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A Documentary About the Murder that Sparked a Movement

City of Asylum (2017)

Sembène – The Film & Art Festival Presents

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

Thursday, November 2nd
7:00 pm

Abducted, severely beaten, and finally thrown into the Tallahatchie River with a weight fastened around his neck with barbed wire, 14-year-old Emmett Louis Till was murdered for one of the oldest taboos of the American South: addressing a white woman in public. While the murderers were later arrested, tragedy was compounded when they were ultimately acquitted by an all-white, all male jury.

The death of Emmett Till sparked the black resistance of the South, soon to become the American Civil Rights Movement.

Emmett Till

“As you watch the film…it is impossible not to be stirred by sadness and outrage.” – New York Times

Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his death, the 70-minute film’s investigation into new eyewitness accounts and evidence has already sparked the Justice Department to reopen the case.

After the screening, award-winning journalist Herb Boyd will lead a Q&A discussion about the history and themes of the film.

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

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Free Tickets for Northsiders: Between Us and Grace

Between Us and Grace

Part of the CSA Performance Series
October 26th

Stella is seventeen and ready for what’s next. Chafing at the confines of her increasingly strict religious upbringing, music has become her escape. She shares a too-small town with Jacky, a restless fellow songwriter. A chance meeting on a lonely Sunday night sets in motion a chain of events that will profoundly shift both of their lives. A workshop of a new play laced with music, Between Us and Grace is an exploration of creation, faith and the price of inspiration.

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.

Thursday, October 6 at 8 PM

Fall Jazz Series: Jeff Bush Showcases His New Ensemble Creations

City of Asylum (2017)

Jeff Bush Presents

4 & 7: Music for Quartet and Septet

Tuesday, October 29th
6:00 pm

Pittsburgh-based international jazz trombonist Jeff Bush presents his own take on the contemporary jazz ensemble.

4 & 7: Music for Quartet and Septet will feature Jeff’s own compositions, played by a jazz ensemble in different configurations. Jeff has played with other bands at Alphabet City to great acclaim from the audience.
Jeff Bush
Jeff’s music has taken him around the world. He has toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and the big band of superstar Harry Connick Jr., played in the pit of countless Broadway shows and made a number of network television appearances including special performances for the NBA All-Star Game and for Pope Benedict XVI. Now an instructor at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh is fortunate to have such a seasoned performer in our midst!

Jeff (on trombone) will be joined by Kent Englehardt (clarinet), Mike Tomaro (bass clarinet), Shanyse Strickland (french horn), Gavin Horning (guitar), Paul Thompson (bass) and Thomas Wendt (drums).

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

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please add that you wish to see the film under special notes.

Join Us for Northside Community Data Workshops

University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) will be hosting numerous data workshops at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Woods Run Branch. Come and join us for following opportunities to learn about community data!

Accessing Community Data

Wednesday, October 18th
6:00-7:30 pm

Come learn about how to access community data – and how it can help support your organization!
Learning how to access and use community data can support you and your organization in grant writing, targeting resources, better inform your questions, and more!

Data 101: Finding Stories in Data

Wednesday, October 25th
6:00-7:30 pm

Learn how to and practice finding data stories with real Northside datasets. This workshop will introduce the typical kinds of stories that can be found in datasets and give participants practice in finding their own data stories.

Critical Thinking About Data

Wednesday, November 1st
6:00-7:30 pm

This training will focus on stories/data that have been published about the area. We will look at how the data was collected, visualized and how the narrative was formed. Participants will have an opportunity to use skills gained in previous workshop and think critically and discuss how stories are constructed and authored.

To RSVP, please use this link. See you there!

Funny Ladies: Shannon Reed & Friends

funny ladies

Saturday, October 21
7:009:00 pm

Please join City Books as we welcome Rachel Mabe, Rachel Brickner, Jennifer Bannan, and Shannon Reed, four Pittsburgh-based writers with some serious writing credits in McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Review, The Paris Review, among others. The evening’s selections will range from mildly droll to wildly hilarious. Please see the City Books website for more elaborate bios of the writers. Don’t miss this unique night of humor.

Rachel Mabe is a writer, reporter, and teacher. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Medium, Creative Nonfiction, and others. Rachel is at work on a book about the existential agonies of growing up female in America. She currently holds a research assistantship at Pitt, but has spent most of her time here teaching writing–creative nonfiction, composition, and business writing. Learn more about Rachel at RachelMabe.com.

Rachel Ann Brickner is a writer and multimedia storyteller from Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Joyland, PANK, Anastamos, among others. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Pittsburgh where she is at work on her first novel, a collection of short stories about love, women, and capitalism, and a memoir about debt. You can see more of her work at rachelannbrickner.com.

