community + cultural info

BridgeSpotters Mission:  to establish an artistic and intellectual
culture by providing places and products for the appreciation and
development of art and intellect.

This email is sent to subscribers and friends of BridgeSpotters that
supporters of urban creative and intellectual culture.  Enjoy the

Big Ups to all those who keep bringing the E-Fest!  It seems to get
better and better.

This is the official MES [Saturday July 19th] and Fashion Africana
Weekend [Sunday July 20th]!  This Saturday get your coffee cups ready
because it’s the final installment of the Midnight Espresso Series
for the Spring/Summer 2003 Season.  We’re bringing back the classic
2001 MES vibe with a full hour of open mic before we take it to the
dance floor with Nate da Phat!  There will be a raffle for two
tickets to see Fashion Africana on Sunday the 20th!  But, first,
check out the Teenie Harris exhibitthis Friday in the Cultural
District on 937 Penn Avenue!

Next Capacity Building Forum is this Wednesday July 16, 2003

The Gallery Program

BridgeSpotters Collective in collaboration with Nego Gato Inc.
supported by Youth Art Works presents The Gallery Program 2003. 

This summer the BridgeSpotters Collective in collaboration with Nego
Gato Inc. will offer 5 high school students an opportunity to work
with artists of the BridgeSpotters Collective as a summer job.  Youth
will be paid an hourly wage to learn various crafts, entrepreneurial
skills, and how to produce a BridgeSpotters style urban art
production such as the Midnight Espresso Series and The Gallery. 
This program will begin July 29-August 29, 2003, Tuesday to Friday,
four hours per day. 


· Youth must be between the ages of 14 to 18
· Youth must be a resident of Pittsburgh and attend a        
Pittsburgh Public School
· Youth must complete The Gallery Program application and
return it as an email attachment by July 22nd, 2003 5pm. 
· Youth must be able to participate in all 5 weeks of the
Gallery Summer Program

Youth participating in The Gallery Program will receive workshops in
the following art genres.

· Creative Writing
· Poetry
· Spoken Word
· Visual Art
· Jewelry Making
· Silkscreen Design
· Theatre 
· Creative Direction

Youth who complete the Program successfully will be offered the
opportunity to be featured in a BridgeSpotters production in the fall
and/or winter of 2003.

To receive an application or post inquiries, contact

Wednesday July 16, 2003

Capacity Building Forum #4

Parental and Political Engagement II
*Spoken Word and music by DJ SMI
*Refreshments and Childcare provided

Hill House 1835 Centre Avenue
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Free of charge

This will be part two of a two-part series addressing the critical
role parents and voters play in supporting public education. 
Presentations by Nance Hornsby of the Pittsburgh Public School's
Parent Education Resource Center and members of the Pittsburgh School

July 17 and 19, 2003

Autumn House Visiting Poets Series
Welcomes Award-Winning Poet Tim Seibles

Pittsburgh, PA (July 17, 2003) the Autumn House Visiting Poets Series
welcomes poet Tim Seibles to two local venues: Thursday July 17,
2003, 6:30 PM at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (1047 Shady Ave.,
Shadyside) where Seibles will read and conduct a workshop, and
Saturday July 19, 2003, 6:00 PM at the Silver Eye Center for
Photography (1015 E. Carson St., South Side), where Seibles will read
new and published work.

Tim Seibles is the author of five collections of poetry: Hammerlock,
Body Moves, Hurdy-Gurdy, Kerosene and Ten Miles an Hour. He is a
former NEA fellow and received the Open Voice Award from the 63rd
Street Y in New York City. Most recently, he was a finalist for the
Library of Virginia Book Award for Poetry. Seibles has led workshops
for Cave Canem—a retreat for African American Writers—and for the
Hurston-Wright Foundation. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia where he
teaches in Old Dominion University’s English Department and MFA

Friday July 18, 2003

"Spirit of a Community: Photographs of Charles "Teenie" Harris

Preview Reception for African American Cultural Center Exhibitions
937 Liberty Avenue
5:30 - 7:30 Pm

Presented by the African American Cultural Center of Greater
Pittsburgh, this exhibition organized by the Westmoreland Museum of
American Art presents 83 images that celebrate the vibrancy of
Pittsburgh's African American communities between the 1930s through
the 1970s.

