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RANDOM NOTES


LOCAL MUSIC /// The fifth Kalamashoegazer is happening at The Strutt in Kalamazoo on Saturday, Aug. 20. The annual event will feature music from bands that dabble in the alt-rock subgenre shoegaze, including festival creators glow- friends, as well as Canyons of Static, Brief Candles, Whales, Gospel Gossip, This is Antarctica among others. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the show starts at 3 p.m. All ages are welcome; tickets are $10 at the door.


NATIONAL CD RELEASES /// Right when hipsters across the nation are coming down off their Lollapalooza high, Beirut will release its third full-length album, The Rip Tide, on Aug. 30. The indie band will play the Chicago festival this month with a


featured films are Stunt Man – about Charlie, a real estate agent who winds up in a Big Action Stunt Man Training Course – and The Dream Collector, which is about a person whose job is to collect and protect the dreams of a small town. The two films will be featured at Wealthy Theatre on Aug. 11. The free films start at 7 p.m. … Celebration Cinema continues Cult Classics & Popular Picks, a weekly (weekend) event that shows nostalgic and acclaimed flicks on the big screen. The Big Lebowski will run Aug. 5-7. Empire magazine rated “The Dude” (Jeff Bridges’ role in the film) as one of the greatest movie characters of all time. The Princess Bride will play Aug. 12-14. The film appears on many lists including Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies and The American Film Institute’s 50 Greatest Comedy Films. If you’re looking for hungry dinosaurs, on Aug. 19-21 you can see Jurassic Park. Rounding out the month is the ‘80s teen classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, showing Aug. 26-28.


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Saturday night performance on Aug. 6 … Also releasing an album that day is Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’m With You, the alt rockers’ tenth studio album, represents the longest gap between albums – five years – the band has ever had … Purple drank, jail time and count- less baby mamas can’t slow down Lil Wayne. While providing guest raps on almost every pop song on the radio, Weezy has had time to write and record Tha Carter IV, which will be released Aug. 30 … Jeff Bridges stunned the world with his musical abilities in Crazy Heart, a film about a fallen country singer. Unlike his character, Bridges is in his prime, winning award after award and is now embarking on a music career. His self-titled album will be released Aug. 16.


FILM /// Last month, Compass College of Cinematic Arts announced the 2011 Thesis Films. The two films, which are crewed and cast with Grand Rapids talent, represent a year’s worth of work from the 2011 graduating class. The


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LITERARY /// On Thursday, Aug. 11, Schuler Books and Music’s downtown location will host its August Featured Poetry Night with Grand Rapids’ poet laureate David Cope and Katherine Marty. The free evening begins at 5:30 p.m.


COMMUNITY /// Last month, local musicians came together to create a new concert series in Pekich Park, along South Division Avenue. Named Pekich Park Concert Series, the five-part outdoor


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series was coordinated by Hugo Claudin and features not only local music, but dancers and poets as well. Performers take the stage at 7 p.m. and the event ends at 9 p.m. Dates for this month are Aug. 5, Aug. 12 and Aug. 26. The series runs through Sept. 23. … Three veteran Grand Rapids singer/songwriters are joining together for an evening of music and charity. An Evening with Ralston, Karisa and Drew, a Benefit Concert for Camp Henry will take place Aug. 20 at Wealthy Theatre. The eve- ning features performances by Ralston Bowles, Karisa Wilson and Drew Nelson.


Tickets for CMC members are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Non-member tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show. There are also 50 VIP tickets available for $40, which include reserved seating, gift bag items, Camp Henry merchandise and a pre-show reception … In 2010, more than 2,000 people attended the first Steeplefest. Steepletown (with assis- tance from the West Grand Neighborhood Organization) is stepping up 2011 with live blues and rock bands, a chili cook-off, beer, arts and crafts and food from local restaurants such as Salvatore’s, The Monarch Club, The Kopper Top and The Holiday Bar. The party starts Aug. 20 at noon on Stocking Avenue. n


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Jackie’s Top Picks for August


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1. I have to start out my top five picks for this month with the most rocking show ever, Mötley Crüe. On Aug. 3, Mötley Crüe joins Poison and New York Dolls at Van Andel Arena.


2. For music lovers of more mellow tastes, Josh Groban’s world tour is coming to Grand Rapids on Aug. 6. Groban is known for his interactions with his audience so it’s sure to be an entertaining show.


3. Hey Harley guys, this one’s for you! A great weekly event I often like to hit up is “Bike Night” at the 36th Street Lounge. It’s held every Tuesday night and it’s an amazing time. People from all over Michigan come down with their motorcycles; they’ve got drink specials, as well as excellent food specials. Whether you’re there to show off your ride or just hang and have a good time, it’s a cool place to spend your Tuesday.


4. Volbeat, one of my favorite rock bands, is coming to Grand Rapids on Aug. 16. Volbeat is set to take the stage at The Orbit Room. Picture Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley meets Metallica and AC/ DC…


5. My last pick for this month also is two of my favorite bands, All Time Low and Mayday Parade at the Orbit Room, Aug. 23. I have seen both those bands numerous times and they always put on a fantastic show.


UGUST IS A MONTH that is going to rock a little harder than other months; there are so many


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