3 New Sponsors and a VegFund Grant!


3 Excellent Companies and a Terrific Non-Profit Support WuW 2012!
What do Alternative Baking Company, Field Roast, Tofurky, and VegFund have in common? For one thing, they all work tirelessly to bring delicious, nutritious, compassionate cuisine to hungry people everywhere. And for another, they’ve all pledged to help us make Wake Up Weekend 2012 the best one to date! Thanks to VegFund, Wake Up Weekend participants can expect sumptuous samples of the most delicious vegan products currently available, as well as bite-sized vegan vittles from Bartertown Diner and Brick Road Pizza at the vegan chili cook-off. Thanks to Alternative Baking Company, Field Roast, and Tofurky, the opening reception for KINSHIP will be extra delectable, and winners of the chili cook-off can expect more enviable prize packages than ever! Thanks so much to these excellent organizations for their generous support!

2012 Official Schedule!


WAKE UP WEEKEND 2012–JANUARY 19-21, GRAND RAPIDS, MI
Our annual grassroots celebration of animal-friendly food, art, education, and advocacy brought to you by extraVEGANza!, Calvin College, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, Humane Society of Grand Valley State University, Our Kitchen Table, Square Inch Community, Brick Road Pizza, and Students for Compassionate Living.

All events are free and open to the public (excluding the optional vegan buffet on Saturday morning ($12.00) and the Adoption Benefit Show on Saturday evening (suggested donation is $6.00). Donations to defray costs are cheerfully accepted. Questions? Write to wakeupweekend@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19
7:30 pmWayne Pacelle, President and CEO, Humane Society of the United States
“The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them”
Calvin College Chapel, 1835 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids
A reception and book signing follow the talk. Click here for more information on Wayne Pacelle, The Humane Society of the United States, and The Bond.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20
3:30 pmBryant Terry, 5th Annual Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecturer
“Out of the Factory, Into the Field: Cooking as Inspiration for Liberation”
Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids
A reception and book signing follow the lecture/cooking demo. Click here for further details on The Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture Series, Bryant’s talk, and his hot-off-the-press new book, The Inspired Vegan, which will debut here at Wake Up Weekend.

6:00 pm–“Compassionate Comestibles” Vegan Potluck*
Commons Annex Lecture Hall, Calvin College
Hosted by CCCS “Eating as an Act of Justice” Workshop and Square Inch Community.
At an event where omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans are coming together in fellowship, a vegan bill of fare insures that everyone can enjoy what’s on the menu! What’s your favorite vegan recipe? Bring a dish to share and find out where others come down on this appetizing question! Need a few ideas? The Ready Table, Vegan Yum Yum, Post Punk Kitchen, and ChooseVeg never disappoint. *Please help us to reduce our ecological footprint by bringing your own washable or recyclable dinnerware and perhaps an extra setting or two for our out-of-town guests and last-minute participants.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
10:00 am–Panel Discussion:”Neighborhood Urban Growing”
Brick Road Pizza Company, 1017 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids
Lisa Oliver King (Our Kitchen Table), Jill Myer (Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council), and special guest Bryant Terry discuss how to make our urban neighborhoods greener, more nourishing, and more just places to eat and to live. Bryant will be signing copies of The Inspired Vegan and his other books, so if you have to miss his cooking demo on Friday, here’s a second chance to get the newest vegan cookbook on the planet straight from the source.

11:00 am–Inspired Vegan Brunch
Brick Road Pizza Company, 1017 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids
A vegan buffet of Brick Road brunch favorites supplemented with some custom selections from Bryant Terry’s hot-off-the-press cookbook, The Inspired Vegan. All you can eat for $12.00 (kids half price!).

1:30 pm–Panel Discussion: “Spiritual Food: Eating and the Church”
106 Gallery and Studio, 106 South Division, Grand Rapids
Join Steve De Ruiter, Leonard J. Vander Zee, and Michelle Loyd-Paige for a community discussion on the prospects and pitfalls that intensified discussion of the theological and moral importance of greener diets might have for hospitality, fellowship, and community service in the church.