"Black Folks" contemporary images by regional African American
photographers of the Black Photographers Group

Exhibition runs July 19th- August 2, 2003
Monday  - Friday, 12:00 - 6:00; Sat and Sun, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
For more information call:  (412) 258-2700

Saturday July 19, 2003
Artist Talk: Photographers of the Black Photographers Group discuss
their work
12:30 - 1:30
Performance by Kuntu Repertory Theater
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Saturday July 19, 2003

The BridgeSpotters Collective present

The Midnight Espresso Series
“…a synergy of the arts and nightlife…”

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts | Patio 
6300 Fifth Ave [@ Shady]
8:09pm to 12:09am
$4 before 10pm and $8 after
ladies in free of charge until 10:04am

Vibe:  Hip Hop Hazelnut
Feature: Open Mic
DJ:  Nate da Phat Barber

The buzz is growing, Bridge City - MES on the Patio!  This is going
to be a wonderful vibe.  Hip Hop Hazelnut is back in it's original
form - for the ladies and to keep the fellas recognizing the lady
mc's contribution to soul, r&b, hip hop, and beyond.  This will be a
sho nuff classic!  See you on the patio...

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Utopia Model Agency presents....3rd Annual Fashion Africana:
an evening of design, dance & traditional music

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Music Hall Foyer
4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh (Oakland)
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Action Against Hunger

5:30 PM VIP Exhibit Tour
6:30 PM Fashion Show ticket information: VIP EXHIBIT TOUR & SHOW $40
(includes reserved seating & program listing as a supporter)

Tickets are available at the following locations:
IMAN B 5894 Ellsworth Avenue-Shadyside
Benetton 5513 Walnut Street-Shadyside
Jamil's 6092 Penn Avenue-East Liberty

Featuring Custom Designs by
Janis Burley Wilson
Montie Cholmeley-Jones
Zoe Collins
Vanessa German
Saihou Njie
Karen Page
Steven Radney
Mary Margaret Stewart
Nina Van Such
Musical & Dance Performances by Kingdom People WACONGO Dance Co.

Fashion Africana highlights African-inspired style, clothes and
textiles from the various regions of the continent. This fashion show
features designs ranging from festive and ceremonial to chic
contemporary. Created and produced by Utopia Model Agency, Inc.,
Fashion Africana is designed to celebrate the beauty and diversity
within the African Diaspora and provide a platform for fashion
designers and artists to promote and showcase their work.

July 19 & 20, 2003

To Kill a Mockingbird
Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Regent Square Theater
1035 South Braddock Avenue, Edgewood | Special Matinee

Recently recognized by the American Film Institute as the number one
movie hero of all time, the late Gregory Peck earned a well-deserved
Oscar as Atticus Finch. He plays a principled lawyer in a small
Southern town who defends a black man accused of rape. (Directed by
Robert Mulligan; USA; 1962; 129 min)

Tuesday July 22, 2003
Matt Ferrante Quartet: Downbeat in the District-Jazz at Katz Plaza
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and WDUQ 90.5 FM
Katz Plaza, Corner of 7th Street and Penn Avenue | 5:00 pm

Stop by after work, join us before dinner, or come listen to hot jazz
before going to the theater. Bob Studebaker, WDUQ 90.5 FM's program
director, is our weekly host.
Free and Open to the Public

July 22 - 27, 2003

Chicago - Live!
Mellon Jazz Presents
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

Chicago, the Broadway musical that inspired the Academy Award-winning
movie, will hit the Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall stage July 22 -27.
Starring Bianca Marroquin, Brenda Braxton and Gregory Harrison,
Chicago promises to razzle-dazzle audiences.
Ticket prices are $60, $50, $40 and $30.

Saturday August 2, 2003

Closing Reception for Teenie Harris Exhibit
937 Liberty Avenue
12:00 - 4:00 PM

Performances by Xpressions Dance Company, Pittsburgh Black Dance
Theater Ensemble and the BridgeSpotters Collective

Sponsored by the Multicultural Arts Initiative

BridgeSpotters would like to thank the Greater Pittsburgh Arts
Alliance for providing arts updates!