African Film Festival
SembÉne: The Film & Art Festival presents its African Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. at Ava Lounge, 126 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty. The festival will include a diverse selection of stunning, award-winning controversial films from a variety of genres. The featured film will be Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s “Un Homme Qui Crie (A Screaming Man).” This was the winner of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival’s Jury Prize. Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/sembenefilmfestival.
Savoy Restaurant presents the Thanksgiving Weekend Soul Jam at 8 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Soul Jam will feature award winning R&B artist Keith Sweat and special guest Johnny Gill. Also, Pittsburgh’s own Dell Saunders will be representing, along with Mocha as mistress of ceremonies and music by DJ Schizo. Proceeds will benefit the Pittsburgh Chapter of the NAACP’s membership drive. For more information, call Chris at 412-400-0313 or visit http://www.savoypgh.org.
Saturday Jazz Jam
CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents the Saturday Jazz Jam Session from 5:30-8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. Patrons will enjoy an evening of good jazz music. This is a 30 and older event and athletic gear is prohibited. For more information, call 412-642-2377.
The Kelly Strayhorn presents the 5th Annual Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash at 8 p.m. Jazz trumpeter Sean Jones will lead the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra in a tribute to pianist and composer Billy Strayhorn. The evening will feature a 17-piece instrument and vocal ensemble. For more information, call Jill Friday at 412-363-3000 or email email@example.com.
Sunday Night Concert
The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents its Sunday Night Concerts from 6-9 p.m. at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, 422 Foreland St, North Side. The featured entertainment will be the Eric DeFade Quartet and Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-343-9555 or visit http://www.pittsburghjazz.org.
Savoy Restaurant presents Savoy Jazz from 5-9 p.m. at 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District. Every Monday guests can enjoy live jazz in a sophisticated atmosphere with the Roger Humphries Trio and a special guest each week. This week’s guests will be jazz saxophonist Kenny Blake. For more information, call 412-281-0660 or visit http://www.savoypgh.com.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents JazzLive at 5 p.m. at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. Every Tuesday guests can enjoy hot jazz from some of the most talented jazz musicians, cool drinks and great people. Roger Humphries and Tim Stevens will be this week’s performers. For more information, visit http://www.trustarts.org.
Music of Michael Jackson
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents “Music of Michael Jackson” at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. Conductor Brent Havens and the orchestra will take the audience on a journey through 40 years of Jackson’s influential and celebrated career. For more information, call 412-392-4900 or visit http://www.trustarts.org.
Savoy presents Latin Night at 9 p.m. at 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District. Every Wednesday Latin night will feature Salsa dancing lessons by Kimberly Catlin and Latin grooves by DJ Carlton Leeper. For more information, call 412-281-0660 or visit http://www.savoypgh.org.