element 5

We are dedicated to bringing out the soul of underground 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….


May 24th Update. We’re still working on the pics and audio from the last Momentum event.  Below are some listings of some things to check out in the next week or so. For more comprehensive listings, check out the Music and Culture sections of our website.  In addition, groups such as Ground Zero and Bridgespotters maintain regular email lists of events around town.. We’ll be updating this website soon to include even more links to interesting items beneath the surface in the city of bridges. For those looking to get away this long weekend, element 5 suggests the following:  http://www.demf.org . As always, your feedback is important to us, and much appreciated. Thanks for checking out element 5.






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element 5 picks (May 24th-June 1st, 2002):


Fri May 24th - The Midnight Espresso Series [MES] “…a synergy of the arts and nightlife…” @ The Foundry Aleworks 2816 Smallman Street 9:09pm – 2:09am Feature poet:  Phoenix [from Cleveland] DJ: Nate da Phat Barber. Vibe:  Soul Senata. $4 before 10pm and $6 after 10pm. sponsored by: www.bridgespotters.com and www.1naturalchoice.com. Get ready for an exciting new season! 2Same flavor-New location!


Fri May 24thSun May 26th Nego Gato Inc. presents… A Night in BahiaBrazil. The story of the African contribution to Brazil with dance, drumming, and capoeira! @ The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. 5941 Penn Ave. 8pm all shows except Sunday [5pm]. On opening night, there will be a discussion led by Dr. Jerome Brance about “The War on Afro-Brazilian Traditions” Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 the day of show Pro Arts 412.394.3353. More info @ 412.201.4546


Fri May 24 - Herbs & Spices ( http://www.herbsandspices.net ) will present more than 25 creative women at Backward on Forward (a woman-owned local business) for a night of art, music, film, food and drink. Men, women and children are welcome. Performing at Herbs & Spices¹ inaugural event are: performance artists Sarrogit, harpist/composer Somna M. Bulist, mc/rapper/singer Joy Brown, belly dancers Baraka & Al Raqasat, singer/raconteur Sharon Mama Spell, singer/guitarists Bridget Jakob and Leslie Addis, and punk rock band Bunny Five Coat. There will also be films by Inexcusable Seed, stained glass art by Suze French, and photography by Stacy Hoffman and Patrice Lehocky. Doors open at 8pm. Donations will be requested. Backward on Forward, 5840 Forward Ave. (Squirrel Hill beneath Forward Bowling Lanes tel.412.421.4117).


Fri May 24 until June 8th - Open Stage Theatre Presents Zara Spook and Other Lures By Joan Ackerman Directed by Iris Valanti At the Henry Heymann Theatre

(in the Stephen Foster Memorial on Forbes Avenue in Oakland) At 8 p.m. on May 24*, 25, 30, 31 and June 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 At 2 p.m. on May 26 and June 2 and 8

Tickets are a suggested donation of $15 for general or $10 for students/seniors. Joan Ackerman's "wonderfully goofy" style makes its place somewhere between

the cowboy magic of Sam Shepard and the gracious absurdity of Beth Henley, a

unique voice, at once devilishly funny and gently compassionate. In Zara

Spook and Other Lures, she brings us four women on a journey for fishing and

friendship while trying to break hold from their fears and their men.


Sat May 25th - Vivid Vision. Shadow Lounge 5972 Baum Blvd @ S Highland. 412.363.8277. Free. 6pm-9pm. Vivid Vision is Melissa Centifonti's presentation of the world in which she dwells. It consisting of over 50 pieces of 2 dimensional art work in various media (painting, printmaking, mixed media and digital imagery). Her subject matters include, but are not limited to, urban life, feminine enigma, & interaction abstraction. The work will be up for one week only. Prices are affordable. There will be music, provided by philly's Good Hands Production featuring Dj Truth & Art Beeswax, they spin a medley of hiphop, reggae & soul. More info:  < Sweetcent70@hotmail.com >


Sun May 26th – Jazz Satellite feat. Bros. Peck. Shadow Lounge 5972 Baum Blvd @ S Highland. 412.363.8277. Live jazz at its finest. Play some chess while you’re at it. $3. 9:30pm-1am.


Tues May 28th - Hip-Hop @ Havana (Shadyside). Ellesworth st. one block from Negley Ave by the UniMart. Rotating Dj's every Tuesday. Guest DJ: Selcta spinning Hip-Hop/Rare Grooves. Resident DJ: Trilogik


Thurs May 30th – running through June – playing at the Oaks Theater.  For movie description, check http://us.imdb.com/Title?0143861 .  310 Allegheny River Blvd (Oakmont). Movie Line: (412) 828-6311


Thurs May 30th - Play@City. "Constant Star".  A Stirring new drama with music

Written and directed by Tazewell Thompson. She was a woman of courage.  She was a woman of color.  She was a writer who fought to proclaim the truth of

racial injustice and challenge the hypocrisy of a nation. Laced with the music of traditional spirituals, this is the story of journalist and civil rights maverick Ida B. Wells. Writer and director Tazewell Thompson pays tribute to a woman with an indomitable spirit who spoke her mind in print and in public. Play before the show from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. * Enjoy free wine. * Hors d' oeuvres by Fresh Innovative Catering - A tasty mobile division of the Big Burrito Restaurant Group. * Hear the contemporary jazz sounds of The Hardgroove Project. * Be part of the remote broadcast with WAMO Morning Show host Anji. Play at 8:00 PM:  Constant Star. Enjoy a nightcap in the Gordon Lounge after the show. Call 412-431-CITY  (2489) for information and tickets. ***Mention BridgeSpotters and pay $15 for this event****


Sat June 1st -  Pittsburgh is - A Hotbed of Diversity! Join GroundZero and other corporate, church, civic, professional, and fraternal organizations in a day of community service, bringing diverse people together to beautify our region. Plant a Western PA Conservancy garden near the Pittsburgh airport Lunch: 11:30-12:30 -- an important time, when we will recognize and celebrate the diversity of all the participating teams and the terrific work we've accomplished together. By participating, you'll have the opportunity to work with folks from other ethnic, social, religious, and cultural backgrounds.  There is no cost to

you -- even lunch is provided ['nuff said!]. To sign up for the GroundZero Team, please contact: Ray Obenza < rayobe@hotmail.com >. More info: http://www.glenda.org/partner.html and http://www.glenda.org/photo_gallery/010602-hotbedofdiversity/index.html