26 Aug

Sembène Film Festival: Nigerian Prince

Join us for a screening of Nigerian Prince presented by Sembène–The Film & Art Festival. This film will be presented in English and Pidgin. Runtime: 108min Nigerian Prince follows Eze, a stubborn first-generation Nigerian-American teenager, and his cousin, Pius, a desperate Nigerian Prince scammer. After Eze’s mother sends him to Nigeria against his will, Eze retaliates […]

2019-08-26 7:00pm 2019-08-26 9:00pm America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Nigerian Prince 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, August 26, 2019

7:00pm - 9:00pm

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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27 Aug

Breaking Out: Voices from the Inside

Join us for an evening of readings & performances celebrating the work of the PEN prison award winners, presented in partnership with PEN America Center & Chatham University’s Words Without Walls program. Breaking Out: Voices from the Inside is meant to shed light on the experiences of the criminal justice system through a night of performances celebrating last […]

2019-08-27 7 p.m. 2019-08-27 9:00 p.m. America/New_York Breaking Out: Voices from the Inside 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

7 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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28 Aug

Thumbscrew

Join us for an evening of avant-garde jazz with Thumbscrew – a City of Asylum favorite! Thumbscrew will be working on a new album in Pittsburgh for a month-long residency hosted by City of Asylum. They will be debuting these new materials at this post-residency-concert along with compositions by Anthony Braxton. Always elastic and innovative, Thumbscrew has honed a […]

2019-08-28 7 p.m. 2019-08-28 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Thumbscrew 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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30 Aug

Damon Young

This event is SOLD OUT! Please call our box office between 9a-5p, Monday through Friday to learn about our waitlist policy: 412-435-1110. Join us for a reading of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker with author, Northside neighbor, and friend Damon Young! This program will be a gathering of friends, family, neighbors and fans to celebrate […]

2019-08-30 5:30 p.m. 2019-08-30 6:30 p.m. America/New_York Damon Young 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Friday, August 30, 2019

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

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info SOLD OUT
2 Sep

Poet Laureate Celebration: Paisley Rekdal, Raquel Salas Rivera, Kim Shuck & Molly Fisk

Presented with the Academy of American Poets, this afternoon will be a celebration of Poet Laureates from around the country. Ring in the Labor Day holiday with City of Asylum and a few all-star poets! The program features a reading and conversation recognizing the important civic role Poet Laureates play. To continue the community celebration, […]

2019-09-02 3:00pm 2019-09-02 5:00pm America/New_York Poet Laureate Celebration: Paisley Rekdal, Raquel Salas Rivera, Kim Shuck & Molly Fisk 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, September 2, 2019

3:00pm - 5:00pm

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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6 Sep

Freedom to Create Gala

Help us celebrate the freedom to create by attending our annual fundraising gala! Each year in September we gather in Alphabet City to honor an international writer or artist who has overcome efforts to limit their creative freedom.  This year we will honor Iranian singer and songwriter Mahsah Vahdat, a renowned world music performer and vocal […]

2019-09-06 7:00pm 2019-09-06 10:00pm America/New_York Freedom to Create Gala 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Friday, September 6, 2019

7:00pm - 10:00pm

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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7 Sep

Freedom to Create Concert & Conversation: Mahsa Vahdat & Sholeh Wolpé

Our annual forum on freedom of expression features three distinguished artists: Iranian singer and human rights advocate Mahsa Vahdat in conversation with Iranian-American poet and playwright Sholeh Wolpé, accompanied by renowned harpist Bridget Kibbey. As a female soloist, Mahsa Vadat is only permitted to perform for all-female audiences in Iran, which she has refused to […]

2019-09-07 3:00pm 2019-09-07 4:30pm America/New_York Freedom to Create Concert & Conversation: Mahsa Vahdat & Sholeh Wolpé 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, September 7, 2019

3:00pm - 4:30pm

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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13 Sep

Mara Rosenbloom & Flyways ft. Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Roy Gúzman, & Toi Derricotte

Join us for an installment of our monthlong Jazz Poetry Festival! As part of our fifteenth annual Jazz Poetry Festival, this will be an evening of jazz and poetry collaborations. Mara Rosenbloom & Flyways will be the featured jazz performers. Poets Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Roy Gúzman, Toi Derricotte, and Corrine Jasmine will perform. Featured Musicians: Mara […]

2019-09-13 7 p.m. 2019-09-13 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Mara Rosenbloom & Flyways ft. Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Roy Gúzman, & Toi Derricotte 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Friday, September 13, 2019

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

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
14 Sep

Sara Serpa & Emmanuel Iduma's "Intimate Strangers"

Join us for an installment of our monthlong Jazz Poetry Festival! As part of our fifteenth annual Jazz Poetry Festival, this will be an evening of jazz and poetry collaborations. Sara Serpa and her band along with poet Emmanuel Iduma will perform the collaborative project Intimate Strangers. A collaboration between Portuguese vocalist-composer Sara Serpa and Nigerian […]

2019-09-14 7 p.m. 2019-09-14 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Sara Serpa & Emmanuel Iduma's "Intimate Strangers" 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, September 14, 2019

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

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
15 Sep

Myra Melford & Nicole Mitchell ft. Alison C. Rollins

Join us for an installment of our monthlong Jazz Poetry Festival! As part of our fifteenth annual Jazz Poetry Festival, this will be an evening of jazz and poetry collaborations. Myra Melford and Nicole Mitchell will be the featured jazz performers. Poets Alison Rollins, Celeste Gainey, Cameron Barnett, and Ellen McGrath Smith will perform. Featured Musicians: The […]

2019-09-15 6:00pm 2019-09-15 8:00pm America/New_York Myra Melford & Nicole Mitchell ft. Alison C. Rollins 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Sunday, September 15, 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
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City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, and offer a broad range of literary programs in a community setting to encourage cross-cultural exchange.

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