Join us for our one year anniversary celebration!!!



The Main Event:


  element 5

Thurs Sept 11th
@ Club Havana

One Year Anniversary!!!
Sat Sept 13th | 10pm-5am
@ Shadow Lounge

Thurs Sept 18th
@ Club Havana



We are dedicated to bringing out the soul of grassroots culture in the city of bridges and helping build a community interconnected with the elements beneath the surface. Our goal is to promote collective creativity through a fluid intersection of people, places, ideas and vibrations. In doing so, we seek to connect independent arts and culture to the urban development of Pittsburgh and unlock the potential energy through the poetry of people in motion....



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new   Sept 4th, 2003 Update Another week, another update. Lots of good art. music, and theater happening over the next week. Explore & enjoy. Our webhacks are still in the process of implementing phase II of our website update. It's been quite an effort taking everyone's feedback, suggestions, and emails but that's what this website is all about.  It's largely the product of your ideas. We do not solicit nor do we accept any advertising or revenue for this website.  element 5  is a community-based collective.  Your continued feedback is important to us as we continually  improve our website to bring you up to date cultural and community info.  Please feel free to drop us a message anytime -  .  We look forward to seeing you all at our one year anniversary show, Sat Sept 13th at the Shadow Lounge. Keep your good vibes strong!


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Event Picks of the Week [Sept 4th - Sept 10th]:

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  Thurs Sept 11th


Thurs Sept 11th
Free w/ Donations Accepted | 8pm-midnight @ Club Café 56-58 S 12th St by E Carson [ Southside ]. Info: 412-298-3432 or or
This is a big week with many important events -- but one is so special that it stands alone in an invite to you. Expected presenters include James C. Roddey, Dan Onorato, plus Rev. Lynn Brodie and a recent songwriter of the year, Dave Nachmanoff. Dave is touring with Al Stewart and plays a the wine and food festival at Hartwood the next night. Pittsburgh's Anne Feeney will introduce Dave. This unique event mixes music, public policy, and community unity, given the 9-11 date. A simple 2-up brochure, http://S6.CLOH.Org/911/handout-2up2.pdf of the open invite can be pass to friends, neighbors, co-workers. Must be 21. Donations accepted on entry and exit, but ticket cost is $0.

Thurs Sept 11th  -  Deep House night
FREE | 10pm @ Club Havana 5744 Ellsworth Ave [ Shadyside ]. Info: 412-661-2025

Weekly Deep House night and other groovy soulful music courtesy of resident DJ DC Space and your host Jason C. Weekly guest DJs representing the best in soulful dance music with a touch of class and a down to earth vibe. $2 Yuengling / $3 well drink special


  Fri Sept 12th

Fri Sept 12th
Free | 5-7pm @ The Wood Street Galleries 601 Wood Street Above the "T" station [ Downtown ]. Info: 412-471-5605 x 2 or
Wood Street Galleries, a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents After Image on Friday, September 12 through October 25, 2003. This group show, curated by Murray Horne, features installation works by artists who employ LED (light-emitting diode) as a primary material. Participating artists include Erwin Redl, Leo Villareal and Jim Campbell. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, September 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Austrian-born Erwin Redl will debut FLOW, commissioned by Wood Street Galleries. FLOW is a mesmerizing large-scale installation placed in eight windows (measuring 28' by 6') of the Wood Street "T" station building facing Liberty Avenue. FLOW will be exhibited through March 2005 to coincide with the end of the Carnegie International. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jim Campbell has exhibited at the Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco, as well as Whitney Biennial 2002. David Bonetti of the San Francisco Chronicle has written about Campbell's work: "Jim Campbell is one of the smartest artists using technology in the Bay Area...What distinguishes his work is that he pays as much attention to the visual effects his works create as to the technology that makes them possible. Among works of technologically based art, his are uniquely appealing in an aesthetic sense." Leo Villareal is a graduate from New York University and Yale University and has exhibited work at the Sandra Gering Gallery in New York, Mexico City's Museo de Arte Moderno, and The Armory Show 2001. ""Leo Villareal exploits the mystery that technology can offer,"" writes Curator and Director of Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art Michael Rush. ""Although he is full master of his interactive technologies, his work allows for wonder and imagined universes.

