15 Badass First Friday Art Happenings

This time last year I was scrambling to find at least five events to post about and 4 of them were all watercolor paintings of the same mountain. I mean, come on! That might be enough to excite the likes of Old Gregg, but this is Ogden. In a town full of amazing artists, rebels, outlaws and downright badass people you’d think we would have a hoppin’ art scene. I wished on every star that the artists would come out the woodwork and freak it up a bit and baby, my wishes must have been granted!  Ogden’s First Friday’s are friggin awesome!   If you haven’t found yourself downtown during one of these shindigs, then I suggest you get your ass down here this Friday.   There will be no hobnobbing; there will be no hoity-toity art you have to tilt your head to get. No! There will only be rockin’ rad art and real bonafide artists.

So what are you waiting for? Check out these 15 badass art happenings this Friday in downtown Ogden. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the MOMENTs art fest schedule.

Find more awesome local events at http://indieogdenutah.com/calendar/

1.PALE: An invitation

May 5, 2017 @ 5:00 am9:00 am
Historic 25th Street – Ogden, Utah

As many of you know, Ogden has this cute little art stroll on the first Friday of every month. As exhilarating as it is to waltz down 25th to check out the latest water colour painting, we thought we would also contribute some of our own aesthetic to not only the Art Stroll, but the Moments festival.
We at PALE would like to invite you to perform and/or occupy 25th with your art, talent, and demeanor.
Let’s make some noise.
#artbombogden

Email Eizah with any questions.
peopleartlifeetcetera@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1234967513278264/

2.First Friday at The Front Climbing Club

May 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am8:00 pm
Front Climbing club

Come check out art work by Alexis Furlong with free food and drinks. Lavender Vinyl will be spinning records while you check out art and climb.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1531267763592714/

3.Ogden Trail Running Festival- Film Festival

May 5, 2017 @ 5:30 pm10:00 pm
Amersports

Alright, people- we have about 100 tickets for the Ogden Trail Running Film Festival in Ogden, Utah hosted by AmerSports. This will kick off our 2-day event- the Ogden Trail Running Festival. There will be discounts at the Outlet store before the films as well as food, beverage, and prizes. Tickets will go on sale in January. Come share our passion for all things trail runinng!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1791961117736086/

4.Moments

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm
Downtown Ogden

MOMENTS is a one-night experimental art event showcasing performative, ephemeral, temporary, and light-based art. MOMENTS will take place during the First Friday Art Stroll in a variety of spaces throughout Ogden, activating traditional and nontraditional areas. Visitors will be able to stroll throughout the sites, seeing work from more than 20 artists ranging from video projections, dance performances, music, temporary installations, light-based sculpture, participatory art projects, and more. SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST TO SEE FULL SCHEDULE!!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1399209273463565/

5.Author event at Queen Bee!

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
The Queen Bee

Meet and greet with local author, Jessica Nelson.
Ali, is in way over her head when she accepts the task to find out what’s going on at her friend’s warehouse. With accidents, injuries, and missing people she jumps in to solve the problem. Of course, with her luck, she ends up in the middle of it.
Ali’s Luck, an adult cozy mystery, was her first published book in 2016. Needed: Best Friend, a young adult fiction, was published just this year.”

https://www.facebook.com/events/1858327211074861/

6.Cara Koolmees at Wasatch Cofee Roasting Company

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Wasatch Roasting Company

For Friday’s Art Stroll, we will feature award-winning artist, Cara Koolmees (carakoolmees.com). You’ve seen her work at various locations and events around Ogden, Salt Lake City, and beyond. You can now treat yourself by viewing/purchasing her art over a fresh roast during this event and throughout the month of May in our Roastery/Coffee Shop! We’ll be serving from our espresso bar and nitro cold brew taps. We’ll also serve hot chocolates, teas, affogatos, Crumb Bros. bread, and non-coffee beverages with a bit of live music in the background!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2042093992684540/

7.Erica Lyon at Parlour Ogden

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Parlour Ogden

or May’s First Friday Art Stroll, the Parlour will be hosting Erica Lyon’s National Parks collection. Join us to browse and buy some beautiful watercolor landscapes!
You will also find Parlour Coffee Bar open and lively, serving up espresso and other hot drinks, and And She’s Dope Too will have new shirts and swag for sale in their new retail space!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1861381464110093/

8.NCM Street Piano Outdoor Recital & Yard Sale

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Nurture the Creative Mind

Local piano instructor Whitney Cahoon’s students will perform for the community. Come out, support and encourage these cute little performers. Inside there is an art sale and flea market fundraiser Friday to help raise funds for a local 4-year-old boy’s Leukemia treatment. Several local artists and businesses have made donations for the fundraiser.

https://www.facebook.com/events/224944167988354/

9.Twerk Hard, Play Hard

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Kairos Fitness

Michelle Sorensen is a dancing goddess and travels the world teaching her unique movement full of liquid grace with perfectly timed staccato accents. In fact, one of her many talents is the booty bounce – the girl can twerk! And she’s coming to Kairos!!!

