Word on the Street for June 3, 2009!
So there is something very classic rock and reggae about this time of year... Last weekend I happened to attend a reggae show at Founders (totally unexpected and not listed in Word!) and it was Awesome! People were dancing and loving the vibe, the porch was open and it was fantastic! Just when I think I have found all of the great events for the weekend there are STILL more out there! Which goes to show you how cool Grand Rapids is... always something unexpected around the corner!
This weekend is full of unexpected! There are two awesome larger events, Festival and the Avenue for the Arts Market, that are going to jam pack your weekend and the cool thing about both of these events is that you are always going to find more then you bargained for! And as if that isn't enough there are oodles of other awesome events all over the city!
Bring on it on! Here is Word on the Street for June 3, 2009!
For most High school students this week is the last before summer vacation and Mixtape is kicking off vacay-season with a huge show featuring La Dispute, Comrade, Native and Minnesota. Show starts at 6;30 pm it is All ages and reasonably priced at a mere 8 dolla' Location: South Division between Oakes and Cherry!
We all have a favorite neighbor... and many people may even choose the same neighbor as their favorite... Have you guessed yet!? Thursday night at the Wealthy Theater you can get out and check out "Fred Rogers America's Favorite Neighbor." Afterwards grab some dinner at a great locally owned eatery including Brick Road Pizza (went there last night and it was delish), Wealthy Bakery, Sandmanns, or the Winchester. Location 1130 Wealthy St SE 8pm.
Make the drive out to Forest Hills on Thursday night on June 4th to check out the new show Aritst Xixiang He will be opening a new body of work in the Forest Hills Fine Art Center. The Center is gorgeous this time of year and their Artist in Residence program usually features diverse local artists. Opening goes until 8pm FREE!
FRIDAY! START OF FESTIVAL!
FESTIVAL! I want to point out that festival has a great new website. Easy to use, laid out well and totally gets you in the Know... But I have gone through and selected a bunch of MY favorites just to give you a heads up.... Anything that is a part of festival is marked with an (F).
First head over to the circle stage at 2:45 for the Senior Steppers (Tap Dancing Grannies!) (F).
Then get a teensy taste of over 250 artists at the Regional Art Competition at the Old Federal building. We checked it out last Friday, as usual there are a TON of photos, and this year there are some more large scale pieces... One surprise was a painting by artist Randall Gornowich. I have only ever seen his photos and the painting was an exciting change. Open 10am until 7:30pm Friday Saturday and Sunday 11am until 3:30 Pm Location 155 Division. (F).
At 5:30pm "Black Rose and the Disciples of Funk" are mixing it up at the Clock tower(F).
Friday will be totally hopping at Mixtape with Ghosts of the Great lakes, Danger is My Middle name, Immigrant Blue & Brena Show starts at 6:30 door is $7 all ages all the time! Location 133 South Division.
The GRAM is FREE this weekend for festival AND they have extended hours On Friday and Saturday you can check out the art (and films) from 10am until 9pm and on Sunday from 10am until 5pm! They will be featuring "Calder in the Collection: 40th Celebration of LaGrande Vitesse along with all of the Films At 6:30 on Friday they are playing the locally made film "Hopeless Romantic" which sounds very tragically! (F).
The Calder Stage is hosting a 8:15 performance by the Shubert Male Choir. And finally you can wrap up Friday night Festival with the traditional la Famigilia Performance- this year they are on the Calder stage! (F).
Mulligan's in Eastown is pulling a late night show on Friday featuring If He Dies He Dies, MOTO, Fred Thompson Trio and Electrolux Music Starts at 10pm. Rocking till close. Location 1518 Wealthy. Free to get in and Mulligan's pours a stiff cocktail so make sure to find a DD!
Get up bright and early for a Fabulous GRAND RAPIDS day!
Did you know there is a Grand Rapids Rowing Association? According to a confidential source, Amy V, Rowing is totally fun and she said she completely digs it... If you want to try it out Saturday the GRRA will be opening up their new Boathouse and teaching people how to row! Get on the water and enjoy GR! Stop by from 9 until 1pm to check it out, who knows? You might get hooked. Cost is $5 or $3 for students. Check out www.grrowing.org for info! Location 291 North Park St NW behind Greenleaf Landscaping.
