News Around the Neighborhood

Claudio Cojaniz Returns for Two Different Jazz Poetry Performances

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Claudio Cojaniz “Orfani”

Tuesday, May 17
7:00 pm

Master jazz pianist Claudio Cojaniz (Italy) returns to Pittsburgh with his trio and a brand new album of entirely original music.  

Claudio is a world-renowned musician and a dear friend of City of Asylum. He first performed in Jazz Poetry 2018 to two evenings of sold-out and awed crowds. Claudio was also our most popular pandemic virtual concert, performing from his home near Naples to a gathered Pittsburgh crowd who needed some uplifting tunes. 

We are thrilled Claudio returns to Pittsburgh live for JPM 2022 for two stellar performances. 

The first evening features the US premiere of Claudio’s 2021 album Orfani(Orphans). In this album, Claudio sought to mentor and steward the next generation of Italy’s jazz stars, musicians who accompany him to Pittsburgh. Their album is inspired by the tragedies and triumphs of global migration. It is infused with world music sounds, influenced by the Balkan folk music of Claudio’s Serbian grandfather, as well as Claudio’s mastery of the blues.

The album is lyrical and concise with delicate melodies, and is sure to be an excellent evening of music. 

The in-house restaurant 40 North will be closed but a cash bar will be available.

PHLF: Virtual Tour of Sewickley

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Thursday, May 19
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


This tour will be conducted via Zoom Conference. 
Click here to buy
 a ticket. (Disregard the QR code in the confirmation email) You will receive a login e-mail on May 19.
 Please log in at 5:45 pm to allow us enough time to let you into the tour.

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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: Old Allegheny County Jail Museum Open Again

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Visit at your convenience between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm 
Every first and third Monday of the Month, May through October

Cost: FREE

A PHLF docent is on hand to tell you the story of the place. Completed in 1886 to the designs of Boston architect H. H. Richardson and in use until July 27, 1995, the former Allegheny County Jail was renovated between 1999 and 2001 to house the Family Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

A portion of one of the cell blocks has been preserved in the “Old Allegheny County Jail Museum.” The Jail Museum was created through a grant from the Drue Heinz Trust to PHLF, in cooperation with the Allegheny County Juvenile Court and Curator Ed Urban, former Deputy Warden.

The Jail Museum, which is located in Downtown Pittsburgh at 440 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, opened in 2005.

Enter the Family Court Facility through one of two entrances. In both cases, you must go through security, and NO cameras are permitted.

  • Either enter through the main Ross Street entrance.
  • Or, enter through the great courtyard arch on Fifth Avenue.

For further information––or to double-check that the Jail Museum will be open on a particular Monday, contact Mary Lu Denny: or call 412-471-5808, ext. 527.

The Multicultural Uri Gurvich Quartet opens Jazz Poetry Month

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Uri Gurvich Quartet Kinship

Sunday, May 8
7:00 pm

“Unique and hypnotic” (Stereogum
“Transcends borders” (Los Angeles Times
“Organic, exotic and unpretentiously heartfelt” (Jazz Times)

Released in 2021 Kinship, presents original work influenced by Uri Gurvich’sheritage as the son of Argentinian immigrants in Israel. Featuring a quartet of musicians from Israel, Bulgaria, Argentina, and Cuba—all performing in Pittsburgh for the first time.

Kinship celebrates tribal and familial connections between different cultures and individuals, and shares messages of global unity. The music combines the folkloric traditions while simultaneously feeling out the spaces between various traditions. All with a jazzy and improvised twist. Learn more.

This performance also features poetry collaborations with Vasyl Makhno (Ukraine), Gazmend Kapllani (Albania), and poets from the University of Iowa International Writing Program, Madhu Raghavendra (India), and Pamela Sánchez (Venezuela).

Featured Musicians: Uri Gurvich (saxophone); Leo Genovese (piano); Peter Slavov (bass); and Ronen Itzik (drums) 

Are Human Artists at Risk of Being Replaced by Computers

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Automating Art: The Good & Bad of
Technology in Art Making

Tuesday, May 3
7:00 pm

Join us for a lively cross-disciplinary conversation that questions the rising influence of AI and autonomy on the art world. This is the second installment of Art & AI lectures from CMU hosted at City of Asylum, following a rousing discussion of ethics and creativity in November 2021. You will have a unique opportunity to ask questions from experts at the top of their field.

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Experts from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon — a worldwide leader in AI — will explore the intersection of technology and creative practices like CGI & autotune, and debate their impacts on music, art, and literature. Learn more.

Featured Panelists: 

Eunsu Kang is an artist, a researcher, and an educator who explores the intersection of art and machine learning as well as the possibility of creative AI. Her works currently focus on the nascent area of AI art. She also co-founded the Women+ Art AI collective.

Richard Randall is a musician, activist, and professor at the Carnegie Mellon University, School of Music. He has published in the areas of musicology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and media and cultural studies. He created and co-directed the Pittonkatonk May Day Brass BBQ from 2014-2017. As a performer, he leads the experimental electroacoustic group, Bombici.

Garth Zeglin is a roboticist, artist, and educator with the IDeATe (Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology) program at Carnegie Mellon University. He teaches interdisciplinary design and technology practice, bringing together students from across departments to create robots and interactive machines.

