A Touch of Jazz: Heralded event draws hundreds

A Touch of Jazz: Heralded event draws hundreds

  The 36th Annual Flint Jazz Festival didn’t disappoint a diverse group of fans, including those who enjoy the “smooth” variety of one of America’s original arts. Among highlights of the Aug. 10-13 event were Johnathan Celestin, singing his jazzed-up version of Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work,” a funky, crowd-pleasing performance from Sidewalk Chalk, musical instrumentals […]

Flint gets jazzy for three-day weekend music festival

Flint gets jazzy for three-day weekend music festival

The sound of jazz is providing one more reason for visitors to explore the often-overlooked cultural jewels of Flint. The 36th Annual Flint Jazz Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 11 and jams every evening through Sunday, Aug. 13 in the “Meadow,” on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center at Chavez Avenue and Longway Boulevard. […]

Flint is a resilient city

Flint is a resilient city

Summer on Flint’s Frontlines with Gina Kim This blog submission begins an exclusive weekly series of entries and personal reflections about Flint from the perspectives of  Georgetown University student Gina Kim, of New Jersey and Grand Blanc, Michigan, native Lindsay Baywol, a Michigan State University student, The women are participants in the 2017 Diplomat Fellowship for […]

Stars shine brightly for young Flint filmmakers

Stars shine brightly for young Flint filmmakers

The stars twinkled Thursday evening at the but these weren’t the same old leading men and women in Hollywood. No, the local movie-makers celebrated July 27 were participants in the second annual Flint Youth Film Festival Awards Ceremony, featuring aspiring artists from ages 13 to 25.  The program recognizes short-film directors, honoring their work in […]

Christopher Paul Curtis and other authors with ties to Flint come home to woo us with words

Christopher Paul Curtis and other authors with ties to Flint come home to woo us with words

His writing is a reflection of us. That’s how Flint native and celebrated author Christopher Paul Curtis describes his personal style. “My effort, and the efforts of many other writers of fiction for young people, is, to paraphrase Jacqueline Woodson and Rudine Sims Bishop, to simply hold a mirror so that I can reflect the […]

Vacation for a just a buck on July 15

Vacation for a just a buck on July 15

It’s easy to overlook the great destinations that are closest to home. You know, the places you recommend to out-of-town visitors and extended family, but haven’t been to in years. Now is the ideal time to take another at what you might be missing, according to organizers of the be a “Tourist in Your Home Town” taking place on […]

Lighting up Brush Alley

Lighting up Brush Alley

Flint city residents lit up the night yesterday at the “Light Up Brush Alley Wine Party Fundraiser” at Cork. Yes, the wine flowed, but the evening also involved hard work and a lot of elbow grease as participants worked to the floor to raise funds to add more lights to Buckham Alley. Their fundraising efforts will […]

Girl Power: Flint book author inspires girls to appreciate who they are

Girl Power: Flint book author inspires girls to appreciate who they are

In an imaginary world, Keira, a wide-eyed nine-year-old girl, enjoys her wonderful life traveling around the globe singing in the Sally Court Band with her best friends, who are endangered species animals. When they are not performing, the clan is in the classroom, where Keira’s Auntie Marsay teaches them spelling and about homonyms and homophones. […]