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Summer on Sampsonia: Last Jazz Wednesday of the Summer!

Summer on Sampsonia
Jazz Musician

Join Us for a Special Recorded Session with Roger Humphries & RH Factor

Roger Humphries & RH Factor

Wednesday, August 24th
7:00-9:00 pm
Alphabet City Tent
(318 Sampsonia Way)

Tomorrow is the last Jazz Wednesday event of the summer. However, the good things won’t end, they will continue: we are recording this Wednesday’s session live and making a CD from it!

We appreciate and want to celebrate your loyalty if you are a regular Jazz Wednesday attendee. And if you haven’t been able to make it out yet, we want to invite you to come out for this special last event!

So bring your friends and let’s make some noise together for these great local musicians! Let’s party and let Roger and RH Factor know how much we enjoy them.

Great Music, Raffles and Berlin Street Food

And don’t worry! Roger will be back this autumn for Jazz Poetry Month. Check out the Fall Calendar at alphabetcity.org for a full listing of his and other great jazz events.

Jazz Wednesday is a BYOB event, so feel free to bring an alcoholic beverage to sip on while you enjoy the band. Berlin Street Food will be selling their authentic German cuisine at the event, so grab a snack and enjoy an evening food and festivities.

RSVP for Free to Save Your Seats

Summer on Sampsonia: Family Storytelling with Kuniko Yamamoto

Summer on Sampsonia


Kuniko Yamamoto

Storytelling Fun for the Whole Family

“Origami Tales” with Kuniko Yamamoto
Saturday, August 20th
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Alphabet City Tent
318 Sampsonia Way

Take your children on a storytelling trip around the world. Launching this new series is storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto.

Kuniko Yamamoto combines charming Japanese folktales with traditional Japanese musical instruments, magical masks, origami and mime to create storytelling that will have audience spellbound in their seats. Using origami, music and audience participation, Kuniko provides a magical entry into Japanese culture. In her unique show “Origami Tales” mythological character masks & puppets, amazing flowers and a dragon (all made from origami) set the stage while Kuniko shares heartfelt stories from ancient Japan.

Kuniko is an internationally renowned performer who has graced such venues as The Kennedy Center and Disney’s Epcot Center. Expect boundless imagination out of simple paper folding and uplifting world of storytelling.

Be sure to RSVP to save a seat for you and your family members!

RSVP for Free to Save Your Seats

Summer on Sampsonia: Three Free Films and More!

Summer on Sampsonia

Free Films All Week!

Attention film buffs!

City of Asylum is hosting three FREE films this week right here under our Alphabet City Tent.

On Monday we celebrate the community work of one of our own Lisa Freeman with a screening of the Manchester Growing Together, a documentary about her community farm. Thursday we are giving voice to the Silenced Film Battleship Potemkin. Friday, screen the international film Saving Face, as part of ReelQ Pittsburgh’s monthly LGBTQ film series.

Tuesday, August 2nd: Manchester Working Together
(Film)

Join us for a screening of Manchester Growing Together, a documentary about the Northside’s own Manchester Growing Together Farm recognized as a model for community building throughout the City of Pittsburgh.
5:30-8:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Wednesday, Augustrd: Jazz Wednesdays
(Concert)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a series of free jazz concerts with Pittsburgh icon Roger Humphries and RH Factor. As this event grows throughout the summer, be sure to register for each event to make sure you reserve a seat! BYOB!
7:00-9:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Thursday, August 4th: Silenced Film: Battleship Potemkin
(Film)

Battleship Potemkin, a Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, presents a dramatized version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers. BYOB.

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum, Curator: The Jacob Burns Film Center)

Friday, August 5th: Saving Face
(Film)

Saving Face is a 2004 American romantic comedy drama film directed by Alice Wu. The film focuses on Wilhelmina, a young Chinese-American surgeon; her unwed, pregnant mother; and her dancer girlfriend.
8:00-10:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: ReelQ & Silk Screen)

Saturday, August 6th: Six x Ate
(Arts)

Join in on the fun at SIX x ATE: Wood at City of Asylum. Guests will be treated to a great meal by Leena’s Food Truck and see incredible presentations and performances by six artists responding to the theme of “wood.”
7:00-10:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: Casey Droege)

Sunday, August 7th: Sunday Morning Yoga
(Yoga)

Join Paco Mahone Sunday for a soulful yoga class under the Alphabet City Tent.
10:00-11:30am

Free Event (Organizer: Paco Mahone)

Download the Full Summer Calendar Here

Summer on Sampsonia: Daisies, The Image Catcher and More!

Summer on Sampsonia

Alphabet City Update!

There is a golden sparkle to the air here at Sampsonia Way!

The glitter is flying as volunteers from all over Pittsburgh help to fabricate the ceiling artwork (designed by Diane Samuels) for the new City of Asylum @ Alphabet City space. Each golden ceiling tile is handcrafted by this team of hard-working City of Asylum supporters and will feature letters from alphabets around the world.

