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Thursday 3

offCENTER

The August Wilson Center presents offCENTER at 7 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The evening will feature Tony Campbell & The Funk Surgery Band, Kevin Brown as the emcee and performances from other local artists. The winner of the talent portion will receive a prize and qualify for a chance to perform at the Center’s First Voice Festival in May. To sign up for the competition arrive by 6 p.m. For more information, call 412-258-2700 or visit ­www.AugustWilsonCenter.org.

Friday 4

Dance Festival

The August Wilson Center presents the Black Dance Festival at 8 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. There will be performances from five dance companies, two shows and one stage. This is a celebration of the past, present and future of Black dance through a dynamic expression of style and choreography. The companies are the Rennie Harris Puremovement, Dayton Contemporary Dance Co., Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Ailey II and August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. There will also be performances Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. For more information, call 412-456-6666.

Fantastic Fridays

Jay G & Big D presents Galaxy’s Fantastic Fridays from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Club Galaxy, 7246 Kelly St., Homewood. Tracy Lee will host this event with DJ Matt G on the 1’s and 2’s. There will be tight security and ladies are free from 9-10 p.m. For more information, call 412-727-1395.

Saturday 5

Jazz Concert

The University of Pittsburgh presents its Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. at the William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The concert is part of the 41st annual Pitt Jazz Seminar. The Honorable William Robinson, Allegheny County Council, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. There will also be a presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award, the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar Committee Award and the induction of two musicians into the University of Pittsburgh International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame. For more information, call 412-394-3353.

Sunday 6

FIRST SUNDAYS

CABARET Hall and Comma’Dee Lane presents FIRST SUNDAYS Gospel Jazz Jam Session from 4-6 p.m. at 7928 Frankstown Ave., Homewood. Every first Sunday of the month, lovers of the gospel and of music in general can come and enjoy themselves at this event. 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 spkpeace@yahoo.com.

Monday 7

Harris Exhibit

The Carnegie Museum of Art presents “Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story” at the museum’s Heinz Galleries, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. This is an exhibit about famous photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris and will feature thousands of his classic and historic photos. There will also be life size projections combined with a newly commissioned jazz soundtrack. The exhibit will run through April 7. For more information, visit http://www.cmoa.org.

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.

Sunday 20

Kirk Franklin

Savoy Restaurant presents Fearless “The Tour” with Kirk Franklin & Guests at 6 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The evening will feature award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin, along with BET’s Sunday Best winner Amber Bullock with Isaac Carree, Deon Kipping and Jason Nelson and the Mt. Ararat Dance Ensemble MADE. Rev. Brian Edmonds and Sherri Lynn will be hosts. For more information, call 1-888-71-TICKETS or visit http://www.KirkFranklinPittsburgh.com.

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