David Wright Faladé & Patrick Rosal Reading

City of Asylum @ Home

Award winning writers Patrick Rosal and David Wright Faladé join us in virtual conversation to celebrate the launch of their new works, Faladé’s novel Black Cloud Rising and Rosal’s poetry collection The Last Thing.

Cole Arthur Riley: “This Here Flesh”

City of Asylum @ Home

Cole Arthur Riley is a Pittsburgh raised writer and creator of Black Liturgies (@blackliturgies), daily spiritual reflections on Instagram. Cole joins City of Asylum to read from her debut collection, This Here Flesh, which weaves stories from three generations of her family to discover the “necessary rituals” that connect us with our belonging, dignity, and liberation.

World Jazz with Tomchess & Ravi Padmanabha

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh

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. 

Global Choral Traditions with the Mendelssohn Choir

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh

The Mendelssohn Choir invites you to Alphabet City to explore the rich traditions of global choral music with local artists. Participants will learn about specific cultural song traditions, and have the opportunity to sing songs from within those traditions. It’s an interactive concert like no other! And no singing experience required. 

StorySlam

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh

Take part in the new series of monthly storytelling with Story Club Pgh, City of Asylum, and this month in partnership with the World Affairs Council & City Theatre.
Storytelling is a tradition that spans across cultures, countries, and centuries. Storytelling traditions span across cultures, countries, and centuries. Stories bring us together to experience joy, wonderment, and intrigue—and they allow us to build deeper empathy and understanding.

Wil Haygood & Emmai Alaquiva

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh

Film historian and writer Wil Haygood visits City of Asylum to discuss his newest book “Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World. Wil is joined in conversation by Pittsburgh filmmaker and activist Emmai Alaquiva.

AfroHORN

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh

AfroHORN is a 5-piece big band project conceived by drummer and composer Francisco Mora-Catlett. It is a coming together of masterful and highly-acclaimed musicians who explore the musical connections between the Caribbean, America, Africa, and Latin America.

Reaching for the Moon Presented by ReelQ Film Festival

City of Asylum @ Home

This sumptuous English-language ‘50s piece recounts the mid-life years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop (play by Mirando Otto, Lord of the Rings), when she left America to live and write in Rio de Janiero. In Brazil Bishop would also fall in love with well-off architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities between the pair make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her.