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Aurora First Fridays In November: Poetry Slam, New Art Studio, Match Game

Nov 01, 2017 09:32AM

Photo by Jason Arthur/Courtesy of Aurora Downtown: A crowd gathers at If These Walls Could Talk during First Fridays in Downtown Aurora.

DOWNTOWN AURORA - First Fridays brings French Connection Poetry Slam to downtown Aurora on Nov. 3.

One Poetic Voice is kicking off their annual weekend slam with a family-friendly show at Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16. “French Kiss,” a One Poetic Voice performance is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Also on First Fridays, a new tenant opens on the ground floor of the historic Leland Tower on Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard. Fox Art Studio, 9 S. Stolp Ave., celebrates its grand opening from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sit back and enjoy the hilarity of another LIVE Match Game at River's Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste 18. Famous locals will participate on the panel from 6 to 9 p.m.

Art openings, live music, and more are featured at First Fridays on Nov. 3 at several locations throughout downtown including:

If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave. hosts “Open Spaces,” a group show exhibiting work from members of the Midwest Collage Society. 7 to 11 p.m.

The ArtBar presents Calaveras of Chicago at The Web, 134 W. Downer Pl., from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. along with two shows at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway: Sci-fi Retro Show in the Cafe and "Tattoo Dolls,” a solo show featuring Lindsey Roussel in the Lounge. 6 p.m. to midnight.

Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., hosts Aurora Cosmopolitan Club’s 90th anniversary celebration supporting diabetes wellness. 5 to 10 p.m.

AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl., welcomes children for a free dance class. 6:30 to 7 p.m.

David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., continues its "Back to School" mini photo exhibit; "Aurora Story"; and World War I Exhibit. 6 to 9 p.m.

G.A.R. Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl., is open with tours. Free to the public. 6 to 9 p.m.

Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts “Respect the Mic,” spoken word. 8:30 to 10 p.m.

SciTech, 18 W. Benton St., offers a sneak peek at the museum along with activities focused on tessellations and quilts. Argon scientist Linda Dugovic will be presenting quilts and the mathematical art of creating them. 6 to 8 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, is home to the First Fridays’ Pop Up Shops. Visit a variety of artists and artisans with works on display. 6 to 9 p.m.

Indie Studio Space, 105 E. Galena Blvd., is open with photography and photo booth by Cloud Foto. The evening will also feature Kimtastix, a pound drumming movement. 5 to 8 p.m.

Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., offers $5 mini classes, demos, massage, and more. 6 to 9 p.m.

First Fridays maps are available at all venues. Free trolley rides run from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit