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Tayo Aluko brings the life of Paul Robeson to the Alphabet City

City of Asylum (2018)

Tayo Aluko:
Call Mr. Robeson

Monday, November 12th
7:00 pm

Paul Robeson was a great and famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he became progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he was summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee to give the most difficult and important performance of his career.
Call Mr Robeson

“”For those who know little about Robeson, this touring production offers an admirable introduction to a great pioneering performer.” — The Guardian

Nigerian-English baritone Tayo Aluko’s one-man show Call Mr. Robeson presents a roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life.

Through some of the most famous songs and speeches from Robeson’s tempestuous career, this one-night-only theater performance highlights how Robeson’s pioneering and heroic (but largely forgotten) political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement.

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8th Annual Handel’s Messiah Early Bird Tickets Now On Sale

Handel's Messiah

Two Performances

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 4:00pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4:00pm


Bask in Handel’s inspiring Messiah while surrounded by candlelight and Calvary’s magnificent Tiffany stained-glass masterpieces.

The Calvary Festival Choir will be fresh back from performing at Carnegie Hall, New York City in the DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York) Messiah Concert Thanksgiving Weekend 2018.

This will be our eighth year bringing this Calvary tradition to the Pittsburgh area.  We have added a second concert this year to accommodate the growing audience.  We appreciate you allowing us to expand this program!

We will be performing the “Christmas” portion of Messiah.  Calvary’s Music Director Brian Burns conducts the event which includes popular regional soloists, a chamber orchestra comprised of some of the area’s most accomplished instrumentalists, and the Festival Choir.  David Bridge, a past conductor and organist, is at the parlor organ and Calvary’s restored 1895 Farrand & Votey organ.  The concert is followed by a cookie reception in the Victorian Chapel.

The concert is family-friendly – each child 12 and under will receive an activity pack.  This concert is also a sing-along.  As an audience member you are not required to sing, but you are certainly invited to sing along on each of the choruses sung by the Festival Choir.
We also offer this concert in support of outreach ministries on Pittsburgh’s Northside. This year, as in years past, we ask audience members to bring non-perishable food items and extra shopping tote bags for Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry.  Also, tickets are given to neighborhood schools, smaller churches, and groups such as Tickets for Kids.

It’s a fantastic way to kick off the holiday season, and we invite everyone to join in and sing for the joy of it!

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Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins & The Golden Legend

Ursula + Golden

Presented by The Blanket
October 16th – 21th

At the request of the artists, there will be no late seating! The performance begins on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Please give yourself ample time to park and arrive on time. 

Inspired by the bizarre, fantastical, and often gory legends surrounding the martyrdom of eleven early Christian virgin saints.

Inspired by the fantastical tales mentioned in a 13th-century work by the blessed Jacobus de Voragine known as the Legenda Aurea Sanctorum.

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Northside residents and workers can get $5 off admission to the shows. During check out, use the coupon code:


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Celebrate 10 Years of the Wilkinsburg CDC

Wilkinsburg Birthday Bash

Wilkinsburg CDC Celebrates 10 Years this November: Join the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC) on November 10th 6:00-9:00 pm, for their Big Birthday Bash, presented by TriState Capital Bank, a celebration of 10 years of revitalization and progress in Wilkinsburg.

The event takes place at the historic Yingling Mansion in Wilkinsburg. Evening festivities will include live music by the Kevin Howard Jazz Trio, DJ GSmuvee, a silent disco, festive food and drink, a silent auction and raffle, fun, fire and even a little magic. It’s sure to be a one-of-a-kind birthday party!

Tickets are on sale now at As a friend of the WCDC, Allegheny West newsletter subscribers can use code BASH to receive a discount on tickets. Don’t wait – the code expires October 31st!

All event proceeds benefit the WCDC’s ongoing work to promote the revitalization of Wilkinsburg.


“The most important African novelist in 25 years”

City of Asylum (2018)

Nuruddin Farah

Thursday, November 1st
7:00 pm

Winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Nuruddin Farah is one of Africa’s most respected contemporary writers. Maps is the first novel in his acclaimed Blood in the Sun trilogy, set in his native Somalia.

Askar lost his father in the bloody war between Ethiopia and Somalia, and his mother died giving birth to him. Taken in by Misra, a kindhearted woman, he grows up in a small village. But as an adolescent, a true child of his times, he begins to feel suffocated there and goes to live with his cosmopolitan aunt and uncle in the capital.