This is a 2 hour workshop for only $40. Seriously! This is what you can expect to learn: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSZdjh2gE0L/

This workshop has very limited availability so don’t wait to book your spot.

Workshop description:
No Belly Dance here, only booty bounce! This workshop is designed to be a workout AND a party, all in one! We’ll begin with some fun (but intense) butt/ab exercises to prepare our low backs and core, and then move into a fun twerk choreography! (Be sure to check out the video of the choreography you’ll be learning!) Knee pads are HIGHLY recommended as we will spend a good chunk of time on the floor.

https://www.facebook.com/events/277765282634309/

10.May Art Stroll at Local Artisan Collective

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm
The Local Artisan Collective

This month we are featuring Roxanne Vigos from Sago Jewelry.
Roxanne has been making jewelry for the past 17 years. Jewelry was her first love; she was fortunate to have a job a a busy bead store. And over the years a desire to add fiber and found objects to the jewelry has developed. The process and the history of beads and findings has always been and element to the designs. After researching sustainable metal suppliers and utilizing natural wood beads she discovered botanical dyes. In 2014 she began a series of experiments with natural dyes and after a year was able to take master classes with established international teachers. Currently working on t-shirts, and repurposed clothing with natural dyes. And now incorporating the naturally dyed fibers into jewelry. She will be launching the how to book “Ritual Color” that she co-authored with her friend and amazing artist Kathryn Spath of The Neon Thread. They will have an indigo vat and a Walnut dye vat that you can dip a BYO 100% Cotton t-shirt in for a small fee. And make sure you check out the collection of new plant dyed textiles that will be on display.

Candice Lya Ortiz of Gaia Henna will be offering beautiful plant dye Henna and Jagua Body Art. Please check out her page for more info

Book Signing by Mike Nelson from 7:00-9:00
Thorns of Avarice
https://www.facebook.com/authormikenelson/

Rene Venegas from Galleon’s Gold Jewelry will be teaching a copper cuff bracelet class. This is as great beginning class for anyone who is interested in making their own jewlery. The class is $20/person or $35/2 people. One can preregister for the class at our store or online at www.localartisancollective.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/294133971016084/

11.Moments performance at the Station

May 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm9:30 pm
Ogden’s Union Station Foundation

Join Union Station during art stroll on May 5th for a half-hour MOMENTS performance of a woodwind trio from Chamber Orchestra Ogden consisting of Kirsten Madsen on oboe, Cindy Child on clarinet, and Thomas Priest on bassoon.

MOMENTS is a one-night experimental art event showcasing performative, ephemeral, temporary, and light-based art. MOMENTS will take place during the May 5th First Friday Art Stroll in a variety of spaces throughout Ogden, activating traditional and nontraditional areas. Visitors will be able to stroll throughout the sites, seeing work from more than 20 artists ranging from video projections, dance performances, music, temporary installations, light-based sculpture, participatory art projects, and more.

https://www.facebook.com/events/800204790136810/

12.Bar J Wranglers at Weber State

May 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm
Weber State University: Val A Browning Center for the Performing Arts

The Bar J Wranglers will entertain the entire family as they take you down memory trail with songs, stories, comedy, yodeling, fiddling and more! Some folks call it a western music show; some call it a stand-up comedy show with masterful cowboy music; others call it the best musical experience in the west. Call it what you want to – the fact remains – The Bar J Wranglers from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, deliver some of the purest harmony, best musicianship and funniest ranch humor ever seen on stage. As soon as the Bar J Wranglers take to the stage, listeners leave behind their busy life and settle into a time long ago – a time of the singing cowboy. The Bar J Wranglers have performed nationwide with outstanding pe…rformers such as Roy Rogers, Randy Travis, Sons of the Pioneers and others. Proceeds benefit EnableUtah, to create opportunities for people with disabilities to become independent through work.
FAQs Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No babies on laps
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Free Parking/ UTA Bus Route/ UBER/ LIFT
What can I bring into the event?
Boots, Buckles, and Bolos
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Zeb Williams, Event Coordinator EnableUtah 801.452.8123 zeb@enableutah.org www.facebook.com/zebulonwilliams www.twitter.com/zebulon
What’s the refund policy?
Tickets are nonrefundable.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Digital tickets on your smartphone are ok
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? No
Is it ok if the name on my ticket doesn’t match the person who attends? Yes

https://www.facebook.com/events/1222459004456646/

13.Poetry and Music with NEXT Emsemble

May 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm8:45 pm
NEXT Ensemble

NEXT Ensemble will be partnering with local poets and Ogden First to perform at Platforms. You will hear poetry and live improvised music.
The MOMENTS Festival will be going on all evening up and down 25th Street – 6:00pm-10:00pm. Hope to see you there.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1400385673354454/

