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April 2018
TEXTURE of a MAN
April 16 @ 7:00 pm

Festival of Praise presents TEXTURE of a MAN The Festival of Praise Tour is bigger and better than ever! The fantastic tour features Multiple Grammy, Stellar, BET Award Winning Artists Fred Hammond, Take 6, Donnie McClurkin, James Fortune and Pastor Charles Jenkins.

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August Wilson’s Birthday
April 21 @ 12:00 pm

Join us for a celebration of August Wilson’s Birthday. Local vendors will fill the lobby of the August Wilson Center. Enjoy dance, music, readings, t-shirt give away, cupcakes, and more. FREE ADMISSION. Bring the entire family!

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Branford Marsalis
April 24 @ 8:00 pm

Some might gauge Branford Marsalis’s success by his numerous awards, including three Grammys and (together with his father and brothers) his citation as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. To Branford, however, these are only way stations along what continues to be one of the most fascinating and rewarding journeys in the world of music. Some of these trips include being the Music Director of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, a world tour with Sting,…

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August Wilson Society Colloquium
April 26, 2018 to April 28, 2018

August Wilson Society Colloquium: GO BACK AND PICK UP THE BALLThursday April 26th to Saturday April 28th The August Wilson Society Colloquium, held at The August Wilson Center - African American Cultural Center, will bring together scores of actors, directors, historians, educators, scholars, politicians, poets, members of the local Pittsburgh community, and others who have been inspired to art and action by Wilson's charge.Register for colloquium here

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Anna Deavere Smith
April 27 @ 8:00 pm

Playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre — a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Best known for crafting more than 15 one-woman shows, based on hundreds of conversations, Smith turns her interviews into scripts, transforming herself into an astonishing number of characters. In…

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Davu Flint: Wall of Sound Series
April 27 @ 10:00 pm

From murals to music, from poetry to theatre and film, from beats to rhymes, emcee, poet, keyboardist, producer and filmmaker, Davu Flint is on the edge something for the listener to discover. He is an artist constantly in search of new ways to express his art. He has performed his original brand of poetry and jazz infused hip hop throughut the US and Europe. Our Man Flint has shared the stage with artists like Talib Kweli, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ursula…

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May 2018
Symone Sanders
May 3 @ 7:00 pm

Former National Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign, CNN Political Commentator Symone Sanders, champions inclusivity and encourages people to embrace diverse voices and perspectives in the pursuit of building and extending strong communities that will help change the world. Now, Symone draws from her experience on the national stage to provide perceptive analysis on political and social issues. Her lively presentations challenge the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she…

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Cyrus Chestnut: African Reflections
May 5 @ 8:00 pm

Composer, pianist and educator, Cyrus Chestnut is a musical force that utilizes his classical, gospel and jazz influences to entertain and capture his audiences. In 2014, Cyrus made his first trip to Africa which inspired him to create a new collection of jazz material--filtered through African rhythms. With more than a dozen studio albums to his credit, he continues to integrate familiar jazz rhythms with other musical genres.

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Will Downing: SmoothFest
May 11 @ 8:00 pm

Will Downing is the Prince of Sophisticated Soul, hands down. He is a celebrated singer, songwriter and producer who is famous for his rich, baritone vocals when he performs contemporary jazz and R&B music.

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Marion Meadows: SmoothFest
May 12 @ 8:00 pm

Meadows hooked up with numerous artists and musicians and became a well known sideman in his own right, recording or performing over the years with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, Will Downing and Native American flute player Douglas Spotted Eagle, among many others. In the late ‘80s, Meadows stretched his usual pop/jazz boundaries as a member of a New York avant-garde band called the Aboriginal Music Society. He was performing in…

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