Review:  Chilly Artwalk brings witches, quilts, music, and “South of the Border” to warm up downtown scene
Oct15

Review: Chilly Artwalk brings witches, quilts, music, and “South of the Border” to warm up downtown scene

By Patsy Isenberg On a chilly Oct. 12, Artwalk brought not only great art but quilts, music and witches.  The nip in the air didn’t discourage lots of people from walking around in downtown Flint for sensory experiences found at several galleries and many other businesses that night. At GFAC the Genesee Star Quilters (GSQ) took over the entire space.  Very large handmade quilts created by members adorned  the walls.  The larger quilts...

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Review/Commentary:  Foreboding “Fahrenheit 11/9” a jumbled jeremiad, but we still need it
Sep12

Review/Commentary: Foreboding “Fahrenheit 11/9” a jumbled jeremiad, but we still need it

By Jan Worth-Nelson In his opening remarks to a crowd of about 1,000 at the screening of his new movie “Fahrenheit 11/9” Monday night at Whiting Auditorium in Flint,  Michael Moore said he was trying to do his part to save the movies. Movie theaters,  he said, are “the last place that people can go to be with other people to feel, to laugh, to be angry, to be thoughtful.”  His movies have often created just...

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Review:  Summer Osborne sings the way with call for “spiritual revolution,” peace and love
Jul24

Review: Summer Osborne sings the way with call for “spiritual revolution,” peace and love

by Harold Ford “You’re going to make the difference between loving and resistance/So hear me when I say you’re able, you’re willing and strong/This is your call.”  …lyrics from This Is Your Call by Summer Osborne These are indelicate times for Earthlings of any persuasion, no matter the spot they occupy along the socio-political spectrum.  From Pussy Riot(ers) who crashed the World Cup in Russia to bring attention to that government’s...

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Review:  Hot Friday the 13th downtown ARTWALK a feast of stellar art and music
Jul15

Review: Hot Friday the 13th downtown ARTWALK a feast of stellar art and music

By Patsy Isenberg A lot of people came to downtown Flint on Friday the 13th for ARTWALK,  which takes place the second Friday of every month. ARTWALK is sponsored by The Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC) and includes many galleries, bars and restaurants along and near Saginaw Street. It was hot that night. But at least it wasn’t raining or windy. It was actually a perfect night for the event and it did not disappoint the festival...

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Review:  Connor Coyne’s “Urbantasm: The Dying City” original, dark, magical, and infused with Flint
Jul02

Review: Connor Coyne’s “Urbantasm: The Dying City” original, dark, magical, and infused with Flint

Urbantasm  Book One: The Dying City by Connor Coyne Review by Robert R. Thomas Connor Coyne’s Urbantasm is the most original take on Flint I have read to date. Set in the fictional Rust Belt city of Akawe, Michigan, “an hour’s drive north of Detroit,” Coyne’s allegorical tale is a serial novel of four volumes the author says has taken 22 years to create. Book One: The Dying City will be published in September. The jacket of my...

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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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