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A Spontaneous Creation of Words, Jazz and Dance

City of Asylum (2018)

The Ellipses Condition Presents

Completely Out of Context

Saturday, April 28th
8:00 pm

Completely Out of Context is a site-specific performance created by The Ellipses Condition. Writers and poets will share original works accompanied by improvisational jazz musicians and dancers. Readers will also lend fresh meaning to books grabbed from the stacks around them, intoning their readings with intent inspired by the musicians and the dancers.

The Ellipses Condition

The Ellipses Condition is the partnered artistry of Pearlann Porter and John Lambert, sharing a commitment to the authentic translation of their inner thoughts and emotions into dance, music and words. Their improvisational performances blur the dynamics between movement, musicality and poetry, embodying the philosophy of ‘jazz as a verb’ lived in every aspect of being. Collaboratively they cultivate new audio/physical relationships, lending living bodies to intangible conversations.

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Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: Birdie

Presented by Carnegie Nexus and the New Hazlett Theater
April 26th and 27th at 8:00 pm

Join us for the U.S. premiere of Birdie by the internationally acclaimed group from Barcelona—a multimedia performance complete with live video, film fragments, 2,000 mini animals, and three performers tackling this messy world with wit, criticism, and an unfailing commitment to humankind. Birdie manages to perform a migration on stage: a movement between the mirages of two worlds—one confounded by war, displacement, human smugglers, and ecological devastation, and one that enjoys civil society, sanitary conditions, renewable resources, and a common welfare.

Witness as the border between stage and screen, word and image, Hitchcock’s The Birds, and the game of golf dissolve before your eyes. This is not to be missed!

Winner of the Silver Lion Award for Innovation in Theatre at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

You’re Invited

Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance with a $5 discount. Follow the link below and add the tickets to your cart.

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Pittsburgh Pirates 5K/10K Information

This weekend marks the return of the Pirates Home Run 5K, 10K, & One Mile Fun Run that supports Pirates Charities. The race is on Saturday, April 14th at 7:30 am and there are new course routes this year with new road closures.

Road Closures for 5K/10K

The race starts and finishes around PNC Park with the post-race party on Federal Street around PNC Park will close as early as 5:00 am, while the entire course will close at 7:00 am. Sections of the course will open as runners have passed through to allow for quicker road openings.

Free Tickets for Northsiders: Büer’s Kiss

Büer's Kiss

Part of the CSA Performance Series
April 12th at 8:00 pm

Felecia’s body betrays her. Her husband rejects her. She is exiled, but her new community welcomes her with open (albeit misshapen) arms. Her new life is stable enough, but things are not what they seem. A quiet war of belief is about to erupt, and Felecia will be forced to take sides. Büer’s Kiss is a multimedia comics experience featuring voice actors, foley effects and projected images.

You’re Invited

Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance for free. A limited number of tickets are available online, so reserve your seat today.

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Letter from the President – April 2018

So what are you doing on Tuesday evening?

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, April 10th at 7:30 pm at Calvary Church for the April meeting of the Allegheny West Civic Council. Each month, this is where we make decisions about our neighborhood — decisions that in ways both small and large will affect you. And we always have a good time socializing and enjoying refreshments. Everyone is welcome — second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm, in the Calvary Church social hall, corner of Beech and Allegheny Avenues (use the Beech Avenue entrance). The meeting is usually over by 9:00 pm.

It’s also a great way for newer folks to meet your neighbors and get involved: We hope to see you on Tuesday evening!

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – April 10, 2018

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, April 10th at 7:30 pm

  • Visitors
    • Councilwoman Harris’s Office
    • Mayor Peduto’s Office
    • Representative Wheatley’s Office
    • Zone One Police
    • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • New Neighbors & Guests
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership
    • Volunteers for the Memorial Day Picnic
  • Ways and Means
    • 2018 Wine & Garden Tour (June 22 and 23, Signature Event)
    • 2018 Alleys, Axles & Ales (September 29)
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Green Space
    • Flower Baskets
  • Property
  • Housing and Planning
    • Parking and Traffic
    • North Avenue Lighting
    • Western Avenue Revitalization, Electric
    • Western Avenue Proposals
    • Light of Life Ridge Avenue Project
    • Allegheny Commons Proposed Implementation Plan
    • Expansion of Historic District (LRC Report)
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues (old cases)
    • Medical Marijuana Dispensary
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
    • Airbnb Issues/Impacts on AW
    • Railroad Bridge Replacements
    • Allegheny Center Master Plan
    • North Shore Impacts
  • Nominating Committee
    • 2018 Neighbor of the Year
  • Northside Leadership Conference
    • Allegheny General Hospital Master Plan
  • Other Business (Old & New)
    • $500 for 4 2018 AW Preservation Awards
    • $250 Donation to YMCA Reds, Whites & Brews

