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Apr 22, 2004 - [element 5]: PGH cosmic flux...

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A vibration in our solar system is being felt on Earth as our Sun races across the constellations of Aries and Taurus. The momentum of this cosmic photon flux is definitely reflected in this weekend's cultural happenings.  Perhaps it can be summed up in the words of a classic Pittsburgh jazz song:

"...Sun in the sky, you know how I feel...It's a new day, a new way, a new life...."
'Feeling Good' by The Frank Cunimondo Trio feat. Lynn Marino)

Some cultural tapas below.  Enjoy your weekend....


Thursday, April 22 through Saturday April 24, 2004

$5 | 9:30 pm @ The Oaks Theater
310 Allegheny River Blvd [Oakmont]. 412-828-6322 Map/directions

In a year of great political documentaries, this may be the most gripping and remarkable of them all. Irish filmmakers Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Brien intended the movie as a straightforward portrait of populist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who was elected in a landslide in 1998. But when Chavez’ left-wing government was suddenly overthrown by a coalition of military and business leaders on April 12, 2002, the film became the chronicle of a coup. The filmmakers captured the tumultuous events from the inside, where their perspectives ran counter to those on Venezuela’s privately owned television networks. And when yet another transfer of power took place, two days later, the indefatigable filmmakers were still there on the inside, and still shooting! Propaganda or historical evidence, decide for yourself, as “THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED” offers a challenging essay which considers the meaning of truth, biases, and the impact of private media vs public . For more info: Visit:



Friday, April 23, 2004

Sri N Ravikiran - Indian Classical Performance
Free | 7:30 pm @ Graduate School of Public Health Auditorium
DeSoto and Fifth [University of Pittsburgh, Oakland]. Map/directions

An Indian Classical Chitravina concert by Sri N Ravikiran (Vocals / Chitravina), Guruvayoor Sri Dorai on Mridangam and Sri Ravi Balasubramanian on Ghatam. Sri N Ravikiran is the recipient of the Millennium Award (UK) and has been described as "Perhaps the greatest slide instrumentalist in the world today" by Radio National Australia and an "Arresting Virtuoso" by the Los Angeles Times. Ravikiran places stress on the vocal style without overlooking the beauties of instrumental style. He is known for his fidelity to pitch, rhythm, ornamentation and thorough understanding and communication of the spirit of the musical works of great masters. Ravikiran is equally at home in all the aspects of improvisation, be it raga alapana, tanam, neraval or kalpana swaras. He revels in bringing out the life and soul of the raga and maintaining its individuality and color, with depth.  For more info: Visit:



Friday, April 23, 2004

Marlon Saunders - Live
$8 / $5 with RSVP | 10 pm @ Shadow Lounge
5972 Baum Blvd [East Liberty]. 412-363-8277 Map/directions

Marlon Saunders, co-founder and lead singer of Jazzhole, visits Pittsburgh  to serve up a musical evening that will have you smiling, nodding, dancing, and reflecting on all that is so beautifully encased in soul music. Saunders, who is also a faculty member at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, creates soulful melodies that keep the legacy of good Black music alive. Emphasis is placed on vocal harmony while the band is used to lay the basic foundation of rhythm and soul ala the sounds and stylings of Donny Hathaway, Gil Scott Heron, and Roy Ayers. Saunders’ use of poetic lyrics, inspired by the writings of Nikki Giovanni, allows the listener to discover the complexities that he sees in soul music. Saunders has worked with such renowned artists as Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Billy Joel and Michael Jackson, and has penned songs for Barry White, Maysa Leek and Vanessa Rubin. His recently released solo project, "Enter My Mind", has been rated "exceptional" by Vibe Magazine (September 2003) and described by The Baltimore Sun as an invitation "into a sun-drenched place of romantic and spiritual love, of inspired funk, passion and rich imagery".  For more info: Visit:



Saturday, April 24, 2004

Dance Performance: Tomari Maatir Konya
$8-10 | 7:00 pm @ Antonian Hall 3333 Fifth Ave [Carlow College, Shadyside]. Map/directions

