Kick off the Christmas Season with Revelry of the Dickens Festival

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Step back in time for this family-fun event as the Dickens Festival celebrates its 41st year, the longest-running Dickens-themed event in the United States!

Stroll the streets of downtown Holly while enjoying the sweet sounds of carolers as they sing our favorite Christmas songs, visit Holly’s unique shops, listen to the story of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” grab a bite to eat, take a holiday carriage ride and more.

Don’t miss out on this Friday night’s lighted parade and the arrival of Santa for the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony.

This year’s festival spans three weekends, beginning with the kickoff 5-9 p.m. Friday. Enjoy the festival Nov. 28-30, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14. Hours are 1-8 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

Learn more here.

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FIM to Present ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ on Friday & Saturday

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Hear the story of the Three Wise Men and their journey as they follow the star in search of a wondrous child during the presentation of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29, at the Flint Institute of Music MacArthur Recital Hall.

Amahl is a young disabled boy who lives with his mother. The kings stop and ask for lodging for the night in their humble home, and a miracle occurs!

A special invitation is extended to children for the Friday performance, but all are welcome. This is a free event and is open to the public.

The FIM is located at 1025 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Learn more here.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of November 24-30

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Holiday Entertainment

November 24 – 30: Santa and Friends at Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com

  • (Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Through December 24th, visit with Santa and his friends, in Center Court, and walk through the Woodland display, based on the children’s book “Stranger in the Woods.” Photos with Santa are available for a small fee.

 

November 24 – 30: Ice Palace at Great Lakes Crossing Outlet, 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (877) 746-7452 * greatlakescrossingoutlets.com

  • (Open during mall hours) Through December 24th, be transported into a winter wonderland experience featuring characters from Disney’s number one animated film “Frozen.” This much-loved, interactive holiday display features the art of Anna, Elsa and friends Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, plus a 30-foot Ice Palace with falling snow, a light show and other activities for the whole family including interactive globes, ice hand prints and more. End this magical journey with a Santa visit and a special Disney Frozen Look-and-Find book! Photos with Santa are available for a small fee.

 

November 24 – 30: “Holiday Railway Village” Display at Sloan Museum (Closed Thanksgiving), 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 * sloanlongway.org

  • (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
    Visit Sloan Museum and see a Dickens Village like you’ve never seen before! Let speeding miniature locomotives guide your eyes through this wee world. The winter landscape is packed with more than 200 miniature buildings, characters and scenes.

 

November 28 & 29: “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at Flint Institute of Music MacArthur Recital Hall, 1025 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 238-1350 * thefim.org

  • (Performances begin at 3 p.m.) Hear the story of the Three Wise Men and their journey as they follow the star in search of a wondrous Child. Amahl is a young disabled boy who lives with his mother. The kings stop and ask for lodging for the night in their humble home and a miracle occurs! A special invitation is extended to children for the Friday performance but, all are welcome. This is a free event and open to the public.

 

November 28 – 30: Christmas at Crossroads Village “Holiday Magic” Celebration, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARKS * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Visit Crossroads Village when thousands of lights sparkle like tiny stars throughout the village. Ride the Huckleberry Railroad for a festive night-time ride. Find villagers making vintage crafts, shops full of great holiday gifts and Santa himself bringing smiles to faces of all ages. Also, enjoy a glorious fireworks show during Friday’s opening night.

 

November 28 – 30: Holly Dickens Festival, Village of Holly’s Entertainment District (Battle Alley) * (248) 634-7040 * hollydickensfestival.org

  • (Festival runs Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Step back in time and partake in this family-fun event as the Dickens Festival celebrates its 41st year, the longest running Dickens themed event in the U.S. Stroll the streets of downtown Holly while enjoying the sweet sounds of carolers as they sing our favorite Christmas songs, visit Holly’s unique shops, listen to the story of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, grab a bit to eat, take a holiday carriage ride and more. Don’t miss out on Friday night’s lighted parade and the arrival of Santa for the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony.

 

November 29: “Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market” at Flint’s Downtown Masonic Temple, 755 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 239-7469 * flinthandmade.org

  • (Market runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) The 8th annual Holiday Craft Market will feature more than 50 vendors of fresh, modern handmade goods including bags, jewelry, stuffed animals, accessories, bath products, artwork and more.

