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Annual Labor Day Block Party

Join us for the Annual Labor Day Block Party on the 900 block of Beech Avenue. The AWCC will provide burgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob. Bring your own chair and a side dish to share.

Monday, September, 2nd
4:00-8:00 pm
900 Block of Beech Avenue

Our good neighbors at Calvary United Methodist Church will also be in attendance. The church will be open, and Doug Lucas will give a presentation on the history of the church at 5:30 pm.

The 900 block of Beech Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic for the party, so please move your vehicle off of the street.

If you are able to volunteer to help with the block party, please contact Greg Coll at

Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: Fun Home

Fun Home

Presented by Front Porch Theatricals
August 16-25

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her college years and growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.

You’re Invited

Northside residents enjoy $10 off general admission. Limited tickets only available for Sunday, August 18th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, August 24th at 2:00 pm.


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Damon Young, Northside Neighbor, Reads from Esteemed Memoir

City of Asylum (2018)

Damon Young:
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker

Friday, August 30th
5:30 pm

You’re invited to gathering of friends, family, neighbors, and fans for a reading and celebration of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker, the critically acclaimed memoir by Northside neighbor Damon Young.

If you’ve been to Alphabet City, chances are you’ve seen Damon chatting with neighbors at the bar or diligently working on his laptop in the main lounge. This program is our chance to celebrate Damon’s success and his service to the Pittsburgh cultural community. The evening includes a reading, discussion, audience Q+A and general hullabaloo.

Damon Young

“Young pulls readers into his world, showing them his vulnerability, hitting them with unflinching honesty about the state of race relations in this country, and keeping them glued to the pages with his wit and humor.” — NPR

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a memoir in essays, boldly chronicling Damon’s efforts to, “exist while black.” Written with candor, self-awareness and considerable humor, Damon turns an unflinching eye on himself and an American society constructed and sustained by racism.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker looks at one man’s Pittsburgh life while simultaneously serves as an authentic, keen and touching example of the black male experience.

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5th Annual Art Show + Sale

5th Annual Art Show + Sale Poster

Interested in Being in the Show?

Work must be 2D or 3D and ready to be displayed (free standing if 3D and wired if 2D). There is no entry fee but we ask that artists bring a snack or beverage to share on opening night. Any sales will be handled by the artist (we will connect any interested buyers with the artists).

Contact: Dennis Bergevin

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Voices from the Inside: Prison-Writing Award Winners

City of Asylum (2018)

Breaking Out: Voices from the Inside

Tuesday, August 27th
7:00 pm

How do incarcerated voices resonate beyond walls, beyond bars?

Breaking Out: Voices from the Inside is a presentation of Words Without Walls, a program of the Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing. The program illuminates experiences of the criminal justice system through a night of readings and performances celebrating PEN America Prison Writing Award winners. Prominent local authors will perform the award-winning pieces of poetry, fiction, memoir & theater written by incarcerated writers.

Voices from the Inside

Performers include a cross-section of activists, artists, journalists, politicians & policymakers. Performances and writings explore common ground in incarcerated and free experiences and reveals the power of sharing ones story.

Breaking Out: Voices from the Inside is presented in partnership with PEN America Center & Chatham University.

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Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Presented by Urban Shakes
August 8-11

If it was up to you, would Romeo and Juliet have a happy ending? This might just be the year! Urban Impact celebrates the 10thanniversary of Shakes with an interactive tale of love and fate, in which the audience decides what happens next. Can love live? You decide.

You’re Invited

Northside residents enjoy $8 general admission. Enter the access code below after selecting performance date and a Northside ticket will appear in the list.


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Indie Iranian Film Examines Friendship, Belief and Tradition

City of Asylum (2018)

ReelQ Presents

Facing Mirrors

Wednesday, August 21st
7:00 pm

A low budget film set in contemporary Iran, Facing Mirrors explores an unlikely and daring friendship that develops despite social norms and religious beliefs. It is the first narrative film from Iran to feature a transgender main character.

Facing Mirrors

Although Rana is a traditional wife and mother, she is forced to drive a cab to pay off the debt that keeps her husband in prison. By chance she picks up the wealthy and rebellious Edi, who is desperately awaiting a passport to leave the country. At first Rana attempts to help, but when she realizes that Edi is transgender, a dangerous series of conflicts arises.

Rana is forced to comprehend a different reality—a task that requires reexamining all that she believes in and the traditions she values.

The film’s director, Negar Azarbayjani, won the 2012 Grand Prix at the Paris LGBTQ film festival for her work.

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Electronic and Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Drop-Off Program Has Begun

E-Recycling Graphic

For the first time since TVs and computers were banned from Pennsylvania landfills in 2010, the City of Pittsburgh will subsidize a twice-weekly option for electronics and household hazardous waste recycling at a drop-off site in the Strip District.

The City’s Bureau of Environmental Services will host a contracted vendor, Environmental Coordination Services and Recycling (ECS&R), to accept materials at their 3001 Railroad Street facility Wednesdays from 3:00 pm-8:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Drop-off appointments must be scheduled in advance through or by calling (814) 425-7773.

This program was approved last year by Mayor William Peduto and City Council from legislation introduced by Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith and former Councilman (and current mayoral Chief of Staff) Dan Gilman.

E-waste and hazardous waste must be recycled in ways that comply with state and federal laws. The cost to recycle most TVs and computers will be 40 cents per pound, so the fee for recycling a 50 pound TV will be around $20. The full list of items and fees associated is posted at

Services will expand early this fall to include pick-up options for an additional fee, as well as neighborhood events.

New Sun Rising Seeks Residents for ONS Mini-Grant Street Team

New Sun Rising is set to lead the 2019 One Northside (ONS) Mini-Grant program and are in search of four Northside residents to serve on the Street Team that will support community members in their efforts to advance the ONS vision.

Members of the Street Team will receive a stipend of $1,500 and must be able to commit 60 hours in total, including training, throughout the months of August, September, October, November in 2019 and February 2020.

Learn More About the Mini-Grant Program

First Featured on This American Life — Now at Alphabet City

City of Asylum (2018)

Abdi Nor Iftin

Tuesday, August 13th
7:00 pm

Abdi Nor Iftin was a Somali refugee who fled to Kenya in fear of the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab. In 2006, while living in a Kenyan refugee camp, Abdi got “the luckiest break of his life:” winning the lottery for a spot on the short list for a U.S. visa. This was his ticket out. But before he could get what was promise, the police start raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees. Abdi had to fight and struggle, enduring years of difficulty in his quest to move to America.

Abdi visits Alphabet City to recount his story, first told as a radio-documentary on the BBC World Service and This American Life, and now in his urgent and timely memoir Call Me American.

Call Me American

“Riveting… [Abdi Nor Iftin] had to endure famine, war, a precarious life as a refugee, and a visa-rejecting bureaucracy before a green-card lottery win enabled him to emigrate. His narrative is both panoramic and particular, full of irreverent asides, and suffused with appreciation for the humanity of others.” — The New Yorker

Abdi’s voice reads like an old a friend and readers can’t help but cringe at his struggles and cheer for his triumphs. Abdi’s fighting spirit and eternal optimism exude from the work and we think readers will be moved to his story in person.

Abdi Nor Iftin currently lives in Maine. He is studying political science at the University of Southern Maine, and he plays soccer every Saturday in a melting-pot league of Americans and immigrants from around the world.

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