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This Week in Pittsburgh: Grits & Grants, Indie Flicks, and Souls of Black Girls

Big screen, small screen, and the money to make it are a few happenings of note this week.

Get Money + Grits & Grants

Join GPAC’s Christiane Leach and Anne Mulgrave as they combine their superpowers to reveal (a few of) the secrets of the grant writing universe at their one-of-kind workshop, “Grits & Grants: GPAC Edition.” Combining humor, humility and a big red marker, they will explore the good, the bad and the ugly of artist statements, project narratives and work samples tailored specifically for grant applications.

Nov. 4 @ 5:30 PM – Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Indie Film Screenings + Networking

Part of the Three Rivers Film Festival, Steeltown’s 7th annual event is an evening to celebrate independent filmmaking in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The first Steeltown Indie Class will showcase short film projects made around the region, and local filmmakers will share their experiences about making films in Pittsburgh. Steeltown Indie offers educational and mentorship opportunities for local filmmakers as well cash grants to help make their projects happen. Tickets are required and a reception will follow the screenings.

Nov. 9 @ 7 PM – Regent Square Theater

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Big Freedia’s Bounce Shakedown 2015 Tour

The Queen of Bounce…BIG FREEDIA

Big Freedia, the undisputed Queen Diva of Bounce Music, is bringing an electrifying dose of New Orleans energy to Pittsburgh tomorrow night at Spirit Lodge. In addition to general admission, meet & greet VIP tickets are also available.

Nov. 3 @ 9 PM – Spirit Lounge

Penn Ave. Unblurred

Unblurred is a monthly event (first Fridays) that opens the Penn Avenue Arts District (4800-5500 Penn) for exploration by adults and children. The Penn Avenue Arts Initiative (PAAI) is a project of the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation to support artists in the renovation of blighted, formerly vacant buildings and in turn create an artist niche along the corridor.

Nov. 6 – see schedule at link for a list of locations and times

Power(ed) by Grace

Power(ed) by Grace is a multimedia platform dedicated to showcasing the diverse experiences and narratives of black women. It’s a running collection of photos, videos, and stories that allow black women the space to tell their own stories, and connect to issues that influence and inspire them.

Nov. 6 – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – BOOM Concepts

Black Girls’ Souls + TV

The award-winning news documentary, The Souls of Black Girls, makes its television debut on this week. The film raises the question of whether or not women of color may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images. The candid piece features interviews with young women discussing their self-image as well as social commentary from rapper/political activist Chuck D, actresses Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith, PBS’ Washington Week Moderator Gwen Ifill and cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis, among others.

Nov. 4 @ 8 pm and 9 pm – AspireTV

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