What to do in Farmington/Hills this Week (3/31/14): Farmington Empowered, Flutes, and the Colors of Italy

Check out some of the fun arts & cultural events to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Farmington EmpoweredMonday, March 31st, at 6:30 pm: Farmington Empowered, a student-led anti-bullying initiative, representing students from all four high schools, and supported by Beaumont’s NoBLE ABC (No Bullying, Live Empowered Anti-Bullying Coalition), is hosting a Community Forum About Bullying at North Farmington High School.

Wednesday, April 2nd, at 1:00 pm: Flute Fusion,  the Farmington Musicale features flutists Deborah Rebeck Ash and Holly Clemans at the Farmington Community Library @ 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd.

Wednesday, April 2nd, from 5:00-7:00 pm: 29th Annual Farmington Area Arts Commission Competition, open to all high school students residing in Farmington or Farmington Hills who attend public, private, parochial or home schools. Fifteen prizes ranging from $25 to $100 will be awarded in the categories of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, and in photography. Awards will be presented at the Art Awards Reception on May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Costick Center. Winning pieces will be exhibited during the Festival of the Arts at the Costick Center on May 1-3. To enter, students must deliver no more than three pieces of work to the Costick Center, 28600 West Eleven Mile Road, 5-7 p.m. on April 2. More information available here.

Friday, April 4th, at 7:30 pm: The Chamber Soloists of Detroit present internationally acclaimed violinist Aaron Berofsky, joined by celebrated colleagues, fellow University of Michigan faculty violist Kathryn Votapek, Detroit Symphony Orchestra cellist Ŭna O’Riordan and pianist Pauline Martin. Tickets can be purchased by calling (586) 944-5353. At the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, 26165 Farmington Road.

Now through April 22, from 8:30 am-4:30 pm: View colorfAnthony Macioceul oil paintings by Anthony Macioce, inspired by his lively Italian family heritage, at the City Gallery, Costick Center, 28600 11 Mile, in Farmington Hills.

Art as a dialogue

Olafur Eliasson tunnel“I think everything is about giving back, but one also has to take. I think of art as a dialogue, a way of staying in touch with the world, and it’s very much about the quality of the taking. You could say the quality of the inhale of everything that we take in from the world, the way we fill up our lungs and inspire ourselves. How do you manifest and do that with a great degree of generosity? And then there is the exhale. You give everything back, you blow out the air and, in that way, it’s like breathing as a dialogue.”

Artist Olafur Eliasson in an interview with GOOD magazine

Some Images from the Greater Farmington Film Festival

Check out some photos from the Greater Farmington Film Festival:

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An Opportunity to See REJECT on April 3rd

If you missed REJECT at the Greater Farmington Film Festival (or want to see it again) you have an opportunity on April 3rd.

Flyer for screening of Reject

What to do in Farmington/Hills this week (3/17/14): Green, Macbeth, and Boogie Woogie

Check out some of the fun arts & cultural events to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Monday, March 17th: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with beer and music at any number of restaurants and pubs around town.

Killing us softlyThursday, March 20th @ 3:00 pm: In the latest installment of her Killing Us Softly series, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising displays distorted and destructive ideas of femininity. The film explores a wide range of print and television advertisements that show a pattern of damaging gender stereotypes-images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic and unhealthy perceptions of beauty, perfection and sexuality. This event will be facilitated by Arlene Frank, Womencenter Program Coordinator. In room J-294 at Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge.

Thursday, March 20th @ 8:00 pm: a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth opens, presented by OCC’s Orchard Ridge theater program at the Smith Theatre at Oakland Community College.

Sunday, March 23rd @ 2:00 pm: Boogie, Blues, & Ragtime musician, Matthew Ball aka “The Boogie Woogie Kid” will heat up the piano keys at The Farmington Community Library (32737 West Twelve Mile Road) for a free concert.

Sunday, March 23rd @ 2:00 pm: Wayne State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and The Guy Stern Endowment in Exile and Holocaust Studies present a talk by Thomas Kühne: “The Murderers Among Us: How We Elude and Confront Holocaust Perpetrators.” In his lecture, Kühne will explore and assess popular fantasies about and scholarly insights into the pathology and the ordinariness of Hitler’s mass murderers, showing that the Holocaust can be explained only if we render account to the full diversity of the people who committed it. At the Holocaust Memorial Center, Zekelman Family Campus, 28123 Orchard Lake Road.

Sunday, March 23rd @ 3:00 pm: The Farmington Musicale invites the public to enjoy a recital by the students whom the distinguished judges deemed the best of the best in their recent, Awards for Musical Excellence competition. The recital is at the St. John Lutheran Church on 23255 Gill Road in Farmington Hills.

The Art of the Matter: Free Workshop for Students

The Farmington Area Arts Commission will host “The Art of the Matter,” a first-time event for students interested in pursuing careers and involvement in the arts, on Wednesday, March 19 at the historic Visitors Center in Heritage Park. The event will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Heritage Park is located on Farmington Road, between Ten and Eleven Mile Roads.

“The Art of the Matter” is geared toward students in middle and high school and interested community members, and is free to the public. No pre-registration is required.

“The workshop provides an interactive forum for middle and high school students to explore diverse art-focused educational and career opportunities. Art fuels our passions and helps to drive our economy. We want our youth to understand that a terrific future awaits them should they decide to pursue artistic careers and interests,” says Celeste McDermott, Farmington Area Arts Commissioner.

“The Art of the Matter” will consist of a panel discussion with a variety of accomplished art representatives, who will offer a wide range of diverse perspectives on the arts, including careers, entrepreneurship, education, government involvement, and leisure. Following the panel discussion, an open forum will allow participants an opportunity to address the panelists.

Panelists will include:

Robert Aikins, 2013 Farmington/Farmington Hills Artist in Residence; Retired Chief Designer, Ford Motor Company

Art by Robert Aikins

(c) Robert Aikins

Amy Armand, Director of Recruitment, College for Creative Studies

Carol Cranston, Art Therapist, McLaren Health Care

Ted Hadfield, Artist and President and CEO of Artpack Services, Inc.

Jordan Sheatzley, North Farmington High School Senior; Performer, Actors Avenue; Student Instructor, Farmington Hills Youth Theatre

Susan Warner, Artist and Designer; Member, Farmington Area Arts Commission

Moderator: Nancy Coumoundouros, Cultural Arts Supervisor, City of Farmington Hills.

A reception will follow the panel discussion to offer further opportunities to network with the panelists. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division at 248-473-1856.