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Fireworks, the Avenue for the Arts Market, 5 great arts shows (openings every day this weekend) two cd release parties, some underground scene and absolutely sultry summer weather Hells-yes! Does it get better then this folks!?  

Here is Word on the Street for July 9th

Friday is Art Day Byrneboehm gallery is opening its new show Landlocked featuring Chris Stoffel Overvoorde and Molly Pettengill. The work is a mash of natural and urban, the gallery is a great place to join up with the talented, hipsters and art appreciators from 5:30 until 9pm.
Location: 959 Lake Dr SE
Cost:: Free!

The Ribbons of Song is having an LP Release Party Friday night in the enchanting Rumsey Garden (yes this is a private residence) the band will play some tunes, you can pick up a vinyl version of their album “Pocket Dream” ….BYOB! Starts at 7:00, wraps up around 11:00pm. Want to check the band?
Location: 316 Charles Avenue SE
Cost:: Free

I got a chance to check out the Picnic Pops Classical Fireworks show last night and it was SO FREAKING awesome that words do not do it justice. There were fireworks with parashoots, a fantastic sunset, the 1812 Overture, paradise! The shows take place at Cannonsburg Ski Area out by Rockford. You sit on a slope, have a nice picnic (BYOB & Food) listen to a fantastic symphony performance and then at the end they let loose a fantastic phenomenal display of some of the best fireworks I have seen this season.  Show starts promptly at 8pm, get there early cause traffic can be a bear!
Cost:: Adults $14, Kids (2-16) $5
Location: Cannonsburg

5-9pm there will be a reception for the Ox-Bow Artists show
6-7pm Friday Night Conversation: Bi-Line Post Modern Dance organized by Shawn Bible participants will dance and chat from Mya Lyn into the Terrace Lounge
6:30 - 7:30 PM  lecture with Caitlin Strokosch about the importance of Artist Communities
There will also be live entertainment on the elliptic.

Friday night at the DAAC join up for the Josiah Gentry CD release. All the youg girls go crazy for Josiah! Other bands include Camarie, Chris Dupont, TwoTonTyrant and Coweta. Show starts at 7pm
Cost 7dollas in the door and you score a free CD
Location 115 South Division

The Inaugural 2010 Network Neighborhood Bash will feature art, entertainment, bands and businesses/organizations. The bash is a great way to show support for the LGBT community or just have fun!  Starts at 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: 343 Atlas Avenue S.E. ( that is Eastown!)
Cost: Free!   

The American Dream, Art Reception is really truly happening this week…So here is the description (excuse me if it seems familiar!) American Dreams seems like a bit of a tongue and cheek look at ownership, entitlement, economic calamity and the soiling of the American ideal. Call it a critical look at some of our challenging ideas about what and how we define the terms of what American’s want and desire. The show opens at 4pm opening ‘til 7pm. Work by Dennis Dykstra, Alex Gilford, Jamie Shackleton, Bryan Smith, Jules Schmuker, Amrine Tomlinson and Scott Travis!
Cost: Free!
Location 115 S. Division

Yeah, and then at 8pm at the DAAC catch some bands…. Nohow, The Meadowlarks and Glennerd and the Bastard Few. Shows at 8pm
Cost $6

The work of illustrious Natalie Good are up for purchase Saturday at the 106 South Division Gallery. From 4til 9 you can pick up great work at Liquidation moving sale prices Natalie is leaving us for a summer internship out west at the Donald Judd collection (which sounds SO freaking cool)
Cost: Bring your wallet
Location: 106 South Division

The Avenue for the Arts Market has a great line up of entertainment and artists to start your Saturday right… musical performances include: Jake Stilson-4pm, High Five-5pm, Jack Flash-6pm, Joey Artibee-7pm, WickerBasket-8pm. of course there are going to be fantabulous vendors (check out some of the vendor profiles on our website,, sweet local businesses (Vertigo, All City Kicks, Sanctuary Folk Art) and you can grab dinner at the new taco place, Pikositos (so freaking good!) festivities start at 4:00pm and we rock until 9:00pm
Location: South Division between Weston and Cherry
Cost:: You are not going to want to leave home without some spending cash!!

Location 115 South Division
Saturday night at Mulligans hit up the Walden Pond CD release show. They are joined by Minnesota and Kids on Fire. The show starts at 10pm and goes till close. This is a 21 and up crowd so leave the kiddies at home and get ready to throw back.
Location 1518 Wealthy St. SE
Cost: Free

Catch some art, brews and perhaps a snack at the Winchester for Elizabeth Ivy Hawkins art opening. Her  work is quirky with a fantastic sense of cutting edge color. It reminds me of the makeup smear from the morning after the party.. If you want to get a little sneak peak of her work check out the website Meet the Artist from 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: 648 Wealthy St. SE
Cost: Free!

So I kinda think this sounds like a great night to stumble into. There is a Traditional Irish Jam season that moves between McFadden's Pub and The Tavern on The Square. Open to any musician who jams an Irish beat. Everybody else is invited to drink is support of the tunes! Starts at 7pm.
Location: Try McFaddens first and if they aren’t there head to the square (less then a block away)
Cost: Free!

Looking for something unpredictable? Monday Night at Dog Story catch a comedy show. Sarting at 8pm tickets are $5 but then at 10pm it is FREE because they shift gears and do an open-improv jam. Also if you want to throw down stage style email Joe at [email protected]
Location: 1115 Taylor NW (just south of Plainfield and Leonard)

On Tuesday head out to the Forest Hills Fine Arts center for the opening of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan Exhibit Art Show. The Artists' Reception goes from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location 600 Forest Hill Ave SE
Cost: Free!

See you on the streets!
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