Fri Sept 12th - Photography Exhibit + Artist Talk: The Garden Inside
Free | 6:30-9:30pm @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers 477 Melwood Ave [ N Oakland ]. Info: 412-681-54449 or
Black and White Photography by Sue Abramson. Pinhole Photography by Christina Labrise. Text by Sherrie Flick and Artist Books by Christina Worsing. Opening Reception

Fri Sept 12th - Art Opening: Surreal Images of Home - New Paintings Drawings, Film and Video by Kathleen Lolley
Free | 7pm-10pm @ The Garfield Artworks 4931 Penn Ave [ Garfield ]. Info: 412-951-0622 or
Inspired by her time away from home, Kathleen Lolley’s work depicts characters and stories that are playfully unusual. Two-dimensional figures painted on old parchment appear to be part of a complex story- as if the characters escaped the pages that bound them and froze again in the air of reality. The simple, child-like images clearly translate very mature subjects reminiscent of Eastern European folklore. After a childhood split between Kentucky and Pittsburgh, melding backwater sentiments with urban culture and ideas came naturally when Kathleen moved to the West Coast. She traveled to Los Angeles five years ago to attend CalArts for animation, where she experimented with handcrafted stop motion characters. In addition to working on various commercial animations including Nickelodeon’s Sponge Bob Squarepants, Kathleen has created a handful of short films, which will be projected at the opening reception, The artist ultimately came back to her art- and her roots- and has been showing her work at independent galleries across the U.S. Most recently, Kathleen was very well received in Austin, Texas and at this summer’s San Diego Comic Book Convention. Consequently, she has created an entirely new collection for Pittsburgh. Other achievement of Ms. Lolley’s include: illustrating a children’s book entitled Jackie the Angel, contributing to Kramers Ergot 2002; a graphic comic book collection, participating in Los Angeles’ underground art community Cannibal Flower that features renegade artists in various venues in the LA area, winning second place in the juried Vancouver Effects and Animation Inc Festival and participating in the Hiroshima International Festival in Japan.

Fri Sept 12th - Good Fridays: @ the warhol: The Karl Hendricks Trio and Silkworm
$5 | 7 pm @ The Andy Warhol Museum 117 Sandusky Rd [ Northside ]. Info: 412.237.8300
Long-time Pittsburgh rock band, The Karl Hendricks Trio, celebrates the release of their seventh album, entitled, The Jerks Win Again (Merge Records). They will be joined by Chicago-based band, Silkworm. Silkworm has been making unusual, evocative, weirdly stimulating and occasionally brutal rock music for over 15 years. With roots in Missoula, Montana and a long history in Seattle, the band now calls Chicago home.

Fri Sept 12th - SALVO ROCKS
$10 Donation Suggested | 8pm-midnight @ Mr. Smalls Funhouse 400 Lincoln Ave [ Millvale ]. Info: 412-243-5025
In 2003, a diverse group of creative individuals working in various types of reclaimed, recycled and reused materials united to form SALVO (Salvage Artists Linking Venues & Opportunities), with the goal of creating a forum to link artists with salvage materials and other artists working in this genre. SALVO has worked with GroundZero, Construction Junction and others to start a group and get it moving. The group has been meeting and working towards organizing a Salvage Arts Festival that will take place October 18th and 19th at Construction Junction. The festival will involve a salvage art show, workshops, installation art creation, music etc. The long term goal for SALVO is to create a permanent salvage arts organization with its own facilities. The second day of the festival will be a design charrette devoted to the development of SALVOs future. SALVO is just getting started and we are still looking for volunteers who want to be involved in the festival and the future of the project. Our fall festival is quickly approaching and there are lots of opportunities to get involved. Please come out this Friday and learn more about the project, have a drink, hear some music and support environmentally conscious and culturally progressive salvage art.

Fri Sept 12th  -  SAUCE!
FREE | 10pm @ Ray's Marlin Beach Grill & Lounge 5121 Butler Street [ Lawrenceville ].
Check out one of the funkiest, hip shaking nights to hit the city in a while.  Soulful. Funky. Warm vibes all around. w/ element 5 favorite DJ Ed Umm.  Hosted by Christina & Kelly from Milk Records. FREE! Good Food + Drinks!

