18 Nov

Maaza Mengiste

 Join us for an evening of reading and discussion celebrating Maaza Mengiste’s new novel The Shadow King. In The Shadow King, nothing true can remain hidden. No matter how intently characters try to suppress them, memories and past deeds fight for life. The dead and unheeded frequently find ways to “insist on resurrection.” Reality may be […]

2019-11-18 7 p.m. 2019-11-18 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Maaza Mengiste 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, November 18, 2019

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

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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19 Nov

The Heart of a Stranger

Join us for an evening honoring the release of The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exiled Literature. Editor André Naffis-Sahely, translator and poet Sholeh Wolpé, and contributor Fred D’Aguiar will read and recount their experiences bringing this anthology, a global treasury, to life. Exile lies at the root of our earliest stories. Charting varied […]

2019-11-19 7:00pm 2019-11-19 8:30 p.m. America/New_York The Heart of a Stranger 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

7:00pm - 8:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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20 Nov

ReelQ: Small Talk (Ri Chang Dui Hua)

Join us for a screening of Small Talk, hosted by ReelQ. A searing portrait of complicated mother-daughter relationships and the underground LGBTQ culture in Taiwan, Small Talk paints a picture of the changing lives and conditions for three generations of women.  This program will be held downstairs in our intimate Word Cellar. Runtime: 88 minutes. Language: […]

2019-11-20 7:00pm 2019-11-20 9:00pm America/New_York ReelQ: Small Talk (Ri Chang Dui Hua) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

7:00pm - 9:00pm

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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24 Nov

Off Minor Jazz Series:John Coltrane's The Avant-Garde

This Off Minor Jazz program honors the music of John Coltrane’s legendary album The Avant-Garde. The Off Minor Jazz Series highlights the music of legendary jazz composers and players. The series has been curated by drummer Thomas Wendt, who puts together specialized musicians for each concert.  In the summer of 1960, John Coltrane recorded one of the most unique albums in his […]

2019-11-24 6 p.m. 2019-11-24 7:30 p.m. America/New_York Off Minor Jazz Series:John Coltrane's The Avant-Garde 40 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, USA Alphabet City

Sunday, November 24, 2019

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

40 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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2 Dec

Sembène Film Festival: Erroll Garner 'No One Can Hear You Read'

Join us for a screening of Erroll Garner ‘No One Can Hear You Read’ presented by Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival. This program will held downstairs in our intimate Word Cellar with a run-time of 52 minutes.  In a triumphant career that lasted forty years, Erroll Garner pushed the playability of the piano to […]

2019-12-02 7 p.m. 2019-12-02 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Erroll Garner 'No One Can Hear You Read' 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, December 2, 2019

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

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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4 Dec

Clear and Present Stranger: Words from Incarcerated Writers

Join us for an evening that features and celebrates the work of writers at Pennsylvania state prisons SCI Somerset, Laurel Highlands, and Fayette County. Presented by the Pitt Prison Education Project. The Inside Out Prison Exchange Program is a national program that has grown rapidly over the past 20 years. It has trained over 800 instructors nationwide. […]

2019-12-04 7:00pm 2019-12-04 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Clear and Present Stranger: Words from Incarcerated Writers 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

7:00pm - 8:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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5 Dec

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Join Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and guest soloist Augustin Hadelich for “New and Old,” the premier event and return of PSO @ COA’s collaborative season.     Resident Conductor, Andrés Franco will lead an evening exploring the concept of connecting new and older works of art. PSO guest soloist Augustin Hadelich will play and discuss his thoughts […]

2019-12-05 7 p.m. 2019-12-05 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Thursday, December 5, 2019

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

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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8 Dec

Christoph Irniger Pilgrim Quintet

The Christoph Irniger Pilgrim Quintet debuts their newest jazz collaboration “Crosswinds” on the Alphabet City stage.  The quintet Pilgrim, founded by Zurich based, tenor saxophonist Christoph Irniger, is one of the most exciting ensembles in young European Jazz. Following their highly praised live album ‘Big Wheel’, Pilgrim’s fourth recording ‘Crosswinds’ is a luxuriantly open new […]

2019-12-08 6 p.m. 2019-12-08 7:30pm America/New_York Christoph Irniger Pilgrim Quintet 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Sunday, December 8, 2019

6 p.m. - 7:30pm

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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9 Dec

Memoir Series: Darrel McLeod

Our new Memoir Reading Series continues with an evening of reading and discussion celebrating Darrel McLeod’s debut memoir Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age As a small boy in remote Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod is immersed in his Cree family’s history, passed down in the stories of his mother, Bertha. There he is surrounded by […]

2019-12-09 7:00pm 2019-12-09 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Memoir Series: Darrel McLeod 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, December 9, 2019

7:00pm - 8:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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11 Dec

Kenia: The Sultry Sounds of Brazil

Join us for an evening of jazz and Brazilian music with local vocalist, Kenia. Brazilian songstress Kenia returns to City of Asylum after delighting audiences during a summer concert. She is renowned for her ability to translate the complex rhythms of her homeland into jazzy creations that embody the best of the Brazilian sound–deep and […]

2019-12-11 7:00pm 2019-12-11 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Kenia: The Sultry Sounds of Brazil 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

7:00pm - 8:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free TICKETS COMING SOON
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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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