3:00 pmNathan Runkle, Founder and Executive Director, Mercy For Animals
“Inspiring Compassion: Putting our Ethics on the Table”
106 Gallery and Studio, 106 South Division, Grand Rapids
Learn from the best about how our current food system affects the interests of our fellow non-human creatures, and how our food choices can become powerful tools for cultivating the virtues of compassion, mercy, and good stewardship. Click here to learn more about Nathan Runkle and Mercy For Animals.

6:00 pm–Opening Reception: KINSHIP-An Art Exhibition of and for Animals Like Us
Curated by GVSU Art and Design Professor Brett Colley, KINSHIP features the works of 15 concerned, compassionate artists, including Sue Coe, Jenny Pope, Adam Wolpa, Mike Guyette, Christina Mrozik, Shanna Shearer, Emily Gray Koehler, Kirsten Strom, Brett Colley, Ryan Hill, Tim Oliphant, Margaret Reed, Jenny Schneider, Richard Gibson and Linsey Tankersley.

6:30 pm–Sixth Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff
106 Gallery and Studio, 106 South Division, Grand Rapids
Want to go for the glory in the most competitive vegan chili cook-off in the land? Please send an e-mail to wakeupweekend@gmail.com at your earliest convenience to register your signature chili for the chance to earn the ultimate bragging rights plus terrific prize packages from the good folks at Alternative Baking Company, Field Roast, and Tofurky. In a pinch, you slackers out there can still register a chili on the day of the event, but it will greatly help our planning to know your intentions in advance. Please plan to have your chili on site and ready to eat by 6:00 pm.

8:30 pm–Adoption Benefit Show
Featuring Damned Dogs, Radiator Hospital, and Royl Space
106 Gallery and Studio, 106 South Division, Grand Rapids
Your $6.00 suggested donation gets you three amazing Michigan musical acts for one great cause: our goal is to raise $420 for Sasha Farm to continue our support of Moose, a rescued former veal calf whose room and board we sponsored last year.

Questions? Need more information? Drop a line to wakeupweekend@gmail.com! See you at Wake Up Weekend 2011!

Guess Who’s Coming to WuW 2012?


Mark your calendars for January 19-21, 2012 in Grand Rapids, MI
The 2012 Wake Up Weekend Vegan Chili Cook-off is just a month away! And what better time to heighten the anticipation than to give you a taste of what’s in store for the biggest Wake Up Weekend ever! What do I mean by big? Allow me to explain.

Wayne Pacelle, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them”
Thursday, January 19, 7:30 pm, Calvin College Chapel
Wayne Pacelle, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society of the United States, will kick things off with a public lecture on his new book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. Called The Barnyard Strategist by the New York Times, Pacelle’s journey as the leader of the largest animal protection organization in the United States has taken him everywhere from animal rescue operations, to demonstrations on Capitol Hill, to the sets of The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Ellen Degeneres Show. Learn more about his motivation for writing the The Bond here, and then join us on the 19th to get your autographed copy at the reception and book-signing following his lecture.

Bryant Terry, 5th Annual Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture
“Out of the Factory, Into the Field: Cooking as Inspiration for Liberation”
Friday, January 20, 3:30 pm, Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
Whether he’s urban farming in his home city of Oakland, articulating a new politics of food activism, or dishing up greens with Martha Stewart, Bryant Terry is all about re-envisioning cooking as a powerful tool for exposing interconnected forms of human and animal oppression, and inspiring our liberation into more redemptive ways of eating and of being together around the table, around the neighborhood, and around the world. In this, his second Wake Up Weekend appearance, Bryant will bestow upon us the honor of pre-releasing his brand new book, The Inspired Vegan, due out for the rest of the world on January 24. Meet Bryant and get your signed copy hot off the press at a reception following the address that will also feature catered appetizers from the book.

