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January 2019

The Bad Plus
January 24 @ 8:00 pm

The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. The band consists of founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and…

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February 2019

Dapline!
February 1 @ 8:00 pm

Dapline! is a choreographic work stemming from the collaboration between André M. Zachery and visual artist LaMont Hamilton. This project looks at the origins and continued practice of “the DAP” or dapping; the intricate handshakes that serve as greetings usually between Black men in the United States. Developed by Black combat troops during the Vietnam War, giving dap was actually an acronym for dignity and pride. Currently, dapping is associated with urban Black youth and has been co-opted into popular…

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TRUTHSayers: Felipe Luciano
February 16 @ 7:00 pm

News reporter and anchor, poet, writer, activist and lecturer, Felipe Luciano is one of the most dynamic Latino public figures in the United States of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. His eloquence, vision, and passion for issues of social justice are extraordinary and reflect the courage of a generation that chose to organize, teach and struggle against the powerful institutions of discrimination.

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Gregory Porter
February 17 @ 8:00 pm

Two-time Grammy Award winner, Gregory Porter is considered to be one of the most important voices on the international music scene. The Bakersfield, California native is celebrated around the world for his ability to combine jazz, soul, and gospel music in a manner that stirs the spirit. In keeping with his next great jazz singer trajectory, Porter has recently released Nat King Cole & Me where he covers songs of his greatest influence.

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Tubman
February 20, 2019 to February 21, 2019

Written and performed by Lacresha Berry. August Wilson Cultural Center in partnership with HI-ARTS presents TUBMAN. This one woman show presents the story of Harriet Tubman re-imagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem through a theatrical lens. Harriet Tubman is a heroine and American legend in her own right. This session will take the story of Harriet in the 19th century and places her in the 21st century; laced with the problems facing African-American youth all over the…

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Black Bottom Film
February 22, 2019 to February 24, 2019

From age-old classics to contemporary work, the second annual Black Bottom Film Festival will illuminate and celebrate African American cinema and unique Black people. The festival will showcase movies that converge on the recurring themes of spirituality, race, family conflict, honor, duty and working-class struggle, themes ever-present in August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle plays. In particular, the festival will celebrate African-American filmmaking pioneers of recent decades. The BBFF fosters an examination of how Black filmmakers use art to inspire, challenge,…

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March 2019

TRUTHSayers: Karamo Brown
March 1 @ 7:00 pm

Television Host and Culture Expert on the Emmy-nominated Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown says that the key to his success is tapping into the many facets of his identity. Whether as an openly gay man, a black man, a single father, or psychotherapist, Karamo strategically utilizes the strengths of his different identities to achieve success – and teaches others to do the same. Karamo's "Know Thyself: Using Your Uniqueness to Create Success" will be the focus of the…

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Wall of Sound: Butcher Brown
March 1 @ 9:00 pm

Butcher Brown is an up-to-the minute throwback to the great progressive jazz bands of the 60s and 70s. They are a hard-working band in an era where most groups are fleeting assemblages, together only long enough to record. Their organic coherence emerges from long collaboration as a group of equals rather than a topdown, leader/sideman lineup. Impressive as they are individually, together they are something increasingly rare: a real band, playing for their audience and for each other, on the…

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BNY Mellon Presents: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre + Dance Theatre of Harlem
March 15, 2019 to March 24, 2019

When Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem joined forces in 2017 for a sold-out run at the August Wilson Center, the Post-Gazette called it “a pas de deux of voluminous proportions.” Audiences called for an encore. In March, PBT and DTH will reunite for a mixed repertory production, featuring repertoire signatures from both companies and a collaborative staging of Stanton Welch’s expressive Orange, a sweeping contemporary ballet set to music by Antonio Vivaldi. PBT will perform Rubies, the…

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April 2019

TruthSayers: Rob Wilson
April 1 @ 7:00 pm

Rob Wilson is a financial advisor that has been dubbed “Hip Hop’s Financial Advisor” because he is a trusted advisor to professional athletes & entertainers; Rob believes that we can all learn from their success. Rob is originally from Pittsburgh and received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his Master’s in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Wilson has been featured on CNN, FOX 29 in Philadelphia, KDKA…

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