2Do this week, April 20-26: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

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SUNDAY

This is the last day of the Spring Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15; seniors and students, $14; children 2-18, $11; children under 2 and members, free. Information: 412-622-6914 or phipps.conservatory.org.

MONDAY

The ninth annual B-PEP Jazz Concert musical "fun-raiser" for the Black Political Empowerment Project or B-PEP, 5:30-11:30 p.m., will be at Bridges in the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Ave., Oakland. Vocalist Michele Bensen, saxophonist Tony Campbell, trombonist Al Dowe, trombonist Nelson Harrison and vocalist Flo Wilson are among the many artists slated to perform. Guest emcees will include Bob Allen and Jon Burnett, KDKA-TV; Kevin Amos, WRCT-FM; Debbie Norrell, The New Pittsburgh Courier; Vince Sims, WPXI-TV; and Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV. Charlie Batch, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and founder of the Best of the Batch Foundation, is the B-PEP Jazz honorary chairman. For more info and tickets ($35 general and $30 for students and seniors 65 and older), www.b-pepjazz.com/tickets.

TUESDAY

The Christian McBride Trio performs at the Cabaret at Theatre Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 8 p.m. Mr. McBride is a three-time Grammy Award winner, jazz bassist, composer and arranger. A prominent figure in the jazz world for more than 20 years, he has worked as a sideman with Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny. In the R&B world, he has performed with James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan and Natalie Cole. For tickets, $30.75, www.trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.

THURSDAY

RAW: natural born artists showcases local emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair and makeup artistry and photography at Club Zoo, 1630 Smallman St., Strip District, at 7 p.m. "Spectrum" will feature 40-plus artists including live music by Solarburn, Shelf Life String Band, Velvet Heat and The Wave; 26 visual artists, photographers and accessories artists; fashion shows by Unique Impression, Hyena, Mureaux, and Biome; hair and makeup artistry by Hillary Evans, Meg Frattare and ChristaLee Lema; and dance performances by Alexandra Bodnarchuk, Infra Dance Company and Janim of the Pittsburgh Bellydance Academy. For a complete list of participating artists: www.rawartists.org/pittsburgh/spectrum. Jarrett Tebbets is the DJ and Kellee Maize is the host. Dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable attire. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; www.RAWartists.org/pittsburgh or the RAW Pittsburgh Facebook page.

FRIDAY

Kevin Allison and the Risk! live storytelling show at Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Ave., at 7:30 p.m. will feature Mr. Allison from the MTV sketch comedy troupe The State, and local talent sharing true stories they "never thought they'd dare to share in public." Mr. Allison's Risk! podcast was named the #1 Don't-Miss Live Podcast by Time Out LA and Top 10 NYC Podcast by Time Out New York. For tickets, $20, www.brownpapertickets.com.

FRIDAY

Comedian and actor Corey Holcomb will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., The Stacks at the Waterfront in Homestead. Mr. Holcomb recently finished working on season two of the TV One series "The Rickey Smiley Show" and the soon-to-be released film "Think Like a Man, Too." He voices the recurring character Robert Tubbs on Fox's "The Cleveland Show" and also has appeared in two of his own comedy specials, "Corey Holcomb: The Problem Is You" and "Comedy Central Presents: Corey Holcomb." Showtimes are 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $20; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY

An opening reception for "Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics," comprising work by 31 artists, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Society for Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. Several exhibition artists will speak about their work from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. At 2 p.m. the Raphael Prize winning artist will give an artist talk (free and public). Information: 412-261-7003 or www.contemporarycraft.org.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY

Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe & Daniel Bernard Roumain's "Wade in the Water" will be performed at The Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave., East Liberty, at 8 p.m. The piece will explore modern-day revolutions spurred by social media in Africa while simultaneously looking back to an ancient ceremony on the Barotse Floodplain that relocated the masses to higher ground. This multigenerational encounter allows indigenous and Western identities to collide and blurs the lines between exhibit, documentary and performance -- between old and new -- and between photos, video and sound. For tickets, $15 general and $10 for students, artists and 15206 residents, www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

SATURDAY

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will perform Part's "Fratres," Barber's Violin Concerto with Bella Hristova and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Tickets, $10-$39, at 724-837-1850 or www.westmorelandsymphony.org.

SATURDAY/NEXT SUNDAY

The 17th installment of Art All Night: Lawrenceville will be held from 4 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday at 40th and Willow streets. The free public event includes art, entertainment, collaborative activities and an art auction. Children's activities will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in an area adjacent to youth-friendly art; the rest of the show is uncensored.


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