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29 Sep

Jazz Poetry Month: Kaja Draksler ft. Dancer/Vocalist Irena Tomazin

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run-time 75 minutes) Slovenian pianist and composer Kaja Draksler is a superb improviser, and is constantly thinking about innovation and the future of music—explorations that feel more salient than ever. Kaja is known for combining composition and improvisation, drawing from a variety of styles, places, and historical periods. In this performance, Kaja […]

2020-09-29 7:00 PM 2020-09-29 8:30 PM America/New_York Jazz Poetry Month: Kaja Draksler ft. Dancer/Vocalist Irena Tomazin 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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1 Oct

Jazz Poetry Month: "Tallahatchie Lullaby, Baby" ft. Poet Doug Kearney

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run-time 75 minutes) A riveting, vital poem—a lullaby to Emmett Till with four national jazz greats creating new pieces in response. Read by author Douglas Kearney, compositions and performances by Pheeroan akLaff, Dee Alexander, Orrin Evans, and Nicole Mitchell. Co-curated by MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes. This concert features multiple interpretations and multiple hearings of one piece, created […]

2020-10-01 7:00 PM 2020-10-01 8:30 PM America/New_York Jazz Poetry Month: "Tallahatchie Lullaby, Baby" ft. Poet Doug Kearney 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Thursday, October 1, 2020

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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2 Oct

“Crossing the Line” to Celebrate Free Expression presented by Ithaca City of Asylum

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run-time 90 minutes) City of Asylum Pittsburgh and Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) in Ithaca, NY, present “Crossing the Line,” a virtual (and highly visual) conversation about cartooning, humor, free expression, and personal risk. Guests are ICOA artist-in-residence Pedro X. Molina of Nicaragua and nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers of Pittsburgh. Both Pedro and Rob have […]

2020-10-02 7:00 PM 2020-10-02 8:30 PM America/New_York “Crossing the Line” to Celebrate Free Expression presented by Ithaca City of Asylum 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Friday, October 2, 2020

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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7 Oct

Ross Gay book launch: Be Holding

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run -time 75 min) Tune in for the Pittsburgh launch reading, discussion, and audience q+a of BE HOLDING with Ross Gay in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Press. Be Holding, the latest from award-winning poet Ross Gay, is a love song to legendary basketball player Julius Erving—known as Dr. J—who dominated courts in […]

2020-10-07 7:00 PM 2020-10-07 8:30 PM America/New_York Ross Gay book launch: Be Holding 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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9 Oct

Freedom to Create Virtual Gala and Keynote

Help us celebrate the Freedom to Create at our annual fundraising Gala and Keynote event! We are honored to feature renowned authors and founders of the Cities of Asylum movement Salman Rushdie and Russell Banks as this years keynote speakers.

2020-10-09 6:30 PM 2020-10-09 8 PM America/New_York Freedom to Create Virtual Gala and Keynote - Alphabet City

Friday, October 9, 2020

6:30 PM - 8 PM

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12 Oct

Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook Presented by City of Asylum and the ACLU-PA

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run-time 75 ming + Live discussion and Q+A with ACLU-PA Elections Protection Coordinator Donnell Drinks) Screening of Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook What would happen if political operatives tried to subvert the sacred American principle of “one person, one vote?” What if they hatched and pursued that plan for years before […]

2020-10-12 7:00 PM 2020-10-12 8:30 PM America/New_York Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook Presented by City of Asylum and the ACLU-PA 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, October 12, 2020

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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18 Oct

Free Association Reading Series presented by City of Asylum

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run -time 45 min) Join us for an intimate evening of live readings with exceptional Pittsburgh writers co-curated by Pat Hart and Marc Nieson of the Free Association Reading Series. Featured Writers: Deesha Philyaw’s debut collection of short stories, THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES (West Virginia University Press), focuses […]

2020-10-18 5:00 PM 2020-10-18 6:30 PM America/New_York Free Association Reading Series presented by City of Asylum 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Sunday, October 18, 2020

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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28 Oct

'March For Dignity' Film Screening presented by ReelQ

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run-time 90 min) Join us for a screening of the 2020 documentary MARCH FOR DIGNITY hosted by ReelQ and an exclusive interview with filmmakers John Eames (Director/Producer) and Cassandra Roberts (Producer/Editor). Feature documentary March for Dignity follows a small group of LGBTI+ activists in Tbilisi, Georgia as they attempt to conduct the first Pride march in […]

2020-10-28 7:00 PM 2020-10-28 8:30 PM America/New_York 'March For Dignity' Film Screening presented by ReelQ 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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11 Nov

Live discussion of Elena Ferrante's 'The Lying Life of Adults' presented by City of Asylum

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run-time 60 minutes / Q+A included) Please note the 6pm start time. Join renowned translator Ann Goldstein in conversation with Europa’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Reynolds for a celebratory discussion of Elena Ferrante’s latest New York Times-bestselling novel, The Lying Life of Adults, a gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan coming-of-age story. The […]

2020-11-11 6:00 PM 2020-11-11 7:30 PM America/New_York Live discussion of Elena Ferrante's 'The Lying Life of Adults' presented by City of Asylum 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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18 Nov

Bassel & the Supernaturals

Bassel & the Supernaturals join us live from Chicago celebrating the release of their new length album Smoke & Mirrors! This program will include live dispatches from the band and an audience Q&A. Bassel & The Supernaturals tells the story of Bassel Almadani’s experience as a first generation Syrian-American using soulful melodies, funk inspired grooves, and […]

2020-11-18 7:00 PM 2020-11-18 8:30 PM America/New_York Bassel & the Supernaturals 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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