An Insider’s Guide to Karaoking at The Whiting

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On the third Thursday of every month, the Whiting opens its doors for After Dark, an event series offering entertainment in a variety of forms: trivia, dance, comedy and – as is the case on January 21 – karaoke.

Whether you’re new to mic or compete each year in the Karaoke World Championships, we’ve compiled a few tips for making the most of Thursday’s event.

  1. Get a head start by checking out the music selection on SongBooksLive. Just enter the songbook name – skin – and you can browse the nearly 50,000 available songs by artist or title.
  2. Take part in happy hour, which runs from 8 to 9 p.m. Not only are drinks half-off during this time, but it also gives you the chance to get your name on the karaoke list early.
  3. Build a good cheering section either by bringing friends or making new ones throughout the night.
  4. Show your enthusiasm! A high-energy performance (good or bad) is always better than one that’s perfectly pitched but halfhearted.

Don’t sing? No worries. There’s still plenty of room to mingle and enjoy the atmosphere.

The event, open to guests 18 and up, will run from 8-11:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Whiting, located at 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Cover is $5.

To learn more about the Whiting’s After Dark event series, click here or call (810) 237-7337.

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How to Ring in 2016 in Flint & Genesee

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New Year’s Eve is just a week away. For those of you looking for a fun way to kick off 2016 in Flint and Genesee, here are a few options:

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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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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.

$1 Buys Admission, Transportation to 30+ Flint Attractions on July 18

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Looking to stretch your dollar? How about all the way around the city of Flint? Then check out the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s third annual “Be a Tourist in Your Home Town” event, which gives area residents and non-residents alike the opportunity to experience the best the community has to offer – all for only $1.

As part of the event, scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, “tourists” purchase passports that will grant them access and transportation to 30-40 venues throughout Flint. The passports are also valid for discounts in downtown Flint restaurants and businesses that day.

“Every year, our event has grown to include more venues, more tourists and more business discounts,” said Cheryl DeFrain, Director of the Flint & Genesee CVB. “There’s no better value. We give tourists the passport, a map and a bus to ride, and they choose their own stops on the tour. Participants love being able to customize their own routes to whatever best suits their interests.”

At some venues, tourists get special access to areas that usually are off-limits to the public. Some of the most popular Be a Tourist stops each year include:

  • Applewood, the Charles Stewart Mott estate
  • The Flint Cultural Center, including the completely renovated Longway Planetarium
  • The Michigan School for the Deaf Superintendent’s Cottage
  • The Whiting
  • Glenwood Cemetery

New stops and corresponding events this year include:

  • Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, home of the new Flint Firebirds
  • Stockton House at Spring Grove
  • Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church and its Family Fun Festival
  • Gospel Fest will be held on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center
  • An American Institute of Architects Walking Tour

“The main complaint we hear every year is that tourists couldn’t fit in all the stops because there’s so much to see and do,” DeFrain said. “We get people who haven’t visited downtown Flint in years, and they thank us for showing them what’s to see and do in Flint. They always vow that they’ll be back.”

To purchase your passport online, or to read the full list of participating businesses, click here. You can also register on the day of the event at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint, where tourists will also receive their maps and catch free bus rides courtesy of of Flint MTA, a Be a Tourist co-sponsor.

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Crim Kids Classic to Host Diaper Dash, Toddler Trot on Saturday

Photo by Kevin Markuszewski, Crim Fitness Foundation

Photo by Kevin Markuszewski, Crim Fitness Foundation

When it comes to health and fitness, a person is never too young to be introduced to an active lifestyle – which is why the Marti Austin Kids Classic caters specifically to youth ages 0-12.

Kicking off at 11 a.m. Saturday, the race events will run back-to-back in the following order:

  • Diaper Dash
  • Toddler Trot
  • ¼ Mile
  • ½ Mile
  • 1 Mile

The day includes fun activities for the entire family, and parents are welcome to run and/or walk with their children.

Each participating child will receive a t-shirt, goody bag and a finisher medal. In addition, Sloan Museum will offer free passes to race participants.

Online registration ends today and costs $15. Participants can also pre-register for $15 at the Crim Fitness Foundation office through Friday, May 29. Day-of registration, which costs $20, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Whiting in Flint.

For more information, or to register for the event, click here.

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