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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….

 

Nov 27th , 2002 Update – Happy Thanksgiving.  We welcome all the out of towners back to the steel city for the holidays. For everyone travelling, have a safe and happy one.  Spend Thursday night with good food and company. Then show your peeps some good times under the surface (Get around with the UV Loop).  Our picks of the week are listed below. For comprehensive event listings & happenings, dig through the Music and Culture sections of this website. In addition, the Bridgespotters , Ground Zero , emayhem and MAP maintain regular email lists of events in the Steel City.  MAP also maintains a comprehensive database of music venues, bands and event promoters.  Our website update is still in progress, it should be online next week (Check out the new music links). So explore and enjoy. As always, your feedback is very important to us – please feel free to drop us a line anytime. 

 

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·       The state of public transit in our city:   Save Our Transit

·       The BridgespottersA special Message

·       Cycling in the City:  The Better Way

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

·        ZoningIssues for non-profit organizations

·        Urban Development:  Opportunities to get involved

 

 

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element 5 picks [Nov 27th  – Dec 3rd , 2002]:

[This page is updated every Wed, Thurs, & Fri as we dig for more info on the week’s happenings]

 

 

Wed Nov 27th  

 

 

Wed Nov 27th  Wednesday Live Jazzl Jam SessionLadies 6pm-8:59pm. @ Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277. [East Liberty]

 

Wed Nov 27th  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. [East Liberty]

 

Wed Nov 27th  "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 Nov 27th  Zombo's Record Party. New wave, '50s & '60s roots rock, R&B and more. Weekly. @ The Upstage. Forbes Ave [Oakland]. 412.687.2050 or http://www.clublaga.com/

 

Wed Nov 27th  SoulScape, presented by Selecta of 720 Records. Your weekly dose of Rare Grooves, Jazz, Soul & Funk. FREE!!! @ Club Havana. 5744 Ellsworth Ave [Shadyside]. 10pm. 412-661-2025.

 

Wed Nov 27th  Deep House. With resident DJ's Aesir & Yuji San. 10pm. @ Pub I.G.  on the lower level of India Garden, 328 Atwood St (412)682-1900.

 

Wed Nov 27th  - Jive Turkey - Hip hop at Cozumel. Hank D and Big John Stud spin the freshest jams to get your groove on. Party before the feast. 10pm-2am. @ Cozumel. 505 Walnut St. [Shadyside]. 412-621-5100.

 

 

 

 

Thurs Nov 28th   

 

*** Thanksgiving Today - so most places will be closed. Call ahead to confirm.

 

Thurs Nov 28th   Desi DHAMAKA!  Bollywood, Bhangra,  and other Indian Dance music.  Experience a new kind of vibe in the steel city.  $1 Draft Specials.  Dum Maro Dum!  @ Pub I.G.  on the lower level of India Garden, 328 Atwood St (412)682-1900

 

Thurs Nov 28th  Weekly salsa night with dancing upstairs on a brand new wooden dance floor with DJ music provided by Paul Mitchell. No cover Charge. 9:30pm-2am. @ DeJa Vu Lounge [Formerly Area 51]. 2106 Penn Ave [Strip District]. Call 412-434-1144 for more info.

 

Thurs Nov 28th   - CLub Havana weekly. House/Techno/ and other groovy music courtesy of DC Space, Jason C, and weekly guest DJs. Rotating DJs weekly with a touch of class. $2 Yuengling / $3 well drink special. FREE. 10pm-2am. @ Club Havana - 5744 Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside].

 

Thurs Nov 28th   - Ron Wingfield Quartet. @ The Crawford Grill. 2141 Wylie Avenue. [Hill District]. 412-471-1565.

