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….

 

July 3, 2002 Update – A little slow as most folks partake in an “extended” long weekend but plenty to do on the weekdays after the fireworks. If you’re not out catching some fine art, music, and culture - ain’t nothing wrong with that.  A unique flavor of this city is that in addition to concrete and steel, there is a plethora of green space and outdoor air to complement the beautiful weather this week.  Ride the city on your bicycle,  take a hike in the woods,  read your favorite book under a shady tree, or oil the wheels on your rollerblades/skateboard/BMX bike.  Whatever you do, feel free to leave the sacred cow [i.e. automobile] to rest this weekend.  Of course, if you desire some indoor activities,  our picks are listed below [Scroll Down]. For more comprehensive event listings, dig through the Music and Culture sections of this website.  In addition, the Bridgespotters and Ground Zero collectives maintain regular email lists of events in the Steel City.  

 

Some community messages:

 

·        The state of public transit in our city:   Save Our Transit

·        The Bridgespotters:  A special Message

·        Cycling in the City:  The Better Way

 

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element 5 picks (July 3rd, 2002):

 

 

Wed July 3rd - Wednesday Jazz Jam Session 6pm-9pm. Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.

 

Wed July 3rd - Wednesday Live hip-hop/soul Jam Session 9pm-1am. Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.

 

Wed July 3rd - "The Movement". Real House Music w/ residents Todd Hauber & J. ROberts. Guest DJs weekly. @ Zythos. 2018 E.Carson St. [southside] 412.481.2234. 21 + over. Dancing shoes required!

 

Wed July 3rd - "Salsa Outside".  Dance on an outdoor deck to salsa music from 8:30 to 11:00 pm.  Free parking, free admission and free salsa lessons (7:30 to 8:30 pm) taught by Jesse Branas and Amanda McKee.  D'Imperio's. 3412 William Penn Hwy. Monroeville. 412-823-4800 or visit the Pittsburgh Salsa Web.

 

Wed July 3rd -  Midnight Espresso Series - poetry, talk, art and more every Wednesday. Ramseys II, Homewood. 412-371-3445. http://www.bridgespotters.com/   

 

Wed July 3rd through July 6th - The Unseam’d Shakespeare Company’s stage version of The Importance of Being Earnest - in Drag! Through Sat., July 6 @ City Theatre’s Lester Hamburg Studio [South Side]. 8 p.m. with reception to follow on opening night. 412-394-3353.  http://www.citytheatrecompany.org/

 

Thurs July 4th  Fireworks!!!  9:38 pm Point Park. Pittsburgh, PA. [Downtown]

 

Thurs July 4th - SHOWCASE THURSDAYS @ CLUB LAGA. Pittsburgh's weekly showcase of local and international hip-hop talent. 3609 Forbes Ave [Oakland]. Directions: 412-687-INFO. 412-726-0476. Brought to you by INFLUENTIAL FLAVOR.

  

Fri July 5th - ONYX Friday! Duets 212 Sixth Street (Downtown) -In the upstairs balcony area- 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -Complimentary buffet begins at 6 pm. http://www.onyxalliance.com/  

 

Fri July 5th Must See Christian Marclay's djTRIO with DJ Olive and Toshio Kajiwara. Christian Marclay, conceptual sound artist, sculptor, composer and one of the contributors to the exhibition The LP Show, presents a live vinyl performance on six turntables. Using DJ techniques gleaned from hip-hop and experimental music, Marclay and his trio take DJing into the realm of  freely improvised jazz and European art music while emphasizing the turntable and the vinyl LP as an instrument. Since the late '70s, in performances, recordings, installations and exhibitions at clubs, concert halls, galleries and museums around the world, Marclay has taken the stereo components that we take for granted and made them into expressive tools. Creating a dizzying array of sound collages with dozens of records at a time, Marclay makes and remakes the sounds from many sources into something much different from their original intention. DJ Olive and Toshio Kajiwara are fellow travelers from the downtown New York experimental DJ and improvised music scene. Part of Good Friday & The LP Show Exhibition @ The Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky St. 8 p.m. Tickets $10. 412.237.8300 http://www.warhol.org/ and www.mcachicago.org/cm_media/run-index.htm  

 

Fri July 5th Soul Control.  Underground Deep House and Classics.  Residents:  Eric Justin,  Aaesir St. james,  Enrique.  21+ $5 / 18+ $8.  @ The Upstage. 3609 Forbes Ave. [Oakland]. 412-726-0476.

