2015-01-22 / Scene

SOUL Much Fun February at the FIA

By Carrie RaCosta
810-452-2645 • cracosta@mihomepaper.com

GENESEE COUNTY — Novelist Tom Robbins once described the next calendar month as pitiless and boring, with a holiday reserved for a rodent, politicians birthdays aplenty, in a succession of red numerals adding up to nothing.

“The only bubble in the flat champagne of February is Valentine’s Day,” he said.

Many readers can probably empathize with Robbins when they reflect on the month in previous years, but Genesee County has a strong list of exciting events, classes, and programs that may just turn that quotation on its’ head.

Rap Therapy (Feb. 4) and Rocka My Soul, 1967 (Feb. 11) are two of many scheduled free videos showing for the public at Isabel Hall at the FIA, compliments of Art a la Carte.

Rap Therapy is a documentary that follows Salvation Army Foster children along their introductory journey to free expression through song, dance, poetry, and rap. The impact on lessening their pain, and breathing fire into their personal purpose is a powerful sight. The special feature was made with Russell Simmons, Ja Rule, and 50 Cent. Rocka My Soul, 1967 profiles the American heritage of music in visual form. Samples are pulled from The Alvin Ailey Dance Company’s traditional and contemporary Negro music in various formats, such as jazz, gospel, spiritual, and blues. It puts a spotlight on the heart and start of the American sonic historical base.

On Valentine’s Day Flint Handmade is hosting a themed free art fair at The Flint Farmer’s Market from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with 20 vendors set to sell holiday gifts made with original love and attention.

Flint Handmade also presents a special craftLAB lesson at The Lunch Studio on Feb. 7. The class for all ages demonstrates how to make cupcake essential oil bath bombs, just in time for “Galentine’s Day.”

Film Appreciation 101: The Art of Hitchcock begins at Art School on Feb. 24 and is available for students on Tuesdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. through March 31. Curator of Films Ed Bradley will feature one film per class with post-discussion sessions.

Also reeling in February, FOMA presents a special showing of the film classic, The Graduate with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. Director Mike Nichols won an Oscar for the picture. The showing is in ode to his artistic contributions, as he recently passed.

The Skeleton Twins with performances by comedy favorites Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as the title duo, was cited as a “small, intimate gem” by Roger Ebert. It also stars Luke Wilson, and plays Feb. 27-28.

Dear White People is a social satire of a group of African-American students at an Ivy League school. It pairs humor and intellect to pay homage to the inspiration for its’ creation, a real-life blackface party controversy.

The curtains part for this feature Feb. 6-8.

Young girls representing Delta Academy will be presenting African- American Tales and Read-In! on Sat. Feb. 7 at The Flint Public

Library as one of many unique events organized in the area for Black History Month.

On Friday, Feb. 6. famed New York City artist and colorful personality, Chakaia Booker will be at The Cultural Center starting at the library from 10:30-11:45 a.m. to speak intimately with area youth, before she takes them over to the FIA for a sneak peak tour of next month’s Uncommon Ground exhibit. Registration is required for this rare opportunity to meet and speak with Booker: 810-249-2046.

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