What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (7/28/14): FCB, a Drunken Botanist, 6 Fingers, Gardens, Stardust, Raiders, and More

Check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Monday, July 28th, at 7:00 pm: Get Downtown Monday Night, a performance by the Farmington Community Band, in Riley Park.

Drunken Botanist coverTuesday, July 29th, at 7:00 pm: Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks, presents (via Skype for a webcast event) an exploration of the dizzying array of plants that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol. From the sugar cane that gives us Caribbean rum, to the juniper berries that flavor gin, to the odd and obscure fruits that flavor Italian liqueurs, Amy Stewart takes a most intoxicating perspective on the leaves, bark, seeds, roots, flowers, and fruit imbibed around the world, with a compelling mixture of history, science, literature and humor. At the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile.

Thursday, July 31st, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with the Farmington Community Big Band.

Thursday, July 31st, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Friday, August 1st, at 7:00 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor 6 Finger Leftyconcert series with 6 Finger Lefty. Backgrounds in jazz, classic rock, folk, pop, and Irish music have not kept these musicians from finding a common ground. Rather the diversity has helped breathe fresh life into the original songs the band continues to crank out and allows a slightly different feel in cover songs. Due to construction in Riley Park the concert will be held at the gazebo in front of Farmington Place on Grand River Ave.

Saturday, August 2nd, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

Saturday, August 2nd, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Farmington Garden Club presents the Biennial Garden Walk, starting at the Warner Mansion Museum (33805 Grand River Avenue).

Raiders of the Lost ArkSaturday, August 2nd, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday, August 3rd, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm: The Second Annual Stardust Holistic Festival at the Village Mall in downtown Farmington.

Saturday, August 2nd. at 9:15 pm: kickstART farmington and the Greater Farmington Film Festival, in partnership with the Farmington Civic Theater presents a FREE outdoor screening of the classic film Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford. In Shiawassee Park.

 

 

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kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: Bike Share for Toddlers, LeBron James and the Importance of Place, and Community-Based Arts Education

Our Friday update here at kickstART farmington highlights some communitygreat articles we’ve read this week dealing with art, creative placemaking, and building great communities. You’re sure to find some inspiration to make your life and our community even better!

1. A Bike Share Program for Toddlers and Young Children: By introducing the very young to the most eco-friendly and sociable means of transport, we are preparing for the future of Paris.

2. On the Value of Community-Based Arts Education: Often these community-based programs were started, and are run, by passionate artists who experienced the transformative power of the arts first hand.

3. LeBron James and the Importance of Place: This is a story to which many can relate. It’s about the wrenching decision of how far to follow a career away from home. It’s about cultivating a feeling of home at all. It’s about dedicating yourself to the betterment of a place regardless of the sacrifices and frustrations that might involve.

4. On Creative Placemaking: Whatever the aim of the cultural entrepreneur it behooves on him to ensure that he or she is able to inspire development and positive change in the community he operates within.

5. How Park Design Promotes Healthy CommunitiesProviding urban spaces for locals to get active encourages physical activity in the city, particularly when those spaces can facilitate more than one type of activity.

 

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Voices From Around Town: Artist Pamela Alexander

Farmington/Farmington Hills is home to many talented musicians, writers, craftspeople, and artists. Each week we will examine their work, process, and creations.

Artist Pamela Alexander writes about her artistic process:

IMGP4049A little personal history to begin with. I have been passionate about art my whole life. My father being an artist began teaching me technique and color theory at an early age. My degree is in Fine Arts, it was not a straight path getting there. I was 40 years old and had two children when I graduated. In the meantime I was formally and self taught. I am primarily a painter.

The creative work starts as a mental process, so I formulate an idea and work it around in my mind. If I am stuck for an idea I will paint anything I am drawn to and it will formulate itself through conscious and subconscious meanderings. It is important to just do it.