Nathan Runkle, “Inspiring Compassion: Putting Our Ethics on the Table”
Saturday, January 21, 3:00 pm, 106 Gallery, 106 South Division, Grand Rapids
When I was 15, I was mostly chewing gum, lifting weights, and listening to hair metal. When Nathan Runkle was 15, he founded Mercy For Animals, thereby laying the groundwork for what has become, a decade later, the premiere boots-on-the-ground animal advocacy organization in America. When it comes to exposing the injustices that animals undergo in modern food systems, Mercy For Animals is in a league of its own. Heard about that Norco Ranch investigation that helped to seal a landslide victory for Proposition 2 in California? MFA. How about the investigation of Sparbo Farms that recently resulted in McDonald’s and Target dropping their main egg suppliers? Also MFA. When he’s not appearing on CNN, Nathan and his organization are behind the scenes investigating cruelty and mobilizing the resulting footage into award-winning documentary films such as Fowl Play and Farm to Fridge that are changing the way the next generation thinks about, buys, and eats food.

A Weekend With All the Fixins’
And of course, we’ll set off all of the above with the usual array of Wake Up Weekend fineries: a vegan potluck on Friday night, a vegan brunch on Saturday morning, an amazing art exhibition (titled KINSHIP curated by Brett Colley and featuring work by Adam Wolpa) and the VEGAN CHILI COOK-OFF on Saturday evening, and benefit show on Saturday night! Stay tuned for the official poster and schedule detailing the whole nine yards COMING SOON! As ever, all of these terrific community events–with the exception of the Saturday brunch ($12)–are free and open to the public! See you at Wake Up Weekend 2012!

2011 Photo Essay

Wake Up Weekend 2011 Poster
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words! (Again!)
With a combined event attendance of over 700 people, this year’s festivities were the biggest and best ever! Have some ideas about what you’d like to see on the program in 2012? Tell us! In the meanwhile, be sure to keep up that agitation for the animals by getting involved with terrific organizations like Farm Kind, Grand Rapids for Animals, Humane Society of GVSU, Not One Sparrow, Sasha Farm, Students for Compassionate Living, and VegWestMichigan. And keep up that vegan stamina by eating your veggies at Bartertown and Brick Road Pizza! Afraid that you missed the chance to score an official, handprinted Wake Up Weekend 2011 Program and Commemorative Poster (see, respectively, below and above)? Fear not! Drop us a line at wakeupweekend@gmail.com, and we’ll send you one wherever you are for just $5.00 (postage included).
Get Your Programs
Introducing Carol Adams
The Sexual Politics of Meat
Lobby
Potluck
Anthropomorphism
After Anthropomorphism
Reception
Carol and Adam
Ben DeVries
Crowds
Chilitime!
Discernment
Poole
Bartertown
Radiator Hospital
Royl Space
Damned Dogs
Xtra Vomit

2011 Official Schedule!

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WAKE UP WEEKEND 2011–MARCH 10-12, GRAND RAPIDS, MI
All events are free and open to the public (excluding the optional vegan buffet at Brick Road Pizza on Saturday morning ($11.00) and the Adoption Benefit Show on Saturday evening ($6.00). Donations to defray costs are cheerfully accepted. Questions? Write to wakeupweekend@gmail.com.

Our annual two-day celebration of animal-friendly food, art, education, and advocacy brought to you by Bartertown Diner and Roc’s Cakes, Brick Road Pizza, Calvin College Students for Compassionate Living, ExtraVEGANza!, Farm Kind, Humane Society of GVSU, Not One Sparrow, VegWestMichigan, and VegFund.

THURSDAY, MARCH 10
7:30 pm–Carol J. Adams, “The Sexual Politics of Meat”
Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, Calvin College
A vegan reception and book signing follows the lecture.

