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Weaving Together the Connections Between Art, Music & Culture

For the second year in a row the Great Lakes Bay region is poised to explode with a brilliant flourish of artistic & musical activity as the PATCHWORK Art & Music Festival prepares to showcase 15 major events spread throughout venues in each of the Tri-Cities from May 4-13th, including seven concerts, multiple gallery receptions, film premiers, poetry slams, literary speakers, educational seminars and panels, comedy, wellness activities, and much more.

20th April, 2017 | 0 Comments

Redefining Perceptions Through the Stories of Good People Making a Difference

One of the new features at this year’s PATCHWORK Festival is the world-wide debut of a new film by Alex Mixter that is titled ‘Saginaw’ and will be showing on May 7th at Pit & Balcony Theatre at 5 PM.

20th April, 2017 | 0 Comments

Saginaw’s First Bourbon Bar Creates a Fresh Industrial Community Ambiance That Merges the Historic with the Modern

There is an intoxicating energy emanating from the historic Bancroft Project standing proudly in the core of the Downtown Saginaw business district on the corner of Genesee & Washington as the newly renovated, refurbished, and re-invented Bourbon & Co. prepares to open its doors, the latest step in a journey that over the last few years has witnessed a luxury apartment complex, a Coffee & Tea Café, an increasingly popular Wine & Martini Bar, and an expansive regional art gallery infusing fresh life and affirmative possibilities for excitement into the Downtown corridor.

06th April, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Illness is the night side of life; a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that that other place. - Susan Sontag, ‘Illness as Metaphor’

16th March, 2017 | 1 Comments

There seems to be a recurring theme, of late, in entertainment and media: “What’s old is new again.” We are seeing comebacks for everything from vinyl records to “bridge nights.”

23rd February, 2017 | 0 Comments


I talk with owner and proprietor Amberlyn Hales Deleon of The Cosmetic Wellness Center on this episode of EncoreLive Podcast

08th February, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story

Ray Davies has fashioned an autobiography that brings to light the vagaries of being a successful musician. His status as a rock & roll hero is certainly secure, despite a catalog of music that had drifted toward the mundane in the later part of the eighties and nineties. He was co-opting his own music and replaying that famous riff from You Really Got Me and its follow up clone All Day & All of the Night.

06th January, 2017 | 0 Comments

The great American poet Robert Lowell once wrote about how “the blind swipe of the pruner and his knife is busy about the tree of life”; and as 2016 comes to a close, it is apparent from this disquieting list of significant souls that passed over to the Great Beyond over the past 12-months that a lot of deep cutting occurred, forcing us to face the elements with a much thinner herd.

15th December, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Musician's Meditations on the Late Leonard Cohen

Musicians, artists, writers, producers, actors, creators, and dreamers: all too often in this game of ours the urge to quit is something we have to wrestle with - a question demanding an answer that feels like an inevitable surrender. It’s understandable really. We sacrifice so much in order to do what we do and usually with very little (if any) financial success. Our victories have to be measured by the satisfaction of creation, hearing about the impact of our work on someone’s life, or from the simple love of the craft.

26th November, 2016 | 0 Comments

Originals & Giclee Prints Now Available to the Public

When artist Dennis Adomaitis passed away earlier this year, while he definitely left a void within the fabric of our community for the many people, students, friends and colleagues whose lives he touched with his talented hand and inclusive and gregarious nature...

25th November, 2016 | 0 Comments

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