led a Union Army raid that liberated entire plantations. Now there is a one-woman play that literally places her in another world. Tubman, by Lacresha Berry, imagines the 1800s heroine in today’s Harlem, asking how she’d respond to current racial issues. Berry, a New York theater artist, performs Tubman at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Ave. 7 p.m. Cultural District. (MV)

2)  Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner will perform at MCG Jazz. The two collaborated on Salvant’s 2018 album, The Window, which won the 2019 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Salvant is a jazz vocalist from Miami, and Fortner is a jazz pianist from New Orleans. Here they are in Paris performing John Lennon’s “Oh My Love.” 7 and 9:30 p.m. 1815 Metropolitan St., Manchester. (CM)