Some 20 years ago, “feminist-vegetarian critical theory” was born in the groundbreaking publication of Carol J. Adams’s The Sexual Politics of Meat. Adams’s thesis is that meat-eating is a central symbol of the patriarchy, and that we can’t dismantle harmful systems of male domination until we recognize the link between how women are objectified and (visually) consumed and how animals are objectified and (literally) consumed. Adams’s powerful multi-media presentation is the result of two decades of her continued work mapping the interdisciplinary terrain opened by this provocative thesis across the fields of theology, philosophy, visual culture, literary theory, psychology, eco-feminism, and social work in domestic violence education and prevention.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11
3:00 pm–Nathan Runkle, “Inspiring Compassion”
Commons Annex Lecture Hall, Calvin College

Join the Founder and Executive Director of Mercy For Animals–one of the nation’s most influential animal advocacy organizations–for a workshop on how our current food system affects the interests of our fellow non-human creatures, and how our food choices can become powerful tools for cultivating the virtues of compassion, mercy, and good stewardship.

5:00 pm–“Compassionate Comestibles” Vegan Potluck**
Commons Annex Lecture Hall, Calvin College
Hosted by Students for Compassionate Living

At an event where omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans are coming together in fellowship, a vegan bill of fare insures that everyone can enjoy what’s on the menu! What’s your favorite vegan recipe? Bring a dish to share and find out where others come down on this appetizing question! Need a few ideas? Vegan Yum Yum, Post Punk Kitchen, and ChooseVeg never disappoint.

**Please help us to reduce our ecological footprint by bringing your own washable or recyclable dinnerware and perhaps an extra setting or two for our out-of-town guests and last-minute participants; a limited number of recyclables will be on hand for those without table service.

7:30 pm–Carol J. Adams, Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture Series***
Fourth Annual Address: “Anthropomorphism: The Christian Double Standard”
Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, Calvin College
A vegan reception and book signing follows the lecture.

Anthropomorphism, roughly speaking, is the ascription of human-like traits to non-human beings. How does anthropomorphism figure into human attitudes and actions toward God, animals, and even other human beings? What are the potential risks and rewards of anthropomorphizing others and what recourse do Christians have upon acknowledging these prospects for re-imagining and deepening their relationships with God, human beings, and other animals? Come follow Carol J. Adams on a trailblazing journey through these and other fascinating related questions in a brand new presentation commissioned especially for this event!

***The Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture Series is an independent event established by a friend of Calvin College and supported this year by additional help from Calvin College Gender Studies and The Office of Multicultural Affairs. Since the lecture is free and open to the public and likely to be of interest to Wake Up Weekend participants, the College has kindly permitted us to include Adams’ lecture on our program.

SATURDAY, MARCH 12
10:00 am–Harold Brown, “Veganic Agriculture”
Brick Road Pizza Company, 1017 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids

Join Harold Brown, President of FarmKind and star of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, for a state-of-the-field discussion of recent developments in veganic agriculture–the practice of organic farming without the use of animals and their byproducts or the killing of free-living animals who reside on or around the farm.

11:30 am–Vegan Brunch
Brick Road Pizza Company, 1017 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids

A vegan buffet of Brick Road brunch favorites: all you can eat for $11.00 (kids half price!). Need I say more?

1:00 pm–Ben DeVries, “Why Creation Care Needs Creature Care”
Brick Road Pizza Company, 1017 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids

While many Christians are increasingly hospitable to the idea that environmental stewardship or “creation care” is an important aspect of Christian living, comparatively few have investigated the implications of that idea for their attitudes toward and practices concerning the non-human animal creatures with whom we share the Earth. Join Ben DeVries, founder of the web-based animal welfare organization Not One Sparrow: A Christian Voice for Animals, to learn more about why authentic “creation care” demands a serious commitment to “creature care”.

5:00 pm–Fifth Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff
Bartertown Diner and Roc’s Cakes, 6 Jefferson, Grand Rapids

In addition to the chili-time magic you’ve come to expect from you and your peers’ relentless pursuit of the perfect vegan chili, this year’s highly-anticipated cookoff will also feature eats and sweets compassionately crafted by our hosts–the good folks at Bartertown Diner and Roc’s Cakes. This event is open to the public and the privilege of tasting chilis and sampling Bartertown’s wares is completely free of charge. But if you want a shot at the bragging rights, there is an entry fee of $10 per chili payable at the event. As if you need any further incentive, first prize is $50 in Bartertown Bucks, a Guest Chef Internship at Bartertown, your chili on the menu, and a limited edition t-shirt. There will also be prizes for 2nd and 3rd place as well as for the coveted Chili-time People’s Choice Award.