 

Fri July 5th   Community Media presents…First Friday film series The Making of Bamboozled Westinghouse Park, aka Malcolm X Park  “dark-time”. “Bamboozled” is a searing parody of American television – it took a humorous look at how race, ratings and the pursuit of power lead to a network executive’s stunning rise and tragic downfall. For info call: 412.731.5086. FREE!

 

Fri July 5th   10pm @ Zythos (East Carson Street) – cheap!  NEW ALCINDORS and OUVE AZZY RUNK and DJ's.  Fortified with 3 essential vitamins and minerals. A part of your balanced break-fast. billjulin@hotmail.com and www.thenewalcindors.com

 

Fri July 5th to July 7th – Contemporary Directions and Man Adorned  @ Carnegie Museum of Art.  Friday & Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday - Noon - 5:00 p.m. The show is beautiful.  There are forty-eight artists represented from America, Europe and Australia.  Therman Statom, an extraordinary African American artist is represented in the exhibition. Thermon Statom was born in 1953, has been the Studio Glass Movement's forerunner of the wild and unconventional.  Statom is best known for his creation of glass ladders and glass houses.  He is a very interesting artist with an extraordinary technique.  He creates stories on the glass through painted images and items. William Morris - Man Adorned - From the earliest times, human adornment with objects

or body decoration has been an important part of life. In this selection of 11 works from the 65 sculptures in the Man Adorned series, shields and spears, earrings and beads, and shells and bones adorn figures that evoke the cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.  In these sculptural representations, Morris is less interested in realism or historical accuracy than in conveying the essence of culture or character. These works also attest to Morris's superlative skills as a glassworker. His ability to make blown glass take on the characteristics of bone, skin, wood, metal, and other materials is the result of technical mastery and years of experimentation. This visual transformation speaks to the mystery and magic of glass and enhances the mythical and transcendent nature of Man Adorned. The images of African people and other cultures are breathtaking.

 

Fri July 5th  - 20 years of Local Rock Flyers in Pittsburgh. Opening reception. These flyers aren't necessarily political or to advertise film, they are all about rock. Spanning the years from the early 80's to today, these flyers have generated the masses to move about our fair city and experience a thriving local rock scene. This is your chance to see a sampling of what has survived  time, the elements, and the wrath of the anti-flyer campaign. 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Music by members of Master Mechanic and Stefano Man. This event is free to the people and includes food and drink! runs through July 22, 2002. @ Garfield Artworks. 4931 Penn Ave. info: 412-802-7096 / 412-361-2262 / http://www.garfieldartworks.com/

 

Sat July 6th - 885 Skatepark is having its GRAND OPENING PARTY this Saturday, July 6th! The party will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Rain or Shine! It is free to get into the party and just $10 to ride all day in the skate park and BMX park. There will be prizes, contests, BBQ, professional demos, bands, Jester's Court Tattoos, Misery Ink. Piercing, local area businesses, and much more! Bring the whole family! SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 11 A.M. - Live music from "Transition"; 12 P.M. - Skateboard Demo featuring Team Triad and special guests; 1 P.M. - Live music from "Funny"; 2 P.M. - BMX Demo featuring Chris Doyle, Todd Walkowiak, Mike Cottle, and special guests; 3 P.M. - Live music from "Strangeway"; 4 P.M. - Inline Demo featuring Team 885 and special guests; 5 P.M. - Special Guest DJ all night long. Check out http://www.885skatepark.com/  for more details.

 

Sat. July 6th - SALSA! Dance to the soul shaking rhythms of Orquesta Tropical. every saturday @ Cozumel. 5505 Walnut St [Shadyside]. $5 before 10:30pm/ $7 thereafter. Come early for lessons. 412-621-5100 or visit the Pittsburgh Salsa Web

 

Sat. July 6th - Maynard Ferguson, Ahmad Jamal. In concert as part of the jazz festival (July 4-7) benefiting Every Child, Inc. @ The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. [Brownsville] 724/329-8555.

 

Sun July 7th - Sonnatang Sundays. Resident: DJ Centauri. Spinning chilled out, soulful grooves to go with your Sunday afternoon coffee. Bring a book or a Friend along. 3pm-7pm. Coca Lounge. 3811 Butler St. 412.621.3171.

 

Sun July 7th - Must See  THE ALL STAR GAME. Catch a rare chance to hear an underground disco/house/garage DJs who was spinning records in Pittsburgh during the 70s and 80s.  Terry Kicks' first gig was in 1969.  He was a regular DJ in Pittsburgh's biggest clubs back in the day, places like the Zodiac, 2001, 2002, and the Frontier to name just a few.  Terry plays real disco music, what you would have heard at New York's Paradise Garage, not what you get from "Saturday Night Fever," from garrish 70s-themed clubs, or K-Tel disco compilations.  Terry will be sure to give everyone a lesson on what real disco music means.This night brings out the best of the best djs spinning deep house, old soul, disco, afro beat and anything else with a vibe. Drink special: 1/2 off all Martins from 10pm - midnight. PUB I.G on the lower level of India Garden, 328 Atwood St (412)682-1900.

