Sultry Summer Sounds, Yellow Daisies, All Things Lebowski, LEGO Art and Books in Kerrytown

September 3, 2008

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…


We’re winding down tonight at the Hollywood Bowl with the last sultry sounds of summer. Oscar Castro-Neves and his special guests study the 50-year history of bossa nova and its mix of samba, jazz and abbreviated guitar rhythms. Wear something cool because the sounds are gonna be hot.


We want to know how anyone could possibly resist our next event with a name like Yellow Daisy Festival. Clearly not many people do resist going to Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta as this is the 40th year for the YDF. With more than 500 artists and crafters, this is a key choice if you’re the type that likes to get a jump start on your holiday shopping. We know school has barely started but really Halloween is only 8 weeks away, and then it’s practically time to celebrate the new year. They even provide a handy tip sheet for the ultimate shopping experience.


You know how you and your BFF quote lines from your favorite movie all the time? Well take that, add a group of people sharing a bad tattoo convention and suddenly you find yourself attending the Lebowski Fest, born of that mystifying combination of stars aligning in 2002. This is a bowling event about all things related to the Coen Brothers film. They have one every year in Louisville and host an additional few around the nation. This weekend they’re festing in south San Francisco at Classic Bowling.


Nathan Sawaya, the LEGO Brick Artist is exhibiting his work at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. The Art of the Brick features more than two dozen samples of his work, including some life-size sculptures. All of Sawaya’s work is made entirely from standard LEGO bricks and this exhibit alone uses almost one million.


Book makers and lovers gather for the sixth time in Ann Arbor’s historic Kerrytown district. The Kerrytown BookFest is an event by the people for the people and has grown every year by pages and chapters. It is now the largest one-day book festival in Michigan (at least they didn’t claim in the world, we like that realistic sense of self). There is a design binding exhibit displaying more than 50 decorative and artistic books and a focus on Hemingway in Michigan. Part of that focus is a contest to redesign the dust jacket of his book, The Nick Adams Stories and the judges include his grandson Edward Hemingway. Click here for a complete schedule of events.

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

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