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Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: Midnight in Molina

Midnight in Molina

Midnight In Molina
October 20th | 8:00 pm

The New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art Performance Series kicks off its 2016/2017 season on Thursday, October 20th at 8:00 pm with Cole Hoyer-Winfield’s Midnight in Molina.

Life is made up of cycles: Days and nights replay, our mistakes repeat and plants grow and die outside in the garden. It’s the same story just about anywhere you go, unless that is, you’re in Molina and midnight is drawing near…

Hand-drawn illustrations projected into the air, shadow puppetry and live music combine for a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. Midnight in Molina will transport you to a mystical realm where the earth unravels and dreams come to life — a moonlit town where nothing is what it seems.

Artist Price Tickets for Northsiders: $15

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Jazz Poetry Month: Final Three Concerts this Weekend

Jazz Poetry Month 2016

Final Three Concerts of Jazz Poetry Month

Mary Halvorson

Mary Halvorson (solo)

October 7th

Free Tickets

Tomas Fujiwara

Tomas Fujiwara

October 8th

Free Tickets



October 9th

Free Tickets

Last year, Thumbscrew – a trio made up of Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Michael Formanek (double bass) – created and recorded their new album Convallaria here at City of Asylum during their BNY Mellon Jazz Residency.

This year, to close out Jazz Poetry Month, these powerhouse performers return to Pittsburgh for a three-day showcase of talent not to be missed!

On Friday, October 7th, join guitarist Mary Halvorson for a solo concert. This NPR-featured performer has been deemed “a bridge between the jazz of the past and the jazz of the future” by the trendsetting review site Pitchfork. If you have heard her jazz interludes or Tiny Desk Concerts on NPR, now is the time to catch this nationally-acclaimed musician in person!

On Saturday, October 8th, catch a concert with Tomas Fujiwara and The Hook Up. Tomas and his band are at the front lines of today’s jazz and have been called “prominent representatives of new directions in jazz and improvisation.” Get a taste of the cutting-edge New York jazz right here in Pittsburgh!

Finally, on Sunday, October 9th, Thumbscrew reunites on the Alphabet City stage. This band has been dubbed “One of the most exciting bands currently playing,” and we could not be more thrilled to welcome them back to City of Asylum!

We cannot think of a better way to close out Jazz Poetry Month.

Letter from the President – October 2016

Dr Martins and Howard HannaThis just make me happy! Well, finally closing on 928 Western probably helped too. While we were doing the paperwork finalize the sale, our new neighbor, Dr. Moshood Martins and I got to meet Mr. Howard Hanna the 90+ year old founder of the Howard Hanna Real Estate Company. (That’s their picture on the left.) I’d like to thank our realtor Mario Costanza, our attorney Josh Farber, and the AWDC board (Tim & Dan with Bob G. consulting) for guiding us through a complex process. Welcome Moe and Dr. James Worry (who purchased 930 Western earlier this year) when you see them around. I’m sure they’ll want the names of your contractors.

Also, just a reminder that the Nominating Committee will be presenting the slate and accepting nominations from the floor for the 2017 Board of Directors. In order to be eligible to vote your Membership dues must be paid for the current 2016 year by the end of the October Membership meeting. Dues paid after the September 2015 membership meeting count for this year. For the bargain price of $3 annual you get the privilege of formally voting for officers and motions at the monthly meetings or serving as Committee chairs (woo hoo!). If you’re not ready for that level of commitment, you are always welcome to attend meetings to participate in discussions (and block parties! And bowling & bocce! And volunteer on tours!).

Enclosed is a membership form that can be returned to the office or at the meeting with your payment or you can pay your dues online. We beg you, please (please!) don’t hand me or Bob three partially wadded up $1 bills at the Modern next week. It’s very stressful trying to remember who handed you those $3 when you find them in your pocket after you’ve run through the laundry a week later. (Ask me how I know.)

Finally, I’ll be traveling for work during next week’s membership meeting. Please be nice to Tim while he’s ably performing his duties as Vice President.

