DECEMBER 11, 2008

Word on the Street December 10th, 2008

Well.... Friday has hit again!
And here we are! A long list of events jam packed into an AWESOME weekend. I wanted to share a bit of flattery. This week I had a great experience speaking at the Municipal League conference. One of the event coordinators called Grand Rapids "the only REAL CITY in the state." He mentioned our diverse communities, the booming development of our downtown, the great restaurants and of course our arts and culture. The glowing praise for our fair city made me practically giddy with pride. I can't wait to get out and enjoy some of our "REAL CITY" flavor! I hope to see you out and about this weekend!

Here is Word on the Street December 10th, 2008

Stop by the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology from 5:30 until 7:30 student art work will be on sale. With a tag line of Seek Learn Grow it is a great time to check out the building and learn more about WMCAT's programs. Located at 98 East Fulton Cost FREE! All ages, to find out more check out or call 454 7004

So I have to say Friday night there is one event that has it all. Shopping, art, music, great food and is as LOCAL as it gets. The Avenue for the Arts Urban Lights event is busting up the downtown with a pretty great selection of local shops, restaurants and of course the best art in the area. Gift options ABOUND! The event runs from 6-11 but some of the spaces close a little early so I suggest not dilly-dalling and get down early. Maps can be picked up at Sanctuary Folk Art (down by the corner of South Division and Cherry) Here is a list of the highlights:

The newest of the new:
Creo Productions Studio Launch Party! Visit Division's new video hq + audio studio launch and enjoy appetizers, drinks, people and ideas. Visit 40 S. Division- Open until 11pm

Art! Art! Art!
NEW WORK- Featuring Furniture by artist Garrett Brooks 44 S. Division- Open until 11pm

Heartside Gallery-Please stop by and visit artists at work! Intuitive, folk and local 54 S. Division- Open until 11pm

The DAAC Artwork by Calvin College Students 6-8pm

(106) Calvin College Department of Art and Art History- Gallery
Featuring the work of our 2008-09 Bachelor of Arts - Art Education students.
106 S. Division Ground floor- Open until 10pm

Hollowell Art- New work, paintings, prints, vintage vinyl and clothing, refreshments LIVE DJ 106 s. Division/MLK unit 215 Open until 11pm

Sanctuary Folk Art Packed full of intuitive art and bluegrass music featuring Jon Ekholm, Nigel Strong, Dusty and friends. 140 S. Division- Open until 11pm

Capsule Modern Furniture and Art- Artist live/work space "IgNIGHT" - unique lighting by students and designers. Also a photo exhibition called "Mancelona"
136 S. Division- Open until 11pm

Vision Beyond Art- spaceGlass Blowing Studio and GalleryLive Art and Music 235 South Division (Williams and S. Division) Unit #111Open until 11pm

Flux Gallery The AIGA group from GVSU is presenting a poster exhibition entitled "Pattern" Submissions have been collected from West Michigan students and designers.! 14 Williams (Williams and S. Division) Unit #320 Open until 11pm

A little dinner:
Rockwells or Republic- Bar/ restaurant Featuring local art curated by the UICA's Artworks program. 45 S. Division- Open until 2am

Mixtape Cafe - Is a Vegetarian Cafe serving Coffee Beverages along w/ Vegetarian/Vegan Sandwiches, Salads, Pizza and Hot Dogs 133 S. Division- Open until 12am

Foodsmith Catering and Café- Restaurant A great place to grab a cup of coffee, freshly brewed tea, or a delicious pastry snack. 120 S. Division- Open until 8pm

A little night life:
Pub 43- the best place to grab a cheap brew and a great basket of sweet potato fries! 43 S. Division- Open until 2am

Rumors- Nightclub69 S. Division- Open until 2am

Live Entertainment:
The DAAC- Live music beginning at 8pm featuring Jesse Stephanopoulos, Lazy Genius, Wild Years, Jameson Blade and Joshua Mogck after 8pm $6.00115 S. Division Open until 11:30

Skelletones- Bands include Knowlyfe, The Judgment Of Paris, Stockton, Pandora, The Trial $7 doors open at 6pm133 1/2 S. Division (next to mixedtape café) Cover charge $7- Show begins at 7pm

Mexicains Sans Frontieres- performances- Dean Windemuller is a singer songwriter , performing a special Christmas show with his trio at 8 PM-5$And, Wesley West, a trio from Ann Arbor/Kalamazoo performing a mix of gypsy rock jazz with a vocalist that sounds like the ghost of Billy Holliday. 10 PM- 5$for more info visit or call 616-706-7963120 S Division Av # 226

Shop till you Drop!
Scavenger Hunt- Stop in for great vintage presents and holiday wear! 117 S. Division- Extended business hours until 9pm

Vertigo Music- Record Store Holiday discounts and sales throughout the store! CD's & Records 129 S. Division- Open until 8pm

All City Kicks- Clothing and Shoe Store The coolest in fashions for the hip, including both clothing and shoes. 139 S. Division- Open until 9pm

sed studio/ teamwork design- Open studio featuring Sally England, Nick Stockton & Jenn Schaub 120 S. Division First Floor Unit #125 Open until 11pm

Imagination Creations- Recycled/reconstructed goods, hair and vintage treasure gifts starting at $10!120 S. Division, First Floor Unit #126 Open until 11pm

Gift Certificates!
Mos Eisleys- Tattoo & Piercing 71 S. Division- Open until 8pm
WHEW! That is it for Friday!

Although the UICA Holiday Artist Market was great there was one guy I was missing. Jeff from Dutch Lake Pottery. I just found out that he is participating in a pottery sale this Saturday from 10-4pm at the Sixth Street Bridge Clay Studio Location 829 Monroe Ave Suite 44.

If you thought that Saturday night was going to be a calm relaxing evening think again! the Roller Girls are spinning their wheels and burning up the floors. The action begins at 6pm. as two brewery sponsored teams face off. Will New Holland or Schmohz Brewery win the 'bout? Regardless of who wins the brewery battle the entire event benefits the roller girls sending the team around the country spreading a little g-rap love!

Each and Every Sunday you can get some word play in. Negative space poetry night takes place at 106 S. Division in unit 311. Started by Katherine Marty there are usually a few wordsmiths trying out new work. Come to listen come to learn come at 7pm. Cost is FREE! Find out more at

Each and every Tuesday night you can check out Brick Rd pizza's Tuesday night buffet. Featuring meat lovers to vegan selections it is a 3 hour eating extravaganza. Vegan Chef Ryan will be whipping out some Vegan Fried Chicken (Totally worth trying for all of us veg-heads) and i have heard he also makes a killer vegonase and dill sauce. Cost $10
Location right near the Meanwhile bar (eastern and Wealthy) Time 5-8pm

This week I went a little light but you will still be able to fill up your weekend with a whole bunch of great events. If you've got events for next weekend then send them on in ! email me at . If you want to check out the Blog got to

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