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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“Miracles and Glory Abound”:  Artwork of Vanessa German at FIA through April 20
Jan30

“Miracles and Glory Abound”: Artwork of Vanessa German at FIA through April 20

By Harold C. Ford Editor’s Note: EVM staff writer Harold C. Ford also is a provisional docent at the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) and was present in a dual capacity during a walk-through of Vanessa German’s new exhibit at the FIA Jan. 25.  Miracles and Glory Abound opened to the general public Jan. 27. “The future belongs to the human beings who have the creativity and the courage to live inside the truth.” …Vanessa German, 2017...

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Review: The Little Prince “tames” Rep audiences with good storytelling, acting, direction, and stage design
Dec31

Review: The Little Prince “tames” Rep audiences with good storytelling, acting, direction, and stage design

By Patsy Isenberg The stage version of “The Little Prince,”  written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar based on the beloved children’s book by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, closed Dec. 23 after a successful run at the Flint Repertory Theater. The Rep’s execution of the endearing play, with only four characters, featured deft direction, excellent acting, evocative set design, and haunting sound...

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Review:  “The Rep” performs energetic “Assassins” to packed house
Nov11

Review: “The Rep” performs energetic “Assassins” to packed house

By Patsy Isenberg On Friday night, Nov. 9, the talented and energetic cast of “Assassins” opened a timely musical at The Rep. With inspired direction from Michael Lluberes, producing artistic director of the company, this show takes the audience on a wild ride revisiting nine presidential assassinations or attempted assassinations in U.S. history. Time is scrambled because the assassins interact with each other and share their unique...

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Review:  “Beautiful Decay” sculptures featured at MCC through Oct. 30
Oct25

Review: “Beautiful Decay” sculptures featured at MCC through Oct. 30

By Patsy Isenberg “Beautiful Decay” is the theme of a mixed media sculpture exhibit by Cara O’Brien, showing through Oct. 30 at Mott Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center. The show is a 16-piece collection of abstract sculptures made from both natural found materials and porcelain pieces. O’Brien’s works are  sleek and modern but also rustic, because the pieces reflect...

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