19 Mar

Shobha Rao (India/U.S.)

(1.5 hrs. approximate run time)  Join us for a reading with Shobha Rao (India/U.S.) who will read from her forthcoming work Girls Burn Brighter. Shobha Rao burst onto the literary scene in 2016 with her “rich and intelligent” (San Francisco Chronicle) short story collection An Unrestored Woman. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, […]

2018-03-19 8 p.m. 2018-03-19 9:30 p.m. America/New_York Shobha Rao (India/U.S.) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, March 19, 2018

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

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
20 Mar

Jonathan Finlayson (U.S.)

Join us for an evening of jazz with Jonathan Finlayson and his quintet.   “Through the tricky patterns, sudden thematic shifts and stylistic swaps on Jonathan Finlayson’s impressive debut album, one thing remains constant: the cool sense of refinement he brings to the music.”– Jazz Times “He breathes fire, but displays finely honed command and control […]

2018-03-20 8 p.m. 2018-03-20 10 p.m. America/New_York Jonathan Finlayson (U.S.) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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25 Mar

Harold Betters Birthday Tribute

2 hrs. approximate run time Please join us as we celebrate the 90th Birthday of one of the luminaries of Pittsburgh Jazz, “Mr. Trombone” Harold Betters! City of Asylum @ Alphabet City will have many of Harold’s record on display as well as music featuring a trombone choir, a jam session, and plenty of birthday […]

2018-03-25 6 p.m. 2018-03-25 8 p.m. America/New_York Harold Betters Birthday Tribute 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Sunday, March 25, 2018

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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26 Mar

Sembène Film Festival: The Hero (Angola)

(2 hrs. approximate run time)  Join us for a screening of  The Hero presented by Sembène – The Film & Art Festival. Best Foreign Feature winner of ther 2005 Sundance Film Festival, THE HERO (O HEROI) is the story of Angola, a nation torn apart by forty years of uninterrupted war, and now trying imperfectly but courageously to […]

2018-03-26 7 p.m. 2018-03-26 9 p.m. America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: The Hero (Angola) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, March 26, 2018

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
27 Mar

Don Bialostosky

(1.5 hrs. approximate run time)  Join us for a reading with  Don Bialostosky as he presents his latest book, How to Play a Poem. Literary critic and teacher Don Bialostosky is committed to criticism that enhances pleasure in poetry. His latest book How to Play a Poem shares with a general audience a critical approach to […]

2018-03-27 8 p.m. 2018-03-27 9:30 p.m. America/New_York Don Bialostosky 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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30 Mar

Off Minor Jazz Series: Celebrating Johnny Hodges and Wild Bill Davis!

(2 hrs. approximate run time)  Join us for an evening of jazz paying tribute to the contributions of jazz greats Johnny Hodges and Wild Bill Davis, as part of our Off Minor Jazz Series.   Featured Musicians:  Paul Cosentino (clarinet) Jeff Bush (trombone) Clifford Barnes (piano) Thomas Wendt (drums)

2018-03-30 8 p.m. 2018-03-30 10 p.m. America/New_York Off Minor Jazz Series: Celebrating Johnny Hodges and Wild Bill Davis! 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Friday, March 30, 2018

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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31 Mar

Storytelling with Lyn Ford

(1 hr. approximate run time)  Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of storytelling with Lyn Ford.   Lyn Ford is a fourth-generation storyteller who shares the gifts and heritage of orature from her Affrilachian family.  Lyn is a nationally recognized raconteur and workshop presenter, an award-winning writer, a Thurber House mentor to young authors, a teaching artist […]

2018-03-31 3 p.m. 2018-03-31 4 p.m. America/New_York Storytelling with Lyn Ford 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, March 31, 2018

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
2 Apr

Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria)

(1.5 hrs. approximate run time)  Join us for a reading with Akwaeke Emezi as she presents her autobiographical novel, Freshwater.    An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one […]

2018-04-02 8 p.m. 2018-04-02 9:30 p.m. America/New_York Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, April 2, 2018

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

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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7 Apr

Storytelling with Motoko (Japan)

(1 hr. approximate run time)  Join us for an afternoon of family-friendly storytelling with Motoko. Parents’ Choice Award-winning storyteller Motoko has regaled children of all ages across the US for 25 years with folktales from her native Japan. Motoko has appeared on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and has been awarded numerous grants for her arts-in-education programs. She is […]

2018-04-07 3 p.m. 2018-04-07 4 p.m. America/New_York Storytelling with Motoko (Japan) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, April 7, 2018

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
15 Apr

Kevin Sun Trio (U.S.)

(2 hrs. approximate run time)  Join us for an evening of jazz with the Kevin Sun Trio.     “[Kevin Sun is] a player who sees the big picture and his evolving place within it” – The New York City Jazz Record Kevin Sun is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, clarinetist, and improvisor-composer. He recently served as a Teaching Assistant for […]

2018-04-15 6 p.m. 2018-04-15 8 p.m. America/New_York Kevin Sun Trio (U.S.) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Sunday, April 15, 2018

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
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