Russ Dotson turns abandoned wood into Flint’s “found beauty”
Dec17

Russ Dotson turns abandoned wood into Flint’s “found beauty”

By Jan Worth-Nelson After 22 years in the Navy, including tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and finally, Ethiopia, in 2015 Flint native Russ Dotson came home. Casting about for things to do, he found himself watching a YouTube series called “Strangely Satisfying Videos” — described as “mesmerizing and hypnotizing” clips of the actions of (for example)  weaving, frosting a cake, painting a perfect stop...

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Review: Local actor, director, poet, activist reflects on recent “Passing Strange”
Dec15

Review: Local actor, director, poet, activist reflects on recent “Passing Strange”

By Patsy Isenberg Her name’s Harvey. Just Harvey.  She’s been in numerous Flint area theatre productions. She was in “The Wolves” at Flint Repertory Theatre last season and played The Orator in their recent “The Chairs” show. And she’s been studying theater arts since elementary school here in Flint and has a B.A. in both theater arts and French from the University of Michigan – Flint. Before the Flint Repertory Theatre (The...

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Review:  One more weekend to see “outstanding” Flint Rep’s “Into the Woods”
Dec09

Review: One more weekend to see “outstanding” Flint Rep’s “Into the Woods”

By Patsy Isenberg “Into the Woods” is an outstanding blend of talents that came together just right. The musical opened at Flint Repertory Theatre (The Rep) Friday, Dec. 6 to a sold out audience. Rumor had it the rest of that weekend’s performances were also sold out. The blend of talents includes the direction of this Sondheim/Lapine collaboration by Michael Lluberes, The Rep’s producing artistic director, who does such a great job...

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Review:  “Hatred, Inc.” and “Why We Hate” cast light on today’s quagmires
Dec07

Review: “Hatred, Inc.” and “Why We Hate” cast light on today’s quagmires

By Robert Thomas Matt Taibbi’s book Hate Inc. and the Discovery Channel’s six-episode series Why We Hate makes for an informative multi-media journey along the trail of human hatred. Hate Inc. examines why today’s media makes us despise one another. Why We Hate examines causes of hatred using scientific tools like evolutionary anthropology, cognitive science, and neuroscience to flesh out hatred’s roots. Evolutionary anthropologist...

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Poet Laureate Semaj Brown launches literacy project in compelling UM – Flint performance
Nov16

Poet Laureate Semaj Brown launches literacy project in compelling UM – Flint performance

By Patsy Isenberg “Say Her Name.” Semaj Brown. Flint’s first-ever poet laureate, made that powerful line one of her central refrains at a performance, discussion and launch of a literacy initiative at the University of Michigan – Flint’s  Kiva Auditorium Nov. 13. Brown had received a proclamation from then-Mayor Karen Weaver announcing her as Flint’s first poet laureate Sept. 27 after a performance at the Flint Public...

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Review:  Absurdist “The Chairs” delivers much more than nothingness
Nov03

Review: Absurdist “The Chairs” delivers much more than nothingness

By Patsy Isenberg “The Chairs” opened at Flint Repertory Theatre’s Bower Black Box Friday Nov. 1 to a sold-out house. Artistic Director Michael Lluberes could be seen helping late arrivals search for seats.  [The production continues next weekend through Sunday, Nov. 10–details below.] It’s a good bet that most of the audience expected a simple comedy about an elderly couple’s conversation. It turns out there was much more to...

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