Nuruddin Farah

“Startling … passionate. Farah’s masterpiece.” — The New York Times

Askar throws himself into radical political activity in the midst of the turmoil and civil war. As allegations of murder and treason are leveled at Misra, Askar’s personal sense identity and Somalia’s political boundaries are challenged with a ferocity he could have never imagined.

This program is presented in partnership with Paul A. Bové, distinguished professor at the University of Pittsburgh and editor of Boundary 2 — a journal of literature and politics around the world.

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You’re Invited to One Northside Quarterly Meeting

Manchester Banner

Please come join us at the next One Northside Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, November 13th at CoLab18 (100 S Commons, Suite 100 – inside Nova Place).

We’ll introduce One Northsdie 2.0, discuss the five pillars: Education, Employment, Place, Health and Safety, provide information on progress-to-date, ask for feedback on current projects and welcome suggestions for future initiatives.  This will be a working meeting, so please come with your thinking caps on.

Light refreshments and snacks will be served at 5:30 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 6:00 pm.

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Please confirm your attendance by RSVP.

See you in November!

“Is civilization possible in a nation where discrimination has such deep roots?”

City of Asylum (2018)

Sembène – The Film & Art Festival Presents

Sweet Country

Monday, October 22nd
7:00 pm

Based on true events, Sweet Country makes brilliant use of the Australian outback of the 1920s as the setting for a hard-hitting story that satisfies as a character study as well as a sociopolitical statement.

Set in 1929 Australia, this film follows Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man who works for a preacher in Australia’s Northern Territory. When Harry (a bitter war veteran) moves into a neighboring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defense.

Sweet Country

“This shrewdly observed story asks another question: Is civilization possible in a nation where discrimination has such deep roots?”—Washington Post 

As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.

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Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: On the Town

On The Town

October 19th – 21st

Resonance Works opens its sixth season celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein with the brilliant score to his first Broadway success – On the Town! Set during WWII, On the Town follows the amorous adventures of three sailors on 24-hour shore leave in New York City. The revolutionary score boldly draws from diverse musical inspirations including jazz, spirituals, operetta, symphonic classicism, beautiful ballads and catchy tunes like the iconic songs “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” and “Some Other Time,” plus a plethora of purely orchestral music.

This concert version includes the entire original score, with narration by original collaborators Betty Comden and Adolf Green. Stage director Valerie Rachelle, Artistic Director of the Oregon Cabaret Theater, makes her Pittsburgh debut, working with a stellar cast of Resonance Works favorites, including Christopher Scott, Patrick McNally, Benjamin Robinson, Gillian Hassert, Rebecca Shorstein, Jonathan Stuckey, and Anna Singer. Members of The Brass Roots join forces with the Resonance Chamber Orchestra conducted by Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner.

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Northside residents and workers can get 20% off admission to On the Town. During check out, use the coupon code:


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Lessons Learned from Post-Industrial Cities

City of Asylum (2018)

Remaking Post-Industrial Cities
with Don Carter

Tuesday, October 23rd
7:00 pm

How did different cities respond to the rapid collapse of “big industry” in the 1980’s? Are there lessons to be learned? What can we do now to create just, equitable communities?

Remaking Post-Industrial Cities

Don Carter — the David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of the Remaking Cities Institute — examines the histories of 10 American and European cities, their metamorphoses, and their prospects for the future. In these case studies he identifies and expands on the factors he has found to be crucial to the resilience of post-industrial cities.

Carter’s work tackles problems we cannot avoid. Sharing lessons from the experience of different cities, he ultimately shows us how to take control over our future.

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August Wilson Center Presents: Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities

Familiar Boundaries, Infinite Possibilities

August Wilson Center Presents

Familiar Boundaries
Infinite Possibilities

October 8th – March 24th

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Avenue

Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities, a group exhibition of regional, national and international contemporary artists, draws from themes that question society’s obsession with tradition, policing, consumption and indulgence.

Featured Artist

This exhibition in the galleries of the August Wilson Center provides the featured artists the opportunity to create spaces of joy, safety, healing and care for humanity and the environment.

City of Asylum will be hosting an artist workshop with Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities Lizania Cruz coming in 2019!

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