If you plan to enter a chili into competition, please send an e-mail to chilicookoff@bartertowngr.com at your earliest convenience. In a pinch, you slackers out there can still register a chili on the day of the event, but it will greatly help our planning to know your intentions in advance. Please plan to have your chili on site and ready to eat by 4:30 pm.

8:00 pm–Adoption Benefit Show
featuring Damned Dogs, Radiator Hospital, and Royl Space
(106), 106 South Division, Grand Rapids

Your $6.00 admission gets you three musical acts for one great cause: our goal is to raise $420 to cover a year’s room and board at Sasha Farm for Moose, a former veal calf who will be relocating to the sanctuary later this month. Read all about it at our Adoption Benefit Show event page.

Questions? Need more information? Drop a line to wakeupweekend@gmail.com! See you at Wake Up Weekend 2011!

Wake Up Weekend 2010: A Photo Essay


A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words!
What do activists, artists, chili cook-offs, community organizers, eco-chefs, panel discussions, philosophers, potlucks, restauranteurs, town hall meetings, and a combined event total of over 600 participants have in common? Wake Up Weekend, that’s what! Thanks for helping to make 2010 our most successful year to date! Have some ideas about what you’d like to see happen in 2011? Send them to wakeupweekend@gmail.com. In the meanwhile, see if you can locate your smiling face among the crowds!
The Many Faces of Food Activism
Animals and the Kingdom of God
Sold Out!
Live Cooking Demo
Bryant Cooks
Meeting Bryant
Buffet
Capacity Crowd at Brick Road
Gendered Eating
Just Eating
Named and Nameless
Brett Colley
Kate Daughdrill
Adam Wolpa
Erika Jane
Full Gallery
Chili Judges
Chili Tins
And the Winners Are...
IYA Chili
Spicy #12
Caulkins
Chef's Choice
Chili Cookoff

2010 Official Schedule!


WAKE UP WEEKEND 2010–JANUARY 22 & 23, GRAND RAPIDS, MI
*All events are free and open to the public (excluding the optional vegan soul food buffet after Bryant Terry’s cooking demo; the buffet is just $10.00 per person at the door). Donations to defray costs are cheerfully accepted. Questions? Write to wakeupweekend@gmail.com.

Our annual two-day celebration of animal-friendly food, art, education, and advocacy brought to you by Animals & Society Institute, Brick Road Pizza Company, Christian Vegetarian Association of West Michigan, DAAC, ExtraVEGANza!, G-Rad, Not One Sparrow, OrganicAthlete of Grand Rapids, Students for Compassionate Living, and VegWestMichigan.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2010
2:30 pm–The Many Faces of Food Activism
Commons Annex Lecture Hall, Calvin College

Stay on the cutting edge of the movement by learning from the people who are making it happen. From rights to welfare, from religion to art to politics, from veganic agriculture to urban gardening to Proposition 2, our panelists know the score. Join us for this workshop and you will too!

Harold Brown (Farm Kind, Hector, NY)
Brett Colley (Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI)
Ben DeVries (Not One Sparrow, Kenosha, WI)
Lisa Oliver-King (Our Kitchen Table, Grand Rapids, MI)
Paul Shapiro (Humane Society of the United States)

5:30 pm–“Compassionate Comestibles” Vegan Potluck*
Commons Annex Lecture Hall, Calvin College
*Hosted by Students for Compassionate Living

At an event where omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans are coming together in fellowship, a vegan bill of fare insures that everyone can enjoy what’s on the menu! What’s your favorite vegan recipe? Bring a dish to share and find out where others come down on this appetizing question! Need a few ideas? Vegan Yum Yum and Post Punk Kitchen never disappoint.

***Please help us to reduce our ecological footprint by bringing your own washable or recyclable dinnerware*** and perhaps an extra setting or two for our out-of-town guests and last-minute participants; a limited number of recyclables will be on hand for those without table service.