 

 

 

 Fri Nov 29th

 

Fri Nov 29th    Sunrise to Sunset @ The Mattress Factory.  View the beauty of light during the twilight hours through James Turrell's blockbuster interactive exhibition: Into The Light.  Sunrise viewing at 6:45pm.  Sunset viewing: 4pm with Alison K Babusci telling stories of sun, moon, and earth tales & myths.  Suggested museum admission $6. @ The Mattress Factory. 700 Sampsonia way [North side]. 412-231-3169 or www.mattress.org

 

Fri Nov 29th    The Garfield Artworks is pleased to host: A Book Reception Celebration! NEW FROM, CREATIVE ARTS BOOKS: "This Fantastic Struggle - The Life and Art of Esther Phillips" by Lisa A. Miles. With Dramatic Readings & Live Music by The Crow Flies. Refreshments provided. BYOB. Free. 7pm-11pm @ The Garfield Artworks. 4931 Penn Ave [Garfield]. For info call Lauri @ 412-802-7096 or email mancusoart@cs.com or 412-361-2262 or www.garfieldartworks.com

 

Fri Nov 29th  - Good Fridays @ the Warhol:  Miami DJ, T.S. Heritage, Chicago's DJ Joseph and Pittsburgh's DJ Tom and MC Bubbles spin the latest in the electronic dance music sub genres of dubstep and broken beat in The Warhol's Entrance Gallery. Dubstep is an amalgam of echo-FX-laden Jamaican dub music (instrumental dancehall or roots reggae) and the more recently evolved
cut-up beats of "2step" (also known as "UK Garage") Broken beat has similar origins-derived from crossing drum and bass with house music--but is more musically complex, incorporating the baroque elements of 70's jazz-rock fusion, strange chord structures, off-kilter beats and odd time signatures. Free.
7pm @ The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky Street [North Shore]. 412.237.8300 or http://www.warhol.org/  . Check the article in this week's City Paper http://www.pghcitypaper.com/music4.html

 

Fri Nov 29th  720 Records night. Rare grooves, hip-hop, funk soul, and a lot of house music to get your feet up and your groove on. Enjoy some good food and beverage, while your at it.  @ The Pittsburgh Deli Co.  728 Copeland Avenue off Walnut St. [Shadyside]. 412-682-DELI or http://www.pghdeli.com/

 

Fri Nov 29th  Bridgespotters presents a special installment of the Midnight Expresso Series [M.E.S.]. Tonight, the MES will be stopping back at its birthplace, Ramseys II. One of our foremost MES classics was when the Akil Esoon Quintet rocked the house back in Spring of 2001. With many of the same band members and an even funkier sound, the drum and bass hip hop band, BEAM with DJ Supa C prepare to set it off again. Classic vibe-classic venue-classic MES! Open Mic for those who feel the vibe. The BridgeSpotters Collective would like to extend warm wishes for all those who have spending time with family on the checklist for next week. Also, a special love shot to all those ex-Bridge City patriots flying in next weekend – see you at @ Ramseys II. $6. 9:09pm-2:09am. @ Ramseys II. 7310 Frankstown Rd. [Homewood]. Info: http://www.bridgespotters.com/

 

Fri Nov 29th  BEAM - the aftershow. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.

 

Fri Nov 29th  WORLD AIDS DAY event. The Secret Plot to Destroy African-Americans. W/ LeRoy Whitfield - Discussion, Q&A. LeRoy Whitfield is one of the nation's leading journalists reporting about AIDS in the African American community. A contributing editor at POZ, the nation's foremost AIDS magazine, Whitfield has written about AIDS in the black community for 12 years, nearly as long as he has been HIV positive. His work has appeared in popular publications such as VIBE magazine, the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune among others. He recently wrote a groundbreaking POZ cover story entitled "The Secret Plot to Destroy African Americans," which examines the long-held notion that AIDS was introduced by the U.S. government as an instrument of genocide targeting Blacks; the article was highlighted on CNN. Check out Soma Mestizo performing afterwards. $3. 8pm @ The Quiet Storm Coffee House. 5430 Penn Ave at Graham St [Friendship/Garfield]. 412-661-9355 or http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  . Info: 412.241.5960

 

Fri Nov 29th  WORLD AIDS DAY event. Soma Mestizo - performing for World AIDS Day. Support and Check it out. $3. 10:30pm. @ The Quiet Storm Coffee House. 5430 Penn Ave at Graham St [Friendship/Garfield]. 412-661-9355 or http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  . Info: 412.241.5960

 

Fri Nov 29th  VERSUS: RemixedCode 3 Productions’ much anticipated The Versus Project returns in a new funky afterhours format. Featuring the Hardgroove project with rotating guest DJs and vocalists all intricately weaved into a latenight soulful jam session. Guaranteed to rock you out until the morning sunrise. 2am-until sunrise. @ The Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. [Corner of Baum & S Highland, East Liberty]. Email code3productions@hotmail.com for more info.