This program is presented in ongoing partnership with the K&L Gates Endowment for Ethics Computational Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University.

Run time: 75 minutes + panel

Public Meeting | Update on Norfolk Southern Mediation

Monday, Apr 18, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Manchester Citizens Corporation
1319 Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Mayor Gainey, Councilman Wilson, and Councilman Lavelle will be co-hosting a public meeting on Monday, April 18 at 6:00 pm at the Manchester Citizens Corporation (1319 Allegheny Avenue).

At this meeting, elected officials, representatives from the City’s Law Department and the Department of Mobility & Infrastructure (DOMI), and the community groups that negotiated with Norfolk Southern Railway will be available to discuss the outcome of the mediation between the railroad, the City of Pittsburgh, and the community groups that recently concluded.

Registration Required: PRC Household Chemical Collection Event

Saturday, April 16, 2022
8:45 am – 1:45 pm 

PPG Paints Arena 
1001 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

PRC’s Household Chemical Collection events are registration based. This allows us to control the flow of traffic into the event, ensuring an efficient and safe experience for the public and our staff and recycling partners. Tickets are available per person.

Procedures & Fee Structure

  • $20 fee for up 10 gallons/50 lbs per vehicle*
  • All forms of payment accepted
  • All items MUST be placed in car trunk or truck bed
  • Remain in your vehicle at all times

While registration for this event is free, there is a $20 fee per vehicle load of 10 gallons/50 lbs.

*Oversized loads will be subject to additional charges at the discretion of on-site staff.

*ADDITIONAL FEES: $12 per fire extinguisher; $15 per pound of liquid mercury

Please remember to arrive on site 5-10 minutes prior to your allotted collection time. All participants who have a registered time slot are guaranteed the opportunity to turn over their materials. Those who are late will be processed when an open spot becomes available.

$20 fee covers disposal of up to 10 gallons/50 lbs of the following materials:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Automotive fluids (e.g., motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, kerosene, brake fluid)
  • Batteries & Camp fuel/small propane bottles
  • Chemistry sets & Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs: bulbs only- we do not accept fluorescent tubes)
  • E-Cigarettes
  • Gasoline and kerosene
  • Household cleaners (ammonia, drain openers, acid cleaners, oven cleaners)
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Paint products (latex, oil based, alkyd based, arts/crafts chemicals, rust preservatives, creosote, water sealers, paint thinners, furniture strippers)
  • Pesticides/garden (rodent killers, insecticides, weed killers, mothballs, fertilizer)
  • Photo & Pool chemicals & Smoke Detectors

Please note that we cannot accept any of these items in leaky containers.

Tip: To avoid spills and damage to your vehicle, never put leaky containers into your car. If possible, transfer materials to a new container. Preserve the label and place in a zippered plastic bag to keep with replacement container. If you can’t transfer the material, you can isolate the leaky item by placing it in a zippered plastic bag, plastic bucket, etc.

Materials NOT Accepted

  • Ammunition
  • Appliances
  • Commercial and industrial waste
  • Compressed gas cylinders (large grill/medical)
  • Explosives
  • Flares
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Leaking containers
  • Medical waste (including needles and sharps)
  • Prescription or non-prescription drugs
  • PCBs and dioxins
  • Radioactive materials
  • Tires

Pittsburgh Opera @ COA: Spanish Song & Poetry

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Music and the Poetry of Federico García Lorca

Tuesday, April 12
7:00 pm

Pittsburgh Opera and City of Asylum are partnering together to explore the rich traditions of global operatic music and present an evening of Spanish-language poetry and song.

The evening’s music is a suite of songs composed by Federico García Lorca and inspired by his original poetry. Music performed by the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists and poetry read by Jorge Olivera Castillo, a writer-in-residence at City of Asylum and a Research Scholar at the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director and achieved international recognition as an emblematic member of the Generation of ’27, a group consisting of mostly poets who introduced the tenets of European movements. He was murdered by Nationalist forces at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. His remains have never been found.

Northside Discount: PAPA

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Papa Art

Presented by New Hazlett Theatre CSA
April 7–8 | 8:00 pm

Journey from the farmlands of rural China to the hills of McKeesport with Bailey Lee as she celebrates her grandfather’s story! Through drama, music, and puppetry, Papa unpacks the Lee family’s memories, fantasies, and heartaches, tracing the complicated relationship between three generations of Asian Americans.



TIME SENSITIVE: Have Your Voice Be Heard

We Need Your Input

Help the City of Pittsburgh identify what the priorities should be for the 2022 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spending plan at one of our additional upcoming public meetings in April.
The 2022 Community Development Public Needs Hearings are ongoing. You can join in-person or via Zoom at the public hearings on April 13, and virtually only on April 14:

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Allegheny Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
1230 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Join Zoom Meeting:

Thursday, April 14, 2022 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Virtual Only

Join Zoom Meeting:

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Public Needs QR codeCan’t attend one of the meetings in-person or virtually? You still have an opportunity to participate and provide your input via a survey. Here’s the link to the survey, in addition to a QR code:

All current information and updates will be accessible via Engage PGH with the following link