Dialogues Reading Presented by Chatham University MFA

City of Asylum @ Home

"Dialogues" is Chatham's annual conversation around socially relevant themes, these year featuring the theme HOME. This program features Malcolm Friend, Adriana Ramirez, & Angela Velez reading their work and discussing Sandra Cisneros’ "The House on Mango Street," a seminal text in the exploration of home.

Love Unlimited Trio

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

A J Johnson's Love Unlimited Trio features cellist Akua Dixon, multi-instrumentalist Salim Washington (oboe, flute, bass clarinet), and multi-instrumentalist and leader A J Johnson (trombone, tuba, bass clarinet). In sharing and rotating the musical responsibilities, Love Unlimited is a model for collaborative work and play. The trio's music extends from funk to jazz to the church. Where there is Love Unlimited, joy follows.

In-Dialogue series Presented by the #notwhite collective

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

The series reimagines the past and present history of the arts sector by engaging and presenting the wealth of experience, strategies, and tactics of the global majority, notwhite descendants, inheritors of colonialism, indigenous and immigrants who navigate a predominantly white arts sector. 

Story Slam with Story Club PGH

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Join City of Asylum and Story Club Pgh for a new monthly nonfiction storytelling series, mixing the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater. With featured performers and open mic storytellers. February's theme: For the love of the game 

Diasaters Vol.1 Album Release

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Mostly Other People Do the Killing is a group founded on the idea that jazz should be enormous fun. They de-construct jazz standards and weave the remnants into new compositions that the quartet rips into with zest. 

AJ Five Quintet: Songs for Tomorrow

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

An evening of original music composed by Dr. Aaron J. Johnson.  Dr. AJ's music reflects a wide spectrum of the black experience. Ranging from the Carnival to field hollers and from fellowship to desperate longing, this music is drenched with blues and funk, but also expresses the hopes and strength of the struggle for social justice and human rights. 

“Cost of Living” Presented by the Center for BioEthics & Health Law

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

In her early career, Emily Maloney worked as an emergency room technician: a job undertaken to pay off the crippling medical debt brought about by years spent in and out of hospitals and doctor’s offices while grappling with life-changing depression.  Doing the grunt work in a hospital, and taking care of patients at their most vulnerable moments, Emily chronicles her interactions and offers  a brilliant examination of just what exactly our troubled healthcare system asks us to pay.

World Jazz with Tomchess & Ravi Padmanabha

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Joined by bassist Eli Namay, the trio is inspired by sounds of Near Eastern music, free-jazz, and world roots. They create sounds that cross genres and do not exist in typical musical spaces. Their goal is to share rich audience experiences that reach deeper into the nuance of life and listening in the 21st century global culture.