Review:  For coronavirus “Cuckoo’s Nest,”  the uneasily relevant show went on — and then got cancelled
Mar14

Review: For coronavirus “Cuckoo’s Nest,” the uneasily relevant show went on — and then got cancelled

By Patsy Isenberg It’s ironic how in sync “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at Flint Repertory Theatre’s (The Rep’s) Elgood blackbox stage last Friday (the 13th, as it happened) echoed how it seems so many of us were feeling that day. It was the opening night for the show. I kept checking the theatre’s website all week to make sure they hadn’t cancelled or postponed the opening. They didn’t.  But it was supposed to take place...

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Charles Winfrey’s “Saints of St. John Street” runs at McCree through Feb. 29
Feb24

Charles Winfrey’s “Saints of St. John Street” runs at McCree through Feb. 29

By Patsy Isenberg “The now demolished St. John Street neighborhood is historic in the sense it was one of only two areas African Americans could reside in as they migrated to Flint from the south.” That’s the first sentence about the authentic and nostalgically effective play,  “The Saints of St. John Street” from the program for the Charles Winfrey memoir that opened Feb. 20 at the New McCree Theatre, 2040 W. Carpenter...

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Review:  Buckham show shines light on primal obsessions of love and death
Feb19

Review: Buckham show shines light on primal obsessions of love and death

By Jeffery L Carey, Jr. “Besides Eros, then, there was a death drive.” ––Sigmund Freud Within humanity there seems to be an obsession with the concepts of love and death. This obsession worms its way into  our stories, poems, and art, and has been doing so for over 35,000 years when a cave dweller carved the Venus of Hohle Fels out of the bone of a wooly mammoth. Buckham Gallery’s newest exhibit,  Eros and Thanatos, shines a new light...

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Review: Semaj Brown at the FIA a poet, a priestess, a force of nature borne of anger and love
Feb02

Review: Semaj Brown at the FIA a poet, a priestess, a force of nature borne of anger and love

By Jan Worth-Nelson In the opening of Semaj Brown’s Jan. 26 performance at the Flint Institute of Arts, FIA director John Henry described Brown, Flint’s first poet laureate,  as a “science-driven author, dramatist, playwright, and educator who builds inter-disciplinary curriculum.” And since Brown’s appointment as poet laureate by former Mayor Karen Weaver last year, she has plunged with high-octane...

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Review:  MCC’s Fine Arts Gallery presents “Japan Rediscovered: Photographs by Hideki Kihata.
Jan27

Review: MCC’s Fine Arts Gallery presents “Japan Rediscovered: Photographs by Hideki Kihata.

By Paul Rozycki This past month the Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery presented an exhibition of photographs, titled “Japan Rediscovered: Photographs by Hideki Kihata.”  Japanese-born photographer Hideki Kihata wrapped up the event Jan. 27 with a gallery talk to a room full of students, faculty and the public. Kihata, a Saginaw area photographer, is Art Department Chair and Professor of Art at Saginaw Valley State University....

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Hearing difficulties give young Flint artist a vision of inclusion
Jan25

Hearing difficulties give young Flint artist a vision of inclusion

By Paul Rozycki Art historians say that Pablo Picasso began drawing at age seven, and produced his first painting at age nine. But Picasso may have nothing on Flint’s Karina Brown. The energetic, self-taught, fifteen- year-old artist who displayed her work at the Flint Public Library Jan. 25, started to draw at age three, and also did her first painting by age nine. Brown, a student at Mott Middle College, exhibited more than 20 of...

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