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:

Great Summer Music Kicks Off This Week!

If you want music, you’ve got it, starting this week with Lunch Beats in Riley Park on Wednesday with Mark Jewett, and Rhythms in Riley Park on Friday evening with Surf Zup!

But that’s not all. The Stars in the Park series commences next week with the Farmington Community Band onstage at the amphitheater in Heritage Park.

10 Good Reasons to See ALIVE INSIDE at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival

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Yes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Alive Inside on Friday, March 6th, at 9:00 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1. See the film that won the Audience Award for a documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

2. Learn more about Dan Cohen, the founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, and the many ways he is helping individuals fight memory loss.

3. Catch the illuminating interview with the best-selling author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as he weighs in on the link between music and memory.

4. Want more Bobby McFerrin after seeing Crescendo? Mr. McFerrin proves yet again his commitment to the power of music having a positive effect on the mind. In 2009, McFerrin served as the co-host of The Music Instinct, a two-hour award-winning documentary produced by PBS and based on Daniel Levitin’s best-selling book This Is Your Brain on Music.

5. See the film that won the Best Documentary award at the 2014 Milano International Film Festival Awards.

6. See for yourself why The Hollywood Reporter called Alive Inside, “A gloriously inspirational film documenting music’s healing power in Alzheimer patients.”

7. Be amazed by the transformations that the patients featured in the film undergo, moving from silence and immobility to singing and dancing with their favorite music.

8. Enjoy the wonderful music featured in the film, from gospel to classical and rock, and reflect on what the soundtrack of your youth would be.

9. Be moved by the sense of hope the documentary inspires and by what Steve Greene of Indiewire in his review best expressed by saying that Alive Inside “provides a sense of idealism amid bleak situations.”

10. Learn how you can help fight the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s on patients and their families. The makers of Alive Inside have created The Alive Inside Outreach Campaign, which creates educational materials and short films to inspire young people to bring music to seniors. To read more about the campaign and to contribute, please see the donation page at

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

kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: High Speed Rail, Walkable Neighborhoods, and Music’s Power to Heal

Our Friday update here at kickstART farmington highlights some communitygreat articles we’ve read this week dealing with art, creative placemaking, and building great communities. You’re sure to find some inspiration to make your life and our community even better!

1. Why the U.S. Does Not Have High-Speed Rail: More highways are not the answer, not only because they pollute the environment and destroy the neighborhoods they pass through, but also because they’re relatively slow and become congested almost as soon as they’re built….The United States must invest in clean, neighborhood-building, and congestion-relieving trains.

2. On the Benefits of Walkable Neighborhoods: They “have been found to have significant, positive effects for urban dwellers, in terms of social interaction, health, and safety.”

3. How Bicycling Impacts Michigan’s EconomyBicycle riding … has an estimated $668 million economic benefit annually for the state (and) … comes from several factors, including sales of bikes and related equipment, money spent for tourism and reduced health care costs.

4. How a Palestinian Artist Turned Detainment into Creative Opportunity: This is a piece Khaled Jarrar didn’t plan to make at all, but the denial of traveling with a U.S. visa in hand by the Israeli Military blocking access to his plane in Jordan, offered him an opportunity to interact his art making with a most tempting and tragic reality.

5. Music and the Power of HealingYears of research have proven that music is correlated with many positive mental, physical, emotional, and social states, which is why it is so necessary to share music with others. Research also shows that music enhances the overall quality of life and has positive effects on patients’ medical care.


kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: Celebrating Public Art, Holistic City Agendas, and the Creative Economy

Our Friday update here at kickstART farmington highlights some communitygreat articles we’ve read this week dealing with art, creative placemaking, and building great communities. You’re sure to find some inspiration to make your life and our community even better!

1. Celebrating Public Art: A recent trip to Chicago on the first weekend of summer reinforced the importance of great public art. After a particularly harsh winter, the welcoming parks, squares, and plazas of the city were burgeoning with people soaking in the sunshine.

2. Moving to a Holistic City Agenda: Smart growth and smart transportation … are certainly not enough if we reach beyond mere sustainability, as we should, to social equity and justice, to places that not only do less damage but actually repair and restore where damage has been done, to places of nourishment, healing, and resilience.

3. How a Record Label Jump-Started a Local Arts Economy: One thing music brings to a city are these creative small businesses that have a huge impact on the creative economy of the city. It is really important for our city to think about how we can get more of these businesses into our ecosystem.