Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 15

Panel and Concert

One Hood Media and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture present the New Media Academy Closing Ceremony, Celebration and Concert at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The theme is “Taking Control of Our Image” and will feature a panel discussion with Davey D., Wise Intelligent, Bakari Kitwana, Jesse Muhammad, and Che “Rhymfest” Smith, followed by a concert with panelists, Jasiri X and the New Media All Stars. Paradise Gray and Jasiri X will be the hosts of the evening. For more information, email Gray at

Friday 16

Harris Exhibition

The Carnegie Museum of Art presents “Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story” at the museum’s Heinz Galleries, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. This is an exhibit about famous Pittsburgh Courier photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris and features thousands of his classic and historic photos. There will also be life size projections combined with a newly commissioned jazz soundtrack. The exhibit will run through April 7. For more information, visit

Holiday Show

Fein Art Gallery presents its Fourth Annual Holiday Art Show at 519 E. Ohio St., North Side. There will be a group show featuring some of Pittsburgh’s finest artists. The show will run through Jan. 20. For more information, call 412-321-5816 or visit

Saturday 17

Joe Torry

N-Motion Entertainment and the Afro-American Music Institute presents Joe Torry in Concert featuring the 76 Degrees West Band at 4:30 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Torry was the former host of “Def Comedy Jam.” The musical guest, 76 Degrees is one of the hottest bands to hit the stage with their mix of Jazz, Funk and R&B. Along with them will be comedian ­Comma’Dee, Bob Allen of KDKA as host and keyboardist Kevin Howard. There will also be a 7:30 p.m. show. For more information, call Popa Banks at 412-292-1753 or visit

Holiday Concert

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents Gene Stovall’s Christmas Holiday Concert at 8 p.m. at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Stovall will head a line up of some of the region’s most talented individuals, which includes David Jennings Smith, Rachel Dumas, Nina Demeter and more. Tickets are $5-$20 and proceeds benefit the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. For more information, call Pam Golden at 412-363-3000 ext. 218.

Saturday 18


The Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble presents “Nativity: A Christmas Gift” at 5 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall, Oakland. This is a musical inspired by Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” and features Black dance with traditional African dance and gospel music. Performances will run Dec.16-18. For more information, call 412-648-2276.

Holiday Show

The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra presents its Holiday Show at 6 p.m. at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Old holiday classics will get a jazz makeover and turn the season into a unique celebration of wonder for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets are $20-$40. For more information, call 412-338-8742.

Monday 19


AVA Lounge presents Live Jazz with The Interval Trio & Friends at 8:30 p.m. at 126 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. DJ J. Malls will be spinning jazz vinyls, followed by an open jam session. Also from 5:30-8:30 p.m. there will be a pre-Interval happy hour featuring the sounds of DJ Stephan. Must be 21 years or older. There is no cover. For more information, visit

Tuesday 20


The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents the “Common Ground: Affrilachia Where I’m From!” exhibition at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This exhibition features 50 works of art from western Pennsylvania artist who are emerging or established. This is a collaboration between the Center and the Affrilachian Art Project, and will run through March 17, 2012. For more information, call 412-258-2700 or visit

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