• For $12, you get one ticket for a reserved seat in the back three-quarters of the pavilion (a $19.50 before fees, or up to a $24.70 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $17, you get one VIP/Pit ticket for a reserved seat in the front quarter of the pavilion (a $25 value before fees, or up to a $35.35 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
Birmingham’s Uptown Film Festival honors area filmmakers reaping the benefits of the Michigan Film Incentive, which—since it was passed in 2008—has stepped to the forefront of the film industry with the creation of more than 11,000 jobs. Comedies, dramas, and documentaries from the Mitten and beyond squeeze into the projector’s cylindrical glow at the Birmingham 8 and Birmingham Palladium 12 theaters, where several films will be debuting their Michigan premieres. Festive galas and postshow parties allow cinephiles to drop spec scripts in the drinks of their favorite filmmakers, each of whom longs for an award from a discerning crew of local professionals and film critics.
Music director Dr. Gregory Cunningham brings his agile baton-wielding skills to the podium of the Warren Symphony Orchestra for a second year. Teaming up with the Oakland Chorale—Oakland University's elite, competitive touring choral ensemble—the orchestra will usher in the holiday season with a program that awakens cheer in Yuletide lovers and Grinch collaborators alike. Selections from Handel's Messiah send the spirit soaring on famous choruses, and a slew of popular wintery tunes keeps the auditorium cozy as hot cocoa drunk from a hand-knit mitten.
Recently praised by Encore Michigan, Tipping Point Theatre excites audiences with the drama and intrigue of live, professional equity theater. Audience members clutch seats during The Cocktail Hour as director James Kuhl's featured cast brings to life A.R. Gurney's dark comedic tale, which follows an aspiring playwright who travels home to ask his father's permission to produce a play based upon their family. Madness ensues during a family dinner gone wrong, when they discover their recently hired chef to be inept at preparing a roast.
The Celiac Awareness Tour travels across the country to promote awareness of celiac disease and energize enthusiasm for gluten-free living. Each stop features presenters that range from medical experts who have studied celiac disease to vendors of gluten-free goods. Chefs' demonstrations exhibit recipes that don't contain gluten or Cracker Jacks prizes. Guests can also flit from booth to booth sampling gluten-free items from both local and national manufacturers and merchants, such as Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery, Natural Nectar, Feel Good Foods, and Redwood Hill Farms.
As the sun sets over Lake St. Clair, the Splash Summer Series Summer Kickoff raucously welcomes in the season. Revelers head to the Tinfish Jefferson Beach Marina to take in a dazzling light and sound show on the tiki bar deck, or marvel as flying cirque performers manipulate flames in defiance of gravity and the laws of thermodynamics. DJs including Matt Aubrey & Holevar, Shawn Michaels and DJ Marky G set the soundtrack to the night, and a late-night food menu keeps partiers fueled until 4 a.m.