News Around the Neighborhood

Afro Yaqui Returns for an Evening of Energetic Music

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Afro Yaqui Music Collective Presents:

Maroon Futures

Sunday, August 29
6:00 pm

Join us for an evening of global freedom music with the award-winning revolutionary jazz ensemble The Afro Yaqui Music Collective performing from their 2021 album, Maroon Futures. 

The Afro Yaqui Music Collective (named after the indigenous music of the Yaqui people of northern Mexico) fuses the music of first nations in the Americas with funk, jazz, and hip hop to create a new rhythm that liberates spirit and soul. They are a postcolonial big band who imagines a world where many worlds fit. And boy are they fun!

Afro Yaqui performs at City of Asylum several times a year and are consistently one of our most popular concerts. Fusing education of rarely heard musical styles, with activism, with toe-tappin, head bobbing rhythms, an Afro Yaqui concert never disappoints.

Co-led by Gizelxanath Rodriguez, a Mexican operatic vocalist and cellist of Yaqui indigenous descent, and Ben Barson, a composer and baritone saxophinst,  the collective is a site of several intercultural collaborations, working with musicians, poets and dramaturgs from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Chicago, Brooklyn, Wisconsin, and Pittsburgh.

There are two ways to join us for this evening of live music and dance—virtually from home or under the tent on Sampsonia Way. Tent capacity is limited and fills up quickly, so act fast to join us in person.

Join Us for the Eco-Justice for All Series

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Eco-Justice for All
Reading with Brenda Hillman

Thursday, August 19
7:00 pm

“Brenda Hillman’s poems embrace all aspects of what it means to be alive in this tenuous world at this dangerous moment. However you identify, you are most probably, at this very moment, a part of the pulsing, mysterious articulation that is a Brenda Hillman poem.”
– Celeste Gainey

Brenda Hilman

City of Asylum presents Brenda Hillman, a poet of inventive, playful, and transcendent verse who has contributed greatly to the field of ecopoetry, at our final reading of the 2021series.. With books dedicated to the natural elements of earth, air, water, fire, and most recently, wood in Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days, Hillman writes experimental lyrics with political thrust. Poet Laureate of Allegheny County Celeste Gainey will join Brenda Hillman in conversation about her work and approach to writing with environmental justice in mind.

Virtual only: Eco-Justice for All! Reading with Brenda Hillman;
Thursday, August 19, 7:00 PM EDT; Run time: 60 minutes

PHLF: Walking Tours Resume

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WALKING TOUR: Pittsburgh Bridges and River Shores

Four Dates: August 10, 14, 20 + 21
Fee: $10.00
Limit 20 People per Tour

Pittsburgh is a city of bridges. No matter how you count them, there are hundreds of bridges spanning our many waterways, valleys, and ravines. Bridges also offer changing vistas on the natural and manmade features of the cityscape, giving us different perspectives on our physical environment as we cross them. In Pittsburgh, these works of artful engineering are also a source of pride.

Join us for this tour as we take a loop bounded by the Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol Bridges and the north and south shores of the Allegheny River. Taking in sites ranging from the historically preserved Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel to the recently opened Allegheny Overlook Pop-Up Park as well as the bridges and river, this tour reveals the dynamic relationship between humans and nature that characterizes much of Pittsburgh.

PHLF Bridges Tour

This is an in-person tour. Please read the important information regarding registration in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

To ensure participants’ safety, PHLF employs a radio audio system that transmits from the tour guide’s headset to earpieces worn by each tour participant. All units and lanyards are sanitized before and after each tour. Participants may use their own headsets or earbuds (with standard round jack), or PHLF will provide a disposable earpiece, if needed.

We require that all persons wear a face mask fully covering the nose and mouth at all times during the tour.

Participation in the tour is contingent on signing an acknowledgement and release, which, among other things, verifies participant’s understanding that PHLF is unable to guarantee compliance with the foregoing Covid-19 recommendation.

Upon receiving your registration, we will email the acknowledgement and release; please sign and bring it to the tour.

Tour Dates and Times

Tuesday, August 10
10:00 am — 11:00 am
Cost:  $10.00
Total participants: 20
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Saturday, August 14
11:00 am — Noon
Cost:  $10.00
Total participants: 20
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Friday, August 20
10:00 am — 11:00 am
Cost:  $10.00
Total participants: 20
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Tuesday, August 31
6:00 pm — 7:00 pm
Cost:  $10.00
Total participants: 20
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Tour meeting and ending point: 107 Sixth Street, in Downtown (in front of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel). Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour’s start time. The tour route is largely flat but includes stairs at several points.

See dates and times below and click on the links to purchase a ticket. Please take care to note the different tour times and days.

Sabira Cole Film Festival + Reel Q Screenings

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Submitted by the Sabira Cole Film Festival

Fan Do Brazil

Tuesday, July 27
7:00 pm

Fan Do Brazil

Join City of Asylum and the Sabira Cole film festival for a screening of Fan Do Brasil and a live post-screening discussion with filmmakers Stephanie James and Stephen James.

Film synopsis: Rui Moreira, famous Brazilian dancer and choreographer, is also the artistic director of “FAN”, Festival of Negro Arts in Brazil. In a country where blacks are still victims of social injustice, this festival is an opportunity to revisit the contribution of Afro-Brazilians to the culture and economic development of the country, and to offer artistic expression to a quest for identity. which is reminiscent of that of the Afro-Caribbean.

Futuro Beach

Wednesday, July 28
7:00 pm

Join us for the regional premier and unreleased screening of “FUTURO BEACH,” a film by Karim Aïnouz, hosted by ReelQ. 

