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 

Tomorrow! Tune into 106.7 WAMO and listen around 8:40am to 9am for 
an interview with BridgeSpotters Founder and Artistic Director, Kamau 
Ware and Queen Aliya the Executive Director of Operation Better 
Block. The topic is “Written in Stone” – why celebrate Ethiopia? 
Why in Homewood? Feel free to call in!

Good afternoon, Bridge City! Can you believe that tomorrow is the 
first day of summer? For those of you that catch the Element 5 
emails [like myself], I’m sure you are aware that the “summer 
solstice” is upon us. There’s a rumor that we will have some 
beautiful weather tomorrow. Just in case, we included the sun to our 
email database so she knows to come out and bless “Written in Stone” 
and the Arts Festival tomorrow. We’ll see what happens. We’re 
assuming the sun uses “hotmail”, so we hope to get through the spam 

Saturday June 21, 2003 [First Day of Summer]

The BridgeSpotters Collective presents
Midnight Espresso Series [MES] 
“Written in Stone”: a celebration of Ethiopia!
Vibe: Ethiopian Amoretto
DJ: Donsville

7310 Frankstown Ave [Homewood]
3pm to 8:30pm | All ages | No charge 
9:09pm to 2:09am | 21+ | $10 in advance and $15 at the door
Vendors? Tickets? - 

Community partners: Infinite Treasures, HBCCO, Operation Better 
Block, and Urban Youth Action
Tickets available at The Natural Choice, Donsville’s Jamaic! 
Jamaica!, and Operation Better Block!

3pm to 8:30pm [Parking lot]

Open Air African Market [Vendors]
Jewelry Making/Peace Sessions
African Drum and Dance
Ethiopian Music
Ethiopian Food
Youth Open Mic

9:09pm to 2:09am [Coliseum]

Spoken Word production featuring Chassity "the lioness", Bomani "the 
h-illa", “Brother” Luqmaan, and Tarish “the phenomenon” performing 
two live paintings.
Nyabhingi Drumming
Oral and Video Presentations
DJ Donsville spinning reggae and Hip Hop
Itals [Vegetarian Food]

June 4-29, 2003

The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company presents

“Boppin’ with the Ancestors”
by the Honorable Rob Penny

Martin and Malcolm come back to save the hood!
Penn Theatre
4809 Penn Avenue

For tickets call 412.441.2213

June 18-29, 2003

The Arabian Night
Quantum Theatre
Spring Way Center, 2515 Liberty Avenue, Strip District
8:00 pm (no shows June 23)

Young German and Arab immigrants live side by side in huge, modern 
apartment complexes in gritty cities like Berlin… their lives seem 
undistinguishable, but at core, these people are different… or are 
they? The play examines the fantasies we spin about 
those 'exotically' different from ourselves.
For tickets call ProArts at 412-394-3353
Tickets: $20

Friday June 20, 2003 

The Three Rivers Arts Festival presents

5:30-6:30pm: Pucci: Sport. 6th Street Bridge

6:00- 7:00pm: The Real Silk Band. WYEP Festival Stage

7:30pm: Maceo Parker performs on the alto saxophone, from which he 
coaxes his own brand of jazz-funk. WYEP Festival Stage.

Friday June 20, 2003

Afrika Yetu presents

Djema Bosawa in a live musical performance evoking the ancestral ways 
of life in the Congolese rainforest 

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater 
5941 Penn Ave [East Liberty] 8pm

Friday June 20, 2003

Shadow Lounge
5972 Bamu Blvd.
10pm until whenever
$5 suggested donation

Practically every Tuesday since May, a group of Pittsburgh's up-
and-coming spoken-word poets has been meeting in a North Oakland one-
bedroom to revise, re-write, re-hash, and rehearse their original 
poetry in preparation for National Poetry Slam 2003 (National Poetry 
Slam), this year held in Chicago, IL from August 6-9, 2003. 

Friday, June 20th at the Shadow Lounge, these same poets wish to 
welcome you to help them practice for possibly the most rewarding 
part of Nationals... partying like a rock star for 5 days straight!! 
OK, so this party's only one night -and its main purpose is to raise 
hotel and gas money for these Pittsburgh poets to make the trip to 
Chicago - but we can still rock it like Herbie Hancock until the 
street lights fade out again.

"Spunoutspoken" is a straight up party - featuring fresh music by 
DJ Anonymous, Frank Gambino, Sextillion Dollar Man, and Cesar - plus 
an open-mic for those so inclined (just don't plan on getting wasted 
and pouring your heart out for hours, kids - there's a five minute 
time limit). Suggested Donation is just $5 at the door, and the 
party's going from 10pm - whenever. The Shadow Lounge is located at 
5972 Baum Blvd. (412.363.8277).

