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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….

 

Oct 16th, 2002 Update – A lot of interesting things to take your mind to that deeper level and your spirit to a higher one.  For comprehensive event listings & happenings, dig through the Music and Culture sections of this website.  In addition, the Bridgespotters , Ground Zero , 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. Alright for real, our next update will be the week after next. Sorry for the delays, several technical difficulties have ensued, but expect an update with more online music, more links, and more information about underground culture at your fingertips.  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 Bridgespotters:  A special Message

·       Cycling in the City:  The Better Way

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

·        Zoning:  Issues for non-profit organizations

·        Urban Development:  Opportunities to get involved

 

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element 5 picks [Oct 16thOct 23rd, 2002]:

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

 

 

Wed Oct 16th

 

 

Wed Oct 16th Educator Open House. Explore the intersection of art, light, perception and the sky! Learn about ongoing opportunities for educators, schools and families. This event features guided tours of the blockbuster exhibition, James Turrell: Into the Light, free resource materials, refreshments and a lively introduction to the Mattress Factory's world-renowned artist residency program. 4-7pm. @ The Mattress Factory. 500 Sampsonia Way [Northside]. 412-231-3169 and www.mattress.org

 

Wed Oct 16th 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 Oct 16th 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 Oct 16th – "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 Oct 16th Zombo's Record Party. New wave, '50s & '60s roots rock, R&B and more. Weekly. @ The Upstage. Forbes Ave [Oakland]. 412.687.2050 or www.clublaga.com

 

Wed Oct 16th The Jive Family. Funky fresh vibes to get your weekday groove on. @ The Quiet Storm Coffeehouse. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/ 

 

Wed Oct 16th Umezu Trio. Live jazz. Good Food. 'nuff said. 9pm. @ The Pittsburgh Deli Co. 728 Copeland Ave. off of Walnut [Shadyside]. 412-682-DELI or www.pghdeli.com

 

Wed Oct 16th 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 Oct 16th The New Alcindors. Live. Free. @ The Lava Lounge. 2204 E Carson St. 412-431-0850. 

 

 

 

Thurs Oct 18th

 

 

Thurs Oct 17th through Nov 2nd. - Hieroglyphic Graffiti. This is a modern “hip-hop” retelling of the ancient myth of Ausar, featuring Egyptian gods who have a profound impact on a modern-day urban family. Hip-hop culture at a thespian level. @ Kuntu Repertory Theatre. 3T01 Wesley W. Posvar Hall 230 South Bouquet St. [U of Pitt campus, Oakland]. 412-624-7298 and www.kuntu.org

 

Thurs Oct 17th - Scruno Experimental Jazz & Poetry. Jazz that takes a dare, making itself free to explore the unexplored reaches of your mind. @ The Rex Theater . 1602 East Carson Street [SouthSide]. 412-381-6811

 

Thurs Oct 17th -   24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE - a film directed by MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM. Factory Records was the startup record company that revolutionized the Manchester, England music scene in the 1970s and '80s. Founder Tony Wilson, played here by comedian/actor Steve Coogan, found himself inspired while attending a Sex Pistols gig, and quickly branded a style (and label) that included such groundbreaking artists as Joy Division (later New Order) and Happy Mondays. Constantly influencing American music trends and MTV play lists and styles, Manchester (nicknamed Mad-Chester), for two decades, was a pivotal center of progressive music and vogue, informing both new wave and Goth trends, as well as becoming a starting point for the 90s rave culture. Fabulously reconstructed in Michael Winterbottom's observant comedy, the Factory Records saga would become a citing point both for its recognized success and spectacular downfall. 5:15pm/9:30pm shows. @ The Oaks Theatre. 310 Allegheny River Bvld [Oakmont]. www.theoakstheatre.com

 

Thurs Oct 17th - "The Poet, the Puppet, & the Prisoner". A one-man band puppet show by featured artist BLAIR THOMAS. Based on the works of Federico Garcia Lorca, a fusion of multiple puppetry and musical styles. Imprisoned in the theater by a merry-go-round of puppet stages, our hero the Puppeteer is condemned to perform a series of stories that chronicle the "stages of man" from the playfulness of childhood to the inevitability of death. 8pm. @ The Brew House. 2100 Mary St. [Corner of Mary & 21st, Southside]. 412-381-7767 or www.brewhouse.org

 

Thurs Oct 17th - Ron Wingfield Quartet. @ The Crawford Grill [Hill District] 412-471-1565

 

Thurs Oct 17th - CLub Havana weekly. House/Techno/ and other groovy music courtesy of DC Space, Jason C, and weekly guest DJs. This Week featuring momentum and technoir-audio alumnus DJ Jwan Allan. $2 Yuengling special. FREE. 10pm-2am. @ Club Havana - 5744 Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside].

