Rockford First Fridays Sept. 6

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First Fridays is a once-a-month program of music and arts that showcases the downtown scene in Rockford. The event brings together between 12 to 20 venues in a night of eclectic happenings downtown.

First Fridays has been produced for more than three years by The Element in cooperation with downtown Rockford restaurants, shops, bars and artists. September’s First Friday includes for the first time the annual Greek Fest taking place at the corner of Fifth Street and East State in downtown. An exciting announcement by Culture Shock on Charles Street is the prime focus of their event this month. Tom Littrell’s gallery at 317 Market Street is presenting a unique exhibit of “Street Photography” and an opportunity to meet Paul Burkholder, the artist.

Special events Sept. 6:

Greek Fest Weekend — Celebrating 95 years; music by Men of Our Times (7-10 p.m.). Greek food, marketplace, pastries, Taverna music, Grecian folk dancers, kids’ activities, raffles. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St. (

Culture Shock Clothing & Records — A “We’re Moving Across the Street” announcement party! 25 percent off everything (all day). DJs and snacks. 7-9 p.m. 2314 Charles St. (815) 229-2997.

Tom Littrell’s 317 Studio & Gallery — Meet local photographer Paul Burkholder as he demonstrates his seeking to capture the uninhibited display of human expression and the time-honored category of “Street Photography,” sometimes called “Social Commentary.” Educated in medicine, he benefited profoundly from the classical training in the observation of people. 4-9 p.m. 317 Market St. (815) 621-4668.

All Sept. 6 events:

Rockford City Market — Open-air market with local goods and produce. Starlite Radio (4-7 p.m.) 3-7 p.m. Free. Water and Market streets, downtown Rockford.

Irish Rose Saloon — Art: “I Candy” —Stop by and view art by Greg Sims, Hannah Sim, Kimberly Orput, Dan Moorman and Roni Golan. Friday fresh fish specials! 5-10 p.m. Free. 519 E. State St. (815) 964-0480.

JR Kortman Center for Design — Art: Opening Night. “Elusive Amalgams,” works by Joanne Gustafson upstairs in the Kortman Gallery. Bar open late; shop open until 9. 107 N. Main St. (815) 968-0123.

Kryptonite Bar/Music & Craft Beer — Art in the Loft: Jaymee Fedor & Dillon Calhoun. Music: Mob Zero. 7 p.m. Free. $5 cover after 9 p.m. 308 W. State St. (815) 965-0931.

Mary’s Place — Music: Karaoke. 9:30 p.m. Free. 602 N. Madison St. (815) 962-7944.

Salvaged by Sonya — Tarot Card Readings: by David Skywatcher. 6-9 p.m. $10 for 10 min. 110 N. First St. (815A) 985-2047.

State of the Art — Contemporary Art Gallery. Art: “The Art of Teaching” — Art by local art teachers, as well as brand-new pieces by gallery owner, Roni Golan. You won’t want to miss this show! Noon-8 p.m. Free. 218 E. State St. (815) 979-1944.

Vintage @ 501 — Music: Andrew Robinson — live acoustic vintage rock & roll with some contemporary hits mixed in, plus awesome food specials. 8:30 p.m.-midnight (free) 501 E. State St. (815) 516-0544.

Wired Café — Kitchen open until 7 p.m. Pastries and full espresso bar until 8 p.m. Art: Gridiron Sports Art. Music: Jordan Shackleton-Lindvall of Prairie State Spirit. 6-8 p.m. 414 E. State St. (815) 316-2524.

Posted Sept. 4, 2013

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