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First Fridays Celebrates Rescheduled, Reenvisioned Roots Aurora

First Fridays will be complete with art, music, and culture as Roots Aurora joins the October 2 lineup. Look for in-person (with masks), virtual, and crowd-free event options.

Sergio Furniture, 36 W. Downer Pl., will present Catrinas of Aurora along with artist Pierre Lucero’s “Dead Rainbows,” a solo art exhibit from 4 p.m to 10:30 p.m. The show will feature six 4 x 4-foot canvases of a skull in each color. 

Gary Brown Art Gallery and Studio, 7 S. Broadway, will be open with Brayer Artistry from 6 to 9 p.m. Meet artist Joe Ruck, the studio’s featured artist for October. 

Artesan Lofts, 2 S. Stolp Ave., will feature resident artists Jonathan Pacheco, Kristin Jongen, and more. Pottery and prints will be on display outside. Enjoy jazz from Doug Jeppesen Combo from 6 to 8 p.m.

Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl., will host art by Devan from 5 to 10 p.m. Devan uses Sharpies and Prismacolor markers to create abstract creations that take the mind on an adventure. Stay for DJ Happymeal from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The ArtBar will present a virtual show with an online gallery and live Facebook conversation. Visit “ArtBar: This Is Halloween,” a virtual gallery on their website artbaraurora.com. Tune into their Facebook page at 7 p.m. for a special conversation on art in public spaces in Aurora.

Altiro Latin Fusion, 1 S. Stolp Ave., will bring live music by Damian Rivero to the outdoor seating area along Stolp Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. 

The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, will present M & R Rush at an outdoor concert in Mundy Park. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the ticketed show starts at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets online at themusicvenue.org

The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway, will bring live music and wares to patrons from 6 to 9 p.m. Started with a Mason Jar will be on site with her amazing camper filled with handmade wares. Frankii Davis Solo artist will be in the house with her guitarist Robert Covington.

All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10, will break out the Spooky Record Jam with downtown friends All Out Records. The pop up will be selling vinyl and playing some Halloween hits from 6 to 9 p.m.

Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall, will be outside their doors with live music featuring The Heels and other musical guests from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E. New York St., will feature Friday night regular Luis Andre Singer and $5 Micheladas from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16, will present live music by Lydia from 6 to 8 p.m. Shop the store from 5 to 9 p.m.

Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., will host a special concert to celebrate their 5th anniversary. Enjoy live music on Pinney Street with headliner Shout Section Big Band and opener Invisible Cartoons from 6 to 9 p.m. Endiro Coffee will present Ballet Folklorico starting at 5 p.m.

Tavern on Broadway, 24 N. Broadway, will welcome guests to stop into their soft opening with live music by Side Peace. A limited menu is available. 

Society 57, 100 S. River St., will be open until 8 p.m. with coffee drinks and fresh treats.

Warehouse 55, 55 S. Lake St., will be open late with the Vintage Shop Hop and 15% off the entire store (some exceptions may apply). Shop until 8 p.m. 

Camelia Danza at Zen loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., will bring the Sisterhood dancing the Art of Fat Chance Belly Dance to Downer and Stolp at 7:30 p.m. Visit Zen Loft and check out Sense of Samadhi’s yoga schedule and I of the Angeles metaphysical shop.

DeCari To Go, 33 N. Lake St., will invite families to “Make Pizza In The Park-(ing lot).” Classes from 4 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. Call ahead for details. 

Hope Chest, 34 N. Lincoln Ave., will host a Freaky Friday Event featuring artwork by Jesse Reeder and a storewide sale from 6 to 9 p.m.

Offbeat Vintage and Thrift, 14 W Downer Place, Suite 16, Basement, will feature guest clothing collection by Nowt New, creatively curated vintage clothing and accessories with a Yorkshire flair from 5 to 9 p.m.

Stolp Island Social, 8 E. Galena Blvd., will host artist Joseph as he paints windows to stand for racial justice and BLM. They will have chalk for kids to create their own messages on the sidewalk and Joseph will coach them with creative tips.

Mora on the River, 43 E. Galena Blvd., will offer $1 hot chocolate and $1 donuts to go from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, will host the 4th annual CUPS Bra Drive from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Roots Aurora events include the following venues: 

U Samba? Cafe, 37 W. New York St., will offer traditional Brazilian Fare. They will showcase food that holds special cultural significance for Brazil until 10 p.m. 

Tecalitlan Mexican Restaurant, 35 S. Broadway, will feature a popular Mexican dish called birria, which is endemic to the state of Jalisco. Along with the festive stew, there will be a $50 raffle.

Paramount School of the Arts, 20 S. Stolp Ave., will offer a family fun activity table set up with supplies for you to take home or do right at the table with us if space allows. They will also have a table set up where you can find information on how to register to vote. 5 to 9 p.m. 

Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St. will present “The Aurora Stronger Exhibit:  A community that came together.” The evening will feature the premiere of the VizoArts Films documentary “Our Streets.” See work from Gary Bahnick, Ivan Carmona, Victoria Lunacek, and Amy Nelson. Enjoy an art showcase and more. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Aurora Historical Society, 20 E. Downer Place., will display “Roots Aurora Cultural Champions Over the Years,” a pictorial gallery of 32 previous champions in the windows.

The Perch, 31 W Downer Pl., Suite 301, will feature documentary screenings of Black Immigrants in the U.S. from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Join Roots Aurora for two short documentaries on the contributions of Black immigrants in the United States as well as a group discussion led by Roots Aurora. Screenings begin at 5, 5:40, 6:20, 7, and 7:40 p.m.

Santori Public Library – Parker Garden, 101 S. River St., will open the Parker Garden from 6 to 8 p.m. for visitors to pick up Roots Aurora reading lists and check out photographs by Robb Winder of community resistance art created in Aurora after the killing of George Floyd. This exhibit will be available virtually, as well.

SciTech Hands-On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., will set up its popular Super Sidewalk Sale with STEAMart favorites on sale for 40% off. Spin the prize wheel and take a prize home. Visit a Roots Aurora table from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information visit rootsaurora.org.

All participating venues will adhere to current Phase 4 guidelines. Masks are required indoors, and outdoors when six-feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. 

The trolley will not be running. Maps will be available online at auroradowntown.org

About Aurora Downtown

Aurora Downtown is a nonprofit group of business and property owners within Special Service Area (SSA) #One that is dedicated to making downtown Aurora a premier destination for arts, culture, entertainment, dining, living, and working. Learn more at www.auroradowntown.org