The Carnegie Museum of Art presents “Picturing the City: Downtown Pittsburgh. 2007-2010” at 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. This exhibit features 86 recent images from nine contemporary photographers who call this city their home. The photographs record a Downtown where people, buildings and landscapes have been altered dramatically in the wake of $2 billion in public and private development projects. The exhibit will run through March 25, 2012. For more information, call 412-622-3131 or visit www.cmoa.org.
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.
Pig Iron Theatre
The Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents “Poet in New York” by Pig Iron Theatre Company at 8 p.m. at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. This play by the Philadelphia based theatre company pays homage to Federico Garcia Lorca, a Spanish poet, playwright and theater director. It takes place in 1929 as a broken-hearted Lorca arrives in New York City to find a whirlwind of Harlem blues, looming skyscrapers and stock market disasters. The performance will run through Oct. 1. For more information, call 412-363-3000 or visit www.kelly-strayhorn.org.
The Sweetwater Center for the Arts presents Babatunde Lea Live at 2 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is part of the 15th Annual MAVUNO Festival of African-American Art & Culture. Lea’s music is influenced by his many African drumming/cultural experiences. For more information, call 412-258-2700 or visit www.augustwilsoncenter.org.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Live Music from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Backstage Bar, Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. The featured artist will be Jazz musician Jared Wilson. The event is free. For more information, call Randy Kirk at 412-325-6766 or visit www.pgharts.org.
Phinehas Hodges and Alaina Dopico present “Speaking of …” at the New Hazlett Theater, Allegheny Square, North Side. This is a local spoken word poetry centric series. For more information, email email@example.com.
CABARET Hall and Comma’Dee Lane presents FIRST SUNDAYS Gospel Jazz Jame Session from 4-6 p.m. at 7982 Frankstown Ave., Homewood. Every first Sunday of the month lovers of the gospel and of music can come and enjoy themselves. Rodney McBride will be the featured artist. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Tori Walker at 412-952-9491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.shadowlounge.net.