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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….


Aug 14th, 2002 Update – A lot of things to check out this weekend, especially in the city’s east end [Friendship, Garfield, East Liberty, Highland Park].  Also, if you haven’t had done so yet, check out the capacity building project: a regular forum about the state of Public Education in the city of Pittsburgh. If you’ve ever thought about the state of our city, it’s potential and direction its currently heading in, this is where it starts – the education of our children. Check it out this Thursday 6-8 pm @ the Kingsley Center. 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. As always, your feedback is very important to us – please feel free to drop us a line anytime.  For those who’ve asked us, we will be posting the audio clips from our last Momentum event in the next week or so, so stay tuned!


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 [Aug 14th-Aug 21st, 2002]:

[updated every Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday]


Wed Aug 14th through 25th - Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard. Indian Ink is about cultures in love and in hate with each other, about sisters, muses, about how we tell each other how to live to reassure ourselves that we are living rightly. It's about how strong a life's force can be, that it would merge the present and the past into an endless state of moonlight scented with sandalwood.August 9 - 25, 2002 with rain dates on the dark days (Aug. 12, 13, 19). Outdoors at Allegheny Cemetery, 4734 Butler Street [Lawrenceville]. TICKETS: $20, with a limited number of $15 student tix; reservations through ProArts: 412-394-3353 or www.quantumtheatre.com  . Check the cover story in last weeks' City Paper: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/cv80702.html  


Wed Aug 14th - 720 lounge, presented by Selecta of 720 Records. Your weekly dose of Rare Grooves, Jazz, Soul & Funk. Guest DJ this week: Enrique. FREE. @ Club Havana. 5744 Ellsworth Ave [Shadyside]. 10pm. 412-661-2025.


Wed Aug 14th - 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 Aug 14th - "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 Aug 15th - The Pittsburgh Council on Public Education presents: The Capacity Building Forums. Agenda: Education News, Responses to Our Plan for Our Schools, Advocacy for Education. Hosted by Kamau Ware Poetry by KL and Visual Art by Tarish Pipkins of BridgeSpotters Music provided by 720 Records. The Capacity Building Project is a collaborative of diverse public education stakeholders that work in partnership to convene a series of community forums that facilitate public education improvement. @ the Kingsley Center 6118 Penn Circle South [corner of Centre and Penn in East Liberty].  6-8pm.


Thurs Aug 15th - The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat). This highly anticipated film is the epic tale of native life in the Arctic and the first feature made in the Inuit language. Set at the dawn of the first millennium, it tells the gripping story of an Inuit camp besieged by jealousy, power struggles, betrayal and revenge. Yet this community - whose biggest struggle is surviving the cold -shows they have resilience, spirit, and are ultimately dependent on each other. The imagery is absolutely stunning. In Inuit with subtitles. (Directed by Zacharias Kunuk; Canada; 2002; 172 min). @ The Regent Square Theater. 1035 S. Braddock. Call 412 682-4111 for times, or http://www.pghfilmmakers.org/filmsched.html


Thurs Aug 15th until the rest of the Summer. 2002 Summer Film Series at the Byham Theater, Downtown. Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Thu, Fri & Sat evenings at 7:30 pm, Sun afternoons at 3:00pm. Sat evenings are double features - one price for two films. Aug 1, Thu - The Producers (the movie). Aug 2, Fri - Moulin Rouge (2001). Aug 3, Sat - Hitchcock double feature - Notorious and Shadow of a Doubt. Aug 4, Sun - To Kill a Mockingbird. http://www.pghfilmmakers.org/


Thurs Aug 15th - CLub Havana weekly. House/Techno/ and other groovy music courtesy of DC Space, Jason C, and weekly guest DJs. $2 Yuengling special. FREE. 10pm-2am. 5744 Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negley, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside].


