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 17th, 2002 Update – Lots of activity, especially this Friday night. A new street art festival is beginning this Saturday afternoon in Homestead, a much needed alternative scene for the neighborhood. 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 of you have asked us for a printer friendly version of this list. We’re working on that and will post it as soon as we can.  Also, for those who’ve been asking, our next Momentum event will be taking place Saturday, August 3rd @ The Quiet Storm. So explore the elements beneath and enjoy!


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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

·        Transportation:  Forum, Mon-Fayette Expressway, other info

·        Zoning:  Issues for non-profit organizations


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  Sat / August 3rd / 02

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element 5 picks [July 17th – 24th, 2002]:

[updated every Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday]


Wed July 17th - Wednesday Live hip-hop/soul Jam Session . This week Feat. the Rain Quartet.  Hosted by KL of Bridgespotters.  Open Mic for Emcees | Poets | Vocalists  $5/$3 Ladies9pm-1am. Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.


Wed July 17th - "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 17th UltraViolet Trio will be playing another legendary performance @ the Quiet Storm . 5430 Penn Ave [Garfield].  Check out some Audio Clips .


Wed July 17th –Bhob Rainey Trio w/ My Mother Hides Her Drinks. All ages. Some ill experimental trumpets. 8 p.m. $7. Public Health Auditorium. University of Pittsburgh, Oakland. [corner of Fifth & DeSoto st.]. 412.422.8864.


Thurs July 18th - The Pittsburgh Council on Public Education presents…Capacity Building Forum. Let’s look into what we need to do to create the schools we need to uplift our younger generation and what we MUST do to create an environment where that can happen! Speakers: Zyhier Sharief – community and education advocate; CJ Meenan of National Foundation for Teaching; Entrepreneurship Chrisitiane D. – of Sun Crumbs and Soma Mestizo. Music by DJ Selecta of 720 Records. Poetry by B Tree. Facilitated by Kamau Ware with guest panel. @ 6118 Kingsley Center. 6-8pm. For more information, contact Kamau Ware 412.434.0851 ex. 208.


Thurs July 18th - CLub Havana weekly. House/Techno/ and other groovy music courtesy of DC Space, Jason C, and weekly guest DJs. $2 Yuengling special. FREE. 10pm-2am. 5744 Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside].


Thurs July 18th through Sat July 20th - The Hip-Hop Olympics. Experience the old skule dance known as “poppin’” – one of the precursors to breakdancing. Each day of the Olympics is a continuous event showcasing four elements of hip-hop.  An element 5 must see! @ the Warehouse, 2835 Smallman St., Strip District. For information call 412-608-4893. Check the article in this weeks city paper http://www.pghcitypaper.com/music1.html


Fri July 19th - 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 19th - Malcolm X – The Man and His Ideas. Forum will feature a video with excerpts of Malcolm speaking to be followed by a discussion looking at the legacy of Malcolm X. $4 suggested donation. @ Pathfinder Bookstore. 5907 Penn Avenue, Suite 225 [East Liberty]. 7:30 pm.


Fri July 19th - Learn how modern propaganda works at this week's Good Fridays Event @ the Andy Warhol Museum. This week features a discussion with Valerie Virga, Senior Photo Director, The National Enquirer. Valerie Virga will discuss her work in the photography department of the notable and notorious publication, The National Enquirer, as well as the recent book on the Enquirer, which Virga co-edited. This program is held in conjunction with The Warhol's exhibition of works by photographer Ron Galella, a frequent contributor of celebrity photographs to The National Enquirer and its sister publication, the Star.  This program relates to the exhibition Off Guard: The Photographs of Ron Galella. FREE. @ the Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky Street [Northshore]. 412-237-8300 or www.warhol.org


Fri July 19th - Precision Contractors Perform Opening @ BK Works. Precision Contractors, Pittsburgh’s premier heavy method concept band will perform Opening for one night only at BK Works in Lawrenceville.  Precision Contractors are a core of three artists (Ian Brill lead guitars, Brian Grant sound effects, and George Magalios vocals and concepts) who contract musicians from various backgrounds to perform specific improvisational sets for performances at venues ranging from elevators to cafes and art events. @ BK Works. Admission to Opening is $5.00 and includes refreshments. 3613 Penn Avenue, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. 8 pm. For further information please contact George A. Magalios at (412) 897-0983.


Fri July 19th – Fyah Wyah & The Universal Roots, The Wisdom Band. Live Reggae music.  @ 1023 Backstage. 1023 Forbes Ave [the old Shanghai Kelly’s by the Duquesne University Campus]. 412-227-6562


Fri July 19thAll Is On Project. Good music, good energy with beautiful people. An element 5 recommended event. @ Cozumel. 5505 Walnut St. [shadyside]. Info: www.truedis.com and going_on@truedis.com


Fri July 19th through Sat July 20th - The Hip-Hop Olympics. Experience the old skule dance known as “poppin’” – one of the precursors to breakdancing. Each day of the Olympics is a continuous event showcasing four elements of hip-hop.  An element 5 must see! @ the Warehouse, 2835 Smallman St., Strip District. For information call 412-608-4893. http://www.pghcitypaper.com/music1.html


Fri July 19th 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 19th – Hip-Hop music and culture has had a profound influence on contemporary music in the past two decades.  If you’re curious about it’s latest infusion into the independent rock scene, check out Fog. Playing at at the Attic, Oakland. 412-682-2050.