 

November 29 & 30: Longway Planetarium Holiday Shows, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or (810) 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org

  • “George & Oatmeal Save Santa” (Show starts 12:30 p.m.) Mrs. Claus is worried because Santa has come up missing and has asked Oatmeal, the snowman, to help find him. Join Oatmeal and his friend George, the Planetarium wizard, as they travel the world in search of Santa. Listen to constellation stories from many cultures and learn how to use the Big Dipper to find the North Star. Recommended for ages 4 to 6 years old.
  • “Holiday Magic” Laser Light Show (Show starts at 2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.) Experience the magic of the holiday season with a little science at this magical holiday laser show featuring traditional holiday tunes from across the generations to contemporary artists performing their personal favorites. Recommended for all ages.

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‘Level Up’ at FIA’s ‘Art of Video Games’ Exhibit

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You have the rare opportunity to see a first-of-its-kind exhibition organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum – right here in Flint & Genesee! It might even take you on a trip down Memory Lane. “The Art of Video Games” exhibit at the Flint Institute of Arts examines the evolution of video games – and it’s guaranteed you’ll have heaps of fun while you check it out.

This exhibition explores the artistic development of video games over the medium’s 40-year history. Exciting and expressive, it features some of the most influential artists working during five eras of game technology, from early pioneers to contemporary designers.

The exhibition focuses on the interplay of graphics, technology and storytelling through a variety of popular games created for 20 gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to PlayStation 3. Five featured games, one from each era, are playable on larger-than-life screens in the exhibition space.

Games include Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower. In addition, the galleries will include video interviews with 20 developers and artists, demonstrations in the advancements of mechanics in game development, and historic game consoles.

“The Art of Video Games”exhibit is open through Jan. 18 at the FIA, 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Learn more here.

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Flint’s Machine Shop Welcomes Back Bret Michaels on Sunday, Nov. 23

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fozzy texas shamans nov 2014_0001Rocker Bret Michaels will continue to defy the odds as he brings “Every Rose Has its Thorn,” “Talk Dirty to Me” and other hits to the stage at Flint’s Machine Shop on Sunday, Nov. 23.

Michaels has made headlines recently as he has been hospitalized with health complications related to diabetes, but he’s fighting through and still plans to make his way to Flint & Genesee on Sunday. He will appear with special guests Monkey Grinder and Chrome Mollie.

Best known as the front man of the rock group Poison, Michaels has also made a name for himself on television, with his VH1 megahit “Rock of Love,” and on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” and “Revolution.”

On Thursday, Nov. 20, the Machine Shop will host Fozzy and the Texas Hippie Coalition, with special guest Shamans Harvest. On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, tickets are sold out for concerts by Pop Evil.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. The Machine Shop is located at 3539 S. Dort Highway in Flint.

Buy tickets and learn more here.

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Catch Funny Lady Wanda Sykes at The Whiting on Friday, Nov. 21

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Wanda Sykes is bringing the funny to Flint this week. At 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, you can enjoy a hilarious evening with Sykes, who has been called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers and has been ranked among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America.

Seen on several television shows, including her own late night talk show on Fox, “The Wanda Sykes Show,” and her HBO standup special, “I’ma Be Me,” she also appeared in the CBS comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Her first HBO comedy special, “Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired,” debuted in October 2006 and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy.

Sykes also can be seen in the feature films “Evan Almighty,” “Monster-In-Law” and “My Super Ex-Girlfriend.” She can be heard in the animated features “Over the Hedge” and “The Barnyard.”

Sykes’ comedy show is recommended for mature audiences Friday at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Tickets are available here.

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Global Issues Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight at MCC

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Want to gain insight into the issues facing people around the world and right here in the United States? You’ll get the chance during the 13th annual Global Issues Film Festival.

Starting with a showing of “Half of a Yellow Sun” at 5 p.m. today, the film festival will also run Friday through Sunday, Nov. 21-23, at the Mott Community College Regional Technology Center Auditorium, 1401 E. Court St., Flint.

Films will explore issues from the Biafran struggle for independence, to innovative green initiatives, to the harsh reality of the Australian Aboriginal people. All films are free and open to the public. They include:

  • “Utopia”
  • “Deep Green”
  • “A Bridge Apart”
  • “Crossing Borders”
  • “The Wisdom to Survive: Capitalism, Climate Change & Community”

Get movie descriptions, dates and times here.

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