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….


Sept 18th, 2002 Update – So many things to check out this weekend. Check back for more updates on next week’s events including info on the Funkey Monkey Fest next weekend @ the Quiet Storm.  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. We’ll be updating our website at the end of the month to bring you even more links to the elements beneath our city [including the full audio recordings of our last Momentum event]. As always, your feedback is very important to us – please feel free to drop us a line anytime. 


Thank you for checking out element 5.


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 [Sept 18thSept 23rd, 2002]:

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





Wed Sept 18th  - Public Enemy appears with Blackalicious, Dialated Peoples, and Akil Esoon from BEAM. Nuff said. This will be the show of the year!!!  $25. 8 p.m. @  Metropol [Strip District]. 412-261-2232.


Wed Sept 18th – Think of the Punk Rock version of Public Enemy and you’ve got Sweden’s International Noise Conspiracy.  A voice that has evolved from the seeds of social conflict planted around the world. Inspired by protesters in Seattle, Prague, Quebec and Geneva, The International Noise Conspiracy’s punk rock sound would fit better at a political rally than in any club or bar. Wearing matching outfits (including military fatigues and prison stripes) and shouting songs like “Smash It Up” and “Enslavement Blues,” this band mocks ignorant assent and encourages resistance. The International Noise Conspiracy joins Anti-Flag, The Bouncing Souls, Common Rider and Lawrence Arms in the Plea for Peace Tour. 5:30 p.m. @ Club Laga [Oakland]. 412-682-2050.


Wed Sept 18th 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 Sept 18th 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 Sept 18th – "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 Sept 19th East End Main Street Expo: Come and browse info tables, pick up value info, meet good people in your neighborhood and network with like minded small business owners, managers and entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh’s East End. 11am-3pm @ The Kingsley Center. 6118 Penn Circle South [near corner of Penn Ave in East Liberty]


Thurs Sept 19th LITTLE SECRETS ¦ A refreshing family independent film about a grade school neighborhood "secret keeper," who is entrusted to hold her neighborhood friends' deepest secrets, but shies away from sharing her very own.  It is a unique, gentle, insightful alternative to popular, loud, McDonald's kid-targeted fare. @ the Oaks Theater. 310 Allegheny River Boulevard [Oakmont]. 5:30pm. For directions & Bus info call 412-828-6311 or visit www.theoakstheater.com


Thus Sept 19th Innagural kick-off of the Fall season of the BridgespottersMidnight Expresso Series [MES]. Urban Art and Intellect at its finest in the city of bridges. @ Rosebud. Smallman St (Strip District). Series continues every 2n and 4th Thursday. www.bridgespotters.com , www.1naturalchoice.com , www.soulgardenlive.com


Thurs Sept 19th - Ron Wingfield Quartet. @ The Crawford Grill [Oakland] 412-471-1565


Thurs Sept 19th - SIGHT OF STILLNESS invites PUBLIC PARTICIPATION at its SEPTEMBER 19 SALON:  MEDITATION & MUSIC with David Pohl - artist & musician, Anu Kumar - writer & yoga instructor, Eric Mason – musician, The evenings discussion will focus on the active/inactive role of music in relationship with the meditative mind. Live and recorded music will be presented. David Pohl (dj pingting) is an artist and musician whose most recent work involves the mysterious relationship between the creator, the creation, and the sacred space between. David Pohl (dj pingting) is an artist and musician whose most recent work involves the mysterious relationship between the creator, the creation, and the sacred space between. http://www.davidpohl.com . Anu Kumar teaches yoga and is a writer working on her PhD in the English Literature and Religious Studies Programs at The University of Pittsburgh. Eric "Boo-Boo" Mason plays digeridoo with the urban tribal band Soma Mestizo. He has been practicing tai-chi for 10 years. http://www.somamestizo.com . 7-9pm @ The Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Avenue [Oakland]. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Carolyn Speranza:  carolyn@speranza.net or http://www.speranza.net/stillness or [412] 681-5503  X 256


Thurs Sept 19th Flowdown – live reggae music this Thursday. @ Pittsburgh Deli Company. 728 Copeland Ave. off of Walnut [Shadyside]. 412-682-DELI or www.pghdeli.com


Thurs Sept 19th Zombo’s Mondo Record Party.  Always down with the old vinyl.  Join WRCT’s ZOMBO for Tiki, Lounge, Surf, Rockabilly, New Wave, Ska, & lots more. @ Kelly’s Bar & Grill.  6012 Penn Circle South [near corner of S.Highland, E.Liberty]. 412-363-6012 www.zomboworld.com


Thurs Sept 19th - CLub Havana weekly. House/Techno/ and other groovy music courtesy of DC Space, Jason C, and weekly guest DJs. This Week featuring Ryan Walsh & Mete. $2 Yuengling special. FREE. 10pm-2am. @ Club Havana - 5744 Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside].





