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….


June 19th Update – Get involved. The city of bridges is picking up momentum as far as happenings underneath the surface, however, the elements above ground don’t quite understand. Kudo’s to the folks who showed city hall the true force of the underground  Click here to read more






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element 5 picks (June 19th-June 30th, 2002):



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 - Famed album cover and poster designer ART CHANTRY: Live At The Andy Warhol Museum. Gritty, funny, and refreshingly low-tech, award-winning work promoting countless bands, social causes and non-profits. He has designed over 5,000 logos by hand. Please join AIGA Pittsburgh in welcoming Mr. Chantry as he explains the origins and unorthodox processes behind his work. *AIGA Members are also welcome to an after-lecture preview of the upcoming Warhol Museum exhibit, "The LP Show," which features more than 2,000 LP covers culled from over 50 collections. The exhibition will trace the history of graphic design for album covers from its beginnings in the 1940's to contemporary graphics that endure the rise of the compact disc. 5:30 - 6:30 pm  Reception in The Warhol Lobby; 6:30 - 8:30 pm  Art Chantry Presentation in auditorium; 8:00 - 9:00 pm  Sneak Preview of the upcoming exhibit "The LP Show" (AIGA members only*). To RSVP in advance: info@aigapgh.org  or call Ted Williams at 412.402.0148


Thurs June 20th - WHO ARE YOUR NEIGHBORS IN PRIDE? A discussion of issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people in Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the GLBT Rights Committee of the Pittsburgh ACLU as part of Pittsburgh's Pride Week. Speakers: Chris Biancheria, civil rights attorney Joshua Ferris, President of the University of Pittsburgh's Rainbow Alliance Larry Frankel, Legislative Director of ACLU-PA Dave Martin. The event is Free & Open to the Public - All are Welcome. Date/Time: Thursday, June 20, 2002, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Location: Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall Carnegie Mellon University campus, 4825 Frew Street (across from Flagstaff Hill). For more info, call the ACLU office at 412-681-7736.Online map of the CMU campus:

http://www.cmu.edu/home/visitors/map/index.html  . 


Thurs June 20th - Please join us for the 13th US/CUBA Friendshipment Caravan's Salsa Party Thursday, June 20th at Rosebud, 1650 Smallman Street, The Strip, starting at 10:00 p.m., doors open at 9:00 p.m. Featuring Sammy DeLeon y Su Orchestra, called the hottest young timbalero in America by the legendary Tito Puente. A medical supply fundraiser - admission is either a $5 raffle donation or a bottle of adult or children's vitamins (100 tablets minimum, unopened and unexpired). This is an over-21 event. For more information contact 412.241.5960, or Corazon_cuba@yahoo.com


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 - 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 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. Free performance by world-reknowned turntablist Toshio Kajiwara 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


Fri June 21st - Versus: The Versus Project is a multi-dimensional exploration into the most innovative DJs, laced with fierce percussion, wicked horns, and vigilant MCs. Come get your groove on til sunrise. Centauri vs. The Hardgroove Project, Smartie, B-bonics, Middle East. June 21, 2002 11pm-5am. 5972 Baum Blvd at South Highland $20 at the door. $5 off w/RSVP by June 20 Complimentary drinks served til 2am with guest bartenders from Kelly's Bar & Grill. To RSVP or for more info: code3productions@hotmail.com 


Fri June 21 - "Nine Queens" Pittsburgh Filmmakers Regent Square Theater, 1035 South Braddock Avenue, Edgewood Call for show times - 412-682-4111  Who's scamming who in this clever caper? A sell-out at film festivals across the world, the story follows the adventures of Juan and Marcos, two street swindlers who team up to sell (forged) rare stamps -- the "nine queens." But nothing is as it seems. This con within a con is seeped in cinema's history of suspicious characters and plot twists. Hitchcock would've loved it. (Directed by Fabian Bielinsky; Argentina; 2002; 115 min) www.pghfilmmakers.org


Fri June 21st 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.  www.citytheatrecompany.org


Fri June 21st to Sat June 22nd - Okmullen: An Artists Open House. 11 am to 6 PM or by appointment Karl Mullen will hoist an open house/exhibition/sale. Drawings, paintings, collage, planks, windows, postcards, oldshoes, painted handbags. 412-721-8427 for directions & info 7634 Westmoreland Ave [Swissvale]. Take Braddock past Edgewood town center-up hill- through light-first left is Westmoreland ave. -up 1 block on right


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


Sat June 22nd - THE NEW YINZER'S 10th-ISSUE ANNIVERSARY PARTY Saturday, June 22 // 8pm-12am.  Boxheart Expressions, 4523 Liberty Avenue [Bloomfield]. The New Yinzer--a magazine online for the city of Pittsburgh--is still here, and it's here for you. For that, a celebration is in order.  The New Yinzer will toast its readers, supporters, and contributors this Saturday with a 10th-ISSUE ANNIVERSARY PARTY, featuring: * adult refreshments from Pittsburgh Brewing Co. * live DJs from WPTS 92.1 FM radio * local crimefighting rock band The Legion of Incredibly Strange Superheroes * The New Yinzer's editors and asssociates selling copies of its 16-page storybook, _Bedtime Stories for People in Trouble_ for a simple dollar * good times and enjoyment. For more information,  call Jennifer at 412/725.7918.


