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….

 

Sept 4th, 2002 Update – Lots of Activity in Oakland and Downtown with students getting back to the books. For those of you new to town, welcome to the city of bridges. We maintain the element 5 website as a means of disseminating info on happenings and activities under the surface. If you like what you see, tell a friend and help the underground scene grow. Our picks of the week are listed below. 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. So, explore and enjoy. We’ll be updating our website over the next month to bring you even more links to the elements beneath our city. As always, your feedback is very important to us – please feel free to drop us a line anytime. 

 

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

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element 5 picks [Sept 4thSept 12th, 2002]:

[more picks to be posted this Wed, Thurs, Fri]

 

Wed Sept 4th until Sept 7th "Sharif Bey, Recent Work" - Ceramics Studio Coordinator of The Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. The Reception is September 6th 7PM-9PM. The University of Pittsburgh's Connie Kimbo Gallery (1st floor William Pitt union).

 

Wed Sept 4th 720 lounge, presented by Selecta of 720 Records. Your weekly dose of Rare Grooves, Jazz, Soul & Funk. FREE. @ Club Havana. 5744 Ellsworth Ave [Shadyside]. 10pm. 412-661-2025.

  

Wed Sept 4th 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 Sept 4th – "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 Sept 5th -  Public Forum and Hearing: An Alternative to The Mon-Fayette Toll Road - Everyone is tired of hearing about the Mon-Fayette Toll Road, and that's exactly what the proponents are hoping for. We need your voice and your presence this thursday night. A team of volunteers has developed an alternative to the toll road - please come to Alderdice High School to see the alternative proposal and voice your opinion. Learn How Our Network of Road Upgrades, New Roads and Transit Better Meets the Region's Transportation and Economic Needs. 4:30-6:30 Informal Viewing of the Alternative/ Q & A;  6:30-7:30 Formal Presentation of the Alternative;  7:30-9:30 Public Testimony;  REGISTER TO SPEAK BY CALLING:  412-421-5659.  Testimony will be limited to 3 minutes to allow time for all to be heard.  Written testimony will be collected and submitted to the Turnpike Commission. @ Allderdice High School Auditorium 2409 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA [Squirrel Hill]. Busses:  61C McKeesport-Homestead, exit Murray & Forward Aves.  Walk one block east to Allderdice. Sponsors:  CANTR, GASP, Ground Zero, Hazelwood Initiative, Oakland Community Council, PennFuture, Preservation Pittsburgh and Sierra Club

 

Thurs Sept 5th - Baran. The new film from Iranian Director Majid Majidi. In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17 years old Iranian worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives. Click Here to view the Trailer. @ the Oaks Theater. 310 Allegheny River Boulevard [Oakmont]. For times, directions & Bus info call 412-828-6311 or visit www.theoakstheater.com

 

Thurs Sept 5th  -  The international film series, Erotic Tales, produced by Regina Ziegler and the German television network WDR, is comprised of 24 half-hour films directed by new and veteran filmmakers exploring the nature of sensuality. 7 p.m. - Program I Dream a Little Dream of Me (Greece, 1999) 82 min. Directed by Antonis Kokkinos;  On Top Down Under (Iceland/Australia, 2000) 27 min. Directed by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson;   The Night Nurse (Germany, 2002) 28 min. Directed by Bernd Heiber.  8:30 p.m. - Program II Angela (USA, 2000) 28 min. Directed by Amos Kollek;   The Gas Station (The Netherlands, 1999) 28 min. Directed by Jos Stelling;  Kimono (USA, 2000) 26 min. Directed by Hal Hartly.  $5 @ The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky Street--North Shore. 412.237.8300 or www.warhol.org

 

Thurs Sept 5th - MEDITATIVE TONING: The Healing Voice with Kevin Henry: Sight of Stillness Salons. Because our very atoms are a swirling dance of vibratory richness, and vibration translates to sound, it is fully accurate to consider ourselves part of creation's ongoing symphony. For more information visit www.speranza.net/stillness. Free . @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers: 477 Melwood Avenue, North Oakland, 7-9PM

 

Thurs Sept 5th - Kick off for the Dance Alloy’s 2002-2003 season, New York City-based choreographer Sarah Skaggs will ditch the spotlight and the stage for sunshine and the street in a series called Get Out of the House. Today’s debut performance on Penn Avenue will feature dancers busting a move to the vinyl stylings of local DJ Edgar Um Bucholtz [Big Up!]. 12:30 pm in front of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty [Penn Ave @ S.Highland]. Take a lunch break in the east end!

