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….


Oct 2nd, 2002 Update – The much anticipated Antibalas this Saturday @ the Club Laga - This is an element 5 MUST SEE!!!!!  A Lot of other things going on too this weekend, so do yourselves a favor and step out. 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 , 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. So, explore and enjoy. Some unexpected delays in our website update, stay tuned though. As always, your feedback is very important to us – please feel free to drop us a line anytime. 


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Some community messages:


·       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


Suggestions:          element5ive@yahoo.com


element 5 picks [Oct 2ndOct 8th, 2002]:

[This page will be updated Friday with info on next week’s happenings]





Wed Oct 2nd 720 lounge, 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 2ndJazz Satellite – the quartet plays another late night session full of new originals. Jazz Satellite is: Colter Harper-Guitar; Chris Hemingway-Alto; Alex Peck-Drums; Nathan Peck-Double bass.  Be sure to check out these Momentum veterans if you haven’t had the chance.  @ Pittsburgh Deli Company. 728 Copeland Ave. off of Walnut [Shadyside]. 412-682-DELI or www.pghdeli.com


Wed Oct 2nd 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.


Wed Oct 2nd - Pitt radio WPTS 92.1 FM celebrates another year of Radio on the edge. If you’re looking for what we mean by the elements beneath the surface, come check out the night, or better yet, tune into 92.1 FM.   @ The Quiet Storm. 5430 Penn Avenue [Friendship/Garfield]. Info: 412- 661-9355 www.quietstormcoffee.com


Wed Oct 2nd – "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.





Thurs Oct 3rd - Around Architecture. The exhibit "Around Architecture" will consist of 50 color photographs, collages, and digital prints drawn from the presence of ornamentation in architecture. The art works range from relatively straightforward photographic depictions to decorative ornamental patterns created by computer from photographic images. The exhibit will be hung salon style -- floor to ceiling -- to emphasize connections among the art works. opening reception 6 - 8 pm . @ Chatham College Art Gallery. Woodland Hall/Woodland Road [Shadyside].


Thurs Oct 3rdThe Jive Family performing another funky gig. If you didn't catch them at last week's Funkey Monkey, take the opportunity. Live Soul music like it should be.. $5. 9pm. @ The Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland in East Liberty]. 412-363-8277.


Thurs Oct 3rd  - Green Mannequin Productions goes multi-media: For ONE night only it's the City Salvage Record's ** MAKING A LIVING TOUR **. Feat. ANDY FRIEDMAN and PAUL CURRERI. The unlikely pair weaves a tapestry of homespun artistry, exploring new directions while evoking early Dylan and the cafe culture of 60s era Greenwich. For more on Friedman check City Salvage Records. For more on Curreri check: http://www.paulcurreri.com* 9pm * Tix $10 available at the door only * BYOB. @ the Quiet Storm. 5430 Penn Avenue [Friendship/Garfield]. Info: 412- 661-9355 www.quietstormcoffee.com


Thurs Oct 3rd - Nibroll - a multi-media performance company from Tokyo, Japan. Check out a sneak peak of this phenomenal group during Thursday night's studio showcase before their official premiere in Tokyo this March and subsequent tour in the U.S during the 2003-04 season. 7:30 PM $5.00 suggested donation. Reservations are required. @ The Attack Theatre. 937 Liberty Avenue [Downtown] www.attacktheatre.com


Thurs Oct 3rd - The Third Annual Poetry Slamm Contest Live!. Hosted by the Kuntu Repertory Theatre. “Let your pen move your Lips and feel the vibe of chocolate time, submit your original pieces and release those stressed and pressed creases of your mind. Unleash your verbs in words and come out dear poets come out and be heard!” @ Pitt Alumni Hall.  4227 Fifth Avenue [Oakland]. Contact:  412/648-2011 or e-mail: jar4@pitt.edu or www.kuntu.org


Thurs Oct 3rd - Ron Wingfield Quartet. @ The Crawford Grill [Oakland] 412-471-1565


Thurs Oct 3rd - 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].





Fri Oct 4th - 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. http://www.onyxalliance.com/  


Fri Oct 4th - Good Fridays @ the Warhol:  Creatively blending punk rock with post-rock, Boston-based band Karate

(Southern Records) marks their own musical territory in the fields of alternative pop/rock. They will be joined by Pittsburgh's moody,  muscular indie rock band, The Karl Hendricks Trio (Merge Records). More info on Karate at http://www.southern.com/southern/band/KARAT/ More info on The Karl Hendricks Trio at http://www.mergerecords.com/bands/khrb/bio.html . $5.  7pm @ The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky Street [North Shore]. 412.237.8300 or www.warhol.org


Fri Oct 4th - FREE post-show party featuring the music of The Barrett Black Band. 10:15pm in the Gordon Lounge. @ City Theater. 1300 Bingham & 13th Street [South Side]. www.citytheatrecompany.org