Sun June 23rd - 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 23rd - 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 23rd - Jazz Satellite feat. Bros. Peck. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277.


Mon June 24th - Revolve w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo. Guest DJs weekly. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.


Mon June 24th - 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 25th - Tuesday Electric Cafe Series 8p-12a $5 All Ages.  Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.


Tues June 25th - Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. www.quietstormcoffee.com  .


Wed June 26th - Wednesday Jazz Jam Session 8p-11p* (*time change beg. next week: 6p-9p). Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.


Wed June 26th - "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 26th -  Midnight Espresso Series - poetry, talk, art and more every Wednesday. Ramseys II, Homewood. 412-371-3445. www.bridgespotters.com 


Wed June 26th - Topaz and Moonraker. Live Jazz, Funk, and 21st century soul for the bottom jigglers. 8 p.m. Wed., June 26, at the Rex Theater, South Side. 412-381-6811. Check the article on Topaz in this week's City Paper http://www.pghcitypaper.com/music1.html 


Wed June 26th - The Paul Thompson Project (bass player from Beam Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. www.quietstormcoffee.com  .


Thurs June 27th - Precision Contractors (avant garde experimental with spoken word/art) Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. www.quietstormcoffee.com  .


Thurs June 27th - 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 27th - 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 27 - Kingsley Center. 6118 Penn Circle South (East Liberty). 3-8 pm. The Southwestern Pennsylvania AIDS Planning Coalition is teaming up with the Kingsley Center to offer free, confidential and most importantly, painless (no needles) HIV testing.  There will be free food and drink, massages, music and a host of other health screenings: diabetes, breast cancer, cholesterol, stroke, blood pressure and vision.  Parents will be able to sign their children up for free health coverage.


Fri June 28th - The Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Graphics Arts (www.aigapgh.org) presents iPropaganda! Cuban Political and Film Posters. FREE Opening Reception: This Friday June 28, 2002 from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Garfield Artworks Gallery, 4931 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. The first of its kind in Pittsburgh, this exhibition will present original Cuban political posters dating from the 1950s to the late 1990s. The exhibition represents the importance of the Cuban poster both in disseminating political messages and in demonstrating Cuba's art culture as a thriving international force. Chef Jill and Chef Sheryl from Herbs & Spices will be serving up a Havana Fiesta of appetizers. Plantain Chips with Mango Salsa, Cuban Black Bean Dip, Black Eyed Pea Fritters, Mini Cubano Sandwiches, Pumpkin Flan Bites and more! Local Designer and Cuban Music Aficionado Michael Mancini will be brewing some mixes of favorite songs. This show can also be viewed by appointment from June 25 through July 2, 2002 by calling 412-802-7096, or 412-361-2262 or mancusoart@cs.com  


Fri June 28th - The BridgeSpotters Collective presents...The Gallery: “Discovery” Kelly-Strayhorn Theater 5941 Penn Avenue 7-10pm. Featuring Artists from The BridgeSpotters Collective:  Tarish Pipkins [poetry and live art] KL [poetry], Bomani Howze [poetry], Vema Sam’I [poetry], Nate da Phat Barber [dj], Uhnk [live art], Big Sloan [live art], Juliana Varela [visual art]. Also… Nego Gato Inc. Solomon Steelpan Company and Youth artists from...The Urban League of Pittsburgh Charter School NorthSide Urban Pathways Miller African-Centered Academy The Gallery is an interdisciplinary showcase of the arts based on a theme.  The theme for this upcoming Gallery is “Discovery”.  The Gallery is the BridgeSpotters’ first signature amenity.  “It’s like the M.E.S. times 10!” Ticket prices are $10 available at The Natural Choice or order by phone 412.243.3039 $12 at the door. www.bridgespotters.com  and www.1naturalchoice.com


Fri June 28th - Official Gallery after-party at the MES! 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: Jeanine Foster McKelvia [If you have seen her on stage for Kuntu, you know she has the spirit and talent to make this MES poetry set a night to remember.] DJ: Nate da Phat. Vibe:  House Blend. www.bridgespotters.com  and www.1naturalchoice.com


Sat June 29th - FLUX! another excellent event brought to you by the Flux crew and Ground Zero collective. Must see! All donations go 100% towards the artists. www.fluxpgh.com


Sat June 29th - Critical Mass. A celebration of creative community event. Featuring that "creative class" guy Richard Florida + friends. 8pm. Andy Warhol Museum. Sandusky Street--North Shore. Free Admission. Cash Bar. Live music y crisis car. DJ Product 19. http://www.twohead-studios.com/critical-mass


Sat June 29 -  Art show at the Sloanique Art Gallery. Featuring the works of Alphonso Sloan.  6pm. The Sloanique Gallery is located at 5800 Bryant Street Pgh, Pa 15206 in between Highland and Negley avenues. (Highland Park)   For more info call 412-361-3484.


Sun June 30 - Kickin' It Live. Club Cafe, 56 South 12th St, South Side 4:00 - 7:00 PM part of the Pittsburgh Music Works Educational Series co-sponsored by M A P RSVP:        412-922-3458 or pghmusicworks@aol.com A hands-on introduction to stage sound: How microphone position changes sound, Setting and checking levels, Stage vs. house sound, with music by the PMW All-stars. FREE!