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Open Letters 2024

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Presented by Propel Performing Arts Academy
April 26 | 7:00 pm

Please join us for our annual installment of Open Letters, a student-led original musical performance centered around the issues and ideas close to our scholars’ hearts and minds! Propel Schools scholars from all 3 high schools have collaborated to perform a story inspired by their own personal experiences, thoughtful questions, and transformative struggles. Created and performed by the Propel Performing Arts Academy, Open Letters 2024 will showcase our huge variety of scholar talents, from singing to dancing to rapping and more! Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance featuring our talented and outstanding students!

Join Us as We Relight Allegheny Commons Park

Allegheny Commons Relighting

Please join Mayor Ed Gainey, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and the Northside community on Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 pm for a special celebration in Allegheny Commons Park:

Relighting Allegheny Commons!

Meet us at the George Washington Monument (W North Avenue and Arch Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212), along with our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, to celebrate the recent completion of the North Promenade restoration project.

Together, let’s celebrate this newly relit community park!

Enjoy free food from local Northside businesses, engage local artists and vendors, see the Perry High School Marching Band perform, and much more! City departments and local community organizations will also table at the event and provide resources and information about their work. No registration is necessary.

PHLF Book Event: Tracing the History of Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh Rising: From Frontier Town to Steel City 1750 — 1920

Thursday, May 9
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Union Trust Building Auditorium
501 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

$20.00 per person

This program is limited to 300 people.

Click here to purchase a ticket.

Join us in the impressive auditorium of the Union Trust Building for a presentation by Edward K. Muller and Rob Ruck, authors of the 2023 book Pittsburgh Rising: From Frontier Town to Steel City, 1750-1920.

Tracing the history of the dynamic period in which Pittsburgh rose from a remote outpost to an industrial powerhouse, the authors examine the many factors—both natural and human—that contributed to the success of multiple industries and generated enormous wealth.

They expand this deceptively familiar history by tracking the lives of immigrants and African American migrants, who did not share in the rewards of growth, and describing efforts by labor unions, charitable groups, and reform organizations to mitigate the dreadful conditions in which poor laborers lived.

They bring their analysis to bear on the contemporary situation by concluding that the class, religious, ethnic, and racial divides that thwarted resolution of inequalities in early-twentieth-century Pittsburgh continue to do so today.

The African Rhythms Alumni Quintet: A Tribute to Randy Weston

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Presented by Kente Arts Alliance
April 20 | 7:30 pm

When Randy Weston passed away at 92, he left an enduring mark on the jazz world. In the last chapter of his life, Weston enjoyed many accolades, including being named an NEA Jazz Master and receiving the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

The Quintet will be led by saxophonist and flutist T.K. Blue. He will be joined by bassist Alex Blake, master percussionist Chief Baba Neil Clarke, trombonist Frank Lacy and pianist Sharp Radway.

NorthSideWorks! Job Fair

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NorthSideWorks and PA CareerLink Pittsburgh are co-hosting the Northside Job Fair on Friday, April 26, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at PNC Park. Job-seekers will be able to connect with more than 50 employers, service organizations and training providers, and attendees who register before April 19 will be entered into a drawing to win two club-level Pirates tickets.


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Presented by New Hazlett Theater
April 18-19 | 8:00 pm
April 19 | 10:00 pm

The last creature on earth travels through time to change history in Apis, a multidisciplinary experience that empowers audiences to fight for the future food supply. This quirky, mind-bending live performance is equal parts science, cinema, and theater and confidentially engages conversations about consumerism and environmentalism.

Vilaya 2024 – The Confluence!

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Presented by Nandanik Dance Troupe
April 6 | 4:30 pm

Vilaya, The Confluence of Indian dances by various artists from North America, will Showcase Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam and a dance theater written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore Chitrangada!


Tiffany Concert Series

Tiffany Concert Series

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra returns to the Tiffany Concert series!   Sunday, April 21 at 4:00 pm at the Calvary United Methodist Church.   The concert features members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra strings performing serenades, chamber music, and solo performances.  Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the exceptional talent of these musicians and the next generation of performing artists!

The concert includes PYSO Strings performing the first two movements of Dvorak Serenade for Strings, Op. 22.  It will also feature PYSO student chamber groups, the Armoris Quartet and Calliope Quartet, performing works by Borodin, Mendelssohn, and Jessie Montgomery.   PYSO’s second and third place winners of our annual Concerto Competition will perform works by Grieg and Dvorak.   And the concert will also feature select winners of the 2024 Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Auditions.


Calvary United Methodist Church 
971 Beech Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA


Adults: $20 
Children (under 16 years of age): $10
Tickets can be purchased by cash or check at the door. 
Tickets will not be pre-sold. 
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Get involved with the Community Development Team

The Community Development team is celebrating National Community Development Week April 1-5!

National Community Development (NCD) Week is an opportunity for our team to spotlight how our partners use Federal funds to benefit low- and moderate-income City of Pittsburgh residents.

Watch a City Council proclamation showcasing Public Service Grant recipients, learn more about Neighborhood Economic Development in the Manchester neighborhood, attend an open house event, and share your thoughts on how Federal funds should be used!

Proclamation: Tuesday April 2

City Council President Lavelle will read a proclamation recognizing the work our Public Service Grant recipients carry out across the City. Each district has selected an organization to highlight. Watch the proclamation on City Channel at 10:00 Tuesday April 2.

Project Tour: Wednesday April 3

Manchester Citizen’s Council, recipient of the Neighborhood Economic Development Capacity Building grant, is leading a tour for elected officials. The tour will feature a number of neighborhood partners, and allow City and Federal officials a chance to see these Federal funds in action.

Open House: Thursday April 4

Join local municipalities and City partners to learn about how Federal funds get used in an equitable manner. Opening remarks at 10:00 AM, followed by time for visitors to speak directly to City departments, authorities, and partners about their grant-funded projects.

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Girl Scout Cookies

Submitted by Gretchen Duthoy

If anyone is looking for Girl Scout cookies (or more Girl Scout cookies 😉), Allegheny West’s Girl Scout Iris will be selling them at The Modern Cafe today (Friday, 3/8) from 4:00-8:00 pm. She will have all varieties in stock. Stop by and pick some up while supplies last!