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….


June 8th Update. Our apologies for the late update – technical difficulties.  We mentioned an article last week naming Pittsburgh as 4th best destination for the arts:




some other interesting readings:






Y’all be the judge.  We think there is something brewing in this city. It’s under the surface right now, but it’s gathering momentum, inching its way towards critical mass.  While  people who influence the flow of public money can be critiqued for their part in the current state of affairs, young people gotta take a look at their own attitudes.  Talk is fine but actions speak louder. If you feel there is something missing, it’s not going to magically appear on its own. Take the initiative, be your own leader, roll up the sleeves and make it happen.  We proved at our last two events that you don’t need city hall, grant money, or private foundations to make a difference.  All that’s needed is a community and its resources nucleating in warm fusion.






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element 5 picks (June 8th-June 15th, 2002):


Sat June 8th until 13th - SCRATCH - Hip-Hop Documentary Held Over at The Oaks! From the award-winning director Doug Pray, a thrilling documentary to support the underdog genre of hip-hop music and hard-working turntablists. For film lovers and hip-hop lovers both, SCRATCH requires no prior knowledge or favor for the flavor, and will open your eyes to the exercised capacities of vinyl records, and the groundbreaking figureheads who started off this new scene. Features various performances from favorites such as DJ Q-Bert, Afrika Bambaataa, Mix Master Mike, Jurassic Five, and more! June 5-6 10:15pm; June 7-8  5:30, 11:30pm; June 9-13  5:30pm only. SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY: Live hip-hop spinning after 11:30 show - included with admission.  TICKETS: $4. THE OAKS THEATER is located at 310 Allegheny River Boulevard, just East of Pittsburgh, in Oakmont.  For more information and directions, call 412.828.6322, email theoakstheater@aol.com , or visit www.theoakstheater.com .


Sat June 8th - June 9th - New Horizon Theater presents…“Get Ready”. The story of an R&B group making their comeback…Written by Jaye Stewart and Joe Plummer. Directed by Eileen J. Morris. Friday & Saturday 7:30pm. Sunday 3:00pm. Wolf Hall. East Liberty Lutheran Church. 5707 Penn Ave.Reservations: 412.431.0773


Sat. June 8th - SALSA! Dance to the soul shaking rhythms of Orquesta Tropical. every saturday @ Cozumel. 5505 Walnut St [Shadyside]. $5 before 10:30pm/ $7 thereafter. Come early for lessons. 412-621-5100. http://cityguides.salsaweb.com/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/salsa_clubs.htm


Sat June 8 until 23rd - Quake, new play by Melanie Marnich. Lucy's _moving with the curve of the world_ on a journey to find Big Love. Quake is a cautionary tale for adults, with a twist of astrophysics. Our heroine meets a mysterious serial killer/astrophysicist who's been there, done that; says she __wished upon a supernova.  I wanted more. Quantum Artistic Director Karla Boos has assembled a cast including Rebecca Covey and Aaron Alpern from Chicago, Janelle Baker, Steve Macri, Andy Place, and Lydia Burns.  She stages a literal journey for Quantum's peripatetic audience in the cavernous Gage Building.  Designers are having a field day. Lighting and sound by Bryan Miller, scenic design by Thommy Conran, costumes by Pei-Chi Su. Quake is first in Quantum's subscription series of 4. Tickets sold through ProArts ticket service (412) 394-3353.  $20.  Students $15, limited number available.   Quake runs June 7 - 23 at the Gage Bldg., 30th & Liberty in Strip next to Bare Elegance. Tix ProArts 412-394-3353. www.quantumtheatre.com


Sat June 8th - You're invited to Unseam'd Shakespeare Co's fundraising party, "Come As You AREN'T"--Saturday, June 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the very cool space of Blattner Brunner, 11 Stanwix St. (the former Westinghouse Bldg.), 5th floor. The theme of Unseam'd's ninth season is IDENTITY and you're encouraged to assume any identity you please, in any dress you please, or perform your own personification. Enjoy performances by Phat Man Dee, Sugar Daddy and the Big Boned Gals, Soma Mestizo, and more.  The original art of TK Mundok.  Great food by Chef Lon Durbin, open beer and wine bars.  Silent auction.  Lots of performers and supporters of the arts.  Only $50 per person, and artists pay half-price ($25--we did the math).  [ www.unseamd.org    412-621-0244].


