Dance Theatre of Harlem — October 23 & 24, 8 p.m. Born at the height of the civil rights movement, the Dance Theatre of Harlem conveys a message of empowerment for all through the arts. Now a singular presence in the dance world, the multi-ethnic company celebrates half a century of dance, performing forward-thinking, impassioned repertoire that celebrates African American culture through the language of ballet. October 23 & 24, 2020 at 8 p.m. at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets: Regular $65; Student $60; Child $20; Student Rush day-of-show (with valid I.D.) $10. Box office: 828-257-4530 or worthamarts.org. EXTRA: Connect with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the company’s work at two insightful pre-show discussions in the Tina McGuire Theatre, beginning at 7 p.m.