 

Thurs Sept 5th - Barrett Black Band - neo-soul, hip-jazz, rock, kinda feel. $5. @ The Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd [Corner of Baum & S.Highland in East Liberty]. 412-363-8277. www.barrettblack.com

 

Thurs Sept 5th - 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 Sept 6th - 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 Sept 6th – “Pittsburgh Jazz Legends”. Part of Community Media’s First Fridays. Mellon Park, Fifth Ave and Beechwood, 8:15PM. http://trfn.clpgh.org/commedia/ . Check the article in this week’s City Paper: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/week.html

 

Fri Sept 6th - Good Fridays @ the Warhol:  The international film series, Erotic Tales, produced by Regina Ziegler and the German television network WDR, is comprised of 24 half-hour films directed by new and veteran filmmakers exploring the nature of sensuality. 7 p.m. - Program I The Summer of My Deflowering (USA, 2000) 29 min. Directed by Susan Streitfeld;  Powers (Czech Republic, 2000) 28 min. Directed by Petr Zelenka;  Why Don’t We Do It in the Road? (Germany, 2000) 28 min. Directed by Erin Moore;   8:30 p.m. - Program II  The Dutch Master (USA, 1994) 26 min. Directed by Susan Seidelman;  The Cloud Door (India, 1994) 28 min. Directed by Mani Kaul;   The Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch (Great Britain, 1994) 25 min. Directed by Ken Russell  @ The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky Street--North Shore. 412.237.8300 or www.warhol.org

 

Fri Sept 6th - Richland Productions presents  Richland” . Richland is a stage presentation of a town located 15 miles outside of New York City; it presents real life issues, situations, and how it affects us all.$20.00  and are available at all Ticket Master locations or you can charge by phone at 412-323-1919 or log onto www.ticketmaster.com . Tickets are also available at Stedaford’s on the North Side and Dorsey’s in Homewood. 8pm @ Kelly-Strayhorn Community Performing Arts Center, 5941 Penn Ave [East Liberty]. For more information please call Richland Productions at 412-464-0241 or www.kelly-strayhorn.org

 

Fri Sept 6th – Eddie Murphy move over. Check out a different kind of Stand Up Comic concert Film. Notorious C.H.O. Inside-outsider. Starting Friday Sept 6th @ The Harris Theater. 809 Liberty Ave [Downtown]. www.pghfilmakers.org . Check the Review in this week’s City Paper: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/mv1.html

 

Fri Sept 6th - "PILLOW TALK"  @ Mother Earth's African Coffee House. 7:00-10:00pm. "Words said between the sheets" hosted by David Jones and Kim El.  There will also be a presentation of "Warm Spirit" by Camille Locust and Haston Lowman.

 

Fri Sept 6th - SHINE: A Black Forum Exhibition Event (in conjunction w/ the unblurred event). the second in a series of three collaborations of the Black Forum Exhibition and neighborhood artists. This event features female artists DJ Ella Mental,  poet Vema Sam'i, the voice of Felicia Hicks, and poet Vanessa German. Live music will be provided by the Barrett Black Band and special guests. SHINE 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. 9pm - ? @ Showroom Building Lofts. 5530 Penn Avenue, Loft 1 [Friendship]. enter at the red door on Stratford Avenue.

 

Fri Sept 6th - 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. This week featuring Momentum Alumnus Vanessa German. @ Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland in E.Liberty]. $10 / BYOB. 412-363-8277.

 

Fri Sept 6th - 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 

 

Sat Sept 7th - 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 Sept 7th OUVE AZZY RUNK: CD RELEASE. Funk, Acoustic-rock, Jazz, Groove and soul. W/ Phat Man Dee, Christiane D. and Anthony Fugate. $10. 8 pm @ The Hazlett Theater. 6 Allegheny Center [Northside]. 412-422-5247. www.ouveazzyrunk.com  . Peep the preview in this week's PULP: http://www.pittsburghpulp.com/content/2002/09_05/arts_live.shtml

 

Sat Sept 7th Slum Village playing live @ 6908 BIG BEAVER BLVD IN BEAVER FALLS. For more info Call: 724-847-4788. www.slumvillage.com

 

Sat Sept 7th - "The Soul Garden II" - Featuring performances by: Urban Ave. 31, Mi Sandz, SMI featuring The Rain Quartet, and Liberation. Tickets are $12 in advance available at The Natural Choice/$15 at the door. This is a 21 and over event! Doors open at 9 p.m. @ The Backstage 1023 Forbes Ave [Downtown near the Duquesne University campus]. www.soulgardenlive.com or www.1naturanchoice.com  

 

Sat Sept 7th Soul Garden After Party. 2am-6am. With your favorite Nate Da Phat Barber. @ Shadow Lounge. 5972 Baum Blvd [Corner of Baum & S.Highland in East Liberty]. 412-363-8277

 

Sat Sept 7th – 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 Sept 7th 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 Sept 8th - Lawrenceville United works to bring Lawrenceville residents, business owners and neighboring Pittsburghers together in love and harmony. How do they do it? By throwing a Colossal Community Cookout and Car Cruise. Last year more than 600 people attended the first annual shindig. This time, thanks to the addition of a car cruise and swap meet, organizers anticipate more than 2,000 fuel-injected fun-seekers will converge on the historic neighborhood for good food, a Chinese auction, hourly 50/50 raffles, and music from Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers. All we are saying is give peace a chance. 12pm, Arsenal School and Field [40th st and Butler], Lawrenceville. 412-781-2222.

