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Friday 16

The African Dance Conference
The Balation West African Dance Ensemble presents the Black African River Dance Conference at 8 p.m. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Master African dance and drummers from around the United States and Africa will collaborate to educate and amaze the audience. The conference will feature Master Drummers Fode Moussa Camara, Mamadouba Mito Camara and Assane M’Baye. There will also be a performance on May 17 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

Saturday 17

Jazz at Andys
Andys Wine Bar at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel presents Jazz at Andys at 510 Market St., Downtown. Every Tuesday through Saturday, local musicians will perform live.  The evening’s performer will be jazz vocalist Tania Grubbs. It is open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.andyswinebar.com.

Sunday 18

Comfort Zone
The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company presents “Comfort Zone” at 3 p.m. at 937 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This play by Marlon Erik Youngblood and directed by Mark Whitehead is a gritty urban tale that examines the tragic consequences of violence affecting our families and community through a thought provoking theatre experience. The performance will run through May 24. For more information, call 412-687-4686 or visit http://www.pghplaywrights.com.

Monday 19

Savoy Jazz
Savoy Restaurant presents Savoy Jazz Mondays from 5-10 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. This evening’s guest will be the Tim Stevens/Leonard Johnson Project. The attire is business casual. For more information, call 412-281-0660 or visit http://www.savoypgh.com.

Tuesday 20

JazzLive
BNY Mellon, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and others present JazzLive at 5 p.m. at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, Penn Ave., Cultural District. Every Tuesday guests can celebrate a decade of jazz in the Cultural District and enjoy hot jazz from some of the most talented musicians. The evening’s featured entertainer will be Nelson Harrison. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.trustarts.org.

Wil Haygood
The Hill House Association and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures present Wil Haygood at 7:30 p.m. at the Byham Theater, 101 6th St., Cultural District. Haygood is the award-winning author of  “The Butler” and the associate producer of the movie that chronicles the struggle for civil rights. Reservations are required. For more information, call 412-622-8866.

Wednesday 21

RACE Exhibition
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History presents “RACE: Are We So Different?’ at 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. This exhibition looks at the ways science and human-history has intersected to form our understanding and beliefs about race. It explores the history of the idea of race, the changing role of science in that history and so much more. The exhibit will be displayed through Oct. 27. For more information, call 412-622-3131 or visit http://www.carnegiemnh.org.

Live Jazz
The Rivers Club presents Wednesday Night Live Jazz from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. Every Wednesday night local artists, many from the Pittsburgh Jazz Society’s Hall of Fame, will perform. There will be a Jimmy G’s jazz buffet and more. This event is free and open to the public. Upscale casual attire, no jeans, is required. For more information, call 412-391-5227.

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