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Jazz Poetry Month Begins September 15th

City of Asylum (2016)

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City Presents

Jazz Poetry Month:
Week One

September 15th – September 17th
8:00-10:00 pm
40 W North Avenue

All events are FREE

Our annual Jazz Poetry Concert is now Jazz Poetry Month! It all starts on Thursday, September 15th with Oliver Lake’s solo jazz and poetry performance.

On Friday, September 16th, see hometown favorite Roger Humphries share the stage with renowned saxophonist Hamiett Bliuett for an evening of jazz poetry collaboration with City of Asylum writer-in-exile Israel Centeno.

Round off your weekend on Saturday, September 17th with international jazz sensations, The World Saxophone Quartet featuring the jazz poetry collaboration of Adriana E. Ramírez and Osama Alomar.

And that’s just Week One! All concerts will be held in our new City of Asylum @ Alphabet City facility, so rain or shine…it no longer matters.

Find out more about these and all our Jazz Poetry Month events at Be sure to RSVP to save your seat!

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Join Us for the Tenth Annual Writers in the Garden!

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Writers in the Garden

Saturday, Aug 27th
5:00-7:00 pm
Alphabet Reading Garden

Writers in the Garden

City of Asylum’s annual garden poetry event is now in its 10th year!

Join us August 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for a poetry reading in our newly opened Alphabet Reading Garden!

This year we are doing something special: While in the past, we have toured various gardens in the Northside, this year we have a new space to call our very own. Come help us celebrate the opening of the Alphabet Reading Garden with this very special garden event.

This year’s event is curated by Lori Jakiela. She has chosen an interesting mix of writers with very varied voices and perspectives—Cynthia Mendoza, Micki Myers, Scott Silsbe, and Meghan Tutolo. Each writer has also been commissioned by City of Asylum to write a special text representing their perspective on the Alphabet Reading Garden.

This event is FREE but limited to 70 people. Be sure to RSVP!

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Summer on Sampsonia: Last Jazz Wednesday of the Summer!

Summer on Sampsonia
Jazz Musician

Join Us for a Special Recorded Session with Roger Humphries & RH Factor

Roger Humphries & RH Factor

Wednesday, August 24th
7:00-9:00 pm
Alphabet City Tent
(318 Sampsonia Way)

Tomorrow is the last Jazz Wednesday event of the summer. However, the good things won’t end, they will continue: we are recording this Wednesday’s session live and making a CD from it!

We appreciate and want to celebrate your loyalty if you are a regular Jazz Wednesday attendee. And if you haven’t been able to make it out yet, we want to invite you to come out for this special last event!

So bring your friends and let’s make some noise together for these great local musicians! Let’s party and let Roger and RH Factor know how much we enjoy them.

Great Music, Raffles and Berlin Street Food

And don’t worry! Roger will be back this autumn for Jazz Poetry Month. Check out the Fall Calendar at for a full listing of his and other great jazz events.

Jazz Wednesday is a BYOB event, so feel free to bring an alcoholic beverage to sip on while you enjoy the band. Berlin Street Food will be selling their authentic German cuisine at the event, so grab a snack and enjoy an evening food and festivities.

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Join Us for a Special Program in Celebration of Our Grand Opening

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Grand Opening Celebration
Special Second Event!

with the 2015 Nobel Laureate in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich
on Saturday, September 10, 2016 5:00 pm

We are thrilled to announce we have arranged a second Grand Opening event with Nobel Laureate in Literature Svetlana Alexievich at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 10th!

We are appreciative to Ms. Alexievich and Mr. Gourevitch, who kindly agreed to present this second program so more people could join us in this day of celebration.

Alphabet City DrawingFor this grand moment in our evolution, the Guest of Honor 2015 Nobel Laureate in Literature Svetlana Alexievich will deliver the “Inaugural Address” to launch City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. Afterwards, she will engage in a public interview/conversation with New Yorker writer Philip Gourevitch.

We hope that you will celebrate the start of this new chapter with us.

Limited Tickets Available

Sorry, but if you are already coming to the 8:00 program, you cannot also attend at 5:00.

Celebrate Our Grand Opening With a Full Month of Jazz Poetry

City of Asylum (2016)

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City Presents

Jazz Poetry Month

Celebrate our Grand Opening of our new home at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City with a full month of FREE Jazz Poetry.