14.Cinco DE Drinko Party With Street Jesus And Linus Stubbs

May 5, 2017 @ 9:00 pm12:00 am
Lighthouse Lounge

Cinco DE Drinko Party With Street Jesus And Linus Stubbs spinning all the dope beats! $ 1.75 Tacos and $2 Dos XX all night! We will be celebrating Linus Stubbs and Julie Hoehn birthdays so come prepared to PARTY!!
Word on the street is there will be a special guest DJ opening up the night!! You do not want to miss this epic party!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/622776297921405/

15. Journey To Neverland

May 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm9:30 pm
Peery’s Egyptian Theater

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 20th.

“All it takes is Faith, Trust, and a little Pixie Dust…”

Peter and Tinkerbell take the Darling children on an unforgettable journey to NEVERLAND. With a cast of fairies, mermaids, Tiger Lily, Lost Boys, and Captain Hook and his pirates! Join Julie Moffitt Ballet School dancers in an original ballet featuring diverse music and choreography with beautiful costuming to the timeless classic story. This is worth telling your friends and family about!

This full-length fantastic adventure captivates audiences of all ages.

Tickets are $14, $10, & $8 based on proximity to the stage, plus a $1.50 Facility Fee. Order your tickets online 24/7 through Smithstix, by phone at 801-689-8700 or in person at the Box Office M-F 10am – 6pm.

Note: There are multiple performances of this show. If you purchase you tickets online, please verify you have the correct time before you complete your purchase.

Tickets are also available at the Julie Moffitt Ballet School, at 801-786-1254 or stop in at 2625 N 1000 W (just off Hwy 89) in Pleasant View. http://www.jmballetschool.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/258776634582139/



MOMENTS ART FEST SCHEDULE

Polkadots Community Art Installation
FB link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001351353333255/
Using Yayoi Kusama’s large-scale paintings and installations as inspiration, O1ARTS is sponsoring the largest community art installation in Ogden’s history. It’s our goal to cover 25th Street between Washington Blvd and Ogden Avenue with polkadots from as many residents and community groups as possible!

Molly Morin – “Catch Me” – Projection on E side of 455 bldg
Catch Me is an interactive drawing program that lets participants drive a generative drawing. A rotating set of procedures will let the audience build the work as animated forms chase the cursor around the projection. The drawing will build and change over the course of the evening, inviting input from passers-by.

Cara Krebs + Students @ 455 25th Street
Window Installation: Inside the dark, hollow room of 455 25th Street a tangle of hundreds of florescent cords floats and drapes over a mountain of black detritus. From a designated viewpoint the chaos of glowing cords aligns to reveal a scene of hovering jellyfish. Students of Cara Krebs’s Weber State Drawing class designed and executed this spatial drawing as an exploration of illusion, line and perspective.

Ike Bushman @ PLATFORMS
The project will consist of ice blocks, rope, and twine. The ice blocks are tied with contractor-grade rope and twine and then suspended above the ground using an existing structure found on location. The ice blocks are hung in such away that as they melt they move and create tension with each other. The exciting part of the sculpture is to watch as the tension is released and then the viewer is able to see the slack ropes and twine as a record of the event.

WSU Students @ PLATFORMS
Jake McIntire’s Students from Weber State University’s Art 1130 – intro to 3D Design course will be making sculptures which incorporate light as a central design element.

PERFORMANCES @ PLATFORMS

6:30 & 7:15pm
Local dancer Deja Mitchell and crew debut a new work at PLATFORMS! Embodying the energy of this moment in time, a finger on the pulse of community and a movement. This work speaks to vitality, hope, buoyancy and ambition.

6:45pm
Ogden-Inspired Ekphrastic Poetry Reading based on Ogden City First Friday Art Stroll pieces. Poets will share there the poems that were inspired by/informed by art that hung on the walls of the local galleries during the October 2016 First Friday Art Stroll.

