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Next week, our friends at the UICA are hosting Shock. Unlike our last visit, this time, we’ll be in the theater, which also plays host to great indie, throwback, and short-run movies. Have you been? Here’s a few favorites from their upcoming schedule and ones we wish they’d bring back!
A Nightmare on Elm Street // Playing 10/29
We love naps. But we’d love them even more if we didn’t have to fight for our lives to wake up from them. Scary as hell! Best of all, they’re playing this gem in VHS for one night only. We love the understatement in the UICA’s description of the film on their site – “an evil being from another world who gets to his victims by entering their dreams and killing them with gloves that have knife blades attached to each finger.” Oh right, just that. NBD. ;)
The Assassin // Playing from 11/13 to 11/26
Pulling in a respectable 83% on the Tomato meter, and an official selection of Cannes 2015 (with a win for Best Director), The Assassin has all the street cred we need to make it a can’t miss next month. A bad-ass chick doing all the wrong things for the right reasons, then confronting the ethics of honor, mercy and resolve in the 9th-Century Tang Dynasty? It’s gonna be good.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night // Played Last December
Iranian vampire-western shot in black and white. Need we say more? A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night has everything we love in a movie. Great dialogue, creepy setting, romance, and maybe the best soundtrack set to breathtaking moments of last year.
Meet Carson, visual artist, photographer, videographer, and October’s speaker for Shock.
You might know him from his work with Cabin-Time, his promo video for AIGA West Michigan, or his installation project Mass, that was featured in the LA Times, Issue Magazine, and VSCO. Lately, he’s also been doing some sweet bad Photoshop jobs on his Instagram @thecolorbrown.
Shock is going down on Thursday October 29.
ArtPrize is in full swing in Grand Rapids, and being almost a week in, we have a few things we’re keeping our eyes on. This year, we’re noticing more and more ways to engage with ArtPrize beyond gazing at pieces in art galleries. Pop up spaces, entire venues, artist’s talks and special events are catching our attention:
The Michigan House is a roving pop-up space that seeks out cultural events like ArtPrize and exists as a space for organizations and individuals to gather under one roof. Find 6:00 AM yoga most mornings throughout ArtPrize, and a handful of afternoon and evening events at their website. Some events are open to the public and others are invitation only. Image via HeyDayLab.
The Rumsey Street Project is not only all over our twitter and Instagram feeds, but is a novel experience away from the crowds at the heart of downtown. With over a dozen pieces to see, we wouldn’t want to miss this venue. We recommend State of Exception, Higher Ground, and Undocumented Histories. Image via Laura Vaughn.
3. The GRAM
Historically, the GRAM has been home to some of ArtPrize’s most notable pieces, not to mention winners. This year, we’re excited about Blue Go Go.
4. Live Music
All around town, we’ve heard about live busking sites and are keeping our ears open to live music. For starters, St. Cecilia’s will be home to many vocal artists throughout ArtPrize. Image via ArtPrize.
5. ArtPrize 7 Branding
We can’t help but comment on the design collateral seen throughout ArtPrize. It’s easy to take this part of the experience for granted. But if you think about it, the design work that goes into an event like this is something not to miss. The colors for each neighborhood and smaller touch points like maps, signage and event swag are rad. Not sure who did all that sweet work, but they must be pretty great. Image via Elevator Up.
Keep up with ArtPrize by following their account on Instagram.
And, if all the art is just too much, our last tip: Founders is always nearby.
Living in West Michigan, it’s a pretty good bet that the region’s idea for a perfect day is laying at the beach, book in hand, slow jams on the Jambox. And just like our other favorite thing, Terrance’s work shows up here too, with his type Joanna Sans, one of the six font choices standard on Nook Glowlight. It’s super nice.
The life-expectancy of a pizza at the CM/GR headquarters is, in a word, short. But what we didn’t know when we ordered our last cheese and pepperoni, was that Terrence had a hand in making it all possible with his latest featured work, Pizza Press, the custom type you see on every box, dip, and menu of Domino’s Pizza. Check it out below:
0Terrence’s talk on Action is coming up in just over a week with tickets available in just two days. But who’s this guy we keep talking about? Well, we’re glad you asked.
This is Terrence. And the shirt isn’t just a clever novelty-tee, he’s a respected type-designer, currently employed by Monotype. You know, the guys that have either owned or created this, and this, and this.
Even if you aren’t as nerdy about it as we are, type is all around us, and you’ve probably spent a lot of time looking at Monotype’s products even if you didn’t know it.
In a roundabout way, that means you’ve also met Terrence, who’s job it is to take those classics to the next level. He’s done custom type for Domino’s Pizza, contributed to Microsoft’s Segoe UI (used in their products like Windows and Xbox), and even built out one of the six you can select from if you’re reading this blog off a Nook GlowLight.
Over the next couple days, we’ll check out some of Terrence’s work a little closer - be sure to join us at MLive next week, 08/27 for Action!
This month, we’re making, learning, loving, innovating, creating, sharing, and living in the theme of Action, with type-designer Terrance Weinzierl.
The global illustration (now in 120 cities) below was illustrated by Bogotá-based artist Jose Berrio, but when we talked to Terrance about the theme, he created his own in anticipation, too. Double the graphics! Which one’s your favorite?
Collaborate on Thursday morning is just a couple days away - and while we can’t wait to hear Kelley’s talk, we’re also way excited to visit her space, the almost-too-perfect Hunt and Gather GR, quite possibly our favorite modern-vintage shop in town. Here’s a quick sneak peek in case you haven’t visited yet, courtesy of H&G’s Instagram account:
With a store like Hunt and Gather, it’s no surprise that our Collaborate presenter Kelley has a house that is breathtaking the moment you walk in. Take a tour yourself via our friends at DesignSponge!