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Five Fingers for Marseilles Brings the Spaghetti Western to South Africa

City of Asylum (2018)

Sembène – The Film & Art Festival Presents

Five Fingers for Marseilles

Monday, March 18th
7:00 pm

Twenty years ago, the young Five Fingers posse fought for the rural town of Marseilles against the brutal oppression of Apartheid South Africa.

Their battle is heartfelt but innocent, until hot-headed Tau kills two policemen in an act of passion. He flees, leaving his brothers and friends behind, but his action has triggered a violent fight that will leave both Marseilles and the Five Fingers forever changed.

Five Fingers for Marseilles

“Here, saloon doors are blazoned with crosses, villains wear white shawls instead of black hats and freedom fighters shoot peashooters rather than pistols. In stylish and entertaining fashion, “Five Fingers for Marseilles” looks over the South African countryside and finds fresh vistas for the western genre.” – New York Times

Twenty years later, Tau is released from prison, and returns seeking peace. Finding the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it. Will the Five Fingers brotherhood stand again?

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PHLF: A Short Discussion of Architecture and Time

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, February 19th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Architecture and Time

A Short Discussion of Architecture and Time

Judged from afar, historic buildings are old, and contemporary architecture is new. But the more carefully you look, the more time works to intertwine the seeming opposites. Some particularly old buildings are still futuristic, while the avant-garde can be surprisingly shop-worn. By looking at a combination of familiar favorites and unlikely obscurities in architecture, punctuated with insights from a few key texts, this presentation aims to present a broadening sense of how buildings allow us to experience time, not simply as past, present, or future, but across a varied range of effects.

About the Presenter: Charles Rosenblum is a journalist, critic and scholar writing about architecture, art and other aspects of visual culture. For the past 20 years, he has taught history of architecture and art at a number of universities in Western Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared in books and publications nationally and regionally, including several for PHLF. Charles has won journalism awards for architectural writing in the Pittsburgh City Paper and Pittsburgh Quarterly. In 2013, he was historical consultant and on-screen expert for the documentary, Henry Hornbostel in Architecture and Legacy, broadcast on WQED. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia with a dissertation on Hornbostel’s architecture.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: An Octoroon

An Octoroon

Presented by Kinetic Theatre
February 15-24 | 7:30 pm Evenings; 2:00 pm Matinees

Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebone is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent, and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful ‘octoroon’. But the dastardly M’Closky has other plans – for both Terrebone and Zoe. An Octoroon invites us to laugh loudly at how naïve the old stereotypes now seem until nothing seems funny at all.

An Octoroon is recommended for mature audiences only.

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Share Your Questions About Homelessness

On Saturday, February 23rd at 9:00 am we are holding a forum for Northside neighbors and friends to come, ask questions and discuss issues surrounding homelessness on the Northside. If you have questions, see problems you want to report or want to be updated on what service organizations are doing to address the problem, please come! To register, check out:

Charles Chapman
L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry

Letter from the President – February 2019

As Tip O’Neill famously said, “All politics is local”. Whether he was referring to trains and parks is disputable but those are topics at the forefront of the Allegheny West political scene.

On Monday, February 4th , more than 40 neighbors attended a meeting to learn more about Norfolk Southern Railroad’s plans to run double stack trains through Pittsburgh’s Northside. The presentation focused on the potential negative impacts, and it was alarming. From derailments and explosions to degradation of air quality – this is a serious situation and we need to be engaged to advocate for our community. We’re lucky to have John DeSantis and Ashley Webb serving on the Northside Leadership Conference Bridge Committee, but please consider what you can do to help, too. Local and state elected officials are working with the Bridge Committee and your input, via in-person conversations, phone calls and emails, will encourage them to keep this issue front and center. Right now there is a call for volunteers to install equipment to help monitor changes in air quality, to monitor and report idling trains and to assist in developing a website to centrally disseminate updates.
Specific details on how to volunteer will be posted on the Allegheny West website and e-Newsletter in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, February 12th, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy listening tour comes to Allegheny West. The majority of the February AWCC Membership meeting agenda that night will be devoted to the Parks team. (The meeting is held at 7:30 pm at the Calvary United Methodist Church, at 971 Beech Avenue.) During this community meeting, the Parks Conservancy will be gathering feedback on what neighbors love about their parks, and what they would love to improve – please join the conversation and make your voice heard.

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meetings – February 12, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30-8:45 – Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • 9:00 – Reading and Approval of January’s Minutes
  • 9:05 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 9:15 – Housing & Planning Abbreviated Report
  • 9:30 – Adjournment

Sponsor a Western Avenue Flower Basket

We’re delighted to announce that Western Avenue in Allegheny West will once again be beautified by hanging flower baskets provided by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC).

The WPC will provide the baskets, flowers, installation, watering and maintenance, “take down” and storage of the baskets. We had 41 baskets sponsored in 2018, but with 32 double poles, there is plenty of room for others to help in this worthy endeavor! We want to ensure that all who would like to participate be given the chance to do so. Please respond by March 31st to be included for 2019.

In 2019, WPC is providing a discounted rate of $355/basket — including the sign! — for the initial year, which includes purchase of the basket, as well as plants, hanging, maintenance, take-down and storage. Sponsors will be subsequently reassessed at a $275/basket rate thereafter for plants, hanging and take-down, maintenance and storage.

Please go to to sponsor a basket or to make a donation. Contact Trish Burton (412) 523-9402 or to discuss.

Wash Away The Winter Blues with some Reds and Whites

Submitted by Annette Trunzo

It’s time to start planning for the 2019 Tour & Tasting Event!

Yay – the Polar Vortex is over and Punxsutawney Phil says spring is right around the corner, so it must be time to start planning for the 2019 Allegheny West Wine Tour! The dates are set, Friday June 21st and Saturday June 22nd. The approach is going to be a little bit different this year. Pittsburgh has been recognized nationally and internationally as a destination for foodies. To capitalize on that and draw more awareness to the tour and Allegheny West, the tour committee is going to solicit restaurants to participate and present their food and suggested wine pairing at the homes. I’m excited to share that we’ve already been successful in raising strong interest from several restaurants.

In the short term what is needed are homes! If you are interested in having your house on the wine tour this year, have any questions, or want to know how you can help please contact me Annette Trunzo at I’m really excited about the tour this year and to network with restaurants about the event. Please check the Gazette and weekly e-newsletter for updates about the tour and tour meetings. Cheers!

Ode to 852 Beech Avenue

Submitted by Tom Barbush

852 Beech AvenueOur old house has character and history.
Its unique quirks give it some mystery.
Just when we think the projects are done,
new ones crop up, one after one.
If you buy an old house, you must realize
Your budget will only grow larger in size.
So love it, maintain it, and pass it down.
Make sure it lives on in our historic town.

– Poem by Katie Zoufalik

“A Tonic of a Book” for This American Age

City of Asylum (2018)

James & Deborah Fallows:
Our Towns

Monday, February 25th
7:00 pm

For the last five years, journalists James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. The America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems — from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge — but also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics.

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America — a national bestseller — is a vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town, out of view of the national media. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams, and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better.

Our Towns

“James and Deborah Fallows have always moved to where history is being made … They have an excellent sense of where world-shaping events are taking place at any moment—and a fervent commitment to be there to see it happen … In these cities, the Fallows argue, citizen participants are coping with declining industries, creating new civic cultures, assimilating waves of immigration, and collaborating across party-lines to revive everything from arts programs to tech seedbeds.” — David Brooks, New York Times

City of Asylum was honored to be featured in this collection, and is double honored to host its paperback release with these two accomplished writers.

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