some happenings on the March e5 calendar:


This Week:


Thursday, March 03, 2004

feat. DJ Selecta, Nikki Allen, Sondra Woodruff, CK9 and the Old E Allstars (free food too)

$5 | 7pm @ The Quiet Storm. 5430 Penn Avenue [Friendship/Garfield]. 412-661-9355 Map/directions

Don't miss the kick off of City Papers new monthly series!!! Sound Kitchen is a monthly independent music series featuring local bands, djs, emcees, acoustic musicians and spoken word artists. It is held the first Thursday of every month at The Quiet Storm. This months event on Thursday March 3rd will feature: Selecta ~ DJ, Nikki Allen ~ Spoken Word Artist, CK9 and the Old E Allstars ~ Band,  Sondra Woodruff ~ Acoustic Singer/Songwriter.  Info:


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Friday, March 04, 2004

Kamau Ware Book Signing 

Free | 5-9pm @ Urban Space. 709 Penn Avenue [Downtown]. 412-288-0383 Map/directions

The BRIDGE CITY program book is hot off the press containing 45 of the 46 images in the exhibition; poetry by boice-Terrel Allen, Christiane D., and DJ Brewer; artist statement and memoir by kamau ware. This $5 program book will be free (at least the first one) all night at the book signing. Artists celebrated in the exhibition will be there to sign your book as we celebrate a new look for the Steel City. BRIDGE CITY a contemporary snapshot of creative Pittsburgh black and white photography by kamau ware extended through April 8th 2005 .  Info:



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Friday, March 04, 2004

the first Friday Penn Avenue Art, Music, & Culture Festa.

7pm - midnight. All along the art galleries, restaurants and coffeehouses on Penn Avenue [Friendship/Garfield/East Liberty]. 412-661-9355 Map/directions

Unblurred occurs every first Friday of the month along the Penn Avenue Corridor from the 4800-6000 blocks of Penn Avenue in Garfield, Friendship and East Liberty. Unblurred includes many events that are free and family friendly. For more information or to participate in Unblurred call 412-441-6147 or email For a complete Unblurred Schedule go to our website, and click on the Unblurred street sign and again on the poster. Or, listen to a sneak preview of Unblurred on the Saturday Light Brigade 88.3, at 8:20AM on the last Saturday of each month, one week prior to event.15 venues, 30 arts, 3 nights, 1 UNblured. Stop into participating arts studios, businesses, and galleries inbetween 4800-6000 Penn Avenue for a free schedule and map.  Info:



Friday, March 04, 2004

Extraterrestrial Jazz on 91.3 FM.

Midnight - 4am.  on WYEP 91.3 FM.  Studio: 412-381-9900.  Live Stream:

Ben Opie is one of the most in demand musicians in the 412. His compositions reflect varied interests and wide-ranging taste, mostly versed in jazz composition and performance, but also references to avant garde, experimental, rock, and modern concert music. Ben currently acts as director of OPEK, a 10-15 piece Sun Ra-inspired creative music ensemble playing original arrangements as well as works by Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Anthony Braxton, Herbie Nichols, Sonny Clark, as well as original works by Opie, John Purse, and Ralph Guzzi. OPEK has turned heads and amazed listeners with each performance. The WYEP Afronauts welcome this most oustanding figure on the Pittsburgh music scene to the 91.3 FM Mothership.  Tune in and let your soul become one with the higher cosmic power. Info:


Friday, March 04, 2004

Massive b-day bash

9pm-2am @ Bella's. 20 E General Robbinson [North Side]. 412-681-7746 Map/directions

All it takes is one email from Nate Mitchell to a few friends and the venue ends up packed wall-to-wall whenever/wherever he's spinning.  A catalyst for much of the explosion in the city's DJ scene and a reputation for spinning an eclectic mix to move the crowd, expect a red carpet affair in celebration of the good things with one of the city's true soul music + lifestyle gurus.


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Sunday, March 06, 2004

w/ Thoth Trio

$17 pre / $20 door | 7 pm @ The Brewhouse. 2100 Mary St corner of 18th [Southside]. 412-621-3256 Map/directions

Marshall Allen is one of the original members and current leader of the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra. Henry Grimes is the master bassist who's played along side equally legendary jazz musicians such as Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Perry Robinson, Sonny Rollins, Roswell Rudd, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Charles Tyler, McCoy Tyner, Rev. Frank Wright, and many more. 'Nuff said. With up with Pittsburgh's immpecable Thoth Trio (Ben Opie from OPEK and Dave Throckmorton/Paul Thompson from BEAM), this evening is sure to be one of the most memorable shows of 2005.



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March 10-12, 2004

Pittsburgh Regional FIRST ROBOTICS Competition

Free @ The University of Pittsburgh Peterson Events Center.



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Until March 19, 2004


Free @ Wood Street Galleries. 801 Wood Street [Downtown]. 412-471-5605. Maps/Directions



'Saffronia' by Christiane D. Leach

March 18-20, 2004

Theatre/Performance: SAFFRONIA
by Christiane D. Leach.

$5 @ The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. 5941 Penn Avenue [East Liberty]. 412-363-3000. Maps/Directions


Saffronia is a staged reading of a new play by Christiane D. Leach chronicling the life of a young mulatto slave girl stolen from her mother, transformed in a New Orleans brothel, sold at a Fancy Girl auction, bought by a young man, at once her master, as well as her lover. Saffronia examines the hidden, often romanticized American history of mulatto slavery and the inherent sexual deviance that underlies breeding for profit. There will be a Talk-Back following all performances.


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March 18, 2004

w/ DJs Johnno & Juddy spinning 60s, Motown and Northern Soul smashes all night long

Free @ Eagle's Club. 11th & Freyburg [Southside].  Maps/Directions



March 18, 2004

Korean Music & Dance: Poongmul Nori

Stu. Free / $10 @ Bellefield Hall. 315 S Bellefield Ave [Oakland].  Maps/Directions

Poongmul Nori is a traditional Korean percussion music that combines ritual, dance, theatre and acrobatics. Its origins date back 4,000 years. Samul Nori is the concert genre of this agricultural ritual. Six members of the Nori Company will provide a one-hour program of this traditional dance and music form.

Thursday Night Club Happenings:


Club Havana   -   Weekly Guest DJs spinning Deep House, Detroit, BrokenBeat

Firehouse Lounge   -   w/ DJ SMI spinning Downtempo, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, Dub, and Roots

Memphis Lounge   -   Funk, Soul, Hip Hop with Hank D + crew.

Biki Lounge   -   Passion of the Crates feat B-Bonics + Friends spinning Hip Hop and Dancehall

PD's Pub   -   for the rare groove soul lovers:  J. Malls spinning Funk, Soul, Jazz, & Disco



Cultural Links:


happy b-day shout outs from the crew to DJ Nate Da Phat & DJ Soy Sos.

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