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This Week in Pittsburgh: Ursula Rucker, Mary Lou Williams, and the Trans March for Resilience

Piano, poetry, letters, and many voices raised this week in the ‘Burgh
Ursula Rucker

The incomparable Ursula Rucker will be at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater Nov. 20th & 21st

Ursula Rucker – “My Father’s Daughter”

Spoken word artist, poet and songstress Ursula Rucker delivers a live memoir, a story of both her life and her mother’s, juxtaposed. Raw and soulful, Rucker’s concisely wrought texts blend with projected video imagery to reflect upon two women’s intertwined lives and to powerfully illuminate a personal story of survival.

Featuring live accompaniment by guitarist Tim Motzer, “My Father’s Daughter” emerges as an epic poem, one that charts Rucker’s life journey and the struggles that have shaped her into the woman she is today.

Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happy—or name your own! All seats are general admission.

Nov. 20 and 21 @ 8 PM – Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Screening: Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band

Mary Lou Williams, affectionately known as “the little piano girl of East Liberty,” began performing publicly at the age of seven. Winner of the 2015 HBO Award for Best Documentary and the 2015 Pan African Film Festival Programmer’s Award for Documentary, Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band is a story of tragedy and triumph seen through the eyes of a prodigy. The film traverses the 20th century through the lens of one of its leading jazz musicians who is determined to create in a world that could not see past her race or gender. During an era when jazz was the nation’s popular music, she was one of its greatest innovators. As both a pianist and composer, she was a wellspring of daring and creativity who helped shape the sound of 20th century America.

November 21 @ 2:00 PM –  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood

National Trans March of Resilience/Trans Voices: Open Letters

Led by trans people of color, the National Trans March of Resilience (TMOR) will take place on Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), November 20, 2015, in cities across the country. This historic March will be the first nationally organized protest demonstration for justice and equality led by trans people of color. The goal of TMOR is to create awareness about TDOR, the anti-trans violence faced daily by the trans community, specifically trans people of color, and to give a united voice to the resilience of trans people nationally. In Pittsburgh, after the march from Schenley Plaza, open letters will be read at CMU’s Porter Hall to celebrate and honor trans people of color–those who have lost their lives to violence in 2015, as well as those who speak out now and embrace their community.

5:30 PM March @ Schenley Plaza
7-10 PM Open Letters @ CMU – Porter Hall

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