Gilroy Today 2011 06 Summer - Page 28

Support your local community by having some fun in Downtown Gilroy Entertainment in Downtown Gilroy is picking up momentum. 28 The Art & Wine Stroll Gilroy Downtown Business Association hosted its third wine stroll on May 14th. The Art and Wine Stroll included 19 wineries located at 20 downtown stores with music, local artists, a crafts fair, a wine store and restaurant specials. Becoming a local favorite, enjoying a glass of fine local wine with friends is always a good time.! Fifth Street Live Is Back This Year Beginning June 17th and running through August 28th a bigger and better version of Fifth Street Live will feature a variety of local bands playing from 7:00 to 9:00 on Friday nights. It’s a BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) affair. There is plenty of family fun for everyone… and lots of dancing in the street! The Gilroy Downtown Business Association and the Gilroy Arts Alliance coordinate Fifth Street Live and it is funded by sponsorships, donations, and raffle prizes. Go early, have a bite in one of the downtown restaurants, and enjoy. Garlic City Fun Run On Saturday June 28th from noon to 9:00 PM the Gilroy Downtown Business Association, with support from numerous local businesses, will host the tenth annual Garlic City Fun Run. This car show will feature 300 cars, awards, raffles, food, entertainment and more dancing in the street! Gilroy’s Arts Center is Open The Gilroy Arts Center is turning into a thriving visual and performing arts location. The Center is housed in the former Salvation Army building at 7341 Monterey Street near the corner of 7th and Monterey. The Gilroy Arts Alliance runs the Center. Stephanie Woehrmann is the Center Administrator. The Center is normally open Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Arts Education/Salon Tuesdays The Center is open Tuesday evenings from 6:00-10:00 for artists who want to get together. It is based on the salons of Paris in the 1920s… informal gatherings of visual artists, musicians, poets, and literary mavens to share ideas, discuss pertinent topics, create art, make music and recite poetry. Sponsored by local architect and GAA Board Member Reid Lerner. G I L R O Y T O D A Y S U M M E R 2 0 1 1 Performing Arts The Limelight Actors Theater is back with Norman Is that You? Playing from June 17 to July 8, doors open at 6:30 pm, performance starts at 8:00 pm. There is 2:00 pm matinee on June 26. Reservations 408-472-3292 Work will soon commence on an outdoor performance space near the corner of 7th and Eigleberry streets. Visual Arts Art of Our Fathers (May to June) Children of all ages are invited to submit artworks created by parents and grandparents, living and dead, in honor of Mothers & Fathers Day. Reception on May 28th. Renaissance Woman, the art and work of Nora (June – July). This amazing woman is a painter, muralist, sculptor, mixed media artist, interior designer, and general contractor. Reception July 17. Garlic Festival Art (August) A collection of Gilroy Garlic Festival Art posters covering 35 years. For information: 408-842-6999 or gilroyartsalliance.org Local Restaurants Offer Music For those who love live music, downtown is the place to be. Typically Station 55, on Fifth Street, and Lizarran Tapas Restaurant, on the corner of 6th and Monterey, have music most weekends. Some Sundays there’s Flamenco music and dancing upstairs. Check web sites for exact times and dates. Comedy and Great Live Music 9 Lives Club, just down the street from Lizarran, has a fantastic lineup of entertainment, with something for everyone! For a schedule: 408-337-1799 or ninelivesclub.com. Food as a source of entertainment? Downtown Gilroy is looking better and better. The longterm hangouts, like Sue’s Coffee Roasting, Scotty’s, Carnitas Michoacan, OD’s, and Los Pericos, are alive and well. Relative newcomers like Garlic City Café, Lizarran and Station 55 get better each day. We are very happy to welcome The Milias Restaurant. The food is great; the atmosphere is historic and comfortable; the bar is an old friend and the proprietors Adam Sanchez and Ann Ybarra have done it right. You’ve gotta love the tag line “Take a step back and dine.”