It’s street sweeping season again. Remember to check signs and move your car. The street sweeper will come on Tuesday, May 8th and Monday, May 14th.
Abandoned America: An Autopsy of the American Dream
Join author and photographer Matthew Christopher, creator of the Abandoned America website and book series, on a journey through some of the country’s most fascinating and hauntingly beautiful ruins. Matthew will relate his inspirations and how he came to explore such unusual spots, and share some of his favorites from across the state, focusing on the Pittsburgh region. A fascinating tour of forgotten schools, churches, prisons, factories, and homes that have not been included in his previous presentations, his work is at once a cry for the preservation of our vanishing architectural heritage and a eulogy for the ruins in our midst.
About the Presenter: Matthew Christopher has had an interest in abandoned sites since he was a child, but started documenting them a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. His work is featured in various publications and media outlets including the LA Times, ABC and NBC News, PDN, The Atlantic, Photographer’s Forum, Buzzfeed and others. You can follow his work through his web site, Abandoned America, which is considered one of the leading collections of images of abandoned spaces on the Internet.
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Register for the May 19 Session
Thursday, May 17th
Acclaimed jazz & blues vocalist, songwriter and recording artist Jessica Lee will debut her new special tribute show The Return of the Pint-Sized Songstress to remember and honor the musical contributions of Pittsburgh-born Jazz singer Maxine Sullivan. Considered one of the best jazz vocalists of the 1930s, Maxine Sullivan would influence generations of singers to come, including Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
“[In] smoke-filled clubs here and across the country, Lee is …. known for her soulful and skilled handling of gospel, blues, jazz and soul classics.”
― Pittsburgh Magazine
Jessica will be joined by local guitar guru Mark Strickland. Jessica and Mark have played and recorded as a jazz duo both regionally and nationally for years. Don’t miss this chance to catch the debut of their latest collaboration here at Alphabet City!
Independent Bookstore Day is April 28th, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
City Books will be open extended hours from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm with authors, pop-up vendors and special sale items. We will then reopen at 7:00 pm for an evening event in celebration of community bookselling.See All Details
Walks in Wakanda:
The Black Panther in Comics and Culture
with Evan Narcisse
Monday, May 7th
The Black Panther is now one of this highest grossing films of all time—and more than that, it has become a cultural touchstone.
Evan Narcisse — co-author of the Rise of the Black Panther graphic novel miniseries for Marvel Comics — will give an insider’s history of the Black Panther in Marvel Comics, and discuss how and why the Black Panther became a blockbuster film. Evan will also talk about his personal journey from critic to artistic creator working in comics.
This program will include an audience Q&A and a “fireside chat” with celebrated poet Yona Harvey, herself a contributor to Marvel’s World of Wakanda graphic novel.
Don’t miss this timely, relevant, and revealing exploration of a pop culture phenomenon.
The Ellipses Condition Presents
Completely Out of Context
Saturday, April 28th
Completely Out of Context is a site-specific performance created by The Ellipses Condition. Writers and poets will share original works accompanied by improvisational jazz musicians and dancers. Readers will also lend fresh meaning to books grabbed from the stacks around them, intoning their readings with intent inspired by the musicians and the dancers.
The Ellipses Condition is the partnered artistry of Pearlann Porter and John Lambert, sharing a commitment to the authentic translation of their inner thoughts and emotions into dance, music and words. Their improvisational performances blur the dynamics between movement, musicality and poetry, embodying the philosophy of ‘jazz as a verb’ lived in every aspect of being. Collaboratively they cultivate new audio/physical relationships, lending living bodies to intangible conversations.
Presented by Carnegie Nexus and the New Hazlett Theater
April 26th and 27th at 8:00 pm
Join us for the U.S. premiere of Birdie by the internationally acclaimed group from Barcelona—a multimedia performance complete with live video, film fragments, 2,000 mini animals, and three performers tackling this messy world with wit, criticism, and an unfailing commitment to humankind. Birdie manages to perform a migration on stage: a movement between the mirages of two worlds—one confounded by war, displacement, human smugglers, and ecological devastation, and one that enjoys civil society, sanitary conditions, renewable resources, and a common welfare.
Witness as the border between stage and screen, word and image, Hitchcock’s The Birds, and the game of golf dissolve before your eyes. This is not to be missed!
Winner of the Silver Lion Award for Innovation in Theatre at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance with a $5 discount. Follow the link below and add the tickets to your cart.Reserve Your Seats
This weekend marks the return of the Pirates Home Run 5K, 10K, & One Mile Fun Run that supports Pirates Charities. The race is on Saturday, April 14th at 7:30 am and there are new course routes this year with new road closures.
The race starts and finishes around PNC Park with the post-race party on Federal Street around PNC Park will close as early as 5:00 am, while the entire course will close at 7:00 am. Sections of the course will open as runners have passed through to allow for quicker road openings.
Part of the CSA Performance Series
April 12th at 8:00 pm
Felecia’s body betrays her. Her husband rejects her. She is exiled, but her new community welcomes her with open (albeit misshapen) arms. Her new life is stable enough, but things are not what they seem. A quiet war of belief is about to erupt, and Felecia will be forced to take sides. Büer’s Kiss is a multimedia comics experience featuring voice actors, foley effects and projected images.
Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance for free. A limited number of tickets are available online, so reserve your seat today.Reserve Your Seats