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October 2021

Mavis Staples
October 1 @ 8:00 pm

Mavis Staples at the 2021 Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival. COVID-19 Safety Protocols: To ensure that we are able to move forward with the performance in the safest way possible, we are now requiring all participants – artists, musicians, stage crew, staff, and attendees age 12 and older – to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For performances and events, masks will be mandatory for all attendees.

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Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival
October 2

MEMBER PRESALE TICKETS Friday October 1, 2021 Mavis Staples Saturday October 2, 2021 Robert Cray Band Robert Randolph & The Family Band Third World Rare Essence Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen Dumpstafunk Learn more at blues.aacc-awc.org

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In The Booth
October 23 @ 11:00 am

BUY TICKETS The August Wilson African American Cultural Center presents its first Hip-Hop Camp that be in four parts and will include, the art of songwriting and creation, dj’ing, graffiti art, and breakdancing.  The first part of camp begin with the art of songwriting and creation. In the Booth is a four-part session that will focus on the history and evolution of hip-hop, lyrical content and artistic responsibility, and discover the connection between August Wilson and hip-hop music.  In the…

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Circles: going in
October 28, 2021 to October 30, 2021

Co-Presented by August Wilson African American Cultural Center and Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Black Joy. Femme. Cycles of Life and Love. CIRCLES is a full-length dance work celebrating #BlackGirlMagic. Layering dance, visual arts, and a live original score, the work presents snapshots of popular culture through Choreographer Staycee Pearl’s lens as a Black woman. With an ensemble of five dancers, CIRCLES is a colorful, unapologetic, and daring path to self-reclamation. CIRCLES is amplified by an original soundtrack created by Herman “Soy…

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November 2021

November 13 @ 7:00 pm

PHILADANCO, internationally known for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African American traditions in dance, with a long legacy of building bridges across cultural divides through its work, makes its AWAACC premiere on Saturday, November 13. Performing signature pieces from the renowned company’s repertoire, including Super 8!, choreographed by Ray Mercer, and Enemy Behind the Gates, choreographed by Christopher Huggins with music by Steve Reich, the performance celebrates the dance company’s 50th anniversary season and 60th anniversary as a…

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TRUTHSayers: Dr. Moogega Cooper
November 14 @ 7:00 pm

Trailblazing Engineer of the famed Mars Rover ‘Perseverance’ Mission for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory A real life “Guardian of the Galaxy,” Dr. Moogega “Moo” Cooper holds the awesome responsibility of keeping the red planet safe from any of the Earth’s contaminants.  Moo is the planetary protection lead of the famed NASA 2020 Mars mission—with it’s highly viewed landing on February 18, 2021.  Her work with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is integral to the ongoing mission to discern whether Mars could…

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Take Center Stage Gala
November 20

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh gratefully acknowledges Take Center Stage Presenting Sponsor UPMC and UPMC Health Plan who along with Corporate Chair Franco Harris, will lead this exciting event. We are thrilled to announce our Host Committee Co-Chairs, Cain and Denise Hayes, who with support from our Legacy Co-Chairs, Judy and Ron Davenport, will help to make this a night to remember. As the 2020 Take Center Stage Gala was postponed due to covid-19 restrictions, the…

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December 2021

TRUTHSayers: Yamiche Alcindor
December 14 @ 7:00 pm

White House Correspondent, PBS NewsHour; Moderator of Washington Week; NBC and MSNBC Political Contributor In today’s ever-changing political landscape, Yamiche Alcindor has become a go-to voice in analyzing the most critical issues of our time, for Democrats and Republicans alike. As the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, Moderator of Washington Week, and an NBC and MSNBC Political Contributor, Alcindor methodically unravels the steady stream of breaking news to help her listeners – and your audience – make sense of…

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