The Office of the Provost, the Department of English and the First-Year Writing Program of Duquesne University presents a Reading with Toi Derricotte at 7 p.m. at the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This free reading will feature the works of Derricotte, an award-winning poet and author. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 and the Danetts. 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.
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.
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 guest will be jazz saxophonist Jay Willis. For more information, call 412-281-0660 or visit www.savoypgh.com.
BNY Mellon Jazz presents Diggin’ Deep JazzLive Cabaret Sessions at 8 p.m. at the Backstage Bar at Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. This is in celebration of National Jazz Appreciation Month. The featured guest will be the Kenny Garrett Quintet. There will also be a performance from 5-8 p.m. by Javon Rushton. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit www.trustarts.org.
The Students of CAPA
Cohen & Grigsby present “Tomorrow/Today: The Students of CAPA” Art Exhibit at C&G Gallery, 625 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The exhibit will feature the art of 15 students from Pittsburgh’s Magnet School for the Creative and Performing Arts and includes painting, sculptures and portraits. For more information, call 412-297-4900.