Jennifer Bannan is the author of short story collection Inventing Victor. Her short stories have appeared in ACM, Passages North, Café Eighties, womenwriters.net, Radio Transcript Newspaper, and others. She holds a senior position with Zer0 to 5ive, a technology marketing firm. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s creative writing program, she finished her MFA at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. Her novel-in-progress was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarter-finalist. Some of Jen’s work can be found here.

Shannon Reed is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker’s “Shouts and Murmurs” and “Daily Shouts” columns, as well as to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. For Buzzfeed, she wrote the (in)famous piece, “If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy in a Writing Workshop,” among other work. Her essays have been published in Guernica, Vela, Longreads, Ozy, The Guardian, LitHub, Vulture, and The Washington Post. Check out her work at ShannonReed.org, @SReed151 (Twitter), @knittingchick (Instagram).

Cowboys and Frenchman Post-Bop Jazz

City of Asylum (2017)

Cowboys & Frenchmen

Tuesday, October 24th
8:00 pm

NYC-based quintet Cowboys & Frenchmen presents a new take on instrumentation, orchestration, and composition for the jazz quintet. The front line of two alto saxophones plays loose with the role of horns, in an inclusive post-bop style that seamlessly crosses the classic American song book with blues and improvisation.

The band is comprised of five creative musicians. Owen Broder on alto sax, clarinet and bass clarinet, Ethan Helm on alto sax, flute and clarinet, Chris Ziemba on piano, Ethan O’Reilly on bass and Matt Honor on drums.
Cowboys & Frenchmen
The inspiration for the quirky band name is a short Western by David Lynch called “The Cowboy and The Frenchmen.” Like the film, this quintet’s music has one foot firmly planted in a genre, while the other one is busy trying to kick down the genre’s door.

This concert celebrates the release of their new album, Bluer Than You Think.

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

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When making your reservation,
please add that you wish to see the film under special notes.

PHLF: Tabletop Succulent Trays

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Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history and other aspects of historic preservation, community development, and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, October 12th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Gardening Workshop: Tabletop Succulent Trays

Succulents are the hottest trend in indoor plant décor and come in a wide variety of shapes, textures, and colors. A tray of them is an easy-care miniature garden for a desk or tabletop. Come see a variety of ideas for creating these little beauties, along with step-by-step assembly instructions. You’ll be given a materials list with ideas for where to purchase everything you need. Aftercare instructions provided.

About the Presenter

Martha Swiss is a garden writer, designer and speaker. She is a regular contributor to Pennsylvania Gardener magazine and the publications editor for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Her articles have also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Fine Gardening. She is a graduate of Chatham University’s landscape design program and a Penn State master gardener.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Check out http://phlf.org/events/ for more PHLF tours and events.

“Moby Dick” Re-Imagined

City of Asylum (2017)

Paul Eprile

Tuesday, October 17th
8:00 pm

Translator Paul Eprile will be reading from his translation of winner Jean Giono’s Melville: A Novel. It has never been translated into English before.

Melville: A Novel is a work with a unique pedigree. Eighty years after it appeared in English, Moby Dick was translated into French for the first time by the Provençal novelist Jean Giono. The publisher persuaded Giono to write a preface, however Giono took unusual latitudes with this instruction, producing instead something that would transcend the original source material. The result was Melville: A Novel — part biography, part philosophical rumination, part romance, part unfettered fantasy. Paul Eprile’s expressive translation of this intimate homage brings the exchange full circle.

Paul Eprile

“Giono illustrates how an author’s artistic output enriches and illuminates his life, in ways that historical facts cannot provide…Giono expands Melville’s context, painting him as a transatlantic heir to Milton and Shakespeare. At the same time, he also expands Melville’s own influence, cementing his impact on French culture, which has been considerable.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

Paul’s passion for the French language and French literature, and a fascination with Provence, led him to begin translating the works of Jean Giono. His first translation, Hill (Colline) was published by New York Review Books in 2016. The second, Melville: A Novel (Pour saluer Melville) will appear in September 2017. Paul is now working on a third Giono novel, The Open Road (Les grands chemins).

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

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When making your reservation,
please add that you wish to see the film under special notes.

Free Tickets for Northsiders: The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Presented by The Jesters’ Guild
October 13th – 15th

Based on the timeless swashbuckler by Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers is a tale of heroism, treachery, and above all, honor. D’Artagnan and his sister Sabine set off for Paris in search of adventure. They quickly become entangled in a series of plots. Soon after reaching Paris, d’Artagnan encounters the greatest heroes of the day, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous musketeers.

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 – October 2017

So what are you doing on Tuesday evening?

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:30 pm, at Calvary Church for the monthly meeting of the Allegheny West Civic Council.

Each month, this is where and when 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 while we’re at it!

Everyone is welcome – second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm, in the Calvary Church social hall, corner of Beech and Allegheny (use the Beech Avenue entrance). The meeting is usually over by 9:00. It’s also a great way for newer folks to meet your neighbors and get involved!

We hope to see you on Tuesday evening!

Josh DeSantis
President, AWCC

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