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 .
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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 .
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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 .”