Human beatboxing, stomping and a swinging good time – this ain’t your ordinary circus.
On Sunday, Jan. 25, The Whiting presents “Rhythmic Circus – Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” These homegrown hoofers from Minneapolis bring a joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance to the stage with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band.
“Heatbox” the human beatbox joins this swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain.
The show begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Get tickets here.
The 13th Annual Global Issues Film Festival will present “Bitter Seeds” at 5 p.m. Thursday at the University of Michigan-Flint.
Winner of the International Documentary Association’s 2012 Humanitas Documentary Award, this film explores the controversy between advocates who believe the “New Green Revolution” is the only way to provide sufficient food for the world’s growing population and their opponents who raise environmental concerns and fear that the GMOs drive small-scale farmers off the land.
Admission, pop and popcorn are free. The film will be shown at the Kiva – Harding Mott University Center, UM-Flint, 400 Mill St., Flint. Learn more here.
Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
January 19: The 72nd Annual ”Flint Shrine Circus” at Flint’s Perani Arena & Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * peraniarena.com
(Show begins 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.) Lions, and tigers, and bears, and elephants, and horses, and acrobats and cotton candy and more! Come out and witness this yearly family fun event. Tickets are available by calling the above number or at Perani’s Box Office before each show.
January 19: “Martin Luther King Jr. Day Drop-in Craft” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
(Event runs 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) In celebration of the legacy of Dr. King, stop by the Library and make and take a peace flower. Recommended for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.
January 22: Flint’s “Monthly Jazz Walk”, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District * (810) 238-ARTS * geneseefun.com
(Event runs 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.) Stroll Flint’s numerous downtown clubs while listening to highly talented Jazz musicians. A food menu is available at most locations. Just look for the “Jazz Walk” sign in front of participating Flint hotspots.
January 23: ”Michigan Warriors” Hockey at Flint’s Perani Arena & Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * peraniarena.com
(Game begins 7 p.m.) The Michigan Warriors hockey team will play against Sault St. Marie. The Michigan Warriors area a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team and play in the North American Hockey League’s North Division. The team represents a continuation of Flint’s rich hockey tradition.
January 23: University of Michigan-Flint Men’s Hockey Team at Crystal Fieldhouse Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * umflinthockey.com
(Game begins 7:30 p.m.) The University of Michigan-Flint Men’s Hockey Team will play against Northwood University. This game is a fundraiser for Flint’s Whaley Children Center.
January 24: “Super Saturday Storytime” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
(Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Join a Library staff member for themed stories, literacy and hands-on activities in the Children’s Room. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.
January 25: “The Wedding Marketplace” at The Captain’s Club at Woodfield, 10200 Woodfield Drive, Grand Blanc * gcbaweddings.com
(Event runs 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Planning a wedding? Enjoy this one-stop wedding marketplace. Meet and talk with several wedding related vendors including chapels, halls, bridal gowns and tuxedos, hotels, linens, cakes, catering, flowers, DJ’s, photography and more.
January 25: “Rhythmic Circus – Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” at The Whiting 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com
(Show begins 3 p.m.) These homegrown hoofers from Minneapolis brings a joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance to the stage with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band. “Heatbox” the human beatbox, joins this swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain.
Flint & Genesee families looking for a place to ice skate outdoors again have the opportunity to do so at Flint’s historic Atwood Stadium.
For the second year, the outdoor arena is open to skaters of all ages, where you can enjoy skating in the stadium that opened in 1929. There is no admission fee, and a warming area is available. Skaters must provide their own skates.
Public skate hours for the rink are 6- 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 2-6 p.m. Saturdays. The stadium is located at 701 University Ave., Flint.
The public skating schedule is subject to change without notice due to weather. Please call ahead to confirm times: (810) 762-9732. Learn more here.
The photographs of James Perry Walker tap an emotional key, giving witness to a deep faith. You can see those photos in the new exhibit “James Perry Walker: The Preacher and His Congregation” opening Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Flint Institute of Arts.
Growing up in Marshall County, Miss., in the 1950s and ‘60s, Walker witnessed life in an isolated rural community. After graduation, he spent the summer of 1967 working as a teacher at Gatewood Baptist Church, where he attended a revival service by Reverend Cole and experienced a sermon unlike any he had heard before.
Walker moved away shortly afterward, but the memory of that sermon stayed with him. Nearly a decade later, he began a six-year project to produce a photographic essay about Reverend Cole and his congregation.
The photographs will be on display starting Saturday at the FIA, 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint. The exhibit continues through April 4. Learn more here.
When Aaron Burden of Flint accepted the challenge to photograph his view of Flint & Genesee, he hit the ground – literally – and it paid off.
Burden’s photo “Autumn Leaves” is the first-place winner of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce 2014 SEE Photography Contest. The photo was taken from ground level at Sunset Hills in Flint and features splendid fall colors.
Third Place – “A Foggy Morning Place” by Bill Harris
“We challenged photographers to give us their perspective of what makes Flint & Genesee a great place to be, and Aaron’s photo does that wonderfully,” said Sherry Tompkins, Director of Marketing, Flint & Genesee Chamber. “This area is magnificent in the fall, and ‘Autumn Leaves’ does an exceptional job of capturing that beauty.”
Dennis Gilmore of Grand Blanc won second place with his photo “Flint Sunset” taken at a carnival near the Mott Foundation Building in downtown Flint. Third place went to Bill Harris of Grand Blanc for his photo “A Foggy Morning Place” taken at the Goodrich Youth Soccer Field in Goodrich.
Burden will receive the top prize of $300, and Gilmore and Harris will both receive $150.