FSO Adds Educational Element to Upcoming Concert










The Flint Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Saturday, Nov. 14 will explore Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, accompanied by insight and commentary from Maestro Enrique Diemecke throughout the concert.

Diemecke and Gregg Powell, FSO Artistic Coordinator, will host a pre-concert talk at The Whiting prior to the concert. The lively discussion will provide additional information to enhance the concert going experience for attendees. The talk is free for all concert ticket holders and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

During the concert’s intermission, students are invited to mingle with FSO musicians and enjoy refreshments from the White Horse Tavern. (Signs will be located at The Whiting directing students to the appropriate area; younger students may be escorted by a parent or guardian.)

The Flint Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of Diemecke, who celebrates his 27th year with the FSO this season.

To purchase tickets, click here or call 1-888-8-CENTER.

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50 Artists to Participate in FIA’s Arts & Crafts Fair

first frostThe 10th Annual First Frost Arts & Fine Crafts Fair, to be held Nov. 7-8, 2015, will feature approximately 50 artist displays for holiday shoppers.

Held inside the Flint Institute of Arts, the festival will also feature trees and wreaths created by local designers, florists, community organizations and volunteers. The pieces will be available for purchase through a silent auction held throughout the event.

There will also be glassblowing demonstrations, musical entertainment, “living statues” and holiday bake sale, all in support of the Flint Institute of Arts.

Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $5, Seniors 62 & above are $4 and children 12 and under are free of charge. The FIA galleries will be open free of charge.

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


Local Artists to Create Live Art During Awards Ceremony 


Three of the area’s foremost artists — whose designs have been featured at Buckham Alley Fest, Aerosol and Audio, Table & Tap and the Flint Farmers’ Market — will be showcased during the 2nd Annual Art of Achievement Awards on Nov. 12.

The artists — Charles Boike, Kevin Burdick and Matt Osmon — will create elegant “street art” live on scene inside the Riverfront Banquet Center in Flint. Those same pieces will be sold during a silent auction later in the evening.

The evening will also feature a strolling dinner, music by Club 93.7 DJ Peter McFray, a photo lounge and other special entertainers, in addition to the main event: an awards ceremony honoring outstanding business and community leadership in Flint & Genesee.

“Art of Achievement recognizes the business and community leaders, and hospitality professionals who have really stood out among their peers in 2015,” said Heather Kale, Director of Member Services of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event. “The winners are based on who is going above and beyond to positively impact Flint & Genesee.”

According to Kale, the gala also offers guests “a great chance to mingle in a fun and energetic atmosphere.”

Tickets for the event are $75/person and can be purchased online.

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International Celtic Duo to Bring Bango, Tinwhistle to Flint Performance

1 CELTIC YEAR PHOTOFour Shillings Short – a husband-and-wife duo who play within the Celtic/folk/world music genre – will perform in Flint on Saturday, Nov. 7.

“A Celtic Winter Concert” will feature music, stories and poetry from the Celtic tradition. But don’t expect strictly Celtic sounds. Aodh Og O’Tuama and Christy Martin utilize more than 30 instruments, ranging from the banjo to the tinwhistle. They also like to tie in Indian Ragas and Middle Eastern influences where possible.

The concert will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2474 S. Ballenger Hwy.

Admission is $17 for the general public, $12 for society members and $7 for students.

For more information about the event, sponsored by the Flint Folk Music Society, call (810) 309-3951 or visit www.flintfolkmusic.org

Tapology Brings Jazz & Dance Festival to Flint Institute of Music

tapTapology will host its 13th Annual Festival Oct. 22-25, during which the program will offer classes for ages 5 to 80 (scholarships are available) as well as a free historical presentation by Columbia University Historian Daniel Dawson.

The festivities,held at the Flint Institute of Music and on the grounds of the cultural center’s campus. will culminate Sunday with the Tapology concert. The evening will showcase  the work of both the program’s Youth Ensemble students as well as well-known musicians and dancers including:

  • internationally known jazz pianist Lafayette Harris Jr.;
  • tap dance star and So Danca spokesperson Derick K. Grant;
  • Jessica Care Moore, producer of “Black Women Rock!”;
  • and Kevin Ramsey, who played Mufasa in of The Lion King (LA).

For more information, visit www.tapology.org. To purchase tickets, visit www.thewhiting.com or call 810 787-0197.

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‘The Art of Metalwork’ on Display at FIA through April

Fullstock High Art Wheelock Pistol, ca. 1680

Fullstock High Art Wheelock Pistol, ca. 1680

A new, temporary exhibition at the Flint Institute of Arts explores the transformation of metals into fantastic works of art.

On display through April 3, 2015, “Decorative to Dangerous: The Art of Metalwork” features several objects from different time periods and cultures, revealing some of the natural stages and progression of metalwork.

According to the museum’s website:

“Metal has made a major contribution to the development of civilization since the Bronze Age (3000-1000 BCE). In ancient art, metal objects were mostly functional and commonly included weapons, armor, utensils, and ceremonial vessels. Gradually, new processes were discovered that led to greater detail and experimentation in metalwork. Metal continues to be explored as an innovative medium by modern and contemporary artists in both utilitarian and purely artistic objects.”

For more information, click here.

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Shhh! Secret Con Heads to Farmers’ Market


You didn’t hear it from us, but the Flint Farmers’ Market may be hosting a comic and gaming convention on Saturday, Oct. 10.

From the Secret Con Facebook page:

The first rule of Secret Con is that there is no Secret Con. Spies in the area have heard rumors of a comics and gaming convention coming to the Flint MI area, but have denied it’s existence for years. Now the rumors might actually prove to be true. Comics, art, books, gaming, and reputed guests well worth the price of admission. More details IF and when they become available. Remember, DON’T tell your friends, deny all rumors of any Secret Con, and remember to forget you were here at all!

IF the event were happening, it would probably be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special guests including William Stolpin, a printmaker and dragon illustrator, and William Messner Loebs, the writer/artist behind “Journey: The Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire” and other works.

Admission would likely be $5 per person.

For more information about what may or may not happen, click here.

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