7:30 pm–Third Annual Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture*
The Chapel Undercroft, Calvin College.

“Animal Sacrifices”, Dr. John E. Hare, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University.

*The Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture Series is an independent event established by a friend of Calvin College. Since the lecture is free and open to the public and likely to be of interest to Wake Up Weekend participants, the College has kindly allowed us to include Professor Hare’s address on our schedule.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
11:00 am–Bryant Terry’s Vegan Soul Kitchen
Brick Road Pizza Company, 1017 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids

Why read about him in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, or Mother Jones Magazine, when you can hang with Bryant Terry in person right here in Grand Rapids, get some expert instruction on how to battle the social ills of structural racism and food insecurity by eating more sustainably and compassionately, and then stick around for an optional $10 all-you-can-eat buffet custom designed for the event by Bryant himself. Copies of Vegan Soul Kitchen will be available for purchase on site! Already have it? Bring it along and turn it into an autographed copy!

*Bryant’s visit is generously sponsored by the Calvin College Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities Office, the departments of Art and Art History, Biology, and Philosophy, Students for Compassionate Living, and our friends at Brick Road Pizza Company.

2:30 pm–Lecture: “Justice for Animals: What May We Hope?”
(106), 106 S. Division, Grand Rapids

Dr. Andrew Chignell, Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University.

3:30 pm–Town Hall Meeting: Just Eating–Making a Difference in YOUR TOWN, USA
(106), 106 S. Division, Grand Rapids

Join our panel of activists, professors and friends for an open discussion on approaches to transforming local food systems in cities such as Grand Rapids, MI, Ithaca, NY, Washington, D.C., and others.

5:30 pm–Opening Reception: Named and Nameless
(106), 106 S. Division, Grand Rapids

An exhibition featuring the work of Sue Coe, Brett Colley, Kate Daughdrill, Erika Jane, and Adam Wolpa. This exhibition deals with the complicated relationship between human and non-human animals, exploring industrialized farming practices, domestic companionship, and entertainment through the lens of global and local consumption and visual culture. Named and Nameless addresses the construction of societal belief structures and values, and seeks to uncover paths to justice and peace within this manufactured environment.

5:30 pm–Open Studio: The Artist is the Human is the Animal*
Division Avenue Arts Collective, 115 S. Division, Grand Rapids.

An exhibition featuring the work of Rebecca Green, Justin Kellner, Molly Pettengill, and Cory Scneider. All proceeds from sales of artworks will benefit Farm Sanctuary.*

*Please note that the opening reception for this event is on January 15, 2010. Doors open at 6:00 pm with a screening of Earthlings following at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided by Brick Road Pizza Company.

7:00 pm–Vegan Chili Cook-Off
(106), 106 S. Division, Grand Rapids
You know the drill on this one: Best. Vegan. Chili. Ever. (Made by YOU, if you’ve got the guts to compete, anyway.) All the traditional categories will be back, along with a brand new CHEF’S CHOICE honor awarded by celebrity guest judge BRYANT TERRY!

*If you plan to enter a chili into competition, please send an e-mail to wakeupweekend@gmail.com ASAP to request a registration form. Last year’s festivities drew a record-shattering 28 chili entries–CAN WE RAISE THE BAR TO 30 THIS YEAR? NOT WITHOUT YOUR HELP!

9:30 pm–Film Screening: Fowl Play–The Untold Story Behind Your Breakfast*
Division Avenue Arts Collective, 115 S. Division, Grand Rapids.

Since the exclusive premiere of the original version of Fowl Play at Wake Up Weekend 2008, the film has won multiple awards on the festival circuit. Come check out the critically acclaimed latest version.

Questions? Need more information? Drop a line to wakeupweekend@gmail.com! See you at Wake Up Weekend 2010!

Wake Up Weekend 2009: Official Schedule!


WAKE UP WEEKEND 2009–JANUARY 23 & 24, GRAND RAPIDS, MI
*All events are free and open to the public (excluding the all-you-can-eat Saturday brunch, which is just $10.00 per person at the door). Donations to defray costs are cheerfully accepted. Questions? Write to wakeupweekend@gmail.com.

