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April 2018

August Wilson Society Colloquium
April 26, 2018 to April 28, 2018

August Wilson Society Colloquium: GO BACK AND PICK UP THE BALLThursday April 26th to Saturday April 28th The August Wilson Society Colloquium, held at The August Wilson Center - African American Cultural Center, will bring together scores of actors, directors, historians, educators, scholars, politicians, poets, members of the local Pittsburgh community, and others who have been inspired to art and action by Wilson's charge.Register for colloquium here

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Lest We Forget
April 27, 2018 to July 22, 2018

Lest We Forget explores the depictions of African Americans - both honorable and shiftless imagery, and in high and low art forms - in European American popular culture from the past 150 years. A selection of art objects and artwork from the collection of James Kidd will be on display for the first time in 1839 Gallery April 27 - July 22, 2018.

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Abstract Minded
April 27, 2018 to July 22, 2018

Abstract Minded: Works by Six Contemporary African Artists Abstraction is as indigenous to African visual culture as it is to other parts of the world. Artists Osi Audu, Nicholas Hlobo, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Odili Donald Odita, Nnenna Okore, and Elias Sime produce work thematically or conceptually connected to Africa by pursuing the use of abstraction as a way of engaging in a broader conversation about art. Abstract Minded is on view in the BNY Mellon Gallery April 27 - July…

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Naomi Chambers: Communal Future
April 27, 2018 to July 22, 2018

For her first solo show at the August Wilson Center, Naomi Chambers creates a series of new paintings and intimate assemblages that examine and illuminate society's explicit messages of love and devotion through her use of bright colors, playful materials and everyday objects. Naomi Chambers: Communal Future is on view in the Claude Worthington Benedum Gallery April 27 - July 22, 2018.

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Darkness Giving Life
April 27, 2018 to July 22, 2018

Finding inspiration in the contemporary art from the Art Lending Collection at the Braddock Carnegie Library, Latika Ann, emerging curator, organizes her first exhibition of the year through the August Wilson Center's curatorial mentorship program. Darkness Giving Life is on display in the Claude Worthington Benedum Gallery April 27 - July 22, 2018.

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Anna Deavere Smith
April 27 @ 8:00 pm

Playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre — a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Best known for crafting more than 15 one-woman shows, based on hundreds of conversations, Smith turns her interviews into scripts, transforming herself into an astonishing number of characters. In…

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Davu Flint: Wall of Sound Series
April 27 @ 10:00 pm

From murals to music, from poetry to theatre and film, from beats to rhymes, emcee, poet, keyboardist, producer and filmmaker, Davu Flint is on the edge something for the listener to discover. He is an artist constantly in search of new ways to express his art. He has performed his original brand of poetry and jazz infused hip hop throughut the US and Europe. Our Man Flint has shared the stage with artists like Talib Kweli, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ursula…

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May 2018

Symone Sanders
May 3 @ 7:00 pm

Former National Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign, CNN Political Commentator Symone Sanders, champions inclusivity and encourages people to embrace diverse voices and perspectives in the pursuit of building and extending strong communities that will help change the world. Now, Symone draws from her experience on the national stage to provide perceptive analysis on political and social issues. Her lively presentations challenge the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she…

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Cyrus Chestnut: African Reflections
May 5 @ 8:00 pm

Composer, pianist and educator, Cyrus Chestnut is a musical force that utilizes his classical, gospel and jazz influences to entertain and capture his audiences. In 2014, Cyrus made his first trip to Africa which inspired him to create a new collection of jazz material--filtered through African rhythms. With more than a dozen studio albums to his credit, he continues to integrate familiar jazz rhythms with other musical genres.

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Will Downing: SmoothFest
May 11 @ 8:00 pm

Will Downing is the Prince of Sophisticated Soul, hands down. He is a celebrated singer, songwriter and producer who is famous for his rich, baritone vocals when he performs contemporary jazz and R&B music.

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