If you agree that this time of year embraces much more than just one tradition, then learning about—and celebrating with—ritual and ceremony drawn from the African diaspora will only deepen the spirit of the season. This year’s Kwanzaa celebration is dedicated to the principle of Umoja: to strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. And there’s a drum circle (!!)—if you have one, bring it. It’s the first night of Kwanzaa, which runs through Jan. 1. In observance of Kwanzaa tradition, please bring a fruit or crops to place at the table.
6 p.m. Dec. 26, The Ritz Theatre & Museum, Downtown, free.