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
Thank you for checking out element 5.
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
element 5 picks [
[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 to . Free parking, free
admission and free salsa lessons () taught by
Jesse Branas and Amanda McKee. D'Imperio's.
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
Thurs July 18th - CLub
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
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]. .
Fri July 19th
- Learn how modern propaganda works at this week's Good Fridays
Event @ the
Fri July 19th - Precision Contractors
Perform Opening @ BK Works. Precision Contractors,
Fri July 19th – Fyah Wyah & The Universal Roots, The Wisdom Band. Live
Reggae music. @ 1023 Backstage.
Fri July 19th – All 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 email@example.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.
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
Sat July 20th - The Ground Zero Action
Network Presents: Activate
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
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 . @ Muse.
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
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]. - 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 -. @ Zythos.
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.
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
[MORE PICKS TO BE POSTED NEXT WED/THURS/FRI]