Review:  Flint welcomes “The Moth” in celebratory night downtown
Jun12

Review: Flint welcomes “The Moth” in celebratory night downtown

By Patsy Isenberg and Jan Worth-Nelson Perhaps the biggest stories of all about last Thursday’s performances of “The Moth” storytelling show at the Capitol Theater weren’t about “The Moth” at all.  There are at least four other options: That the performance was in the Capitol Theater, spectacularly renovated and gleaming since its $37 million facelift and December opening. That the performance sold out—all 1,600 seats filled. That...

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Review:   Extraordinary NatGeo issue upends what we think we know about race
May15

Review: Extraordinary NatGeo issue upends what we think we know about race

By Robert R. Thomas Marcia and Millie Biggs grace the cover of National Geographic’s April 2018 special issue titled “Black and White.” They are fraternal twin sisters, daughters of a bi-racial couple. As the subtitle indicates, “These twin sisters make us rethink everything we know about race.” The key factor, Marcia points out, is “People are made how they are.” Her mother adds, “It’s genes.” The real story in black and white is not...

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Review: Jazz song stylist mellows crowd at Totem Books
May02

Review: Jazz song stylist mellows crowd at Totem Books

By Patsy Isenberg Local singer Jymi Dill performed jazz and pop standards on a recent Saturday to an appreciative crowd of about 40 at Totem Books, 620 W. Court St. His refreshingly smooth and mellow voice and selection of “torch songs”  and jazzy touches got some couples up and dancing. Dill,  a lifelong Flint resident, has been sharing his love of music from artists ranging from Sinatra to Etta James, and even singers...

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Review:  Flint Youth Theater’s  “Geranium” is superlative, runs through May 6
Apr29

Review: Flint Youth Theater’s “Geranium” is superlative, runs through May 6

By Patsy Isenberg  The Flint Youth Theatre (FYT) has staged a superlative premier production of “The Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died But Teacher You Went Right On.” The musical is based on the book of the same name by Albert Cullum, published in 2003 by Harlin Quist. It was adapted into a musical by Michigan playwright Michael Lluberes (also director of the production) with music by Jared M. Dembowski. The final product was a...

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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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Review:  “20/20” exhibit at downtown’s MW Gallery is remarkable
Apr06

Review: “20/20” exhibit at downtown’s MW Gallery is remarkable

By Patsy Isenberg Someone was heard saying that the Flint Farmer’s Market is the jewel of Flint. Well, there actually are several jewels here, and one of the brightest is the MW Gallery downtown. Illustrating the point is the MW’s new exhibit, “20/20 Influential Artists of the 20th Century,” comprised of work by more than 20 notable “artists of the African diaspora and those who reflect on it.” The rotating exhibits at MW...

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