JANUARY 17, 2007

Good Day everyone!

You know when there is just too much to get done in one day so you just do what you can and hope you made the right choices? Well that is what this weekend is like, there are so many really diverse things going on and they all seem pretty interesting. I think we have all finally adjusted to writing 2007 on checks and paperwork and are getting back into the swing. There are a few cool jobs and a pretty quaky opportunity that happens today. So please read to the bottom, and as always drop me an email if you know about something next weekend.

Here is Word on the Street for November 17, 2007


Tonight! This one is a strange one but I thought hey, somebody might be into it. There are extras needed for a Rampage Super Bowl Spot, this is your chance to be on TV! During Superbowl! You can show up at 5:30 Pm but it looks like you may have to stick around until 7:30. Round up happens at the North Entrance of the Arena. If you have questions get on it and email aclark@rampagefootball.com


On Thursday night the 18th there is a show at 222 S. Division featuring 3 bands. The New Verona, The Skies Revolt, and the Vigilantes, I think they are trying ot get up enough loot to pay the rent. But not a bad show for 5$

Across the street on Thursday the 18th Skelletones is hosting the Punching Bee Music Festival of 2007. the bands are TBA, but I do know they have some decent local acts on their label.

I just found out about this or I would have included it sooner, there is a Sustainable Farming Program being hosted by the Community Media Center on Wealthy St. the cost is $7-10 a Class or $80-$110 for the entire series, it includes a binder and dinner for each evening but the class started January 4th, it runs on Thursday form 6-9 PM and it sounds like you can take just one or two of the classes. To find out more information contact the CMC.


This Friday night check out one of the most strange things happening at the Devos GVSU campus. The “Administrative Evil Film Series” is presenting a Double Feature. Beginning at 6 PM they will be showing Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square, and The Concrete Revolution. Brought to you by guest host Jaiyu Wang, and sponsored by GVSU’s Public Administration Program, in room 205 D starting at 6 PM.

Or on Friday night check out the Noise Fest at the DAAC! So just so that we are very clear in this, anything with Fest in the name generally denotes hours and hours of bands playing music, so the show begins at 4:30, and is actually part of a 3 day noise fest, the other two days are in Lansing. So I guess it is up to noise band fans to prove that Grand Rapids is a better place for noise shows. It is only 5 $ and you get to see13 bands that comes out to .39 cents per band. That is a great ticket price. What bands you ask? Princess Dragon Mom, Charlie Draheim, Aaron Dilloway, Skin Graft, Jason Zeh, Hot Tapes, Clear Days Always, Haunted Castle, Villa Valley, bE> Emask, MC Trashpedal, Hordes, Dirty Science, and last but not least Treebot. CRAZY!

Friday Night at Skelletones you can catch the Garvis Project Presenting: ”Uagon”, “Beseiged”, and “Evocation” $7 to get in doors at 7PM.


This Saturday you can check out Am at the Gram, this weekend the feature is Art & Soul, the Spirituality of Painting. Make a Buddhist Sand painting, check out Laura Armenta showing off some spiritual Dance moves, this is geared towards families with kids 4-10 and it looks like a great way to spend the morning. Uh and it is only $2 to get in Starts at 10:30 and runs until 12:00 Pm Call 831 1000 for more details.

If you are looking for a self expressive moment of healing or if you want to “discover the therapeutic values within the art making process” maybe you should check out the Art Therapy studio on Saturday form 1-3 Pm at the UICA, it is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Get in touch, with art.

So I have to give this show a double kudos. This Saturday Alison Jones has a Solo show of new work at FWD>> Space at 120 S. Division, Unit 125. Jones is the master of spunk, the work will be sassy and cool. Her work is fascinating because it races a step ahead of what is hot and stylish in design. This combined with a great space and what is sure to be a great crowd make this show a great one to check out. So Saturday Night from 6-10ish “So Sweet, It’s Sick

At Nest on Saturday ( located on Lyon Street around the corner from Martha’s Vineyard) you can consume some Chili at the Vegan Chili Cook Off. Guest Judges include Harold Brown, Marie Catrib, Adam Durand, Nicole Matthews, and Nathan Bunkle. That part starts at 6 pm, but at 8 pm you can purchase some artwork the proceeds of which will benefit Farm Sanctuary, Mercy for Animals, and Compassionate Consumers. Artists who are donating work include, Brandon Behning, Peter Brant, Kevin Buist, Jeremy Chen, Erika Jane, Email Schreur, SUE COE, and Adam Wolpa.