 

Sun Sept 8th - 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.  Have some coffee after the Colossal Community Cookout [see above].

 

Sun Sept 8th 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 Sept 8th - Bros. Peck Jazz Satellite. Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 9:30pm-1am. 412.363-8277. 

 

Mon Sept 9th - 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 Sept 9th - 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 Sept 9th Live Jazz Jam Session @ the Shadow Lounge.  5972 Baum Blvd [corner of Baum & S.Highland]. 7:30pm-11pm. 412.363-8277.

 

Mon Sept 9th - Phat Man Dee Presents…. Spotlighting local and visiting musicians.  @ LAVA LOUNGE.  2204 E.Carson St. [Southside].  412-750-6959.

 

Tues Sept 10thTrips: a series of collaborations between local filmmaker Emmett Frisbee and put-on artist D.J. Huber, highlight the next Film Kitchen. In Trips, Frisbee tails roadside-Americana connoisseur Huber as he covers Groundhog Day in Punxatawney; convinces a fellow South Sider he wants to shoot a public-TV segment about his abandoned Cadillac El Dorado; and gets philosophical over a seesaw at a corn festival in Laurel Highlands. Other short videos by Frisbee include Ed Has a Vision, a modern fable about a suburban parking-garage janitor with artistic ambitions. Logo is a Science-fiction story set in a futuristic prison factory. Takahashi, a native of Japan, completed it earlier this year while a student at Point Park College. Film Kitchen takes place 8 p.m. @ the Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave. [North Oakland]. A reception starts at 7 p.m. Frisbee and Takahashi will attend for question-and-answer sessions. Admission is $4. www.pghfilmmakers.com

 

Tues Sept 10th - Spoken Word Tuesday (open mic). Quiet Storm Cafe. 5430 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. 412.661.9355. http://www.quietstormcoffee.com/  .

 

Tues Sept 10th 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 Sept 10th – Hip Hop / Soul Grooves / R & B / Dancehall every Tuesday @ Cozumels [above Victoria's Secret on Walnut St. in Shadyside]. 10pm-2am / 21+ .

 

Tues Sept 10th - 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 Sept 11th 720 lounge, presented by Selecta of 720 Records. Your weekly dose of Rare Grooves, Jazz, Soul & Funk. FREE. @ Club Havana. 5744 Ellsworth Ave [Shadyside]. 10pm. 412-661-2025.

  

Wed Sept 11th 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 Sept 11th - Escape the insanity of the world for the sounds of the Jazz Satellite. @ Pittsburgh Deli Company. 728 Copeland Ave. off of Walnut [Shadyside] . Live Jazz from 10 to 1. Info: Call Colter at 412-400-7180 or 412-682-DELI or www.pghdeli.com

 

Wed Sept 11th - Alan Silva, Roger Turner and Johannes Bauer’s The Tradition Trio. For those who don't know, Alan Silva is an incredible keyboardist whose gigs have included sessions for Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Some other world ish you should definitely check out if you wish to escape the madness on this earth. University of Pittsburgh’s Public Health Auditorium, Fifth Avenue and DeSoto Street, Oakland. 412-422-8864.

 

Wed Sept 11th – "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 Sept 12th - Pitt Arts Fair. @ The William Pitt Union [Corner of Fifth Ave & Bigelow in Oakland] Email: abelle@pitt.edu or fax to: 412-624-1662. 

 

Thurs Sept 12th - Ron Wingfield Quartet. @ The Crawford Grill [Oakland] 412-471-1565

 

Thurs Sept 12th - Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India - The hottest trend in world cinema is the emergence of lavish musicals from India, nicknamed “Bollywood.” An Oscar nominee this big, beautiful epic is the story of an Indian uprising against British rule, all set to music. Lagaan, which means “tax,” is equal parts political history, musical romance, action-adventure and a cheer-for-the-underdog story. “It’s the rarest of films, able to transcend time, place and the laws of cinema.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer. In Hindi with subtitles. (Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker; India: 2001; 225 min) Thurs @ 7:30 pm. @ The Regeant Square Theater. 1035 S. Braddock Ave. [Edgewood].  www.pghfilmmakers.com

 

Thurs Sept 12th - 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].

 

 [This page is updated every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Check back for more current info. For more comprehensive event listings, dig through the Music and Culture sections of this website]