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Calling all galleries, studios, businesses, holes in the wall, communes, cults, and anyone else who shows art: The Rock River Times is looking to put together the most complete and comprehensive calendar of arts events in the region, and we need your help.

We invite any business or organization to send us information about upcoming art events for free publication in our Vibe calendar.

In addition to art exhibitions, we welcome information about art fairs, workshops, student shows, contests, fund-raisers, and lectures or speakers. This is a great opportunity for publicity, and all you have to do is contact Molly or Amy at TRRT and let us know the dates. After all, in our fair city of sports bars and strip malls, we need all the culture we can get.

And speaking of culture or the lack thereof… Paragon Restaurant, in the heart of the River District, will be ending its art exhibitions next month. The exhibitions were part of a joint venture between Grace Design and Lyn Roder. This marks the loss of a great venue for the local art scene, and we hope they will change their minds.

This is the final comment about our beleaguered city, I promise. But I have to ask: Is there nowhere to see high-quality or foreign films since Storefront Cinema closed down? There are many film buffs out there with no interest in going to big-box theaters and paying $10 plus another $10 for popcorn and Coke to see Charlie’s Angels II at top volume. Wouldn’t anyone else like to see classic/art/independent films shown in one of Rockford’s old movie theaters? Or anywhere? Can you imagine what it would be like to see Metropolis at the Coronado? I hear the Times Theater is for sale…

Arts news, events, comments, criticism, and smart remarks are welcome. Send to Amy Towne or Molly Fleming at with your topic in the subject heading.

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