Pittsburgh-based Nandanik Dance Academy presents Tomari Maatir Konya, a Dance Performance based on Indian Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's Chandalika.  It is the story of an outcast as told through the fluid intertwining of movement and music. Prakriti [Nature]. Ananda, a Buddhist monk, accepts water from Prakriti and teaches her to judge herself not by the false values that society attaches to the accidents of birth, but by her gift of love. This, to Prakriti, is a profound revelation that unfolds her dilemma of awakened desires and righteousness. Experience the fartistry of Bharatnatyam Dance from southern region of India. For more info: Phone: 412-341-3044 for tickets email: Visit:



Saturday, April 24, 2004

Off The Wall:  New Paradise Laboratories - Stupor
$10 | 7pm and 9pm @ The Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky St [Northside]. 412-237-8300 Map/directions

The Philadelphia-based performance troupe, New Paradise Laboratories, has been making original theater work since 1996. Founded by Whit MacLaughlin, the troupe strives to create surprising, meticulous, spiritually challenging and distinctive experimental productions that investigate the human body and its capacity for physical _expression. Based on images from Francisco Goya's infamous Los Caprichos etchings, the award-winning play, Stupor, is a beautiful, dream-like, and sometimes grotesque look at human relations: Eight spiritual explorers are holed up in an underground chamber where their close proximity forces them to play out their own deepest desires. The results are darkly erotic and wickedly humorous.  For more info: Visit:



Saturday, April 24, 2004 (until sunrise Sunday)

Art All Night
Free | 8pm to sunrise @ 51st Street Business District
135 51st Street [Lawrenceville]. Map/directions

Art All Night Lawrenceville is one of Pittsburgh's most popular-and populist-arts events. Art All Night Lawrenceville debuted in 1998, with some 101 pieces of art and 200 all-night art lovers, and has gained a cult-like following over the years. In 1999, submissions grew to more than 200 pieces and attendance to more than 1,100 attendees. Art All Night drew even bigger crowds in 2000 with record attendees and 300 pieces of artwork on display. Art All Night is a catalyst for neighborhood development. Donations by attendees have spawned arts education and neighborhood art projects. For further information on arts and culture in Lawrenceville, please send an e-mail to, or call Barb Pyles at 682-2925. To volunteer at Art All Night, please send an e-mail to Art All Night is an all-volunteer, free community event. For more info: email: Visit:



Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, 2004

Rhythms, Dances, Stories and Songs from Around the World
$5 | 3 pm @ Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave [East Liberty]. 412-363-3000 Map/directions

Students from ELPC's Hope Academy of Music and the Arts will present their 2003-2004 showcase performance “World Beat: Rhythms, Dances, Stories and Songs from Around the World”. The stage will be alive with African dance and drumming, Stomp percussion and dance, spoken word poetry, a special hip hop video featuring Hope Academy students, and three musical theater pieces from the Iroquois, Mexican-American, and African Slave traditions. For more info: Phone: 412-441-3800 x11 Visit: beat



Sunday, April 25, 2004

Avant-Garde Jazz from NYC: Erik Friedlander
$10 | 8 pm @ Garfield Artworks
4931 Penn Ave [Garfield]. 412-802-7096 Map/directions

ERIK FRIEDLANDER (cello) is a longtime participant in the New York City avant-jazz/improv scene. He leads the fusion band Topaz, and is a member of John Zorn's Masada String Trio, and has collaborated with almost anyone you can think of from that community: Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Ikue Mori, Myra Melford, Marty Ehrlich, Ellery Eskelin, and tons of others. with Comprov Group He has recorded for Tzadik, SIAM and other labels, and his latest two releases are on L.A.-based label Cryptogramophone and a CD on the Brassland label called 'Maldoror' based on the writings of Lautreamont (who has inspired Nurse With Wound). Opening will be the Comprov Group, which includes Lenny Young (oboe), Jay Matula (drums) and Tracy Mortimore (double bass). For more info: Visit:




keep your good vibes strong...




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