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
Thank you for checking out element 5.
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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
element 5 picks [
[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 to . Free parking, free
admission and free salsa lessons () taught by
Jesse Branas and Amanda McKee. D'Imperio's.
Thurs July 25th - CLub
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. 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
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
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.
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 @ the Shadow Lounge,
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. – until ? @ Showroom
Fri July 26th
- A double feature from teen exploitation wizards Sam Katzman & Arthur Dreifuss. 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. 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
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
Fri July 26th
- The BridgeSpotters
presents… The 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.
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
Fri July 26th – Fyah Wyah
& The Universal Roots, The Wisdom Band. Live
Reggae music. @ 1023 Backstage.
Fri July 26th –
until closing - The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat). This highly anticipated film is the epic tale of
native life in the
Sat July 27th - Steel Valley Arts
Council (SVAC) presents the
Sat July 27th - Heads up
everyone! Chris Ivey needs the presence of every cool
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
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 . @ Muse.
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 ,
Sun July 28th
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
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]. - 412.363-8277.
Mon Jul 29th - The Dark
Night Cabaret series resumes at The Penn Avenue Theatre, . : 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. : 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.
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
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
Guest DJs weekly spinning the best in soulful dance music. ABSOLUTELY FREE!
Check out the $1 Yuengling/Iron city special from -. @ Zythos.
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.
Wed July 31st -
Uncensored, grassroots takes on current events worldwide come to town courtesy
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.
[MORE PICKS TO BE POSTED THURS & FRI]