I had the best time over Labor Day weekend... Friends, fun, flea market, Stump fence parade (Trufant Mich). I hope you all enjoyed yours as much as I did mine... and I am really looking forward to all of the totally cool things happening this weekend. In fact I think it is going to be an absolute BLAST. So I am passing on the invite to get out, get active and get local. There are so many sweet events but I know I can say for sure that the Avenue for the Arts Market is going to be my favorite... although I am a little bias....

Ta DA! Word on the Street September 5, 2007!

On Wednesday September 5th..... (that is tonight) haul ass down to the DAAC (DAAC is pronounce DA- AAAAK) and check out "Cartoon Monster", "The Blanket Truth", "Watercolor Paintings" and the amazing "Jes Kramer" (yes Jes is leaving for College, but don't shed a tear hopefully she will be back on some weekends sometimes.) Show is at 8:30 and is 5$

This Thursday night from 6-8pm check out the Armenta Studio open house at 951 Wealthy St. SE, They will be showing off the moves with yoga and salsa demos... a little surprise performance... and no open house is complete without munchies. The space is located at 951 Wealthy ST SE. if you can't make it to the open house but want to sign up for a fall class call 616 235 9642.

OOOOHHH I got an email about this one so it must be hot (usually when people ask how much it is and if they can get advanced tickets I get the impression that the band must be really good) So TICKETS are ONLY 5$..... they are AVAIBALE at the DOOR..... and if you show up at 8:30 on Thursday the 6th you can catch "MARISSA NADLER" and "PICASTRO" at the DAAC.

Skelletones show on Thursday night features "Newbury" and "Winnie Cooper" the show is at 8pm

Beginning on Friday check out two Great downtown events, The Hispanic Festival will be taking over Calder Plaza while just 3 blocks away in Rosa Parks Circle you can catch a bite to eat at the Celebration on the Grand's Taste of Grand Rapids. My favorite highlight of Celebration is the fireworks (since I haven't gotten to see the fireworks for any other event all summer you can sure bet I will be checking these out) Fireworks are suppose to start at 9:30 Friday night.

Friday night at Rosa Parks there are live blues performances, At Ah-Nab-Awen Park there are "family Friendly performances" and from 6:30-7:45 free swing lessons.

Friday September 7th form 6-9 the UICA is starting their Fall Show season there are a whole bunch of local professors and artists involved including some of my favorites. Check out the 30 year celebration show with work from Brett Colley, Paul Wittenbraker, Dellas Henke, Deb Rockman Tracey Featherstone and new shows opening with artists Jeremy Chen, Dana Freeman, Nichole Maury, and Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido if you have never been to the UICA it is located on Sheldon. Off of Fulton. See you there!

On Friday night at Skelletones catch a huge Farewell show with "the Offbeats", "The Resistance:", "VDB", "Attention Span" and "HIV" 5$ gets you through the door.

The 34th Annual Garfield Park Arts and Crafts Fair is this Saturday the 8th from 9am to 4pm. If you have never visited Garfield Park it is located at Burton and Madison. You know the basics, Handmade Arts and Crafts, Fine arts, Food booths, and kids activities.

Saturday Celebration will be rolling all day. From 12:00pm to 5:30 pm the First Annual Priority Healthy Classic (bike race) will be whizzing through downtown and Rosa Parks Circle will be featuring Classic Rock Performances from 3 pm to 11:05.

How can you even consider missing the LAST Avenue for the Arts Market???... if you have been before you know it is the coolest, slightly fringe totally hip event in GR. This time we are busting out because there are going to be so many vendors. How many? Like, a ton.... I am guessing 40ish... Handmade= unique= totally-cool-you, and then on top of it all of our awesome shops are going to be open, pick up some vintage cloths, fresh sneakers, or new tunes. And this time we are going all out.... Entertainment stage is taking place in the 106 parking lot. from 4-6 pm Dj Spydre Murphy will be representing a tasty sample of Vertigo Music's collection at 6pm The wildly popular Circle Junkies Break dance Crew will be taking over the lot.. Last time these guys were so hot we had people standing in traffic to check them out. And then around 7pm we are going to roll out the live band performances.... including Mantra (Avenue for the Arts Favorites) Happy Hour (newcomers) and ending the night.... my favorite and yours... Chance Jones Band (I love these guys.) I think the CJB will be going on around 9 right as everyone else is cleaning up so come early for vendors, food and entertainment stay later for one of the best bands in town.

During the Market you can check out the totally outrageous show at Skelletones. The Beardcore Fest is featuring "Brothers", "Ivan", "ReInveting Yesterday"," Torn Between Arms", "Their Teeth will be of Lions", "Eleventh Hour", "The Legendary Coal Black Horse", "These Dying Words", "Better left Impaled" and "Bringing down Broadway" at a buck a band ($10) the only thing that can make this show better is the Free Grilled food. Show starts at 4pm.

On Sunday make sure to catch the Fulton Street Artisans Market. You are seriously running out of time to catch some of these great summer traditions. (such as if you have not been to the Farmers Market this summer you should feel shamed) So be sure to check this one out, they are set up from 11am to 3pm, 1147 E. Fulton.

It has been a while since I threw one of these into the mix. The Everglades National Park in Florida has residencies open to Visual Artists, photographers, Sculptures, writers, filmmakers and composers, and they have an application deadline of October 1st they have 2-4 week residencies but they run year round (uh anyone looking for a winter vacation to a warm and tropical place swarming with alligators? Now is your chance) if you are interested email OR write to the Artist in residence in everglades, Everglades national park 40001 State road Homestead FL 3304.

I thought this kinda sounded fun, especially if you have kids.......
The Lowell Area Arts Council is accepting Ghost Stories from authors of all ages there are prizes for winners... but there are a few guidelines. Stories mus be less then 1,200 words, typed double spaces in 12 point times new roman with 1" margins single sided. There must be a title and page number on each page. Author name should only appear on the cover, which also must include short bio, age and grade (if in school). Submissions can be made in hardcopy drop off Lowell Area Arts Council, 149 South Hudson sent to po box 53 Lowell MI 49331. Also don't get dirty, just keep them spooky, and if your story wins it will be read at a public reading! Stories will be read October 13th from 6-8oopm at the Lowell fairgrounds.

Now that school back I want to check out what is going on at the local university campus galleries, so that will be included next week Just a little something to look forward too (I can hear you catch your breath in anticipation)

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