Get Your Kicks in F2H This Week! (7.29.19)

There’s always a lot of great arts and cultural events in the Farmington/Hills community and this week is no exception.

Here are KickstART farmington’s recommendations for the week of July 29th:

  • Enjoy Kids Gone Creative, an exhibition of artwork from the 2019 Summer Art Camps, at the City Gallery at the Costick Center through August 2nd, open weekdays.
  • Downtown with the FCB! As the Farmington Community Band wraps up their 53rd season, enjoy a wonderful selection of great music including movies, marches and season highlights. July 29th at 7:00 pm in Riley Park.
  • Community Sings with Matt Watroba, an evening of song where people of all abilities, ages, cultures, and musical interests are invited to sing-along, bring a song to share, or just listen and enjoy a powerful experience that nurtures body and soul and strengthens the community. July 30th, at 7:00 pm at the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile Rd.
  • Lunch Beats in Riley Park, featuring Carly Bins, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter originally from Northville and now based out of Nashville. July 31st at noon in Riley Park.
  • The Farmington Community Chorus performs at Stars in the Park. August 1st at 7:00 pm Thursday at the Heritage Park Amphitheater.
  • Randy Brock Group will be rockin’ the blues with original tunes and the music of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, and more at Rhythms in Riley Park. August 2nd at 7:00 pm in Riley Park.
  • Grab a movie and popcorn at the Farmington Civic Theater. This week’s schedule (Monday-Thursday) includes PavarottiRocketmanLate Night, and Aladdin.

Get Your Kicks in F2H This Week! (7.15.19)

There’s always a lot of great arts and cultural events in the Farmington/Hills community and this week is no exception.

Here are KickstART farmington’s recommendations for the week of July 15th:

  • Detroit Unseen: Inside the Extraordinary Ruins of Detroit, a presentation by photographer Bob Huston who has been capturing images of Detroit’s historic and forgotten structures for nearly ten years. July 16th at 7 pm at the Farmington Community Library (main branch on 12 Mile)
  • Lunch Beats in Riley Park, featuring Al Carmichael, an accomplished guitarist and songwriter, he scored a #1 country hit with “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” recorded by Lee Roy Parnell and has also received a Detroit music award. July 17th at noon in Riley Park
  • High School Music Night, including vocalists Mia Hall Whitener, Sarah Reddypogu, Hannah Reddypogu, and 2018 Miss Farmington Megan Cromwell, plus several members of the School of Rock Farmington House Band, who will play in varied ensembles featuring acoustic, psychedelic rock, and emo indie punk, at Stars in the ParkJuly 18th at 7:00 pm Thursday at the Heritage Park Amphitheater
  • KickstART Farmington presents a Pop-Up Art Exhibition, featuring the work of Aj Cooke. July 18-21st at 33304 Grand River Ave., with an opening reception on Thursday, July 18th from 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Greater Farmington Founders Festival, featuring music, family fun, Farmington Fido Fest, parade, vintage market, and more. July 18-21st in Shiawassee Park
  • The Skye Island Band, six masterful musicians with their heads in jazz and their hearts in soul, perform at Rhythms in Riley ParkJuly 19th at 7:00 pm in Riley Park
  • Grab a movie and popcorn at the Farmington Civic Theater. This week’s schedule (Monday-Thursday) includes A Dog’s JourneyRocketmanLate Night, and Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.

The Creative Life in Our Cities: A Conversation with Bradley Alonzo

We have many talented artists and creatives living and working in our Farmington/Farmington Hills community and our weekly interview series, sponsored by City Life Realty, will introduce you to some of them.

Today we feature writer and filmmaker Bradley M. Alonzo.

When did you first get started in the arts?

The first artistic memory I have was when I was nine years old. I had told my mother I liked writing, and she gifted me my first journal to write in. In high school, my love for writing shifted towards scriptwriting. Then, in college, I became very interested in filming the things that I wrote. At that point, I realized I loved telling cinematic stories. I’ve been focusing on that medium of storytelling ever since.

What kind of training did you have in filmmaking?

Other than attending film school at Grand Valley State University, I took a playwriting intensive at the Purple Rose Theatre Company in 2014. I did enjoy the experience of opening myself and my artistic process up to others in a class setting. The most memorable thing I have to say about my college filmmaking experience was an access to resources and equipment that allowed me to practice my craft in a way that helped me shape my own work. From the playwriting intensive, I most enjoyed workshopping my classmates’ scripts out loud and exploring how certain stakes could be tweaked to have more specific meaning within the story. It’s exciting to me to workshop a narrative structure, because each one is unique, with its own set of new possibilities.

Are you a member of any local or regional arts groups?