Fri Oct 4th – 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 4th - Fyah Wyah & The Universal Roots, The Wisdom Band. Live Reggae music.  @ 1023 Backstage. 1023 Forbes Ave [the old Shanghai Kelly’s by the Duquesne University Campus]. 412-227-6562 


Fri Oct 4th  - DJ Selecta spinning rare funk, soulful grooves, hip-hop, and whatever else will get your groove on. @ Pittsburgh Deli Company. 728 Copeland Ave. off of Walnut [Shadyside]. 412-682-DELI or www.pghdeli.com





Sat Oct 5th - Cultural Bridges: From the Guadalquivir, Spain to the Allegheny. A project created to bring some of the art that is currently happening in Sevilla (Spain) to Pittsburgh. The project aims to begin a cultural exchange between the two cities and present two examples of artistic disciplines widely practiced in Sevilla currently and in the past. "Cultural Bridges" also hopes to promote mutual understanding and enrichment between artists and citizens of both countries. Here’s what’s going on: #1 Visit the Lawrenceville art gallery europ'ART from September 27 to October 31 to see the new exhibition, "Cultural Bridges", featuring three painters from Sevilla.  #2 Join the four-session workshop on the Flamenco dance "Buleria" (one of the liveliest and most spirited Flamenco dances), that renowned Flamenco dancer Omayra Amaya will lead during the first weekend of October. WHEN? Sat, 10/5 -- 1st session, 2:00-3:20pm; 2nd session, 3:30- 4:50pm Sun, 10/6 -- 3rd session, 11:30am-12:50pm; 4th session, 1:00- 2:20pm WHERE? @ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. 6300 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh [Pre-registration required]. For more information, please contact Rocio Nogales at 412.441.8410 or rocio@spainusa.org


Sat Oct 5th through 6th - The Black Sheep Puppet Festival. GALA OPENING. Featuring puppets, set pieces, and mechanical film projections from Mark Fox of Cincinnati's Saw Theatre. Free beer & food.  OPENING NIGHT puppet show -- 9PM. LIVE PUPPETRY PERFORMANCES:    October 5-6 / 3PM matinees & 8PM adult shows  groundbreaking performances from local & national puppeteers! Check local listings for line-up. -- PUPPETEER LECTURE SERIES:  October 5-6 / 5:30 - 6:30PM. 10/5 - Gregory Knipling: "Historical Puppetry"., 10/6 - Beth Nixon: "Community Building through the Arts". All Lectures are free and open to the public. COMMUNITY PUPPETRY PAGEANT PERFORMANCE:  Sunday, October 6 / 3PM. Featuring the work of students from local schools. Come see the puppets and skits they have created! @ The Brew House. 2100 Mary Street [South Side]. http://www.pghcitypaper.com/theatre2.html  and www.brewhouse.org


Sat Oct 5th  - Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 5, at Club Laga, Oakland. 412-682-2050. Experience Live Afro Beat at its finest. Will be sure to take you back to the days of Fela & Africa 70. An element 5 must see!!! http://www.pghcitypaper.com/music1.html  and www.antibalas.com and www.clublaga.com


Sat Oct 5th - The Free Getu Coalition and the Uncompromising Western PA Committee to Free Mumia Abu Jamal will be holding a concert at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern on Saturday, October 5, to benefit the legal defense of Getu Tewolde.  The concert will be from 7 pm to 1 am and will be MC'd by Anne Feeney.  Featured bands include html, B-Tree, Rugged Real, Despite Our Best Intentions, ATS, Cuff, Don Fite, and will feature the Radical Cheerleaders.  Tewolde is facing terrorism and assault charges even though he was cleared by the FBI - his next court date is on October 24.  This is an age-21-and-over concert and the door charge is $5.  For more information please call 412-654-6047 or send email to info@freegetu.org or visit www.freegetu.org .  7pm @ The Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.  4412 Liberty Ave. [Bloomfield].


Sat Oct 5th  - African Sanaa Art Experience.  Come and enjoy an evening of African culture. Vendors will be on site selling hand made jewelry, art, ceramics, etc. View historical exhibits and listen to live music as the Kingsley Association raises funds to build an East End Community Center. 6-10pm. $3.00 Adults/children under 15 free, $1.00 off with Community Unity Card. @ The Kingsley Association. 6118 Penn Circle South [East Liberty]


Sat Oct 5th  - Soma Mestizo performing another blow-out gig.  If you were ever wondering who are some of the the people behind element 5 then we call on you… $5, 9pm @ The Quiet Storm. 5430 Penn Avenue [Friendship/Garfield]. Info: 412- 661-9355 www.quietstormcoffee.com


Sat Oct 5th  - House Music event. It’s one of those word of mouth things, ya know! Call for more info. 10pm-4am. @ The Shadow Lounge. @ The Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland in East Liberty]. 412-363-8277.