 

 

 

 Sat Nov 30th  

 

Sat Nov 30th  –  WORLD AIDS DAY event. 'The Visit' Winner of Four Independent Spirit Film Nominations! 'The Visit' tells the story of a young man sentenced to 25 years in prison for a rape he insists he did not commit. When his family visits him for the first time in a number of years, they learn he is dying of AIDS. Adapted from a stage play (based on a true story) by Kosmond Russell, 'The Visit' is much more than a mere prison drama. It is a passionate story about a troubled family, spiritual renewal, and inner peace. 'The Visit' stars: Billy Dee Williams, Rae Dawn Chong, Marla Gibbs, Phylicia Rashad, Obba Babatunde, Hill Harper, and Talia Shire. Written, directed and produced by Jordan Walker-Pearlman. Running time: 107 minutes. Rated R for language, drug content, and thematic elements. Released by Urban world Films. Donations Accepted. 1:30pm. @ The Quiet Storm Coffee House. 5430 Penn Ave at Graham St [Friendship/Garfield]. 412-661-9355 or http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/ . Info: 412.241.5960

 

Sat Nov 30th  –  WORLD AIDS DAY event. LeRoy Whitfield leads an open discussion and Q&A on Self-Respect and Personal Accountability. Refreshments Served! Donations Accepted. 3:30pm. @ The Quiet Storm Coffee House. 5430 Penn Ave at Graham St [Friendship/Garfield]. 412-661-9355 or http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  . Info: 412.241.5960
 

Sat Nov 30th  –  The 2002 Russian Film Symposium.  This years’ series features four central asian films, a small taste of the extraordinary recent burst of filmmaking in the former Soviet countries of Central Asia.  Tonight:  The Fall of Otrar.  This full-blown historical epic, set in the 13th-century kingdom of the Kipchaks, a pre-Kazakh empire in Central Asia, is complete with the violence of warfare and the intrigues of politics and sex. After serving for seven years as a scout for the Mongol armies of Genghis Khan, Unjukhan returns to his native city of Otrar to warn Kairkhan, the ruler of the kingdom of the Kipchaks, of an imminent Mongol invasion from the east. Kairkhan, however, is more concerned with the threat from the west, from Baghdad. Beautifully filmed in sepia-toned black-and-white with occasional splashes of color—usually to emphasize the gore—this masterpiece of long, fluid takes and glorious sets spurred the extraordinary wave of new Kazakh films of the 1990s. Produced just as the Soviet Union was collapsing, The Fall of Otrar broke a Soviet-era taboo on dramatizing Muslim history. Directed by Ardak Amirkulov (Kazakhstan, 1991). In Kazakh, Mandarin, and Mongolian with English subtitles.  **** 7:30 p.m @ The Carnegie Museum of Art Theater. 4400 Forbes Ave [Oakland]. For more info, email: cmacinema@carnegiemuseums.org or Phone: 412.622.3212 or http://www.cmacinema.org/

 

Sat Nov 30th  –  The Turkey Weekend Reunion. Celebrate the good times, good company, and good music. Featuring a live performance by Carolyn Perteete & Colter Harper [Soultry Jazz Vocals & Guitar) with DJ SMI on the wheels spinning soulful vibes. Complimentary buffet & bar. $15 cover / $10 for guestlist before midnight. Email raisingthebarent@hotmail.com with your full name and your friends full name to get on the guest list by Friday midnight at the latest. 10pm-2am. @ The Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd at corner of S.Highland [East Liberty]. Info/guestlist: raisingtherent@hotmail.com and www.pebblenet.com/rtb/ 

 

Sat Nov 30th  –  OPEK w/ Ben Opie. Live orchestral experimental space jazz a la sun ra. 9pm. @ The Quiet Storm Coffee House. 5430 Penn Ave at Graham St [Friendship/Garfield]. 412-661-9355 or http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/

 

Sat Nov 30th  –  "THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW" - Cult classic musical plays the first and last Saturday of every month, at Midnight. 17 & older, only. Get your bread and water bottles ready. @ The Oaks Theatre.  310 Allegheny River Blvd [Oakmont]. 412-828-3622 or http://www.theoakstheater.com/

 

Sat Nov 30th  –  SALSA! Dance to the live salsa music. Come early for lessons. Shake. @ Cozumels. 5505 Walnut St. [Shadyside]. 412-621-5100.

