This Friday’s Art Walk Will Come With An Added SHIVER

book-monthEvery month on the second Friday Downtown Flint celebrates the arts with the Art Walk, an event created years and years ago via a collaboration between the local independent galleries and the event continues to grow and evolve over time.  The walk itself focuses on the gallery space downtown – Buckham Gallery and Greater Flint Arts Council – but other venues such as Red Ink Studios (located in the same building as the Flint Local 432 all ages music club on First Street), Pages Bookstore, The Lunch Studio and other sites have joined in as additional venues where artists and musicians can showcase their work.  This month another venue joins the walk as MLive will host five local writers who will be offering their own twists on classic summer reading.  The event at MLive (located on Saginaw Street across from Blackstone’s) is called the Summer Shiver Book Tour and features five authors from the Flint area who each will be bringing books that will throw some very long and very deep shadows and all of them will be available to sign their books and speak with people if anyone has any questions about their work. The books will range from stories of the undead, to tales of romantic terror, to a university that has a strange and mysterious history, and on to non-fiction books about movies, and even books perfect for the littlest ghosts and goblins in the house.

Summer is a time many take to kick back and spend some time in a good book – electronic or traditional – and the Summer Shiver Tour is a great opportunity to meet some local authors and find out more about their work and for those looking to add a chill to the warm weather months this could be just the place to start.

Summer Shiver Book Tour

MLive Office – Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint

Friday, June 11, 2014

6PM – 8PM


Buckham Alley In Downtown Flint Is The Place To Be This Saturday Night

buchkamNow in its fourth year, Buckham Alley Fest has quickly become one of the most interesting and anticipated events in all of Flint. Sure, there are the stalwarts downtown – Back To The Bricks, The Crim, and Bikes On The Bricks – which all draw thousands and thousands of people to the area but none of those events feel as Flint as BAF does. What those other events, great as they are, don’t do is embrace some of the things that make this modern Flint what it is – the art, the music, and the food. The event uses an alley in Flint where several local businesses reside – Pages Bookstore, The Torch Bar & Grill, The Loft, and 501 as well as some smaller businesses – with the small side street transformed into a music venue, an art showcase, and an area of outdoor seating and eating as thousands come out to this free festival.  Beginning at 4 p.m. this Saturday the festival fills not just Buckham Alley (which is in between First Street and Second Street downtown) but will spill into First Street and will fill the entirety of the alley itself. With two stages set up there will be ten music acts with different styles and from different genres playing through the evening which will set the soundtrack as people check out the dozens upon dozens of vendors selling food, clothing, crafts, and jewelry. In their own area will be local artists showing and selling their work. Since its inception the festival has become an amazing showcase for local artists and performers and this year will be no different with demonstrations and art performances slated for the evening as well.

With an event that’s still relatively ‘new’ Buckham Alley Fest has become an event that people look forward to all year and with great reason – this is a festival for and about Flint and which looks to add to the already busy summer calendar. If you have never made it to a Buckham Alley Festival then this is a great time to change that. There are a lot of wonderful events centered on Flint during the year but few of them are made from the fabric of the city and woven back into its eclectic tapestry highlighting the many things that that make the city so special.

Buckham Alley Festival
Saturday, July 12, 2014
4PM – 10PM
Buckham Alley, Downtown Flint, MI (between Second Street and First Street)

Celebrate Independence Day At Crossroads This Week!

Strawberry Ice Cream ConeThis is one of those weeks where there are a hundred things to do and the hard part becomes deciding what exactly you want to do most.  Too often we default to the most convenient thing or the thing we always do but the only way to find true adventure is to go looking for it and the only way to do that is to do something different.  This week Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad has two opportunities to celebrate the Fourth in fun and unique ways.

July 3 will bring the Flint Symphony Orchestra to Crossroads as a kick off to the 2014 Music in the Parks series and they’ll be playing patriotic music starting at 7PM and running until 9PM. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for this free show and if you get a little hungry or thirsty the park will have their concessions open for business.

On the Fourth there will be games, a carnival mid-way, and everyone’s favorite – an Ice Cream Social.  Instead of dealing with loud crowds and the stress of arriving hours early so you can get a good spot to see forty minutes of fireworks you can step back in time and have a simpler, stress free celebration. The Fourth is a wonderful time to visit Crossroads and to remind ourselves what America used to look like and of the many struggles that were overcome to get us to where we are today.  And, you know, there’s ice cream!

