viernes, 23 de febrero de 2018

Oscar Peñas: Jazz Appreciation Month

April 10 | Cabaret at Theater Square

Trained as a classical guitarist in Spain before studying jazz in the US, Peñas’ fluid combination of jazz traditions with Spanish folk influences and Brazilian grooves is distinct and widely appealing. The Barcelona native is joined by his New York-based rhythm section of eight years.

Enter promo code JONES to purchase tickets before 
they go on sale to the public Friday, March 2 at 9 am.

jueves, 22 de febrero de 2018



Upcoming events:



Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)

University Center for International Studies (UCIS)

University of Pittsburgh

4200 Wesley W. Posvar Hal

Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Office: 412-648-7392

Fax: 412-648-2199


miércoles, 21 de febrero de 2018

PEDRITO MARTINEZ will be performing at this year’s Pittsburgh InternatIonal Jazz Festival!

PEDRITO MARTINEZ will be performing at this year's Pittsburgh InternatIonal Jazz Festival! June 15-17, 2018! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Pedro Pablo "Pedrito" Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept 12, 1973. Having settled in New York City in the fall of 1998, by 2000, he had been awarded the Thelonius Monk Award for Afro-Latin Hand Percussion and was featured in the documentary film, Calle 54.

Pedrito has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D'Rivera, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting and has contributed, as a percussionist and vocalist, to over 50 albums. Mr. Martinez was also a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, with which he recorded two albums and toured the world.

Pedrito's career as a leader began in 2005 with the formation in NYC of The Pedrito Martinez Group. The group's Grammy-nominated first album was released October, 2013 and was chosen among NPR's Favorite Albums of 2013 and The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums of 2013.

Habana Dreams, PMG's second album, was released in June 2016. Guests include, Ruben Blades, Isaac Delgado, Wynton Marsalis, Descemer Bueno, Roman Diaz, Angelique Kidjo, and Telmary Diaz. Accolades for Habana Dreams include #1 Latin Jazz Album in NPR's Jazz Critics Top Jazz Albums for 2016 and being named among Boston Globe World Music Albums for 2016.

The shape of water

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water at McConomy this weekend!


Freshman Loteria Night!

***For freshmen only!!!!


Hey SALSA Fam!


Jackie and I (Kate) are hosting our Loteria this coming Friday from 5-6pm in PH A19A. Come through because we've got good company, homemade rice and beans, and pizza! The whole point of this loteria is to get to know our freshmen members better so the winner of the loteria will be treated to a dinner at a local Hispanic restaurant by us (SALSA Freshmen reps).


Depending on interest and attendance we can plan to host another social. If you want to do anything specific or have ideas for SALSA events let us know this Friday!


See y'all then!

Katelyn Liston

BS, Chemical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon, Class of 2021




Spanish And Latin Student Association
Carnegie Mellon University

martes, 20 de febrero de 2018

Poetry + Schubert Lieder, March 13


"A Stranger I Arrived, A Stranger I Departed":
Winter's Journey in Poetry and Song

Tuesday, March 13th
8 p.m. 

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
40 W. North Avenue



With its themes of alienation, exile, obsession, and lost love, Franz Schubert's great 19th-century song cycle Winterreise (Winter's Journey) speaks to our current social and political moment in moving and startling ways.  

Three Pittsburgh poets (Lori Jakiela, Sheila Carter-Jones, and Adriana E. Ramirez) will give readings of new work responding to the first twelve songs of the cycle. This program will also feature live performances of the corresponding songs performed by baritone Daniel Teadt and pianist Benjamin Binder.



Featured Writers:

Lori Jakiela is the author of four memoirs, including Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe, which received the 2016 William Saroyan Prize for International Writing from Stanford University. Her latest book, Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker, was completed during a City of Asylum residency in Brussels, Belgium — an experience for which she will always be grateful. She is also the author of a full-length poetry collection, Spot the Terrorist, and five poetry chapbooks. She directs the undergraduate writing program at Pitt-Greensburg and teaches community and veterans writing workshops in her hometown, Trafford, PA, where she lives with her husband, the writer Dave Newman, and their children. Her author website is

Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian writer, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016), and in 2016 she was named Critic at Large for the Los Angeles Times Book Section. Her essays and poems have also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksGuernica/PEN AmericaLiterary HubConvolutionHEArt, Apogee, and on Once a nationally ranked slam poet, she cofounded the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective and continues to perform on stages around the country. She and novelist Angie Cruz founded Aster(ix) Journal, a literary journal giving voice to the censored and the marginalized. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner.

