The Rapidian

Hugo Claudin

The imaginative world of connecting to others

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 08-01-2016 under NONPROFITS

Hugo Claudin has been a pillar of the alternative art and underground music industry for over ten years. A radical advocate for cultural growth he explains, “It was not until I visited a migrant camp that I knew [things] were wrong.” He...

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WMI hits the 5iviet CD listening party

by (jquatrine)

Submitted 07-26-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Hip-hop artist Rick Chyme and the 5iveit family invited us to hang out at the fabulous CD listening party for their latest project 5iveit at The Mexicains Sans Frontieres Gallery (the beautiful home/studio of Hugo Claudin). We met many of the...

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Save The Space: Mexicains Sans Frontieres fundraiser event

by (scott warren)

Submitted 10-12-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Mexicians Sans Frontieres (MSF), an amorphous, avant garde artspace and music venue, celebrates their sixth year on Division Avenue with a special fundraising event titled “Save the Space; Viva MSF!” on Friday, October 14th at 9 pm. A...

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Catalyst Radio: Pekich Park Concert Series to increase community investment

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 08-05-2011 under NONPROFITS

Don't have time to listen right now? Download the MP3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW (9:49) Among the many neighbors in Heartside, Hugo Claudin, an artist and community organizer, noticed that Pekich Park has become a very active...

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Mark Helias gives an exclusive solo performance on double bass in Grand Rapids

by (scott warren)

Submitted 11-07-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Mark Helias, the renowned jazz double bassist, of New Brunswick, New Jersey,made a stop in Grand Rapids on Nov. 7 at Mexicains Sans Frontieres. Known for his work with many jazz greats (Ray Anderson, Gerry Hemingway, Anthony Braxton, Julius Hemphill...

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The Great Unknown invades Grand Rapids

by (scott warren)

Submitted 10-25-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

This Friday, Oct. 29, Philadelphia's own The Great Unknown will be in Grand Rapids for a pair of back to back appearances.  The first appearance at the "Singing Conversation" series presented by Literary Life Bookstore (758 Wealthy St...

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Michael Vlatkovich Trio in Grand Rapids

by (scott warren)

Submitted 10-04-2010 under OPINION

Jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, Michael Vlatkovich brought his 3 piece band to Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 2 for an intimate concert hosted by Hugo Claudin of Mexicains Sans Frontieres. The band was also in Michigan for the...

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World premiere of Lines: The Lived Experience of Race

by (lindsmcholme)

Submitted 09-30-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

“The American Dream is not for everyone,” chanted cast members at the Wednesday night dry run of Lines: The Lived Experience of Race. “This is not a country that people can pull themselves up by their bootstraps,” the cast continued. Over the past...

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[HEARTSIDE] Grand openings for Pikositos, Pekich Park today in Heartside

by (George)

Submitted 06-03-2010 under NEWS

It’s a big day on the Avenue for the Arts. This afternoon marks the grand opening of Pikositos, a new restaurant focusing on Mexican cuisine, and the official park dedication of Rev. Barb Pekich Park at the corner of South Division and Cherry....

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Local writer Keleigh Wolf releases second collection of poetry

by (lindsmcholme)

Submitted 04-15-2010 under NEWS

“The apotheosis of minutia is what poetry is,” proclaimed poet Keleigh Wolf as she tucked her unruly ringlets behind her ear.   Wolf, named by Schuler Books and Music as their poet of the month, recently released her second collection of...

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