2018 Wine Tour and Tasting : A Toast to the Central Coast

The 2018 Tour and Tasting planning is well underway. I’m thrilled to share that we have all of the homes for this tour and it’s a wonderful collection:

  • Annettte Trunzo – 800 Beech Avenue
  • The Zoufaliks – 852 Beech Avenue
  • The Malakoffs – 913 Brighton Road
  • Cathy Serventi and Gene Wilson – 851 Beech Avenue
  • Doug Debelak and Deb Kelly – 840 N Lincoln Avenue
  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church – Corner of W North and Allegheny Avenues

Thank you all for opening your homes and gardens!

The theme this year is Ground to Glass from the Central Coast

I’m excited to share with you that several Central Coast wineries (Paso Robles) are contributing to this event for the walking tour. In addition to the wineries, the food pairings are being primarily selected from a cookbook of a premier Paso catering company, Cahoots Catering. Cahoots is donating cookbooks and product for raffle to the event.

New this year is a Showcase event at Holmes Hall, featuring Eberle wines. Gary Eberle grew up in Coraopolis and attended Penn State. He fell in love with Paso and the Central Coast. His interest in chemistry led him to applying that knowledge to winemaking. Among so many accolades, Gary is considered the “Pioneer of Central Coast wines”. At the Showcase event, guests will enjoy four wines selected by Gary and expertly paired by Bob Marivelli. The Showcase event will be exclusively Eberle wines, with a sommelier and food pairings in the ballroom and gardens of Holmes Hall.

Eberle, along with other Central Coast wineries, have been incredibly excited to be a part of the event. Tobin James and Still Waters are signed up to be a part of the event. We are still working on other wineries to join.

Your Help is Appreciated

With all of the excitement about the participation from the Central Coast, we still need of help locally. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the pairings (food for the tour), help the homeowners, and volunteer to support set up and tear down for the after party. John and Trish Burton have graciously volunteered their home to celebrate after the event. There are other areas you can help, just let me know what you’d like to do!

Event Dates, Times and Tickets

Here are the details:

Walking Tour – $75

  • June 22nd: 5:00 to 9:00 pm
  • June 23nrd: 1:00 to 5:00 pm / 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Showcase Event at Holmes Hall – $150

  • June 23rd: 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Please contact Doug Sprague if you’d like to lead a tour: Contact me if you have interest in volunteering in any other way:

I’m really excited about the tour this year. Please consider getting involved and being a part of the event!

Support Allegheny Commons

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has submitted another grant request to the very competitive Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) state grant program requesting additional funding for the fountain, the North Avenue Promenade (repaving the pathways and lights) and stormwater management.

Last year, over 1,100 people submitted comments in support of our request for Allegheny Commons and we are back again looking for the same support! The public comment period is open until Sunday, April 8th. We are asking folks to sign on in support of our grant request. Please visit to sign on. It only takes a minute.

Neighborhood Clean-ups and Planting Begin

Our first clean-up will be on Saturday, April 28th. Meet at 9:00 am at the AWCC office at 806 Western Avenue to get coffee and supplies. Or, just attack an area that you think needs work (and most of our alleys definitely fit in this category!) Hope to see many of you there!

Babb, Inc. has again generously offered their time and energy to helping plant and mulch the AW parklet on May 23rd. We hope to be able to plant and mulch some of the tree wells along Western Avenue as well, so if you can volunteer some of your time that day, we’d welcome your help. Please contact Trish Burton or Diane Caruso (see here for info).

Help Our Parklet

DIVIDE AND DONATE: Our parklet at Brighton Road and Western Avenue is in need of more hostas (in particular, variegated varieties), in addition to some other perennials, so if you have any in your garden that need to be divided, we’ll take them off your hands! Our crew can help you to dig them up and transport to the parklet if needed.

DIVIDE AND TRANSPLANT: The “triangle garden” at Brighton Road and North Avenue is donating some of the tall grasses to our parklet. However, we need a few strong backs to accomplish this. It should only take about 30 minutes, and we can meet you whenever it’s convenient for you, so please contact either Trish Burton, (412) 523-9402 or, or Diane Caruso, (724) 799-3952 or, if you can help.