‘The Accidental Astronauts’ Visit Longway Planetarium

Prepare for liftoff: “The Accidental Astronauts” is headed for Flint’s Longway Planetarium, with its first showing Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Geared toward families and children ages 3-8, the film follows the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space. The audience will explore the Earth, sun and moon system; follow an asteroid as it crashes into the moon; and get up close and personal with a solar storm.

The show will run through Sept. 30, with showings at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (60+), $4 for youth (2-11) and free for children (1 and under).

For more information, visit www.sloanlongway.org.

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The New McCree Theatre Announces Upcoming Concerts, Plays

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The New McCree Theatre – a 220-seat auditorium with a focus on the African American story – has released its schedule for the 2015-16 season.

Upcoming productions and concerts include:

Sophia Janell Taylor – Sept. 12
The songstress, author, and reality television host will sing selections from her newest album, “Audio Biography,” and read excerpts from her latest book, “Faithful Liar.” Tickets are $15.

Dreamgirls – Oct. 1-17
The six-time Tony-award-winning musical follows the Dreamettes and the challenges they face as their manager takes over creative control of their girl group.

The Gospel Divas – Nov. 21
Lynne Calloway will sing songs from her latest album, “Secret Place,” and Lydia Seale will render selections from her album,”13:13.” Tickets for this dynamic gospel concert are $15.

Black Nativity Revisited: Christmas at a Crossroads – Dec. 3-12
Written by the theatre’s executive director and producer, Charles H. Winfrey, this Classic Christmas musical challenges our resolve to return to the season’s true meaning.

The Heartbeats – Feb. 13-14
The Heartbeats return, singing Motown hits from the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Miracles, Stevie Wonder and the Four Tops. Tickets are $15.

For Colored Girls Who Consider Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf – March 3-19
This play uses narrative, poetry and dance to tell the story of seven women, represented by seven different colors, who have suffered oppression in a racist and sexist society.

Sanctified – May 5-21
Javon Johnson’s musical satire pokes fun at the trials and tribulations of a church choir in an African American church.

For more information about the theater, at 2040 W. Carpenter Road, Flint, call (810) 787-2200 or visit www.thenewmccreetheatre.com.

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Weekend Film Series Returns to Flint Institute of Arts

theaterThe Flint Institute of Arts Theater is bringing back its FOMA Film Series this month. As part of the 2015-16 season, the 330-seat venue – in cooperation with the Friends of Modern Art – will present independent, international and classic films that otherwise would not be screened in the Flint area.

The schedule for the next month is as follows:

My Old Lady – Sept. 11-13
Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas co-star in a comedy-drama about an American who inherits a Paris apartment that comes with an unexpected resident. PG-13

Infinitely Polar Bear – Sept. 18-20
Mark Ruffalo stars in a seriocomic film about a manic-depressive father who tries to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana) by trying to raise their two young daughters—who, in a sense, become his caretakers.

Merchants of Doubt – Sept. 25-27
Based on a best-selling book, this documentary looks at the pundits-for-hire represented as scientific authorities on such topics as toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and climate change. PG-13

About Elly – Oct. 2-4
From the maker of the Oscar-nominated A Separation, this drama about the mysterious disappearance of a young woman in Iran has been praised as a “shrewdly gauged study of our capacity for deception.” Not Rates

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

General admission is $6 with discounted prices available for FOMA and FIA members. On Fridays, couples can opt for the theater’s “Date Night” package, which includes two film tickets, two drinks and an appetizer. It is available until 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the theater or future film showings, visit www.flintarts.org/films or call 810-234-1695.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of August 31–September 6

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

Events

September 2: End of Summer Celebration at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Come participate in some games and crafts and celebrate the end of the summer season with For-Mar’s Truck Farmers and Naturalists. Recommended for families ages 5 and older. Free admission.

September 5: “Nature Superhero Training Day: SUPER Sunflower!” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Hike the trails at For-Mar with their Superhero Crew during this action-packed program. Find out how sunflowers have the power to not only brighten your day, but also absorb chemicals from the ground through a process called phytoremediation. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Free admission.