Sheila L. Carter-Jones taught in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and in Chatham University's and the University of Pittsburgh's Education Departments. She earned her BA from Carnegie Mellon University and both an M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a fellow of Cave Canem, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and a Walter Dakins Fellow of the 2015 Sewanee Writer's Conference. Her poetry has been published in Crossing Limits, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pennsylvania Review, Tri-State Anthology, Riverspeak, Flights: The Literary Journal of Sinclair College, Coal: A Poetry Anthology, City Paper, Cave Canem Anthology, Jewish Currents and Voices from the Attic. She has a chapbook entitled Blackberry Cobbler Song and her manuscript Three Birds Deep was selected by Elizabeth Alexander as the 2012 winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Book Award. Her recent chapbook Crooked Star Dream Book was named runner-up for the 2013 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. Currently, Sheila is working on a new manuscript of poems tentatively entitled The Newly Invented Lucky Star Dream Book and a memoir yet to be titled.


Featured Musicians:

Benjamin Binder, pianist and musicologist, is Associate Professor of Music at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music. He holds a master's degree in piano performance from Washington University and a Ph.D. in musicology from Princeton University. His scholarly work on 19th-century German Romantic song has been published in Nineteenth-Century Music ReviewJournal of the American Musicological SocietyCurrent MusicologyMusic Theory Online, and the volume Rethinking Schubert. In 2016, his script for Thomas Hampson's Song: Mirror of the World public radio series was broadcast nationwide on the WFMT Radio Network. Hailed as "a marvelous lieder pianist" (Pittsburgh Tribune Review), Dr. Binder has accompanied vocal and instrumental recitals throughout North America and serves as artistic director of the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative. He has also been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and a performing participant in the Cleveland Institute of Music Art Song Festival.

Daniel Teadt has garnered international acclaim for his work on the opera and recital stage. A distinguished baryton-Martin, Mr Teadt has appeared in major opera houses and concert halls in the US, Europe and South America as well as engagements with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony in addition to his performance on a Grammy Award-winning recording with the London Symphony Orchestra. A passionate advocate for art songs and new music his recital collaborations include appearances with the Festival d'Aix-en-provençe, Ravinia Festival, San Francisco Opera Schwabacher Debut series, Music In A Great Space Recital Series, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, New York Festival of Song and Lyric Fest. He has recorded with EMI Classics and Naxos. Mr Teadt is a Professor Of Music at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches Voice and English Literature and Repertoire.


All floors of Alphabet City are wheelchair accessible and there is a reserved parking spot.  Thanks to the generous support of RAD, we also have hearing assistive systems available for all programs, by advance request.



At City of Asylum, we want our events to be welcoming and accessible to all people. 
 If you have questions or are in need of accommodations, please contact us.  


Plus... a Special Offer from Pittsburgh Opera!



Pittsburgh Opera is happy to offer supporters of City of Asylum 20% off tickets to Ashes & Snow—a dramatic re-interpretation of Franz Schubert's famous Winterreise song cycle. (ONLY THREE PERFORMANCES LEFT!)

If you visit then the promo code POCOA will be pre-applied with the discount. If you have any questions, please contact

Ashes & Snow, a Pittsburgh Opera world premiere, is a journey to a Dante-esque underworld directed by the award-winning Jonathan Moore and is based on Wilhelm Müller's 24 poem cycle used as the text for Franz Schubert's famous Winterreise ("Winter Journey"). Set in the present day, and unfolding in a run-down motel room in the desert of the American West, Ashes & Snow tells an anguished story of lost love through a single dramatic monologue, sung here by Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist tenor Eric Ferring. The protagonist must confront his demons and face up to everything he has done and all he has lost in his life.  

Sung in English with supertitles projected above the stage so you'll understand every world! (This production contains brief nudity.) 


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lunes, 19 de febrero de 2018


In celebration of the tenth year of presenting Salsa Friday dances, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Salsa Pittsburgh are excited to offer SALSA TUESDAYS featuring FREE Salsa dance lessons during February and March at the Cabaret at Theater Square to anyone interested in learning the basics and beyond! RSVP on our website.