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Mark your calendars for Art.Downtown. next Friday from 6-11pm. The tagline goes something like this: 400 artists, 25 unexpected downtown locations, 2 trolleys, 1 night. Plan on coming early and staying late cause you can’t see it all… Also, there are still some volunteer slots open for the event. If you are interested in helping out (free t-shirt!) email Annamarie at [email protected]!  (on top of that next Saturday is National Record Store Day, enjoy Vertigo’s Celebration,  and Slow Art Day at the GRAM)


But we live in the here and NOW so ta-da- Here is Word on the Street for April 8, 2010


All weekend long you can catch the Latin American Film Festival at the Wealthy Theater. There is a solid line up of movies starting at 5 pm each night running for 3 nights. Pretty rad.  Another totally sweet thing? It’s all free. FREE! For a total line up check the CMC website, Location: 1130 Wealthy St SE


All weekend long at the UICA you can catch a movie that looks totally sweet called Citizen Architect about a program that places people in rural Alabama into new homes while forcing college designers to think outside the box. Showtimes are listed under films at (There are all new shows at the UICA as well and they are worth a peek so be sure to go early and see the shows!)



On Friday night at Bethlehem Lutheran Church check out the world Premier composition about Heartside. This is a commissioned work by composer Steve Talaga and he will be performing with a full array of accompaniment, The final evening in the MAJIC series the performance will include an opening for artist Erick Picardo.  The piece will be preformed ay 7pm and there is a lot of parking both indoor and on the street!  Cost: Suggested donation of $10.00 Location: 250 Commerce Ave.


At the DAAC on Friday you can see Bad Words, The Midwestern, The Reptiulian and Good Teeth Gold Teeth. I am just guessing but I have a hunch it will be a hard hitting sort of an evening. Show starts at 7pm.  Cost $6.00



Alllllriiight.. This is what I was looking for!  There is going to be a DANCE PAR-T-Y the line up includes Superdre, Spydre Murphy, DJ Cutis, Avison and DJ Kung. A little breakdance a little grove and whole lot of awesomeness.  There is a $5 Cover but the cash goes towards measles, stopping measles.  Startup 08:00 PM. Location: Citizenshirt Warehouse 955 Godfrey Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Saturday at Mixtape you can stir it up wth  Elysion Fields, Krigen I Nord, Fateless, Quell The Skeptic & Our Forgotten Legacy. Which sounds epic. Want to be sure to get it? Tickets can be picked up ahead of time at Vertigo Music. Cost: $8 Location: 133 S. Division Ave.



The Chiaroscuro film series is back at the UICA this weekend with “U-Carmen”. The flick is based on the opera Carmen but set in Africa and incorporates African music as well as a slightly tweeked storyline. There is a little mini movie at the beginning called “the landlord” The show starts at 2:30 and it is FREE Location: 41 Sheldon Blvd.



Sunday at Mixtape catch an early 4pm show featuring The moment, the summer Highlight, Doogie & more Like the movies.  Tickets are $7!  Location: 133 S. Division


Sunday at the GRAM they are showing the film “Henri Cartier Bresson: the Impassioned eye” about a photographer who chooses to seize the moment! Beginning at 2pm Free for members, 8$ for everyone else!



So even though I have a slew of over due books I love the library…. On Monday night you can attend a Money Smart Monday class from 630 until 8pm at the Ryerson Auditorium (3rd floor). Some “area experts” will expand your brain by taking about different types of investing for retirement, how to make sure you have enough money to retire and more!  FREE


Ah we got a little tip off about the VIP comedy show at Dog Story Theater on Monday nights. They are inviting a local Celeb to the stage each Monday night and then spontaneously creating a show based on their responses and feedback. First up? George Aquino of JW Marriott. And at a very affordable $5 for the show it makes it a steal! Thanks for the tip Joe.  Location 1115 Taylor (Just south of Plainfield and Leonard)


When I was a kid I was terrified of the animal flying dog dragon thing from the Neverending Story. In fact. I think I am still a little freaked out by it… so for any of you who aren’t freaked out… Tuesday night at the Wealthy Theater. 1130 from 8-10pm… Cost: 5$



Write much?

If you have literary aspirations the Litribute is looking for you. Spring Issue pieces are due on April 15th at 12 pm and can be sent to [email protected] wondering what to write? Pick a genre and just let it flow. If you would like to submit a hard copy send it to The Litribune 2861 Bluewater Lane Grandville Mi 49418 Questions? Check out

Life online

One of my favorite GR blogs is Grand Rapids Tightwad. If you have to live on the cheap but want to know a slew of cool things to do this is super helpful. Check it out!


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


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