Fri Sept 12th  -  Hip Hop Cafe Series
$5 | 10pm-2am @ The Shadow Lounge 5972 Baum Blvd [ East Liberty ]. Info: 412-363-8277 or
Weekly Deep House night and other groovy soulful music courtesy of resident DJ DC Space and your host Jason C. Weekly guest DJs representing the best in soulful dance music with a touch of class and a down to earth vibe. $2 Yuengling / $3 well drink special

Fri Sept 12th  -  Funk, Soul & Rare grooves
FREE | 10pm @ Club Havana 5744 Ellsworth Ave [ Shadyside ]. Info: 412-661-2025

With element 5 DJ Selecta with guest DJs spinning a wide variety of groovy soulful music.

Fri Sept 12th  -  Reggae, Dub, and Dancehall
$2 | 10pm @ Pub. I.G. 328 Atwood St [ Oakland ]. Info: 412-682-1900

Every Fridays but Currently Closed for Renovations. Feat. The Reggae Bus Crew. DJs spinning the Deepest Dub and the Roots Reggae. Chill atmosphere. Every Friday

  Sat Sept 13th

Sat Sept 13th
- Art Opening: PRESENCES feat. Terra Cotta and Plaster Sculpture by New York Artist: TATIANA MAMAEVA
Free | 6-9 pm @ The Box Heart Gallery 4523 Liberty Ave [ Bloomfield ]. Info: 412-687-8858
Mamaeva admires the beauty and grace of human nature, and beauty in _expression of the human body. Mamaeva is guided by a symbol, an idea. Often, this results in elongated stylized figures or semi-abstract representations. Mamaeva is convinced that in order to have "full life" sculptures have to be seen.

Sat Sept 13th - How to Self-Publish Seminar + Writing Workshop
$50 registration fee (includes book) | 1-5pm @ Friends Meeting House 4836 Ellsworth Ave [ Shadyside ]. Info: 0 or
Learn to Publish Your Own Book. REJECTION SCHMECTION. Learn how to start your own press, get your book into bookstores, promotion, and of course, what not to do. boice-Terrel Allen, author/publisher of two novels, Janet Hurst and The Daughters of a Mother, will show you how. Plus a Writing Workshop: The smart writer works both sides of their brain. In addition to the business side of writing, you’ll flex your creative muscles with a workshop that will benefit both the fiction and non-fiction writers. The seminar concludes with a book reading from boice-Terrel Allen.

Sat Sept 13th - The Mama Spell Comedy Cabaret presents SPECIAL PEOPLE
$6 | 8:00pm @ The Quiet Storm 5430 Penn Ave [ Gerfield / Friendship ]. Info: 412-661-9355 or
Make your own 3-D glasses in order to see what Mama wants you to see at this local Pittsburgh café and hotspot. Laugh, cry, and get madness all over you with Mama and her wild cabaret. Be among the first to say that you have seen the likes of Pony and Monkey right up close. "Mama’s cabaret works because Mama can come across as sincere as one of the Bush’s first ladies, or a Reagan-era anti-drug commercial. And almost as funny. Because the fact is, Mama’s really, really funny -- like a cross between June Cleaver, Liz Taylor and Absolutely Fabulous." -- Justin Hopper, Pittsburgh City Paper

Sat Sept 13th  -  Jazz in the House
FREE | 10pm @ Club Havana 5744 Ellsworth Ave [ Shadyside ]. Info: 412-661-2025

Let your resident DC space take you on a jazz oddessy in nu dance music. Soulful.

Sat Sept 13th  -  CRASH!
$5 | 10pm-2am @ The Shadow Lounge 5972 Baum Blvd [ East Liberty ]. Info: 412-363-8277 or
The ever popular afterhours featuring free waffle buffet with all the fixings Waffles made fresh on the spot by the one and only DJ SMI, spinning some straight up soulful and downtempo. BYOB.

