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“A beauty contest in this crisis? It’s a way of surviving.”

City of Asylum (2018)

ReelQ Presents

Mr. Gay Syria

Monday, August 20th
7:00 pm

Set in Istanbul and Berlin, Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay refugees as they try to rebuild their lives after fleeing the war in Syria.

What brings them together is a crazy dream: joining the international beauty contest called Mr. Gay World, hosted in Malta. If they manage, it will be the first time an Arab man from the Middle East attends such a public event. This is the place to generate visibility and launch a campaign for Syrian gay refugees.

Mr Gay Syria

“…it may not change policy, but perhaps it will make us feel closer to people we fear.” — The Guardian

While Mr. Gay Syria follows the journey of the two characters and their friends, the beauty contest becomes a thread that weaves together the difficulties of being gay in homophobic societies, the challenges of coming out, the joy of falling in love and the devastating migration crisis.

Join us for the Pittsburgh premiere screening (before its theatrical release).

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Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Presented by Urban Impact
August 3rd – 11th at 8:00 pm (Sunday at 2:00 pm)

When shipwrecked Viola washes up on the shores of Illyria, she disguises herself as her twin brother and chaos ensues. In Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity, love triangles, and the world’s most famous drunk uncle, each of the characters must perilously and hilariously journey toward self-discovery.

Grab your turntable and some cross-gartered stockings and join us in Illyria — where the music is pumpin’, the fashion is poppin’, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.

You’re Invited

Northside residents and workers can get $8 tickets to Twelfth Night. During check out, use the coupon code:


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July 30: “Honesty is a sin in this country”

City of Asylum (2018)

Sembène – The Film & Art Festival Presents

Mandabi (The Money Order)

Monday, July 30th
7:00 pm

A money order from a relative in Paris throws the life of a Senegalese family man out of order.

Illiterate and unemployed, Ibrahima Dieng’s sudden windfall — a money order from his street sweeper nephew in France for 20,000 francs (roughly $100) — plunges him into a Kafkaesque journey into bureaucracy and corruption. As friends, relations, and debtors close in, he finds he can’t cash it without an identity card, which requires a proof of birth, which in turn requires a birth certificate, three photos and a 50-cent stamp… and that’s just the beginning!


… it was with Mandabi (The Money Order) in 1968, that Sembène’s dream to reconnect with Africa’s masses came through. For the first time … an African filmmaker was experimenting by using an African language (Wolof), hence setting a new trend which would be followed by all film makers on the continent.” – Samba Gadjigo, Ph.D.

The Money Order is a gentle yet powerful satire about post-colonial Senegal. As Dieng concludes “honesty is a sin in this country.”

This film will be presented in Wolof with English subtitles.

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Caught Between Creativity and Convention

City of Asylum (2018)

ReelQ Presents

Play the Devil

Monday, July 23rd
7:00 pm

Gregory, a gifted working-class teenager from Paramin, stars in a play that brings him to the attention of James, an affluent businessman. The two men strike an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professionally, creatively, and intimately.

Play the Devil

“A powerful sense of place deepens a simple melodrama in Play the Devil… In a provincial setting where homosexuality apparently is still stigmatized and closeted, the writer-director effectively uses the primal intensity of Carnival rituals to express a tragic dissonance.” — The Hollywood Reporter

However, Greg’s poverty allows James to exert enormous pressures on Greg by paying his way into his family life. Their ultimate confrontation begs the question: “When we give, how often is it entirely altruistic?”

Set against the backdrop of Trinidad and Tobago’s mystical Carnival, Play The Devil shatters conventions of sexuality, masculinity, morality and individuality through its unapologetic multi-layered explorations of power dynamics, religion and aspirations.

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Opening Friday: Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins


Gloria Actors


Erika Cuenca* | Max Pavel | Ricardo Vila-Roger
Dylan T. Jackson | Moira Quigley | Sami Ma*

July 20 – August 5

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm

Nova Place

100 South Commons
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

$15.00 advance, $20.00 door

Hatch Arts Collective presents the Pulitzer-nominated Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Nova Place on Pittsburgh’s Northside. Directed by Adil Mansoor and making its Pittsburgh premiere, Gloria follows a group of young professionals in a gripping story about workplace toxicity, career ambitions, and the publishing industry.

Please Note: Each performance has limited seating capacity and there is no late seating. We strongly suggest pre-purchasing your tickets and leaving the house in plenty of time!

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Yoko Suzuki Trio

City of Asylum (2018)

Yoko Suzuki Trio

Thursday, July 19th
8:00 pm

If you have been coming to our jazz programs this past year, chances are you heard Yoko Suzuki on the alto saxophone. She has appeared with Roger Humphries & RH Factor, as well as will Etta Cox. This concert marks her debut at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City as a bandleader of her own trio.

Yoko Suzuki Trio

In addition to Yoko, the trio features organist Cliff Barns and drummer James Johnson III. They will play a mix of Yoko’s original songs and jazz standards.

A musician known both locally and nationally, and an ethnomusicologist, Yoko’s playing is deeply informed by jazz across the globe, especially Japan where she trained. During the concert, we look forward to her sharing this rich history in both her music and her comments.

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Cameron Barnett at City Books, July 21

Cameron Barnett

Please join City Books on Saturday, July 21st at 7:00 pm as we welcome Cameron Barnett reading from his poetry collection, The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water, winner of the Autumn House Press 2017 Rising Writer Contest, and finalist for the 49th NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. The event is FREE but seating is limited.

If you haven’t yet watched the Shelf Life interview with Cameron, you can find it here.

Update on Alleys, Axles & Ales Planning Meeting

The meeting of the Alleys, Axles and Ales tour committee has been changed to Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00-9:00 pm at 844 N Lincoln Avenue. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix begins this week and Monday night is the popular Walnut Street car show. Please if possible, change your plans and attend the meeting Tuesday. Refreshments will be served at the Tuesday meeting. All AW members are welcome to attend. Finishing details will be discussed with emphasis on advertising and getting the word out. Posters will be on hand to distribute to local businesses, beer distributors and car dealerships.

Allegheny West members are encouraged to sell tickets to the alleys, Axles, and Ales tour to friends and coworkers. Each 5 tickets sold will be entered in a neighborhood raffle for a chance to receive a ticket to the Ground to Glass Wines Showcase September 15, 2018. Four select Eberle wines will be featured with a paired food course. This event will be held at Holmes Hall ballroom hosted by Deb Mortillaro of Dreadnought. Valued at $120.