Happy New Year!
I hope you guys all had as great of a Holiday Season as I did!
It was so fun to see out of town friends (I miss them already) sleep in, and just plain hang out. Crazy how fast it all goes......
So this weekend we are back in the swing of it with some upcoming events, and some New Years resolution reinforcements!
Here is the word on the street for January 3, 2008!
Tonight (Wednesday) at Skelletones check out Minor Adjustment, The Flows, Headed for Zen and The Advent.
On January 3rd (Thursday) Vertigo music is holding a benefit for Relief Work featuring performers Ben& Bruno, Happy Hour, Mike Riley, Jes Kremer, and Drunken Barn Dance. The benefit begins at 7pm.
This Friday check out 10,000 Anos de Maiz (10,000 Years of Corn) from 6 until 9pm at the Red Hydrant press space located at 324 Straight Ave Grand Rapids Michigan 49503. they will be featuring artwork and poetry and information focused on the traditional heritage of food such as corn and the effect of the North American Free Trade Agreement on export and import of food. I have seen some great pictures of red hydrant's space and it looks like a great place to hang out and meet some active community artists.
On Friday night at the GRAM check out the Paul Lesinsky Trio from 5 until 7 and a gallery talk from 7-745 with Chris Obervoorde and then later from 7:45 to 8:30 there will be a little solo piano action. The reduced ticket price gets you in the door for about half price. (I got a Grand Rapids museum t-shirt for Christmas! I am super excited to wear it tomorrow.)
Ok so you may have heard that the DAAC is somewhat falling apart! But it might not need to! If you are interested in getting involved to save the DAAC then you are invited to participate in an open forum discussion about future options for the DAAC. Please join us Saturday January 5th at 12:00 Noon at the DAAC. (bring a chair if you need one)
They are already preparing for the Water Festival by doing a Fundraiser Saturday at the Wealthy Theater. Performers include Hawks and Owls, Seth Bernard and Daisy May, and Rachel Davis. Fundraiser begins at 7:00pm and for more information you can call 459-4788 ext 130. Tickets are 10$, Wealthy Theater is located at 1130 Wealthy St SE.
Sunday at the GRAM you can check out an lecture by Elizabeth Van Arragon concerning the Dutch Contemporary show that is currently on display. The lecture in in the Cook Auditorium and begins at 2:00pm until 2:45.
On Monday January 7th the Skelletones is featuring a special show with Backseat Virgins and North Lincoln. Doors at 6pm and tickets on sale at Vertigo music for $10!.
Maybe you made a resolution to become more educated (shouldn't we all make a resolution to learn new things in 2008?) Might I suggest some classes?
At the UICA, You can register for all UICA classes by calling Stacie at 454 7000 ext. 20 (have your credit card ready) or by stopping by at 41 Sheldon with a check. They usually have a cut off so get up on it if these sound interesting to you. Oh and there are other classes at the UICA these are just the highlights for a complete list look at their website, www.uica.org.
Perspective Drawing and Painting Wednesdays from 6:30 until 9:30 beginning January 30 through March 6th, feeis $140 for nonmembers and the instructor is the amazing and talented Michael Pfleghaar.
If you have always wanted to make some stuff out of clay but haven't really ever had the chance or need a reminder course then Beginning Ceramics is for you. This class is Thursdays from 7-9pm beginning January 24th until March 27th, $200 for nonmembers and there is a materials fee also. The instructor is Rita Shields.
I really enjoy Israel Davis who manages the Clay Studio at the UICA, he is super chill and all of his students seem to get the same good times vibe I get. His work is also super cool. He is teaching a Beginners/intermediate Throwing on the Potters wheel course that starts NEXT MONDAY! From 7 until 9pm. It is $200 plus a materials fee.
And finally the last UICA Class I wanted to mention is for those of you looking to break out a little bit and flex that creative muscle that you neglected last year. Join Elizabeth Goddard (Also a very cool chick!) for The Artist's Way. Beginning on January 8th Tuesday nights you can get back into the creative mindset with the guidance of a talented art therapist. The class is 145 for non members!
For anyone who got a Digital Camera for Christmas this is a pretty cool class. The Fredrick Meijer Gardens is holding a "how to use your digital Camera class form 1-4pm on Saturday January 12th from 1 until 4pm the fee is 30$ for members and 35 for nonmembers, the instructor is photographer Rob Burdick. You do need to pre-register and you can call 1888 957 1580 for more details.
Oh what about this class!
Racheal Finan is starting up her Butoh movement class again beginning Monday January 7th at Music and Movement located at120 S. Division Unit 127 (right next to Capsule and Sanctuary Folk Art) Racheal was recently recognized nationally by being accepted into a Butoh performance in New York City. (so she it legit, the real thing!) Class beings at 8:15. To sign up contact Racheal at 901 9717. Also if you are interested in a yoga class she teaches Yoga from 6:30 to 8pm also on Mondays in the same space and it is only 5$ (it doesn't get any better then that!)
You know I am a total sucker for these National Park residencies, it just seems like such a totally cool thing to do. So I am back on them and will be sending them your way over the next few months. I would suggest getting some of your materials together and ready to go, images ect. That way when you see one that suits your idea of a cool place to check out you can send out your stuff. These two represent totally different coasts in the US the first is Wiskeytown Natioanal Recreation Area in Califorina, it is open to 2-d, sculptors and photographers. The Deadline is January 15th and there are openings in the fall winter and sprind for 2 to 3 weeks. Contact their program coordinator at 530 242 3421.
The other is Weir Farm national Historic Site in Connecticut. Also open to 2-d, sculptors photographers and this one is open to video/ Filmakers. The deadline is January 15th and there are residencies year round for 2-4 weeks. You can call 203 761-9945 EST for more details.
If you made a New Years Resolution to volunteer more there is a great opportunity in Rockford to volunteer at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding. You get to ride horses help others ride horses meet cool people ect. The orientation is January 5th from 10am to 1pm. The Equest center is located at 3777 Rector NE Rockford Michigan and if you want to sign up contact Kelly at 616 866 3066
SUPPORT! ALL DARN WEEKEND!
This weekend get your poker face on and head to Westgate Bowling Alley (AGAIN!) Tournament Poker games and cash tables. The tournaments begin at 7pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. There are open dollar games beginning at 5pm and running all night. SO if you want to come down and support a good cause ('cause you should only gamble responsibly and for charity) proceeds go towards the Dwelling Place's Neighborhood Revitalization Department. We will be on Staff from 5-midnight on Thursday, 5-1am Friday, Saturday from 1pm to 1am and Sunday from 1pm to 7pm. Westgate bowling alley is located at 4486 Alpine Ave, NW, Comstock Park MI, 49321 (go on alpine head north it is on the right hand side of the road) See you there! (website www.pokertimeinfo.com)
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