 

Thurs Oct 17th - After Hours. Two rooms of Hip-hop, Reggae & R&B. With resident DJ, the legendary Drake Steelz. @ SVS Club. 618 W. Warrington Ave [Beltzhoover, near the end of the Liberty Tunnels].

 

 

Fri Oct 18th

 

Fri Oct 18th - Good Fridays @ the Warhol:  Performance by poet Janet Hamill and Moving Star In the mid-sixties, poet, painter and performer Janet Hamill met her life-long friend Patti Smith in Glassboro, NJ. Like Smith, Hamill moved to New York after college and used the city as a launching pad for her literary career. The author of four books and a strong advocate of spoken word, Hamill has read at well-known poetry venues such as The People’s Poetry Gathering and St. Marks Church. Her upcoming book The Eternal Café is a collection of short fiction co-authored with Patti Smith. For her performance at The Warhol, Hamill’s spoken word will be accompanied by the band Moving Star. Relates to the exhibition Strange Messenger: The Art of Patti Smith. FREE. 7pm @ The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky Street [North Shore]. 412.237.8300 or www.warhol.org

 

Fri Oct 18th - 720 Records bi-weekly hip-hop night with resident DJ Selecta. @ The Pittsburgh Deli Co. 728 Copeland Ave. off of Walnut [Shadyside]. 412-682-DELI or www.pghdeli.com

 

Fri Oct 18th - The Dave Throckmorton Trio. Dave Throckmorton and Paul Thompson of BEAM team up with Opek 15 band leader Ben Opie for the most spaced out jazz trio you can experience in the city. For those who are looking to take mind and spirit to the next level. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.

 

Fri Oct 18th - Pittsburgh International Gay & Lesbian Film festival. Running until Oct 25th. Tonight. KM.0 (a.k.a. Kilometer Zero). A romantic comedy of errors about seven diverse couples who plan to rendezvous at Spain’s imaginary center point. In Spanish, with subtitles. For Showtimes & Theater locations, check the website: www.pilgff.org  or check this weeks City Paper http://www.pghcitypaper.com/mv1.html

 

Fri Oct 18th"The Poet, the Puppet, & the Prisoner". A one-man band puppet show by featured artist BLAIR THOMAS. Based on the works of Federico Garcia Lorca, a fusion of multiple puppetry and musical styles. Imprisoned in the theater by a merry-go-round of puppet stages, our hero the Puppeteer is condemned to perform a series of stories that chronicle the "stages of man" from the playfulness of childhood to the inevitability of death. 8pm. @ The Brew House. 2100 Mary St. [Corner of Mary & 21st, Southside]. 412-381-7767 or www.brewhouse.org

 

Fri Oct 18th – My Anansi, Your Anansi: 2 Storytellers, 1 Story.  Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is pleased to present "My Anansi, Your Anansi: 2 Storytellers, 1 Story", a free performance featuring local storytellers Bob Gore and Alison K. Babusci. This intergenerational collaboration explores the character of Anansi, a favorite trickster of African folklore, through tandem storytelling that highlights the ability of stories to transcend cultural and generational boundaries. Gore and Babusci will engage the audience in the debate over who has authority to tell which stories by addressing the question, "Do we only tell the storiesof our personal culture, or should we feel free to tell any story that speaks to us and can strike a chord with our audience?" "My Anansi, Your Anansi" will feature five stories told in tandem in a relaxed atmosphere. The performances are intended for all ages. 7PM. @ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Fifth and Shady Avenues [Shadyside] For more information, email info@pittsburgharts.org  or call 412/361.0873 x307 or www.pittsburgharts.org

 

Fri Oct 18thOpening Reception featuring the art of Alabama Artist Jerome Austin.  6pm-until. @ Sloanique Gallery. 5800 Bryant Street [Highland Park].  For more info call 412-361-3484.  www.sloanique.com

 

Fri Oct 18th – Red Tape Productions presents -  Urbanites drum and bass I Feat [ ALASKA & BAGEL]. Every two weeks we change up the style of music (except for a couple of  exceptional circumstances that are out of our hands, when the club is being  used for another event) Focusing on breakbeat music we are sticking to  Drum and Bass and Hip-Hop, what we know from experience,  after all this  is the crew that brought you: REFUSE AND RESIST, Andy C, Atmosphere,  Usual Suspects, J-Live, Cannibal OX, Mr Dibbs, El Da Sensei, Mista Sinista,  Sage Francis, Marcus Intalex, and Ray Keith to name a few (now do you  remember who redtape is?) But it's pretty much, two weeks of hip-hop  deejays and two week s of drum and bass deejays. ca-peesh? 10pm @ Club Laga [Forbes Ave, Oakland]. www.redtapeproductions.com  and www.clublaga.com