Fri Aug 16th - 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 Aug 16th Good Fridays @ the Warhol:  LP Collecting Party!  Contrary to the demise of the vinyl LP as the primary unit of mainstream music consumption, record collecting is on the rise around the world.  To celebrate the medium's lasting appeal, The Warhol presents an evening devoted to the record-collecting enthusiast.  6:30 p.m. Vinyl (Canada, 2000) Alan Zweig's film documents obsessive record collectors in their home and on their favorite haunt-the record store. 8 p.m. LP Collecting Forum Filmmaker Alan Zweig and a panel of local LP collectors discuss their vinyl obsessions and share selections from their collections. Jerry Weber,  owner of Pittsburgh's internationally renown used record store, Jerry's Records, will moderate the forum. Other panelists include: Michael Devine (aka DJ Zombo), Wayno (illustrator/record collector), Johnny Angel (musician), and Chuck Miller (author of the record collecting price guide Warman's American Records). Throughout the evening, local and regional collectors will display and sell parts of their LP collections in the Museum's Entrance Gallery. This program related to the exhibition The LP Show on view through August 18.  @ The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky Street--North Shore. 412.237.8300 or www.warhol.org


Fri Aug 16th Late Marriage. Even though it ends with a wedding, nothing else about this sexy and bitter comedy-of-manners is conventional. Set within the Georgian emigre community of Tel Aviv, Lily (played by the director’s own mother) and Yasha are distraught because their 31-year-old son has not yet married. They drag him to meet one suitable girl (virgin) after another. He is in no hurry, however, because he’s having a torrid affair with a beautiful 34-year old Moroccan divorcee. When his relatives discover the forbidden tryst, they act with little restraint in solving the "problem". The year’s most honored film in Israel, with 9 Israeli Oscars. In Hebrew and Georgian with subtitles. @ The Regent Square Theater.  1035 S. Bradock Ave [Edgewood].  http://www.pghfilmmakers.org/regent.html


Fri Aug 16th through 18th - First Step Recovery Homes Presents “The Girl Next Door” . The Play deals with the effects addiction has on the family and the community. The play features Teresa Hawthorne, Brian Wright Sr., Kathy Hawthorne and a host of other local talented actors and actresses.  7:00 pm. Tickets are $12.50 and available by calling 412-673-7532 or 412-310-3927. For more information please call First Step Recovery Homes, Inc. at 412-673-7532 or 412-310-3927. @ The Kelly-Strayhorn Performing Arts Center . 5941 Penn Ave [E. Liberty next to 720 records]. 412-363-3000


Fri Aug 16th - The Garfield Artworks presents: NEW BLUE PAINTINGS by Jon Langford. Opening Reception Friday August 16, 2002 from 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM.  Music from: Jon Langford (of the Mekons and Waco Brothers) performing with The Johnsons Big Band. This event is free to the people, but donations are welcome please BYOB! The Garfield Artworks is located at 4931 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh7-11pm. 412-802-7096 and www.garfieldartworks.com


Fri Aug 16th – Versus: The Sessions. A new 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. Every Friday in August. @ Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland in E.Liberty]. $10 / BYOB. 412-363-8277.


Fri Aug 16th – 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 Aug 16th Technoir-Audio DJ Ratana spinning in the VIP lounge of Metropol. 1600 Smallman St. $10 / 21+. 412-734-5278 or www.412groove.com


Fri Aug 16th BEAM performing another one of their legendary shows. Live improv experimental hip-hop and jazz-influenced drum ‘n’ bass.  @ The Quiet Storm. 5430 Penn Ave [corner of Penn & Graham in Friendship]. 412-661-9355 and www.quietstormcoffee.com


Sat Aug 17th -  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 Aug 17th – Rock Against Racism. Fusing Art and action. Rock Against Racism is an annual concert and rally for racial reconciliation that began in 2000 to promote social revitalization in the Pittsburgh area after a year where racial hatred had exploded into violence. a free concert and festival which brings together local musicians, artists and poets for a show that local pop critic Michael Schneider described as, "quality, diversity and sustained adventurousness of which Pittsburgh has almost for sure not seen before in one place." Featuring the music of Soma Mestizo, Beam, Barrett Black Band, Sporadic, Rain quartet, Defiance of Authority, Heart of the Covenant with Poetry from the Bridgespotters, The Pittsburgh Slam Team, and The Radical Cheerleaders. @ the Schenley Park Overlook [Oakland]. 1pm-8pm. FREE. more info: 412-361-3022 or http://www.thomasmertoncenter.org/RAR/ 


