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Heartwarming Film About a landmark Supreme Court Case

City of Asylum (2018)

The Art of Being L.C.

Tuesday, July 2nd
7:00 pm

The Art of Being L.C. is a story of an artist freed from the cold, gray life of institutions to the warm colorful world of pastels and water colors.

L.C. and President Obama

In 1999, L.C. (Lois Curtis) stood before the U.S. Supreme Court to demand her right under the Americans with Disabilities Act to live in community rather than be “unjustifiably segregated” in institutions. Her successful argument before the Supreme Court became known as the Olmstead Decision. “Olmstead” secured Lois Curtis’ place in American history as a liberator for people with disabilities and set Lois free to discover her own gifts as an artist.

After the screening, join us for a conversation and Q&A with the filmmaker Carl King​ via Skype.

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Transgender Champion Boxer Fighting to Live Their Truth

City of Asylum (2018)

ReelQ Presents

The Beautiful Boxer

Monday, June 18th
7:00 pm

The Beautiful Boxer is the controversial 2003 biopic detailing the helter-skelter life of transgender (‘kathoey’) Muay Thai fighter, Nong Thoom.

Nong had always been aware of her gender from a young age. After spending time in a Buddhist monastery, she decided to pursue boxing and Muay Thai to support her underprivileged parents and to afford gender reassignment surgery.

Nong Thoom

Nong continued to rise to fame as a successful “lady-boy” boxer at the prestigious Lumprini Boxing Stadium in Bangkok. At the epicenter of all things Muay Thai, Nong went on to become a champion, revitalizing the Muay Thai scene in Thailand and across the globe.

The film, while winning awards and nominations in Europe, Asia and America, raised temperatures in Thailand where censors balked at the frontal nudity.

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Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: Savage Love Live

Dan Savage

Presented by Pittsburgh City Paper
June 21st at 7:30 pm

City Paper and AIDS Free Pittsburgh are proud to bring you Savage Love Live, a live taping of Dan Savage’s popular sex-and-relationship-advice podcast. Join Dan for a very special sexy spring extravaganza and get all your sex-and-relationship questions answered live on stage. Local legend Lynn Cullen will emcee the event, and Dreams of Hope performers will share an inspiring performance of their own. Dreams of Hope uses the power of art to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQA+ youth.

You’re Invited

Northside residents and workers can get $5 off of their tickets to Savage Love Live. During check out, use the coupon code:


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Letter from the President – June 2018

So what are you doing on Tuesday evening?

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:30 pm at Calvary Church for the June 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 p, 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 p,. 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 – June 12, 2018

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, June 12th 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 4th of July Picnic
  • Ways and Means
    • 2018 Wine & Garden Tour (June 22 and 23, Signature Event)
    • 2018 Alleys, Axles & Ales (September 29)
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Clean Up
    • Flower Baskets
  • Property
  • Housing and Planning
    • Allegheny Center Master Action Plan
    • Parking and Traffic
    • North Avenue Lighting
    • Western Avenue Revitalization, Electric
    • Western Avenue Proposals: former Shamrock letter of support
    • Light of Life Ridge Avenue Project
    • Expansion of Historic District
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues (old cases)
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
    • Airbnb Issues/Impacts on AW
    • Railroad Bridge Replacements, Double Stack Train Impacts
    • Allegheny Center Master Plan
    • North Shore Impacts
  • Northside Leadership Conference
  • Other Business (Old & New)

Mark Your Calendars

Please save the date: June 26th 5:00 – 8:00 pm (location TBD) for the first public information sharing session about the North Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and Allegheny Commons Pedestrian Bridge work. This meeting will be hosted by Norfolk Southern Railroad and the City of Pittsburgh. More details to come. Follow up at For the time being save the date and share with your neighbors!

Fourth Annual Allegheny West Art Show

Art Show + SaleSubmitted by Dennis Bergevin

The 4th annual Allegheny West Art Show and Sale was a resounding success thanks to all the artists, neighbors and friends who attended. A whopping $1,800+ was raised through generous donations and raffle ticket sales of donated artwork benefitting the Allegheny YMCA children’s Summer Day Camp program. Over 200 folks packed the art-filled space of the former Hipwell Flashlight Factory, graciously hosted again this year by owners Elaine Stone and Mitchell Schwartz.

Music, magnanimously mastered by DJ Dan Adam, delightfully accented the Friday evening opening party. Generous funds provided by Joe and Linda Iannotta, Holly Van Dine, and the AWCC, along with delicious food donated by the Allegheny Sandwich Shop – as well as neighbors and friends – helped make it a true community event.

Much gratitude goes to F. L. Haus Co. for donating the printing of the posters designed by the talented duo, Greg Coll and Doris Short. Many thanks to all who gave their time and expertise including Sara Beck Sweeney, Holly Pultz, Chris Siewers, Jonathan Steinhauser, Nicki Perfetti, Ritsu Shimizu, Barb Magee, Doug Schreck, Glenn Olcerst, Eleanor Coleman, Hillary Moser, and Ann Gilligan.

Allegheny West Neighbors of the Year: Doris Short & Greg Coll

Allegheny West Civic Council proudly announces our 2018 Neighbors of the Year, Doris Short and Greg Coll.

Doris and Greg started volunteering for neighborhood events even before living in Allegheny West. In 2012 they met some future neighbors who invited them to one of the Allegheny West house tours. Before long, they were designing the tour booklets, serving as tour guides and roasting corn at the annual picnic!

After taking the Allegheny West Christmas House Tour the couple decided they wanted to live in the neighborhood. They say that they were very impressed with the homes on the tour as well as the historical knowledge of the homeowners and tour guide. They patiently waited for the right house to become available and, in 2015, moved into their home on W North Avenue. The first year after moving in, their home was on the Christmas Tour.

Doris teaches Graphic Design and Greg owns his own Creative Design business, Greg Coll Design. They are now the go-to team for most Allegheny West publications, including tour programs, tour guides, logos, posters and postcards. They also generously work to provide photography and solicit advertisers for the tour programs.

Greg and Doris are very interested in history in general and Pittsburgh history in particular. Doris’ artwork, which pays tribute to Allegheny West Notable Women – Gertrude Stein, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Mary Cassatt, was accepted to the 2017 Three Rivers Arts Festival’s Juried Visual Art Exhibition.

Greg created Christmas ornaments featuring significant historical Pittsburgh residents for their Christmas tree (a big hit with tour-goers!)

In fast order Doris and Greg have become an integral part of Allegheny West, donating their time, talent and generous spirit to positively impact the neighborhood. They will be honored at the Northside Leadership Council’s annual dinner on June 14, at the Priory Grand Hall. For more information on how to obtain tickets to this event, visit the NSLC’s website: