806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

“This tale of sacrifice, exploitation, and reclamation is not to be missed.

City of Asylum (2018)

Shobha Rao

Monday, March 19th
8:00 pm

Award-winning author Shobha Rao presents Girls Burn Brighter — a searing, electrifying debut novel about the extraordinary bond between two girls driven apart by circumstance but relentless in their search for one another.

Shobha Rao

“Rao layers her debut novel with issues that face many young women worldwide, from street harassment and domestic abuse to oppressive societal norms.”
Ms. Magazine (starred review)

Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them: they are poor, they are ambitious, and they are girls. When a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend.

Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India’s underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls’ perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within.

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Women Artists at Alphabet City

City of Asylum (2018)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents

Inspiration and Tenacity

Thursday, March 15th
8:00 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, join the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (lead by conductor Christine Hestwood) for a program celebrating female artists.


Inspiration and Tenacity honors Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon in anticipation of the world premier of her Tuba Concerto at Heinz Hall on March 16th & 18th. The program, featuring PSO clarinetist Victoria Luperi and trombonist Rebecca Cherian, will showcase the talent and musicianship of these women soloists.

ARThouse’s Vanessa German and PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize-winner Adriana E. Ramírez will complement the evening with readings responding to the issues of the day.

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The Vibrancy Funds Initiative Launches

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New Sun Rising commits to providing financial and technical assistance to accelerate
ideas aimed at addressing social and economic inequities in neighborhoods.

PITTSBURGH – In the Greater Pittsburgh region there is a persistent opportunity gap that exists amongst neighborhoods. New Sun Rising, a nonprofit based in Millvale and serving Southwestern Pennsylvania, aims to address these inequities through their latest initiative, the Vibrancy Funds. Throughout 2018, New Sun Rising will be administering loans, grants, and financial awards to applicants from across the region with ideas that promote innovation, engagement, and equity through the generous support of the Henry L. Hillman Foundation. People who run social businesses, nonprofit projects, and collaborative initiatives in areas of Culture, Sustainability, and Opportunity are encouraged to apply.

“We truly believe that citizens are the experts in their communities, and hold the wisdom and talent to develop their own opportunities,” said Scott Wolovich, founder and Executive Director of NSR. “With the Vibrancy Funds initiative, NSR will partner with cross-sector leaders on all levels who are addressing priority issues in their neighborhood – from those who have an idea that they need help getting off the ground to established organizations who want to grow their impact and reach.”

Successful applicants will receive both financial and development resources as part of the initiative. Although everyone is invited, leaders focused on building Vibrant Communities in Allentown, Beltzhoover, Etna, Knoxville, McKees Rocks, Millvale, Northside, Sharpsburg, Stowe Township, and Wilkinsburg are strongly encouraged to apply.

The first round of Vibrancy Funds will be issued through $5,000 in total awards during the Ignite Culture mentoring workshop on March 24, 2018. Individuals creating culture with their community will receive support to develop a plan, identify resources and make connections to get to action. Registrations are due on March 16, 2018 and interested individuals can visit: (space is limited)

In the coming weeks, New Sun Rising will post a calendar of information sessions and deadlines related to additional opportunities for funding in the areas of Culture, Sustainability, and Opportunity.

February 27th: “A terrifying and necessary book”

City of Asylum (2018)

Anna Bikont

Tuesday, February 27th
8:00 pm

The Crime and the Silence: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne examines the events in the small Polish town of Jedwabne on July 10, 1941, when the citizens rounded up the Jewish population and burned them alive in a barn. The massacre was a shocking secret that had been suppressed for more than sixty years, and it provoked the most important public debate in Poland since 1989.

Anna Bikont

“A daring exposure. Bikont’s fearless research … makes this a fantastic book.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Including the perspectives of both heroes and perpetrators, Bikont chronicles the sources of the hatred that exploded against Jews and asks what myths grow on hidden memories, what destruction they cause, and what happens to a society that refuses to accept a horrific truth. Her writing in turn subsequently became a crucial part of the debate and she herself an actor in a national drama.

Part history, part memoir, The Crime and the Silence is a journalist’s account of these events: both the story of the massacre told through oral histories of survivors and witnesses, and a portrait of a Polish town coming to terms with its dark past.

This reading is co-presented by Classrooms Without Borders in partnership with the Departments of History, English and Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University and the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Project -Logue: Calling Storytellers, Translators and Artists

Project -Logue

Workshops Begin August 2018
Exhibition Opens March 2019
Call Ends May 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA – -LOGUE is a Pittsburgh-based organization that promotes cultural exchange through artistic translation.

Through a series of art workshops from August 2018 through March 2019, -LOGUE will build a diverse network of translators, artists, and storytellers to tell the story of Pittsburgh – a story that can’t be fully understood without crossing language barriers. The stories and artworks created will be displayed in a multimedia, multilingual exhibit in March 2019. This project will prompt multicultural dialogue and raise awareness of Pittsburgh’s linguistic diversity.

If English is not your home language, -LOGUE wants to help you tell your story. They are also looking for artists and native-fluency English translators interested in cultural exchange, who will collaborate with storytellers to create multimedia, cross-cultural art. Final artforms will be displayed in -LOGUE’s March 2019 multilingual exhibit.

For more information and a chance to share stories, contact

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PHLF: Citizen Jane Film Screening

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, November 21st
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Citizen Jane PosterIn 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city.

This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.

This screening is FREE to the public.

RSVPs are appreciated: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

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Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: Holmes and Watson

Holmes and Watson

Presented by Kinetic Theatre Company
February 16th – March 4th

Sherlock Holmes has not been seen for more than three years and is presumed dead following his confrontation with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls. Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes and charlatans who have popped up claiming to be Holmes. Suddenly…a newspaper clipping arrives. A remote mental institution on an island off the coast of Scotland reports that three patients have been recently admitted, each claiming to be the late detective.

Jeffrey Hatcher wrote the screenplay for the 2015 film, Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen. His ingenious new thriller receives its Pittsburgh premiere in a boldly atmospheric production by Kinetic Theatre, starring David Whalen.

Get $4 off the price of general admission and family packs with the discount code:


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Letter from the President – February 2018

So what are you doing on Tuesday evening?

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30 pm at Calvary Church for the February 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 pm, 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 pm. 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 – February 13, 2018

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30 pm

  • Visitors
    • Councilwoman Harris’s Office
    • Mayor Peduto’s Office
    • Zone One Police
    • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • New Neighbors & Guests
  • Minutes
  • Membership
    • Bowling at the Elks
    • Volunteers for the Memorial Day Picnic
  • Ways and Means
    • Update on Five Year Plan with Calvary
    • 2018 Upcoming Tour Dates
    • 2018 Wine & Garden Tour (June 22 and 23)
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Green Space
  • Property
  • Housing and Planning
    • Parking and Traffic
    • North Avenue Lighting
    • Western Avenue Revitalization
    • Light of Life: Ridge Avenue Project
    • Revised AW Film Guidelines
    • Allegheny Commons Update of 2002 Master Plan
    • Expansion of Historic District (LRC Report)
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues (old cases)
    • Medical Marijuana Dispensary
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
    • Airbnb Issues/Impacts on AW
    • Revised AW Film Guidelines
    • Railroad Bridge Replacements
    • Allegheny Center Master Plan
    • North Shore Impacts
  • Nominating Committee
    • 2018 Membership Chairperson
  • Northside Leadership Conference
    • Allegheny General Hospital Master Plan
  • Other Business (Old & New)

Allegheny Commons Initiative Presentation Save the Date!

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is excited to work alongside our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative, Northside Leadership Conference and the greater community to restore Allegheny Commons Park.

Please join your fellow park users on March 8th from 6:00–7:30 pm for our final presentation of the action plan we need for implementing the master plan.

The professional team is led by LaQuatra Bonci Associates, and includes eDesign Dynamics, Cleo Consulting and Fourth Economy.

Please remember to register for the free event: Looking forward to seeing you there!