“Thrill-seeker’s” theater of glass, heat and light opens for FIA “Hot Shop” crowds
Apr21

“Thrill-seeker’s” theater of glass, heat and light opens for FIA “Hot Shop” crowds

By Jan Worth-Nelson Brent Swanson, the Flint Institute of Arts glass programs manager, says he is a “thrill seeker,” and that’s why he makes glass art.  It’s fast, it’s risky, and it’s hot. And that’s what visitors settling into to their stadium seats at the new FIA glass art “hot shop” demonstration arena starting every Saturday afternoon now that the stunning new additions to the museum are open will get to see:  a unique and...

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Arts in Detention: program unlocks creativity from the inside for GVRC youth
Apr18

Arts in Detention: program unlocks creativity from the inside for GVRC youth

By Teddy Robertson It’s a drizzly April night for Art Walk, but I’m out for just one stop: Buckham Gallery and the opening of the annual “Arts in Detention: GVRC Share Art Exhibit.” “Arts in Detention” presents the work of kids ages 10 to 17 living in the Genesee Valley Regional Detention Center (GVRC), on Pasadena Avenue in Flint.  A short-term residential facility (capacity 60), GVRC currently houses 45 to 50 young people; their...

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Review:  John P. Kee’s “Change the World Tour” wows at Harris Memorial
Apr16

Review: John P. Kee’s “Change the World Tour” wows at Harris Memorial

By Patsy Isenberg Last Friday, April 13, Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and pastor John P. Kee and his New Life Community Choir paid a visit to a packed Burton church to perform for the congregation and many visitors. Adding to the lively music, the event also brought in donations for a new boiler for Doyle Ryder Elementary School and a truckload of water for the city. Key, 56, a Durham, N.C. native, sang lots of gospel and...

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“Digital ghetto,”  “cashless society” pose threats even beyond Orwell, journalist contends
Apr15

“Digital ghetto,” “cashless society” pose threats even beyond Orwell, journalist contends

By Jan Worth-Nelson One of the biggest threats facing the U.S. today is the “algorithm ghetto, the digital ghetto, the electronic ghetto,”  Chicago journalist and Jewish historian Edwin Black told a group of Flint residents Friday while on a statewide tour as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 12. Alluding to recent studies suggesting that memories of the Holocaust, the murder of six million Jews during World War II...

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Flint panel, viewers react to gritty “Flint Town” with anguish, ambivalence–and ask, who controls Flint’s story?
Apr12

Flint panel, viewers react to gritty “Flint Town” with anguish, ambivalence–and ask, who controls Flint’s story?

By Harold C. Ford “Any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich; these are at war with one another.” …Plato, The Republic, Book IV Nearly 100 persons gathered at the Flint Public Library April 10 as five panelists reacted to the recently released Flint Town, a Netflix original documentary series. The “Community Conversation” represented the first opportunity for Flint citizens...

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Village Life:  On the death of a poet, Grayce Scholt, 1925-2018
Apr11
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