Our annual two-day celebration of animal-friendly food, art, education, and advocacy brought to you by Animals & Society Institute, Brick Road Pizza Company, ExtraVEGANza!, G-Rad, Not One Sparrow, Oven Mitt Bakery, and Students for Compassionate Living.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
2:30 pm–Animal Advocacy: What, Why, Who, and How?
Commons Annex Lecture Hall, Calvin College

Stay on the cutting edge of the movement by learning from the people who are making it happen. From rights to welfare, from religion to politics, from the laws of the heart to the laws of the land, from grassroots to goliath, our nationally recognized panelists know the score. Join us for this workshop and you will too!

Harold Brown (President, Farm Kind, Hector, NY)
Ben DeVries (Founder, Not One Sparrow, Kenosha, WI)
Adam Durand (Campaign Director, Animal Rights International, Rochester, NY)
Bee Friedlander (Managing Director, Animals and Society Institute, Ann Arbor, MI)
Nathan Runkle (Executive Director, Mercy for Animals, Columbus, OH and Chicago, IL)

5:30 pm–“Compassionate Comestibles” Vegan Potluck*
Commons Annex Lecture Hall, Calvin College
*Hosted by Students for Compassionate Living

At an event where omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans are coming together in fellowship, a vegan bill of fare insures that everyone can enjoy what’s on the menu! What’s your favorite vegan recipe? Bring a dish to share and find out where others come down on this appetizing question! Need a few ideas? Vegan Yum Yum and Post Punk Kitchen never disappoint.

***Please help us to reduce waste and carbon emissions by bringing your own washable or recyclable dinnerware*** and perhaps an extra setting or two for our out-of-town guests and last-minute participants; a limited number of recyclables will be on hand for those without table service.

7:30 pm–Film Festival
Bytwerk Video Theater, DeVos Communications Center, Calvin College
Eating Mercifully
Fowl Play (A Film By Adam Durand)

Two great films by two great directors, one of whom–Adam Durand–will be on hand to introduce his work and take questions after the screening. Did you know that the idea for “Fowl Play” was hatched at Wake Up Weekend 2007 and that the original first-cut of the film was edited here in Grand Rapids for our sneak preview screening at Wake Up Weekend 2008? Now in 2009, the final version has been nominated for Best Documentary in a national film festival in Hollywood, but YOU get to see it first right here in Grand Rapids. Look for special mention of Wake Up Weekend in the credits!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009
11:00 am–Vegan Brunch at Brick Road Pizza
Tofu scramble, french toast sticks, vegan fried chikn, and all your favorite specialty pizzas and salads are on the menu at this $10.00 all-you-can-eat vegan juggernaut that Chef Ryan promises will be a day to remember! Whether you’re a Wake-up-Weekender or just a hungry Grand Rapidian, come on out! Everyone is welcome!

1:30–Spotlight Session: Animal Advocacy and Religion
(106), 106 S. Division, Grand Rapids
“Not One Sparrow is Forgotten: A Simply Christian Animal Advocacy”
Ben DeVries (Founder, Not One Sparrow)

3:00 pm–Panel: Animal Exploitation and Questions of Race and Gender
(106), 106 S. Division, Grand Rapids

“Thinking and Eating at the Same Time: Reflections of a Sista Vegan”
Michelle Loyd-Paige (Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Calvin College)

“Speciesism, Sexism, and Racism: The Intertwining Oppressions”
Nekeisha Alexis-Baker (Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary; Co-Founder, Jesus Radicals)

7:00 pm–Vegan Chili Cook-Off and Print Sale Benefit
(106), 106 S. Division, Grand Rapids
You know the drill on this one: Best. Vegan. Chili. Ever. (Made by YOU, if you’ve got the guts to compete, anyway.) Add vegan cornbread lovingly prepared by Oven Mitt Bakery, and a print sale that puts the artwork of Wake Up Weekend within everyone’s reach, and you simply can’t say no! Come on out and help us raise a few dollars for our participating animal charities, and we can show the world that compassion is recession-proof!

