SEPTEMBER 13, 2007

Hi everyone!
As always there are a bunch of fun things to do this weekend and if you are looking to enjoy sometime out and about you will have no problem finding a whole bunch of exciting things to do. SO... here is...

Word on the Street for September 12, 2007

Tonight (Wednesday) check out new art work by Erick Picardo hanging in the National City On Monroe (171 Monroe to be exact) the show is called Magical Concession and the opening is tonight (the 12th ) from 5-7pm.

This week check out 2 movies at the UICA, Paris Jet'Aime which runs through Thursday night. Boss of it all has been CANCELLED.

Thursday night there is a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and street party to celebrate the reopening of Cherry Street. I had no idea there were so many cool new businesses moving into that area. This will be a great place to cruise around on a Saturday afternoon and boutique shop. Here is a list of places to visit. Cheveux, Clothing matters (both moved out of Eastown) David & Bathsheba, Green Well(a gastro pub.....what is a gastro pub?), Lamb, Pink BLVD, Pure Studio, Restaurant Bloom (I am hearing a total buzz about this one) Sweet Connections and The Yoga Studio. The Ceremony starts at4:30 at Cherry and Warren, the illustrious Mayor Heartwell will be on hand to cut the ribbon and shake some hands.

Thursday night at the Foest Hills Fine Arts Center you can catch a new show opening with work by Artist Thimgan Hayden. Her work is decribed as "revealing an inner yearning for the Old World and its particular charm. Other points of interst, she is self taught,spent time in/ is inspired by Italy, and she is from Douglas. The opening is from 6-7:30 in the lobby of the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. My interst is peaked, I'll be checking out the show on Friday.

Friday the 14th you can get your protest shoes on and walk down to Rosa Parks at 10:00 Am and express your frustration. Apparently Dick Cheney will be visiting our fair city this Friday and speaking with a closed audience (no surprise there) about the global war on terror.... I wonder.... Does this mean we are at war globally..... anyhow if you have thoughts and want to express them Storm the Circle at ten

Or/and Friday at 11am head over to the JW Marriott for the dedication and unveiling of the Cyril Lixenburg Sculpture He has a sculpture at GVSU and they own quite a few of his prints as well as being the guy who is reshaping the fluoride monument. From what I have seen the sculpture is huge and blue. Shoule be interesting. Also it is a peak into the Marriott's interior. Located at 235 Louis Street (uh yeah the big huge new building downtown on the river with the blue racing stripe down the center.

Or some time this weekend swing by Lafontsee galleries and check out the Cyril Lixenberg show. The gallery is open regularly until 5:30 pm and is not open on Sunday. Lafontsee is a must see of Grand Rapids Galleries their staff is great (know and love a bunch of them) and they have one of the best setups in town. Located at 820 Monroe.

This weekend at the Calder Plaza Fiesta Mexicana will be heating up the area with great food and performances. A Guaranteed great place to grab some food and check out some great free entertainment. Check the Fiesta out Friday Saturday or Sunday.

True North film Festival is Friday at the Wealthy theater beginning at 7pm. They will be showing films that I believe were created this summer. Tickets are 10$ but only 8pm with a valid student ID the wealthy theater, as its name implies is on Wealthy Street near Fuller.

Friday night check out the show at the dack with "Time of Plague", "These Dying words", "Reinventing yesterday", "Cerilia" and "Docile Bodies." Show is at 8:30

Saturday night is a huge night for the Symphony as they kick off their Fall/winter seasons tickets start at a mere $16 the show starts at 8pm you can get tickets at the box office or by calling 742 6500, Annamarie recommended the Adagio for Strings and they are also playing another favorite, Stravinsky's the Rite of Spring and to round out the show Bach's Brandendurg Concerto No.2. which I am not as familiar with. Nevertheless the symphony always makes me feel like a princess (really it does in that truly romantic little girl sort of a way, like... this is what princesses do! So since I am doing it I must be a princess.... How embarrassing that I have written that.)

Saturday is going to be HUGE at the DAAC, "La Dispute" "Pacity" "Native" and "Coal Black Horse" are going to play. This usually makes for a totally wild show. Show begins early at 7pm!


On Sunday you can head out to Lowell and catch the opening for "Studio Glass West Michigan Style" opening at the Lowell Area Arts Council's Hudson Street Gallery (149 S. Hudson), from 2-4 pm. This is an invitational art exhibition featuring artists Judy Apol, Gloria Badiner, Jessica Bolhus, Jerry Catania, Tia Grass, GG Havens, Susan Molnar, Kathleen Mooney, and Steve Tagg. Jerry Catania is an artist out of Saugatuck and I have had the pleasure of meeting him at OxBow, his work space is quite delightful and from what I understand in the world of glass he is fairly well known. Lowell is also a pretty cute place, I don't know how open their businesses are on Sunday but especially if the weather is nice this show could be worth the drive.

Now that School is back in there are a bunch of shows at the local university galleries,
Here are three choices to check out over the next week.

At the Calvin College Center Art Gallery check out "Southside: Repackaging The American City" Photography by Jon Lowenstein The gallery is open and is located on the Calvin Main Campus at 3201 Burton St SE. (49546)

Out At GVSU you can catch "line/Edge/Influence: Works on Paper by Bill Hosterman and Friends" the show is only up until September 21st the show features new work by Bill BUT it also showcases him as a curator showing works that have influenced one another, which I think is rather interesting. We have already missed the opening reception on December 6th however the show is open daily. The gallery is located at 1121 Performing Arts Center. As you drive though campus it is next to the bell tower on the left.

At Kendall you can check out "Kayaks and Seedpods" the Artist talk is taking place Wednesday morning form 11:30 am to 12:30 pm with sculpture professor David Greenwood. Always interesting this work is the result of his recent sabbatical... The Kendall Gallery is quite easy to find because you can see it from the exterior of their building. Also if you are there say hi to Sarah Joseph the Curator, she is super nice.


The Blandford nature center and Mixed Greens are looking for a Marketing and Development Assistant (this is an Americorps Vista Program) the position is full time starting in Mid November. But is not open to full time students. You would be assisting with development print materials for the organization, helping with the website, promoting the programs and assisting with fund development. If you are interested you can email a resume and cover letter to but the deadline for applications is this Friday!

Show Award!

Students this one is for you the NICHE magazine is looking for annual submissions and if you are chosen as one of their finalists you end up in a show in Philadelphia in February, pretty cool, they choose from both American and Canadian artists and if you go to and then check out the NICHE awards link you can get more inform. The deadline is September 28th so get up on it.

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