Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 16

Exhibit Closing

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents “Teenie Memories: New Photographs by Rebecca Droke and Bill Wade” at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Photographers Bill Wade and Rebecca Droke follow legendary photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris with present day photos and video interviews of individuals he photographed. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-338-8742 or visit

Hi Hat Hattie

New Horizon Theater presents Hi Hat Hattie at 7:30 p.m. at The Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville. This is a music biography that tells the plight of Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award. The play tells the story of the struggle of being accused of perpetuating stereotypes with her role of Mammy in Gone With the Wind. Performances will run through Feb. 19. For more information, call 412-431-0773 or email

Friday 17

Sweet Jazz

Sweetwater Center for the Arts Center presents the 8th annual Sweet Jazz series from 7-9 p.m. at 200 Broad St., Sewickley. The featured guest will be the Boilermaker Jazz Band, with their combination of hot jazz and sing music. Tickets are $10-$18. For more information, call 412-741-4405 or visit


PNC, Duquesne University and the Chuck Cooper Foundation presents the 3rd Annual “Synthesis”-A Musical Tribute to Pittsburgh’s Chuck Cooper, the first African-American Drafted into the NBA at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is in celebration of Black History Month and will feature Maurice Brown, Alex Bugnon, Poogie Bell and Angela Johnson. There will also be a reception at 6 p.m. For more information, call 412-456-6666.

Saturday 18

Benefit concert

Hope Academy of Music and the Arts presents Love and All that Jazz at 7:30 p.m. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. The concert features singer Kelley Hunt and her band, along with The HAT CO. Band and Rev. Randy Bush, of East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $10-$15. For more information, call Norma Meyer at 412-441-3800 or visit

Gammage Docudrama

Pitt Repertory Theater presents The Gammage Project at 8 p.m. at the Henry Heymann Theatre, Pitt’s Stephen Foster Memorial, Forbes Ave., Oakland. The play is based on actual events from the 1995 death of Jonny Gammage, who died at the scene during a traffic stop by Brentwood Police. The cause of death is listed as asphyxiation caused by pressure applied to the chest and neck. The play will run today and March 2-4. Following the performance, Attilio Favorini or a guest will moderate talkback sessions between the audience, one or two of the cast members, and individuals who have a connection to the Gammage case. For more information, call 412-624-7529.

Sunday 19

Sunday Night Jazz

The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents The Sunday Night Jazz Concerts from 6-9 p.m. at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, 422 Foreland St, North Side. The featured entertainment will be the Boilermaker Jazz Band and Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-343-9555 or visit

Monday 20

City of Rhythm

Citiparks, BNY Mellon and WAMO 100 present “A City of Rhythm: A Tribute to African American Music in Pittsburgh” Exhibit from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the City-County Building Lobby, 414 Grant St., Downtown. From now until Feb. 29 this exhibit, featuring photographs and other memorabilia to showcase Pittsburgh’s rich musical heritage and spotlight African-American musicians, will be displayed. For more information, visit

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