Aurora's First Friday to feature French Connection Poetry Slam

Submitted by Aurora Downtown
Updated 10/31/2017 3:47 PM
  • A crowd gathers at If These Walls Could Talk during a previous First Fridays event in downtown Aurora.

    A crowd gathers at If These Walls Could Talk during a previous First Fridays event in downtown Aurora. Courtesy of Jason Arthur

First Fridays brings French Connection Poetry Slam to downtown Aurora on Nov. 3.

One Poetic Voice is kicking off their annual weekend slam with a family-friendly show at Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Place, Suite 16. "French Kiss," a One Poetic Voice performance, will be 6 to 9 p.m.

Also on First Fridays, a new tenant opens on the ground floor of the historic Leland Tower on Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard.

Fox Art Studio, 9 S. Stolp Ave., celebrates its grand opening from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sit back and enjoy the hilarity of another LIVE Match Game at River's Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Place, Suite 18. Famous locals will participate on the panel from 6 to 9 p.m.

Art openings, live music, and more are featured at First Fridays on Nov. 3 at several locations throughout downtown including:

• If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave. hosts "Open Spaces," a group show exhibiting work from members of the Midwest Collage Society from 7 to 11 p.m.

• The ArtBar presents Calaveras of Chicago at The Web, 134 W. Downer Place, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. along with two shows at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway: Sci-fi Retro Show in the Cafe and "Tattoo Dolls," a solo show featuring Lindsey Roussel from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Lounge.

• Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., hosts Aurora Cosmopolitan Club's 90th anniversary celebration supporting diabetes wellness from 5 to 10 p.m.

• AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Place, welcomes children for a free dance class from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

• David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, continues its "Back to School" mini photo exhibit; "Aurora Story"; and World War I Exhibit from 6 to 9 p.m.

• G.A.R. Museum, 23 E. Downer Place, is open with free tours from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts "Respect the Mic," spoken word night, from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

• SciTech, 18 W. Benton St., offers a sneak peek at the museum along with activities focused on tessellations and quilts. Argonne scientist Linda Dugovic will be presenting quilts and the mathematical art of its creation from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, is home to the First Fridays' Pop Up Shops. Visit a variety of artists and artisans with works on display from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Indie Studio Space, 105 E. Galena Blvd., is open with photography and photo booth by Cloud Foto. The evening also will feature Kimtastix, a pound drumming movement, from 5 to 8 p.m.

• Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Place, offers $5 mini classes, demos, massage, and more from 6 to 9 p.m.

First Fridays maps are available at all venues. Free trolley rides run from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit

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

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