Alphabet City Tiles

Alphabet City opens on September 10th. Our opening ceremonies will feature a talk by the 2015 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich, who will also engage in a public conversation with New Yorker writer Philip Gourevitch.

The opening will be followed by a full month of FREE Jazz Poetry!

Sunday, July 17th: Sunday Morning Yoga
(Yoga)

Join Paco Mahone Sunday for a soulful yoga class under the Alphabet City Tent.
10:00-11:30am

Free Event (Organizer: Paco Mahone)

Wednesday, July 20th: Jazz Wednesday
(Concert)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a series of free jazz concerts with Pittsburgh icon Roger Humphries and RH Factor. As this event grows throughout the summer, be sure to register for each event to make sure you reserve a seat! BYOB!
7:00-9:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Thursday, July 21st: Silenced Film: Daisies
(Film)

Daisies is a 1966 Czechoslovak comedy-drama film written and directed by Věra Chytilová. The story follows two teenage girls, both named Marie, who engage in strange pranks.
8:00-10:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Friday, July 22nd: The Image Catcher
(Photography)

Join us for an exhibition of photographs from the accomplished Eugene Mebane Jr.–The Image Catcher.
7:00-8:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Download the Full Summer Calendar Here

Whitney Terrell, Silenced Films and More!

Summer on Sampsonia

Breaking the Silence

City of Asylum is proud to team up with the Jacob Burns Film Center to present the Silenced Film Series, weekly screenings of international films that have been banned or censored around the world.

Every Thursday this summer we are featuring a different film each week–from comedies to dramas, from classic films to new cinema–each with their own unique history of censorship.

Help yourself to free popcorn at concessions and feel free to bring an alcoholic beverage to sip on during the film. There is sure to be something for everyone this summer!

Tuesday, July 5th: Children of Shangri-Lost
(Cultural Showcase)

Experience a showcase of Bhutanese culture featuring song, dance, poetry.
6:00-7:30pm

Free Event (Organizer: Children of Shangri-Lost)

Wednesday, July 6th: Jazz Wednesday
(Concert)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a series of free jazz concerts with Pittsburgh icon Roger Humphries and RH Factor.
7:00-9:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Thursday, July 7th: Silenced Film: The Great Dictator
(Film)

Our Silenced Film Series kicks off with a screening of the film classic The Great Dictator, a political satire starring Charlie Chaplin.
8:00-10:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Friday, July 8th: Whitney Terrell
(Reading)

Join us at for a reading with Iraqi poet and journalist Sabreen Kadhim and novelist Whitney Terrell, author of The Kings of Kings County and The Huntsman, a New York Times Notable Book. He will be reading from his newest work, The Good Lieutenant.
6:00-8:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Download the Full Summer Calendar Here

This Week Truth & Rites, Ten-Minute PlayFest and More!

Summer on Sampsonia

June is Ending…
…but Summer on Sampsonia is Just Getting Started!

Pittsburgh’s favorite jazz musician, Roger Humphries, is back again this Wednesday for another great night of jazz! Jazz Wednesdays are BYOB, so if you are over 21, feel free to bring an alcoholic beverage to sip on. Make Jazz Wednesdays part of your weekly routine all summer long.

Friday, June 24th: Truth & Rites
(Concert)

Join Truth & Rites for an evening of Reggae and dancing.
7:00-9:00pm

$8 (Organizer: Truth & Rites)

Sunday, June 26th: Ten-Minute PlayFest
(Theatre)

Get ready for a full line up of knock your socks off plays! Join us for Yinz Like Play?’s 10-Minute Play Festival!
4:00-9:00pm

$3-5 (Organizer: Yinz Like Plays?)

Wednesday, June 29th: Jazz Wednesdays
(Concert)

Starting June 22nd, join us every Wednesday evening all summer long for a series of free jazz concerts with Pittsburgh icon Roger Humphries and RH Factor.
7:00-9:00pm

FREE event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Friday, July 1st: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
(Film)

A universal story of triumph against all odds, the film Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth offers a penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist.
8:00-10:00pm

FREE event (Organizer: ReelQ & Pittsburgh Black Pride)

Download the Full Summer Calendar Here

June’s Biggest Events Are Just Around the Corner…

Summer on Sampsonia

Summer on Sampsonia welcomes back some of our most favorite events… and introduces a few new favorites as well!

Tuesday, June 13th: Desertion
(Concert)

Join us for an evening of experimental jazz with Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio!

FREE event. (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Thursday, June 16th: Cave Canem
(Reading)

The annual reading by Cave Canem Poets at City of Asylum has been a favorite event for Pittsburgh’s literary community since 2010. This year’s featured poets include Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Evie Shockley, and Kevin Young.

FREE event. (Organizer: Cave Canem & City of Asylum)

Wednesday, June 22nd: Roger Humphries + RH Factor
(Concert)

Starting June 22nd, join us every Wednesday evening all summer long for a series of free jazz concerts with Pittsburgh icon Roger Humphries and RH Factor.

FREE event. (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Download the Full Summer Calendar Here