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Thursday 17

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 25-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 18

John Legend

The Hill House Association presents John Legend Live at 7:30 p.m. at the Kaufman Center, 1835 Centre Ave., Hill District. This is a benefit performance to help the children families and seniors served by the Hill House. There will also be a VIP cocktail reception hosted by Mike and Kiya Tomlin. For more information, call 412-392-4429 or visit http://www.HillHouse.org.

Friday jam session

The Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center presents the Friday Jam Session from 6-9 p.m. at 7246 Kelly St., Homewood. Enjoy fun, games, music and good food. Plus DJ Traci Lee will be in the house from 9 p.m. until. For more information, call 412-727-1395.

Saturday 19

Jazz at Andy’s

Fairmont Pittsburgh presents Jazz at Andy’s from 7-11 p.m. at 510 Market St., Downtown. Every Wednesday through Saturday, guests will be treated to live jazz performances by some of the city’s finest musicians. The featured entertainer will be Tania Grubbs. There is no cover charge. For more information, call 412-773-8884 or visit http://www.andyswinebar.com.

Sunday 20

Sunday night jazz

The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents The Sunday Night Jazz Concerts from 6-9 p.m. at The Grand View Buffet Restaurant at The Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Dr., North Shore. The featured entertainment will be the Shawn and Darden Purcell Quartet and DUQ’s Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-343-9555 or visit http://www.pittsburghjazz.org.

Monday 21

Interval

AVA Lounge presents Live Jazz with The Interval Trio & Friends at 8:30 p.m. at 126 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Every Monday DJ J. Malls will be spinning jazz vinyls, followed by an open jam session. Also from 5:30-8:30 p.m. there is a pre-Interval happy hour featuring the sounds of DJ Stephan. Must be 21 years or older. There is no cover. For more information, visit http://www.shadowlounge.net.

Saturday 26

Anniversary celebration

The Afro-American Music Institute presents their 28th Anniversary celebration at 6 p.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Suite 411, Downtown. The evening will feature dinner, dancing and entertainment by the AAMI faculty, staff and advanced students. There will also be a performance from Sean Jones. Tickets are $80 per person or $150 per couple and proceeds benefit youth scholarships and programs at the AAMI. For more information, call 412-241-6775.

Color of strings

The Kente Arts Alliance presents “The Color of Strings: A Celebration of Women” at 8 p.m. at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. The evening will feature the Akua Dixon Quartet and Poet Lakeisha Wolf. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, call 412-394-3353 or visit http://www.kentearts.org.

Friday 1

Root

The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater presents “Root” at 8 p.m. at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. “Root” is a spoken word opera written and performed by Vanessa German. She delves into the sound and rhythm of words in this restaging of her one-woman show that explores the role of poet and audience in relation to the ritual of theater. There will also be a performance April 2. For more information, call 412-363-3000 or visit http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

Friday 22

Comedy explosion

Uplift Entertainment and Savvy Marketing presents Mike Epps and Friends Comedy Explosion 2 at 7 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 5th Ave., Oakland. Epps has sold out venues and has co-starred and appeared in numerous comedy series and DVDs, television shows and films. Tickets are $25-$65 in advance. For more information, visit http://www.MikeEppsPittsburgh.com.

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