International Reading Series: Accessing the Unknowable with Emmanuel Iduma

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

For the second installment of this year’s International Reading Series, City of Asylum welcomes Emmanuel Iduma for a reading of his memoir, "I Am Still With You: A Reckoning with Silence, Inheritance, and History." It is a story of grief and loss, of political reckoning, and of navigating life when so much of what has shaped it has become intangible. 

Synergy in Sound with Worldwide Tuning Society

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Multitalented and manifold, the members of Worldwide Tuning Society grace the Alphabet City stage for a night of uniquely exuberant music. Inspired by global roots-music and grounded by serious experience within them, Worldwide Tuning Society is a collective of diverse international performing artists and musicians dedicated to elevating spirit through sound. 

A Call Away is Still Too Far, A Night of Film with Sylvia Ryerson

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

In this moving program presented in partnership with Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (PINJ), City of Asylum hosts a screening of the new work in progress Working Films & Appalshop documentary film, Calls from Home. An intimate portrait of rural prison expansion, Calls From Home documents WMMT-FM’s longstanding radio show that sends messages over the public airwaves to reach those incarcerated in Central Appalachia.

Ukrainian Artist Series: Solomiya Ivakhiv

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

This program is the remarkable debut of our Ukrainian Artist Series, which honors the resiliency of Ukrainian people and amplifies the remarkable work of Ukrainian artists. March’s program features violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, accompanied by esteemed pianist Sung-Im Kim and celebrated Ukrainian poet Yuriy Tarnawsky.  

Story Club PGH Story Slam: Last Call

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

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 March 2023 is "Last Call." 

An Homage to Geek Culture with Joseph Earl Thomas

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

The trials of the outcast might be a tale as old as time, but never before has there been a story quite like Joseph Earl Thomas’ memoir, "Sink." In a series of exacting and fierce vignettes, Joseph guides readers through the unceasing cruelty that defined his circumstances, laying bare the depths of his loneliness and illuminating the vital reprieve geek culture offered him.