Arts & Culture Calendar 3-13-13

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Thursday 14
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.
T-Robe & Friends
    The Pittsburgh Improv presents T-Robe & Friends at 8 p.m. at 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead. This stand up comedy show features T-Robe, a comedian and actor who is gaining national recognition. This is an age 18 and over event. For more information, call 412-462-5233.
Friday 15
Solo Exhibits
    The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents Solo Exhibits from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This exhibition showcases fiber art, printmaking, paintings and sculptures from the artists, Leslie Ansley, Tina Brewer and Jo-Anne Bates. Each artist has drawn inspiration from journeys recalling African-American heritage, reflecting on Diaspora or Pilgrimages to the African continent. The exhibit runs through June 29.
Lionel Popkin
    The Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents choreographer Lionel Popkin’s “Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” at 8 p.m. at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. The performance inspired by the modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis serves as a way for Popkin to wrestle with his own uncertainties and awkwardness with representations of South Asia. For more information, call 412-636-3000 or visit http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org.
Saturday 16
Thurgood
    The Pittsburgh Public Theater presents their MADE IN AMERICA series with the play “Thurgood” at 8 p.m. at the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District. The one-man play stars Montae Russell as Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. The play tells the story of Marshall, from his beginnings in Baltimore, Md., to his rise to the highest court. “Thurgood” will run through April 7. For more information, call 412-316-1600 or visit http://www.ppt.org.
Sunday 17
Straightening Combs
    The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company presents “Straightening Combs” at 3 p.m. at 937 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Kim El shares a story of the repercussions of low self-esteem and overcoming depression in Urban America. She takes the audience on a journey seen through the eyes of an African-American female coming of age. The performance will run through March 31. For more information, call 412-400-8809 or visit http://www.pghplaywrights.com.
Monday 18
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, jazz guitarist Marty Ashby. For more information, call 412-281-0660 or visit http://www.savoypgh.com.
Tuesday 19
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. Tony Campbell and Nelson Harrison will be this week’s performer. For more information, visit http://www.trustarts.org.
Wednesday 20
Nat King Cole Tribute
    Latshaw Productions presents “An Unforgettable Music Tribute to Nat King Cole” featuring Walt Maddox at 1 p.m. at Ferrante’s Lakeview. 6153 State Route 30, Greensburg. Guests will hear some of Cole’s greatest hits recreated by Maddox, founding member of group The Marcels. Tickets are $46.95 and includes lunch, the show and more. For more information, call 724-853-4050 or visit http://www.latshawproductions.com.

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