Arts & Culture Calendar

Nomination deadline

APRIL 23 is the deadline for The New Pittsburgh Courier’s “50 Women of Excellence” Nominations at 5 p.m. This is your chance to select Pittsburgh’s powerbrokers in the church, arts, business, politics, non-profits, law, sports, philanthropy, health care, education and media. Nominations are welcome from individuals, businesses, professional/fraternal groups or neighborhood and community organizations. Nominations must be mailed or hand delivered to the New Pittsburgh Courier, Attn: 50 Women of Excellence, 315 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219; fax to 412-481-1360; or e-mail to by the close of business and must include one’s name, telephone number and, in 200 words or less, explain how the metro Pittsburgher of your choice has made a significant contribution in their field of expertise. For more information, e-mail

Thursday 15

Singing into spring

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents “Singing Into Spring with Sweet Honey In the Rock and The African Children’s Choir” at 7 p.m. at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Cultural District. These are two renowned a cappella groups that will lift one’s spirit for the springtime. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit

Friday 16

Ancestor series

The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company presents “The Ancestor Series” at 8 p.m. at 542 Penn Ave., Cultural District. This is a trilogy of one act plays by Pittsburgh playwright P.J. Gibson. Each play is about a woman who is called to make a difficult decision and needs to call on her African ancestors for answers. The show will run through April 24. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, call 412-394-3353 or visit

Saturday 17

Last performance

The Kuntu Repertory Theatre presents “The Electronic Negro” and “Sister Son/ji” at 8 p.m. at The University of Pittsburgh’s Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. “The Electronic Negro” is about a diverse group of students in a college classroom and one student who is determined to monopolize the discussion and the teacher that cannot stop him. “Sister Son/ji” is a one-woman show that gives insight into the growth and life of a woman involved in the Black Power Movement. The performance will run through April 17. For more information, call 412-394-3353 or visit

Sunday 18

The Temptations

The Pittsburgh Symphony presents “The Temptations and The Four Tops” at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Temptations. For over four decades The Temptations have remained a major force in popular music. With great songs, singers and a live show that wows audiences around the world with the sound of Motown, The Four Tops have been marveling audiences with their unique blend of pure vocal power and unparalleled harmonies since 1953. Tickets range from $39-$99. For more information, call 412-392-4900 or visit


Slip N’ Slide Records and Def Jam Recordings presents “Trina Live In Concert” from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. at Trappers, 6525 Hamilton Ave., East Liberty. The show is free from 10-11:30 p.m. and there will be giveaways.Call 412-513-3723.

Monday 19

Jam session

AVA Lounge presents a Weekly Live Jazz/Jam Session with The Interval Trio & Friends at 9 p.m. at 126 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Every Monday jazz fans can enjoy great music from some of the best musicians. DJ J. Malls will spin the vinyls. Must be 21 years or older. There is no cover. For more information, visit

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