Fri Sept 20th - 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 Sept 20th through Sun 22nd  - This Friday, check out the New Africa On the Block: Open air Culture & Arts Marketplace. 12pm-8pm. Feat 1-2pm: Open Air Jumu’ah Congregation; 5-8pm: African Drummers & Dancers. Stage located on the 7200 Block of Frankstown Ave near Ramseys II [Homewood]. For info or artist/vendor inquiries call Jibril Abdul-Hafeez NewAfrica2@aol.com or 412.363.1196


Fri Sept 20th - Good Fridays @ the Warhol:  Films: September Eleventh-Eyewitness. There are a disproportionately large number of filmmakers and video makers who live in a radius of two to three miles around the site of the former World Trade Center in New York. The events of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath were documented by some of these artists and this special program of film and video shorts, organized by award-winning filmmaker and producer Pola Rapaport, presents ten of those unique works. FREE! 7pm @ The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky Street [North Shore]. 412.237.8300 or www.warhol.org


Fri Sept 20th - Versus: The Sessions. A weekly showcasing intelligent nightlife. Live music and DJs to get your bump 'n' hustle on. Hosted by the HardGroove Project feat. Hill Jordan, Dennis Garner & Justin Rhodes. An artist showcase & jam session featuring local musicians, vocalists and performance artists following the feature session. If you've ever been to a Momentum event, then this night is your joint. This week featuring Max Tsvetovat vs. Elam. @ Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland in E.Liberty]. $10 / BYOB. 412-363-8277.


Fri Sept 20th The Natural Choice presents: The  5 Year Anniversary Bash @ Hair Show.  Feat. DJ Nate da Phat Barber & friends. $8 advance w/ tickets available @ the Natural Choice Barber Shop @ Natural Hair Salon. $10 at the door. @ Ramseys II. 7310 Frankstown Ave. [Homewood].


Fri Sept 20th – DJ Selecta from 720 Records will be spinning the tightest funkiest house music grooves this Friday @ the Deli.  @ Pittsburgh Deli Company. 728 Copeland Ave. off of Walnut [Shadyside]. 412-682-DELI or www.pghdeli.com


Fri Sept 20th - 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 





Sat Sept 21st - Steel Valley Arts Council (SVAC) presents the Homestead Sidewalk Art Project. Weekly Outdoor Art Market--Saturdays 12noon to 6pm. Promote, Demonstrate, Busk, Display and Sell your work in a high traffic area along the entrance to the Waterfront complex. No fees, vendor license not needed. Manditory application process (allow at least 2 weeks for clearance). MORE INFO AND APPLICATION: CLICK HERE .  Questions? Contact: Sean Thomas McBride. 412-462-4710 or barnstormer@luxenet.com 


Sat Sept 21st - The New Africa On the Block: Open air Culture & Arts Marketplace continues in Homewood. 12pm-8pm. 4-6pm: New Africa Family Culture @ Arts Discussion at the CCAC; 6-8pm: Live Jazz on the main stage;  5-8:30pm: Hip Hop Town Meeting at the Carnegie Library Auditorium on Hamilton Ave. All taking place near the 7200 Block of Frankstown Ave by Ramseys II [Homewood]. For info or artist/vendor inquiries call Jibril Abdul-Hafeez NewAfrica2@aol.com or 412.363.1196


Sat Sept 21st – The return of Andy Milne’s Cosmic Dapp Theory. Back in Pittsburgh for another slamming performance, this time in the historic Crawford Grill. Come check out Jazz-Funk with a splash of hip-hop poetry & lots of soul. Presented by the Pittsburgh Progressive Arts Foundation (PPAF). @ The Crawford Grill . 2141 Willie Ave [Oakland] 412-471-1565


Sat Sept 21st Peep this rare performance by local ensemble The Barrett Black Band.  Original soulful, funky vibes to deepen your mind.  @ The Quiet Storm.  5430 Penn Ave [Friendship/Garfield]. www.barrettblack.com and www.quietstormcoffee.com


Sat Sept 21st – Stanley Kubricks classic movie: FULL METAL JACKET. Taking history back to one of civilizations most darkest wars: Vietnam. Take a look at the past before heading into the future. @ the Oaks Theater. 310 Allegheny River Boulevard [Oakmont]. For times & directions & Bus info call 412-828-6311 or visit www.theoakstheater.com


Sat Sept 21st – In the V.I.P. room only of “M” – Deep House with Rotating Residents. Vinny, Eric Justin, Enrique, Centauri, John Eperjesi, DC Space aka Black Mike, Ed-Umm, & Kerem. 1600 Smallman St. 412-261-2232


Sat Sept 21st 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.


[Check back after this Friday for more info on next week’s events from the 22nd until the 28th]




Sun Sept 22nd  - The New Africa On the Block: Open air Culture & Arts Marketplace continues in Homewood. 12pm-8pm. 11am-8pm: “The Africans” epic film series that journeys into the soul of Africa @ the Homewood Brushton Family Center (Homwood & Bennett St.); 6-8pm – Jazz Performance on the main stage. All taking place near the 7200 Block of Frankstown Ave by Ramseys II [Homewood]. For info or artist/vendor inquiries call Jibril Abdul-Hafeez NewAfrica2@aol.com or 412.363.1196


Sun Sept 22nd - 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 Sept 22nd 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 Sept 22nd - Bros. Peck Jazz Satellite. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277. 





Mon Sept 23rd - 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 Sept 23rd - 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 Sept 23rd Live Jazz Jam Session @ the Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 7:30pm-11pm. 412.363-8277.


Mon Sept 23rd - Phat Man Dee Presents…. Spotlighting local and visiting musicians.  @ LAVA LOUNGE.  2204 E.Carson St. [Southside].  412-750-6959.





Tues Sept 23rd - Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  .


Tues Sept 23rd 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 Sept 23rd – Hip Hop / Soul Grooves / R & B / Dancehall every Tuesday @ Cozumels [above Victoria's Secret on Walnut St. in Shadyside]. 10pm-2am / 21+ .


Tues Sept 23rd - 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 for info on events next week, including the much anticipated Funkey Monkey Fest. Check back for more current info. For more comprehensive event listings, dig through the Music and Culture sections of this website]