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[MUSIC] Saturday, Feb. 23

Why do we sing? Perhaps we’re particularly good at it, or maybe we’re celebrating after a long day at work, or perhaps harmonizing with Adele just feels terrific. For many African-Americans, though, singing meant a brief escape from being made to feel like outcasts, or a reaffirmation of faith in the face of constant abuse. The Jester Hairston Music Association (along with youth musicians and singers) will answer the question posed and perform various standards from the jazz, spiritual and gospel genres — the roots of 20th century American music. 3 p.m.; West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 229-4800, free.