There is a huge show at Skelletones on Saturday including “Angelic Vomit, “Rogers met an Iranian,” Humataria,” “Winter set Fire,” “Putrid Warrior”, and “the Crowned Virgin”. It is only $5 to get in and it begins at 6PM!


Sunday night Sazerac is hosting the “Super Happy Fun Time Burlesque Show” presentation of their best of show. These shows include a crazy array of performers and it is only $7 to get in. “ the Saz” (affectionate nickname for Sazerac) is located at 1418 Plainfield and the show starts at 9PM.


In case you had forgotten every Tuesday night at Rocky’s Tavern (633 Ottawa) is SALON. You know bring some work check out some other people’s stuff get a few drinks hang out have a good time, mix and mingle with some artists types. Organizers seem pretty open to any type of media, so dust off those poems, drag out those old movies, starts at 9Pm.


If you are over at CMU this week or next check out Michael Phleghaars show “complex identity” the show opened on the 5th and runs until February 21st. there is a reception next Wednesday ay 6:30. there is a gallery talk at 7Pm in the Park Library Barber Room. For more info call 989-774-110 or check online at http://www.news.cmich.edu/news/index.asp?id=1656


Uh isn’t it every artist’s dream to get to opportunity to just hang out and make stuff? That is what I keep sending you these artists residencies, because they look really great, gives you a chance to travel check out these here amazing United States. So here are two that are a bit more distant.

The Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, the residency is open to pretty much all and any art form. The application deadline is February 15th and you get to hang out for 2 weeks in August. If you are interested call Teri Tucker at 218-283-9821 or email her a teri_tucker@nps.gov

The other residency is also at a national park ( I am developing a get in touch with nature theme) this one really appeals to me because it is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts. Cape Cod really is magnificent, the colors are amazing, the water is beautiful and there are foxes everywhere. The application deadline is also the 15th the residences run year round and toy can be there from one week up to 3 months. Just email Tom Boland for more information tomboland@mediaone.net

Um next up is one a bit closer to home, this actually might be a bit of a repeat seeing as I just included a Sleeping Bear Dunes residency, but it looks as though this one is different. You stay at Thoreson Farm a farmstead in Port Oneida, I believe that this is the farmstead that was redone completely with volunteer investment and time. This one includes a public presentation to the community, stay for a week or a month, applications are accepted until March 1. find out more including the incredibly easy application process. http://www.glenarborart.org/artists_in_residence.asp

It tis’ the season to start thinking about regional shows again. If you are interested in participating in the Lowell Area Arts Council’s 21st Annual Regional Arts Competition drop offs are quickly approaching, work can be submitted on the 8-10 of February. There is an entry fee of 20$ and you need to be a resident in one of the following counties, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Berrian, Cass, and or Saint Joseph. You need an entry form so the phone number is 897 8545 or just email them at il: info@lowellartscouncil.org


There is a Community organizer position open in Eastown. You know planning events, working on building community, working with local organizations, and government, doing all sorts of cool stuff in support of a cool place. But you do need a bit of experience, they are looking for a Bachelor’s Degree or 1-2 years experience organizing. And some other basic skills I guess it might be best to just get a hold of Pamela Benjamin at the office located on 415 Ethel or email her at pamelabenjamin@sbcglobal.net.They are looking for someone now so get up on it, I suggest not waiting.

Yeah and that is all of it. If you know of an up coming event Tell me Please! Do I have ot beg, for the love of culture and all that is good about GR just let me know what you are doing, by dropping me an email at wordonthestreetgr@hotmail.com, ioniastreetmarket@hotmail.com, or jennschaub@hotmail.com.. If you want to see or read word with pictures or post comments, check it out online at http://www.g-rad.org/projects/wordonthestreet/ or you can go to G-rad http://www.g-rad.org/ and then access it through projects….

Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom….


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