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Christmas Found Footage Festival: Leave the kiddies at home

Hey fans of the forgotten age of VHS and BetaMax! The Found Footage Festival of New York is rolling back into town with co-hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Letterman, Colbert) on the occasion of their 10-year anniversary.
Oh, they are not "together" as in a couple – unless, of course, that's revealed in a long-forgotten VHS proving otherwise. No, this is their 10th year of taking the treasures of those early years of VHS, when everyone thought fame was just a frame away and anyone could be a video star if only someone would stop by our house to watch our tape, on the road. 
When FFF arrives at UICA this time around, they will not be just projecting the very latest and greatest videos like the uncut version of "How to Have Cybersex on the Internet" and an exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage reel of the fake chef prank they pulled on morning news shows earlier this year.
Since it is Christmas, they come bearing gifts as a part of their holiday version of this touring program, including a terrifying new Christmas video they found while in Grand Rapids last time called "Jingle Cats."
The fresh new mix of video delights for sore eyes will also include:
-A new exercise video montage featuring a Christmas-themed workout found in Columbus last year, plus a martial arts fitness regimen called “Tiger Moves,” and a tape called “Butt Camp”
-Newly unearthed footage of the world’s most obnoxious home shopping hosts, John & Johnny, and the long-awaited reunion orchestrated by the FFF curators
You will not want to miss this laugh-out-loud, retro-rich night devoted to the holiday traditions of a time long past (and with good reason).
Admission: Advanced ticket sale $11 on site or at the door

Vox Vidorra: X-Mas blues healer

Saturday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Everything that Molly Bouwsma Schultz graces with her voice just gets better and better. It is why this female vocalist is in such high demand all over the city. But it is her latest band project, Vox Vidorra, that is once again giving you a reason to leave the comfort of your home as she heats up our area's stages.
This Friday, we have a rare chance to see the band that is playing out a lot these days in a great neighborhood bar that is truly a rare gem in this city, as each venture to the venue feels like a homecoming. Some spaces just have an untouchable sense of style and place without having to do anything.
But when Vox Vidorra arrives this time to the stage for a concert filled with indie, R&B, and hip hop, they do so with an impressive four WYCE 88.5 FM Jammie nominations for their release, Live from the Living Room (EP). Vox Vidorra has been nominated in the areas of Album of the Year, Best Album by a new Artist, Song of the Year-Go Your Way, and Best Blues/Soul Album.
And while you will have to wait until February 13 to see if they win any of these nominations, you can catch the magic of Vox Vidorra live on Friday. Opening for the band is Kalamazoo's Maraj.
Admission: $5.

La Tardeada: Third Friday is now fantastico!

Friday, Dec. 19, 6 - 10 p.m.
At this point there are so many First Friday events in the city that it is hard to tell them apart as folks race from venue to venue in the hopes of being seen and being at the scene that is happening.
But when Linc Gallery decided to add a new night devoted to the Latino population and culture of our city, they noticed that the Third Friday was like an uncharted land of opportunity.
Following the pattern of their First Friday events devoted primarily to the African American experience in our city, La Tardeada offers a chance for the Hispanic community of Grand Rapids to network with others seeking to make meaningful connections at a great social event that builds community.
Friday's event will feature the live music of the Los Tribaleroz and in the gallery will be Akibang's exhibition Realistic Neglects. There will be intermittent spoken word performances by authors Zulema Moret and Hugo Riquelme as well throughout the evening.
Bring your appetite, as the newish LINC Up Soul Food Café will be serving up food at the gallery café window as well as a host of beverage choices.
Admission: Free. (Cash bar and dinner options on the menu.)

Super Happy Funtime Burlesque: "(unprintable title) CHRISTMAS!!!" plows into GR

Saturday, Dec. 20, 8:30 p.m. (VIP entry), 9 p.m. (general admission)
In October of this year, G-Sync Events ventured to cover just one ArtPrize event/entry, the Super Happy Funtime Burlesque's (SHFB) ArtPrize: The Musical.
While it might seem like I was stacking the deck, I knew even with a mad following of fans here in town and around the country, they would not have a chance to win, so no harm no foul…until they started to track with voters on the short list of things to see at the popular fall event.
After a year of going in and out of this city as SHFB toured all over, the occasion of a holiday party seemed like the perfect opportunity for us to come together again and celebrate the spirit of the holidays at the Pyramid Scheme with a night of burlesque, circus antics, marvelous stunts, comedy, and a live band conducted by master ringleader Corey Eno Ruffin.
When I asked what we could expect when the troupe arrives back in Grand Rapids to mount the stage after being on the road (and at Holland's Park Theatre on Friday night, 12/19) his reply was so filthy and disgusting that I even blushed at what I knew I could not print here.
But as they say, "bad quote, badass show." Well, at least that is what I say when I'm dealing with SHFB.
This show is going to place Ruffin definitely on the naughty list this year…and that's a good thing for us saintly voyeurs who line up to buy those tickets. Limited VIP seating, so pony up fast.
General admission: $10 Door at 9:00 p.m. / Early 8:30 p.m. entry only via the VIP ticket,  $25 with guaranteed seating + DVD. This is an 18+ only show.
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