Monthly JazzWalk Swings In Early with Pat Cronley & Friends

12109989_560437337453238_7766953620382302047_oOur favorite Thursday of the month is just around the corner. JazzWalk, a monthly event that normally falls on the fourth Thursday of the month, will hit the streets of downtown Flint a week early due to the holidays.

The event, to be held Dec. 17 at White Horse Tavern, is free to the public and open to all ages, according to Lanie Nix, administrative assistant of the Greater Flint Arts Council, which organizes the event.

“It’s always wall-to-wall people,” Nix says. “It’s exciting because it draws such a varied crowd. You see every age group represented. It’s music that everybody can relate to.”

This month, the event will feature live music by Pat Cronley & Friends. Joining Cronley will be Dave Bennett, a Metro Detroit-based clarinetist who has built up quite a large following in Genesee County.

Other musicians to have performed during JazzWalk – which brings performers to different venues throughout downtown Flint – include Beni Schlater and the Corey Glover Trio.

Tomorrow’s event will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. at 621 W. Court St., Flint.

For more information, or if you represent a business interested in participating in a future JazzWalk, call the Greater Flint Arts Council at 810-238-2787.

BONUS: Think the saxophone is just for jazz? Expand your horizons Friday, Dec. 18 at the Flint Institute of Music. There, Flint School of Performing Arts faculty member Jeff Price will use the instrument to perform “early French works based on opera as well as three concertos in three distinctly different styles: early 20th Century French, late Russian Romanticism and late 20th Century French.”

The free concert will kick off at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

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4 Plays to Catch in Flint & Genesee this Week

curtainsLooking for an entertaining way to spend your weekend? Here are four plays to catch in Flint & Genesee this week!

A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol with the Clio Cast & Crew (Dec. 9-13)

In this adaptation of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” Jacob Midas, who could turn anything to gold warns his old business partner, the Big Bad Wolf, that he’ll be visited by The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Performances at Theatre 57, 2220 W. Vienna Road, Clio, begin at 7:30 p.m.Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

It’s a Wonderful Life at the Whiting (Dec. 10)

This adaptation of Frank Capra’s holiday classic is portrayed as a live radio broadcast. In this version, it’s Christmas Eve in 1945, and only a handful of WVL Radio’s actors have braved the blizzard to perform the evening’s broadcast. (Tickets are no longer available; Call the box office at (810) 237-7333 to inquire about the wait list.)

Black Nativity at the New McCree Theatre (Dec. 10-12)

This spectacular special recalls the birth of Jesus the Christ, the transformation of His special day of joy and selfless giving into a commercial enterprise, and the call to return to the Season’s true meaning, all told in song, dance and powerful testimony. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Wizard of Oz at the Flint Youth Theatre (Dec. 11-13)

Follow Dorothy on her trip to Oz and back and learn along with her that there truly is “no place like home.”  Recommended for ages 6 and up. Performances begin at  7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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MTA’s Downtown Flint Location Doubles as Civil Rights Art Museum

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The Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) Customer Service Center in downtown Flint isn’t just a hub for public transit. It’s also the site of multiple civil rights-related art pieces.

As a result of a partnership between MTA and the Greater Flints Council, the building houses a bronze statue of Rosa Parks as well as several other pieces of artwork. The statue by artist Anthony Frudakis stands in the building’s front lobby in memory of the woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. Parks’ arrest on Dec. 1, 1955 sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which is considered to be the beginning of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

Visitors to the building can also check out 14 stained glass pieces adorning the windows of each of the bus bays. Each scene depicts events relating to a different civil rights movement, including – but not limited to – the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Freedom Riders of 1961.

Outside of the building, at Harrison and Second streets, stands a stainless steel sculpture. Designed by artist Brian Alexander, The Eternal Flame represents “a prayer sent up to God for the deliverance of men from prejudice and warfare.”

Check out the artwork for yourself by visiting the downtown transportation center, at 615 Harrison St., Flint. The center is open on weekdays. To confirm hours during the holidays, click here or call (810) 767-0100.

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MCC Fine Arts Gallery to Showcase ‘The Soul of Baseball’

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“The Soul of Baseball: Portraits of Negro Leaguers,”a series of paintings by by Ann Arbor-area artist Phillip Dewey, will be on display at the Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15, 2015.