Sat Sept 13th  -  Salsa
$7 | 10pm-2am @ Cozumel 5505 Walnut St [ Shadyside ]. Info:
Shake your hips to the sounds of Tropa Orchestral


  Sun Sept 14th

Sun Sept 14th - THE SPOKEN MIC! Presented by the Cometry Crew
$3 | 7-9pm @ The Quiet Storm 5430 Penn Ave [ Gerfield / Friendship ]. Info: 412-661-9355 or
This event will truly be a comfortable, elegant event to bring your creative writings and a friend into a forum of writers from all over the tri-state area (poets, songwriters, singers, short-story tellers, etc.). We do not want any of you to miss this event. Come out and enjoy the delicious coffees and teas or something off of our new menu... Our short-order cook will challenge your appetite. We have lite music and games for you to be a part of. And of course, KL will be there to keep you laughing and listening to best writings Pittsburgh has to offer. Plus, you will have the chance to meet with many Pittsburgh Icons and supporters who have assisted many artist to grow. So come out and enjoy this evening with me, KL and the rest of the city of Pittsburgh and you will, without a doubt, enjoy yourself. Also, is the play "Out Run the Rain" by New Horizon Theater which begins this week... Come and check us Pittsburgh artists out! Supporting Art is Supporting Peace!

Sun Sept 14th   -   Bros. Peck Jazz Satellite
$3 | 10pm-1am @ The Shadow Lounge 5972 Baum Blvd [ East Liberty ]. Info: 412-363-8277 or
Live Jazz. Good Coffee. ‘nuff said.

Sun Sept 14th   -   THE ALL STAR GAME
$2 | 10pm-2am @ Pub. I.G. 328 Atwood St [ Oakland ]. Info: 412-682-1900

Every Sunday but currently closed for renovations. This night brings out the best of the best DJs spinning deep house, old soul, disco, afro beat and anything else with a vibe. An element 5 favorite! Drink special: 1/2 off all Martins until midnight.

Sun  Sept 14th   -   Salsa
$3 | 9pm @ Club Havana 5744 Ellsworth Ave [ Shadyside ]. Info: 412-661-2025

Salsa Lessons & DJs spinning salsa music.



  Mon Sept 15th


Mon Sept 15th  -   Revolve
Free | 10pm-2am @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [ South Side ]. Info: 412.481.2234

w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo..


  Tues Sept 16th


Tues Sept 16th   -  Rex Jazz Lounge
Free | 9:30 pm @ The Rex Theatre 1602 E. Carson St [ South Side ]. Info: 412-381-6811
Open Stage Jam Session featuring Steve Paiko.

Tues Sept 16th   -  Solid State Soul
Free | 10pm-2am @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [ South Side ]. Info: 412.481.2234

Deep house night, hitting the Memphis Lounge (Zythos) on Tuesday nights. w/ resident DJ DC Space and guests.

Tues Sept 16th   -  Hardgroove Project
Free | 9pm @ Club Havana 5744 Ellsworth Ave [ Shadyside ]. Info: 412-661-2025

a unique weekly featuring live music + DJs in an Open Jam format. Dancing, drinks - bring your own instruments!

Tues Sept 16th   -  Ya Dig?!
Free | 9pm-1am @ Kelly's Bar & Grill 6012 Penn Circle South [ East Liberty ]. Info: 412-363-6012

720 Soul night. Featuring rare grooves, jazz, and scratchy funk records of DJs Selecta, Bus Pass and guest DJs


  Wed Sept 17th


Wed Sept 17th
- The Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts
Free | @ Carnegie Mellon University campus  [ Oakland ]. Info: 412-268-5765 or or
A festival celebrating Jill Watson's commitment to an interdisciplinary philosophy as an artist and celebrates her accomplishments and reputation as an architect. The Festival will host a number of performances, lectures and workshops of emerging and international artists.

Wed Sept 17th   -   Open Jam Session hosted by Gene Stovall
Free | 9:00pm @ The Shadow Lounge 5972 Baum Blvd [ East Liberty ]. Info: 412-363-8277 or
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Jam Sesseion: w/ RMP, Gene Stovall, Open Mic + Open Stage

Wed Sept 17th   -   Salsa
$3 | 9pm @ Club Havana 5744 Ellsworth Ave [ Shadyside ]. Info: 412-661-2025

Salsa Lessons & DJs spinning salsa music