20 Aug

ReelQ: Mr. Gay Syria

Join us for the Pittsburgh premiere screening (before its theatrical release) of Mr. Gay Syria, presented by ReelQ.  Set in Istanbul and Berlin, Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay refugees as they try to rebuild their lives after fleeing the war in Syria. Husein is a 24-year-old barber who escaped to Istanbul with his parents and […]

2018-08-20 7 p.m. 2018-08-20 9 p.m. America/New_York ReelQ: Mr. Gay Syria 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, August 20, 2018

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
25 Aug

Ceinwen King-Smith

Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of storytelling with Ceinwen King-Smith.  Though she can’t prove it, Ceinwen King-Smith thinks she is the only blind American teacher to travel to China to teach Russian.  She has gone to China 20 times to teach English, and will probably return there this summer.  She has taught mathematics in Canada and […]

2018-08-25 3 p.m. 2018-08-25 4 p.m. America/New_York Ceinwen King-Smith 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, August 25, 2018

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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26 Aug

Parker & Throckmorton

Join us for an evening of jazz with Chris Parker and David Throckmorton. Parker/Throckmorton is a band co-lead by Brooklyn based guitarist, Chris Parker, and Pittsburgh based drummer, David Throckmorton. Chris and David have been performing together for 10 years. The group performs frequently as a duo and as a trio. Joining them is bassist, […]

2018-08-26 6 p.m. 2018-08-26 8 p.m. America/New_York Parker & Throckmorton 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Sunday, August 26, 2018

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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27 Aug

Sembène Film Festival: Nothing But The Truth (South Africa)

Join us for a screening of Nothing But The Truth presented by Sembène–The Film & Art Festival.  Nothing But The Truth is a gripping investigation into the complex dynamic between those blacks who remained in South Africa and risked their lives to lead the struggle against apartheid and those who returned victoriously after living in exile. In New […]

2018-08-27 7 p.m. 2018-08-27 9 p.m. America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Nothing But The Truth (South Africa) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, August 27, 2018

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
29 Aug

City of Asylum Staff Showcase

Join us for an evening of songs, readings, performances and more presented by the staff here at City of Asylum! City of Asylum employees will showcase their personal creativity on Alphabet City’s mainstage at the first ever staff showcase. Various COA staff will present their creative work as a way for audiences to get acquainted […]

2018-08-29 8 p.m. 2018-08-29 10 p.m. America/New_York City of Asylum Staff Showcase 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
30 Aug

Indigenous: Dwayne Dolphin Album Release

Spanning Smooth Funk, Jazz, World, Brazilian and many other styles – this Dwayne Dolphin release brings something for everyone to the table. Local jazz stand out Dwayne Dolphin is a mainstay in the jazz scene, working with Pittsburgh greats such as Roger Humphries, Pete Henderson and Carl Arter. Throughout his career, Dolphin has had the opportunity to play […]

2018-08-30 8 p.m. 2018-08-30 9:30 p.m. America/New_York Indigenous: Dwayne Dolphin Album Release 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Thursday, August 30, 2018

8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
8 Sep

Freedom-to-Write Public Conversation with Aslı Erdoğan

Our annual Freedom-to-Write keynote will feature two distinguished authors: Turkish novelist, journalist and human rights advocate Aslı Erdoğan (now exiled writer-in-residence in Frankfurt’s City of Refuge) in conversation with novelist Akhil Sharma. Join us for what is sure to be an inspiring evening!    Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan worked for two years at CERN as […]

2018-09-08 5 p.m. 2018-09-08 6:30 p.m. America/New_York Freedom-to-Write Public Conversation with Aslı Erdoğan 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, September 8, 2018

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
12 Sep

Drue Heinz Winner Brad Felver

Join us for a reading with 2018 Drue Heinz Winner Brad Felver, reading from his award-winning short story collection The Dogs of Detroit. He will be joined by this year’s Drue Heinz judge Lynn Sharon Schwartz, presenting her own novel Leaving Brooklyn. Brad Felver is a fiction writer, essayist, and teacher of writing. His debut collection of […]

2018-09-12 7 p.m. 2018-09-12 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Drue Heinz Winner Brad Felver 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
14 Sep

Jazz Poetry Month: Oliver Lake & Li-Young Lee

Join us for an evening of jazz with Oliver Lake and company. Between jazz sets, he will also collaborate with Tuhin Das, Rickey Laurentiis, Yona Harvey and Li-Young Lee for a jazz and poetry interlude.   Featured Musicians: Yoichi Uzeki (piano) Robert Sabin (bas)s Gene Lake (drums) Bruce Williams (alto & soprano sax) Saxophonist, poet and composer Oliver Lake‘s […]

2018-09-14 7 p.m. 2018-09-14 9 p.m. America/New_York Jazz Poetry Month: Oliver Lake & Li-Young Lee 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Friday, September 14, 2018

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
15 Sep

Jazz Poetry Month: Stoop Is A Verb

Stoop is Verb is the culmination of over a decade of Oliver Lake’s creative work and residencies with City of Asylum on Pittsburgh’s Northside. Combining the community’s voices and talent, Stoop is a Verb will feature spoken word, poetry, music, and dance performance that captures the vitality and culture of life on the far side of […]

2018-09-15 7 p.m. 2018-09-15 9 p.m. America/New_York Jazz Poetry Month: Stoop Is A Verb 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, September 15, 2018

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
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