Ok this is how we do it when we haven’t any time, but we want to communicate with the world all of the cool things going on this week/end. Basic, plain, little chit chat, see you on the other end. ( Avenue for the Arts Market! Saturday!)

Here is Word on the Street for September 6th, 2006!!!

This week on Thursday there is a speaker who will be discussion the big Ballot Debate that is currently crawling all over the news. Speaker Jean Doss Coordinator of One United Michigan will be speaking about “ the Not-so Civil Rights Initiative: Why it’s Harmful to Women, Minorities, and Families in Michigan” the talk will be given at the Wege Center Loutit Room at Aquinas college, I know it sounds difficult but that is just off Robinson Road, parking is pretty easy and the event is Free. Time to brush up on your politics. Need more info?

Also this Thursday night September 7th at 8 pm the DAAC is presenting a show at the Wealthy Theater… this show is so big it couldn’t be housed at the DAAC. So the bands are Shellac, and Uzega. You can buy tickets at Vertigo and catch the show… according to fans it should be AAAMMMMAAAZZZIIIINNNGGG.

This weekend is of course Celebration on the Grand and the Hispanic festival The Hispanic Festival will be located downtown Grand Rapids and feature great food, from all over, a market with vendors selling work, and community areas which include local artists, cool stuff from local businesses, did I mention there are 2 beer tents…..
Entertainment runs from 11:30 to 11:30 with fireworks Friday at 10-10:30 …… I love the fire works, and the food….

This Friday September 8th the DAAC is showing off Mercury Radio Theater, Maps and Atlases. CCCCOCCC, and Child Bite Tickets at the door are $10

A little ways away, This week opens a new show at the Holland Area Arts Council, called out of the Michigan Woods, It features Fred Bivins of Vinecroft studios ( Fred is also the President of the Boards of Festival) anyhow there is an Artists reception this Friday the 8th for more information and times contact

Even further away…. If you are going to be on the East side of the State this weekend check out Alana’s show at the Detroit Design Lab located on 156 W. Congress at Shelby Street… I guess the opening goes from 8-11 pm if you want to know more about it 313 961 8320

So Saturday what are you gonna do? Come for the Avenue for the Arts market, see some rad vendors, check out live local bands, vote at Laced, check out the show at Skelletones, and stop by Jeff’s show at the DAAC. It should be an all out night. I am so excited too end the summer with a Rockin’ Good event.

So here is what we have going on at the last Avenue for the Arts Market Event,
LIVE MUSIC. Located behind the 120 S. Division Building, including the PotatoeBabies kicking the evening off from 5-6, followed by local acoustic artist Marcio from 6-7, the eclectic and wide-ranging Cabildo from 7-8 and crowd pleasers Moto from 8-9. Local rockers Love Fossil will end the evening on a not-so-quiet note- jamming from 9-10pm.

We will be hosting the last night of our Raffle with prizes including tickets to a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, gift cards to San Chez bistro, and many more

We will have Carnival Games where you can win Prizes! The features games are Avenue for the Arts inspired and also Feature the Ruby Clothing Carnival.

Fwd>>Space will be printing T-shirts live, they have different screens and images you pick your choice and dish it out.

There will be fashion models from Imagination Creations strolling the streets, a performance form Laura Armenta’s Belly Dancers, a possible fire eater, maybe a juggler, and who knows what else.

OF COURSE! We will have all Sorts of Great vendors, including some vintage clothing, a whole mess of artwork, a few new vendors and a few staple vendors.

SO much to do this night! All City Kicks is hosing “Laced” a Sneaker Competition from 8-11, They are looking for people to come down and vote on their favorite shoes. There are 13 different Artists who will be creating 26 different shoes. The Vibe should be pretty chill with beats by DJ Money Green, and a whole lot of Footwear….

Also on Saturday Skelletones is having a great show with a band Featured on GR own Friction Records. “LaDispute” will be playing with Ivan, Bringin Down Broadway, and Island View Drive. The show is starting at 7 and Mirf described LaDispute as GR’s Youngest and Loudest band… the show should be great and it is at Skelletones, below the Euclid on South Division. 7$ at the Door.

The DAAC is getting new arts. I can’t wait to see more of the work of Marc Paffi, if it is anything like what is on the show card I am so, so, excited, the shoe “false Animals” features work by Jeff Vandenburg and Mark, This show opens at 8 and goes until 12….

So that’s all for Saturday night……

This Coming Tuesday there is a show at the Wealthy theater that I didn’t want to miss. Mamadou Diabate, Vinx and Bill Vits, will be playing at 7:30… tickets are like 15$ but… the thing that I enjoyed about the description was the idea that one of the Musician’s “ uses music and sometimes oratory to preserve and sustain people’s Consciousness of the Past. So I guess that “mamadou Diabate” is Kind of “ world beat” and Vinx is drums/ voice, and last Bil Vits is local and the lead percussionist for the GR Symphony. Need to know more?

The UICA is issuing a Call for entries for their a show called “ Drawing No Conclusions” a survey of Contemporary Drawing. They are looking to showcase challenging and innovative practices in the visual arts. It is a National Exhibition and their work will be displayed from December 8, 2006 to March 9th 2007. for an entry form check out I would love to see a bunch of local artists represented at this show PLEASE enter. Entries are Due November 1, 2006

Also the Dick Vs. Jenn Video Contest has extended their Deadline until September 15th they are looking for 30-60 Second Political Videos about the Up coming Gubernatorial Campaign. This is a great way to voice your opinion about the Political state of… well out state. Fore more info or guidelines email:

On the subject of Submissions the Dirty-bros area also looking for submissions for their MINI Show a Holiday Benefit show. Entry forms can be downloaded at The show will take place in Grand Rapids and will be hosted by Artvark, and FWD Space and the guidelines are all Visual pieces under 7 inches by 7 inches by 7 inches, all Film and Video under 7 Minutes.

This weekend! The Avenue for the Arts market needs volunteers for the up coming event on September 9th we are looking for volunteers at the following times.

Sidewalk chalking/ Flyer hand out. September 7th at 2:00 Pm meet at Dwelling
Place of Grand Rapids.
The Evening of September 8th 2006:Transportation of the stage, and flyer hand out during the Celebration on the Grand Fire works time TBA

September 9th we need volunteers at the following times
Stage set up/ Street Decoration September 9th at 11:00 Am ( until 2PM) Sound equipment set up at 2:00 Pm ( knowledge of musical equipment required) Vendor sign-in and event set up 3:00 Pm (until 5PM) Stage Assistance ( 5-10 Pm ( can be done in 2 hour shifts) Help overseeing carnival games, ( 5-9 pm can be done in 2 hour shifts)

Other Handing out flyers in the Monroe mall During Lunch. Handing out Flyers wherever - whenever

If you are interested in helping work any of these times please call Jenn and schedule your volunteer time. We would appreciate the help and can always use more. Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested in Volunteering.
Contact Jenn at 855 0435 and be sure to check out the event at

If you have not checked out the Avenue for the Arts Market yet this is your last chance…. If you know of something great to do next weekend, drop me an email at,, or Also of course WOTS is online at or you can go to G-rad and then access it through projects….
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