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This Week in Pittsburgh: Hip Hop, GrownAss Partying, and Balafon

Deep South rap, West African dance, and hip hop’s origins in the Boogie Down...the ‘Burgh is all over the map this week.

Hip Hop History + Book-signing

On Wednesday October 28th from 4PM to 7PM, Phantom of the Attic Comics in Oakland will host a signing event for Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 3, the new graphic novel by Pittsburgh comics creator Ed Piskor. Originally serialized at, Hip Hop Family Tree has been published by Fantagraphics and is receiving rave reviews and national coverage from such sources as The Huffington Post and Time magazine.

Hip-Hop Family Tree

Hip-Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

Hip Hop Family Tree tells the true story of the development of Hip Hop as a movement in music and a cultural lifestyle, focusing on the connections in the burgeoning scene in New York in the 1970s and the earliest practitioners of the art. The series is based on extensive research and has been hailed by many of the artists depicted in it.

GrownAss People Dancing + Costumes

The GrownAss People Party is hosting a Halloween dance and costume party featuring DJ Selecta on the tables all night and drink specials on tap with a couple satellite bars around the ballroom, “so no more scary lines getting in the way of your dranks.” Don your best costume, and you could win a few drink tickets and a couple of grownass prizes.

The party’s happening October 31, from 9 pm to 2 am at James St. Gastropub, 422 Foreland Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. We hear that tickets are limited due to capacity and will sell out fast.

Big K.R.I.T + Mr. Small’s

Def Jam’s Big K.R.I.T will perform at Mr. Small’s in Millvale on Oct. 29.

Dance Class + Drumming Workshops   

With energizing dance classes, drum workshops, and a marketplace, the 2015 Black River African Dance Conference culminates in a performance by Balafon West African Dance Ensemble.

Oct. 31 10 AM – 4 PM – workshops and marketplace – Obama International Academy

Oct. 31 8 PM – performance – Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

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