7:00
NEXT Ensemble is collaborating with local poets to create a new adventure into poetry and improvised music. Daniel Jonas, trumpet and Ryan Bell, Bass will improvise music based on the poetry being read. This set features Ogden’s Poet Laureate Brad Roghaar.

7:30p
PoetFlow poets. These poets who spend their Tuesday nights at the Lighthouse Lounge on Historic 25th Street will share work that will be forthcoming in an PoetFlow Anthology that will be published by Ogden’s own Glass Spider Publishing.

8:00pm
NEXT Ensemble is collaborating with local poets to create a new adventure into poetry and improvised music. Daniel Jonas, trumpet and Ryan Bell, Bass will improvise music based on the poetry being read. This set features This set features Danielle Susi.

7:45 & 8:15pm
Junction Dance
“Enclose” is a modern-contemporary dance piece that explores the boundaries we, both as a society and as individuals, draw. What happens when we shut ourselves in? What happens when we cross those boundaries? “Junction Dance” is a quartet comprised of Tawna Halbert (choreographer) and dancers Rodolfo Rafael, Amelia Martinez, and Nick Morris.

8:30p
NEXT Ensemble is collaborating with local poets to create a new adventure into poetry and improvised music. Daniel Jonas, trumpet and Ryan Bell, Bass will improvise music based on the poetry being read. This set features Jayrod Garrett.

9:00pm
Kiki Coquette is the founder of Rebelle Birds Burlesque here in Ogden, Utah. Her signature is to mix different dance styles, costumes, eras & music; to create an unexpected entertainment experience. For this all ages/outdoor event Kiki Coquette will be creating & performing a solo inspired by her love for hip hop dance & culture. She will be dancing to music from the local Ogden hiphop artists Earthworm& Clësh to the song Ink Blots featuring Early Adopted.

9:15-9:55pm DJ

10:00pm
Closing Ceremony: “returning to the ether”
A community/participatory event in which attendees will deconstruct an art installation and disperse its components

ART @ OTHER LOCATIONS:

Jamie Harper – 6 – 9:45 pm @ NE Corner of the Municipal Block
This three-dimensional piece will consist of intricate translucent plastic illuminated by neon light fixtures. The object will create a conflict, as its simplicity will not detract from its beauty that the dreamy haze of plastic creates.

Rich Ramos – 6 – 9:45 pm @ 220 25th St [ LIVE PAINTING ]
“Water Is Life” will mirror Pablo Picasso’s Guernica in size: 25.5’ X 11.5’. The black and white palette with the distorted and fragmented figures convey a sense of chaos, destruction, and violence which are representative of the struggles at Standing Rock this past year.

Mikey Kettinger – 8:30 – 9:45 pm @ 529 25th St
The T.V. Commercials Translation Project invites viewers to become active participants by carefully watching a collection of commercials and recording what action each commercial is instructing its viewers to take.

Jeff Taylor – 8:30 – 9:45 pm @ 220 25th St
Jeff’s video will include several moving portraits. This exploration is reflective of the memories many of us so vividly recollect. These moments in the past contain the people who dwell in them, as well as the certainty that all has happened the way we remember.

Harvey Day – 6 – 9:45 pm – an interactive piece throughout 25th Street
Harvey’s interest in sound has influenced many of his past works. For this piece, he will be using locative audio to create different sounds throughout Ogden. With the application he has been programmed, as you approach one of his arranged sound zones while strolling, new noises will initiate, thus recontextualizing each area he has chosen.

ChalkDrawing – NW Corner, Municipal Lawn (25th & Grant)
My name is Patricia Francesconi and I teach at Ben Lomond High school. I have been doing chalk art for about 10 years now and I love working with large spaces and bright colors. My piece will be about important moments in my life that I feel I share with many woman and will show the emotional colors that go with those moments

Kseniya Petrova
Tango Dance demonstration, 25th & Washington (near OMG Cafe)

Van Sessions Season Finale
Amphitheater Plaza

“LIGHTWASH”
WSC Gym Building

At the W end of 25th, Join Ogden’s Union Station Foundation during art stroll on May 5th for a half-hour MOMENTS performance of a woodwind trio from Chamber Orchestra Ogden consisting of Kirsten Madsen on oboe, Cindy Child on clarinet, and Thomas Priest on bassoon. They’ve created an additional event to share: https://www.facebook.com/events/800204790136810/

At the EAST end of our MOMENTS map, we’ve got Tentsile doing an installation in Lester Park, and the Annual Recycled Art Show at the Eccles Community Art Center. Seehttps://www.facebook.com/events/439700449702889/ for details on

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, 2 kiddos and fur baby and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.

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