Arts & Culture Calendar 1-23-13

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Thursday 24
DUETS
    The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents Sean Jones Presents…DUETS: Sean & the DJ at 7 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is a musical collaboration between world-renown trumpeter Sean Jones and DJ Nate Da Phat Barber, also known as Nate Mitchell, together they will pay tribute to the musical foundations of jazz and hip-hop. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.culturaldistrict.org.
Friday 25
Urban Girlz Go Downtown
    The Marylloyd Claytor Dance Academy presents Urban Girlz Go Downtown from 5-8 p.m. at the Café at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This will be an informal installation art showing. There will also be performance art lectures, demonstrations, a fashion show featuring fashion streetware and more. For more information, call 412-216-2616 or email www.marylloydclaytordanceco@verizon.net.
Opening Ceremony
    One Hood Media Academy presents its Opening Ceremony featuring David Banner at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This opening ceremony will feature a special conversation with Grammy award winning rapper David Banner. Banner will discuss the image of Black males in hop-hop, his career and the state of hip-hop. Along with Banner there will be performances from Paradise Gray, and academy graduates Cameron Layne and Jordan Montgomery. Jaisiri X will serve as the host. The program is offered to 25 young African-American men, ages 13-19. For more information, call 412-404-2347 or email jaisirix@gmail.com
Saturday 26
Glamazonia
    FashionAFRICANA and The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents Glamazonia at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is a photography exhibition paying tribute to African beauty and hairstyles by Paris-based photographer Mario Epanya. He celebrates African ancestry and customs by highlighting his interpretation of the aesthetics and shapes used by African ancestors for ceremonial and special occasion dress. The exhibition showcases more than 30 images of Black women from contemporary full color to vintage black and white. It also features sculptures by Vanessa Germany and garments by FashionAFRICANA. For more information, call 412-258-2700 or visit http://www.augustwilsoncenter.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. Following the session, there will be a performance featuring Howie Alexander at 9 p.m. This is a 30 and older event and athletic gear is prohibited. For more information, call 412-642-2377.
Sunday 27
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 performer will be Kenny Blake and Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-343-9555 or visit http://www.pittsburghjazz.org.
Monday 28
Savoy Jazz
    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 performer will be jazz and Latin vocalist Kenia. For more information, call 412-281-0660 or visit http://www.savoypgh.com.
Art Exhibition/ Birthday Celebration
    Naomi Walker presents the “A Birthday Girl, SugarFoot and GG Heist” art exhibition and birthday celebration from 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at Urban Elite Gallery, 311 S. Craig St., Oakland. This is Walker’s first show of oil paintings, gouache illustrations and will include 30 works. The dress is cocktail attire. For more information, call 412-537-3504 or email naomicw@gmail.com.
Tuesday 29
JazzLive
    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. Tom Wendt and Eric Suesoff will be this week’s performers. For more information, visit http://www.trustarts.org.
Wednesday 30
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.

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