*If you plan to enter a chili into competition, please send an e-mail to wakeupweekend@gmail.com ASAP to request a registration form. Last year, we were a bit light on chili (and a bit heavy on chili-eaters), so let’s anticipate another big turnout and get as many of you to put your culinary prowess on display as possible!

See you at Wake Up Weekend 2009!

Wake Up Weekend 2008: Official Schedule!


WAKE UP WEEKEND 2008–January 18-19, 2008 in Grand Rapids, MI.*
*All events are free and open to the public; donations to defray costs are cheerfully accepted. Questions? Write to wakeupweekend2008@gmail.com.

Save the Date for Wake Up Weekend 2008–a two-day celebration of animal-friendly food, art, education, and advocacy brought to you by Animals & Society Institute, ExtraVEGANza!, Farms Without Harm, G-Rad, Grand Rapids For Animals, Students for Compassionate Living, and VegMichigan.

The success of Wake Up Weekend 2007 emboldened us to raise the bar for this year’s festivities, and we’re thrilled to announce that there’s a blockbuster line-up of speakers and activities coming your way in just under a month. Here’s how things are shaping up…

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008

2:30 pm–Animal Advocacy: What, Why, Who, and How?
Commons Annex Lecture Hall, Calvin College

Learn what animal advocacy is all about from leading figures in the movement. Presentations by Harold Brown (President, Farm Kind), Adam Durand (President, Compassionate Consumers), Christine Gutleben (Director, Humane Society Animals and Religion), Paul Krause (VegMichigan), and Nathan Runkle (Director, Mercy For Animals).

5:30 pm–“Compassionate Comestibles” Vegan Potluck
Commons Annex Lecture Hall, Calvin College

A smorgasbord of delicious vegan favorites hosted by Students for Compassionate Living. What’s cooking in your vegan kitchen? Let’s find out!

7:30 pm–Inaugural Address, Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture Series*
Bytwerk Theater, DeVos Communication Center, Calvin College

“A Christian Case for Compassion for Animals,” Dr. Stephen H. Webb (Wabash College), author of Good Eating and On God and Dogs: A Christian Theology of Compassion for Animals.

*This address is an independent event in a new series of lectures that has been established by a friend of Calvin College. Since the lecture is free and open to the public and likely to be of interest to Wake Up Weekend participants, the College has kindly allowed us to include Professor Webb’s lecture on our schedule.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2008

1:00 pm–Diet as Disease Prevention
Nest, 613 Lyon

Get the lowdown on how compassionate eating can help improve your health and ward off illness from Dr. Kerrie Saunders, “Dear Dr. Kerrie” columnist for VegNews Magazine and author of The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention.

2:00 pm–Animal Compassion: Reaching Religious Audiences
Nest, 613 Lyon

Participants in this moderated panel discussion will include Brianne Donaldson (Independent Author and Activist), Gracia Fay Ellwood (Editor, The Peaceable Table), Christine Gutleben (Director, Humane Society Animals and Religion), Dr. Kerrie Saunders, and Dr. Stephen H. Webb.

6:00 pm–Vegan Chili Cook-off and Open House
(106), 106 S. Division

Last year’s Chili Cook-off brought out 18 entries. Will we break 20 this year? Get ready to doff your chef’s toque and step up the burner!

8:00 pm–Art Auction
(106), 106 S. Division

Dust off your bidding paddle and have your checkbooks at the ready, because many of the excellent artists whose generous donations helped us to raise $2200 for Farm Sanctuary and Mercy For Animals at last year’s auction will have work on the block again this year. If you’d like to donate work for auction, contact Adam Wolpa at arw3@calvin.edu.

9:00 pm–Exclusive Sneak Preview: FOWL PLAY
(106), 106 S. Division
A Film By Adam Durand (in collaboration with Mercy For Animals)

The director himself will screen a preliminary version of the film and lead a discussion with the audience afterward. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to provide feedback that could influence the final cut!