‘Barbecuing Hamlet’ with the Clio Cast & Crew

1440902328-bbqhamlet-ckThis weekend, the Clio Cast & Crew will take on “Barbecuing Hamlet,” a play-within-a-play-style comedy, at Theatre 57.

The show follows Margo Daley, who has been hired to direct a William Shakespeare play at a renovated funeral home with a cast of only four actors. Considering that Margo has to meet certain demands – such as inserting sponsoring names into the play, which is set in the Old West – things don’t go as smoothly as she might like.

“Barbecuing Hamlet” runs Oct. 2-4 at 2220 W. Vienna Road, Clio. Tickets are $14.

For more information, call (810) 687-2588 or visit www.cliocastandcrew.com.

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MCC Fine Arts Gallery Presents Work of Matthew Zivich

ArtGallery-ZivichThe work of Saginaw-area artist Matthew Zivich will be on display in Mott Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Sept. 28 through Oct. 13.

According to Zivich’s artist statement:

The Americana Series started about seven years ago initially as drawings using a historical genre depicting events by means of appropriated imagery from several different sources. The generalized historical depictions become more politically significant with a concentration on American history, specifically martial events.

Subsequent paintings followed the drawings using the same, or variations of American historical events. For the most part, the drawings were concerned with a layered effect of different media and the use of disparate elements such as wallpaper; tinted and textured, handmade paper grounds, stitchery. The use of titles for word/image puns was utilized as influenced by several artists such as Marcel Duchamp. Karl Wersum and William T. Wiley.

Zivich, an art professor at Saginaw Valley State University, will give a public gallery talk on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Visual Arts and Design Center (Room 128).

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

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Crossroads Village Opera House Hosts ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Oscar Wilde
“The Importance of Being Earnest,” a comedy written by Oscar Wilde, first premiered in London in 1895. Now, 120 years later, it will grace the stage of the Crossroads Village Opera House Sept. 24-27.

The production, which concludes the Flint’s Kearsley Park Players 2015 Theatre in Our Parks program, follows John Worthing, who often uses his fictitious brother, “Ernest,” as an excuse to leave town. It is one of the most widely performed comedies and has been described as “the second most known and quoted play in English after Hamlet.”

The performance will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 through Sept. 26. It will also be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 27.

General admission is $5/person. Students with a current school ID will be admitted for free.

For reservations, call 810-736-7100, ext. 6. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, visit www.kearsleyparkplayers.com.

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Pictured above: Oscar Wilde, the author of “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Flint Local 432 Highlights Chefs, Musicians for 30th Anniversary

Empty Orchestra performs at the all-ages music venue. Photo by Mike Naddeo.

Empty Orchestra previously performed at the all-ages music venue. Photo by Mike Naddeo.

The Flint Local 432 is celebrating the “Big 3-0” with a gala weekend that highlights prominent chefs and local luminaries with ties to the music and art venue.

The weekend celebration will kick off Friday, Oct. 2 with a food and beverage event hosted by Flint Food Works and Flint Farmers’ Market from 6-9 p.m. The lineup includes:

For more information about the chefs or to purchase tickets, visit https://seeandbseen.org/category/um-flint/page/2/.

There will be two different music events later that night. The Flint Local 432 will host a free, all-ages concert from 7-11 p.m. Featured bands include Embracing Silence, Overdrive, The Spoops, The Kitson Sisters and Fight to Forget.

From 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Churchill’s After-Party (21+) will feature Rats of Unusual Size, Guilty Bystanders and The Will.

The celebration will continue on Saturday, Oct. 3 with the Flint Zombie Walk from noon to 4 p.m., followed by another free, all-ages concert from 7-11 p.m. Featured bands include Kinetic Stereokids, Diver, Rats of Unusual Size, The Singing Lungs; Rabbit Ain’t Lucky (RAL).

For more information about the gala weekend, visit www.flintlocal432turns30.org.

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FIA to Highlight Photorealism, Vintage French Photography

Ilse Bing's "Chair, Champs Elysées" will be featured in the "French Twist" exhibit

Ilse Bing’s “Chair, Champs Elysées” will be featured in the “French Twist” exhibit

Two new photo exhibitions are set to open at the Flint Institute of Arts on Saturday, Sept. 12. They include “French Twist,” a collection of 100 vintage prints from the golden age of French photography, and “Photorealism,” featuring several important prints and drawings from the museum’s permanent collection.

On display through Nov. 8, “French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray” celebrates the variety and inventiveness of native and immigrant photographers working in France in the early 20th century. Between the two world wars, Paris saw a fervor of change and the city became a creative epicenter for artistic exploration, attracting international avant-garde artists.

The exhibition encompasses Eugène Atget’s lyrical views of Paris streets and gardens, Man Ray’s Surrealist experiments, and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s pioneering photojournalism. It also features works by avant-garde female artist Ilse Bing, photographer of Paris at night Brassaï, child prodigy Jacques-Henri Lartigue and street photographer Lisette Model.

On display through Nov. 11, “Photorealism” highlights Photorealist imagery, which features ordinary elements of contemporary life such as vehicles, buildings, streets and consumer products in a cool, objective manner. Photorealist artists create images that utilize extreme detail to achieve the highest degree of representational truth. By considering the juxtaposition of blurriness and sharp focus, saturated colors and the highly reflective surfaces of photography, these artists question the differences between reality and artificiality.

For more information about either exhibition, visit www.flintarts.org/exhibitions.

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The New McCree Theatre Announces Upcoming Concerts, Plays


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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