By Ray Potts – A&E/Features Editor
The Eastown Community Association will be hosting Bizarre Bazaar, an annual event that is a staple to Eastown. Celebrating arts, entertainment, music and Eastown culture, the event will be held on Wealthy Street, between Atlas Avenue and Lake Drive. The musical acts include Otis Blueswell Jr., Chain of Lakes, Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish, and more. Bizarre Bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. More information can be found at eastown.org
Teagan and Sara at Frederik Meijer Gardens
The indie rock/pop duo Teagan and Sara will be performing Frederik Meijer Gardens on Saturday. Teagan and Sara are twin sisters from Alberta, Canada and have been performing since 1995, gaining a large following. Frederik Meijer Gardens is located at 100 East Beltine Ave. Tickets are $43 and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Visit meijergardens.org for more information.
‘We Are the Best!’
Adapted from the graphic novel “Never Goodnight,” “We are the Best!,” is a Swedish film written and directed by Lukas Moodysson. The film takes place in early 80’s Stockholm and is about three young girls forming a punk rock group, even though they lack the necessary musical talent. Holding at a solid 97 percent on Rottentomatoes, “We Are the Best!” is adored by the critics and a nice change of pace from your typical summer blockbuster. The film opens friday at the UICA and is playing for the next two weeks. Tickets are $8 for non-members.
Grand Haven Art Festival
Held on Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven the 53rd annual Grand Haven Art Festival is being held Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With more than 100 artists from all over the United States, including some local talent, Washington Street will be turned into “basically a huge outdoor art gallery,” said event director Courtney Geurink. Family fun day is a chance for children to participate in a variety of free art projects and takes place between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more info visit grandhavenchamber.org.
Meanwhile Movie Series; ‘American History X’
The summer movie blockbusters are still going strong, but some places in Grand Rapids offer alternative viewing choices. While it may not be during the actual weekend, Wealthy Theatre and The Meanwhile Bar team up every Tuesday to show cult-classics. On Tuesday July 1 the film is “American History X” starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. It is the story of two brothers involved in a Neo-Nazi gang in Los Angeles. At points tough to watch due to some graphic violence and racist, anti-semitic, and coarse language, this film is very powerful and will stay with most people long after the credits have rolled. If anything else, it is at least an alternative to a waste of time and money if the new Transformers is your only other option. Tickets are $6 for general admission and the show starts at 8 p.m. Visit grcmc.org for a complete list of upcoming films and other events at the Wealthy Theatre.
Sean P. Mulhall – Editor-In-Chief contributed to this report.