 

Fri Oct 18th – The Upstage. Soulful house music & other delights courtesy of resident DJs Eric Justin & Enrique.  @ The Upstage. 3609 Forbes Ave [Oakland]. 412-682-2050

 

Fri Oct 18th - Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres this Friday evening at The Frick Art Museum at the opening celebration for Drawn Toward the Avant-Garde: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century French Drawings from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. This major exhibition features eighty exquisite drawings by the great nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French masters, including Jean Auguste Dominque Ingres, Jean-François Millet, Theodore Rousseau, Gustave Moreau, Auguste Rodin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, and Pablo Picasso, among others. Few of the works have been displayed outside of Denmark, and many have never been published. The exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International of Alexandria, Virginia. $10 members/students; $12 non-members. @ The Frick Art Museum. 7227 Reynolds Street [Oakland]. 412-371-0600 or www.frickart.org

 

Fri Oct 18th - Fyah Wyah & The Universal Roots, The Wisdom Band. Live Reggae music.  This is real island music! But don’t show up on island time! @ 1023 Backstage. 1023 Forbes Ave [the old Shanghai Kelly’s by the Duquesne University Campus]. 412-227-6562. 

 

Fri Oct 18th Michael Franti & Spearhead. Original live funk, reggae & hip-hop conciousness taking words and music to a higher plane. Element 5 recommended!  @ Rosebud. 1650 Smallman St. [Strip Disctrict]. 412-261-2232 and http://spearheadvibrations.com/

 

Fri Oct 18th - The Garfield Artworks is proud to present: 88 & other works, photographs by Carrie Schneider. Carrie will be showing over 200 photographs documenting Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. We will also have an opportunity to see some of her previous photographs from her travels throughout the Middle East.  with sounds by: Jeremy Boyle.  Opening Reception: from 7:00 PM - 11 :00 PM. BYOB. FREE! @ The Garfield Artworks. 4931 Penn Ave. [Garfield]. 412-361-2262 or 412-802-7096 / mancusoart@cs.com  or www.garfieldartworks.com

 

Fri Oct 18th - Johnson's Big Band. If you didn't catch them at the FUNKeY Monkey fest, then check them out.  Some old school big band rock & funk with a full horn section, yo! Headz take note. 10pm. @ Gooskies. 3117 Brereton Street [Polish Hill]. 412-681-1658

 

Note:  VERSUS: The Sessions.  Will be back in November @ The Shadow Lounge. Email code3productions@hotmail.com for more info.

 

 

Sat

 

 

Sat Oct 19th - Zafira Hofla. A middle eastern drum and dance party with food, music, dancing, and good times. BYOB, BYOF(ood), BYOB(ody). Khafif will be performing a North African influenced dance, complete with singing (in Arabic!). Lots of live music and many opportunities to get up and jam (both musicwise and dancewise). @ Quiet Storm Coffeehouse 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  and www.khafif.com .

 

Sat Oct 19thGoodwill Clothing Drive & m e r g e d o w n CD Release Party. This event, coordinated in cooperation with patheticboyproductions, will feature clowns, a caricature artist from Bare Elegance, the m e r g e d o w n girl and guy, an Alice Cooper impersonator, games, contests and giveaways. The event will also be a drop-off point for Goodwill donations in preparation for the upcoming winter season. Whatever you do Sat Night, drop by rumshakers and show your generosity to those who will need it this winter. $2. @ RumShaker's, 1224 E Carson Sts [South Side].

 

Sat Oct 19th – “The Forgotten Circus and Other Works" provides a surreal look at the bizarre world of the circus sideshow. Through photography and digital imaging, Jason Brooks turns seemingly disturbing figures into images of grace and poetic beauty. Also opening Saturday is "Knot Erotic," an exhibit featuring Celtic knot erotic art by Welsh artist Stephen Daniels. These intriguing and exceptionally well-crafted pieces are inspiring visual puzzles that encourage a new way of seeing as you try to guess what image is hidden in the knot. @ Blue Ruin Gallery. 29 Terminal Way [South Side]. For more info: 412-488-9121 and www.blueruingallery.com

 

