FEBRUARY 7, 2007
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Hi everyone!
This weekend has a few really cool day events, so you will have continuously cool things all weekend instead of only in the evening. Check out art and authors, as well as some really cool free events. The opportunities are both local and national so check those out also.

Here we go its Word on the Street February 7, 2007

Wednesday
Over the next month on Wednesdays there are four films being shown over the next month at Heartside Ministry (54 s. Division ) to educate more then celebrate. The First film, ”Rosewood” Examines a travesty committed on New Years Day 1923 when a white mob obliterated an African American Community. Playing at 1 PM

Thursday
On Thursday night i would suggest heading to the Black Rose to check out “Nathan Kalish & the Wildfire” and “Chance Jones”, I don’t know if it is the whole Change Jones band but never the less it will be a good show the show starts at 7 Pm, and I hope they are playing late cause I have class. Anyhow the Black Rose is at 100 Ionia.

On the 8th at Skelletones check out “This Painted Red”,” After prior Day”, “North of OK” and “Asphodel Fields”

This one I couldn’t pass up this weekend the Van Singel Art Center ( out in Byron Center) is hosting the Incredible Acrobats of China, who spin plates, do amazing feats of human body contortion, including dancing and amazing flips, all that good stuff, but it is a bit of a drive and I have no idea of ticket prices but I do know that the show starts at 7:30 on Thursday the 8th and you can call 878 6801 for more details.

Friday
Oh Friday night the 9th will be a great time to shake and bust a move at Mexicains Sans Frontieres 120 South Division (second Floor unit 226 ), Cabildo is going to play a few sets, along with Eno Diamond and the End of Times Orchestra, it is 5$ to get in the door 8 pm, and they are going to be selling raffle tickets for one of Hugo’s paintings ( you could get an original painting for 10 freaking dollars, that is so amazing.) anyhow I believe there will be refreshments. And it will be a great, great time.

This weekend the Opera opens Romeo et Juliette! Yeah! so there are two performances Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 7:30 and tickets in the mezzanine are around 27$ not bad, and you can order them online (for a 5$ charge) off of their website operagr.com. I love Romeo and Juliette, in fact I am seriously considering getting myself a Saturday Ticket.

On February 9th and 10th that is Friday and Saturday, a movie called Little Thumb is playing at the Bywerk Theater at Calvin College I guess it is a graduate Chad Kremer’s first film and it sounds like it could be personal, Dutch immigrant, back to the Netherlands to check out some past happenings, anyhow the shows start at 7 and they are 10$ to get in but it is a donation of sorts so that Chad can make more movies. For more information or for tickets you can email Chad at chad.kremer@gmail.com

On Friday the 9th there is a killer show at Skelletones, so many great bands for only like 7 $ it includes ”Sequoia Outlaws Reunion”, “The Skies Revolt”, “the Offbeats’, “LaDispute”, “the Viginaties” and “Rise & Fight”. Wow! Doors at 6 PM

Saturday
Aspire books has a great event this weekend. On Saturday from 11 until 1 pm the author of Citizen Moore a Biography about Michael Moore will be on hand to answer questions and provide a discussion about the “Cultural Icon of Truth” the author’s name is Roger Rapoport and it sounds really interesting. They are located over at 958 East Fulton.

Ok you may have noticed the lack of shows at the DAAC this weekend… although the fundraiser did really well we haven’t covered all of our costs….. And we are going to be just fine! So this weekend we will be having a work day on Saturday from 12 pm. If you are interested in helping out stop by hopefully we will be moving around the pa, hanging a curtain across the back wall and maybe, just maybe, cleaning under the stage. The DAAC is located at 115 S. Division.

Next On Saturday the 10th from 10-6 you can check out the Celebration of the Arts the 34th Annual Festival of Spiritual arts hosted by the First Methodist Church located at 227 East Fulton. If you stop by make sure to drop me an email and tell me how it is.

