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December 2019

AWC Community Day Holiday Edition
December 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

These FREE family-friendly events feature local vendors, artisans, performers and community building at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. Guests can enjoy live music, holiday artisan market, free photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, immersive Kwanzaa experience, Citizens Science Lab, and much more! AWCommunity Day is a quarterly event that is proudly sponsored by UPMC, UPMC Health Plan, Green Mountain Energy, Northwest Bank, Eat’nPark, and Port Authority. 12:00: Doors Open All Day: FREE Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus…

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Current Galleries Closing Reception
December 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

RESURGENCE - Rise Again:  The art of Ben Jones and Amani Lewis: Subjective Nature LAST LOOK! A COLLABORATIVE PANEL DISCUSSION AND CLOSING RECEPTION WITH LIGHT REFRESHMENTS. Join artists Ben Jones and Amani Lewis for a lively conversation with Q&A. Moderated by Kilolo Luckett, Curator of Visual Arts. Located in the Highmark Room. This Event is Free and Open to the Public RSVP: info@aacc-awc.org

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Sweet Honey in the Rock
December 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Sweet Honey In The Rock® is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hard of hearing. Sweet Honey’s audience and community comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures throughout the United States and around the world, and includes people of all ages, economic/education/social backgrounds, political persuasions, religious affiliations, sexual preferences and…

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January 2020

Poetry Unplugged
January 17 @ 8:00 pm

The fourth annual Poetry Unplugged is a night of spoken word and music featuring artists from around the country using the life and work of Martin Luther King as inspiration. Poetry Unplugged will be a night of TRUTH and POWER. Mahogany Browne hosts an evening filled with Award-winning spoken word artists known for their fierce delivery and ability to move the crowd. Featured poets include jessica Care moore, Ursula Rucker, Mahogany Browne and more! General Admission show, seating is first…

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Opening Reception: I came by Boat so Meet me at the Beach
January 24 @ 5:00 pm

Performance by Ayana and Tsedaye, 7:00 pm free | light refreshments Ayana M. Evans, New York-based performance artist, and Tsedaye Makonnen, a multidisciplinary artist from Washington, DC, present new collaborative works and performances that explore the legacies of Black radical womanhood in relationship to well-being, ritual, and physical labor. Their art will be presented in Pittsburgh in Gallery 1 until March 29. Organized by Kilolo Luckett, curator of Visual Arts.

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Opening Reception: Vanishing Black Bars & Lounge
January 24 @ 5:00 pm

Artist and curator-led tour, 5:30 pm free | light refreshments New Orleans-based photographer L. Kasimu Harris documents disappearing social halls and leisure clubs that were safe gathering spaces for African Americans for entertainment, benevolent causes, and community activism. Join us for our opening reception and see this art while it remains in Pittsburgh in Gallery 2. Organized by Kilolo Luckett, curator of Visual Arts.

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February 2020

TRUTHSayers: Michael Eric Dyson
February 3 @ 7:00 pm

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website. Dr. Dyson has authored nearly twenty books on subjects such as the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 4, 1968, Malcolm X, Nas’s debut album Illmatic, Tupac, Marvin Gaye, and Hurricane Katrina’s devastating and long lasting effects. He has won two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary…

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Pittsburgh Black Media Panel
February 12 @ 6:30 pm

Pittsburgh City Paper and PublicSource present: Pittsburgh Black Media Panel with support from Pittsburgh Black Media Federation and the August Wilson African American Cultural Center This panel-based discussion will bring together an esteemed group of Pittsburgh Black media professionals to highlight what local media organizations are getting right, and wrong, when covering stories involving African Americans and the city’s Black communities. The two-part panel, hosted by Pittsburgh artist and curator Tara Coleman and PublicSource community correspondent Jourdan Hicks, will highlight…

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Joshua Redman
February 15 @ 8:00 pm

Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. Joshua Redman has worked with countless musicians and has been nominated for 2 Grammys and has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. You can experience quality jazz in PIttsburgh at the AWAACC when coming to see Joshua Redman play!

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Tubman
February 21 @ 10:30 am

August Wilson African American Cultural Center in partnership with HI-ARTS presents TUBMAN. This one woman show presents the story of Harriet Tubman reimagined 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 country. And especially focusing…

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