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Catalyst Radio: SiteLab and pop-up art galleries

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In studio this week is Paul Amenta of SiteLab, known in Grand Rapids for projects like ActiveSite and Michigan - Land of Riches.
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch, along with Denise Cheng. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Michigan - Land of Riches, an exhibit with over 200 artists. Thet exhibit will be reopened Oct. 2-3 for one final viewing.

Michigan - Land of Riches, an exhibit with over 200 artists. Thet exhibit will be reopened Oct. 2-3 for one final viewing.

This week, in studio guest is Paul Amenta of SiteLab. SiteLab is known in Grand Rapids for projects like ActiveSite and Michigan - Land of Riches, which were both pop-up galleries of site-specific installations. Art pieces in SiteLab draw inspiration from the site where they are being exhibited. Learn about this Grand Rapids tradition that predates ArtPrize. The next SiteLab is slated for Oct. 22 in the East Hills neighborhood.

Music this week comes from Zainea and the Mania's 2010 CD, The Bird is a Song with the tune, "Bird of Paradise."



AOL's news initiative recruits students
AOL's newest hyperlocal, user-generated news operation, Patch, is seeking college interns to power its platform. Patch is a news model speckled across the country that claims it can create hyperlocal news at a drastically lower cost than legacy print outlets.
[Read more: Newsonomics, Patch, Nieman Lab]

Mexican government takes measures to protect journalists
As violence against reporters increase in Mexico, the U.S. government grants Jorge Luis Aguirre asylum while Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon, promises there will be measures in place by the end of October to better protect journalists. Mexico is widely acknowledged as one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist.
[Read more: Reuters, The Houston Chronicle]

Protestors take a cue from Avatar
Activists in Israel painted themselves blue in imitation of the popular characters from the a popular 3D, computer animated film. The activists were attempting to invoke parallels between the movie's plot line of an invading and colonialistic force with an Israeli military-occupied village. They were attacked with tear gas and sound bombs by the Israeli army.
[Read more: Center for Future Civic Media]

Sponsored segments undisclosed on TV news
As news hours are being extended by one to three hours, broadcasters are having to fill up time on their shows. Since then, the FCC has noticed a rise in unreported, sponsored segments on local television channels. Broadcasters must disclose sponsored segments, and this trend is on the rise.
[Read more: Los Angeles Times]



[MUSIC] Hip Hop Awards
Friday, October 1 at 7 p.m. at the Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE
The fourth Annual Grand Rapids HipHop Awards (The Interactive Edition) are presented by The Grand Rapids HipHop Coalition. Many award categories are featured, including HipHop DJ Of The Year, Mixtape DJ Of The Year, Music Video Of The Year, the Spirit Of HipHop Award and more. For more information, visit the GRCMC calendar.
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[COMMUNITY EVENT] Heritage Hill Home Tour
Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on E. Fulton Street and College Avenue
The 41st Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes is an event that celebrates the past and present of historic Heritage Hill, one of the largest urban historic districts recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. The 1,300 homes in Heritage Hill date from 1848 and feature over 60 architectural styles. Private residences will be opening their homes for the public to show off their architecture, colors and decorating styles. Call (616) 459-8950 for more info or visit
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[ART] Cloudy with a Chance of Art
Tuesday, October 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Grand Rapids Main Library, Storytime Room, Level 2, 111 Library St.
This teen art workshop is an opportunity for teens to experience ArtPrize with artist Jenn Gregory. She will discuss what inspired her outdoor cloud sculpture, "Look Up," create clouds artistically and scientifically, and enjoy "cloud" snacks. The event is aimed at teens ages 11-18. For more information, visit the GRPL's calendar online.
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[FILM] Cowpie Classic Concert Movie Series - Woodstock
Wednesday, October 6 at 7 p.m. at the Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE
This film series is presented by The Michigan Heritage Music Association. "Woodstock" gives an intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969. From preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for attendees. For more information, visit the GRCMC calendar.
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[FILM] Film Screening: "Glory"
Thursday, October 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Main Library, Ryerson Auditorium, Level 3, 111 Library St.
In conjunction with the Great Lakes History Conference, the library will be screening the film "Glory." GVSU professor Veta Tucker will introduce the film and lead a discussion after. This is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the GRPL's calendar online.
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