I primarily use a photograph as reference, preferably my own. I will sketch on the painting surface and lay down a wash of colors and build or layer from there.

Through trial and error I have created a technique that is now a big part of myIMGP6347 paintings. I do a lot of underpainting knowing that I will after a certain amount of drying time, rinse, blot, scrub, and/or scrape away top layers. Like an antique I like to simulate age, wear and/or depth. I will sometimes create texture through a buildup of paint or gel medium. I will then add depth by applying layers and layers of clear glaze mixed with small amounts of color. Sometimes I will mix paint directly from the tube onto the canvas. In general I focus on expressionistic energy and am drawn to bright colors. A number of my pieces are done using found objects such as windows and doors. I like to work on a large area but recently have been using a medium to smaller format as well. My ideology revolves around spirituality. I am focused in art and life, in knowledge through introspection. Birds are a subject that I use quite often symbolic of spirit. I have found I like to paint animals in a more literal way and focus on their facial expression and personality. I will risk everything to create a piece I am happy with. I am not adverse to throwing away anything I do not like–no fear. Either way I am totally absorbed by the process. I lose track of time and space and am totally joyful despite any challenges that may arise.

You can see Pamela Alexander’s paintings at her website.

 

 

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“Snakes, Why’d it Have to Be Snakes?” See Raiders of the Lost Ark on August 2nd!

Our final outdoor movie for the summer will take place on Saturday, August 2nd, at 9:15 pm, in Shiawassee Park.

kickstART farmington and the Greater Farmington Film Festival, in partnership with the Farmington Civic Theater, present the classic film Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford.

Raiders

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What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (7/21/14): Innovation, Billy Brandt, Luddites, Swing, and More Family Fun

Check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Tuesday, July 22nd, at 6:30 pm: Innovate Farmington, a chance to explore the WHAT iF! of newer technologies, apps and businesses for those intrigued by what is coming next. This group will hear presentations by local entrepreneurs and inventors deploying newer technologies. At Metro Work Space (33316 Grand River Ave.)

Wednesday, July 23rd, at 7:00 pm: Family Fun in Riley Park with Jason Kollum, juggler, stilt-walker, and balloon artist.

Billy Brandt

(C) Michael Hacala

Thursday, July 24th, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with multiple-award-winning musician, Billy Brandt and his group The Sugarees and their eclectic, jamming style that features a variety of musical genres from folk, rock, country, Celtic, and Americana.

Thursday, July 24th, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Friday, July 25th, at 7:00 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor The Ludditesconcert series with The Luddites, an 11-piece acoustic band, equipped with guitars, lots of voices, and a sassy horn section. Winners of seven Detroit Music Awards, their sound is warm: a mix of rock, swing, and gypsy-like folk. Due to construction in Riley Park the concert will be held at the gazebo in front of Farmington Place on Grand River Ave.

 

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Don’t Miss Pitch Perfect on Saturday Night!

Pitch Perfect

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What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (7/14/14): It’s all about Founders Festival

It’s Founders Festival time so check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Thursday, July 17th, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with Atlas Jazz, featuring vocalist Anna Givens, performing a wide variety of jazz, R & B, and rock.

Thursday, July 17th, through Sunday, July 20th: Greater Farmington Founders Festival, featuring the following events and activities:

  • Great music at several venues and stages, including at Riley Park and the Governor Warner Mansion.
  • Beer tent
  • Alley Regalley, featuring fine wine and great music
  • The Botsford parade on Saturday morning
  • Movies Under the Stars in Shiawassee Park on Friday night (Mary Poppins) and Saturday night (Pitch Perfect).
  • Meijer Kids Zone

Alley RegalleyCheck out the full schedule at the Founders Festival web site.

And be sure to say hi, kickstART farmington will be around the entire weekend at various events.

Now through July 19th: Exhibition of work by sculptor Bernadette Marcos at the City Gallery in the Costick Center at 28600 W. Eleven Mile Rd.

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