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Preservation Summit Being Hosted on

The Young Preservationists Association (YPA) will host Saving Sacred Places: A Preservation Summit on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:00-8:00 pm at The Priory (614 Pressley Street). Representatives from Partners for Sacred Places of Philadelphia, The Steeples Project of Johnstown, Preservation Pittsburgh, and more will be on hand to discuss and brainstorm solutions for abandoned and neglected churches. Suggested donation: $5 at the door.

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Powerhouse Dual-Reading with Prize-Winning Latina Authors

City of Asylum (2017)

Aster(ix) Magazine Presents

Patricia Engel & Adriana E Ramírez

Thursday, March 16th
8:00 pm

Aster(ix) Event
Two authors writing some of the best prose about immigrant life in America—timely and vital.

Since publishing her first novel in 2010, Patricia Engel’s writing has earned her a New York Time Notable Book of the Year, a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, the International Latino Book Award and many others. She has been translated into many languages and writes gorgous, gorgeous prose.

Adriana E. Ramírez — one of the founders of Aster(ix) — is a Mexican-Colombian nonfiction writer, storyteller, digital maker, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh, where she is writing a book the way we tell stories around violence.  And she knows how to deliver a punch — she was a nationally ranked slam poet who reads with gusto.

This program will be moderated by Angie Cruz, the founder and editor of Aster(ix), who also curated this program. Each writer will read excerpts of her work and take questions from the audience.

Reserve Your Free Tickets

Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these concerts, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

Reserve a Table for Your Visit

Grant Competition for Northside Businesses

$10,000 For Existing Businesses, $5,000 for Start Ups

Riverside Center for Innovation along with Urban Innovation 21 will be hosting a business plan competition for existing North Side Businesses, Resident Entrepreneurs and Start Up Companies. There will be several awards issued for the top winners.

Grant Competition

Informational workshops will be held at Riverside Center for Innovation, 700 River Avenue on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 am and Monday March 6th at 6:00 pm to learn more about the competition and eligibility requirements. Please register with Marteen Garay at (412) 281-0102 ext. 8216 or

Mardi Gras at City Books on February 28th

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Literature!

Join City Books on Tuesday, February 28th from 7:00-9:00 pm for an energetic evening of language and poetry with Marc Nieson and Adriana E. Ramirez.

Marc NiesonMarc Niesson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His background includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. His memoir, Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape, was released from Ice Cube Press in 2016. He’s won a Raymond Carver Short Story Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and been noted in Best American Essays. He teaches at Chatham University, edits fiction for The Fourth River, and is at work on a new novel, Houdini’s Heirs.

Adriana E RamirezAdriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian writer based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction, Dead Boys, and in 2016 was named Critic at Large for the Los Angeles Times Book Section. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica/PEN America, Literary Hub, Convolution, and on She was featured in the2014 Legends of Poetry Slam Showcase and in TEDxHouston, as well as in the 2016 Three Rivers Arts Festival. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner.

See you at City Books for both readings…

The Policies and Procedures are Ready for your Feedback!

Pittsburgh Land Bank

We want to hear from you.

The Pittsburgh Land Bank (PLB) is gathering public input into its inaugural policies & procedures.

On Wednesday, Mayor Peduto released a set of executive orders, one specifically directing the PLB to develop a community participation process and draft a set of policies & procedures for public input.

The Pittsburgh Land Bank Board is now ready to hear from you on this draft document. The policies & procedures will guide how the Land Bank operates day-to-day – what it prioritizes, how it makes its decisions, and how an individual interacts with the PLB – and we need your help.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing a set of five public meetings across the city designed to collect public feedback about the draft policies & procedures. Additionally, you can view and give comment on the full text of the policies & procedures right now at There, you’ll also find a series of FAQs which break the document into smaller issue-based chunks, which you can also read and comment on.

And, of course, you can email us at

However we hear from you, we’re excited to hear your thoughts about the Pittsburgh Land Bank in the coming weeks.

Visit the Pittsburgh Land Bank Website

Ghanaian Master Musician Osei Korankye at City of Asylum

City of Asylum (2017)

Ghanaian Master Musician

Osei Korankye

Thursday, March 9th
8:00 pm

Osei Korankye

Master musician Osei Korankye is one of the very last remaining seperewa (Akan harp) musicians in Ghana. Osei has dedicated his life to preserving this traditional instrument and sharing its unique sounds and history with Ghanaian and Western students.

Don’t miss the rare opportunity to see this instrument in a live solo performance. Osei’s artistry and contagious joy makes new fans of the seperewa where ever he plays!

Reserve Your Free Tickets

Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these concerts, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

Reserve a Table for Your Visit

PHLF: Remodeling for First Time Home Owners

PHLF Resource Center
Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history, and other aspects of historic preservation, community development, and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Join us for a workshop on how to plan a construction project in your home from concept through design and planning, to construction. This workshop will give you an overview of the general phases of a construction project; what to measure and what to expect.

About the Presenter

Ian Miller has been a general contractor since 2003, with projects ranging from changing a doorknob to building a $1.5 million house for 15 retired nuns. He is the owner of Zambano & Sons, a residential remodeling company, as well as partner in the HL2M Group, a design/build firm focused primarily on modular and shipping container construction. Ian and his family live in a 100-year-old house in Friendship.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

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

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PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh (Vol. 26)

Thursday, March 2nd
6:00-9:00 pm

Alloy 26 at Nova Place
100 S Commons
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

PechaKucha Night is based on a simple, dynamic presentation style: 20 images x 20 seconds per image. It’s about artistic and creative celebration, and promotion of local talent. The event is constantly varied and dynamic, and always produces a relaxed, informal and fun environment.

Meet, network and experience work in only six minutes and forty seconds of exquisitely matched words and images! 

Doors open at 6:00, presentations begin at 6:30.

Congratulations to the selected presenters for the 26th volume of PechaKucha Pittsburgh :
Ashley Cecil
Mark Dietrick, Assoc. AIA
Hayley Haldeman
Kahmeela Friedson
Matthew Ketchum
Sallyann Kluz
Glenn Olcerst
Matthew Schlueb 


$15 General Admission (which includes open bar)

Join the event:

Co-organized by Greg Coll, in cooperation with AIGA Pittsburgh, AIA Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Modern Cafe

From February 15th through 28th, our neighborhood favorite hangout, the Modern Cafe will be celebrating Mardi Gras – and you’re invited! Stop by for drink specials every day and live music on two Saturdays.

Modern Cafe Mardi Gras