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What to do in Farmington/Hills this week (2/24/14)

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

Michigan Beer FilmTuesday, February 25th, at 6:00 PM: a screening of the Michigan Beer Film at  the Farmington Civic Theater, with a pre-movie event at John Cowley & Sons

Assassins

Performances of the Assassins continue at the Farmington Players on Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st.  “This deliciously dark Stephen Sondheim musical explores the minds and motives of the nine men and women who have attempted to assassinate the President of the United States. The show uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of these real life assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald.

And be sure to watch this site all week for regular posts on the films featured at the Greater Farmington Film Festival.

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What to do in Farmington/Hills this week (2/17/14)

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

Monday, February 17th, at 6:30 PM: the Farmington Community Library at 32737 W 12 Mile Road presents the feature film 42: The True Story of an American Legend, about legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, in celebration of Black History Month.

Monday, February 17th, at 6:30 PM: the Farmington Community Library at the Farmington branch on Liberty Street presents the feature film Monsters University for Family Picnic Movie Night.

Tuesday, February 18th, at 4:00 PM: a screening of the documentary film Soul Food Junkies at Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge.

GFFF Preview and AuctionWednesday, February 19th, from 6:00-9:00 pm: the City of Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division and kickstART farmington host a preview and auction night for the Greater Farmington Film Festival. Enjoy some wine and treats, watch film trailers, and meet REJECT film producer Peter Brauer .

AssassinsPerformances of the Assassins continue at the Farmington Players.  “This deliciously dark Stephen Sondheim musical explores the minds and motives of the nine men and women who have attempted to assassinate the President of the United States. The show uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of these real life assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald.

kickstART farmington. We’re here for Good. Seriously.

Why are we here?

“We” as in kickstART farmington.

When I’m asked what kickstART farmington is about I usually say something like: “we exist to promote the good of the community through the arts.”

And we mean “good” seriously. Art, whether it be visual or literary art, music or theater, has a unique ability to develop our understanding of what it means to be human, what it means to live in a particular place and time, and what it means to engage with the struggles in our world.

Art can increase our understanding of the world and of the plight of others, to make us more empathetic. To make us a better human being.

The great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky wrote: “the aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow the soul, rendering it capable of turning to the good.”

GratitudeAnd so we promote the arts in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community as a way to “turn to the good”, to bring some joy, and to make our community and the world a better place for us and for our children and their children.

This has been the aim behind our events and activities from the beginning: from Super 8 Movie Night with Vordak, to the Yule Blog, Free Art Friday, the Gratitude Photo Project at Art on the Grand, and especially the Greater Farmington Film Festival.

We invite you to join us in promoting the good of our community through the arts.

What to do in Farmington/Hills this week (2/10/14)

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

Monday, February 10th, at 6:30 PM: the Farmington Community Library at 32737 W 12 Mile Road presents the feature film The Long Walk Home, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek, in celebration of Black History Month.

The Colored Car

Thursday, February 13th, at 7:00 PM: Jean Alicia Elster will be the featured speaker for a middle grade book discussion group at the Farmington Community Library at 32737 W 12 Mile Road. Elster will be discussing her work and her recently published book, The Colored Car.

AssassinsFriday, February 14th, at 8:00 PM: performance of the Assassins opens at the Farmington Players.  “This deliciously dark Stephen Sondheim musical explores the minds and motives of the nine men and women who have attempted to assassinate the President of the United States. The show uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of these real life assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald.

Sunday, February 16th, at 2:30 PM: The Farmington Musicale presents “Songs of Love” at the Farmington Community Library at 32737 W 12 Mile Road.

Why You (We) Should Cash Mob Farmington/Hills

If you haven’t heard of a “cash mob” now is the time!

According to cashmob.com, “The concept is simple: with $20 in hand, members of a community come together to shop in a locally-owned establishment to support their favorite local business and support the area economy.”

Why is this important? Well, these businesses are owned by your friends and neighbors, often employ your friends and neighbors, are often more committed to the community good, and more of their profits remain within the community.

Need more convincing with some hard facts? Check out the cool infographic below and then join Cash Mob Farmington on Saturday, February 8th, at Off the Beaten Path Books at 33314 Grand River in downtown Farmington to support a great locally-owned business.

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Why Buying Local is Worth Every Cent Infographic by CustomMade