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Jim Donovan
CD Release Party

Thurs June 26th
@ Mr.Smalls
Film: Amandla!
Thurs June 26th
@ The Melwood Screening Room
Johnsons Big Band
CD Release Party
Sat June 28th
@ The
Brewhouse
Higher Ground Music Festival
June 26th-28th
@ Sunshine Daydream
Campground, WV

 

June 29th, 2003 UpdateOur event picks of the week are listed below. For comprehensive event listings & happenings, dig through the Culture sections of this website. In addition, Bridgespotters , Ground Zero , emayhem, splashmax, The Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, Pitt Arts and MAP maintain regular email lists of events in the Steel City.  Our collective works hard to bring you updated local cultural information. Your feedback is most important to us as we undertake a massive update of our website. Please feel free to drop us a line anytime - element5ive@yahoo.com  

 

 

Some community messages:

 

 

·       [Jun 19th  2003] - PITT ARTS - event list

·       [Jun 25th  2003] - GZ - Happenings list

·       [Jun 25th  2003] - BEAM - Updates

·       [Jun 25th  2003] - KHAFIF - Class changes + updates

·       [Jun 24th  2003] -  THE UNION PROJECT - Workshop on Stained Glass Repair

·       [Jun 23rd  2003] - PITTSBURGH PUBLIC THEATER - Volunteer Request

·       [Jun 23rd  2003] - PGH MUSIC WORKS - Workshop on live music recording

·       [Jun 20th  2003] - MATTRESS FACTORY NEWS

·       [Jun 20th  2003] - BRIDGESPOTTERS - Friday e-list

·       [Jun 19th  2003] - KIVA HAN - Craig St location available as performance venue

·       [Jun 19th  2003] - LARRY ELBAUM FUNDRAISER - this Sun June 22nd. Our prayers + thoughts R w/ U

·       [Jun 18th  2003] - PENN AVE ARTS INITIATIVE - PAAI e-list

·       [Jun 18th  2003] - The WARHOL:  Upcoming Events

·       [Jun 18th  2003] - EARLY LEARNING INSTITUTE - Benefit Bike Ride

·       [Jun 17th  2003] - CMU - Free Computer Recycling Day this Sat June 21st

·       [Jun 17th  2003] - UNION PROJECT - UPDATES

·       [Jun 14th  2003] - PROJECT 1877 - Esparanto Language Classes Starting June 30th

·       [Jun 13th  2003] - NO WALL PRODUCTIONS - New Loft Exhibit

·       [Jun 11th  2003] - FLUX - Flux No. 10 Success!

·       [Jun 11th  2003] - PENN AVE ARTS INITIATIVE - PAAI e-list

·       [Jun 11th  2003] - Ground Zero Happenings List

·       [Jun 10th  2003] - THE UNION PROJECT - Clean-Up day this Saturday June 14th

·       [Jun 4th  2003] - PENN AVE ARTS INITIATIVE - PAAI e-list

·       [Jun 4th  2003] - THE NEW YINZER - New website unveiled

·       [Jun 2nd  2003] - THE UNION PROJECT - We're Recovering. Thanks to everyone for the Help

 

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Thurs June 26th  Wed July 2nd, 2003]:

 

 

 

 

Thurs Jun 26th 

 

Thurs Jun 26th - Jim Donovan - CD Release Show w/ guests Michael Sanders, Liz Berlin, Patrick Norman, DJ Selecta, Big John Stud, Frank Gambino, Blowout, Mr. Stich, Michael Sanders. 8pm @ Mr.Smalls Theater. 400 Lincoln Ave [Millvale]. 412-821-4447 and www.mrsmalls.com 

 

Thurs Jun 26th - The BULLSEAL! DOMINUTIVE ritual performance and open mic. A brain-bending show...why haven't you seen it yet? A spoken work open mic with heavy improv backup, giant puppets, projections, non-poetry anti-music and unsanity. 8pm @ The Rex Theater. 1602 East Carson Street [South Side]. www.rextheatre.com

 

Thurs Jun 26th - American Shorts Reading Series #4- "War" Featuring Chris Potter and Alexi Morrissey and Vintage Newsreels from 30’s-70s. This month our theme is War (hence the Armory connection!) and our readers and texts include Managing Editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper, Chris Potter reading "Open Arms", from Robert Olen Butler’s Pulitzer Prize winning collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, and artist Alexi Morrissey reading the modern classic "The Things They Carried" which received the National Magazine Award, from the collection also entitled The Things They Carried by author Tim O’Brian. Additionally, we will screen vintage newsreels related to our texts and theme. The price of admission is $3.00 per person; delicious light snacks and cold refreshments will be served. Please come and enjoy an evening of selected shorts. 7pm. @ The Hunt Armory space. 324 Emerson Street (across the street from Sacred Heart School) [Shadyside]. www.americanshorts.org
 

