With January coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about your plans for February! With so many exciting events and performances coming up at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh will be buzzing with activity. Become part of the experience and learn more about our upcoming events:
Dapline! – February 1 @ 8:00 pm
This collaboration between André M. Zachery and visual artist LaMont Hamilton is a dance and visual art installation that examines the origins and continued practice of “the DAP” or dapping.
Dapping refers to the intricate handshakes that serve as greetings usually between Black men in the United States. Giving dap was developed by Black combat troops during the Vietnam War and was an acronym for dignity and pride. Today, dapping is associated with urban Black youth and has been co-opted through mass media marketing into popular culture, gang culture, and professional sports culture.
This performance seeks to serve as a public engagement opportunity about the ever-relevant issue of Black existence in the United States related to image and masculinity.
TRUTHSayers: Felipe Luciano – February 16 @ 7:00 pm
Felipe Luciano, a news reporter and anchor, poet, writer, activist, and lecturer, is one of the most influential and dynamic Latino public figures of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries in the United States.
His vision, eloquence, and passion for social justice issues are remarkable and reflect the courage and strength of a generation that chose to organize, teach and stand up against the powerful institutions of discrimination.
Tubman – February 20, 2019, to February 21, 2019
In partnership with HI-ARTS, August Wilson African American Cultural Center presents TUBMAN. This one-woman show is written and performed by Lacresha Berry. Through a theatrical lens, this performance presents the story of Harriet Tubman re-imagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem.
This performance will take the story of Harriet Tubman in the 19th century, a heroine and American legend in her own right, and place her in the 21st century that is laced with the problems facing African-American youth all over the country.
This play examines the centuries-old fight with race, equality, and gender with a focus particular focus on the mistreatment of black girls in schools and is centered around the most influential female leader in American history.
Black Bottom Film Festival – February 22, 2019, to February 24, 2019
The second annual Black Bottom Film Festival will celebrate and shine the spotlight on African American cinema and unique Black people. From age-old classics to contemporary work, the festival will showcase movies that unite on the recurring themes of spirituality, family conflict, race, duty, honor, and working-class struggle, themes that are ever-present in August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle plays.
The Black Bottom Film Festival will celebrate the African-American filmmaking pioneers of recent decades, fostering an examination of how Black filmmakers use art to inspire, challenge, confront, and influence American culture.
Get Your Tickets for August Wilson African American Cultural Center’s Next Event!
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center will be hosting a wide range of riveting performances and celebrating renowned artists this February. Become part of the excitement and experience these events in Pittsburgh by purchasing your tickets today!