Thursday 24
Brown-Bag Lunch Concerts
    The University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt Jazz Ensemble presents its Brown-Bag Lunch Concerts at 12 p.m. at Nordy’s Place, William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Every Thursday in October, members of Pitt’s student ensemble will give brown-bag lunch performances. For more information, call 412-624-4187.

Friday 25
An Evening of Art
    The Reconciliation Commission of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh presents “An Evening of Art, Music and Bridge Building” at 7 p.m. at the Church of Ascension, 4729 Ellsworth Ave., Oakland. The evening will feature imagery in African-American poetry and visual art by artist, musician and author Elizabeth Asche “Betty” Douglas, who draws from the life experience of many generations of talented, tri-state area African-American artists. A reception will follow the presentation. For more information, call Gladys Hunt-Mason at 412-672-8490.
Saturday 26
Africa Calling Series
    Kente Arts Alliance presents the Africa Calling Series at 8 p.m. at the New Hazlett Theater, 8 Allegheny Square East, North Side. The evening will feature NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Quintet. Weston is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, bandleader and more, who encompasses the rhythmic heritage of Africa into his works. Weston’s quintet includes TK Blue, Robert Towers, Alex Blake and Neil Clarke. For more information, call 412-322-0290 or email
Nine on Nine
    Nine on Nine presents its Saturday Night Music Series from 8:30-11 p.m. at 900 Penn Ave., Cultural District. There will be live music from vocalist Tania Grubbs and pianist Max Leake. For more information, call 412-338-6463 or visit
Sunday 27
Straightening Combs
    Popa Banks and the Hill House Association present “Straightening Combs” at 3 p.m. at the Kaufmann Center, Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium, 1825 Centre Ave., Hill District. This is a powerful one-woman show, written and performed by Kim El, who was raised in the Hill District. The afternoon performance will be hosted by Deanne Marie. There will also be a performance on Oct. 26, which will be hosted by Lynn Hayes-Freeland of KDKA, followed by an after party featuring DJ Mike the Punisher at 9 p.m. For more information, call 412-292-1753 or visit
Monday 28
Savoy Jazz
    Savoy Restaurant presents Savoy Jazz from 5-9 p.m. at 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District. Guests can enjoy live jazz in a sophisticated atmosphere with the Roger Humphries Trio featuring jazz vocalist Spanky Wilson. For more information, call 412-281-0660 or visit



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