Here is a bit of reflective nostalgia about Grand Rapids, Just when you think you’ve met everyone there is to meet and you have heard about everything that is cool and interesting in the city, you become aware of a whole new group of people doing a whole new thing. And this revelation always makes me think that Grand Rapids is an interesting dynamic place to be. There is so much going on right now that there is not even time to be bored and hot. So with that in mind there are a few new events and opportunities that I wanted to include this week and some old ones that I wanted to touch on. Thanks for the review I got One, so please if you go to an event, drop me a one or two liner and I will stick it in. (If you are looking for a part time job make sure you read all the way to the bottom)
The word on the street ……
Wednesday July 20th, 2005
So you want to be a musician, do Drink on Wednesday night, OPEN mic and artist’s booths Ideal Collective keeps everything rolling until closing, underage? Doesn’t matter until 10:00. The music mix is eclectic, with a bit for everyone, and it is FREE to get in, so come check it out.
Thursday July 21,2005
I received an email announcing the production of Tortilla Moon at the Wealthy Street Theatre at 7:00 on July 21. This is a bilingual play for families that tells the story of a street on the border between Mexico and the USA. The cast is made up of children, teens and adults from the community. Laura Gardner Salazar directs. This is so cool to me, I don’t know if anyone else has it on their to-do list but I am all about giving more support to the Wealthy Theater. Plays, and Movies, tons of community involvement.
At one time Grand Rapids had a ton of theaters and movie houses in the actual city limits, now there are two options, the UICA and The Wealthy Theater, Both have performances and Movies… check out the schedules for both, wealthy theater http://www.wealthytheater.org or the UICA http://www.uica.org.
Speaking of movies, Yeah, Thursday is movie night. Last week was Night of the Living Dead “They are coming for you Barbra” and all those zombies eating bar-b-qed Barbie and Ken. Well I enjoyed it and somebody was busy setting off some fire works ( maybe for Bastille Day?) so that was a great before the movie show. This week the movie is. Closely Watched Trains at Bridge/Alabama portable cinema –
Thursday July 21, 10:00pm According to the guys the movie is site specific, “ NW corner of Bridge/Alabama NW so we found this little parking lot right up next to the tracks up on the westside and we thought "this place would be perfect for a train movie!" so that is what we are doing. And what film is trainier than Jirí Menzel's 1966 classic Closely Watched Trains? ” bring chairs and blankets, no booze.
And Guess what this is FREE too
I got my first review about 80’s night at Drink… here it is thanks for your input.
Review of Thursday night 80s dance party at Drink.
I've attended the dance party twice now and it's more than worth the 3$ cover. Jef Leppard spins the 80s tunes (some with original videos!) like only a true lover of the big hair and lip gloss decade can. The crowd is diverse...from gay to straight...black to white...cool to clumsy...and everyone seems to agree on one thing. The 80s RULE! The only danger is getting burned by careless cigarette smoking dancers. Must you smoke while you dance?
(I personally did not have cable as a kid and those videos never cease to AMAZE me.)
Friday It is time to take a look at an organization that is about to get a huge overhaul, we have all noticed the changes that have been happening over the last several months downtown. Yep I’m talking about the Grand Rapids Art Museum. On Fridays 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. there is a $3.00 cover charge, free for GRAM members, to Friday Nights at GRAM. (Admission to the museum is free on Tuesdays from 2-5 pm. Free! Free! Free!) There is a show up that I am actually really interested in seeing here is the Propaganda put out by the museum,
4 Under 40: Contemporary Michigan Artists
June 24 - September 11, 2005
Overview: The work of four talented young artists from the West Michigan region is featured in this summer's exhibition, 4 Under 40. Thomas Allen, Meridith Ridl, Adam Tetzlaff and Adam Wolpa work in a wide range of media, including painting, photography, and print and underline the diversity of artistic practice. Each artist will exhibit in their own gallery in the museum presenting a selection of recent works and work created for the exhibition. Support for this exhibition comes from the Porter Foundation.
I would love to hear if any one has scoped this exhibit yet, I am trying to figure out how to finagle my schedule a bit to check it out… Review anyone?
Saturday July 23rd, 2005
The Ionia Street Market has it’s Public Art Event, Come and check it out we are averaging about 26 vendors each week, and a pretty good chunk of the public considering it is hot as blazes and most everyone splits from our fair city on the weekends. We have great dj’s lined up, interesting and diverse vendors, and one of the greatest water playgrounds in the city. Oh and did I mention you can enjoy all of this FOR FREE! Check out our website, Blame Clothing does the design work and I like it. You can download flyers, check out our rad t-shirts.
If you know of something interesting going on in the area, or have a review of and event that you attended and want to share it, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Wow that was a long one…. Lots of info….Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom.
Opportunities this week include a JOB, don’t fall out of your seat I know it is hard to believe but while I was checking things out I came across this little ditty.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum invites students to apply for the following position:
Job Title: Studio Assistant: Junior Fellows Program, Temporary position (05-06)
Period: Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
October 8, 2005 – December 10, 2005 and
January 14, 2006 – March 25, 2006
Compensation: $7.00 per hour, 7 - 10 hours per week
Description of Program: Junior Fellows is a program offered by the Grand Rapids Art Museum to sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students who demonstrate enthusiasm and talent for the visual arts. The curriculum provides participants the opportunity to engage with original works of art and develop their skills in an art museum setting. The program concludes with an exhibition of student work, open to the public, and a reception to celebrate the experience and improvement of the artists.
The annual schedule is divided into two semesters that correspond to the museum's fall and spring exhibitions. Two classes of different media will be offered each semester. The focus of the classes will relate to the content, themes and media presented in the museum’s current exhibitions. Classes meet on Saturdays for two-hour sessions. The class time is spent with an artist-instructor in the studio or in the museum galleries.
- Assist the instructor with set-up and clean-up at the beginning and end of each class
- Assist museum security staff as needed in greeting students and escorting them to and from the studio
- Assist the instructor throughout the class passing out information, helping students, answering questions, and with other needs as they arise
- Supervise class in the absence of the instructor
- 60 completed hours of undergraduate coursework
- Studio Art major, preferably with an emphasis in painting, drawing, printmaking or fashion illustration
- Experience teaching, leading studio workshops, or working with children
- Demonstrated history of punctuality, reliability, and good attendance
- Positive and helpful attitude
- Available for each class session
Submit cover letter, resume, transcripts (copies are suitable), and references no later than August 1, 2005 to:
Grand Rapids Art Museum
155 Division North
Grand Rapids, MI