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….


July 26th, 2002 Update - Heads up everyone! Chris Ivey needs the presence of every cool Pittsburgh freak for his J-live video shoot this Friday and Saturday. J-live is busting up the charts and coming to Pittsburgh. Let's show the Chris and the world what we got and give J-live a funky warm Pittsburgh welcome.  Check out this week’s City Paper for more info: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/week.html .  Friday night is the time to party in the steel city with too many things to choose from. For more comprehensive event listings, dig through the Music and Culture sections of this website.  In addition, the Bridgespotters and Ground Zero collectives maintain regular email lists of events in the Steel City.   Just to let you know, our next Momentum event will be taking place Saturday, August 3rd @ The Quiet Storm. Welcome to culture beneath the surface.


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 [July 24th – 31st, 2002]:

[updated every Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday]


Wed July 24th - 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 July 24th - "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 July 25th - 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].


Thurs July 25th - The psychedelic sound of Lotus, a five-piece instrumental groove band. Lotus will feed your soul with a hearty helping of funky baselines, pulsating rhythms and dreamy guitar chords. The Philadelphia-based band mixes a little jazz, a dash of funk, some jungle and trance, a sprinkle of Latin flavor and a splash of visual stimulation to create an otherworldly ambience. 9 p.m. Zythos, South Side. 412-481-2234.


Thurs July 25th - Comedy & Poetry Showcase hosted by "One-Eye"... cash prize for best poem. @ Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.


Fri July 26th - 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 Jul 26th - The Mattress Factory will open early and keep the lights on late on July 26th for visitors to enjoy one of the installation pieces in the James Turrell: Into the Light exhibition. Skyspace, an outdoor piece built for viewing the sky and atmospheric changes is most dramatic to view during sunrise and sunset. Friday, July 26th : Sunrise viewing: 5:30 a.m. - 6:45 a.m./ Sunset viewing:  8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. No advance registration is required. Cost is suggested museum admission ($6.00 Adults; $4.00 Students/Seniors; free for members and children under 12). Skyspace is the only artwork that visitors can access during the extended hours. However, "admit one" passes will be distributed for a visit to the full exhibition. www.mattress.org


Fri Jul 26th - Monthly gig with the steel city's own BEAM - drum 'n' bass, jazz, and hip hop culture converge for an all improv, all live, all booty shaking night of energy. If you haven't had the chance to check their live show, do yourselves a favor. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.


Fri Jul 26th - Hip-hop is a combination of different types of music. Jazz and Hip-hop scenes converge for the BlackStar Showcase. Featuring ChaRon Don, Soul Dean, Keen Intellect, Davu, Isolated Metropolis and others, takes place at 9 p.m. @ the Shadow Lounge, East Liberty. 412-363-8277. 


Fri Jul 26th - ZAP - A Fashion Dance Music Show. Presented by the Black Forum Exhibition. Featuring: Zeto Fashion by Nami Ogawa, Hip-hop DJ Elam, Barrett Black - electric cello, Cuban mojitos and other refreshments provided ** suggested donations go to the artists. ZAP is the first in a series of three collaborations of the Black Forum Exhibition and neighboring artists. This event features Nami Ogawa,  founder of Zeto clothing -Japanese/American urban design. Other features include paintings by Brian Holderman and Tarrish Pipkins. Music by DJ Elam and Barrett Black. Fashion show choreography by Richard Shaw. ZAP is an event brought to you by the Black Forum Exhibition, where our mission is to strive to be a conduit between local artists and the community. 9:00pmuntil ? @ Showroom Lofts. 5530 Penn Avenue enter at the red door on Stratford Avenue.


Fri July 26th - A double feature from teen exploitation wizards Sam Katzman & Arthur Dreifuss. 7 p.m. The Love-Ins (1967) 91 min., with Richard Todd, James MacArthur, Susan Oliver and Mark Goddard. A college professor becomes the LSD-advocating "messiah" of the hippie movement.  8:45 p.m. For Singles Only(1968) 91 min., with John Saxon, Mary Ann Mobley, Lana Wood and Milton Berle. A musical comedy: teen exploitation-style, featuring sex, singles, and a swinging party. FREE. @ the Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky Street [Northshore]. 412-237-8300 or www.warhol.org


Fri July 26th – DJ Zombo's Musical Mad Monster Party! The featured bands all use theremins and there will be THERE-OAKE (you play the theremin with instrumental music)! They are: The Ubangi's from Washington, DC (featuring one of the country's best theremin players (no fooling) ) El Mysteriouso! And The Legion of Incredibly Strange Superheroes (now with 2 theremin players)! Dr. Outerspacicus and Capt. Not UL Approved! And DJ Zombo's outrageous THERE-OAKE! Low cover, cheap beer and dancing robots!!! 10pm @ the Warsaw Tavern in Polish Hill [Corner of Liberty Ave & The Bloomfield Bridge, in Bloomfield]. http://newtrad.topcities.com/ [If you don’t know what a theramin is, check out the Music  section of this website]