Sat Oct 19thAt home with the BACK PORCH BALLROOM SERIES!  Green Mannequin Productions and Calliope bring you:  The North Country Debut of thee **HI TONE STRING TICKLERS**  Featuring Nate Layne (guitar, banjo) and Ron Cole (fiddle) from Columbia, VA. Straight up bluegrass the way it should be enjoyed - on the back porch with an ice bucket full of brew. For those hip-hop headz who've never made it out to a bluegrass jam, listen to this advice - some of the baddest drum breaks that DJ Premier and Pete Rock ever sampled came from old records made by down home southern boys sitting outside a country barn. If you don't believe this, check out the music section of this website. 'nuff said. $10 donation suggested. 8pm and 10pm shows. @ 214 Main Street [Lawrenceville].  INFO & RESERVATIONS:  mysterysalve@hotmail.com   or 412.681.2701

 

Sat Oct 19th - Pittsburgh International Gay & Lesbian Film festival. Running through Oct 25th. Movies showing today: SWIMMING UPSTREAM. DADDY AND PAPA. STRAIGHT: A CONVERSION COMEDY.  HER SHORTS.  HIS SHORTS.  MultiCulti at its finest. For showtimes & theater locations, check the website: www.pilgff.org  or check this weeks City Paper http://www.pghcitypaper.com/mv1.html

 

Sat Oct 19th - 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 Oct 19th  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.

 

 

Sun

 

Sun Oct 20th - Hike/Tour: easy 5 mile, level Allegheny River towpath trail from the Milvale Marina to Washington's Landing and tour inside the landmark St. Nicholas Church on East Ohio Street. See Dragon Boat wharfs, railroad trestles, the new Milvale Boat Houses for rowing craft... and if we're lucky, see a Dragon Boat in the back channel. The green hillsides from Milvale to the North Side and all the National Register Eligible buildings on Rt. 28 are slated for demolition by Penn Dot as part of the East Ohio Street Improvement Project. If the plan goes through, they will be replaced with 23 concreted walls, some 63 ft. high with chain link fence on top! Come out to see the area before the leaves fall and to learn more about the project before it is too late. Meet at Milvale Marina at 12:30 pm. This hike is free of charge. Call Jack Schmitt of Preservation Pittsburgh for more information and to confirm attendance 412-322-8223.

 

Sun Oct 20th - 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 Butler St. 412.621.3171. 

 

Sun Oct 20th - Ray's Vast Basement, Michael Zapruder, Barrett Black. @ The Quiet Storm. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/ 

 

Sun Oct 20th - Pittsburgh International Gay & Lesbian Film festival. Running through Oct 25th. Movies showing today: KARMEN GEI.  SIMON AND I and OUR BROTHERS, OUR SONS.  HAND ON THE PULSE and LIFETIME GUARANTEE: PHRANC’S ADVENTURES IN PLASTIC.   A FAMILY AFFAIR.   OUR SHORTS.  MultiCulti at its finest. For showtimes & theater locations, check the website: www.pilgff.org  or check this weeks City Paper http://www.pghcitypaper.com/mv1.html

 

Sun Oct 20th - Salsa Merengue w/ your host Marlon Silva. Get the hot hips shaking and get your groove on. Classes for beginners (7-8pm), intermediate(8-9pm), and advanced(9-10pm) with late night salsa dance vibes courtesy of DJ Carlton. @ Club Havana. 5744 Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside].

 

Sun Oct 20th 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. http://www.damiondreher.com/allstargame.html

 

Sun Oct 20th - Bros. Peck Jazz Satellite. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277. 

 

 

Mon

 

Mon Oct 21stPittsburgh International Gay & Lesbian Film festival. Running through Oct 25th. Movies showing today: GYPSY 83.   BORSTAL BOY.   MultiCulti at its finest. For showtimes & theater locations, check the website: www.pilgff.org  or check this weeks City Paper http://www.pghcitypaper.com/mv1.html

 

Mon Oct 21st Revolve w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo.. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.

 

Mon Oct 21st - 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 Oct 21st Live Jazz Jam Session @ the Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 7:30pm-11pm. 412.363-8277.

 

Mon Oct 21st - Phat Man Dee Presents…. Spotlighting local and visiting musicians.  @ LAVA LOUNGE.  2204 E.Carson St. [Southside].  412-750-6959.

 

 

Tues

 

Tues Oct 22nd - Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  .

 

Tues Oct 22nd Pittsburgh International Gay & Lesbian Film festival. Running through Oct 25th. Movies showing today: TREADING WATER.  THELMA.  MultiCulti at its finest. For showtimes & theater locations, check the website: www.pilgff.org  or check this weeks City Paper http://www.pghcitypaper.com/mv1.html

 

Tues Oct 22nd 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 Oct 22nd – Hip Hop / Soul Grooves / R & B / Dancehall every Tuesday @ Cozumels [above Victoria's Secret on Walnut St. in Shadyside]. 10pm-2am / 21+ .

 

Tues Oct 22nd - 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]