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April 2019

Take Center Stage
April 26 @ 6:00 pm

APRIL 26, 2019 WILL MARK A NEW DAWN FOR THE AUGUST WILSON CULTURAL CENTER. Take center stage with us at this exceptional event celebrating the August Wilson Cultural Center, Pittsburgh’s dynamic home for performing and visual arts honoring the legacy of August Wilson. GALA ARTISTIC CO-CHAIRS: CONSTANZA ROMERO WILSON Costume designer and widow  of August Wilson RUBEN SANTIAGO HUDSON Tony Award-winning Wilsonian  actor and director HONORARY ARTISTIC CO-CHAIR: PHYLICIA RASHAD Tony Award-winning actress, singer and stage director ON CUE 6:00PM…

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Race and Revolution: Still Separate – Still Unequal
April 27, 2019 to July 21, 2019

Galleries are closed until April 27 The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) will feature a new art exhibition titled Race and Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal, on view this April 27th to July 21st, 2019. The exhibition examines the ongoing racial and economic disparity in the U.S. public school system. Public schools in the United States are more segregated today than they were in the 1970s. The art displayed throughout the exhibition aims to question how this…

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May 2019

Smoothfest Weekend: Maysa
May 10 @ 8:00 pm

A unique, instantly identifiable vocal sound encompassing both Jazz and R&B. Grammy-nominated Soul/Jazz Maysa, celebrates her 25th year as a solo recording artist this year. Maysa's journey took her from singing upon graduation with Stevie Wonder for a year to becoming the lead singer for Incognito in the 90s. Maysa is now touring her newest album, LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, a hand-picked collection of Maysa's favorite songs, redone with her own unique soulful twist, solidifying her as the greatest Soul-Jazz…

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Smoothfest – Phil Perry
May 11 @ 8:00 pm

Vocalist Phil Perry is a soulful singer/songwriter with decades of experience in the pop, R&B, and jazz idioms who got his start as a member of the soul vocal group the Montclairs. He’s performed with Anita Baker, Peabo Bryson, Chaka Khan, and many others. In 1991, he launched his solo career with the release of his debut album, The Heart of the Man, on Capitol in 1991. More of his own albums followed, many featuring contributions from his wife, vocalist…

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The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America​ with Chef Sean Sherman
May 31 @ 7:00 pm

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, in partnership with the August Wilson​ Cultural Center, presents a talk by Sherman, Oglala Lakota​ from the Pine Ridge reservation and the founder of​ The Sioux Chef. Chef Sean is committed to revitalizing​ Native American cuisine. He is renowned nationally and​ internationally as a leader of a movement to completely​ redefine North American cuisine through the understanding​ and utilization of indigenous food knowledge.​ Tickets: $30 members/$38.75 non-members​ Generous support for this project provided by…

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June 2019

Wall of Sound: The Bill Henry Band
June 14 @ 8:00 pm

The Bill Henry Band, formed in 2016, is one of Pittsburgh's preeminent R&B acts. BHB regularly sells out performances, with a loyal fan base that eagerly attends their regular outings at Rivers Casino and Savoy, and follows the band to any other venues. BHB's stylings effortlessly segway through R&B, soul, funk and hip hop. The band's performances are well-rehearse. The Bill Henry Band has opened for R&B acts such as Avant, Case, Bobby Valentino, Lakeside, and ZAPP.

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Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
June 20, 2019 to June 23, 2019

The weekend of June 20-23, 2019 is the 9th annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival presented by Citizens Bank. As a signature program of the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF) is curated and directed by Janis Burley Wilson, the President & CEO of the AWAACC, who created and directed the jazz fest since its founding in 2011. The festival is a combination of free outdoor concerts and ticketed shows inside the August Wilson…

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Youth Summer Writing Camp
June 24, 2019 to June 28, 2019

Are you a middle schooler that loves to write and wants to learn more? Whether you’re obsessed with poetry, plays, short stories, songwriting, or all of the above, The August Wilson Cultural Centers Second Annual Summer Youth Writers Camp wants you! August Wilson believed that our own voices and communities were essential to our art. Together we will look at some of Wilsons influences as well as our own as we explore our unique writing voice. Each day will be…

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