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“On the Avenue”
Gallery to stream outdoor radio show July 16th 2014..5pm-9pm
Open mic, live music, salsa dancing, artist interviews and a panel discussion will make up a radio show that will be streamed live this Wednesday, July 16, from 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue outdoors. The show, dubbed “On the Avenue,” will feature a live audience. Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique is putting on the event with the help of a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Creative Trails project.
A temporary studio will be set up outside the Wisconsin Center, which is kitty corner from the Shops of Grand Avenue, the home of Ayzha Fine Arts. The studio includes audience seating, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The radio show will run from 5 to 9 p.m. and will be streamed over the Internet
The radio show will coincide with Newaukee’s Night Market, which will feature booths with a variety of vendors in the parking lot on the south side of Wisconsin Avenue, between 4th and 5th Streets. Ayzha Fine Arts will have a booth at that event.
Both “On the Avenue” and the Night Market are designed to highlight Wisconsin Avenue. Besides this coming Wedneday, both events are slated to take place again, on Aug. 13, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15, all Wednesdays.
The panel discussion – titled “Wisconsin Avenue – Past, Present & Future” – will run from 6 to 7 p.m. and will feature local historian John Gurda, Westown Association official Claude Krawczyk, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee architectural professor Arijit Sen, Business Council member Marjorie Rucker and lawyer Nicole Robbins. The moderator will be Mark Siegrist of Channels 10/36.
An open mic will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Taking place the rest of the time will be artist interviews, live music, poetry readings, and a skit. The grand finale, starting at 8:15 p.m., will be salsa dancing led by Francis Annan Affotey, an Ayzha Fine Arts artist who recently emigrated from Accra, Ghana to Milwaukee and who happens to be a master salsa dancer.