Chautauqua Institution: Salman Rushdie & Henry Reese

Chautauqua Institution: Amphitheater & CHQ Assembly

One of the most celebrated authors of our time, Salman Rushdie is the author of 14 novels, four works of nonfiction and a collection of short stories, in addition to serving as co-editor of two anthologies. Rushdie returns to Chautauqua Institution for a special Chautauqua Lecture Series event exploring the Week Seven theme of “More than Shelter,” joined by Henry Reese, co-founder of the Pittsburgh nonprofit City of Asylum—the largest residency program in the world for writers living in exile under threat of persecution—for a discussion of the United States as asylum for writers and other artists in exile and as a home for freedom of creative expression.


Chautauqua Institution: A Panel Discussion Featuring City of Asylum Artists

Chautauqua Institution: Hall of Philosophy

What does it mean to build a home in a new country? What if you were forced to flee the home country of your youth simply because using your voice and speaking your mind was a criminal act? In an afternoon of intimate readings and discussions, the artists-in-residence at City of Asylum Pittsburgh will share with us what these questions mean to their lived experiences.

This event will be a natural continuation of the Chautauqua Lecture Series of that morning with Salman Rushdie and Henry Reese, the co-founder of the City of Asylum Pittsburgh.


Off Minor Jazz Series: Jimmy Heath

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Jimmy Heath is one of the great triple threats of jazz: a world-class saxophonist, composer, and arranger. In August, the Off Minor Jazz series offers an evening of Master Heath’s music, drawing on all parts of his long career. 
This concert features a quintet with a trumpet and alto saxophone frontline playing arrangements by Lynn Speakman. Discussions related to Jimmy Heath’s autobiography, I Walked with Giants, sprinkle in throughout the set.

Story Club PGH Story Slam: Heat of the Moment

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Join City of Asylum and Story Club Pittsburgh for a new monthly nonfiction storytelling series, mixing the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater. Organized and hosted by the former producers of The Moth Pittsburgh. 
Every show has both spontaneous tellers and featured performers, all taking the stage to share stories based on a theme.

Kente All-Stars II. Presented by Kente Arts Alliance

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Kente All-Stars II rounds out Kente’s Summer Madness Series and its spotlight on renowned jazz musicians from the region. This all-star formation includes three of Pittsburgh’s most recognized and favored artists: Dwayne Dolphin, bass; Tom Wendt, drums; and Alton Merrill, piano. Joining them as their special guest is alto saxophonist Antonio Hart.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras & Elaine Castillo

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

A grandfather who was said to move clouds with his mind…his daughter who lost her memory in a childhood accident and began to see and hear the dead…and his daugter’s daughter, Ingrid, who lost her memory in an accident at twenty-three and unlike her mother, returned with no supernatural gifts…  NY Times best selling author Ingrid Rojas Contreras dives into her own family history in her new memoir, The Man Who Could Move Clouds, and explores the meaning of inheritance, healing, and the power of story.
Joined in conversation by Elaine Castillo, whose new collection of essays, How to Read Now, delves into the politics and ethics of reading and insists that we are capable of something better: a more engaged relationship not just with our fiction and our art, but with our buried and entangled histories. 

Bunker Projects Panel: Home/Making

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Art is often characterized as a “labor of love”—working artists are often challenged with professional precarity yet expected to commit entirely to their craft. Grants, residencies, galleries, and museums support such cultural workers but often overlook the unique needs of and demands faced by one important group: parent artists. 
In this panel, Alisha B. Wormsley and Lenka Clayton, two Pittsburgh-based mothers and working artists, address the unique needs of parent artists in different ways. Moderated by Bunker Projects’ board member Tara Fay Coleman, an artist and mother herself, Wormsley and Clayton discuss how they navigate these roles in their studios, homes, and the residency programs they run.


Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Errata is a contemporary jazz trio that moves between highly formalized composition and intuitive improvisation. Formed in 2017 in Chicago by guitarist, cellist, and composer Ishmael Ali and rounded out by close friends Eli Namay and Bill Harris, the trio combines elements of jazz, 20th-century classical music, and improvised music with rhythmic language influenced by Steve Lehman and Henry Threadgill. Their music exists between discernibility and noise, regularity and irregularity. A listening experience for all styles of jazz fans. 

Maud Newton & Geeta Kothari: Writing About Family

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Maud Newton’s ancestors have vexed and fascinated her since she was a girl. Her mother’s father, who came of age in Texas during the Great Depression, was said to have married thirteen times and been shot by one of his wives. Her mother’s grandfather killed a man with a hay hook and died in an institution. An ancestor was accused of being a witch in Puritan-era Massachusetts. In her debut book, Ancestor Trouble, Newton uses genealogy—a once-niche hobby that has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry—to expose the secrets and contradictions of her own family and to argue for the transformational possibilities of reclaiming and reckoning with our ancestors. 
In conversation with Geeta Kothari.

Jonathan Presented by ReelQ Film Festival

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Jonathan spends his days caring for his father, Burghardt, who is terminally ill. Burghardt’s outlook is bleak until an old friend, Ron, shows up, and Jonathan learns that his father and Ron were perhaps more than just friends. Can Jonathan come to terms with his father’s sexuality? Will newly revealed truths bring a father and son together or tear them apart? Released in 2017, Jonathan is a beautifully shot German film that was awarded the Audience Award (Best Gay Film) at the Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival as well as the Jury Prize (First Feature) at the San Francisco LGBT International Film Festival.

Dubravka Ugrešić: Thank you for Not Reading

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Thank You for Not Reading is a biting critique of book publishing: agents, subagents, and scouts, supermarket-like bookstores, Joan Collins, book fairs that have little to do with books, and authors promoted because of sex appeal instead of merit.  Nowadays, the best strategy for young authors wanting to publish is to become famous in some other capacity first. Ugrešić argues that the cultural forces like listicles and celebrity book clubs, the publishing machine neglects literature in favor of accessible, entertaining books for the masses.

Poetry’s Geographies

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Poetry’s Geographies is an anthology of translations featuring some of the most prominent poet-translators from both sides of the Atlantic. It’s not only a collection of gorgeous poetry in translation, it’s also a series of essays on the craft of translation that foregrounds the role of translators as bridge-builders and activists. 
The collection is organized around the translators, with essays discussing the poetics and politics of their translations.