Thurs Jun 26th - MR. & MR$. FUNKY & MARTY are proud to invite you to their rock opera, THE TRANSMOGRIFICATION OF THE WORKING POOR root for God's home team, THE WORKING POOR. bum out to the devil and his band, SOILER. go to church with THE WHITE STRIPES OF JOY. shake your head in astonishment as TOMMY AMOEBA springs from a can of pabst blue ribbon. starring MR$. FUNKY as the deity, DAVE MANSUETO as the beast and TOMMY AMOEBA as a can of beer. one night only: this thursday. one place only: the 31st st. pub, where all the operas operate. MR. & MR$. FUNKY & MARTY ride again. THE TRANSMOGRIFICATION OF THE WORKING POOR. $6 | 10 pm @ 31st Street Pub. 3101 Penn Ave [Strip District]. Info: www.31stpub.com

 

Thurs Jun 26th - Film:  Amandla! A Revolution in Four Parts.  The power of music to motivate, console, unite and ultimately beget change is gloriously realized in this documentary. It chronicles the history of apartheid in South Africa from its beginnings in 1947, to the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years in prison, to his historic election in 1994. After viewing this Sundance award-winner, Dave Matthews jumped at the chance to produce the soundtrack (Directed by Lee Hirsch; USA; 2003; 103 min).  @ The Melwood Screening Room.  477 Melwood Ave [N. Oakland]. 412-682-4111 or www.pghfilmmakers.org

 

Thurs Jun 26th - Davu.  Live Performance. $5. 9pm. @ The Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. [Corner of Baum & S.Highland, East Liberty]. 412-363-8277 or www.7thmovement.net 

 

Thurs Jun 26th - Regan w/ Barrett Black Band. Live. 8pm @ The Quiet Storm. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. www.quietstormcoffee.com  | 412-661-9355 | and www.regan.com

 

 

Thurs Jun 26th - Weekly Deep House night and other groovy soulful music courtesy of resident DJ DC Space and your host Jason C. Weekly guest DJs representing the best in soulful dance music with a touch of class and a down to earth vibe. $2 Yuengling / $3 well drink special. FREE! 10pm-2am. @ Club Havana - 5744 Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside].  

email:  jasonc_clubhavana@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Fri Jun 27th

 

Fri Jun 27th - O!pening. no wall productions and EDGE Studio present their sleek new downtown loft building. James Simon unveils his larger-than-life musicians in the courtyard. Things to see & do: 9:30 Strolling accordion. Breakfast bites. 10:00 Lofts open. All day. 10:30 The Mayor. The press. The event. 4:00 Staying downtown. A conversation. Begler Group. 5:00 Music. Dance. Little bites. Beer. Until 9.  Live music with Hill Jordan, Attack Theatre, Jim & Deb Bogen, Barrett Black, Phat Man Dee, Danny O. Quartet. @ 947 Liberty Avenue [Downtown]. For more information: sarah@nowall.com  or www.nowall.com  or www.EDGE-studio.com  or www.simonsculpture.com

 

Fri Jun 27th - Pittsburgh Platforms. Opening Celebration. Pittsburgh Platforms, an exhibition of 21st century regional projects by 19 Pittsburgh-trained or Pittsburgh-based architects and designers. Pittsburgh Platforms, representing some of the most imaginative and innovative plans around, is on view June 28-October 5, 2003. Free w/ Cash Bar. 6:30pm @ Carnegie Museum of Art. 4400 Forbes Ave [Oakland]. www.cmoa.org

 

Fri Jun 27th - Good Fridays:  Film: Douglas Gordon’s Feature Film. A rare chance to see contemporary artist, Douglas Gordon’s major film work, Feature Film (Great Britain, 1999) 81 min. The film isolates the famously eerie orchestral score from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), tugging at our visual memories and leaving us to re-imagine the horror classic for ourselves. Gordon’s film arranges a divorce between sound and vision and orchestrates an affair between what you remember and what you see. Relates to the exhibition Douglas Gordon: Blind Star.  $5 | 6pm. @ The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky Street [Nortthside]. 412.237.8300 or www.warhol.org

 