Sat July 20th -  Steel Valley Arts Council (SVAC) presents the Homestead Sidewalk Art Project. Weekly Outdoor Art Market--Saturdays 12noon to 6pm, opening date July 20th. Promote, Demonstrate, Busk, Display and Sell your work in a high traffic area along the entrance to the Waterfront complex. No fees, vendor license not needed. Manditory application process (allow at least 2 weeks for clearance). MORE INFO AND APPLICATION: CLICK HERE .  Questions? Contact: Sean Thomas McBride. 412-462-4710 or barnstormer@luxenet.com 


Sat July 20th - The Ground Zero Action Network Presents: Activate Pittsburgh Quiet Storm Coffeehouse from 1 - 4 pm 5430 Penn Avenue. This project is about making Pittsburgh better from the inside out.  Blurring the boundaries of social, political, cultural and economic agendas, Activate Pittsburgh is an on-going, action-based project that seeks to capture the creative energy of the City. Our means to action are all-inclusive and boundless, with the general goal of providing a creative, multi-disciplinary approach to harnessing ideas and generating projects. 


Sat July 20th - The Hip-Hop Olympics. Experience the old skule dance known as “poppin’” – one of the precursors to breakdancing. Each day of the Olympics is a continuous event showcasing four elements of hip-hop.  An element 5 must see! @ the Warehouse, 2835 Smallman St., Strip District. For information call 412-608-4893. http://www.pghcitypaper.com/music1.html


Sat July 20th – In the V.I.P. room only of “M” – Deep House with Rotating Residents. Vinny, Eric Justin, Enrique, Centauri, John Eperjesi, DC Space aka Black Mike, Ed-Umm, & Kerem. 1600 Smallman St. 412-261-2232


Sat July 20th – Hush Hush – The Weekly private party. Resident DJs Centauri, Kerem, Vinny, & Eric Justin spinning Chill House, Acid-Jazz, Down Tempo, & Soul. Every Saturday 10pm-2am. @ Muse. 228 S.Highland Ave [Shadyside]. $2 all Drafts & Well Drinks until midnight. Drop by Hypervinyl Records for your membership card.


Sun July 21st - 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 21st - The War of the Worlds. Vividly adapted from the H. G. Wells novel, this updated version about Martians invading Earth features some of the most memorable sound effects in movie history. (Directed by Byron Haskin; 1953; 85 min). @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers. 412-682-4111. www.pghfilmmakers.org


Sun July 21st THE ALL STAR GAME. 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 21st -Bros. Peck Jazz Satellite. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277.


Mon July 22nd - Revolve w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo. Guest DJs weekly. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.


Mon July 22nd - 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.


Mon July 22nd – Phat Man Dee Presents…. Spotlighting local and visiting musicians.  @ LAVA LOUNGE.  2204 E.Carson St. [Southside].  412-750-6959.


Tues July 23rd - If you've got dreams of celebrity superstardom, you might as well start planning for the downside, too, as the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy and MusiCares present Taking Care of Business -- A Grammy Professional Education Event. You’ll learn how to get your financial house in order as experts provide an evening of valuable information on financial planning and wealth management for musicians and music business professionals. Kathy Jo Pollock discusses Getting Fiscally Fit, while Greg Aloia talks about Sudden Money—Lasting Wealth [i.e. keep the pace like many jazz musicians do, plan for a lifetime. The short term we're gonna blow ish up large will leave you out to hang in the long run. That's just the way the commercial industry works, yo]. Club Cafe, South Side. 7 p.m. 412-985-5411. 


Tues July 23rd - Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  .


Tues July 23rd 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://ratana.chemlab.org/velvet


Tues July 23rd Reggae & Dub.  Feat. The Reggae Bus Crew. DJs spinning the Deepest Dub and the Roots Reggae. Chill atmosphere. Every Tuesdays @ Pub. I.G. 328 Atwood St [Below India Garden in Oakland].  412-682-1900.


Wed July 24th - Uncensored, grassroots takes on current events worldwide come to town courtesy of the Independent Media Center, a collective of media groups that grew from efforts to cover the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, and persevered as an alternative to corporate newsgathering. The current Indymedia Newsreal – a monthly compilation of video activism from around the globe -- screens, along with two half-hour documentaries: Not My President! (about the January 2001 counterinaugural protests) and 911. The screening benefits the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center. (BO) 7:30 p.m. 125 Porter Hall, Carnegie Mellon University. $3 (suggested donation). 412-621-1194 or Pittsburgh Independent Media Center