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April 2019

Seats of Power
April 27, 2019 to July 21, 2019

Opening Reception:  May 22nd, 5-7:30pm Information to follow RSVP at info@aacc-awc.org Seats of Power exhibition pays tribute to prominent and unsung heroes, mentors, and sources of inspiration that echo stories of the past, present, and future. Seats of Power honors those who saw teachable moments in the lives of Women of Visions, Inc. artists and helped to shape their character and their art. Women of Visions, Inc., based in Pittsburgh, supports, cultivates and promotes the diverse contributions of African-American women…

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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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FOR BLACK TRANS GIRLS: A CHOREODRAMA
June 18 @ 7:00 pm

A special reading of For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss A Mother F***** Out When Snatching An Edge Ain’t Enough by Lady Dane Edidi In honor of PRIDE month and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, demaskus Theater Collective in partnership with SisTersPGH, Garden of Peace Project, and The Black Unicorn Library & Archives Project present For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss a Motha F***** Out When Snatching an Edge Ain’t Enough by two-time…

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FOR BLACK TRANS GIRLS: A CHOREODRAMA – Writing Workshop
June 19 @ 2:00 pm

Join two-time Helen Hayes Award Nominee Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi and the Garden of Peace Project for a special writing workshop. From myths to legends from Pataki to Parables, the art of storytelling has often been instrumental in healing individual and collective traumas. Utilizing guided meditation and writing, Lady Dane invites participants to reimagine or craft a story of their choosing to help initiate individual and collective change. A project of New Sun Rising, the reading is presented in partnership…

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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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Wall of Sound: Makaya McCraven
June 20 @ 8:00 pm

In Association with the 2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The cutting-edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive style of performance defy categorization. Called “a sound visionary” (jazzinchicago.org) who is “not your everyday jazz drummer” (thewordisbond.com), McCraven brilliantly moves between genres and pushes the boundaries of jazz and rhythm to create forms of his own. “While Teo Macero’s work with Miles might seem the obvious reference point,…

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Patti Labelle
June 21 @ 8:00 pm

SOLD OUT! In Association with the 2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Legendary Patti LaBelle kicks off the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival presented by Citizens Bank on stage at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that she is known and revered for. She…

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