Fri July 26th - The BridgeSpotters presents… The Midnight Espresso Series [MES] - “…a synergy of the arts and nightlife…”. Feature Poet: Open Mic!. DJs:  Nate the Phat Barber. Vibe:  Cool Blue Cappucino. The MES seems to get better and better.... @ Duets. 212 Sixth Street 10:09pm-2:09am. www.bridgespotters.com  and www.1naturalchoice.com  .


Fri July 26th Sarrogit: Proverbial [one that is recognized as a typical examle]. Since inception May 2ooo. we have involved over 85 surrogates in the production of fifty multi-level sight and sound performances. Artists have been invited to present living installations/performative stations of interpretations of the Living Stations of the Cross. @ The Garfield Artworks. 4931 Penn Avenue 412.802.7096 or www.garfieldartworks.com


Fri July 26th 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 July 26th – until closing - 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


Sat July 27th -  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 July 27th - Heads up everyone! Chris Ivey needs the presence of every cool Pittsburgh freak for his J-live video shoot this Friday and Saturday. J-live is busting up the charts and coming to Pittsburgh. Let's show the Chris and the world what we got and give J-live a funky warm Pittsburgh welcome.  Check out this week’s City Paper for more info: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/week.html .  Meet @ Club Laga Saturday Afternoon.


Sat July 27th – 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 July 27th – 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 July 28th - The Great Ride, a recreational bike tour, takes cyclists through three regional parks, across four bridges, and around 12 city neighborhoods. Riders can choose from a five-mile family ride along the Eliza Furnace Trail, a 20-mile trek on a relatively flat course, a 30-mile hill-filled journey or a 50-mile vertical challenge. Comfort stations with refreshments and entertainment will be set up every 10 miles. Registration opens at 7 a.m., Pittsburgh Technology Center, Oakland. 412-255-2493.


Sun July 28th - 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 July 28th   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 July 28th - Bros. Peck Jazz Satellite. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277. 


Mon Jul 29th  - The Dark Night Cabaret series resumes at The Penn Avenue Theatre, . 7pm: Happy Hour featuring the music and poetry of Spirit on the Hill.  The jazz combo features musicians Dan Wasson on bass, Nelson Harrison on trombone and trombetto, and Ken Foley playing persussion, accompanied by the spoken word of Michael Dennison. 8 pm: the event moves to the theatre’s main stage featuring drummer and avant-garde poet Kelly Parker will performing her latest piece, The Word. Using drums, percussion, vocals, and other natural sounds to tell about her personal experiences with the process of creating poetry.  Also featuring the music of The Receptionists, who will interpret FM power ballads to get you through your workday.  Led by Schwet Gerkins, aka Little Johnny, aka Jeff Cubeta, who rocked out a bouffant and a mullet in his high school days, while secretly cherishing his old disco records. $6. @ the Penn Avenue Theatre. 4809 Penn Avenue, Bloomfield/Garfield, Pittsburgh. (412) 665-1702.


Mon July 29th - Revolve w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo. Guest DJs weekly. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.


Mon July 29th - 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 July 29th Phat Man Dee Presents…. Spotlighting local and visiting musicians.  @ LAVA LOUNGE.  2204 E.Carson St. [Southside].  412-750-6959.


Tues July 30th - Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  .


Tues July 30th 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 July 30th - 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 July 31st - Uncensored, grassroots takes on current events worldwide come to town courtesy of the Independent Media Center, a collective of media groups that grew from efforts to cover the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, and persevered as an alternative to corporate newsgathering. The current Indymedia Newsreal – a monthly compilation of video activism from around the globe -- screens, along with two half-hour documentaries: Not My President! (about the January 2001 counterinaugural protests) and 911. The screening benefits the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center. (BO) 7:30 p.m. 125 Porter Hall, Carnegie Mellon University. $3 (suggested donation). 412-621-1194 or Pittsburgh Independent Media Center


Thurs Aug 1st - Drawing the Line Film Series: Public Housing. Frederick Wiseman's 1997 documentary examines daily life at the Ida B. Wells housing project in Chicago.@ Frick Art & Historical Center. 7PM. 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208 [Oakland]. Info: 412-371-0600 or www.frickart.org . $5 members and students; $6 non-members and guests Reservation recommended.