Flyer Guide: First Thursday – September 2011

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A banner at East Square Plaza on the Fayetteville square promotes the September artists at Fayetteville Underground.

It’s time once again for First Thursday.

If you’re new to the area or still haven’t been to one of these events for some reason, give it a shot tonight.

The weather seems as though it will be cooperative in terms of both moisture and temperature, so the list of excuses is a little shorter this month.

See you there?

Art on the square

Two streets will be blocked off around the Fayetteville square to make room for live paintings from Nadine Rippelmeyer and an art walk with nearly 30 artists.

» See a full list of the art walk artists

Music, a movie, and a beer garden

Free movie!

This month’s live music is provided by Sarah Hughes, and the feature film Little Giants will be screened at dusk on the loading dock of the Old Post Office building. Tip: Bring a lawn chair for the movie.

The charity beer garden will also return to the plaza in front of the Town Center, and will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds from this month’s beer garden will be donated to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.

BMX stunt show

Norwegian BMX stuntman Thomas Remvik Aasen, better know as TRA, will be on the south side of the square. We haven’t found a ton of info on his appearance, but we assume he’ll be performing crazy stunts. Maybe you can convince him to stunt over one of your friends?

Cat paintings
The PAWcasso fundraiser is tonight inside Jammin’ Java on the south side of the square. The event will feature 20 paintings, created by local cats and kittens from the Fayetteville Animal Shelter. If you miss out tonight, the paintings will be on display for the remainder of September.

Parking and more

Free parking is available after 5 p.m. at the Town Center garage and in the city lots just off the square.

You never know what you’ll discover on and around the square during these First Thursday events. We’re hearing rumors of a flash mob, live graffiti light paintings, and other cool stuff. Businesses tend to stay open a little later during First Thursday, so consider bringing some extra shopping money.

If nothing else, stop in and say hello to some of our sponsors in the area including Little Bread Co., Riffraff, Celi’s (formerly Oseguera’s) and Hjem Restaurant.

Art by Megan Chapman

Fayetteville Underground

As one of the founding galleries of First Thursday, Fayetteville Underground regularly features a set of art exhibition openings during the monthly event.

This month, Fayetteville Underground will host four individual artists including Linda Sheets, Megan Chapman, Martha Molina, and Steven Heaton.

Linda Sheets‘ scratch board works will be shown in the Revolver Gallery. This will be Linda’s first solo exhibition at Fayetteville Underground since joining the gallery as a studio artist. Linda is a transplant from Texas, and her “Dog and Monkey” show looks really fun. Fayetteville’s Megan Chapman will present her latest series of abstract paintings, “Sometimes I love you and other stories,” in the Vault Gallery. The colorful contemporary paintings of U.K. visiting artist, Steven Heaton will be featured in the Hive gallery, and Martha Molina‘s raku pottery will be in the E Street Gallery.

Fayetteville Underground is located in the downstairs section of East Square Plaza on the outside east side of the square.