Arts & Culture Calendar

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Thursday 18

August in August

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents August in August at 8 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is a showcase of the vignettes from playwright August Wilson’s 10-play “Century Cycle.” Performances will run through Aug. 20. Tickets are $25-$30. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.AugustWilsonCenter.org.

Candidates’

Comedy Night

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services presents Candidates’ Comedy Night 2011 at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., Waterfront. The evening will feature candidates running for political office in the November 2011 elections. Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will serve as emcee. Proceeds will benefit children and youth served by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Juvenile Section of the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas. For more information, call Brendan Hanschen at 412-350-3428 or email brendan.hanschen @Allegheny­County.us.

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 19

Music Series

The Sweetwater Center for the Arts presents its Summer Music Series from 6-8 p.m. at the Gazebo, Wolcott Park, Broad and Beaver St., Sewickley. The live entertainment to be featured will be Resonance, a collaboration of Caribbean and Jazz music. In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Sweetwater for the Arts Center. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit ­www.sweetwaterartcenter.org.

Benefit concert

ACH Clear Pathways presents its Jazz Benefit Concert from 7-10 p.m. at the Hill House Kaufman Center, 1835 Centre Ave., Hill District. Music will be provided by Rodney McCoy, Tony Campbell and Teresa Hawthorne and hosted by Comedian David “The Frog” Bey. For more information, visit ­www.achclearpathways.org.

Club Galaxy

Jay G & Big D present Club Galaxy from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment, 7246 Kelly St., Homewood. The evening will be hosted by Tracey Lee and DJ Matt G on the 1’s and 2’s. Ladies are free from 9-10 p.m. For more information, call 412-727-1395.

Salsa Fridays

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Salsa Fridays from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. This is part of the Late Night Cabaret Series. DJ Jeff Shirey, DJ Carlton and DJs Paul Mitchell will spend the hottest Latin dance music while guests dance at one of the city’s hottest late night dance spots. Must be 21 and over. For more information, call Randy Kirk at 412-325-6766 or email kirk@pgharts.org.

Saturday 20

Live Music

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Live Music in the Backstage Bar from 5-7:30 p.m. at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. The featured entertainer will be jazz musician Jared Wilson. For more information, call Randy Kirk at 412-325-6766 or email kirk@pgharts.org.

Monday 22

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 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 27

Pittsburgh Poets

The Pittsburgh Poets Café presents its Fun-raiser reception and celebration at 6 p.m. at Sanaa Studio and Gallery, 518 Blessing St., Pittsburgh. Featured guests will include The Tubby Daniels Jazz Band, The Muddy Creek Blues Band, the Langston Hughes Poetry Society, the Kuntu Writers Workshop Poets and more. There will be vendors, open mike and a buffet. Kevin Amos will be the Master of Ceremonies. The fun-raiser will benefit The Montage. The cost is $5. For more information, call 412-277-4289 or 412-973-5188.

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