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Friday 15

Group Therapy

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents “Group Therapy” at 7 p.m. at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. This is an original work by the Alumni Theater Company; it interprets the growing pains of the average teenager through monologues, dance performances and songs. There will also be a performance on April 16 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 412-363-3000 or visit http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

Saturday 16

Stage play

Herron Enterprises presents the stage play, “The Bold and the Sanctified” at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theatre, 161 6th St., Cultural District. This musical drama/comedy tells the story of love, compromise, betrayal and survival all in the most complex organization in the world: The Church. The financial desperation of each character drives them to compromise, lust, politicking and more as they struggle to survive while remaining Bold and Sanctified. For more information, call 412-456-6666.

Sunday 17

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 Jimmy Ponder Trio and DUQ’s Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-343-9555 or visit http://www.pittsburghjazz.org.

Tuesday 19

Vocal Styling series

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Department of Education & Community Engagement presents the National Jazz Appreciation Vocal Styling Series at 8 p.m. at the Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. April is National Jazz Appreciation month and the series pays tribute to jazz as a living and historic art form. The series is part of the Trust’s JazzLive series. This week’s performance will feature Sachal Vasandani. There will be an early set featuring the Max Leake at 5 p.m. at the Backstage Bar. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.pgharts.org.

Thursday 21

Poetry slam

The Fair Housing Partnership presents their 5th Annual Poetry Slam at 8 p.m. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Local poets will speak about the need to create communities that are built on inclusion, diversity and fairness; that are free of discrimination and intolerance. Award winner Terrance Hayes will be the host and there will be door prizes, a silent auction, cash prizes for poets and refreshments. For more information, call Victoria Suvillaga at 412-391-2535 ext. 203 or email victoria@pittsburghfairhousing.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. For more information, visit ­www.MikeEppsPittsburgh.com.

Monday 25

B-PEP fun-raiser

The Black Political Empowerment Project presents its 6th Annual Jazz Marathon from 5:30-11:30 p.m. at Bridges at the Holiday Inn, 100 Lytton Ave., Oakland. The fun-raiser is in celebration of Jazz Appreciation month and the organization’s 25th anniversary. It will feature some of Pittsburgh’s best jazz musicians and vocalists. Tickets are $25, $20 for senior citizens and students. For more information, call 412-758-7898 or visit http://www.b-pep.net.

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