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.
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 www.ppt.org.
SUNSTARS in the Making
The Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents “SUNSTARS in the Making” from 2-4 p.m. at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. This event gives young women the opportunity to explore culturally diverse stage performances and activities that bring together dance, music and theater. There will be workshops, followed by performances by the YMCA Lighthouse Project, the Alumni Theater Company and 3 Talented Girls. Kim El, also known as Dr. Goddess, will also moderate a dialogue. For more information, call 412-363-3000.
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. This is the last performance. For more information, call 412-400-8809 or visit www.pghplaywrights.com.
Fun-raiser Benefit Concert
The Black Political Empowerment Project presents the 8th annual B-PEP Jazz Concert Fun-raiser from 5:30-11:30 p.m. at Bridges Restaurant & Lounge, Wyndham Hotel, 100 Lytton Ave., Oakland. Enjoy the music of Sean Jones and his Quartet, Roger Humphries, Etta Cox, Michelle Benson, Kenny Blake and more. Proceeds will benefit B-PEP and their Coalition Against Violence. For more information, call 412-758-7898.
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. April is National Jazz Appreciation Month. There will be a performance by Brett Williams, followed by Lou Donaldson at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.trustarts.org.
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. For more information, call 412-258-2700.
The P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Group presents the 5th Annual Blues, R&B Showcase 2013 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Hard Rock Café, Station Square. The evening will be hosted by The Muddy Kreek Blues Band and feature Vince Agwada Singer. The fundraiser supports the P.R.O.M.I.S.E.’s youth camps and other programs. For more information, call 412-258-0506 or visit www.promiseonthemove.com.