Arts & Culture Calendar

LOCAL MUSICIANS BENEFIT FOR HAITI—Local musicians will perform a benefit concert on Jan. 23, from 8-p.m.-midnight  to help raise funds for the people of Haiti after a devastating earthquake hit the country last week. The concert will be held at the Carnegie Library of Homestead Music Hall and will feature the Muddy Creek Blues Band, The Real Deal Band, Freedom, Patti Spadaro Band, Johnnie and Mustangs, and Man in the Street,with more performers to be announced.The concert is the brainchild of the Promise Group. All proceeds will benefit the Haitian people and will be donated directly to the Brother’s Brother Foundation for the specific and lone purpose of supporting the earthquake victims. The group of local musicians and performers are calling on all Pittsburghers, including additional artists who would like to contribute their talent to this worthy cause to come out and support the event. Those interested in donating a performance can get more information by calling 412-258-0506 or 412-461-3444. Above: The Muddy Creek Blues Band.

Thursday 21

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.

Friday 22

Hip-hop workshop

Arts Greenhouse and Westinghouse Lighthouse presents “Time to Build: An Hip-Hop Concert & Workshop” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Homewood YMCA, 7140 Bennett St., Homewood. This is a performance and workshop highlighting the community building potential of local hip-hop. There will be performances by Queen Godis, Luqman Abdus-Salaam and youth from the Lighthouse Project and Arts Greenhouse.  Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

Rhyme calisthenics

The Shadow Lounge presents “Rhyme Calisthenics 8” at 10 p.m.  at 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. Some of the region’s emcees will take the stage and demonstrate their freestyle flowmanship with four rounds in this rap competition. The grand prize is $500 and studio time. The host for the evening will be Thelonious Stretch and DJ Huggy will be on the wheels. There will be a special performance by rapper, poet and songstress Queen Godis. The cost is $10 or $7 before 10 p.m. For more information, visit

Saturday 23


The Kuntu Repertory Theatre presents “Raisin” at 8 p.m. at Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. This is a musical base on the play “A musical based on the play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, which tells the story of a family maturing while dealing with the stings of racism. The show will run through Feb. 6. For more information, call 412-394-3353 or visit

Sunday 24

Sunday night jazz

The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents The Sunday Night Jazz Concerts from 7-10 p.m. at the Rhythm House Café, 3029 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. The featured entertainer will be the Craig Zinger Quartet and DUQ’s Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-221-5010 or visit

Monday 25

Film series

Duquesne University presents their Human Rights Film Series on Injustices and Indifference at 7 p.m. at the University’s College Hall, Room 105, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. The topic is “Sand and Sorrow.” It addresses ethnic genocide in the Sudan. David Rosenberg of the Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition will be the speaker. The event is free and open to the public and the series will run through Feb. 24. For more information, call 412-396-9415 or visit

Tuesday 26

Tribute concert

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents the 4th Annual “Tribute Concert: A Symphonic Celebration of African-American Culture” at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. This is a celebratory performance that showcases a fusion of musical styles that reflect the diversity of music. This year’s featured musician is Sean Jones, Lawrence Loh will be the conductor and the host for the evening will be Doris Carson Williams. Tickets range from $5-$25. Before and after the concert there will be a special presentation of the Hill House Association’s jazz combo, “Live at the Hurricane.” For more information, call 412-392-4900 or visit

Wednesday 27

All pro Wednesdays

The Funny Bone presents “All Pro Wednesdays” at 7:30 p.m. at Station Square Dr., Station Square. This is a night full of a surprising lineup of touring, local and regional professional comedians that perform a wide variety of comedy. This is a 21+ show with an $8 cover. For more information, call 412-281-3130.

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