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WAKE UP WEEKEND 2007!
JANUARY 10, 2007 2:02 AM

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR JANUARY 19-20!

FIVE ORGANIZATIONS ARE BETTER THAN ONE,
AND CELEBRITY GUESTS ARE THE BEST!

Tell all your friends! Invite the family! Help us put Grand Rapids on the map as the epicenter of compassionate culture in the midwest with an extravegant weekend of animal-friendly food, art, education, and advocacy brought to you by ExtraVEGANza!, G-RAD, Grand Rapids For Animals, Farms Without Harm, and Calvin Students For Compassionate Living. We'll be eating up a storm, learning a bit about the hidden costs of food, engaging in a little compassionate competition (vegan chili cook-off style!), auctioning some original artwork for charity (wait until you see the list!), and playing host to some of the most influential and inspiring animal advocates in the movement. We're even going to debut the new line of ExtraVEGANza! T-shirts (take your pick: brussels sprouts or cantaloupe?). Oh yes, it's BIG!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
In cases where venues are not yet announced, details will follow when available. Stay tuned!
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19
2:00-5:00 pm--Animal Advocacy: Why, Who, and How?
Interested in knowing how to make a difference for non-human animals? Learn from the pros and have all your questions answered! Speakers include:
Harold Brown (Farm Sanctuary)
Adam Durand (Compassionate Consumers)
Nicole Matthews (PETA)
Nathan Runkle (Mercy For Animals)


5:30-6:30 pm--"Compassionate Comestibles" Vegan Potluck
Like what you see on ExtraVEGANza!? Just imagine how it tastes! Bring a dish to share and cause mouths to water all over the World Wide Web.

7:30-10:00 pm--Film Festival & Discussion (Calvin College, Bytwerk Video Theater)
Two incredible documentary films about the hidden costs of factory farming, and an audience with some the good folks whose stories are featured in the films! Renown animal rights advocate Harold Brown will introduce and entertain questions about Peaceable Kingdom (A Tribe of Heart Documentary), and headline newsmaker Adam Durand will present his acclaimed film Wegman's Cruelty (A Compassionate ConsumersDocumentary) and discuss its contoversial aftermath.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20
10:30 am--Brunch at Marie Catrib's (Lake and Diamond)
Haven't tried the vegan brunch fare at Marie's yet? What are you waiting for?

6:00 pm--Vegan Chili Cook-Off and Open House (The Nest)
With Special Guest Judges Harold Brown, Marie Catrib, Adam Durand, Nicole Matthews, Nathan Runkle.

8:00 pm--Art Auction (The Nest)
Proceeds will benefit Farm Sanctuary, Mercy For Animals, and Compassionate Consumers. Artists with work up for auction include Peter Brant, Jeremy Chen, Erika Jane, Emily Schreur, and Adam Wolpa. We are especially pleased to announce the inclusion of an original print donated by internationally acclaimed artist and animal advocate SUE COE!

Do You Have A Work of Art To Contribute?
We are still gratefully receiving donations of artwork for the auction. Here's your official invitation: Artwork has always performed important social functions, but an increasing number of contemporary artists have turned more deliberately toward interventionist techniques, relational aesthetics, and works that facilitate activism on a variety of social justice issues. While the main theme of this event is compassion for animals, the modern industrial complex under which animals suffer is intimately connected to human crises such as environmental sustainability, unfair economic practices in the developing world, and public health. We are currently seeking artworks that celebrate animals in some way or that invite interpretation in any of the above directions. Please direct inquiries to ExtraVEGANza! curator and auctioneer Adam Wolpa (wolpa@calvin.edu).