Sat Aug 17th – The Penn Ave Festival. An afternoon of the city's East End culture. 3 on 3 Basketball, Art Activities, Farmer's Market, Artist's Studio, Gallery Tours, Street Vendors, Ethnic Food from local restaurants, and lots of Artwork. Fun for the whole family [lots of kids activities too!]. Located along the 4900-5200 Blocks of Penn Ave b/w Winebiddle & Atlantic in the Friendship/Garfield area. info: 412-441-6147 or www.friendship-pgh.org


Sat Aug 17th HOT JAM!!! The Pittsburgh Glass Center presents an Open House. Come experience hands-on how glass is blown and shaped into art with glassblowing and flamworking demos by the center's students & staff. An evening of hot glass, hot rods, good snacks and kool entertainment. FREE! @ The Pittsburgh Glass Center. 5472 Penn Ave, 2 blocks west of Negley Ave [Friendship]. www.pittsburghglasscenter.org


Sat Aug 17th – Red Tape Productions presents a true-school hip-hop party hosted by scene veteran & Beam frontman Akill Esoon. Feat. DJ Shef + other guest DJs with a Beat Competition [bring your own MPC night]. B-boys & Graffiti room. @ the Union Project. 801 N.Negley Ave inside the Old Church [Highland Park]. More info www.redtapeproductions.com  and www.unionproject.org


Sat Aug 17th – Two classic films playing tonight in a double feature. Gordon Parks’ Shaft and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.  Double Feature presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Summer Film Series. @ the Byham Theater. 7:30PM. $5.


Sat Aug 17th – 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 Aug 17th – 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 Aug 18th - 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 Aug 18th through 20th – 2001 Space Oddessy. Showing of the classic Stanley Kubrick film. @ The Melwood Screening Room. 477 Melwood Ave [N.Oakland]. http://www.pghfilmmakers.org/melwood.html  and call 412-682-4111 for up-to-date showtimes.


Sun Aug 18th 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 Aug 18th - Bros. Peck Jazz Satellite. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277. 


Mon Aug 19th - 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 Aug 19th - 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 Aug 19th Live Jazz Jam Session @ the Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 7:30pm-11pm. 412.363-8277.


Mon Aug 19th – Phat Man Dee Presents…. Spotlighting local and visiting musicians.  @ LAVA LOUNGE.  2204 E.Carson St. [Southside].  412-750-6959.


Tues Aug 20th - Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  .


Tues Aug 20th WOLGEMUT. Live from berlin germany, one night only. Pipes and drums and shawms lead you on a musical journey down a forgotten path of mysterious musical mastery. (bold powerful unforgettable instruments). 10:00 pm - 12:00 pm  $6.00 @ the door. @ the Rex Theater - 1602 East Carson Street [Southside]. 412-381-6811 / 412-381-2408 or simonj1111@hotmail.com


Tues Aug 20th Velvet w/ your resident hosts Adam Ratana (Chemlab) and Jwan Allen (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 Aug 20th – Hip Hop / Soul Grooves / R & B / Dancehall every Tuesday @ Cozumels [above Victoria's Secret on Walnut St. in Shadyside]. 10pm-2am / 21+ .


Tues Aug 20th - 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


Wed Aug 21st - Bros Peck Jazz Satellite. Legendary Pittsburgh jazz quartet performing their monthly gig. @ The Deli Co. 728 Copeland st. [Shadyside] 412-682-DELI or www.pghdeli.com


Wed Aug 21st - the Hump Night weekly. This week featuring the Reggae Bus Crew & DC space. 2132 E. Carson St. [Southside]. 412-431-4560.


Wed Aug 21st - Guitar Masters Patrick Woods(Charlie Hunter, move over!), DC Fitzgerald (acoustic). @ The Quiet Storm. 5430 Penn Ave [corner of Penn & Graham in Friendship]. 412-661-9355 and www.quietstormcoffee.com


[MORE PICKS TO BE POSTED THIS THURS & FRI. For more comprehensive event listings, dig through the Music and Culture sections of this website]