According to Dewey, whose solo and group exhibitions include the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Negro Southern League Museum Acquisitions, this particular exhibition has evolved quite a bit over the years:

“I’ve tried a smorgasbord of mediums—pencil and ink, oil paint, watercolor, lithography, ceramics, woodworking, photography, stained glass. But the one thing that has prevailed is the maxim that my undergraduate painting professor used to always tell us, ‘Keep focusing on the idea.’ For me, the idea is that the Negro Leagues defined 20th century America so well. That enterprise of talent and energy, defying the odds while dazzling at the same time. An organization that was born out of the old lie of separate but equal, yet would be the machine which turned the tide in race relations well ahead of the Civil Rights movement.”

Dewey will give a public presentation about his work on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at noon in the Visual Arts and Design Center, room 129.

The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Visual Arts & Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, call the Art & Design office at 810-762-0443.

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4 Holiday Shows to See at The Whiting this December

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The Whiting is open year-round, but there’s something especially cozy about the 2,043-seat theater in the winter months.

Like the rest of the buildings in the Flint Cultural Center, the Whiting was designed in the International style, featuring open spaces and rectilinear forms. Guests walking into the building are welcomed by the well-known “Golden Sun” sculpture, which hangs from the ceiling and is valued at $5 million.

Since opening nearly 50 years ago, the venue has hosted thousands of performances by the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Flint Youth Theatre, touring Broadway acts and other guest artists. This December, the Whiting will host four performances that are sure to put visitors in the holiday spirit.

These include:

The Nutcracker, Dec. 5-6

The Collage Dance Collective of Memphis will take the stage with dancers from the Flint School of Performing Arts for this two-act ballet, performed to music by the FSO.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theatre, Dec. 10

This adaptation of Frank Capra’s holiday classic is portayed as a live radio broadcast. In this version, it’s Christmas Eve in 1945, and only a handful of WVL Radio’s actors have braved the blizzard to perform the evening’s broadcast.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Dec. 15

Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects.

Holiday Pops featuring The FSO, Dec. 19-20

The Flint Symphony Orchestra performance will be conducted by Maestro Enrique Diemecke and hosted by ABC12’s Angie Hendershot and Matt Franklin.

The Whiting is located at 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint. On performance days, the ticket center is open two hours prior to curtain and 30 minutes after.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.thewhiting.com or call (810) 237-7333.

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Flint Cultural Center to Host 32nd Annual Holiday Walk

Holiday WalkAs part of the 32nd Annual Holiday Walk, the community is invited to tour the Flint Cultural Center’s 33-acre campus on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The free event will begin at 5:15 p.m., when City of Flint Police Chief James Tolbert and Santa Claus will lead the annual tree lighting ceremony. From there, Santa will make his way to The Whiting for family visits and free photos.

The Flint Institute of Arts will offer live music as well as the opportunities for kids to meet with PBS’ Sid the Science Kid. There will also be a holiday film shown in the FIA Theater as well as a children’s activity in the FIA Art School.

Applewood will host ice-carving demonstrations and carolers, and the Buick Gallery will have Santa’s classic car on display.

Visitors can also swing by the Flint Public Library, where they can make a holiday ornament, listen to the bell choir from Goodrich United Methodist Church or watch a Punch & Judy performance.

There will be a number of musical performances at the Flint Institute of Music (in both the atrium as well as MacArthur Recital Hall) as well as a holiday comedy show and staged reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Flint Youth Theatre. 

Longway Planetarium will kick off its showings of Cosmic Christmas: The Light Show. Both the Sloan and Whaley Historic House museums will host holiday crafts.

The MTA will provide a free shuttle bus that runs from the Flint Farmers’ Market, at the corner of East 2nd and Wallenberg streets, to the Flint Cultural Center. The bus will run every 15 minutes, starting at 5:15 p.m. and ending at 7:45 p.m.

Admission is free, although donations of non-perishable food or personal care items are encouraged. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

The Flint Cultural Center campus is located along Kearsley Street off I-475 at Longway Blvd. in Flint. For more information, call 810.237.7333 or visit www.FlintCulturalCenter.org/holidaywalk.

‘Collecting Prints’ Exhibition to Open Nov. 21

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A Chart of the Human Body, 2005 (Jaune “Quick-To-See” Smith)

Opening to the public on Saturday, “Collecting Prints” illustrates the Flint Institute of Arts’ commitment to building a well-rounded, permanent collection of prints.

The exhibition will be on display through January 17, 2016, and includes works by Albrecht Durer, Chuck Close and Jim Dine.

Featuring everyone from the Old Masters to contemporary artists, this exhibition offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of styles and subjects, as well as numerous techniques for printmaking.

For more information, call 810-234-1695 or visit www.flintarts.org

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