Elie Kihonia has invited one and all to attend the open events at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh,,... it starts off with a little drum processional ( so bring a drum) ...... meet at 9:30 am
August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, PITTSBURGH, PA 15222
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Pittsburgh's August Wilson Center open house will include tours, music, activities
Buzz up!By Mark Kanny, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, May 29, 2009
August Wilson Center
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture will be hopping all day Saturday when it holds an open house, a preview of the newest addition to Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
All indoor and outdoor activities are free, and will include African-American performing arts, visual arts, history and film -- not to mention a range of ethnic cuisine at a food market. A voucher for discount parking at the Grant Street Transportation Center, Penn Avenue between 11th and 12th streets, will be available at the membership table.
"It is a first look at the building, not the grand opening," says Shay Wafer, vice president of programs. "It won't be finished Saturday, but this is an opportunity for the community to come in and feel what the building is going to be, to see its various components."
The day begins at 10 a.m. with a procession and blessing ceremony, featuring performances by Afrika Yetu, Carolyn Byrd and Ta'lor Pinkston. Members of August Wilson's family will speak, as will executive director Neal Barclay, who is leaving to become head of the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta.
In additions to tours of the building throughout the day, indoor activities will include performances in the 486-seat theater by James Ziegler, 1 p.m.; Anita Levels, 2:15 p.m.; Ms. Classy, 3 p.m.; and J & J Mime, 3:45 p.m.
Storytelling will take place in the education center: Cynthia Battle, 11:15 a.m., Temujin Ekunfeo, 12:45 p.m., Amir Rashidd, 2:30 p.m. and Seku Ba, 4 p.m.
African mask making and Adinkra symbol face painting will take place all day in the Family Village Tent.
Large-scale performances will take place on the outdoor stage, starting with the Dilworth Drummers at 11:15 a.m. Other performers on the outdoor stage will include the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Mass Choir, 11:45 a.m.; Roger Humphries and the RH Factor, 1:15 p.m.; the Afro-American Music Institute Boys' Choir of Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.; UMOJA African Arts Company, 3:30 p.m.; and House of Soul, 4:15 p.m.