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February 2019

Black Bottom Film Festival

February 15 @ 8:00 pm - February 24 @ 9:00 pm

From age-old classics to contemporary work, the third annual Black Bottom Film Festival illuminates and celebrates African American cinema and unique Black people. The festival showcases movies that focus on the themes of spirituality, race, family conflict, honor, duty and working-class struggle, themes ever-present in August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle plays. The festival will celebrate African American film making pioneers of recent decades. The BBFF fosters an examination of how Black filmmakers use art to inspire, challenge, confront, and influence…

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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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A Drop of Sun Under the Earth
February 24 @ 3:00 pm

3rd Annual Black Bottom Film Festival screening of A Drop of Sun Under the Earth by FBIP artist and filmmaker Shikieth with live music by New-Haven-based, saxophonist Corey Staggs followed by Q & A with Shikeith and Corey, and moderated by Kilolo Luckett, Curator of Visual Arts.

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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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Martha Jackson Jarvis: In Conversation
March 6 @ 6:00 pm

Join FBIP artist Martha Jackson Jarvis in conversation with Thaddeus Mosley, sculptor and Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 artist followed by Q & A.

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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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Artists and Curator: In Conversation
March 16 @ 2:00 pm

Join FBIP artists and curator in conversation followed by Q & A. Panelists: Tajh Rust, Painter Kevin Snipes, Ceramic Artist Stephen Towns, Mixed Media Artist and Painter Moderator: Kilolo Luckett, Curator of Visual Arts FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  CLICK THE "BUY TICKETS" LINK TO E-MAIL US AND RSVP!

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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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Jazzmeia Horn
April 19 @ 8:00 pm

Heralded as the future of jazz, Jazzmeia Horn is the winner of the 2015 Theolonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition. The Grammy Award nominated vocalist has appeared at such prestigious venues as The Apollo Theater, The Blue Note, Minton’s, The Jazz Standard, and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Jazzmeia returns to Pittsburgh to offer vocal stylings from her vast repertoire of classics and new songs of her very own.

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