Sat Oct 5th   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 Oct 6th - PITTSBURGH MUSIC WORKS PRESENTS:  A SPECIAL PERCUSSION WORKSHOP WITH DR. KWASI JAYOURBA.  Pittsburgh Music Works is pleased to offer a free workshop with master percussionist, ethnomusicologist and drum builder Dr. Kwasi Jayourba on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at his studio and gallery in the Wilkinsburg/Regent Square area of Pittsburgh. Jayourba has performed and/or recorded with many renowned jazz artists, including Thelonious Monk, Merle Saunders, Groove Holmes, Vince Guaraldi, B.B. King and George Benson, at such prestigious events as the Monterey Pops Festival. He's also an educator who has traveled throughout the country teaching the art of percussion. A National Endowment for the Arts and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship winner, Jayourba also is an artist and sculptor who custom-builds drums. One of his creations was a 10-foot-tall peace drum for a First Night Pittsburgh celebration. Local music fans and partygoers might have heard his current band, Dr. Kwasi & the Islanders. Jayourba's workspace is at 201 N. Braddock Ave. (the former Mine Safety Appliances Building). The workshop is scheduled to last two hours.

Space is limited and advance registration is mandatory. To sign up, call Lynne at 412-922-3458 or e-mail pghmusicworks@aol.org  by Oct. 4. Younger people interested in percussion are encouraged to attend.


Sun Oct 6th  - Melt-Banana  with Xanopticon & Matt Weston. One of the most amazing Japanese rock groups, the quartet Melt-Banana has been categorized as No-Wave meets art rock, but is probably best described as percussive punk. If you're used to melodies, harmonies, and chords, you'll be disappointed, because Melt-Banana is all about rhythms, changing time signatures, and the kind of sonic shaping one might find in the repertoire of 20th century experimental composers. Tiny bassist Rika pops and churns, guitarist Agata's palette is full of scratches, raygun effects, sirens, and palm-muting, and drummer Oshima is precise and powerful. 8 pm  $8 tickets at door  all ages Public Health Auditorium, 5th Ave & DeSoto St [Oakland].  Info: 412-422-8864  manny@telerama.com and mit.telerama.edu and  www.parkcity.ne.jp/~mltbanan


Sun Oct 6th - "Freedom"-Dance. Movement. Discovery. The Freedom dance concert will expose you to a new medium of dance ranging from somber solos to powerful ensembles, choreographed to popular music. All focused on the central theme of freedom. Presented by Inspiration Dance Company. Inspiration Dance Company's mission is to inspire and move its audiences, using a blend of traditional and non-traditional choreography. The company consists of a diverse group of local dancers for the greater Pittsburgh community. For more information please call 412-367-5854.  @ The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. 5941 Penn Avenue [East Liberty]. Phone:  412.363.3000 / Fax:       412.363.3416 / Web:  www.kelly-strayhorn.org


Sun Oct 6th - 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 6th 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.


Sun Oct 6th - Bros. Peck Jazz Satellite. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277. 





Mon Oct 7th - DJ Shadow. For the beat affecianados looking to take it to the next level.  An element 5 must see!!! DJ Shadow appears at 9 p.m.  @ Club Laga, Forbes Ave. [Oakland]. 412-682-2050 and www.clublaga.com and http://www.pghcitypaper.com/music2.html


Mon Oct 7th - Revolve w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo. Featured guests this week: Technoir-Audio performing their legendary live electronic jam. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.


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


Mon Oct 7th - Phat Man Dee Presents…. Spotlighting local and visiting musicians.  @ LAVA LOUNGE.  2204 E.Carson St. [Southside].  412-750-6959.





Tues Oct 8th - Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  .


Tues Oct 8th – FILM KITCHEN: Vintage steam-locomotive films (1948-62) and A Concrete Story (c. 1950), by Art Lassman George and Josephine (1998), by Jillian Chisnell Free Secret Bonus Film 8 p.m. Tue., Oct. 8. Melwood Screening Room, Melwood Ave [Oakland]. $4. Artist Q&A. 7 p.m. reception. (412) 316-3342, x178. www.pghfilmmakers.org


Tues Oct 8th - Soulful Grooves: Eric Justin vs. Ed Um. Two of Pittsburgh's finest house DJs. @ Pittsburgh Deli Company. 728 Copeland Ave. off of Walnut [Shadyside]. 412-682-DELI or www.pghdeli.com


Tues Oct 8th 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 8th – Hip Hop / Soul Grooves / R & B / Dancehall every Tuesday @ Cozumels [above Victoria's Secret on Walnut St. in Shadyside]. 10pm-2am / 21+ .


Tues Oct 8th - Jazz Satellite @ Fuel and Fuddle in Oakland. Jazz with the Brothers Peck. The wings will still make it worth the trip. If you are a veggie, then order something else. It will probably be good too. @ Fuel & Fuddle. 212 Oakland Ave [Oakland]. www.fuelandfuddle.com


Tues Oct 8th - 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 will be updated this Friday. Check back for more current info. For more comprehensive event listings, dig through the Music and Culture sections of this website]