Take in Some Art at Ladies Night Out in Downtown Farmington

Tonight is Ladies Night Out in downtown Farmington and you’ll also have a great opportunity to see some art at a pop-up gallery featuring work by artists Pamela Alexander,  Susan Warner and Cindy Carlton.

More information is available here.

10 Good Reasons to See BELLE AND SEBASTIAN at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival

Belle & SebastienYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Belle and Sebastian on Sunday, March 8th, at 3:00 pm at the Memorial Holocaust Center.

1.   Belle and Sebastian‘s director, Nicolas Vanier, is a French adventurist, writer and wildlife documentary director whose past experience includes filming in some of the coldest parts of the world: the Yukon in Canada and Siberia. The film Belle and Sebastian, with its panoramic vistas of mountain ranges and sweeping landscapes, definitely shows off Vanier’s penchant for the outdoors. Eric Guichard, the film’s cinematographer, has won a Cesar Award for Best Cinematography and a European Film Award for Best Cinematographer.

2.   Love to travel? This adventure film will get your travel juices flowing. Who wouldn’t love to visit the lovely French Alps in person? From the very first scene, you will marvel at the majestic scenery presented in spectacular color.

3.   If you love dogs or are thinking about adding a dog to your family, you can check out the great Pyrenean Mountain Dog breed featured in this film. One look at the majestic Belle in all her glory, you just might end up wanting one of these big dogs for your very own!

4.   Rekindle your love of foreign films. European films have a different look and feel than American films. Belle and Sebastian is in French, with English sub-titles.

5.   Simply put, this is a feel-good family-friendly movie about the unbreakable friendship between a boy and his dog. It doesn’t get any better than this.

6.   Are you a WWII history buff? The film is set in 1943, and France is under occupation by Germany. Some residents of the small village are helping Jewish refugees cross through the mountains over the border into neutral Switzerland.

7.   Did we mention the awesome scenery in this film yet? The snowy French Alps in the Haute-Maurienne-Vanoiseare region of France along the the French/Swiss border are prominently featured. This film was shot in beautiful 35mm, lending itself well to the outdoor scenery.

8. The Holocaust Memorial Center is a nationally renowned  museum whose mission is to to remember those who perished and survived the Holocaust and to set forth the lessons of the Holocaust as a model for teaching ethical conduct and responsible decision-making. Take some time to arrive before the film starts and attend the 1:00 pm tour, lasting about 1.5 hours, and often concluded with a presentation by a Holocaust survivor.

9. Tcheky Karyo is one of France’s most popular actors, and an adorable Félix Bossuet in the role of Sebastian is a must-see. Karyo plays César, Sebastian’s prickly, yet compassionate adopted grandfather. Both will reprise their roles in “Belle et Sebastien, l’aventure continue,” coming out this year.

10. This film is director Vanier’s adaptation of a well-known French children’s story, Belle et Sébastien, written by French actress/author Cécile Aubry in the early 1960s. In addition to this film, it was recreated as a live-action television series in France, a Japanese anime series in the 1980s and a Scottish pop music group takes it’s name after the beloved characters. Aubry’s son, actor Mehdi El Glaoui, who starred in the live-action series as a boy, appears in this version as André.

Check out the trailer below and purchase your tickets at the Farmington Civic Theater, Costick Center, or online at the festival web site.

Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week (February 9, 2015): A Vintage Vinyl Valentine, a Miracle, and Frozen

KickstART farmington is committed to kicking the community in the arts and so we recommend these three cultural arts events taking place in Farmington/Farmington Hills this week:

Thursday, February 12th, 8:00 PM: Swing Farmington’s Vintage Vinyl Valentines, at St. John Lutheran Church, 23225 Gill in Farmington Hills.

frozenFriday, February 13th, 8:00 PM: Opening night of Miracle on South Division St. by the Farmington Players at the Barn Theater, 32332 W. 12 Mile Rd.

Saturday, February 14th, 2:00 PM: Frozen sing-along with Anna and Elsa at the Farmington Community Library, Farmington branch.


Are we ready to KickstART Farmington and Farmington Hills?

Last spring and summer we posted a series of articles describing what we believe is missing or needed to develop a more vibrant and diverse arts scene in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community (including a performing arts center, summer music festival, additional public art, and more).

