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Mural at corner of South Division and Weston

Mural at corner of South Division and Weston

Art at the DAAC

Art at the DAAC

Word on the Street is a semi-regular weekend update. It is published on Facebook, through the email and it makes its permanent home on G-RAD. You can post feedback in either place or, of course, send me an email at… [email protected] . Events are selected because I like them, or I like the organzation hosting the event, or it was recommended to me, or because I don't think they get enough props in other media and the criteria is...I would consider going myself. Also... events have a tendency to be downtown-centric because i Love and Live Downtown....

So here you go Rapidain Readers....WORD ON THE STREET

Happy Friday! You caught me…I’ve been trying to get this out all afternoon! But it has just been SO busy! But the time is NOW!

Here it is….Word on the Street November 20, 2009!  


This weekend is an ART weekend… it is the shopping before the season… and for those of us who celebrate holidays that start earlier then December 25th it is a great time to get fabulous presents for those family gift exchanges!

The first stop on my weekend gift list shopping extravaganza….

On Friday and Saturday  there is a Holiday Open House art sale featuring a bunch of local artists, Sierra Cole, Jan Helder, Sarah Diem-Cash, Cheryl Betser, Robyn Kayne, Vicki DeGraff, Dave DeGraff, Carolyn Steenland, and Sue Konyndyk. From sweet felted hand bags to recycled journals and Christmas ornaments there are going to be a ton of great stuff of stocking stuffers and gifts in the $5 and $10 range, tip, go on Friday for wine and treats! Friday, 3-8pm Saturday 9am to 4pm!  Location:  69 Carlton Cost: looking is free but bring the check book!

Tanglefoot is having their 19th annual Holiday Sale and Open Studio this weekend on both Friday 5pm to 10pm and Sunday from 12 until 5pm  Artists include Elaine Dalcher, Michael Pfleghaar, Tommy Allen, Alynn Guerra, Carlos Aceves, Nikki Wall, Tim Gunnett, Sandi Gunnett, Jeff Condon, Loud Art, Gailforces Studio and  Jere VanSyoc . I am going to swing by on Sunday with the folks and pick up a print for Mr. Man’s grandma! Can’t wait!  Location:  314 Straight Avenue Door K Cost: looking is free but bring the check book!

Here are three other hot entertainment picks for Friday night:

The Grand Rapids Ballet presents Deeply Rooted Dance from Chicago at the Wege Theater on Ellsworth (just down the street from Founders)  the Show starts at 7:30 and according to the description the troupe focuses on traditions of African American dance, theater and music. Cost:  tickets are about $30 Discounts for kids and seniors

The Pop Scholars at Dog Story Theater… I want to go see this show but haven’t yet… SO IF YOU GO let me know what you think. The 4some long form improv group takes the stage at 9:30pm  Location: 1115 Taylor NW Cost: 5$

Finally on Friday at the DAAC check out the collaborative work of Loralee Dudley, Philip Carrel and Jacquelyn Kroll  with music by Colortrack, Dave Palma, Jay Kolk, Philip Seaomun and Dave Greendonner. Show starts at 7 Location: 115 S. Division Cost: Free but donations are appreciated!


The Holiday Avenue for the Arts Market is taking over Founders on Saturday from 12pm until 8pm. Artists include: Sarah Jo Saunders, Lisa Portenga, Miranda Powers, Andrea Dixon, Mike and Sue Conway, Sue Conrad & Lynn Monroe, Tamara Treino, Chris Cook, Meggin Howland, Heather Robinson, Jo Gage, Sarah Martin, Sarah Lynn Designs, Rebecca Dubuc, Susanna Edwards, Kathleen/ Greg Maceachron-Merrill, John Warner, Joel Howell, Elizabeth Forrest, Sean Neely, Rebecca Green, Lori Borek, if you want a sneak peak at their goods check out the website This is the first time we have had an Avenue for the Arts market in the off season so stop by and let us know what you think?  Location: 235 Grandville Avenue SW Cost: Free, but how can you pass up the promise of a brew, sandwich and a piece of art!? If you stick around Founders after the Holiday Market you can also check out Mother Nature, The Wildfire and Chip Fundy!

One of my favorite local galleries, Sanctuary Folk Art is hosting a art sale on Saturday from 12 until 9pm… they will be showcasing new work by Reb, Carmella, Tom d. Melissa, Dave (I WANT one of DAVE’s paintings… if only I could decide on ONE piece!) Chris Schaefer and of course there is a mishmash of other great artists…

Also that evening there is the 50 for 50 at Mexicains Sans Frontieres, from paintings to photography there are will be 50 works of art for $50 each. There is also live entertainment with a few music acts and break dancing as well! Location:120 S. Division Apt 226 (above Imagination Creations, and if you can’t get in the front go to the BACK!) Cost: Free, or 50$ if you find a present for that special someone!

Also on Saturday the Roller girls are heading up a bout with the less talented less intense, totally about to get pounded Ohio All Stars! The bout starts at 5pm, Go GIRLS! Details Location 2605 Stanford Ave Grandville!


Found Footage Festival at the UICA. Yep all found, all weird, all totally real… “the things people do with video cameras!” guffaw and knee slap! Show starts at 7 and takes about 3 hours. Location: 41 Sheldon Blvd Cost $10 


The Dwelling Place is looking for volunteers for Deck the Avenue, on December 1! Volunteers can get into the holiday spirit by supporting local businesses and finding out more about Dwelling Place, a supportive, affordable housing and revitalization force in Downtown GR!

We will be hanging wreaths, lights and painting winter scenes in the windows and storefronts along South Division. Interested volunteers should contact Teresa Z at 855-0429 or [email protected]

Just a side note… next week I won’t be writing word!  But I wanted to suggest the Chance Jones CD release and I promise to be back at it the First week in December!

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