This weekend totally rocks because our man Andy is coming to town, you know Andy..... pale, slender, charismatic, originator of 15 minutes of fame, American art icon....you know... Andy WARHOL! Sigh... I just want to take a minute to thank the Grand Rapids Art museum for putting together this show. It is truly a moment of glory, a dream come true, Art being shown at the GRAM has stepped into contemporary American art history. Thank you GRAM! I hope to see each and everyone of you at the show, I plan on going at least 3 times.
Here is Word on the Street for March 12, 2008
On Friday March 14 (trumpets and drums please) the Warhol Show opens at the GRAM, Friday night is the best time to go... there are reduced ticket prices, $4 gets you in the door and total perk at 7pm Curator, Richard Axsom will be discussing Rapid Exposure; Warhol in Series with an overview of the paintings and prints on display.
Friday night Skelletones is hosting "Saints Never Surrender", "Tall Ships", "Brothers", "All Hype" "Fight This War" and "no Holds Barred" Tickets are 7$ and because of the heavy line up the show begins at 6pm
Friday night, the Wealthy Theater comes though again. great entertainment for a fantastic cause. Beats for Baxter is a loud and proud fundraiser for the Baxter Community Center featuring Simien the Whale tickets are $10 at the door, the show starts at 7pm and the wealthy theater is located at 1130 Wealthy Street SE.
Every year this event brings back total childhood memories, if you have kids, know kids or are a kid at heart I totally encourage you to enjoy the Sugarbush Festival at Blanford Nature Center. On Saturday march 15th from 8am to 12pm you can enjoy pancakes, and totally get into the process of creating maple sugar. The pancake breakfast is $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Blanford is located at 1715 Hillburn Ave NW. if you are interested in finding out more email Sarah Erlewine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday at NOON (March 15th at 12pm) in Heartside park (Ionia and Cherry) Activate is rounding up marchers interested in ending the war/occupation in Iraq. Bring your signs, banners, drums and all other protest paraphernalia. If you are interested in finding out more, platforms and ways to promote check out www.activategr.org.
If you are into the cabinet of curiosities, taxonomies, plastic curios, flora, animals, environments, "Habitat Treasury " is this weekend's show for you. Printmakers Todd Freeman and Meg Perec are opening their show Saturday night at FLUX Gallery. The show is free, but you might want to think about investing in a piece of artwork (I totally dig some of Todd's small pieces) the show opens at 6pm and runs till 11pm. Flux is located at 14 Williams Unit 320.
Saturday night the St. Patrick's Day celebrations day begin "the Black Dahlia Murder", "Animosity," "Braindrill" and special Guests "Dissonant" tickets are available though their website, www.skelletones.com
Rock out at the DAAC this weekend on Saturday. The show begins at 8:30 it is $6 to get in the door and 4 bands including "Native," "Docile Bodies," "Lion of the North," and "Victor! Fix the Sun." the DAAC is located at 115 South Division
Sunday March 16th get on a bike and ready to race. The KissCross Alleycat Race kicks off at Hopcat on Ionia Street. Sign in begins at noon the ride begins at noon thirty. If you are ready to ride bring a backpack, timepiece, bike lock, $18 and be ready to win. Check out www.positivecycling.com.
Sunday at the GRAM continue the celebration of everything Andy. At 2pm you can catch a flick "Andy Warhol: Myth and Reality" a movie created by studio assistant Roberta Berstein. Ticket prices at the door are 8$ but you get to see a movie, check out the show and visit the gift shop.
Sunday night you might be looking to connect with some other word enthusiasts, if so Negative space bare bones poetry open mic might be for you 7pm every week at 106 S. Division buzz up to 311 and check out www.myspace.com/grpoetry.
The butterflies are back at Meijer Gardens there are over 40 different types of butterfly, tons of lovely plants in a totally lovely indoor heated tropical environment. On Sunday you can enjoy the Butterflies from 12 until 5pm. The gardens are located at 1000 E. Beltline NE. Adult tickets run right around $12, but kids younger then 13 it is only $6 little, little kids get in even cheaper!
So you know that show "So you think you can Dance?" yeah local dancers will be heading out to Milwaukee Wisconsin to audition and this Sunday there is a fundraiser and showcase at the Wealthy theater to raise loot for their adventure. "Just Showin' Off" is hitting the stage at 6:30 pm. There is a $10 donation at the door and the wealthy theater is located at 1130 Wealthy St. SE.
Get out of Town!
The Grand Canyon National Park is looking for residency artists and the deadline is April 1, 2007. The residencies begin and September and if you are interested in visiting Arizona this is a great way to do it. Call 928-638-7739 for more information.
That is it! Long live (the memory) of Andy! If you have a great Warhol memory send it to me at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. Check out G-rad.... If you want to see or read word with pictures or post comments, check it out online at
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