‘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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It’s Ladies Night Out Tonight at Crossroads Village

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Ladies, gather your friends and get a jump on the holidays as Crossroads Village opens for a fun-filled Ladies Night Out!

From 4-9 p.m. today, vendors will offer everything from homemade soaps and fresh wreaths to folk art and beautiful jewelry. Village shops will be stocked with gifts for everyone on your list.

Enjoy an old-fashioned wagon ride with your girlfriends to see gorgeous, glittering lights. Laugh out loud as you take a free spin on the 100-year-old carousel. You and your girlfriends can even get your picture taken for free with Handsome Harry or Chilly the Snowman.

Crossroads Village is located at 6140 Bray Road, Flint. Learn more here.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of November 17-23

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

Events

November 17: “Ladies Night Out” at Crossroads Village, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Ladies, gather your friends and get a jump on the holidays when the Village opens for a fun-filled night! Vendors will offer everything from homemade soaps and fresh wreaths to folk art and beautiful jewelry. Village shops will be stocked with gifts for everyone on your list.

 

November 18 & 21 – 23: “Global Issues Film Festival” at the Mott Community College Regional Technology Center Auditorium, 1401 E. Court Street, Flint * (810) 762-0278

  • From the Biafran struggle for independence, to innovative green initiatives, to the harsh reality of the Australian Aboriginal people, this 13th annual festival provides insight into issues facing people around the world and right here in the US. Six films will be featured and include: “Half of a Yellow Sun” (Nov 18 @ 5 p.m.), “Utopia” (Nov 21 @ 7 p.m.), “Deep Green” (Nov 22 @ 1 p.m.), “A Bridge Apart” (Nov 22 @ 3 p.m.), “Crossing Borders” (Nov 23 @ 1 p.m.) and “The Wisdom to Survive” (Nov 23 @ 3 p.m.).

 

November 21: The Flint School of Performing Arts presents a “Faculty Concert” at the Flint Institute of Music’s MacArthur Recital Hall, 1025 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 238-1350 * thefim.org

  • (Concert begins 7 p.m.) Hear talented Flint School of Performing Arts faculty artists perform an amazing range of music in this exciting concert series featuring Jeff Price, Classical Saxophone. This concert is free and open to the public.

 

November 21: “Wanda Sykes” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performance begins 8 p.m.) Enjoy this hilarious evening with Wanda Sykes who has been called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America! Show is recommended for mature audiences

 

November 21 & 22: “Michigan Warriors” Hockey at Flint’s Perani Arena & Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * peraniarena.com

  • (Games begin 7 p.m.) The Michigan Warriors hockey team will play against Coulee Region. The Michigan Warriors are 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.

November 22: “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.

 

November 22: “Saturday Walk-In Crafts” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Meet in the Children’s Room for some fun hands-on craft projects. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

 

November 22: “Christmas Rocks – A Powerful Family Celebration” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performance begins 2:30 p.m.) For the 42nd consecutive year, enjoy this popular 250-voice CMI Michigan/Ohio Concert Choir featuring favorite selections to launch the holiday season. The concert mixes the most requested music of the holidays with production, pageantry, visuals, costuming, special effects, sound, creative lighting, audience participation and excellent musical talent.

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Flint Symphony Orchestra Set to Take Stage at the Whiting on Nov. 15

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The Flint Symphony Orchestra will present a classical concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at The Whiting in Flint. The performance will be conducted by Enrique Diemecke and will feature special guest guitarist Angel Romero.

Enjoy a lively set of elegant compositions sure to inspire to search for subtle delights and complexities hidden within the soundscapes of Barber and Brahms, highlighted by Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, the world’s most romantic guitar concerto.

Click here for tickets, or visiting The Whiting at 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint.

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