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….


May 31st Update. Absolutely no shortage of things to do this weekend. In fact, see why Pittsburgh was voted 4th best destination for Arts in the country:




For more comprehensive event listings, check out the links on this website. In addition, the Ground Zero and Bridgespotters collectives maintain regular email lists of events around town. We are continually updating this website. Much of the new content is based on your collective feedback – thanks so much and keep it coming! We’re still working on getting the Audio clips from our last Momentum event on May 11th posted.  As always, your feedback is most important to us, and is much appreciated.






Thank you for checking out element 5.  


element 5 picks (May 31st-June 7th, 2002):


Fri May 31st - All night Party. DJ spinning Funk, Soulful grooves, and everything else that'll get you moving and shaking. 9pm-?. @ The Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 412-363-8277.


Fri May 31st - another legendary performance by BEAM. Live @ Zythos [above Memphis Lounge]. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234. http://www.beaminfo.com/home.html


Fri May 31st - June 1st. Quiet Storm in-house fundraiser. Silent Auction & Live Entertainment. 4pm Friday / 5pm Saturday. $5 suggested donation. The Quiet Storm Coffeehouse is a vegetarian restaurant and BYOB arts venue located at 5430 Penn Avenue in Garfield.  For additional information call us at 412.661.9355 or visit our web page at www.quietstormcoffee.com  .


Fri May 31st - GOOD FRIDAYS @ The Warhol Museum. FREE. Pittsburgh area high school students present their own Good Fridays, including a fashion show with silk-screened designs, a Warholian multi-media presentation created by students from the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, local hip hop and alternative groups, DJs, B-boys, art performances and more. The event kicks off a weekend of youth-related activities at the Museum. 111 Sandusky St. [North Side]. 412.237.8300. http://www.warhol.org


Fri May 31st - 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 1st - Bharat Natyam Dance performance. "Aayar Kula Thilakam": A dance on Shri Krishna. By Smt. Jaya Mani & Students. 6:30pm @ Sri Venkateswara Temple [Penn Hills]. 1230 South McCully Drive. Penn Hills, PA 15235. 412.373.3380. http://www.svtemple.org


Sat June 1st - The Artists Image Resource has brought in Artists and the Art of the Book, an exhibit of more than 50 artists books which was organized by the Lafayette College’s Experimental Printmaking Institute. The display, curated by the wonderfully named Curlee Raven Holton, shows the variety and creativity that can be found in experimental printmaking, utilizing materials such as metals, clothing and papers. The exhibition continues through July 5. 7-9 p.m. opening reception, Foreland Street Studio, North Side. 412-321-8664.


Sat. June 1st - 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 1st -  Pittsburgh is - A Hotbed of Diversity! Join GroundZero and other corporate, church, civic, professional, and fraternal organizations in a day of community service, bringing diverse people together to beautify our region. Plant a Western PA Conservancy garden near the Pittsburgh airport Lunch: 11:30-12:30 -- an important time, when we will recognize and celebrate the diversity of all the participating teams and the terrific work we've accomplished together. By participating, you'll have the opportunity to work with folks from other ethnic, social, religious, and cultural backgrounds.  There is no cost to

you -- even lunch is provided ['nuff said!]. To sign up for the GroundZero Team, please contact: Ray Obenza < rayobe@hotmail.com >. More info: http://www.glenda.org/partner.html and http://www.glenda.org/photo_gallery/010602-hotbedofdiversity/index.html



Sat June 1st / Sun June 2nd - "Conjure Man Dies". By Rudolph Fisher (performed in Repertory). A play about a detective and a doctor as they investigate a complex plot around the death of a well-known and mysterious "psychic" African King. A story of mind control & out of body experiences. Showing at the Kuntu Repertory theater. Sat. 8pm / Sun 4pm. 3S17 Forbes Quadrangle on the University of Pittsburgh campus. 230 S.Bouquet St. 412-624-7298. http://www.kuntu.org


Sat June 1st/Sun June 2nd - The Mattress Factory will celebrate its 25th Anniversary and the opening of the new exhibition, James Turrell: Into the Light. From dusk to dawn. A vast array of musical entertainment, performances and great food. 500 Sampsonia Way. 412-231-3169. http://www.mattress.org


Sun June 2nd - AIDS Community Day. A walk to raise money for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. Other activities take place, too, such as entertainment and a picnic, in Schenley Park during . 10 a.m. Schenley Park [Oakland]. 412-242-WALK.


Sun June 2nd - 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 2nd - 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 2nd - Jazz Satellite feat. Bros. Peck. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277.


Mon June 3rd & throughout June - SCRATCH! 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! JOIN US MONDAY NIGHT FOR A CHAT ABOUT THE FILM FEATURING LOCAL GUEST DISCUSSION LEADERS DJ SELECTA (RADIO HOST ON WRCT 88.3-FM, OWNER OF PITTSBURGH’S 720 RECORDS) AND REKNOWNED PITTSBURGH SPINNER SUPA C! FREE PASTRIES PROVIDED BY OAKMONT BAKERY. ALL AGES INVITED! FRI-SUN: 10:15pm. MON: 8:00pm with discussion! TUE-THU: 10:15pm. The Oaks Theater. 310 Allegheny Ave. [Oakmont]. 412-828-6311. http://www.theoakstheater.com , http://www.scratch.com  and a message from DJ Selecta.


Mon June 3rd - Closing day of the 20th annual Jewish Food Festival. Load up on Gefilte fish, blintzes, kosher dogs and hamantaschen. Get your Central and Eastern Europe influences, your Mediterranean cookery … and kugel! Temple Sinai, Squirrel Hill, June 2-3. 412-421-9715.


Mon June 3rd - Revolve w/ Resident DJs Kerem & Kaleo. Guest DJs weekly. @ Zythos. 2108 E.Carson St. [South Side]. 412.481.2234.


Tues June 4th - Phat Man Dee performing at the ppening reception for Hollis Sigler’s Breast Cancer Journal exhibit. Chronicalling the artist’s experiences with sickness and health after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985. Also featuring keynote speaker Dr. Victor G. Vogel, the director of Magee’s U.P.C.I. Breast Program. 7-9 p.m. American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill. 412-521-8011 ext. 105.


Wed June 5th - "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 6th - 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 6th - 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]