September 15th – October 9th
8:00-10:00 pm
All Events are Free

Jazz Poetry Concert is no longer just a single night. We are now presenting a FREE Jazz Poetry Concert every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for an entire month.

Each of the 11 Jazz Poetry Concerts during Jazz Poetry Month will be completely unique, with different musicians and poets. There will be solos, duets, trios, quartets, and even a quintet! And as always, poets from around the world will collaborate with the jazz musicians.

All concerts will be held in our new City of Asylum @ Alphabet City facility, so rain or shine – it no longer matters.

We hope you can join us!

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Summer on Sampsonia: Family Storytelling with Kuniko Yamamoto

Summer on Sampsonia

Kuniko Yamamoto

Storytelling Fun for the Whole Family

“Origami Tales” with Kuniko Yamamoto
Saturday, August 20th
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Alphabet City Tent
318 Sampsonia Way

Take your children on a storytelling trip around the world. Launching this new series is storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto.

Kuniko Yamamoto combines charming Japanese folktales with traditional Japanese musical instruments, magical masks, origami and mime to create storytelling that will have audience spellbound in their seats. Using origami, music and audience participation, Kuniko provides a magical entry into Japanese culture. In her unique show “Origami Tales” mythological character masks & puppets, amazing flowers and a dragon (all made from origami) set the stage while Kuniko shares heartfelt stories from ancient Japan.

Kuniko is an internationally renowned performer who has graced such venues as The Kennedy Center and Disney’s Epcot Center. Expect boundless imagination out of simple paper folding and uplifting world of storytelling.

Be sure to RSVP to save a seat for you and your family members!

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Northside Yoga Opening Celebration & Open House

Northside Yoga

Location: 845 Western Avenue
Date: Sunday, August 14th
Time: 12:00-2:00 pm
Tickets and Info: Here

Stop over and welcome our new neighbors on Western Avenue!

Following a FREE YOGA CLASS (visit → ‘book a class’ to sign up), Northside Yoga is hosting an Open House.

Come on over, grab a cool beverage courtesy of War Streets Brewery and look around the newly renovated space. There will also be giveaways and swag to share!

Free Tickets for Northsiders: Driftless


Hatch Arts Collective
August 11 – 14 | Thursday-Saturday 8PM, Sunday 2PM

Hatch Arts Collective is offering a limited number of free tickets to Driftless, a new play about fracking. Reserve your tickets online, since this offer won’t be available at the door.

Guided by the science and wisdom of two saints, Driftless unearths the full cost of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and asks us to consider lives, relationships and heritage as we seek answers for the future of our world. Why must families choose between their health and a viable economic future?

Based on interviews with community members, Driftless brings an ongoing debate into the heart of our family kitchens.

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.

August 11 at 8:00 pm August 12 at 8:00 pm August 13 at 8:00 pm August 14 at 2:00 pm

Doors Open Pittsburgh Seeks Volunteers

Doors Open Pittsburgh

Doors Open Pittsburgh is a FREE, 2-day event that will provide “behind-the-scenes” access, or some unique experience, to a collection of iconic buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Doors Open Pittsburgh takes place the weekend of October 1st-2nd, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

Open buildings will include private clubs, theaters, adaptive re-use, residential, heritage sites, government offices, hotels, sacred places, artists and office spaces.

No advance reservations are required and no tickets are required.

The open building will either provide a semi/fully guided tour or will allow for self-exploration.

Doors Open Pittsburgh is looking for 350 volunteers to help greet and guide guests. The deadline for applications is August 22nd.

Learn More and Apply to Volunteer

Manchester House + Garden Tour: August 7th

Manchester Tour

The 2016 Manchester House + Garden Tour will again take you into some of the most beautiful and unique homes in Pittsburgh. From high Victorian to funky chic, Manchester is a neighborhood of diverse people, tastes and interpretations. You’ll also enjoy live music, crafts and food from Manchester residents and local businesses.

The 2016 Manchester House + Garden Tour starts
in the 1300 Block of Page Street

Advance tickets can be purchased for $13
Tickets can also be purchased day of tour
from 11:00 am-4:00 pm for $15

Join us for our annual House + Garden tour and celebration of Manchester. As you look at the amazing homes that have already been finished imagine yourself in one of the many opportunities that still remain.

Join us Sunday, August 7th from 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Tickets are just $13 in advance or $15 the day of the event.

Learn More + Buy Tickets