Sat June 8th until 23rdThe Three Rivers Arts Festival. For info: www.artsfestival.net


Sun June 9th - Sonnatang Sundays. Resident: DJ Centauri. Spinning chilled out, soulful grooves to go with your afternoon coffee. 3pm-7pm. Coca Lounge. 3811 Butler St. 412.621.3171.


Sun June 9th - The All Star Game. House music & other soulful grooves to dance you into Monday morning. Pub IG. Atwood St under India Garden [Oakland].


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


Mon June 10th - Revolve w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo. Guest DJs weekly. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.


Tues June 11th - A stage-happy rock 'n' roll trumpeter who died too young gets an appropriately goofy video memorial, and a local painter is captured in action, at the next Film Kitchen, on Tue., June 11. Film Kitchen takes place 8 p.m. Tue., June 11, at the Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., North Oakland. A reception starts at 7 p.m. Grefenstette and Muniain will attend for question-and-answer sessions. Admission is $4. www.pghfilmmakers.org


Tues June 11th - Tuesday Electric Cafe Series 8p-12a $5 All Ages.  Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.


Tues June 11th - Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. www.quietstormcoffee.com  .


Wed June 12th - Wednesday Jazz Jam Session 8p-11p* (*time change beg. next week: 6p-9p). Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277.


Wed June 12th - "The Movement". Real House Music w/ residents Todd Hauber & J. ROberts. Guest DJs weekly. @ Zythos. 2018 E.Carson St. [southside] 412.481.2234. 21 + over. Dancing shoes required!


Thurs June 13th - SHOWCASE THURSDAYS @ CLUB LAGA. Pittsburgh's weekly showcase of local and international hip-hop talent. 3609 Forbes Ave [Oakland]. Directions: 412-687-INFO. 412-726-0476. Brought to you by INFLUENTIAL FLAVOR.


Thurs June 13th - 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. Ellesworth Ave. one block from Negly, behind the UniMart. [Shadyside]


Fri June 14th - Red Tape Productions presents: FREE ALL DAY OUTDOOR PARTY IN THE PARK! @ Vietnam veteran's pavilion Schenley park (off blvd of the allies) Stay tuned for the full lineup of performers...Breaking battle! 2 man teams and one on one Apache routine! www.redtapeproductions.com


Fri June 14th - Society of Sculptors juried group show: music by The Moodswingers. 7-9pm. Garfield Artworks. 4931 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh . www.garfieldartworks.com


Fri June 14th - Midnight Espresso Series "...a synergy of the arts and nightlife..." Foundry Aleworks 2816 Smallman Street. 9:09pm to 2:09pm. $4 before 10pm and $6 after 10pm. Feature Poet: TBA. DJ: SMI. Accompanied by B. Sanders on bass. www.bridgespotters.com


Fri June 14th-16th - Ampersand Dance Theater presents: PULSE. Kelly Strayhorn Theater. 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty. (Parking information:  www.kelly-strayhorn.org  ). Original choreography to home-grown hip hop, punk, blues, world music, trip hop, alternative country, rock and roll, goth, swing. LIVE guest performances by: Friday, June 14 7:00 p.m. Chitra Subramanian  & dj Selecta (courtesy 720 Records & the Shadow Lounge), Kevin Werner - Performance Painter, formerly with Venus In Furs, 8:00 p.m. Billy Mancini. 8:20 p.m., The BridgeSpotters Collective-Tarish Pipkins and KL, 9:15 p.m. Soma Mestizo. Saturday, June 15th

7:00 p.m. Hungry Bill, 8:00 p.m. Mofones, 9:15 p.m. Science Fiction Idols & Dean Novotny. Sunday, June 16th 1:00 p.m.  t.b.a., 2:00 p.m.  t.b.a., 3:15 p.m.  Delian League. www.kelly-strayhorn.org   .


Sat June 15th - Live house music by musicians from Philly. Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd. 412.363.8277 .