I am back on track and feeling much more chipper this week about the possibilities for art/artists in Grand Rapids. We have such a great community that I think the difficulties presented by limited amounts of show space (performance and traditional) instead of being a hindrance, will create an even stronger, more vibrant arts and cultural community. And with each event and opportunity I am reassured that the Grand Rapids arts community is able and worthy of putting up a good fight!
So with that said! Here is word on the street for February 27th, 2008.
Ok Announcement: Thursday February 28th night Mezze is hosting their LAST Belly Dancing event. Admission is free and the belly dancing is wild. The At-Neemrah Dancers take the floor at 9pm, after this I have a feeling it will be a little bit more difficult to get your belly dancing fix, the girls just announced plans to go on tour and will be performing in Canada the United States and Mexico. SO last chance to see them at Mezze, Location (38 W. Fulton) Cost Free!
On Friday night at Imagerie Gallery is presenting work by Nashville artist Ed Rode. His "singer Songwriter exhibition" sales will benefit a Catholid Secondary fund student scholarship. The opening begins at 5 and ends around 9pm. Imagerie is located at 910 Cherry Street and the cost is FREE!
This Friday night you can catch a free screening of "Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death" (King Leopold II's horrendous destruction of the Congo, its people and the fight to expose the truth) for a bit more about the movie visitwww.africanfilm.com/congo.html, part of GVSU's Odd Friday Film Series, the flick starts at 6pm in 109D Devos Place (GVSU's downtown campus) Cost FREE!
On Friday night at Skelletones there is another fundraiser, this one is to benefit Sophia Ann Marie Saylor who was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, the proceeds of the show will go towards Medical expenses. Bands include "Time of Plague", "Brutal Demise","With Broken Rank","Oceano", "First Strike" and "Mental Infestation" the show begins at 6pm. And is 8$
On February 29th at 8pm The "Is it Over Yet" Music Festival (organized by the amazing Corey Ruffin) is taking over the Wealthy Stage and featuring 6 totally cool bands with awesome special artists. "Chance Jones, The end of Times Orchestra", "the Mighty Narwhale", "A Paschal Circus", "Grrrropolis" and "Mantra" location "Wealthy Street Theater (1130 Wealthy) cost is $10 I would get there about 15-20 minutes early to get a great seat.
This Friday night the 29th at the DAAC check out the return of "Hombrinus Dudes" "Midwest Funeral" "Positive Noise" and "Ozenza" location Division Avenue Arts Cooperative located at 115 South Division Cost $6
Friday the 29th at the Intersection catch everyone's favorite hip hop conglomerate, La Famiglia at $5 in advance and doors at 9pm and 10pm show. Intersection is located at 133 Grandville Ave SW
This weekend on Saturday grab a kid (hopefully one that belongs to you or a close friend) and bring them downtown. First head to the Children's Museum where they can play, play, play: each kid will get a dollar off coupon to for museum admission later that month, they will also receives a red balloon, and then a free popcorn pass for the UICA... what good is that you ask? Well on Saturday, at the UICA, beginning at 2:30 (or 4:30) the kids can make red art projects and then at 3pm (or 5pm) the UICA is hosting two kids movies, "The Red Balloon/White Mane" both are French Children's flicks. The Red Balloon is of course about a red balloon and a small boy and their adventures in Paris. White Mane, dubbed in English is not surprisingly, about a wild horse and again a small boy. Sure to be a child pleaser.
Here is the total lowdown on UICA ticket prices, Tickets before 6pm are $4 for UICA members, 6$ for non members and after 6pm tickets for members are $5 and $7 for non members. So be sure to catch a show this weekend. To add the UICA to your favorites website so you can keep all of those show times updated in your calendar visit www.uica.org.
Saturday night the River City Improv will be performing at the ever improving Ladies Literary Club, the show includes skits, games, songs and a whole bunch of audience participation. Doors open around 6:45 and the show starts at 7:30 Location! 61 Sheldon SE (right next to the UICA) Cost 8$
Sunday you can be a part of the West Michigan Bicycle Festival, presented by the West Michigan Mountain Biking Association $ the Rapid Wheelmen the event begins at 1pm with a West Michigan Trails and Greenways presentation, other high lights include
A documentary about MTB origins and the hiker/biker struggle to "coexist" in Marian County a 3:40 presentation of "Petal" a documentary about surviving in the streets of NYC as a bicycle messenger the day ends at 5pm and they have a whole bunch of other stuff jam packed in between. This seems like a great way to meet other biking enthusiasts and just geek out about biking in general. Cost 20$ but only $15 for students and members. Location Wealthy Theater 1130 Wealthy SE!
Spit for Athena is back in Grand Rapids and back at the DAAC. Sunday night at 8:30 catch "Mercury Radio Theater" and "Spit for Athena" $6 gets you in. The DAAC is located at 115 South Division
Ever been to Herbert Hoover National Historic site in Iowa? Yeah I thought you would say no, I haven't either BUT I do know that they have an Artist in residency their submission deadline is March 1st, for more information call Adam Prato at 1319 643 7855 or write Artist In Residence program Herbert Hoover National Historical Site 110 Parkside Drive PO Box 607 West Branch Iowa USA 52358.
The Outback Lodge and Stables (located in Big Rapids) is doing a call for artists for their Gift Store and Art Gallery. They are looking for original works, and ask that interested artists submit 3 photos of their work, 1 photo of your work area (that is totally weird) and a hand written letter telling them about yourself and the creation of your pieces. There is a $20 non refundable jury fee and 30% commission. You will be notified if accepted to the gallery. If you are interested contact Sara Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-5185.
Ok take this one or leave it but for all of those College (art) students out there check out www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/stuart. It is like face book or myspace for art students. So yeah, if your into it, your into it.
Calvin College is hiring for a few different positions including Library Programmer Analyst, Web Developer, Resident Director, Broene Counseling Center Counselor, and Director of Off Campus Programs, To find out more about any of these jobs check out http://jobs.calvin.edu.
This one is a good one! Plenty Creative is looking for an Office manager, You know act as the person helping to keep it all together. The skills and qualifications ar pretty basic except they are looking for someone who is Mac proficient. Compensation is commensurate with experience and performance, if you are interested submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Here is a job sent in from California, but the job placement is in NYC! Cinereach is looking for a full time Grants Manager they are looking for a minimum of 3 years progressive grants management with excellent written and oral communication skills, the apply you can send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, also the original posting came from the Calarts Website so if you wanted some more info you could poke around there.
A quick CONGRATULATIONS to Deb Lanning who submitted for a show that she read about in Word and got the show! (I think it was at Central University in their gallery) Deb, make sure to keep us updated on show dates!
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