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Web updates:  We've revamped the Community section of our website - if you've got a message to post to the masses, email us:  element5ive@yahoo.com .  With the explosion of new cultural hotspots and happenings, the Culture section of our website is slated for a massive updated. If you know of a new venue, cultural hotspot, or creative community organization in the 412 area code feel free to email us your suggestions and links

DJ Selecta lyric of the week:  "...Life was meant for us to be what we want to be..." - ('It's Your World' - Gil Scott Herron / Brian Jackson)

DJ Edgar-Umm lyric of the week:  "...There's no limit to the things that you can do..." - ('Space is the Place' - Sun Ra)

the next element 5 party: For those who've been asking, save the date:  Saturday May 15th . If you dug the Mattress Factory last December, get your dancing shoes ready for this one.  Details real soon.

Some breaks and samples from this weekend's happenings. Peace....


May 06 through May 15, 2004 - Theatre: Yo' Mama!
$15 | 8 pm @ Center for Creative Play 1400 Braddock Ave [Edgewood]. 412-371-1668 www.center4creativeplay.org Map/directions

A provocative new comedy about modern motherhood. Six women in a post-natal yoga class take you on a one-hour roller coaster ride through sleepless nights, first words, and orgasms that no mother, son, or daughter should miss. This collaboration takes site-specific theatre to a whole new level. Yo'Mama!, written and directed by Arnet after the birth of her son, sets six new mothers in a post-natal yoga class where they share honest, humorous, sexy, and irreverent tales of parenthood as they move continuously in and out of yoga postures. As the Center for Creative Play is a popular destination for parents and families and as its downstairs neighbor is Fitness Yoga - where people can take pre and post-natal yoga classes - the play is easily at home in its new location. Written and Directed by Heather Arnet Choreography by Mary Miller.Featuring: Janis Burley Wilson, Carla Delaney, Vanessa German, Melissa Martin, Tonia Steed, and Adrienne Wehr.

For more info: Phone: Proarts at 412-394-3353 for tickets Visit: www.yomamatheplay.com

Friday, May 07, 2004 - Film: Russian Film Symposium 2004
$5 | Check Website @ Melwood Screening Room 477 Melwood Avenue [N. Oakland]. 412-682-4111 www.pghfilmmakers.org/russ.html Map/directions

For the first time, the annual Russian Film Symposium cosponsored by the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Filmmakers will concentrate on new and unknown filmmakers, including young directors who have just completed a first feature film. Titled Prophets and Gain: New Russian Cinema, the symposium will take place May 3-8 on Pittís Oakland campus and at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Ave., North Oakland location. The symposium, supported by Pitt, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, will feature screenings of 15 films, four of them American premieres and the other 11 productions by STW Film Company, NTV-Profit Film Company, and Pygmalion Productions, private Russian production studios. The symposium also will include daytime discussions and commentaries. The new filmmakers are Petr Buslov, Aleksei German Jr., Gennadii Sidorov, and Andrei Zviagintsev. Their films, depicting todayís Russian cinema, will be shown at 8 p.m. May 5-8 respectively, beginning with Buslovís Bimmer (2003), introduced by Sergei Chlyants, general producer at Pygmalion; Germanís The Last Train (2003), introduced by Vladimir Padunov, associate professor in Pittís Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and associate director of the Film Studies Program; Sidorovís Little Old Ladies (2003), introduced by Mikhail Iampolískii, associate professor of Comparative Literature and Russian Studies at New York University; and Zviagintsevís The Return (2003), introduced by Vlad Strukov, visiting assistant professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Pitt. These films will be screened at the Pittsburgh Filmmakerís Melwood Screening Room; admission is $5. All films have English subtitles. For a full schedule of screenings and information on the event, visit the symposium Web site at www.rusfilm.pitt.edu .

For more info: Visit: www.rusfilm.pitt.edu/2004/schedule.html

Friday, May 07, 2004 - Music + Art: Implicit / Unblurred Afterparty
$3 donation | 9pm - 3am @ Showroom Lofts 5530 Penn Ave [Friendship]. Map/directions

ĎImplicití after-party & open stage In conjunction w/ Modern Formations art show Featuring: DJ Bagel, DJ Goose. Live music: Wylouts & Powderfrench Art: Blaine Siegel Jay Michael Del Greco This is an open-stage forum. We welcome any performers to the stage. If you plan to perform, please bring the necessary equipment. Also, if would like your name to appear on the next email announcement, please reply to this message by Wednesday and include your performance name and genre. Please be sure to check out the ĎImplicití art show before stopping by Modern Formations Gallery.