Fri Jun 27th Theater Opening: FREE 2 B. . .U AND ME. A cabaret celebrating individuality. Free 2 B . . . U And Me features songs from such shows as Steel Pier, Guys and Dolls, Free To Be. . .You and Me, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, in addition to some jazz standards. RoseColored Glasses was to perform Drakula: The Rock Opera at this time, but has rescheduled for later this year. Exact dates to be announced. Free 2 B . . . U And Me, a cast collaboration, features: Artistic Director Dennis Dippary, Bronwyn Steinberg, Regan Bright, and Jo Wilkens, with David Svoboda and Eric Orr accompanying. This production is a fund-raiser for both RoseColored Glasses and their upcoming production of Drakula: The Rock Opera. 8pm @ Gemini Theater. 7501 Penn Ave in the Factory [Point Breeze]. www.geminitheater.com

 

Fri Jun 27th - Mattress Factory: SKYSPACE VIEWINGS,  Opening Early and Keeping the Lights on Late The Mattress Factory will open early and keep the lights on late on June 27 for visitors to enjoy one of the installation pieces in the James Turrell: Into the Light exhibition. Skyspace, an outdoor piece built for viewing the sky and atmospheric changes is most dramatic to view during sunrise and sunset. Sunrise viewing: 5:15 - 6:45 AM Sunset viewing: 8:00 - 9:30 PM.  @ The Mattress Factory.  500 Sampsonia Way [North Side]. www.mattress.org

 

Fri Jun 27th SAUCE!  Check out one of the funkiest, hip shaking nights to hit the city in a while.  Soulful. Funky. Warm vibes all around. w/ element 5 favorite DJ Ed Umm.  Hosted by Christina & Kelly from Milk Records. FREE! Good Food + Drinks! @ Ray's Marlin Beach Grill & Lounge.  5121 Butler Street [Lawrenceville].  Info:  www.milkrecords.net/sauce


Fri Jun 27th - BEAM live with special guests Cloaking Device. 10pm @ Zythos.
2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.

 

Fri Jun 27th - 3 4 U: Live convergence of massive energy, booty shaking, and soul stirring frenzy w/ Chai Baba, Soma Mestizo, and Ouve. 9pm @ The Quiet Storm. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. www.quietstormcoffee.com  | 412-661-9355

 

Fri Jun 27th - Hip Hop Cafe Series. Live poetry, spoken word, music and beatz. 9pm-1am | $5 @ The Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. [Corner of Baum & S.Highland, East Liberty]. 412-363-8277. www.finlessbrown.com
 

Fri Jun 27th - Funk, Soul & Rare grooves.  Spun by E-Dan from local favs Strict Flow FREE! 10pm-2am. @ Club Havana - 5744 Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside].  

 

Fri Jun 27th - Hip Hop - with your residents Hank D & Big John Stud. @ The PGH Deli Co. 728 Copeland St. [Shadyside]. 412-682-DELI or www.pghdeli.com

 

Fri Jun 27th - Reggae, Dub, and DancehallFeat. The Reggae Bus Crew. DJs spinning the Deepest Dub and the Roots Reggae. Chill atmosphere. Every Friday @ Pub. I.G. 328 Atwood St [Below India Garden in Oakland].  412-682-1900

 

 

 

Sat Jun 28th

 

Sat Jun 28th - Pittsburgh Music Works presents a Live Music workshop. Learn how to make a quality recording of live music from pros Chris Strollo and Andy Wright. 1pm. @ The Brewhouse. 2100 Mary St [corner of Mary and 21st, South Side]. www.brewhouse.org or 412-335-0344
 

Sat Jun 28th - The Johnsons' Big Band. CD Release party. Full horn section included. 8pm @ The Brewhouse.  2100 Mary St [corner of Mary and 21st, South Side]. www.brewhouse.org or 412-335-0344

 

Sat Jun  28th - FILM: Quai des Orfevres. One of the uncontested masterpieces of French cinema, but rarely seen here since its original 1947 release, Quai des Orfevres is a film noir tour-de-force that earned Henri-Georges Clouzot praise long before his more famous Wages of Fear and Diabolique. It’s a moody mystery about a music hall entertainer (who Pauline Kael called “a voluptuous slut”) her jealous husband, a lesbian friend, and a sleazy businessman who ends up dead. Brilliantly transforming a classic whodunit plot, the French master of suspense takes us through smoke-filled music halls, little Parisian streets, the circus, sordid apartments, to a police station where a casually sadistic interrogation take place. (Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot; France; 1947; 105 min) @ The Regent Square Theater. 1035 S. Braddock Ave [Edgewood]. For showtimes, call: 412-682-4111 or www.pghfilmmakers.org

 

Sat Jun 28th - 720 Records Night @ Tangos.  Deep dishes of soulful funky dance vibes courtesy of DJs Eric Justin and J Roberts of 720 Records.  10pm-onwards. FREE. @ Tango's Martnin Bar.  Corner of Sandusky & E. General Robinson [across from the Warhol Museum, North Side]. 412-325-2600.
 

