It is another great hot weekend in Grand Rapids, the weather looks to be fabulously warm, a bit muggy and I have to admit there are some killer shows but it seems like the weekend is a little slow…..Maybe a great time to go to the beach, or catch one of the gems listed below. Thanks to everyone who came down to the Avenue for the Arts Market, if you enjoyed it pass onto a friend that our next event is August 11th and check out the website, www.aveartsmarket.com for pictures! Hopefully I see you out and about!
Here it is Word on the Street for July 18th 2007
Thursday afternoons you can wander over to the Farmers Market on Bridge and get some produce or a bite to eat. They have kinda unorthodox hours and run from 12- 6 on Thursday and from 6 am to 12 Pm on Saturdays. The market is located in next to St. James Church (sort of to the rear) and they are working on building up new vendors so..if you have produce from your garden that you would like to sell there is no vendor fee. Call Russ Lewis at 451-0150 for more information.
Thursday! There is a performance at the Wealthy Theater from the Grandville Avenue Academy for the Arts Summer camp called “Crossing Cultures” the show starts at 7 and features campers featuring various countries, and cultures around the globe though a variety of mediums including dance music and theater as well as art and clay. Doors are open at 6:15. Come support the kiddies.
Thursday night you can learn about how the employees at Starbucks are working to organize a union. The process has been going on for around 3 years and are part of the IWWW. Michigan is the fourth state to begin a Starbucks Union. The cost is only 1$, and you can check out the Documentary, and then hangout with a Q&A. So 8PM, at 470 Market SW (at the Grand Rapids Micro Cinema) or call 881 5463 for more information.
Thursday night is the last night to catch Jindabyne at the UICA, this movie sounds pretty good. There are some guys, a dead chick a fishing trip, and people freak out in an emotionally intense sort of a way. The last showing is Thursday night at 7Pm catch it!
This weekend the Circle Theater is doing performances of “Sunday in the Park with George” which is a play based on the interpretation of pointillist painter, Georges Seurat. Sounds entertaining. The play revolves a bit around “ a Sunday Afternoon” which now thought of as great was of course previously thought of as trash, as goes much of art history. The shows start around 8 Pm and Circle Theater is located on Robinson Rd. but I would call for ticket info.
On Friday the 20th the DAAC is hosting the Michigan Meltdown. With “conquest for Death”, ”Breakfast”, ”LaPiovra”, “Fuck this 7” “Bier”, “I accuse”,”About to Snap”,”Rad”and “botox Party”. you know it is going to be intense, the show starts at 3PM! and tickets are 10$.....I think the weather should be perfect. IF the DAAC isn’t literally one of the hottest shows in town on Friday, I would love to see how many buckets of sweat the other guys produce.
You know what Friday the 21st is right? I guess if you don’t know then that means you aren’t into it….HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS is released! And there are party’s all over, Schulers on Alpine (and I think 28th) have events, As does Waldenbooks, of course you could also go to the Potter Party at Meijer but I think Schulers is probably your best bet. Anyhow, if you see me PLEASE do not tell me what happens, I am going to have to wait a few weeks to get my hands on a copy, I am not all that good at the preorder stuff. Call stores for details.
I thought this one looked pretty cool on Friday night (the 20th) the show at the Wealthy Theater is called “from Berlin to Baxter” for 10$ you can check out a touring German Ballet Company, Ballettschule Feibicke. Show starts at 7:30. Ballet!
If you are looking to get out of town this weekend there is always (this is not a joke) the National Baby Food Festival in Fremont Michigan. I have a soft spot for the festival because I use to go when I was a kid. Anyhow they usually run all weekend, there is the old 60’s pop star band playing and at some point they usually have a baby food eating contest, of course there is a fairway, and Fremont is pretty cute anyhow. The highlight being the NCCA art center in Downtown Fremont, unmistakable because of its pink facade.
On Saturday at the DAAC check out the other marathon show…. Catch 7 bands…. “static Massacre” and “the Adent..also known as an acoustic set by Rusty” The Luminous”, ”With Out Crowd”, ”Attention Span”,” the Republican’ts”, “ Hit and Run”,” Doors at 6PM
Saturday night at Mezze there are always belly dancers. Lead by Laura Armenta they shake, role and move all night long. The atmosphere is smoke free, and now they have combined the menus from Mezze and SanChez so you can get some Blue Cheese Fritters, baba ganuosh, and watch the show. There is no cover and the show starts at 8pm.
On Saturday at next George is going to show “Wizard People, Dear reader” I guess it is a version of the first Harry Potter with an alternative and supposedly great sound track. But I have to say I don’t yet know a time, so check out G-rad, then look under the Harry Potter Threads. Or email George at email@example.com.
On Saturday night at Skelletones check out “Your Best Friend”, “Blue Star Pilot”, ”Announcement” and “Broken Luck” on stage.
So if you haven’t heard the big announcement at Skelletones was that all shows in August are FREE. (For real) the way that I heard it was Mirf wants to inspire the scene get people out and into shows. Of course you can donate some bucks… and realistically if no one donates then Skelletones might not be around in September but… I’ll just let that weigh on your conscious. Should be a good month.
Looking for Something on Sunday? Nest is the place to go. At 11am there will be pancakes followed by a Screening of Sicko at 12 noon.
Monday at the daac (yes the 23rd) “Hi red Center”, “Clear Days Always” “A paschal Circus” and >“Hot Tapes” doors normal time (8:30)
Remember how I mentioned that Herm is totally into Canoes and Kayaks lately? Well he is organizing a “Canada day” trip on August 3rd, the route is to begin in Riverside Park then at Canal St. Park grab a pint at Founders before dropping in at Johnson Park. Of course all of this will take some planning and if you are interested in the August 3rd Trip then contact Herm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week get ready for the return of Portable Cinema. You can find out all about it in word, I’ll help pass on the time, location and movie, you show up with a folding chair or blanket, and get ready to feel the magic of watching a movie in the great urban outdoors. I am so ready for this!
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