 

Sun July 7th -Bros. Peck Jazz Satellite. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277.

  

Mon July 8th - Revolve w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo. Guest DJs weekly. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.

 

Mon July 8th - The Crawford Grill IS OPEN every Monday night from 8-12.  NO COVER!!!   Live Jazz Feat: Kenny Blake - Sax. Jeff Grubbs   -  Bass. James T Johnson III - Drums. Howie Alexander – Piano Oakland, 412-471-1565.

 

Tues July 9th The Unseen. Politically charged Punk. Do yourselves a favor and check it out. w/ Caustic Christ, Corpus Christie and Weekend Warriors. @ Club Laga. 3609 Forbes Ave [Oakland]. Directions: 412-687-INFO. 412-726-0476. http://www.unixpunx.org/ and this week’s City Paper Preview.

 

Tues July 9th - Tuesday Electric Cafe Series 8p-12a $5 All Ages.  Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.

 

Tues July 9th - Designing Oakland. @ Carnegie Museum of Art 12:15PM- 1PM The Library Center, George White Theater, 414 Wood Street, Downtown Pittsburgh. Tracy Myers, associate curator of architecture, will give a slide presentation on this exhibition about Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood-the city's cultural, educational, medical, and technology center and home to a diverse native and international residential community. Myers will examine selected aspects of the history of Oakland's built environment and proposed future development. 412-622-3288 and www.cmoa.org . Free.

 

Tues July 9th - Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  .

 

Tues July 9th Velvet w/ your resident hosts Adam Ratana (Chemlab) and Jwan Allen (Technoir-Audio). Guest DJs weekly spinning the best in soulful dance music. ABSOLUTELY FREE! Check out the $1 Yuengling/Iron city special from 10pm-midnight. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234. More info: http://www.chemlab.org/velvet

 

Tues July 9th Film Kitchen .  Reception at 7PM, Screening at 8PM @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Avenue, [North Oakland].  Held the second Tuesday of every month, Film Kitchen highlights the work of independent film and video artists. This month features the work of Courtney Egan, a New Orleans-based animation artist. Also featured is Nick Fox-Gieg from Pittsburgh. 412-682-4111.  www.pghfilmmakers.org

 

Tues July 9th - DOWNTOWN 2 TWELVE. An Evening of Underground Deep house, Soul, and Classics. presented by 3 Brothas Deep [En rique, Eric Justin, & Aaesir St. James]. Tuesday 10pm - 2am ---21 & up Duets - 212 6th street [across from Heinz Hall]. 412-394-3888.

 

Wed July 10th - Wednesday Jazz Jam Session 6pm-9pm. Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.

 

Wed July 10th - Wednesday Live hip-hop/soul Jam Session 9pm-1am. Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.

 

Wed July 10th - July Happy Hour  5:30-7:30PM.  Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance @ the Mattress Factory Museum.  505 Jacksonia Street, North Side.  A wine and cheese reception hosted by GPAA Member: Mattress Factory Museum. 412-231-3169 for directions or www.mattress.org .  On view now James Turrell: Into the Light, features eight new installations created by the artist, James Turrell. Explore Turrell's life-long investigation of light, space and perception. Be one of the first eight people to arrive and undergo Gasworks, a 12-ft. fiberglass sphere which visitors are rolled into to experience a series of flashing light patterns! To learn more about Gasworks and the exhibition please visit the museum's Web site at www.mattress.org . Please RSVP to Linnea at GPAA 412-227-6565 or lglick@artspittsburgh.org

 

Wed July 10th - "The Movement". Real House Music w/ residents Todd Hauber & J. ROberts. Guest DJs weekly. @ Zythos. 2018 E.Carson St. [southside] 412.481.2234. 21 + over. Dancing shoes required!

 

Wed July 10th - "Salsa Outside".  Dance on an outdoor deck to salsa music from 8:30 to 11:00 pm.  Free parking, free admission and free salsa lessons (7:30 to 8:30 pm) taught by Jesse Branas and Amanda McKee.  D'Imperio's. 3412 William Penn Hwy. Monroeville. 412-823-4800 or visit the Pittsburgh Salsa Web.

 

Wed July 10th - Midnight Espresso Series - poetry, talk, art and more every Wednesday. Ramseys II, Homewood. 412-371-3445. http://www.bridgespotters.com/