Sat Jun 28th - Pulse, Live cutting edge electronic music & DJs. All ages. FREE. 10pm @ Kiva Han. Forbes and Craig Streets [Oakland] - 412.687.6355,

 

Sat Jun 28th - Jazz in the House. Let your resident DC space take you on a jazz oddessy in nu dance music. Soulful. @ Club Havana - 5744 Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside]. 

 

Sat Jun 28th -  "Salsa". Shake your hips to the sounds of Tropa Orchestral.  @ Cozumel. 5505 Walnut St. [Shadyside]. Info:  Pittsburgh Salsa Web

 

Sat Jun 28th - CRASH! The ever popular afterhours featuring free waffle buffet with all the fixings Waffles made fresh on the spot by the one and only DJ SMI, spinning some straight up soulful and downtempo. BYOB. $5. @ Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. [corner of Baum & S.Highland in East Liberty]. 412-363-8277

 

 

 

Sun Jun 29th 

 

Sun Jun 29th - Quantum Theatre presents the AMERICAN PREMIERE of this poetic new play by German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig, translated and directed by Melanie Dreyer. Young German and Arab immigrants live side by side in huge, modern apartment complexes in gritty cities like Berlin… their lives seem undistinguishable, but at core, these people are different… or are they? The play examines the fantasies we spin about those ‘exotically’ different from ourselves. It’s images are elemental desert winds and raging waters are lurking, as if there’s a menacing dream just behind pedestrian reality. Are the characters whom they seem to be, or are they embodiments of ancestors long gone, scores unsettled? 8pm | $20. @ Spring Way Center. 2515 Liberty Avenue [Strip District]. www.quantumtheatre.com
 

Sun Jun 29th - FILM: Quai des Orfevres. One of the uncontested masterpieces of French cinema, but rarely seen here since its original 1947 release, Quai des Orfevres is a film noir tour-de-force that earned Henri-Georges Clouzot praise long before his more famous Wages of Fear and Diabolique. It’s a moody mystery about a music hall entertainer (who Pauline Kael called “a voluptuous slut”) her jealous husband, a lesbian friend, and a sleazy businessman who ends up dead. Brilliantly transforming a classic whodunit plot, the French master of suspense takes us through smoke-filled music halls, little Parisian streets, the circus, sordid apartments, to a police station where a casually sadistic interrogation take place. (Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot; France; 1947; 105 min) @ The Regent Square Theater. 1035 S. Braddock Ave [Edgewood]. For showtimes, call: 412-682-4111 or www.pghfilmmakers.org

 

Sun Jun 29th - Sunday Services. Sermons of deep house, funk, and soul. Divine brunch and lunch services; congregations on our outdoor patio. Offerings of bloody mary's, white russians, and mimosas, and of course ... the word according to brother Black Mike. 1pm-6pm, 21+. @ Club Havana - 5744 Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside]. 

 

Sun Jun 29th - 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. An element 5 favorite! Drink special: 1/2 off all Martins until midnight. No Cover. 10pm-2am @ PUB I.G on the lower level of India Garden, 328 Atwood St [Oakland]. (412)682-1900 or The All Star Game Website

 

Sun Jun 29th - Bros. Peck Jazz Satellite. Live Jazz. Good Coffee. ‘nuff said. @ Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277

 

Sun Jun 29th - Spoken Word Sundays (open mic). 8pm @ Quiet Storm Coffeehouse. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. www.quietstormcoffee.com  

 

 

 

Mon Jun 30th 

 

 

Mon Jun 30th - Film: Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times. Without question, MIT professor Noam Chomsky is one of America’s foremost voices of dissent. Linguist by trade, political analyst by conscience, he has long been a critic of US foreign policy and the media. His recent book, 9-11, has launched Chomsky into a much larger spotlight. This timely documentary serves as a fascinating companion piece. Assembled from a series of lectures given at various colleges, then intercut with informal interviews, the film offers compelling insight into how the rest of the world sees us. At a time when unquestioning patriotism is the order of the day, Chomsky’s unblinking views are as unsettling as they are profound. @ The Harris Theater. 809 Liberty Ave [Downtown]. For showtimes, call: 412-682-4111 or www.pghfilmmakers.org

