element 5

We are dedicated to bringing out the soul of underground culture in the city of bridges.  We invite you to discover the many 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….


Last Update – April 11th, 2002. We’ll be updating our pages every Friday to provide timely info on interesting happenings around town. If you’re looking for more comprehensive info, we invite you to browse the weblinks listed in the Music and  Culture sections of this website.  Your feedback is most welcome and appreciated.  Please feel free to drop us a line. You can email us at:  




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element 5 picks (April 12th-18th, 2002):



Fri April 12th – Soma Mestizo performing @ William Pitt Union. Outdoors on Bigelow b/w Fifth & Forbes (Oakland).  7:00pm-7:45 pm. Free. [4th world voodoo music]


Fri April 12th – Artists as Collectors Forum feat. Andres Serrano, Arne Svenson, & Biko.  The Andy Warhol Museum (North Side).  7pm.  Free. 412-237-8300. [Artists as Collectors – Discussions on Natural history, Religious artifact, and African-American collections]


Fri April 12th – MES [The Midnight Expresso Series]. Ramseys II. 7310 Frankstown Ave (Pgh East End).  $4 before 10pm/$6 after 10pm.  9:09pm-2:09am.  [A synergy of the Arts and Nightlife, brought to you by BRIDGESPOTTERS]. 


Fri April 12th &

Sat April 13th  *** Don’t sleep *** - Music & Dance of Java, Indonesia w/ Pitt Gamelon Ensemble. Bellfield Hall, University of Pittsburgh.  315 S. Bellfield (Oakland). $10 regular. Stu/Snr $5. Pitt Stu Free.  8pm.  412-624-4125. [Culture at its finest]


Sat April 13th - ART Votes “This Is My City”.  The Mattress Factory. 500 Sampsonia Way 7pm-11pm. (North Side).  FREE.  412-231-3169.  [Art + Politics converge w/ live music and DJ Selecta on the decks]


Sat April 13th - Spring Jam Egyptian Party w/ United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors.  Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd (corner of Baum & S.Highland).  $4.  9:30pm-1am.  412-363-8277/412-478-7879. [Feat. BEAM, Akil Esoon, DJ Supa C, and Vegetarian Food by Natural Soulutions]


Sat April 13th – Hafla w/ the Zafira Dance Co.  Quiet Storm.  5430 Penn Ave.  $5. 9pm.  412-661-9355. [Celebration of Arabic and Nomadic culture w/ food, live music & dancing. Bring your own instrument]


Sun April 14th – Jazz Satellite Feat. Bros.Peck. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd (corner of Baum & S.Highland).  $3. 9:30pm-1am.  412-363-8277.  [Live Jazz + Capuccino + Chess + Meditations before you begin your Monday morning].


Sun April 14th – The All Star Game.  Pub I.G.   328 Atwood St (below India Garden restaurant in Oakland).  Free. 10pm-2am. [Feat. DJs Soy Sos & Eric Justin. Bring your dancing shoes!]


Tues April 16th – Suncrumbs: Grand Poetry Slam.  Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd (corner of Baum & S.Highland).  $3/$2 Stu.  7:30pm-10:00pm.  412-363-8277. [Poetry Slam, ‘nough said]


Tues April 16th – Beatfest 2002.  Amoeba's Studio, Brewhouse.  2100 Mary St, Suite 401 (South Side).  $10/$7 if you whine.  412-381-2408.  [Homage to the Beat Culture of the 50s/60s. Opening performances by Phat Man Dee and Christiane Leach].


Thurs April 18th – *** Don’t Sleep ***  . Hip-Hop Soul Lounge Music Live, Vol. 1 Feat. Natural Selection (NYC) and Middle East (PGH).  Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd (corner of Baum & S.Highland).  $7.  7:30pm-10:00pm.  412-363-8277. [Presented by the Pittsburgh Progressive Arts Foundation.  Hip-Hop Culture in its finest and truest form].