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MidLife Crisis Band and Kuntu Repertory Theatre Benefit

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MidLife Crisis Band and Kuntu Repertory Theatre Benefit

Time: May 18, 2009 from 7pm to 11pm
Location: Altar Bar in The Strip
Street: 1620 Penn Ave.
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-648-2239
Event Type: fndraiser, concert, benefit, bar, e, vent
Organized By: Dr. Vernell A. Lillie
Latest Activity: May 18, 2009

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The Midlife Crisis Band and Kuntu Repertory Theatre will be in full effect at the Altar Bar in The Strip May 18th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost $20.00 and benefit The Kuntu Repertory Theatre. Please come out and support Kuntu and hear some great music by The Midlife Crisis Band! Special Kuntu items and CD's of past productions will be on sale as well.

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Comment by Samantha Phillips on May 15, 2009 at 7:28pm
Hey veryone, see you on may 18th at The Altar Bar at 7:00 p.m. Kuntu and MidLife Crisis Band will be hosting a benefit to help raise funds for Kuntu Repertory Theatre so we can continue to bring you excellent black theatre at it's best. Come join us and support Kuntu. Tickets cost $20.00. Please call 412-648-2239 to order yours today!

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