 

Mon Jun 30th - SOUL: New Monday Night Dance & Chill Spot. SMI Resident DJ w/ weekly Guests. Spinning Afro-Brazilian Beat, Deep& Jazzy House, Reggae, Hip-Hop, and Soul. 21 & Over. Dress: Urban Chic. Smoke-Free Venue. 2-Floors. Kitchen open ‘til 10pm. $5 Cover after 10pm. 8p-12a.  @ The Mezzanotte Café. 4621 Liberty Ave [Bloomfield]. www.7thmovement.net and www.mezzanottecafe.com

 

Mon Jun 30th - Live Acoustic - Open Stage. 8pm @ The Rex Theater. 1602 East Carson Street [South Side]. www.rextheatre.com

 

Mon Jun 30th - Revolve w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo.. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.

 

Mon Jun 30th 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. @ The Crawford Grill. 2141 Wylie Avenue. [Hill District]. 412-471-1565.

 

 

 

Tues July 1st 

 

Tues July 1st - The Break, Let It Burn, and The Syndicate.  Live indie rock. 8pm @ The Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd [Corner of Baum & S.Highland, East Liberty].  412-363-8277 or www.7thmovement.net

 

Tues July 1st - Jazz Satellite. Live jazz for your after work release from these Momentum alumni..  Free. 5-7pm. @ Katz Plaza. Penn Ave @ 6th [Downtown]. www.pgharts.org/art/katz.cfm

 

Tues July 1st - Hardgroove Project. Havana presents a unique weekly featuring live music + DJs in an Open Jam format. Dancing, drinks - bring your own instruments! FREE! 9pm-1am.  @ Club Havana - 5744 Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside]. 
 

Tues July 1st - Solid State Soul. A new deep house night, hitting the Memphis Lounge (Zythos) on Tuesday nights. w/ resident DJ DC Space and guests. 10pm-2am. Free!!! 21+ @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.

 

Tues July 1st - Jazz in the Lounge featuring Steve Palko. Open Jam. Signups begin at 9pm. @ The Rex Theater. 1602 East Carson Street [South Side]. www.rextheatre.com

 

Tues July 1st - Ya Dig?! 720 Soul night. Featuring rare grooves, jazz, and scratchy funk records of DJs Selecta and Bus Pass. 9pm-1am [kitchen open until midnight]. @ Kelly's Bar & Grill. 6012 Penn Circle South [East Liberty, just down the street from Shadow Lounge]. 412.363.6012

 

Tues July 1st - Every Tuesday with rotating DJs drastik,bigjohnstud,nuke knocka,spaed, kerochad rapp, adolf theives, and more!! Spinning Hip hop, rare grooves, r&b, reggae, soul, etc.  10pm-2am @ Cozumel.  5505 Walnut St [Shadyside].  412.621.5100

 

 

 

Wed July 2nd 

 

 

Wed Jun 2nd - Ha Ha...Comedy Night. A weekly Wed Comedy night at Club Café featuring young New Pittsburgh Comedic talent. @ Club Café. 56 S 12th St. [Southside]. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com

 

Wed Jun 2nd - Live Jazz.  Good Food. Libations. 8pm. @ The PGH Deli Co. 728 Copeland St. [Shadyside]. 412-682-DELI or www.pghdeli.com

 

Wed Jun 2nd - Open Jam Session hosted by Gene Stovall. 9pm-1am @ The Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd [Corner of Baum & S.Highland, East Liberty].  412-363-8277.

 

Wed Jun 2nd - Spoken Word Wednesdays - All open mic. Musicians Jamming. Think the movie Love Jones.  @ The New Crawford Grill .  2141 Wylie Avenue [Hill District]. 412-471-1565

 

Wed Jun 2nd "Salsa". Salsa Lessons & DJs spinning salsa music @ Club Havana. 5744 Ellsworth Ave [Shadyside]. 10pm. 412-661-2025.visit the Pittsburgh Salsa Web

 

Wed Jun 2nd - Nostalgia. Every Wednesday, DJs SMI and Nate Da Phat Barber spin the most Classic Hip hop, R&B, and Reggae with a new school vibe. 21+. $8.  10pm-2am. @ Kayla's Place. 4923 Penn Ave [Garfield]. Info:  www.soulgardenlive.com

 

 

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