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….


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Check out all the happenings around town.  One thing that distinguishes Pittsburgh arts & cultural events from the rest of the pack – you’re very likely to find free food and/or booze - ‘Nuff said.  Step out and “shake your ass…” - The elements beneath await you.






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element 5 picks (June 14th-June 21st, 2002):


Fri June 14th - Red Tape Productions presents: FREE ALL DAY OUTDOOR PARTY IN THE PARK! @ Vietnam veteran's pavilion Schenley park (off blvd of the allies) Stay tuned for the full lineup of performers...Breaking battle! 2 man teams and one on one Apache routine! www.redtapeproductions.com and http://www.pghcitypaper.com/music5.html


Fri June 14th - Gist Street Reading Series Lois Williams (poetry) and John Tailbird (fiction).  This mid-month reading features the lovely and talented Lois Williams (poetry) and John "all the way from Nebraska" Tailbird  (fiction).  Did I mention Gist Street t-shirts?  No?  Well, we have them for sale: $12/shirt. High quality with an original design by John the artist on the second floor. As always, the readings are held at James Simon's Sculpture Studio, 305. Gist Street - Uptown, Pittsburgh.  Directions below.  Socializing begins at 7:30; $2 suggested donation. readings begin at 8:00.  BYOB.  Homemade bread by Antoine.  All snacks are welcome.  And don't forget the completely inexpensive Gist Street raffle: If you'd like to feel really on top of the  game, check out the Gist Street web-site, designed by our internet hero, Cindy Closkey.  There you can look ahead on the schedule, read some work by past and future readers, and check out the ever-evolving gossip section..  www.giststreet.org


Fri June 14th - The BridgeSpotters present...The Midnight Espresso Series. ".a synergy of the arts and nightlife." Foundry Aleworks 2816 Smallman Street. 9:09pm to 2:09pm. $4 before 10pm and $6 after 10pmPoetry begins at 10:30pm Feature Poet: Black [of Liberation] DJ: SMI Accompanied by Brian Sanders on bass sponsored by: www.bridgespotters.com  and www.1naturalchoice.com 


Fri June 14th - 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. www.onyxalliance.com  


Fri June 14th - Society of Sculptors juried group show: music by The Moodswingers. 7-9pm. Garfield Artworks. 4931 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh . www.garfieldartworks.com


Fri June 14th - Midnight Espresso Series "...a synergy of the arts and nightlife..." Foundry Aleworks 2816 Smallman Street. 9:09pm to 2:09pm. $4 before 10pm and $6 after 10pm. Feature Poet: TBA. DJ: SMI. Accompanied by B. Sanders on bass. www.bridgespotters.com


Fri June 14th-16th - Ampersand Dance Theater presents: PULSE. Kelly Strayhorn Theater. 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty. (Parking information:  www.kelly-strayhorn.org  ). Original choreography to home-grown hip hop, punk, blues, world music, trip hop, alternative country, rock and roll, goth, swing. LIVE guest performances by: Friday, June 14 7:00 p.m. Chitra Subramanian  & dj Selecta (courtesy 720 Records & the Shadow Lounge), Kevin Werner - Performance Painter, formerly with Venus In Furs, 8:00 p.m. Billy Mancini. 8:20 p.m., The BridgeSpotters Collective-Tarish Pipkins and KL, 9:15 p.m. Soma Mestizo. Saturday, June 15th

7:00 p.m. Hungry Bill, 8:00 p.m. Mofones, 9:15 p.m. Science Fiction Idols & Dean Novotny. Sunday, June 16th 1:00 p.m.  t.b.a., 2:00 p.m.  t.b.a., 3:15 p.m.  Delian League. www.kelly-strayhorn.org   .


Fri June 14th to Sun June 16th - Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING Father's Day request weekend (Father gone awry).  Come see Shelley get hunted by Jack.  ("I'm not gonna hurt you, I'm just gonna bash your brains in!") FRI:  midnight SAT:  1pm, midnight SUN:  1pm only. ALSO PLAYING: METROPOLIS (new Japanese animation),  ABOUT A BOY (other Father's Day request)

Monday Night Discussion (7:30pm - ABOUT A BOY) featuring Sean Israel (Pittsburgh Pulp film critic, 3WS 94.5FM radio personality). The Oaks Theater 310 Allegheny River Boulevard - Oakmont (412) 828-6311. $4 TICKETS, affordable concessions, free streetside parking... DIRECTIONS: Call 412-828-6322 or visit www.theoakstheater.com


Sat June 15th - The Abstract Earth Project proudly presents, Galactique at the Shadow Lounge featuring music by Intergalactic Faerie  Funk (reflective, philadelphia pa, www.galacticfunk.net )This live improvisational house music trio will be bringing their dreamy sounds to the steel city.  All tracks will be played and remixed on the fly, allowing them to create music inspired by the moment for the moment.  Also Playing:  Centauri, Bedlam, Victor and elle Mental. $5 Donation /Saturday / 10pm - 4am. Shadow Lounge 5972 baum blvd. 412.363.8277


Sat June 16th - June 17th - New Horizon Theater presents…“Get Ready”. The story of an R&B group making their comeback…Written by Jaye Stewart and Joe Plummer. Directed by Eileen J. Morris. Friday & Saturday 7:30pm. Sunday 3:00pm. Wolf Hall. East Liberty Lutheran Church. 5707 Penn Ave.Reservations: 412.431.0773


Sat. June 16th - 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. http://cityguides.salsaweb.com/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/salsa_clubs.htm


