9 Dec

Reading with Marc Nieson

Marc Nieson, Pittsburgh-based writer and professor at Chatham University, will present his new memoir Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love + Landscape, in which he explores love, identity, and writing during his time in Iowa. This will be a reading with Marc as well as with University of Iowa International Writing Program writer/visiting writer-in-residence at City of Asylum, Ukamaka […]

2016-12-09 8 p.m. 2016-12-09 America/New_York Reading with Marc Nieson 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

December 9, 2016

8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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14 Dec

William Parker: Studies in Freedom

Join us for Studies in Freedom,  an evening of jazz with dance and poetry collaboration featuring musician William Parker and dancer/poet Patricia Nicholson. “Studies in Freedom combines music, words and dance to tell a story of the collective heart yearning for Freedom. It expresses our greatest visions, our desire to attain what is best not only for […]

2016-12-14 8 p.m. 2016-12-14 America/New_York William Parker: Studies in Freedom 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

December 14, 2016

8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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15 Dec

Sembène Film Festival: Salma

Join us for a screening of Salma, presented in partnership with Sembène – The Film & Art Festival and City of Asylum. When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words […]

2016-12-15 7 p.m. 2016-12-15 America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Salma 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

December 15, 2016

7 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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16 Dec

Sembène Film Festival: Keep On Keepin' On

Join us for a screening of Keep On Keepin’ On, presented in partnership with Sembène – The Film & Art Festival and City of Asylum. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON depicts the friendship of music legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89 and Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy.  Kauflin, who suffers from debilitating stage fright, is invited to […]

2016-12-16 7 p.m. 2016-12-16 America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Keep On Keepin' On 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

December 16, 2016

7 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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5 Jan

Sembène Film Festival: Chico & Rita

Join us for a screening of Chico & Rita presented in partnership with Sembène – The Film & Art Festival and City of Asylum. Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and Spain’s legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate their passion for the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion, and heartbreak. Cuba, 1948. Chico is a […]

2017-01-05 7 p.m. 2017-01-05 America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Chico & Rita 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

January 5, 2017

7 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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19 Jan

When Living is a Protest

Join us for a discussion and book signing with Radcliffe Roye, John Freeman and Garnette Cadogan.   What does it mean when living itself is a protest? How does a black body occupy space differently than another? Who gets to watch it and how do writers and photographers not give subjects their dignity but rather recognize it?  In times […]

2017-01-19 8 p.m. 2017-01-19 America/New_York When Living is a Protest 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

January 19, 2017

8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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24 Jan

Autobio(myth)ography and Collaboration: An Interactive Poetry Workshop

Join us for an interactive poetry workshop facilitated by Lauren Russell, in partnership with the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh. The poet Audre Lorde is herself the protagonist of her book Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, described by its publishers as a “biomythography, combining elements of […]

2017-01-24 5:30 p.m. 2017-01-24 7:30 p.m. America/New_York Autobio(myth)ography and Collaboration: An Interactive Poetry Workshop 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

January 24, 2017

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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28 Jan

Storytelling with Antonio Rocha

Join us for a family-friendly storytelling event with Antonio Rocha.   Antonio Rocha, born and raised in Brazil, presents a unique fusion of verbal narrative and mime that has taken his work to 16 countries across 6 continents. With his tenor voice, realistic sound effects and exquisite moves, he is sure to take you into a […]

2017-01-28 11 a.m. 2017-01-28 America/New_York Storytelling with Antonio Rocha 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

January 28, 2017

11 a.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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16 Feb

Aster(ix) Reading Series: Maaza Mengiste & Geeta Kothari

Join us for a reading with Maaza Mengiste & Geeta Kothari  as part of the Aster(ix) Reading Series.   Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science […]

2017-02-16 8 p.m. 2017-02-16 America/New_York Aster(ix) Reading Series: Maaza Mengiste & Geeta Kothari 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

February 16, 2017

8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info FREE RSVP
16 Mar

Aster(ix) Reading Series: Patricia Engel & Adriana E. Ramírez

  Join us for a reading with Patricia Engel  & Adriana E. Ramírez as part of the Aster(ix) Reading Series.     Patricia Engel is the author of the acclaimed novel The Veins of the Ocean, as well as Vida and It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris. Vida, her debut, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway […]

2017-03-16 8 p.m. 2017-03-16 America/New_York Aster(ix) Reading Series: Patricia Engel & Adriana E. Ramírez 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

March 16, 2017

8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info FREE RSVP

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