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Locals Book Launch: Delight In Our Vision/Press

Saturday, Oct. 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Fans of the small and beautiful have plenty of places in this city to set out on an adventure. One of my abso-fricken-lutely favorite spots to casually browse for a new magazine, a book, or 'zine is Have Company.
 
On Saturday night the South Division store that is equal parts newsstand, maker space, artist residency program, and ArtPrize venue will be converted into a book release party for two local authors. The event is hosted by another local treasure, publishing house Issue Press, who is taking over the space for this special event centered around these two special books.
 
Ever Your Friend - a collection of images abstracted from the photo collection of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, NY. Compiled during a month in residence at the Archive, Grand Rapids-based artist Anna Campbell has modified the images, isolating only bare arms, hands, and any objects they may hold. Campbell's selective editing prompts the viewer to fill in the gaps not only of the physical image itself but also in the narratives of everyday lesbian life they depict.
 
The Parking Ticket Project - selected drawings from illustrator Lucy Engelman’s Parking Ticket Project. Grand Rapids, winter wonderland that it is, implements an even / odd day street parking scheme during winter months for snow removal. Though effective, the system can be confusing to the uninitiated and in her earliest days in Grand Rapids, Engelman racked up quite a bit of parking ticket debt and traded original drawings for money to help pay them off. Each collector sent $10 and a word for Engelman to draw. Fast, loose, and full of whimsy, these drawings are some of the most charming in Engelman's already impressive body of work. 
 
Both Campbell and Engelman will be on hand for the special evening. Campbell, a personal friend of mine, is currently on a one-year teaching assignment at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and this represents a perfectly timed opportunity for people who miss seeing this artist around the town to reconnect and learn more about this new work. For friends of Engelman, the humor has not been lost on me that her appearance coincides with a time frame when parking meters are NOT enforced in the city.
 
The Parking Ticket Project is being released as an un-numbered open edition; currently 200 have been produced. Campbell's Ever Your Friend is being offered in only a numbered edition of 275. If interested, do not delay. You may purchase this limited edition literary (and collectable) art book in advance on the Issue Press website.
 
 
Issue Press is an independent publisher of artist publications, multiples, and other printed matter based in Grand Rapids, MI.
 
 
Admission: Free

Live Album Release: Mysterious Revelations Revealed Live

Saturday, Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. concert
Most of you are probably exhausted after ArtPrize but if you are up for listening to art rather than looking at it, then the live album release from one of Grand Rapids Magazine's hunkiest man (and father) hip-hop artist AB (Adrian Butler) will hit The 'Scheme on Saturday night with a very special release party.
 
When asked if this is another EP release party, AB was quick to point out his view on my question with a laugh.
 
"No way. It's a FULL length album with cameos from some great friends and artists," says AB. "I know that my last EP was super thin, but no worries, I am never making that mistake again!"
 
Opening for the ever-energetic AB will be Lady Ace Boogie, Tha Leaderz, JIMMY T, DJ Snax, DJ R2C2, and Dante Cope (Beat Seat). If feeling sporty at the concert, use #GRHunks.
 
Bonus Round: Fans looking to expand their weekend with an extra day of great music would be best to start it off at the launch party for dizzybird records featuring Gringo Star and the SXSW 2015 musical act Heaters who will debut their new release on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Pyramid Scheme.
 
 
Admission: $7 adv/$10 day of, 21+ concert
 

Chrysanthemums and More!: More ArtPrize, More Inspiration, More More

Did you know that, while ArtPrize attracts a whole lot of people to downtown Grand Rapids, just beyond the center of the city is a world class garden and arts center that attracts nearly 600,000 visitors and members annually?
 
The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a gift to our city and state from Fred and Lena Meijer of the Meijer Stores, is a place where living sculpture in the form of plants, trees and other wildlife freely mingles with the contemporary artworks along an impressive 139 acres.
 
Mum Day is actually a part of the Chrysanthemums and More! exhibition – the third for The Gardens. And if you are a green thumb garden person, then you know your options for what you can plant or add to the ground are thinning with each frost that covers our morning lawns. Mums represent one of the last chances to enjoy color before a sea of white covers our landscape until the spring. 
 
And while there will be a host of colorful mums to marvel over as you tour this exhibition, you can even choose to participate in a class or two (free with your admission). Featured this day will be the following:
 
-       More Than Mums: The Palette of Chrysanthemums & More
-       Fall Floral Design and Chrysanthemum Spheres
-       Chrysanthemum Companion Planting
 
There will even be tours led by The Garden's expert horticulture staff, which is always happy to answer your questions. Guests will be led through various locations to highlight the unique aspects of Chrysanthemums & More!
 
Chrysanthemums & More! is probably the last time this year you will be able to see The Gardens all dressed up in colors of orange, red and yellow with touches of green. But if the air chills, you can find warmth inside visiting (or revisiting) their ArtPrize entry in the gallery space.
 
Don't delay in seeing this show, because just like the fall colors, it's temporary and will be coming down after Jan. 4th, 2015.
 
Admission: Free with paid admission; Members Free 
 

Max Haiven: Cultural Crisis Emergency Manager in Grand Rapids

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m. KCAD FED, 6:30 p.m UICA
Good art should make us think. It should help us come together in new ways to discuss as a body. And if this author's perfectly timed stop-over in Grand Rapids, sandwiched interestingly between Berlin, Montreal, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, arrives as scheduled in a an equally perfect venue and topic, then we are in for something remarkable while he engages with our audience.
 
For starters, Max Haiven, a writer, organizer, and an assistant professor in the division of art history and critical studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, has focused his doctoral studies on the financialization of our society and culture over the past forty years and arrives here on the heels of our biggest money-generating event, ArtPrize.
 
There are two opportunities to hear him speak while he is in the area.
 
On Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. he will address the topic of art, creativity and capitalism at the Kendall College of Art Federal Galleries – the very same location where the very topical "I Am, Money Matters” exhibition is being hosted.
 
Later, at 6:30 p.m Haiven will migrate to engage the audience around the topic of the enclosures of creativity at downtown Grand Rapids' UICA – a space that has for decades been at the center of our city's foray into art and cultural discussions. 
 
While Haiven has been widely published, his latest round of touring around the world is to support his latest book, Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power (2014).
 
"I find that Haiven's work adds important new insight into many of the difficult problems that have been encountered in the (local) research engaged by the Office for Public Culture (OPC),' says Paul Wittenbraker, GVSU professor of art and design who founded the OPC. "In particular it treats culture as fully political. It also advocates for the strengthening of the 'public' or what he calls the ‘commons.'"
 
Haiven's work is rooted in sharp critical analysis, often cutting through the feelings of hopelessness and futility to advocate for more engagement. His ideas promote a clearing of the blockages, allowing new ideas to flow, imagination and creativity to thrive, and alternate ways of living to be considered.
 
This is an event being purposefully held in multiple locations downtown at a host of times to provide greater access to a wide range of participants, including artists, creatives, activists, and entrepreneurs of our city.
 
Haiven's appearance here is made possible through the collaboration of educational and arts organizations, including Grand Valley State University’s Office for Public Culture, the Kendall College of Art Federal Galleries, and UICA.
 
Admission: Free
 
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