First Voice: A Pittsburgh International Black Arts Festival showcases African-American artists in all disciplines, presented by The August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
The 2010 festival features six area artists who are the inaugural class of August Wilson Center Fellows -- Vanessa German, Chris Ivey, Anire Mosley, Greer Reed-Jones, Brett Williams and Jasiri X -- as well as other guests.
The festival runs from Thu., May 20, to May 29. The venue is the Wilson Center unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $22.50 ($17.50 for children/students) except for the May 21 Rennie Harris show ($22.50-33) and the May 22 Brett Williams show ($11). Festival passes are available. Call 412-456-6666 or visit the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown.
Thu., May 20-29
Anire Mosley -- New Works. Large-scale drawings of local luminaries and landscapes. Free
Thu., May 20
8 p.m. Root. Vanessa German's "spoken-word opera."
Fri., May 21
8 p.m. Famed Philadelphia-based contemporary dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement.
Sat., May 22
3 p.m. This Week With Jasiri X. Free screening and DVD release for the Web newscast by the local MC and activist. Free
6 p.m. East of Liberty: In Unlivable Times. Documentary filmmaker Chris Ivey screens the latest installment of his epic account of a troubled and rapidly changing East Liberty neighborhood. Free
8 p.m. Limitless. A CD release and performance by jazz musician Brett Williams and his ensemble, Smooth Jazz, with George Heid III, Dwayne Dolphin, Anton DeFade, Evan Hertrick, Tim Smith and Isaiah Smith.
Sun., May 23
6 p.m. The Journey Begins ... Inaugural performance of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, led by artistic director Greer Reed-Jones.
Fri., May 28
8 p.m. The Contemporary Big Band. The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra performs work by contemporary composers, including Wynton Marsalis.