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Let’s Spin a Bedtime Story
Thursday July 30th 7:00 pm

Attention to children of all ages! The New Hazlett Theater needs your help. We’ve brought together three amazing creators to spin a brand-new tale, but they are missing some of the details. Bring your pajamas and your popcorn and join storyteller Parag S. Gohel, cartoonist Joe Wos and musician David Bernabo on The Show Must Go(Online), to help them bring this new bedtime story to life. Wos will illustrate the story live to screen with prompts from the audience. Don’t miss the collaborative adventure for the whole family.

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Grab your passports and Let’s Travel the World to China!

Children's Storytelling

Ceinwen King-Smith

Saturday, August 25th
3:00 pm

Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of storytelling with Ceinwen King-Smith.

Though she can’t prove it, Ceinwen King-Smith thinks she is the only blind American teacher to travel to China to teach Russian. She will be sharing stories and songs that she discovered during her travels in China — each a unique take on underdogs triumphing over obstacles.

Ceinwen King-Smith

Along with her stories, Ceinwen will also be singing in multiple languages. Don’t miss this inspiring afternoon of tales and music presented by a local treasure!

Children who received a passport booklet at a previous Let’s Travel The World program can bring these back to receive another collectible sticker! But it’s never too late to collect stickers, so if this will be your first time at Let’s Travel The World, be sure to ask for your sticker. Each sticker in your passport earns discounts in City of Asylum Bookstore.

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Christmas Story Hour at City Books

City Books Story Hour

Happy Holidays from City Books

Before the store closes for the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day break, join City Books for an hour of holiday literature, including local playwright and storyteller T. Scott Frank reading Clement Clarke Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. The event will be suitable for families & children of all ages.

Saturday, December 23rd, 4:00-5:00 pm. Refreshments available.

Storytelling with Award-Winning Illustrator Stacy Innerst

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Stacy Innerst

Saturday, December 9th
11:30 am

Bring the whole family to meet Golden Kite Award-winning children’s book illustrator Stacy Innerst.

Stacy Innerst

Stacy’s unique illustration style adds a playful, accessible twist to the biographies of a wide range of real-life characters. His art has represented George Gershwin, The Beatles, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Levi Strauss to name a few. His most recent book, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of RBG vs. Inequality was chosen to be a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books. This prestigious honor is awarded purely on artistic merit.

Stacy will tell stories and talk about his art and drawing — a perfect morning for the budding artist in your family! There will be a signing after the talk.

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

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Family Fun with Renowned Storyteller Marc Spiegel

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A Program for Kids and Families

Marc Spiegel

Saturday, June 17th
11:00 am

Adults and children alike will be spellbound during this unique Saturday-morning program. While entertaining with multi-cultural stories, folklore, poetry, and even a few songs, Marc Spiegel also teaches the mechanics of storytelling. Audiences become part of the story itself in his interactive program that is sure to inspire the storyteller in your family.

Marc Spiegel

Marc has performed his original stories offering a multicultural repertoire of traditional folktales for more than fourteen years. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, The International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap Farm Park, as well as off-Broadway at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater. He was a featured storyteller at the White House “Millennium on the Mall” celebration held at The Smithsonian Institute.

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Children’s Event by Visiting Brazilian Storyteller

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For Kids and Families

Storytelling with Antonio Rocha

Saturday, January 28th
11:00 am 

Antonio Rocha

Last summer we went to Japan….now we go to Brazil, as part of our journey around the world in storytelling.

Internationally acclaimed performer Antonio Rocha (Brazil) takes children and families on the “journey of lifetime” through his unique brand of animated storytelling. His program, Animalesco: Animal Tales from Around the World, entertains and educates. It is alive with realistic sound effects, wildly imaginative animal characters, and playful audience interaction. And though in English, it is peppered with Spanish and Portuguese. Kids and parents alike are delighted by Antonio’s passion and enlightened by this ecologically-themed performance.

Antonio is a recipient of the Parents Choice Gold Award and has performed at such prestigious venues as the National Storytelling Festival and The Smithsonian, and The Kennedy Center.

His show is a pure delight for all ages and not to be missed!

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Summer on Sampsonia: Family Storytelling with Kuniko Yamamoto

Summer on Sampsonia

Kuniko Yamamoto

Storytelling Fun for the Whole Family

“Origami Tales” with Kuniko Yamamoto
Saturday, August 20th
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Alphabet City Tent
318 Sampsonia Way

Take your children on a storytelling trip around the world. Launching this new series is storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto.

Kuniko Yamamoto combines charming Japanese folktales with traditional Japanese musical instruments, magical masks, origami and mime to create storytelling that will have audience spellbound in their seats. Using origami, music and audience participation, Kuniko provides a magical entry into Japanese culture. In her unique show “Origami Tales” mythological character masks & puppets, amazing flowers and a dragon (all made from origami) set the stage while Kuniko shares heartfelt stories from ancient Japan.

Kuniko is an internationally renowned performer who has graced such venues as The Kennedy Center and Disney’s Epcot Center. Expect boundless imagination out of simple paper folding and uplifting world of storytelling.

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Open Streets Pittsburgh Coming to Allegheny West

Submitted by Ngani Ndimbie of Bike Pittsburgh

What if you could close down a few city streets, and use it for a few hours of good, healthy, family fun?

Open Streets July 2016

Well, you’d have OpenStreetsPGH!

On Sunday, July 31st, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, OpenStreetsPGH is coming to the Northside and West End! Organized by Bike Pittsburgh and presented by Highmark Inc and the Colcom Foundation, OpenStreetsPGH is an event series that connects neighborhoods by creating temporarily car-free spaces where people can be active. Local businesses are encouraged to take over the sidewalks while everyone can freely enjoy the streets. And the idea is catching on in Pittsburgh: 20,000 people attended the May OpenStreetsPGH held on Butler St and Penn Ave and thousands more participated in June.

Get ready to experience familiar Northside streets as never before – free from car traffic. The third and final OpenStreetsPGH event of 2016 will allow everyone to join the fun and reclaim the streets as places to walk, bike, shop, skate and play. The three-mile route will span from Market Square in Downtown, across the Clemente Bridge, over to Western Ave, across the West End Bridge to Main Street in the West End. A car-free West End Bridge will provide an unbeatable view of Downtown Pittsburgh for people of all ages to enjoy. “We’re calling it our City of Bridges route,” remarked Bike Pittsburgh Executive Director Scott Bricker.

Three programming hubs along the route will offer 12 free, family-friendly fitness classes, including pilates from Physique Rx’d, basketball with the Pittsburgh Bullets, as well as classes such as yoga and Zumba, provided by the YMCA.

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Free Days at The Warhol

Free Days at the Warhol

Buncher Family Free Days
March 24, 25 and 26 at 10am

Join us for three free days of museum admission during Pittsburgh Public Schools’ spring break week, sponsored by The Jack Buncher Foundation. Activities include art making in The Factory and family-friendly tours.

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Carnegie Science Center: National Parks Adventure Day

Celebrate the grand opening of National Parks Adventure with an event all about the great outdoors.

National Parks Adventure, a new giant-screen film experience from MacGillivray Freeman Film, will play at Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater this winter and spring. The film, shown on Pittsburgh’s biggest screen, commemorates the U.S. National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary through breath-taking images of America’s natural treasures. Come inside, and fall in love with nature!

Find out more about the Grand Opening HERE