15 Jun

Cave Canem Poets

Enjoy an evening of poetry with acclaimed poets and 2017 Cave Canem faculty members Major Jackson, Robin Coste Lewis and Haki Madhubuti! Jackson is the author of four collections, most recently, Roll Deep; Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of the 2015 National Book Award in poetry; Madhubuti is the author of more […]

2017-06-15 7:30 p.m. 2017-06-15 America/New_York Cave Canem Poets 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

June 15, 2017

7:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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21 Jun

Thumbscrew (U.S.)

Thumbscrew (guitarist Mary Halvorson, double bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara) return to the Alphabet City stage. This band has been dubbed “One of the most exciting bands currently playing,” and we could not be more thrilled to welcome them back to City of Asylum!     “If Cream and Nirvana had played instrumental jazz…they might have sounded something […]

2017-06-21 8 p.m. 2017-06-21 America/New_York Thumbscrew (U.S.) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

June 21, 2017

8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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27 Jun

Margo Jefferson (U.S.)

Join us for a reading with a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson. Margo Jefferson is the author of Negroland, which won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, The International Bridge Prize and The Heartland Prize. Her previous book was On Michael Jackson. She has been a staff writer for The New York Times and Newsweek, […]

2017-06-27 8 p.m. 2017-06-27 America/New_York Margo Jefferson (U.S.) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

June 27, 2017

8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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29 Jun

Tom Roberts Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show

Stride piano player Tom Roberts brings his celebrated Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show to Alphabet City! An internationally regarded proponent of early jazz piano, Jazz Beat Magazine described Roberts as “without question one of the finest pianists today.” Roberts has arranged and performed music for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Martin Scorcese’s Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator ,as […]

2017-06-29 8 p.m. 2017-06-29 America/New_York Tom Roberts Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

June 29, 2017

8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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6 Jul

Sembène Film Festival: Rough Aunties (South Africa)

Join us for a screening of Rough Aunties presented by the Sembène Film Festival.  Fearless, feisty and resolute, the Rough Aunties are a remarkable group of women unwavering in their stand to protect and care for the abused, neglected and forgotten children of Durban, South Africa. Internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto follows the outspoken, multiracial cadre of […]

2017-07-06 7 p.m. 2017-07-06 America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Rough Aunties (South Africa) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

July 6, 2017

7 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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12 Jul

Imbolo Mbue (Cameroon)

Join us for a reading with Imbolo Mbue. Imbolo Mbue is a native of Limbe, Cameroon. She holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from Columbia University. A resident of the United States for over a decade, she lives in New York City. BEHOLD THE DREAMERS is her first novel.

2017-07-12 8 p.m. 2017-07-12 America/New_York Imbolo Mbue (Cameroon) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

July 12, 2017

8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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14 Jul

ReelQ: Story of Our Lives (Kenya)

Join us for a screening of Story of Our Lives (Kenya) presented by ReelQ & Pittsburgh Black Pride.   Stories of Our Lives is a Kenyan film, released in 2014. Created by the members of The Nest Collective, a Nairobi-based arts collective, the film is an anthology of five short films dramatizing true stories of LGBT life […]

2017-07-14 7 p.m. 2017-07-14 America/New_York ReelQ: Story of Our Lives (Kenya) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

July 14, 2017

7 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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18 Jul

PechaKucha

PechaKucha Nights are informal, fun gatherings held in more than 900 cities world-wide, where creative people share their ideas, works and thoughts in a 20×20 format; a presentation style with 20 images that advance automatically for 20 seconds each, as the presenter talks along with the images. Doors open at 5 pm.  PechaKucha Presentations start at 7 pm. Enjoy great […]

2017-07-18 7 p.m. 2017-07-18 America/New_York PechaKucha 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

July 18, 2017

7 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
27 Jul

Melba Janneth Rey Rey (Colombia)

Join us for a night of traditional Colombian harp music and singing!  Melba Janneth Rey Rey, Colombian Harpist, discovered her passion for harp music at the age of ten while attending the academy of Joropo & Arpa. Under the tutelage of maestro Hildo Ariel Aguirre Daza she studied the Colombovenezuelan and Colombian genre of traditional […]

2017-07-27 8 p.m. 2017-07-27 America/New_York Melba Janneth Rey Rey (Colombia) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

July 27, 2017

8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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18 Aug

ReelQ: Circumstance (Iran)

Join us for a screening of Circumstance (Iran) presented by ReelQ & Silk Screen. Winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Circumstance is a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture filled with sex, drugs and defiance. From filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz, this suspenseful tale of love and defiance unfolds […]

2017-08-18 7 p.m. 2017-08-18 America/New_York ReelQ: Circumstance (Iran) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

August 18, 2017

7 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
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