10 Aug

Sembène Film Festival: Azur & Asmar

Join us for a screening of Azur & Asmar presented by Sembène–The Film & Art Festival. This film will be presented in English, French, and Arabic. Runtime: 99min Rating: PG ages 6 and up Azur & Asmar is the story of two boys raised as brothers. Blonde, blue-eyed, white skinned Azur and black-haired, brown-eyed, dark-skinned Asmar are […]

2019-08-10 3:00pm 2019-08-10 5:00pm America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Azur & Asmar 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, August 10, 2019

3:00pm - 5:00pm

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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11 Aug

Kagiso Lesego Molope

(This program will be held downstairs in our intimate Word Cellar.) Join us for a reading and audience Q&A with visiting writer Kagiso Lesego Molope (South Africa), as she discusses and reads from her work Such a Lonely, Lovely Road and some of her newest writings Members of City of Asylum’s staff met Kasigo at the annual ICORN conference […]

2019-08-11 6 p.m. 2019-08-11 7:30 p.m. America/New_York Kagiso Lesego Molope 40 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, USA Alphabet City

Sunday, August 11, 2019

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

40 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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13 Aug

Abdi Nor Iftin

Join us for an evening of reading and discussion celebrating the work of Abdi Nor Iftin. Abdi Nor Iftin’s memoir tells the story of someone who’s desperately trying—against long odds—to make it to the United States and become an American. Abdi was a Somali refugee who fled Kenya for fear of the radical Islamist group […]

2019-08-13 7 p.m. 2019-08-13 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Abdi Nor Iftin 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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14 Aug

Tania Grubbs: I AM, Volume 4 Color

Join us for an evening of original jazz with vocalist Tania Grubbs.  I AM: Volume 4, Color explores the emotional effects of color in literature, poetry, and musical composition. This volume celebrates color’s glorious presence as an integral part of our everyday existence. Notes have color, sounds have color, people can see and feel color, colors is therapeutic, […]

2019-08-14 7:00pm 2019-08-14 9:00pm America/New_York Tania Grubbs: I AM, Volume 4 Color 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

7:00pm - 9:00pm

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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20 Aug

Staff Showcase: Artists of COA

Join us for an evening of songs, readings, performances, and more presented by the staff here at City of Asylum. City of Asylum staff will showcase their personal creativity on Alphabet City’s mainstage at our annual staff showcase. Various COA staff will present their creative work as a way for audiences to get acquainted with […]

2019-08-20 7:00pm 2019-08-20 8:30pm America/New_York Staff Showcase: Artists of COA 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

7:00pm - 8:30pm

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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21 Aug

ReelQ: Facing Mirrors

Join us for a screening of Facing Mirrors, hosted by ReelQ.  This program will be held downstairs in our intimate Word Cellar. (Runtime: 102 minutes) A low budget film set in contemporary Iran, Facing Mirrors is a story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops despite social norms and religious beliefs. Although Rana is a […]

2019-08-21 7:00pm 2019-08-21 8:45pm America/New_York ReelQ: Facing Mirrors 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

7:00pm - 8:45pm

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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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 performing these new works at this post-residency-concert! Always elastic and innovative, Thumbscrew has honed a sinewy sound marked by transparent […]

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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7 Sep

Freedom to Write Public Conversation: Mahsa Vahdat & Sholeh Wolpé

Our annual Freedom to Write keynote will feature two distinguished artists: Iranian singer  and human rights advocate Mahsa Vahdat in conversation with poet and playwright Sholeh Wolpé. Join us for what is sure to be an inspiring evening!  Mahsa Vahdat discusses her experiences of censorship in Iran, where she is banned from performing in the […]

2019-09-07 3:00pm 2019-09-07 4:30pm America/New_York Freedom to Write Public 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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