September 5: “Flint’s Lumber City Vintage Baseball Club” at the William S. White Building (U-of-M Flint Campus), 509 Harrison Street, Flint * whaleyhouse.com

  • (Game begins 2 p.m.) The Lumber City Vintage Baseball Club will play against the Saginaw Old Golds. This Flint baseball club is part of the Whaley Historic House Museum’s History Everywhere initiative and the University of Michigan-Flint Department of History and combines contemporary features with elements of the game as it was played in the nineteenth century. Games are played on a unique space nestled along the Flint River on the U-of-M Flint Campus. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

September 5: Auto City Speedway presents “Maximum Destruction”, 10205 N. Saginaw Road, Clio * (810) 687-7484 or (810) 686-9500 * autocityspeedway.com

  • (Gates open 4:30 p.m. and races begin 7 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun filled night at the tracks featuring bus races, enduro races and country/western night.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Texas Roadhouse Sets Up Shop in Flint

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Texas Roadhouse’s Flint location hasn’t been open for very long, but that hasn’t stopped the restaurant from developing quite the fan base. Over the past three weeks, the new eatery has already secured 34 reviews averaging 4.9 stars (out of five) on its Facebook page.

According to brand’s website, the Louisville, Ky.-based franchise is best known for its hand-cut steaks, fresh-based bread and made-from-scratch sides. Its restaurants also have extensive drink menus featuring 15 varieties of margaritas.

At the Flint location, customers can also take advantage of the “Early Dine” special, which prices select entrees at just $8.99. The discount runs until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about Texas Roadhouse, at 4140 Miller Road, call (800) 839-7623 or visit www.texasroadhouse.com.

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‘Camp Hatchet’ to Host One-Night, Horror-Themed Camping Event

tents-801926_1280Love a good scare? Why not sign up for a camping experience that promises “twelve hours of pure horror?”

On Saturday, Sept. 12, individuals signed up for Michigan Fear Camp will meet in Mt. Morris at 6:30 p.m., after which they will be transported via bus to a secret location being referred to as “Camp Hatchet.” According to the camp’s website, its name refers to an urban legend involving a murderous family who has survived in the woods for decades.

How campers spend the rest of the evening depends on their ticket levels, which include:

  • FRIGHTEN EASILY: You scare easily but want to check this out. Your tent is your safe zone. You can venture out into the woods if you are feeling up for it but can always retreat back to your tent. The Hatchet family members may venture into your area, but they are known to retreat back, deep into the woods, as the night goes on.
  • I WANT TO BE SCARED: You like to be scared, but don’t like to cry. You will encounter Hatchet family members, and they may touch or grab you for attention. They will not drag you, or go into your tent during the night.
  • EXTREME SCARE: You are brave and up for anything! You will not get much sleep, if any. You will need to be prepared to be touched, grabbed and even dragged. Nothing is off limits, not even your tent is safe. You will have more encounters with the members of the Hatchet family than the other zones.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.michiganfearcamp.com.

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Flint Public Art Parade Brings Large-Scale Fabric Installation to Ramona Park

An example of Amanda Browder's work in Birmingham, Ala.

An example of Amanda Browder’s work in Birmingham, Ala.

The Flint Public Art Parade returns Thursday, this time to Ramona Park in the historic Metawanene Hills neighborhood.

Each monthly event – a collaboration between the Flint Public Art Project and the Neighborhood Restoration Coalition – features art and performance elements, such as marching bands, jazz musicians and spoken word poets.

This month’s parade will take participants to Cook School, where a large-scale fabric art installation hangs from the eaves of the building. The piece was created by Montana-native Amanda Browder in collaboration with area textile artists Ariel Sammone, Ash Arder and Gregory Hatch, and alongside Metawanene Hills Neighborhood Association co-chairs Wendy Johnson and Bill Hammond.

After a parade led by thundering Nightfire Drumline, and a neighborhood hangout hosted by great DJ Tomas Tello, guests can enjoy live music by Mod Tie Etiquette and savory eats from Mixed Grill BBQ.

The event is scheduled to run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at North Grand Traverse, between Stone and Edgewood, in Flint. For more information, click here.

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