A (perceived) obstacle for some of these initiatives is lack of funding. Well, an interesting bikepost at the Americans for the Arts blog provides some interesting context:

In 2014, Lanesboro Arts programming drew in more than 180 volunteers, 300 artists, and 31,000 audience members. Last year, Lanesboro Arts was also awarded a $123,000 Bush Prize for Community Innovation, and completed a $850,000 capital campaign for Phase I of the Arts Campus.

Lanesboro, Minnesota has a population of 754.

Yes, you read that correctly.


Or about 91,000 fewer residents than the Farmington/Farmington Hills community.

I think we can come up with the financial resources if we really want to make great things happen.

Are you in?


What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (10/20/14): Flamingo Incident, Three Men and a Tenor, and Spooky 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:

Thursday, October 23rd, at 7:00 pm: The Flamingo Incident, featuring the School of Rock and Twisted Root Revival rocking out against breast cancer. At the Farmington Masonic Lodge.

Thursday, October 23rd, at 8:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Friday, October 24th, at 7:00 pm: A Toast to Education to benefit the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation and the students of the Farmington Public Schools. At the Farmington Hills Manor, 23666 Orchard Lake Road.

Saturday, October 25th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

Saturday, October 25th, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Halloween Fun Day in downtown Farmington as merchants put on the scary with a free movie, downtown trick-or-treating, plus facepainting and pumpkin decorating at the Farmers Market.

Saturday, October 25th, at 7:30 pm: Three Men and a Tenor, talented vocalists performing favorite oldies and original pieces with their own brand of antics, choreography, and harmonies perform at the Players Barn, at 32332 Twelve Mile Road.  

SpooktacularSunday, October 26th, at 3:00 pm: The FCB Concert Band presents Spooktacular XXIX at the Harrison High School auditorium, at 29995 W. 12 Mile Road.

Now through December 22nd: Light is my Voice: Images, Legends, and Abstractions, an exhibit of photography by Todd Weinstein. At the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Rd.


What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (9/15/14): Anne Frank, Women’s Art Exhibition, and Harvest Moon Celebration

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, September 15th, at 6:30 pm: Anne Frank Education Program in cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial Center. Hear an inspiring story from a Holocaust survivor and learn more about teenager Anne Frank, who kept a diary of her experiences in hiding during World War II. 6th- through 10th-graders will create a related art project; families of all ages are invited to hear the survivor presentation. Registration required. At the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile Rd in Farmington Hills.

Monday, September 15th, and Tuesday, September 16th, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm: Open audition  for Oakland Community College Theatre Program‘s production of the musical Godspell. Auditions will be held in the Smith Theatre on the Orchard Ridge Campus.

Wednesday, September 17th, at 7:00 pm: Benny Edwards performs at Off the Beaten Path Books at 33314 Grand River Ave in downtown Farmington.

Thursday, September 18th, at 7:00 pm: Opening Reception for From Our Perspective: A National Women’s Art Exhibition at the Wallace Smith Theatre Gallery, Oakland Community College, 27055 Orchard Lake Road. The exhibit runs through October 17th.

Thursday, September 18th, at 8:30 pm: Swing Farmington at St. John Lutheran Church, 23225 Gill Rd. in Farmington Hills.

Harv Moon Fest  Mich Beer Guide AdThursday, September 18th, and Friday, September 19th, at 6:00 pm: Annual Harvest Moon Celebration with food, wine & beer, and live music, in downtown Farmington.

Saturday, September 20th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.



What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (8/18/14): Family Fun, Paisley, Old School Rock, and Rampage Swing

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

Wednesday, August 20th, at 7:00 pm: Family Fun in Riley Park with Joe Reilly, a singer, songwriter, and educator from Ann Arbor. Family Fun is temporarily moved to the Gazebo by Farmington Place during Riley Park reconstruction.

Paisley FoggThursday, August 21st, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with Paisley Fogg, a three-guitar front line combined with a solid rhythm section, providing some 1960’s “Janis and Grace”, topped off with some British invasion and a dose of
American Psychedelia.

Thursday, August 21st, at 8:00 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Rampage SwingPavilion in downtown Farmington with their annual Rampage Swing event.

Friday, August 22nd, at 7:00 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor concert series with 2 Dayz Gone, a band of four friends who play rock of the 80’s and 90’s with power and conviction. 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 23rd, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.