 

Sat Nov 30th  –  LIFE SUPPORT - An all ages DNB Party. Featuring residents Ratana and Depth alongside local guests.MPS + Midas, DJ Ra, Ratana, Depth. Open tables from 10pm - 11pm! (two half-hour slots). 10pm - 4am. $5. @ Milk Records. 1601 Penn Ave. (entrance on 16th at the corner of Penn & 16th). For more info: (412) 765-2223 or http://ratana.chemlab.org/lifesupport

 

Sat Nov 30th  –  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.

 

Sat Nov 30th  –  CRASH! The latenight afterhours is back in style and class. Featuring the soulful vibes of DJ SMI spinning chilled out lounge grooves.  Complimentary Chicken & Waffles. BYOB. $5? Get outta here. Best late night deal you'll find. $5.  2am-sunrise. @ The Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd [Corner of Baum & S Highland in East Liberty]. 412-363-8277.

 

 

Sun Dec 1st

 

 

Sun Dec 1st - WORLD AIDS DAY event. FUNGA AFRICA; eight-member gospel choir performance in seven African languages: Kinkongo, Swahili, Tshiluba, Mbunza, Lingala, Yoruba, Igbo. Refreshments Served! Donations Accepted. 5-7pm. @ The Quiet Storm Coffee House.  5430 Penn Ave at Graham St [Friendship/Garfield]. 412-661-9355 or http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  . Info: 412.241.5960

  

Sun Dec 1st - The 2002 Russian Film Symposium.  This years’ series features four central asian films, a small taste of the extraordinary recent burst of filmmaking in the former Soviet countries of Central Asia.  Tonight:  The Fall of Otrar.  This full-blown historical epic, set in the 13th-century kingdom of the Kipchaks, a pre-Kazakh empire in Central Asia, is complete with the violence of warfare and the intrigues of politics and sex. After serving for seven years as a scout for the Mongol armies of Genghis Khan, Unjukhan returns to his native city of Otrar to warn Kairkhan, the ruler of the kingdom of the Kipchaks, of an imminent Mongol invasion from the east. Kairkhan, however, is more concerned with the threat from the west, from Baghdad. Beautifully filmed in sepia-toned black-and-white with occasional splashes of color—usually to emphasize the gore—this masterpiece of long, fluid takes and glorious sets spurred the extraordinary wave of new Kazakh films of the 1990s. Produced just as the Soviet Union was collapsing, The Fall of Otrar broke a Soviet-era taboo on dramatizing Muslim history. Directed by Ardak Amirkulov (Kazakhstan, 1991). In Kazakh, Mandarin, and Mongolian with English subtitles.   **** 7:30 p.m @ The Carnegie Museum of Art Theater. 4400 Forbes Ave [Oakland]. For more info, email: cmacinema@carnegiemuseums.org or Phone: 412.622.3212 or http://www.cmacinema.org/

 

Sun Dec 1st 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 (412)682-1900 or The All Star Game Website

 

Sun Dec 1st - 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. 

 

 

Mon Dec 2nd

  

Mon Dec 2nd Revolve w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo.. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.

 

Mon Dec 2nd - 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.

 

Mon Dec 2nd Live Jazz Jam Session @ the Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 7:30pm-11pm. 412.363-8277.

 

Mon Dec 2nd - Phat Man Dee Presents…. Spotlighting local and visiting musicians.  @ LAVA LOUNGE.  2204 E.Carson St. [Southside].  412-750-6959.

 

 

Tues Dec 3rd 

 

Tues Dec 3rd   Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  .

 

Tues Dec 3rd 720 Soul night. Featuring raregrooves, 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 Dec 3rd Velvet w/ your resident hosts Adam Ratana, Jwan Allen, and Andy Bradford of 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 Dec 3rd – Hip Hop / Soul Grooves / R & B / Dancehall every Tuesday @ Cozumels [above Victoria's Secret on Walnut St. in Shadyside]. 10pm-2am / 21+ .

 

Tues Dec 3rd - 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

 

 

 [This page is updated every Wed, Thurs, Fri. Check back for more current info. For more comprehensive event listings, dig through the Music and Culture sections of this website]