On Saturday the 10th the show at skeletons features “Brothers,” “Ivan” “Reinventing yesterday” and “Xcannonballx” 5$ gets you in the door.

Assuming that the weather is ok this weekend I suggest checking out the instillation by sculptor Patrick Dougherty at the Fredrick Meijer Gardens, and indoor construction the piece is site specific, and there is a video documenting the instillation process. The show is open from 9 until five on Saturday, and would be a great outing.

Sunday
On Sunday morning from 11-3 come down to FWD >> Space unit 125 for a Coffee and Danish opening and a viewing of a sculpture instillation being created by Aj Paska and Nick Stockton, the Sculpture will only be up for a week and it should be a relaxing way to begin the week.

After checking out the Sculpture instillation, you should head over to the UICA for the Chiaroscuro film series, this Sunday at 2:30 they are showing a free screening of Ha- kala Ha-Surit or the Syrian Bride. It is “ about a family trying to cope with its ability to draw d\boundaries and deal with them” I would also say from the description it also looks at boundaries created by cultural construct. it is subtitled, for more info check out the website at (oh and these things usually have food from san chez as well as a panel discussion afterwards. www.chiaroscurofilms.com

On the 11th Check out some Jazz musicians from Chicago at Mexicains Sans Frontieres 120 S. Division Second Floor unit 226. The band Herculaneum will be playing they are a Quintet who have been declared “agile and elegant” If you have questions about the Friday or Sunday shows then call 706 7963 there are two doors in one out front next too imagination creations, and another around back, I am not sure which one to use but if one doesn’t work try the other.

Opportunities
I am pretty excited about all of the opportunities this week so take some time to look them over, lots of them are national gigs. But a few are locals...

Submissions for the Lowell Regional Competition are due this weekend on the 8th thru the 10th. you can drop off from 12-6 on Friday and 1- 4 on Saturday. Don’t forget to get a form off line at www.lowellartscouncil.org or get questions answered by calling Lowell Area Arts Council: (616) 897-8545 / e-mail: info@lowellartscouncil.org and the entry fee is $25, I have entered shows in Lowell several times and have always had a good experience.

So this Friday submissions are due for 21st outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition the campus of Appalachian Sate University in North Carolina, look for artists who make e completed ands sit specific works, you must be over 18, reside in the us, and then you are eligible, they supply some installation assistance, a full color catalog, corporate sales, and a residency program. If you are interested in finding out more check out www.rosensculpture.org

You can now register to build a mini float for the Mardi Gras Float parade happening on Monday the 19th of February. The parade starts at 8 pm inside Sazerac, you have to register your float team by calling 451 0010 (that is the number for Sazerac, but if you have questions I would throw them to Erwin at erkfitz@idealcollective.com

Residencies: if you are looking to go west then this one is for you. Joshua Tree National Park in California accepts applications year round residencies and you can stay for four to six weeks, however they only accept applications October through May. That gives you 2 months to still submit an application. If you are interested Tim Terrell at 760-367-5539 PST or artmojave@aol.com

The other residency for this week is located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio (totally drivable) it is open to artists of all types but the summer deadline is February 16th, summer residencies last from June until September and last from 6 to 8 weeks. The contact is Mary Pat Doorley, Cultural Arts Program Manager, at 440-546-5995 CST, or mary_pat_doorley@nps.gov or Joni Starr, Summer Camp & Arts Director, Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association, 330-657-2796 ext. 114 or jstarr@cvnpa.org

There is this thing called the Gibraltar Point International Artist Residency Program being put on by Artscape which takes place during June. It is open to International artists who are engaged in the research development or creation of work, and it is open to emerging, mid-career or established professional artists. You get room board, studio space and meals you have to pay for travel the program is based around the exchange of ideas and it take pace at the Gibralter Point Center for the Arts on Toronto Island. Fore more info and submission qualifications check out http://www.torontoartscape.on.ca/gpiarp


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Thanks for reading all the way down to the very bottom.
I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of the events.
Jenn

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