Futuro Beach

Film synopsis: Part gay romance, part inquisitive self-journey, FUTURO BEACH is a stunning examination of lives lost and found. Donato (Wagner Moura) works as a lifeguard at the spectacular but treacherous Praia do Futuro beach in Brazil; Konrad (Clemens Schick) is an ex-military thrill-seeker from Germany vacationing with a friend. After Donato saves Konrad from drowning, but fails to save his other friend, initial sexual sparks give way to a deeper, emotional connection. Donato decides to leave everything behind, including his ailing mother and younger brother, Ayrton, to travel back to Berlin with Konrad. There, he finds both confusion and liberation, and his journey for love soon turns into a deeper search for his own identity. Eight years later, an unexpected visit from Ayrton, brings all three men back together as they struggle to reconcile the pain of loss and longing, instinctively drawn to each other in search of hope and a brighter future.

Subha Das Trio

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Subha Das Trio

Sunday, July 18
6:00 pm

Join us for an evening of toe-tapping, good fun. 

There are two ways to join us for this evening of live music—virtually from home or under the tent on Sampsonia Way. Tent capacity is limited and fills up quickly, so act fast to join us in person.

Subha Das

Pittsburgh’s Subha Das Trio performs an eclectic array of music, drawing from jazz standards, pop, r&b, funk and high energy fusion music. This performance will also feature some original works from legendary Pittsburgh guitarist, Ken Karsh.

Featured Musicians: Subha Das, drums; Kurt Lorence, bass; and Ken Karsh, guitar

Kenia and Her Trio

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Kenia & Her Trio: Celebrating Bossa Nova

Thursday, July 15
7:00 pm

“Singing, swaying, Kenia is Brazil, scatting, lively, absolutely irresistible,”
– Spirit to Spirit: a Portrait of Jazz in the New Century, Manchester Craftsman’s Guild.

KeniaHailing from Rio de Janeiro, vocalist Kenia has become one of the foremost exponents of Brazilian song in the United States. From her debut on the great trumpet player Claudio Roditi’s, “Red on Red,” to her upcoming 2020 Mooka Records release, she has epitomized the breezy elegance, refinement and groove of the best of modern Brazilian music. In 2008, Kenia won the Brazilian Press Award for Best CD of the Year, and was nominated for a Grammy for her release, “Simply Kenia.” Along with eight critically acclaimed solo releases (and counting), Kenia has performed at national and international festivals from the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival to the Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival in the ABC Islands.

Celebrating Bossa Nova

Bossa nova is a youthful celebration of romance and beach culture popularized by greats like Antônio Carlos Jobim, João and Astrud Gilberto, Sérgio Mendes and Stan Getz. Originating in 1950’s Brazil, the samba-style base of Brazilian music and rhythms mixed with American jazz and a new style of Portuguese lyrics. Kenia’s ability to translate these complex rhythms of her native Brazilian homeland into her own unique creations is renowned. Her beautiful, sultry voice – accompanied by the guitar of Eric Suseoff, bass of Tony DePaolis and drums of Tom Wendt – will transport the audience to the sun-kissed beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

You’re Invited to a Northside Community Celebration!

Northside Celebration

The time has come and we’re ready to celebrate! We’re thrilled to announce that the first phase of the North Promenade Rehabilitation Project at Allegheny Commons is officially complete. Please join the Parks Conservancy and our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative, and the Northside Leadership Conference for a community celebration and dedication on Tuesday, July 20, beginning at 6:00 pm.

The evening celebration will include remarks from local leaders, live music, strolling performers, local food vendors, and activities for people of all ages!

The North Commons project recently rebuilt the wide Promenade path, furnishing it with benches, energy-efficient period lighting, and so much more! This project follows the award-winning reconstruction of the historic Northeast Fountain, a focal point of the Promenade.

Click here to register in advance and receive event reminders leading up to the upcoming celebration!

PHLF: A Virtual Tour of Sewickley

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Tuesday, June 29
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Fee: $7.50

This tour will be conducted via Zoom Conference. Click here to purchase a ticket to RSVP and you will receive a login e-mail on June 29. Please log in at 1:45 p.m. to allow us enough time to let you into the tour.

Sewickley Tour

Located 12 miles west of Pittsburgh, Sewickley is nestled between hills to the north and the Ohio River to the South. Taking its name from the Native American word for “Sweet Water,” Sewickley was incorporated as a borough in 1853 and dubbed “the Queen of Suburbs” in 1895.

The tour focuses on the commercial and residential neighborhoods of the Borough’s Third Historic District, in central Sewickley. Here you will see excellent examples of many of the architectural styles popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including work by a number of regionally and national important architects who lived and worked in the area. Featuring places of worship, civic buildings, and handsome homes, the tour will demonstrate why this historic community continues to delight.

PHLF: A Virtual Tour of South Side’s Main Street Revitalization

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Tuesday, June 15
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Fee: $5.00

This tour will be conducted via Zoom Conference. Click here to purchase a ticket to RSVP and you will receive a login e-mail on June 15. Please log in at 5:45 pm to allow us enough time to let you into the tour.

South Side Tour

When Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation initiated its Birmingham Self-Help Community Restoration Program in the South Side in 1968, it started a profoundly consequential relationship with the neighborhood. Dozens of old buildings were renovated; a long stretch of East Carson Street was designated both a local and national historic district; the business district became part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program; and PHLF became a partner in a state tax incentive program that contributed substantially to the South Side’s economic revival.

More than fifty years later, the buildings that first inspired PHLF to work in the South Side still give it a distinctive character; at the same time, much has changed. Encompassing both the South Side’s historic core and its farthest reaches to the west and east, this tour shows that historic buildings and contemporary planning and design can live companionably to sustain a neighborhood.