Starting at 11:15 am try and catch the Pacific Island Dancers at Calder Stage
and then stay put because the West Michigan Gay Men's Choirs is also performing on the Calder Stage at 11:45. (F).
Around Noon head to 300 Monroe and hop aboard a Trolley for the historic Tour of Downtown (F). BUT get off at the Avenue for the Arts Stop on South Division because a slew of the spaces along South Division will be open including.....
• The local shops; All City Kicks, Vertigo Music, Scavenger Hunt and Bohemia Too.
• In addition, you can visit a selection of live/work spaces including Goodwood at 42 S. Division featuring a Mobile show. At 62 South Division there is a grand opening for Unlocal Clothing. At 120 S. Division Apt 221 Nathan is hosting an Art Exhibit and Sale featuring sculpture, prints and accessories! At 136 S. Division, Capsule and Sanctuary will be hosting open hours and attractions!
• Public art! The Avenue is the place to go! Stop by and get a map at 120 S. Division!
The shops and live work spaces will be opening beginning at 10am and staying open all afternoon! (tip if you start on the South End, Sanctuary Folk Art you will end at the UICA!)
At 1pm you can wall up Weston to the Dyer Ives Poetry Competition at the UICA! (F).
If you happen to make it back downtown around 2pm keep your eyes and ears open for the Dave Wells Strolling German Oopah Band. At 3:15pm I would have to make a decision between Courier at the Clock tower or Fancesca Amari's Cabaret Amari at the Calder.... I have heard great things about both! Then at 3:30 head over to the Outer Fringe stage for Paul Emery's acoustic blues or to the Clock Tower at 4:45 for the Saltana Dancers middle eastern dance. (F).
Phew! Then it is back over to the Avenue for the Arts for the Avenue for the Arts market from 4 until 9pm on Saturday... the array of vendors will be spectacular! From paintings to prints, photos to clothing, accessories to soap! Not to mention the entertainment! (hint from 4 until 9pm there will be Dash buses running from 300 Monroe to the Avenue for the Arts, SO park at the Avenue and Ride OR park at festival and ride to the Avenue!) entertainment at the Avenue features:
Katherine Marty who recently won the adult division of the 41st Annual Kent County Poetry Competition will be leading a Poetry Relay from 4 until 6pm on the Avenue at 106 S. Division.
At 4pm the jazz Trio the Interruptions is performing and then Kurt Denison will be performing acoustic guitar around 5. Josh Dunigan will be rocking out on the drums starting at 5:40. We are totally looking forward to Fish Fry and Biscuit plating delta blues, acoustic punk at 6:15 not to mention performances by Glean Infusion 7pm and Jeff and Mitch at 8:10!
The Avenue for the Arts vendors and amazing performers will be going until 9pm on the Avenue! (for a sneak peek at vendors check out our website www.avenueforthearts.com/streetmarket)
And when you thought it couldn't get more crazy.... There is going to be a Kaline CD release party featuring a line up of bands... Tall Ships, Death or Glory, 3 Cents Short, The Bang-ups and Birds on a Wire. Show starts at 6:30 pm! $5 gets you in! All ages all the time!
If you are heading back downtown grab a dash bus from the 100 block and check out End of times orchestra at the fountain Stage and the Rockit King at 9:15 at the Calder stage! (F).
"The City that Never Sleeps" is a locally filmed experimental film premiering this weekend at the Wealthy Theater. Saturday there are two shows, one at 7pm and 9pm. There are tickets on sale at the box office. Recommended for 18 and up showing at 1130 Wealthy St SE
OH MY GOSH! SUNDAY!
So on Sunday the excitement does NOT STOP!
Back Downtown at noon to check out the Art Sales tents next to the Calder... Ideal Collective and all of the goodies will be back this year! at1pm I would look for the Grand Rapids Dance Project at the circle stage and then at 2pm the Master Arts Street Theater will be performing on the grass near the 5/3 parking lot. At 3:15 the Beltline Big Band is on the Circle stage BUT at 3:30 Corey's school of Rock n' Roll is on the fountain stage! At 4pm I would have to make a huge choice between the Fainting Generals at the Fountain Stage Mayne Studio belly dancers at the clock tower and the Capoeira Afro Brazilian music and dance at the Calder! Whoa! And finally I would wrap up my weekend at 6:15 checking out Paucity at the clock tower. (F)
GEEZ! THAT IS a CRAZY WEEKEND!
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