Thursday, August 07, 2008

Jonny Z Festival on Sat.


What: The first annual Jonny Z Festival -- a day of art-gazing, art-making, art-buying in memory of Jonathan Zanin

When: Sat., Aug. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: The 200 block of N. Shields Ave., in front of Joe's Inn (between Grove and Hanover)

Join us for this free, fun, funky, family-friendly, Fan block party, featuring a mural dedication and Polaroid exhibit by young artists from St. Andrew's School.

The City has granted permission to close the street and the alley beside Joe's. ART 180 will be dedicating its new mural at the festival (at noon), honoring the children who painted it, and remembering Jonny Z (pictured above), in whose spirit and memory the mural and the festival were created.

They'll have all the makings of a proper street festival:

  • Bizarre Market arts and crafts vendors
  • WRIR DJ's plus live music every half hour, including Liza Kate & Josh Small, Mason Dixon Disaster, Marshall Costan & Justin Bailey, WTGW (What the Girls Want), the Photosynthesizers, and the Antlers
  • Food (sweet treats, sno-cones and lemonade from Joe's, plus whatever you want from inside the restaurant or from Shields Market)
  • Tattoo and face painting
  • Jonny Z prints and T-shirts for sale
  • Raffle drawings every hour
  • Books on Wheels
  • And, a Spiderman moonbounce (Jonny's favorite).

They'll also be painting another mural with festival attendees. Even the weather is cooperating, so come around on Saturday for merry-making in memory of His Goodness, Jonny Z.

For more information call 804/233-4180, or click here. ART 180 gives young people the chance to express themselves through art, and to share their stories with others.

-- The information above was provided by Marlene Paul of ART 180.

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