Arts & Culture Calendar

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Thursday 22

Cabaret series

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents its Late Night Cabaret Series with the Pittsburgh Improv Comedy Jam at 10 p.m. at the Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. Every Thursday until Sept. 23, the city’s best improv performances will take the stage. It’s fast, funny and sophisticated. Tickets are $5 and the event is for individuals 21 years and older. For more information, call Randy Kirk at 412-325-6766 or e-mail kirk@pgharts.org.

Friday 23

‘Bad Seeds’

The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater presents the Summer Series featuring the Alumni Theater Company’s “Bad Seeds” at 10 a.m. at 5942 Penn Ave., East Liberty. This is a performance of song, dance and impertinence. Hip-hop, Broadway and pop culture come together in an energetic and reflective music revue addressing how teens manage pressure. There will also be a 7:30 p.m. performance. For more information, call 412-363-3000 or visit http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

Friday jam session

The Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center presents their Friday Jam Session from 6-9 p.m. at 7246 Kelly St., Homewood. The evening will feature old school and jazz music followed by DJ Traci Lee at 9 p.m. For more information, call 412-727-1395.

Saturday 24

Jazz series

BNY Mellon Jazz presents their Citiparks Stars at Riverview Jazz Series at 7 p.m. at Riverview Park, North Side. The featured entertainer will be Joe Negri. This is part of a series that provides cultural and educational institutions with opportunities to offer the best in jazz artistry. For more information, call 412-255-8975 or visit http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks.

Wednesday 28

Jazz on the steps

Jazz Workshop Inc. presents Jazz On the Steps from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Homewood Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. Every Wednesday individuals are welcome to enjoy an evening of Pittsburgh’s finest in Jazz. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-244-0480 or 412-731-3080.

Summertime jazz

Duquesne University’s Office of Alumni Relations and Mary Pappert School of Music presents a Summertime Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Academic Walk and Lenglet Perron, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. The special concert will feature jazz musicians Joe Negri, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Paul, Gypsy Jazz Guitarist Kruno Spisic, Billy Kuhn and more. Tony Mowod will be the master of ceremonies. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 412-396-6209.

Sound series

The Andy Warhol Museum presents its Sound Series “Out in The Elements Festival” at 8 p.m. at the Warhol Outdoor Stage, 108 General Robinson St., Strip District. The featured entertainment will be the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International with Samba Mapangala along with special guest DJ Pete Spynda of Pandemic. This is a blend of high-energy soukous, rootsy Ghananian Highlife and African jazz that conjures sounds of the golden age of the African guitar bend. Also on July 29 at 8 p.m. there will be a performance of Naomi Davis Shelton and the Gospel Queens with special guest Deryck Tines Gospel Singers and DJ J. Malls. Each performance costs $12. For more information, call 412-237-8300.

Friday 29

Blues festival

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank presents the 2010 Pittsburgh Blues Festival at 4 p.m. at Hartwood Acres, 200 Hartwood Acres, Hampton Township. The featured entertainer will be Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, the Iguanas and Miss Freddye and Blue Faze. The festival will run through July 25 and include The Pittsburgh Blues All-Stars, Tinsley Ellis, theCause and more. This is the Food Bank’s largest fundraiser. For more information, call the Blues Hotline at 412-460-BLUE.

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