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.

10 Good Reasons to See #STANDWITHME at the Greater Farmington Film Festival

#standwithme posterYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see #standwithme on Saturday, March 8th, at 9:30 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1. You’ll be incredibly inspired by 9-year-old, Vivienne Harr, who set a goal to free 500 children from a life of slavery by selling lemonade.

2. Vivienne sets up her lemonade stand every day for a year, rain or shine. That’s tenacity.

3. Appreciate the beautiful work of photographer Lisa Kristine, whose photographs “capture the diversity and dignity of indigenous people…. (her) portraits exquisitely convey their silenced messages.”

4. You’ll discover how poverty is intimately tied to the issue of slavery and how each of us has the power to bring about change with every dollar we spend.

5. You’ll never think of a lemon the same way again.

6. You’ll want to see the film that helped inspire Mary Lou Stropoli‘s art on the official poster of the Greater Farmington Film Festival.Greater Farmington Film Festival

7. “It sweeps you away to an amazing place and leaves you with the feeling that one person can really make a difference.”–Shane Hurlbut

8. “When life gives you lemons, change the world!”

9. This is the very FIRST screening of #standwithme in Michigan!

10. Yes, we’ve said it before but it’s true … you have a heart and it’s impossible NOT to see this film once you’ve watched the trailer. Really. Watch the trailer below and you’ll be at the festival web site ordering tickets.

10 Good Reasons to See GIRL RISING at the Greater Farmington Film Festival

Girl RisingYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see GIRL RISING on Saturday, March 8th, at 7:15 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.

  1. You’ll want to see each of these 9 girls’ amazing stories of struggle and change brought to life on the big screen.  With the creative contributions of authors from each girl’s country, as well as award-winning international artists (Alicia Keys, Liam Neeson, Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, and more), you’ll learn and be moved by the transformative power of educating girls.

2. You’ll learn about Sokha: a Cambodian child of the dump, orphaned and forced to pick through garbage to survive. But, through a series of miracles, Sokha finds her way to school and, like a phoenix, rises to become a star student on the brink of a brilliant and once unimaginable future.

3. You’ll discover Wadley: just 7 when the world comes crashing down around her. Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake destroys her home and school, but it cannot break her irrepressible spirit nor extinguish her thirst to learn, even as she’s turned away from the schoolhouse day after day.

4. Though her brothers go to school, Suma is forced into bonded labor at age six. The Nepali girl endures years of grueling work by expressing her sorrow in beautiful music and lyrics. Suma glimpses a different future by learning to read, the first step on the road to freedom.

5. You’ll learn about Yasmin: a young Egyptian girl who falls prey to a violent attack but, rather than become a victim, becomes a superhero. Yasmin’s is the story of the triumph of imagination over a reality too painful to bear.  Girl Rising

6. When 13-year old Asmera is told she must marry, she does something shocking; she says no. Meet an Ethiopian family where a brother champions his younger sister’s cause to be educated and to be free.

7. You’ll meet Ruksana: her family are “pavement dwellers” – living on the streets of Kolkata, India, where her father has sacrificed everything to send his daughters to school. Ruksana’s life is filled with danger but she escapes into her artwork and draws strength from her father’s resolve.

8. Senna’s family struggles to survive in a bleak Peruvian mining town. Her father has dreams for her, and insists she go to school. There, she discovers the transformative power of poetry.

9. You’ll meet Mariama, a teenager from war-torn Sierra Leone, and the voice of the future. The first in her family to go to school, she has her own radio show, big dreams and boundless imagination.

10. And you’ll meet Amina, constrained by Afghan society, confined by her gender and expected only to serve men. But this child bride has had enough. She is determined to reject the limitations prescribed by society and to lead others to do the same.

and one more:

11. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential.

Check out the trailer below and pick up your tickets at the Farmington Civic Theater or purchase online at the festival web site.

10 Good Reasons to See ELEANOR’s SECRET at the Greater Farmington Film Festival

Eleanor's Secret posterYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see ELEANOR’s SECRET on Saturday morning, March 8th, at 10:30 am at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1. You and your children will love the beautiful animation.

2. ELEANOR’s SECRET is “a fanciful ode to the joy of reading!”
– The Wall Street Journal

3. It’s FREE! (Thanks to the Farmington Community Library and the Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families.)

4. The film features characters from classics storybooks Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Jack and the Beanstalk, Puss in Boots, Tom Thumb, Little Red Riding Hood, and more!Eleanor's Secret

5. ELEANOR’s SECRET is “Charming! Imaginative! The animation appeals to all ages and parents will appreciate the pro-literacy message at the pic’s heart.”- Variety

6. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see an acclaimed children’s film that did not appear in theaters in Metro Detroit.

7. Come see the inspiring short films “Believe in Yourself” by Ian Kraft (a 3rd grade student at Forest Elementary), and”Cat Hotel” by Lia Tran (a 5th grade student at Warner Upper Elementary). These films were entered into the PTA Reflections Arts Recognition program.

8. ELEANOR’s SECRET is a fun “movie about a magic library where all the characters from classic children’s books come alive…. (and) a boy’s new found ability to read not only sets his imagination free, but saves the day!”

9. Did we mention it is FREE?!

10. The film was made by Academy Award nominated director Dominique Monféry and once you see the trailer for ELEANOR’s SECRET you’ll make plans to join us on Saturday morning.

10 Good Reasons to See WADJDA at the Greater Farmington Film Festival

Wadjda posterYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see WADJDA on Friday night, March 7th, at 7:15 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1)  WADJDA perfectly fits the festival theme of good films for a better world!   “It’s always fascinating to discover what can make us happy, both as moviegoers and citizens of the world. WADJDA does the trick … funny and touching in equal measure.”– Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal 

2)  You’ll fall in love with the Chuck Taylor-wearing rebel with a cause, 12-year-old Waad Mohammed in her breakout role as Wadjda.  Reportedly, she was one of the last Saudi girls to audition for the part.

3)  Witness film history in the making by enjoying the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and from a female writer/director, Haifaa Al Mansour.  Learn more about her struggles, her vision, and her process in this Weekend Edition interview.

4)  Come see what Jon Stewart calls “a lovely, wonderful film”.  Watch Stewart’s interview with director, Al Mansour.

5)  WADJDA made many “Top 10” lists for 2013, including The Guardian Top 10 list: “WADJDA is a funny, romantic story hiding its political edge … (and) is a film about working for change under the radar, with small victories.”

6)  And yet, WADJDA didn’t make it to the Oscars last night, which disappointed many film critics.  “The biggest surprise omission has to be Saudi Arabia’s “Wadjda”, a film many thought might go the distance and win the Oscar.”– Kristopher Tapley,

7) Your opportunities to see WADJDA in Michigan were very limited so don’t miss this unique opportunity to see it on the big screen!

8) Come celebrate women, their stories and struggles as part of Women’s History Month.

9) WADJDA provides a rare opportunity to experience the views and sounds of Saudi life and culture, along with its neighborhoods, schools, and communities.

10) Come see if Wadjda gets her bike!

View the trailer below and then order tickets for WADJDA at the Greater Farmington Film Festival site or at the Farmington Civic Theater.