Cathy Serventi
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – October 11, 2016

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, October 11th at 7:30 pm

  • Visitors: City of Pittsburgh
  • New Neighbors
  • Minutes
  • Vote on Bylaws
  • Nominations for 2017 Officers
  • Housing and Planning Updates
  • Film Guidelines
  • AWDC Updates: 928 Western
  • Property: 806 Western Improvements
  • Parklet Committee
  • Ways and Means
  • Friends
    • Final 2016 Cleanup!
  • Membership Events
    • Mixer: Friday, October 14th
  • Committee Q&A

AWCC Board Nominations and Voting

Board members will be voted on in November. To vote for board members, or any other issue at a council meeting, members are required to be “in good standing.” Per the Allegheny West Civic Council bylaws, a member in good standing is a person or organization who has paid dues for the year and belongs either as an individual or group. (View the Bylaws)

The nominating committee is proposing the following slate of officers for 2017

President: John DeSantis
Vice President: Ann Giligan
Treasurer: Dan Adam
Recording Secretary: Michael Shealey
Sergeant-at-Arms: Fran Barbush
Property Committee:
Ways and Means Committee:
Membership Committee: Scott Mosser
Communications Committee: Sara Sweeney
Housing and Planning Committee: Timothy Zinn
Friends of Allegheny West: Trish Burton

The slate will be proposed at the October general membership meeting at which time additional nominations may be made from the floor. If you intend to vote please make sure you’re in good standing and have paid your dues. If you’re unsure feel free to send an email to

Share Your Story and Be Part of Allegheny West History

Submitted by Nick Smerker

You no doubt saw in last month’s Gazette that the Neighborhood History section of our website is now online! If you have not yet had a chance to visit, take a look at and let us know what you think. For those of you who have contributed house histories, thank you so much for making this resource possible!

There are still opportunities to participate in sharing the story about Allegheny West. Not only are we still happy to receive your house history in either paper or digital format (stop by the council office at 806 Western Ave or email, we would also love to record your own personal story. As part of the 50th anniversary of Allegheny West Civic Council – and the neighborhood as a whole – we are recording short interviews with neighbors both long standing and brand new. If you are interested, contact Nick by emailing today!

Alleys, Axles and Ales

Submitted by Abi Webb

Allegheny West has always been known for showing its beautiful Victorian homes and gardens on tour days. The alleys and garages have never been considered tour-worthy until now. On Saturday, September 24th attendees had the unique opportunity of strolling the backstreets of our neighborhood, peering into garages and carports to admire a different type of beauty—the neighbors’ car collections.

Even if cars weren’t your first interest, it did not hurt to offer 6 local brews from Penn Brewery, East End Brewery and War Streets Brewery on a perfect fall day – or to indulge in a Nathan’s hot dog on a Breadworks bun from Hott Dawgz food truck. All in all, a fantastic day for a new tour!

Photographs by Sara Sweeney

We would like to extend a very special thank-you to our sponsors this year, namely Babb Insurance – who offered Blitzburgh for registration and their two lots for parking – and Process Reproductions – for printing our posters and brochures and for bringing a ton of great cars for guests to admire. In addition, we want to thank Greg Coll for his creativity and attention to detail in creating our posters, flyers, program and Facebook page.

In addition, thank you to our dedicated neighbors Brian O’Neill, Cathy Serventi, Scott and Hillary Mosser and Tom Barbush, who really ran with a great idea and made it happen! And finally, thank you to the dozens of neighbors who helped clean up the alleys for the tour, volunteered their time to help with the event and offered to show their cars and garages. We could not have done it without you. Thank you all for a very successful day!

2016 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

The 35th Annual tour will be held Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th. As always, we will need help the weekend of the tour with house sitting, guiding tours, lighting luminaries and decorating the streets. But we also need your help in the planning leading up to the tour. There will be a planning meeting on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 pm at Carrie Doyle’s (950 Beech Avenue).

If you are a homeowner, volunteer or interested in participating in any way, we welcome your involvement! If you can’t make the meeting, but want to help, please contact Carrie at (412) 337-6020 or

Job Opening: BABB, Inc.

BABB, Inc. is seeking an enthusiastic, organized, hard-working leader to serve as a maintenance specialist at their headquarters building on Ridge Avenue.

As a Maintenance Specialist, the candidate will be working to maintain one of the Pittsburgh’s Historic Landmarks. The William Penn Snyder mansion is a unique property, with four floors above ground and three floors below ground, including a grand ballroom. Other unique features include stained glass windows, ornate plastered ceilings and most of the original wood paneling and woodwork.

Job responsibilities include interior and exterior maintenance of the facility. Hours 12:00 – 8:00 pm, but negotiable with the right candidate. BABB offers free parking, competitive compensation and a benefits/wellness package including a comprehensive preventive screening and health-based rewards incentive program in a team-inspired environment

For additional information, please contact:

October Neighborhood Cleanup

The October neighborhood clean-up will be held on the last Saturday of the month, October 29th from 9:00 – 11:00 am. The focus of this month’s clean up will be on clearing and preparing the parklet in preparation for winter. For those who wish to garden, please bring your own gloves and tools. Meet at the AWCC office at 806 Western Avenue. Refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Contact Michael Shealey.