I am a member of the Farmington Community Arts Council, and I attend writing meetings during the annual National Novel Writing Month in November at the Farmington Hills Library.

Can you describe something you’ve created that is particularly meaningful to you?

My latest project, Harper, is a piece of work that I am particularly proud of. The story follows a stranded time traveler who is searching for her husband. This work means a lot to me both because of the story it tells, as well as the journey it took to tell it. Having been with the project for over two years, I learned a lot about producing on this magnitude that I am excited to apply to future projects.

Can you share a favorite quote about art or life?

Once I was shooting an interview at the University of Miami at the Frost School of Music with a professor/practicing musician. He talked about an interesting, universal intention behind practicing art—that your work is better if it is honest. That, in addition to growing and expanding your artistic means/voice/impact, it is important to continue practicing honesty as an artist and a person from moment to moment, conversation to conversation, etc. That way, when you go to practice your art, it becomes that much easier to be honest in your work.

Learn more about Bradley and his work here.

Get Your Kicks in F2H this Week! (6.24.19)

There’s always a lot of great arts and cultural events in the Farmington/Hills community and this week is no exception.

Here are KickstART farmington’s recommendations for the week of June 24th:

  • Enjoy art by Debbie Lim, exhibiting a collection of her colored pencil drawings that relate to the Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui at the Costick Center Gallery through July 5, open weekdays.
  • Singer Matt Watroba leads an evening of song in a powerful experience that nurtures body and soul and strengthens our community. June 25th at 7 pm at the Farmington Community Library (main branch on 12 Mile)
  • Lunch Beats in Riley Park, featuring Sami Mei, a vibrant singer/songwriter whose style blends pop and rock with touches of jazz and soul. June 26th at noon in Riley Park
  • An Indian Musical Extravaganza by Jai Ho takes place at Stars in the ParkJune 27th at 7:00 pm Thursday at the Heritage Park Amphitheater
  • Dig the Beatles? Check out Dig a Phony at Rhythms in Riley Park, presenting the music of the Beatles, without the wigs. June 28th at 7:00 pm in Riley Park
  • The Terra Voce Ensemble (violin, cello, clarinet and piano) will perform works by American composers including George Gershwin, John Williams (arrangement of “Simple Gifts” by Aaron Copland), Carlos Gian Menotti, Scott Joplin, Jackson Berkey, and others. June 30th at 3 pm at the Farmington Community Library (main branch on 12 Mile)
  • Grab a movie and popcorn at the Farmington Civic Theater. This week’s schedule (Monday-Thursday) includes blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, The Intruder, and A Dog’s Journey.



Get Your Kicks in F2H This Week!

There’s always a lot of great arts and cultural events in the Farmington/Hills community but things get taken up a notch once June hits, the weather gets warmer, and summer music season starts.

Here are KickstART farmington’s recommendations for the week of June 10th:

10 Good Reasons to See ERNEST & CELESTINE at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival (and it’s FREE!)

ernest_thumb1Yes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Ernest & Celestine on Saturday, March 7th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1. Delight in the unlikely pairing of a bear and a mouse and what their friendship can teach us all.

2.  See an Oscar-nominated film. Ernest & Celestine was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year at the 2014 Academy Awards.

3. Hear the legendary screen actress Lauren Bacall in her final film. Bacall lends her distinctive husky voice to the character of The Grey One.

4. Watch the film and then go read the books. The film is based on books of the same name by the Belgian author and illustrator Gabrielle Vincent.

5.  Fall in love with the U.S. version and then go watch the original. Ernest & Celestine was first released in France in 2012.

6. See an animated film that is a trailblazer. Along with its twelve other awards and eleven nominations, Ernest and Celestine became the first animated film to win the 2013 Magritte Award for Best Film.

7. Experience a film that fills you with warmth. Film critic Glenn Kenny of MSN calls Ernest and Celestine  “the coziest movie you’ll likely see all year. Every frame is suffused with a fireplace kind of warmth that, for me at least, cast an immediate spell that didn’t let up.”

8. Hear a film that is filled with an all-star cast. Along with Bacall, other talented actors and actresses to lend their voices to the U.S. version include Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Megan Mulally, Nick Offerman, William H. Macy, Paul Giamatti, and Jeffrey Wright.

9. See for yourself why Ernest & Celestine has received such wide acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes, the film review aggregator, reported that 98% of critics gave the film a “fresh” rating, and called it a film that is “[s]weet and visually charming.”

10. If you are an adult, be just as charmed by the lovely and well-crafted animations as the children in the audience.  Ernest & Celestine is brought to you by the same creators of the 2004 Oscar-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville.

Along with Ernest & Celestine, we will be presenting a selection of student films entered into the PTA Reflections program.

Check out the trailer below and join us. The film is FREE!