Arts & Culture Calendar

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Thursday 21

Future of Black arts

UMOJA African Arts Company and Coro present “Exploring the Intersection of Art, Policy and Culture: Utilizing Collaboration in Envisioning the Success, Sustainability and Future of the Black arts community” from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Space Gallery, 812 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Catherine Carle and Anthony Harbour will discuss the future of Black arts and culture in Pittsburgh and what factors impact the health and vitality of the Black arts community. For more information, email info@umojacompany.org.

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. Tickets are $25-$65 in advance. For more information, visit http://www.MikeEppsPittsburgh.com.

Sunday 24

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

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.

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 will be a pre-Interval happy hour. Must be 21 years or older. There is no cover. For more information, visit http://www.shadowlounge.net.

Tuesday 26

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.

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