There’s not a lot I can add to Artwalk coverage for the weekend. If you want to learn about the artists, they have a page. If you want to see the festival layout, there’s a page for that already too. They will still have chances to win the Stella scooter as well as chances to pick up Artwalk swag at their online store. And when I thought about putting up a list of bands, I was reminded of their MySpace page and the information available there. So I just figured I’d link to it all for you 🙂
I could try to go into detail about the Urban Reversi game taking place on Saturday morning and starting at the Catalyst table before the crowd shows up. Click here to learn more about how it’s played and to see images from last year’s game during Sidewalk. The game is being played based on time, though it could also be an excuse to check out some of the artists while they get ready for Saturday’s crowds. Urban Reversi is a result of the $20,000 grant awarded to Catalyst and TechBirmingham last week by Verizon Wireless. The game is also being played as a demonstration in Brooklyn next week and making its second appearance at Sidewalk the weekend of September 22-24.
The festival has expanded their site to include First Avenue South. If you’re wondering how you’ll be able to get around from one end to the other, you’ll enjoy riding around on a trolley this evening. The rubber tire vehicle is going to provide attendees to ride through the streets and get a taste of what’s going on around the site. It is a locally owned vehicle and it is also available for rental as well. The atmosphere created by Artwalk in downtown should give an accurate glimpse into what would happen if people continue to invest in the urban areas of our city, including downtown and the other urban commercial districts throughout the city and the region.
After all of the excitement of Artwalk, you may want to get out and kick the ball around… say by playing Kickball in Avondale Park. The first official blow you socks off Kickball game in town starts up this Sunday in Avondale Park. We just wrote about the recent creation of the MySpace page for the group. Hopefully the crowd will show up and not only participate but support this activity. And just imagine what it could be like after the completion of the Railroad Reservation Park’s first stage.
This is an interesting time in the history of the city. The idea that there are so many things to do over the course of the weekend is incredible. Supporting all of these events is physically impossible, however it’s important to remember them whenever you run into someone that tells you that there’s nothing to do in town. The only way to change the perception is to get people to come out and take a look for themselves.
Enjoy the day.