Review:  Energetic “Songs About Stuff” premiere explores the 90s with music, humor
Jun05

Review: Energetic “Songs About Stuff” premiere explores the 90s with music, humor

By Patsy Isenberg “I was walking down Haight Street in San Francisco when a counterculture douf cornered me/ She had a freshly dyed purple Mohawk, $120 Doc Martin boots on/ In other words, she was wearing about as much equity as I had made this year/And with a wanting look on her pale face she asked me for some change./I said, ‘Change comes from within.’” Those are some of the lyrics in “Alternateen,” one of 27 original Wally Pleasant...

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“Graffiti artist at heart” Charles Boike bringing street art vitality to Flint
Apr18

“Graffiti artist at heart” Charles Boike bringing street art vitality to Flint

By Jan Worth-Nelson Charles Boike long ago gave up his “life of crime” in the name of art. But Boike, 36, who has been described as an “urban graffiti artist at heart,” definitely has not given up his life of art. Now a practicing attorney with a wife and baby daughter, the Fenton artist has been for years creating high energy, vibrantly colorful murals all over Flint, from Buckham Alley to Totem Books to the...

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Review: The Rep’s “Glass Menagerie” honorably recreates the classic’s poignant memory-scape
Apr08

Review: The Rep’s “Glass Menagerie” honorably recreates the classic’s poignant memory-scape

By Patsy Isenberg “The play is memory. Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental, it is not realistic. In memory everything seems to happen to music. That explains the fiddle in the wings. I am the narrator of the play, and also a character in it. The other characters are my mother Amanda, my sister Laura and a gentleman caller who appears in the final scenes.” Those are some of the opening lines spoken by the...

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“America:  The Farewell Tour” by Chris Hedges:  a review
Mar12

“America: The Farewell Tour” by Chris Hedges: a review

Reviewed by Robert R. Thomas An unsettling childhood memory is that things were not as they seemed, and nobody was talking about it. My brother Alan succinctly described our childhood milieu as a “culture of silence.” While reading America: The Farewell Tour, by Chris Hedges, that childhood culture of silence revisited me. The book’s chapters—DECAY, HEROIN, WORK, SADISM, HATE, GAMBLING and FREEDOM—are lucid reveals about the fall of...

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Review:  Katie Stanley Band interlaces themes of love and loss in polished “Lake Superior”
Feb26

Review: Katie Stanley Band interlaces themes of love and loss in polished “Lake Superior”

By Jeffery L. Carey Jr. Very few local bands are as polished and professional sounding as the Flint-based Katie Stanley Band. With the recent release of Katie Stanley’s third EP titled, Lake Superior, it would seem the band is progressing in the right direction. As a singer/songwriter myself,  I looked for several criteria in the EP that generally create a well constructed record.  I focused on whether Lake Superior had a theme within...

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Flint Repertory Theatre presents “The Wolves,” for teens and adults, through Feb.17
Feb13

Flint Repertory Theatre presents “The Wolves,” for teens and adults, through Feb.17

By Patsy Isenberg On Feb.8, a Pulitzer Prize drama finalist for 2017, “The Wolves,” opened at The Flint Repertory Theatre (The Rep) in the 100-seat Bower Theater. Its all-female cast gives the audience a fly-on-the-wall observation of a nine-girl high school soccer team at practice. The only other character is referred to as “Soccer Mom” and she doesn’t appear until near the end of the play. The team members are never referred to by...

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