Sat June 13th until 23rd - Quake, new play by Melanie Marnich. Lucy's _moving with the curve of the world_ on a journey to find Big Love. Quake is a cautionary tale for adults, with a twist of astrophysics. Our heroine meets a mysterious serial killer/astrophysicist who's been there, done that; says she __wished upon a supernova.  I wanted more. Quantum Artistic Director Karla Boos has assembled a cast including Rebecca Covey and Aaron Alpern from Chicago, Janelle Baker, Steve Macri, Andy Place, and Lydia Burns.  She stages a literal journey for Quantum's peripatetic audience in the cavernous Gage Building.  Designers are having a field day. Lighting and sound by Bryan Miller, scenic design by Thommy Conran, costumes by Pei-Chi Su. Quake is first in Quantum's subscription series of 4. Tickets sold through ProArts ticket service (412) 394-3353.  $20.  Students $15, limited number available.   Quake runs June 7 - 23 at the Gage Bldg., 30th & Liberty in Strip next to Bare Elegance. Tix ProArts 412-394-3353. www.quantumtheatre.com


Sat June 15th - pghmonkeyhouse has been invited by Gallery Coordinator, George Davis, to inhabit the Pittsburgh Filmmakers' New Gallery until the 15th of June.  We are currently using the space to display 88 past monkey portraits and multiple forms of documentation of previous exhibits. During the regular gallery hours of 12 - 5 mon-fri, we will be live monkey painting and invite those curious of the process to visit. Saturday the 15th studio/gallery hours will be extended from noon to just before the closing. Through barter, Big Burrito will be supplying snacks for us and the visitors. LIVE MONKEY painting closing JUNE 15TH - 8PM. MUSIC by peepeedeebee. FILMS: inexcusable seed. VIDEO: featuring the premiere of "monkey forest tourist" by t.foley. And of course food and beverage. Pittsburgh Filmmakers' New Gallery and Melwood Screening Room 477 Melwood Ave. www.pghfilmmakers.org  www.pghmonkeyhouse.com 


Sun June 16th - Sonnatang Sundays. Resident: DJ Centauri. Spinning chilled out, soulful grooves to go with your afternoon coffee. 3pm-7pm. Coca Lounge. 3811 Butler St. 412.621.3171.


Sun June 16th - The All Star Game. House music & other soulful grooves to dance you into Monday morning. Pub IG. Atwood St under India Garden [Oakland].


Sun June 16th - Jazz Satellite feat. Bros. Peck. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277.


Mon June 17th - Revolve w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo. Guest DJs weekly. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.


Mon June 17th - 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 June 18th - Tuesday Electric Cafe Series 8p-12a $5 All Ages.  Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.


Tues June 18th - Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. www.quietstormcoffee.com  .


Wed June 19th - Wednesday Jazz Jam Session 8p-11p* (*time change beg. next week: 6p-9p). Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.


Tues June 18th - Underground Railroad Lecture. Heinz History Center. 1212 Smallman Street in the Strip.7-8PM.  Dr. Spencer Crew, executive director and chief executive officer of the National Underground Railroad. Freedom Center in Cincinnati, will present a special lecture on the Underground Railroad. He is leading the team of historians, exhibit developers, educators,writers and fundraisers working to build the Freedom Center, which is scheduled to open in 2004. Free with museum admission and free for Historical Society members. Reservations are requested. Please call 412-454-6372. www.pghhistory.org


Wed June 19th - "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 June 19thFunkhouse Artists presents The Dave Throckmorton Trio feat. Paul Thompson on Bass, Ben Opie on Sax and Throck on the Drums.  8pm @ The Quiet Storm Café.  5430 Penn Ave [Friendship].  www.quietstormcoffee.com


Thurs June 20th - 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.


Thurs June 20th - 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. Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside]


Thurs June 20th until 23rdThe Three Rivers Arts Festival. For info: www.artsfestival.net


Fri June 21st – SOMA MESTIZO + BEAM, performing together @ the Attic. 3609 Forbes Ave (3rd floor) in Oakland. 412-682-2050. www.clublaga.com  cover charge is $5 (two bands, what a deal!!) and show starts at 9:30 PM


Fri June 21st - [How Cool!] @ Good Fridays: The Evening Factory.  The Andy Warhol Museum 117 Sandusky Street--North Shore. The Evening Factory is about creative thinking and experimentation. Like in Andy Warhol's New York studio, the Silver Factory, it offers the opportunity to play and work all night long. Print 'til you drop, listen to music, have something to drink, be a film Super Star or just relax in the creative vibe. 412-237-8300. www.warhol.org  FREE!!!


Fri June 21st  - First Annual Friends of the Riverfront Trail Mixer A confluence of art, music and energy Friday June 21, 6-9 p.m. To benefit Friends of the Riverfront. Mix it up at a rivers' edge celebration with food, drink and music in the cool spaces of the Carnegie Mellon National Robotics Engineering Consortium at Ten 40th Street in Lawrenceville. Highlighting the best-kept riverfront secrets in the City, this year's Trail Mix(er) celebrates the Lawrenceville community, its riverfront trail and future waterfront amenities Not your typical fund raiser, this event will be staged outdoors and

integrated with the rivers on the summer solstice--the longest day of  the year. $50 for the evening's celebration $35 for members of Friends of the Riverfront or if you hike, bike, boat or bus to the party. For more information, please call 412 441-3673 or email jennifer@friendsoftheriverfront.org


Sat June 22nd - Green Mannequin Productions and Calliope present the > > the BACK PORCH BALLROOM SERIES! > > ANOTHER KEELER SHOW!!! Featuring **THE LARRY KEEL EXPERIENCE** from the Blueridge Mountains of Virginia!! > ~AND~ Old Time Brother Duets by **John Mackin & David Long** > > Saturday night June 22nd > > 8:30PM > > at the Quiet Storm 5430 PENN AVE in Friendship/Garfield Tickets $10, available at the door only. Come early. Stay late. Just don’t miss it! www.quietstormcoffee.com