Independence Celebration

Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Times vary

6140 N. Bray Road, Flint, MI, 48505

Stop In To The Flint Farmer’s Market This Saturday For A Taste Of The Market

1403099239With summer here people’s minds turn to barbecues and festivals and things that go ‘bang’ in the sky but for foodies things get a little bleak at times. Sure, sure, there’s an abundance of fresh foods out there but there aren’t many events focused on those foods or on anything that isn’t barbecued or covered in some manner of sauce, ah, but the Flint Farmer’s Market has just what the foodie palate has been craving at their Taste of the Market event this Saturday.  The event is the perfect opportunity to check out the new space if you haven’t yet and will give you a chance to learn more about some of the amazing foods that are there.  The event will feature the cooking talents of some of the chefs of the Market’s businesses and will offer a very wide variety of foods and styles.  If you come out you will be able to see demonstrations of skills from chefs from Chubby Duck Global Foods, Chef Nate’s Wing Bar, Mexico at the Market, and Beirut Restaurant & Grocery.

This event is a wonderful way to see how some local chefs prepare their favorite recipes and will give you some insight into how they create those dishes and put their own spins on them.  The event runs from late morning into the early afternoon so there is plenty of time to do some shopping, both window and otherwise, either before or after the demonstrations.  If you have a love for food and cooking this is an event you won’t want to miss.

A Taste of the Market

Flint Farmer’s Market – Downtown Flint

Saturday, June 28, 2014

11 AM – 3 PM



Join The Celebration At the 10th Annual JUNEBOREE This Friday

Banner_mini_flat_02-Medium1-e1296450432312This Friday marks another Art Walk in Downtown Flint and it also marks the tenth anniversary of the Creative Alliance’s Juneboree, a celebration of all things weird and wonderful.  The Creative Alliance is a a collective of artists, writers, and musicians who work together to create art and outreach events in and around the city of Flint and who work together to support each other’s emerging skills and careers.  Juneboree is a fun music and art show that embraces the spirit of the carnival and the atmosphere of a street fair.  This year there will be live music, visual art, street performers and more.  The event will run during and after the Art Walk and will feature over fifteen artists and four bands will be rocking the night away.  The event will be held at Churchill’s Food & Spirits right on Saginaw Street across from the University Pavilion and the fun will be plentiful.


Friday, June 13, 2014

6PM – 2AM

Churchill’s Food & Spirits – 340 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI, 48502

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Sun, Fun, And The Beach Come To Downtown Flint This Weekend

sun of a beachIf you’re a Parrothead then the smell of cheeseburgers, the sound of crashing waves, and the thought of a margarita are the summer thoughts that get you through the rest of the year but for those folks that aren’t as familiar with the music of Jimmy Buffett this may all seem a little odd. This Saturday though the beach and summer fun will be coming to Downtown Flint as the Sun of a Beach Festival hits town for one day only.  The festival is a one day celebration of Jimmy Buffett and the life and love of the beach.  The event is sponsored by Chasse Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio and Landshark Lager and will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Attendees will be greeted by 160 yards of sand and professional sand castle artists turning that sand into beautiful sculptures.  Keeping everyone moving will be Buffett tribute band Parrots of the Caribbean as well as ZBTB, a tribute band playing the music of the Zac Brown Band.  Set up around the Festival will be food and drink vendors to keep everyone well fed and not thirsty and all attendees are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and beach blankets so they can be comfortable as they kick back and enjoy the day.

For those that are interested in attending there are Advance tickets available for FREE at several local locations listed on the event’s website but if you miss out you can get in for only $5 and for a day of fun, sand, and music that’s a pretty small price to pay. The surfing may be rough out in the Flat Lot this weekend but the sand will be great and the beach will definitely be in full effect.

Sun Of A Beach Festival

Saturday, June 14, 2014

1PM – 7PM

Flat Lot – Corner of Saginaw Street and Kearsley Street in Downtown Flint

Tickets – $5 at the door

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The Summer Will Once More Be Filled With Shakespeare In The Parks

Kearsley ParkThis year marks the tenth anniversary of Shakespeare In The Park in Kearsley Park and over the years it has become a beloved summer staple in Flint. For those with a love of theater and the great bard though the Kearsley Park Players will be taking their troupe on the road and not just in the park this season. The production for the 2014 season will be the comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor and the season kicks off on Friday, June 13 in Kearsley Park. From there the show will move to For-Mar, then to the Linden County Park, and will close out in Flushing County Park on June 21. The play is beloved for its comedic take on class, wealth, and the usual jealousy and revenge Shakespeare is known for and the play will be directed by Kay Kelly, who oversees Kearsley Park.

Shakespeare In The Park has become a summer tradition in Flint and is truly one of Flint and Genesee County’s treasures. Theater season is about to be back and it’s a great time to start making your plans.

Shakespeare In The Park 2014 Season

The Merry Wives of Windsor

June 13 – June 21

All dates except the opening night gala are FREE!

June 13 – 8PM – Kearsley Park (Opening Night Gala)

June 14 – 8PM – Kearsley Park

June 15 – 2PM – Kearsley Park

June 19 – 7PM – For-Mar Nature Preserve

June 20 – 7PM – Linden, Clover Beach

June 21 – 7PM – Flushing County Park (Season Ending Show)

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