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Art Work, Football and enchiladas! Word on the Street February 5

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Hey hey hey! Did you know the Super bowl is this weekend!? How did that happen!? I have to admit, I am not a sports fan, but once a year… on Superbowl… I resign myself to watching a single sporting event…. Of course I have NO idea what is going on most of the time AND I don’t even know what teams are playing BUT I do it…. So Sunday. Rah Rah, Football!


But before that……. here is Word on the Street, February 5, 2010~


FRIDAY! The DAAC is hosting a pretty interesting conversation about the local impact of art, labor and economics on February 5th from 3-5pm, Artists, city planners, community organizers, strategists, interested or interesting parties are invited to participate in conversation. A little FYI Chicago artist Marc Fischer is leading the discussion and focusing on the issues addressed in the ART WORK project, a national dialogue concerning art and economies. Cost: FREE!   Location: The Division Avenue Arts Collective 115 S. Division (


The Litibune is BLOWING this weekend up! Celebrate their winter issue (Litribune is a zine) with Dan and the clan on Friday at Sparrows. Meet up with featured artists, including Rebecca Green, Rick Beerhorst and an artist from K-zoo Chelsea Thorpe, at the Sparrows from 3 until 10… there will be music from Benjamin Riley, Julio Gomez, Shane Tripp, Nathan Kalish and Chance Jones… THEN check out their Saturday show at Funders! Cost: Free Locations: Sparrows 1035 Wealthy


FRIDAY is art day! UICA has new shows opening inclding work by Ashley Jon Pigford, Chad Curtis, Travis Graves & Jackson Martin, and Dan Price. The opening begins at 6 and goes until 9pm…. Cost: Free  Location: 41 Sheldon Avenue


I love the violin… it is one of the best instruments for expressing pain….and sadness…. Anyhow this weekend the Symphony is performing the Beethoven Violin Concherto and Shotakovich’s Symphony No. 5. There are performances on Friday and Saturday at 8pm each. Tickets range start at $18.00…. don’t make that face! Lots of people will spend more then $18 on DINNER tonight! THIS IS CULTURE!  Cost: $18 Location: Devos Performance Hall!


SATURDAY! Last weekend I got a chance to check out the Calder Jewelry show at the GRAM and it was totally freaking great!  The work was really interesting, the displays are sweet and it was pretty inspiring all around… on Saturday if you are looking for something to do the museum is open from 10am to 5pm…. Cost: 8$  Location: 101 Monroe Center


On Saturday the Litribune is back and still celebrating! Starting at 9pm you can meet up with the Litribune Crew for a local brew and music by Petals Rang the Bell, Fields of Industry and The Fainting Generals. I really like Fields and the Generals but I haven’t heard Petals yet…..anyone checked them out yet?
Anyhow get out, support the Litribune, pick up a copy and read’em up! 
Cost: $5 Location: Founders 235 Grandville


Need a little Latino Caribbean music in your life? Akaray is playing at Mexicains Sans Frontieres on Saturday beginning at 8pm until 10pm! Cost: I am sure there is a cover, maybe like 6$ish?   Location: 120 S. Division


SUNDAY! Don’t get envious, this is for KIDS… Sunday Corey is holding a Meet N Greet for his spring Rock Band class. The Class is SWEET. Kids “audition” and the meet and greet and then Corey puts them into groups. The kids then take private lessons with corey and also practice as a group… at the end of the term they are fully functioning. Last years class played all over town it was SO FREAKING AWESOME… like on stage and everything! The Meet N Greet is Sunday from 2-5pm and if you know a kid who would be interested you can call Corey for details 881-3287 Cost: (call Corey!)  Location: Movement and Music 120 S. Division (across from  Vertigo)


Superbowl. ‘nough said.


Interested in getting involved in Heartside? The Heartside Downtown Neighborhood Association is electing new board members on Monday and they need a few new faces AND voting is open to ANYONE!  Board members serve for a year, the board is a working board and last year they accomplished some amazing things! Including Harvest for Heartside, Cleansweep, the Heartside Talent Show, and the Neighborhood Watch… So come vote, join the board OR just meet up with friends and neighbors!    5:30 Monday night…Cost: Free! Location: 54 S. Division


Dog Story Theater’s Comedy Mondays, improve, standup, Sketch, Film, music, one act plays, puppets the kitchen name it! And there are two shows, 8pm and 9pm Cost: $7.00 Location: 1115 Taylor Street


TUESDAY So they say it’s almost time… they say we might not have to wait very much longer… but I am scared to say it out loud and jinx it…. So pretend I am whispering… pppssssttt…. Little Mexico’s Grand Opening is Scheduled for Tuesday the 9th…. Keep your Fingers Crossed! I CAN”T WAIT!


CLASSES!  Corez is “offering” a wine tasting class a hard core WINE class… not a shmoozzy taste test but suposidly a knowledge building CLASS. The First class is Tuesday the 9th. You need to call and reserve a spot, it is $35 for each class and you need to reserve a spot via Credit card. There is a limit of 12 students in the class. So if you are interested get up on it… 855-2310 or [email protected] Location: 919 Cherry Street


GET FIT! Audrey Chapman’s Yoga Class takes place on Tuesday nights and Thursday mornings… her new session Starts next week and I totally recommend it… you can find out more about pricing and locations on her blog!


LIFE ONLINE: The Arts Council and the Community Foundation have launched Designed by Plenty Creative the site is like a clearing house for performance, fine and local art. Looks spiffy. You need to be a member of the Arts Council to load up events and I will be excited to see how the site evolves as people are using it…. So Check IT OUT!


OPPORTUNITIES!  The Lowell Area Arts Council is holding their annual Regional show and submissions are due on February 12th. If you are interested you will want to check out their website There is a $30 entry fee….


OH WHOAH! I got such a rad response from last week’s question about places to snowshoe that I thought I would share some of the suggestions….here are a few of them…



Pickeral Lake(one of my Faves)

Blanford Nature Center

I also received suggestions for Riverside and Aman Parks!!!

This weekend is going to be super Rah Rah! I hope to see you at the Lecture on Friday…

If you are on facebook you can join the group. Currently we are sending word out as an “event” and a message on facebook so feel free to share….. you can post feedback there or of course send me an email at… [email protected] . OR if you want to check out the Blog got to


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