Jazz Poetry Concert & Collaboration

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

This special program presents a jazz concert featuring Mat Maneri (performing with the ASH Quartet). The jazz set is followed by a jazz and poetry collaboration with poet Denver Butson and four poets from our partnership with the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, Busisiwe Mahlangu, Saba Hamzah, Yashika Graham, and Tammy Lai-Ming Ho. 

Celebrating the Global Majority with The #notwhite collective

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

In this program, we welcome back the #notwhite collective as they express the hybridized and multifaceted aspects of self-defined liberation. They will be celebrating their recently released book A Future Artefact of the Global Majority: a book that catalogs the #notwhite collective’s journey, vision, members, and work spanning their first six years— 2016–2022.

Alphabet City Kids: Story Hour with Jack Wong

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Following along with our ongoing Alphabet City Kids series, this youth centered program offers story time with Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winning author/illustrator Jack Wong, as he celebrates the release of his new picture book The Words We Share. The story hour will be followed by an engagement activity and a Q&A with Jack.

Writing the Anti-Hero: In-Conversation with Guy Gunaratne

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

This hybrid program features acclaimed author Guy Gunaratne, who will be livestreamed in for the reading and conversation. They will discuss Guy’s latest novel Mister, Mister, a blazingly propulsive novel following a captured jihadist and poet-preacher as he recounts his path to international notoriety. 

Story Club PGH Story Slam: Unexpected

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

To live is to tell stories. Embracing that truth, Story Club Pittsburgh (created by the former producers of The Moth Pittsburgh), organizes and hosts a monthly nonfiction storytelling series at City of Asylum. The theme for October 2023 is Unexpected. 

A Night of Genre-Blending Jazz with Oscar Peñas

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

In this concert we welcome Oscar Peñas and his quartet as they share Oscar’s new album, Chicken or Pasta. This is Oscar’s sixth self-produced album as a leader and features Sara Caswell, Motohito Fukushima, and Richie Barshay, as well as special guests Mike Stern and Greg Leisz.

Reel Q Reel Stories: León

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Reel Stories is a free monthly film series dedicated to showcasing international queer cinema presented in partnership with Reel Q, Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival. October’s screening presents León, a film by Andi Nachon & Papu Curotto.

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