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Thursday 20

From Slavery to Freedom

The Senator John Heinz History Center and BNY Mellon present “From Slavery to Freedom” Exhibition from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. The exhibition explores more than 250 years of African American history and highlights the history of Anti-Slavery movement, the Underground Railroad and the impact of 19th century activism on the modern quest for civil and human rights in Pittsburgh. The exhibition includes artifacts, interactive activities, rare documents and audio/video components. For more information, call Samuel Black at 412-454-6391 or swblack@heinzhistorycen­ter.org.

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 21

Nativity: A

Christmas Gift

The Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble presents “Nativity: A Christmas Gift” at 8 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. This is a musical inspired by Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity and includes a dynamic experience with traditional African dance and gospel music. The performance will run through Dec. 23. For more information, call 412-648-2276.

Saturday 22

Annual Holiday

Celebration

BNY Mellon Jazz presents Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra On the Road: Annual Holiday Celebration at 7:30 p.m. at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, 1815 Metropolitan St., Manchester. This special concert will spread Christmas cheer and gives classic favorites a jazz makeover. For more information, call 412-323-4000 or visit http://www.mcgjazz.org.

Sunday 23

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 Jimmy Sapienza and Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-343-9555 or visit http://www.pittsburghjazz.org.

Tuesday 25

Merry Christmas!!!!

Wednesday 29

A Gershwin Night

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents “Music: A Gershwinter Night” at 8 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is a tribute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin and will include a once in a lifetime concert featuring the Sean Jones International All-Star Quintet and special guest saxophonist Eli Degibri. The quintet will also include Dwayne Dolphin, Alton Merrell and Roger Humphries. There will also be a performance on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 412-456-6666.

New Year’s Comedy

Explosion

WAMO 100.1 FM & Uplift Enterprises present the New Year’s Eve Weekend Comedy Explosion at 7 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The evening will feature DeRay Davis, Bruce Bruce, J. Russ, Lil Duval and more, along with comedian T. Robe as the host. Pittsburgh is the first stop of the tour. For more information, call 1-888-71-TICKETS or visit http://www.brucebrucepgh.com or http://www.deraypgh.com.

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