For more info: Phone: 412-363-0820 email: barrettblackband@hotmail.com

Saturday, May 08, 2004 - Art Opening: The Street Changes Forever Everywhere
Free | 8pm - 12 am @ Space Pittsburgh 812 Liberty Ave [Downtown]. www.spacepittsburgh.com Map/directions

Recent Work by Artists: SWOON, CALMA, SEAK, BL4CKH4M, HORSIE, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, FAILE, PARS, ABE LINCOLN JR., THE FLOWER GUY, AND ON AND ON we know and we know you know the street changes forever everywhere the "street changes forever everywhere" is an international outdoor poster/street art show going on in pittsburgh pa. work has been mailed in from all over the world and installed on empty storefronts in the center of town. there will be an opening reception at space gallery on liberty ave not far from the outdoor sites... dj edgar um will be performing and there will be free beer for the drinking. work will be displayed from all the different artists and we will be giving it all away at the end of the night. the admission is free but donations are welcome... for more details check www.seakmac.com

For more info: Visit: www.seakmac.com

Saturday, May 08, 2004 - Music: Poogie Bell Band
$5 adv / $7 door | 9 pm @ The World 1600 Smallman St [Strip District]. 412-642-2941 www.jokerprod.com  Map/directions

The sound of Poogie Bell's drums is what you hear on many of the world's finest jazz, neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop records. Performer, record producer, composer, and arranger, you've heard his work with artists including Chaka khan, Marcus Miller, Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams and Randy Crawford. Native of New York and a second generation musician he has been immersed in music since he was born. Taking cues from his father, a jazz musician and professor of music, Poogie has always had an inherent connection to music. As hard as it may be to believe, he started playing at the age of ten months old and made his concert debut when he was two and half at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Hall with his father. By the ripe old age of five he'd already appeared on The Mike Douglas Show with Pearl Bailey. As a kid it wasn't unusual for Poogie to see the likes of drummer Max Roach, saxophonist Ornett Coleman, pianist Marylou Williams, bassists, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter and Richard Davis in his living room jammin' with his father. Growing up he hung out with fellow musicians Omar Hakim, Marcus Miller, Lenny White and Bernard Wright, Weldon Irvine all of whom supported and influenced each other musically. Poogie's first "real" gig was with Tom brown, Weldon Irvine and Hugh Masakela. Then came a tour with one of the creators of what we know as hip-hop, Afrika Bambaata and the Soulsonic Force and then with the Force MD's, a Temptations-style vocal group who were the first to incorporate R&B and hip-hop. "Touch and Go", a song written by Poogie for the Force MD's, won him the ASCAP Writer's Award for Top 10 Singles in 1998. From his hard work, Poogie was able to break into the traditional R&B world touring and recording with artists Freddie Jackson, Phyllis Hyman and Chaka Khan. He came into the New Jack Swing era working with Kieth Sweat, Teddy Riley, SWV and New Edition. He continues to tour and record with Marcus Miller, Alex Bugnon, Victor Bailey and Erykah Badu, among others. Now Poogie is doing his own project with Poogie Band.

For more info: Visit: www.jokerprod.com/calendar.html

Sunday, May 09, 2004 - Dance: Ananda Nartana....The Dance of Joy
$8 / $12 | 3:00 pm @ McConomy Auditorium Carnegie Mellon University [Oakland]. www.cmu.edu/home/visitors/map/index.html Map/directions

An exquisite afternoon of Indian Classical Dance in two ancient temple dance traditions by Sreyashi Dey in Odissi and Vanathi Gopalakrishnan in Bharata Natyam. Odissi is an Indian classical dance style from the eastern state of Orissa in India, being apart of the ancient Odra Magadha style of dance from the eastern region. There is evidence that Odissi was danced in the temples of Orissa as far back as the 2nd century BC. Originally performed as a sacred ritual dedicated to the Gods, Odissi is marked by sensuousness and lyricism, soft, graceful and flowing movements that reflect the divine sculptural motifs of the temples of Orissa. Bharata Natyam is a style of solo dance from southern India. It is one of the oldest of the classical styles and is an amalgam of many aspect of art. Bharata Natyam has two connotations - first where Bharata is considered to be the name of a sage scholar, Bharata to whom is attributed the first comprehensive treatise on theatre, music and dance namely the Bharata natye shashtra. The second connotation breaks up the word Bharata into three syllables. Bha for Bhava (emotions) and Ra for Raga (music) and Ta for Tala (rhythm). The term Natyam refers to theatre.  Srishti Dances of India ("Srishti") is a Pittsburgh based dance company. Srishti's mission is to disseminate India's cultural heritage through performances of Indian classical dance, music and theatre in both their traditional form, and through collaborations with performing artists from around the world. The academy's performance this Sunday is a benefit for the Association for India's Development, Inc. (AID), a voluntary non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development in India, by working with grassroots organizations and movements in India. AID supports and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women's empowerment and social justice.

For more info: Phone: 412-268-2107 Visit: www.aidindia.org/pittsburgh

Monday, May 10, 2004 - Benefit: Art for AIDS/Art for Change 2004
Donation | 6 pm @ Carnegie Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Avenue [Oakland]. 412-622-3131 www.cmoa.org Map/directions

An art auction to benefit the Persad Center programs and AIDS/HIV counselling services. Hundreds of works of art will be up for bid at this year's auction for silent and verbal bidding. Donated works by regional and national artists include paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, furniture, wearable art and sculpture. The night also includes unique food and beverages, dancing and music.

For more info: Visit: www.persadcenter.org/art.htm


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