Sixty-three teams of four poets, from across the U.S. and Canada, 
will converge on Chicago during the first weekend in August to 
compete among their peers in a National poetry competition. 
Pittsburgh is lucky to have three first-timers who get to experience 
this amazing event. Help us make sure they get there!

Saturday June 21, 2003 

The Children's Museum's 20th Birthday Party
The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children's Way, Allegheny Square, on Pittsburgh's North Side
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is celebrating its 20th birthday 
with a day jam-packed with fun and entertainment for our young 
visitors and families. Throughout the day, make your own party hat, 
play "Pin the Heart on Stuffee," paint your face and enjoy music and 
games with Larry Berger from the radio show "Saturday Light Brigade." 
It's also opening day of the new exhibit, Alice's Wonderland! Meet 
Alice herself all day long, have tea with the Queen of Hearts at 
11:30 am and 12:30 pm or better yet, take tea with the Mad Hatter at 
1:30 and 2:30 pm!
(412) 322-5058.
Admission prices are children 2-18, $4.50; adults, $5; members and 
children under 2, free.

Sat-Sun Jun 21st-22nd (latenight) 

Shadow Lounge
5972 Baum Blvd [East Liberty].

Return of the weekly Shadow Lounge afterhours. 1am-5am. $5. BYOB. 
Free Belgian Waffles! 

Tuesday June 24, 2003

Shadow Lounge
5972 Baum Blvd.
7pm until ?


Barrett Black Band
Vanessa German
W. Ellington Felton 
K. Alyn
J. Flint
The Rain Quartet

Congratulations, J. Strong!
[The line up is off the hook and looking for Nemo!]

June 24-August 26, 2003

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and WDUQ, 90.5 FM

Present “Downbeat in the District” : a new summertime jazz series!
Jazz at Katz Plaza on Tuesdays 

June 24 ~ Jazz Satellite
July 1 ~ Dwayne Dolphin Trio
July 8 ~ Howie Alexander
July 15 ~ Ken Karsh Trio
July 22 ~ Matt Ferrante Quartet
July 29 ~ Salsamba
August 5 ~ Kenny Blake Band
August 12 ~ Tony Campbell Project
August 19 ~ Serious Inquiry
August 26 ~ Jam Session in the District!

On Tuesday evenings, the finest jazz musicians will perform from 
5:00 - 7:00 pm. "Downbeat in the District" showcases Pittsburgh's 
great jazz heritage and exciting contemporary jazz scene. Katz Plaza 
is located at the corner of 7th Street and Penn Avenue, in the heart 
of the Cultural District.

June 20- 26, 2003

Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times
Pittsburgh Filmmakers at the Harris Theater
809 Liberty Avenue, Downtown 

Without question, MIT professor Noam Chomsky is one of America's 
foremost voices of dissent. His recent book, 9-11, has launched 
Chomsky into a much larger spotlight. This timely documentary serves 
as a fascinating companion piece. Assembled from a series of lectures 
given at various colleges, then intercut with informal interviews, 
the film offers compelling insight into how the rest of the world 
sees us. (Directed by John Junkerman; USA/Japan; 2003; 74min)

Sunday June 29, 2003

Cleveland Museum of Art Bus Trip!
Silver Eye Center for Photography
1015 East Carson Street, South Side

Interested in the History of Japanese Photography? ...Then come with 
us to the... Cleveland Museum of Art! Join us Sunday, June 29, 2003. 
We will depart from Silver Eye at 9:00 a.m.; arrive back at 6:00 p.m. 
We will provide: Lenzner Coach bus, Delicious Bento box lunch, Tour 
of The History of Japanese Photography, curated by Anne Tucker, 
Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Call Sylvia Ehler for details. 412-431-1810
Registration and deposit due June 6, 2003. $65 - Students and Members 
of Silver Eye; $70 - Non-members.

Saturday July 19, 2003

The BridgeSpotters Collective presents
The Midnight Espresso Series [MES]
“..a synergy of the arts and nightlife..”

“Mean and Impressive”: Inspired by Zora Neale Hurston
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 
6300 Fifth Avenue | 5:05pm to 12:02am

Vibe: Hip Hop Hazelnut 
DJ: Nate the Phat Barber
Featuring: Spoken Word by Chassity “the lioness”, Nathan James, and 
Vema Sam’I of the BridgeSpotters Collective with special guest 
Vanessa German. Live art by Tarish “the phenomenon”.

This will be the finale of the Midnight Espresso Series 2003 
spring/summer season and what a season it has been. If you 
missed “Moonshine” on May 30th 2003, you probably heard how beautiful 
the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts patio experience was. For those 
of you who do not know, Zora Neale Hurston is an African-American 
women writer of the Harlem Renaissance period. Got research? : ) 

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

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