Arts & Culture Calendar

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Thursday 8   

Season opener

The University of Pittsburgh Kuntu Repertory Theatre presents “Dutchman” and “The Slave” at 8 p.m. at Alumni Hall, 7th Floor Auditorium, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The two one-act plays launch the 2009-2010 season, which is dedicated to the late Rob Penny. He was the Kuntu’s playwright-in-residence for many years and a Pitt associate professor of Africana studies. Dutchman examines the possibilities of interracial relationships through an encounter on a New York subway. The flirtation between the young man and woman evolves into a serious discussion of perceptions and stereotypes that ends in tragedy. “The Slave” is a fable that looks at the revolution to overthrow the Euro-centered culture of the United States through the relationships of a divorced interracial couple and a new spouse, the ex-husband’s former mentor.  The performance will run through Oct. 10. Admission is $20 for adults, $13 for senior citizens, students and children ages 4-18. For more information, call 412-624-7298.

 

Jazz jam

CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 30 years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.

Friday 9

‘Ella’

The Pittsburgh Public Theater presents “Ella” at 8 p.m. at the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District. This is the story of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald. The musical will transport the audience to the French Riviera, which is where one of Fitzgerald’s most thrilling concerts occurred. Tina Fabrique plays Ella. Songs featured in the performance include “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “A Tisket-A Tasket” and more. For more information, call 412-316-1600 or visit http://www.ppt.org.

Saturday 10

Last showing

The Sweetwater Center for the Arts presents “The Souls of My Sisters: Dedicated to First Lady Michelle Obama” exhibition from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at 200 Broad St., Sewickley. This exhibit is part of the 13th Annual Mavuno Festival of African-American Art and Culture. This is an exhibition of works by members of the regional artist group Women of Visions, Inc. WOV Inc. began in 1981 and has grown over the years to represent a diverse sampling of artistic styles, mediums, and varied expressions of the personal, social and political experience of the African American female artist. The exhibit will run through Oct. 10. For more information, call 412-741-4405 or e-mail info@sweetwaterartcenter.org.

Sunday 11

Sunday night jazz

The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents The Sunday Night Jazz Concerts from 7-10 p.m. at the Rhythm House Café, 3029 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. The featured entertainer will be the ’Burgh Big Band and DUQ’s Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-221-5010.

Monday 12

Jam session

AVA Lounge presents a Weekly Live Jazz/Jam Session with The Interval Trio & Friends at 9 p.m. at 126 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Every Monday jazz fans can enjoy great music from some of the best musicians. DJ J. Malls will spin the vinyls. Must be 21 years or older. There is no cover. For more information, visit http://www.shadowlounge.net.

Tuesday 13

Documentary premiere

The Josh Gibson Foundation and Duquesne University presents the Documentary Premiere of “Josh Gibson: the Legend Behind the Plate” at 4 p.m. at the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This is an hour-long documentary celebrating the life of Negro League All-Star Josh Gibson. Its produced by journalism and multimedia arts students of Duquesne University and narrated by Pittsburgh Broadcasting legend Bill Hillgrove. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, e-mail richiea@duq.edu.

Wednesday 14

Part Three

The Carnegie Museum of Art presents “Documenting Our Past: The Teenie Harris Archive Project, Part Three” from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. This features photographs selected by a guest curator, Charles A. “Little Teenie” Harris, the oldest son of “Teenie” Harris. Harris has selected images by his father that have never before been viewed by the public, in addition to other well-known favorites. The 184 photographs have been divided into the following themes: landmarks, celebrities, children, family, occupations, politics, protests, social, sports and weddings and religious events. In addition to the images selected, the exhibition features the 50 winning photographs from the “One Shot ‘Teenie’ Harris Photo Contest.” The exhibit will run to Jan. 31, 2010. For more information, call 412-622-3131.

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