Friday, March 11, 2011

Daytripping: Uptown Film Festival begins tonight

See Michigan's premiere of "Kill The Irishman" starring Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken and Paul Sorvino at the Uptown Film Festival in Birmingham.
Tonight is the inaugural kickoff for the first annual Uptown Film Festival, a two-day celebration in Birmingham highlighting the stars on Michigan's film industry horizon.

"We are extremely excited to bring the Uptown Film Festival to life this year," said Jeffrey Spilman, UFF co-executive director. "The films and talent highlighted during this event have played key roles in the substantial growth and success of the Michigan film industry during the past several years. The festival recognizes the hard work and dedication of the state's film industry professionals, and the productions they've created in Michigan."

The festival takes place March 11 and 12 at the Birmingham Palladium 12 Theatre, at 250 North Old Woodward Ave., and the Birmingham 8, at 211 South Old Woodward Ave.

Highlighting its opening will be tonight's premiere of "Kill The Irishman," to benefit Gleaners Food Bank, the Arthritis Foundation and The Detroit Institute of Arts. The film stars Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Ray Stevenson and Michigan native John Hawkinson

"Kill The Irishman" takes places in the heart of Cleveland during the summer of 1976, where bombs have been detonated and a turf war is raging between Irish mobster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) and the Italian mafia. Written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh and inspired by Rick Porello's true crime account, "To Kill The Irishman: The War That Crippled The Mafia," it chronicles the life of Green, who fearlessly graduated through the ranks of the Italian mafia to become a powerful leader, known as the man the mob couldn't kill.
Rated: R

Check out the other screenings lined up for the Uptown Film Festival:

Friday, March 11
Uptown Palladium 12: lobby
7 p.m., VIP Charity Event (2 hours)

Uptown Palladium 12: theater
9 p.m., "Kill the Irishman" premiere (2 hours)

Birmingham 8: theater 3
7 p.m., "Lucky" (2 hours)
9:30 p.m., "Answer This" (2 hours)

Birmingham 8: theater 4
7 p.m., "Murder by Proxy" and "How America Went Postal" (2 hours)
9:30 p.m., "Starlight & Superfish" (2 hours)

Birmingham 8: theater 5
7 p.m., "Bilal's Stand" (2 hours)
9 p.m., MFA Nominated Docs Program (2 hours)
Saturday, March 12
Palladium 12: lobby
9:30 p.m., VIP After-Glow with cash bar (4 hours)

Palladium 12: theater 10
5 p.m., "Demoted"
7:30 p.m., "Things Fall Apart" (2 hours)

Palladium 12: theater 11
7:30 p.m., MFA Nominated Top 5 Shorts (1.5 hours)
9 p.m., 2nd Annual Michigan Film Awards  (1.5 hours)

Palladium 12: theater 1
11 a.m., Panel discussion of Michigan's Movie Industry (2 hours)

Birmingham 8: theater 2
1 p.m., "Love is A Thieves Game" (2 hours)
3 p.m., "Not As I Pictured" (2 hours)
5 p.m., "Butterfly Kisses" (2 hours)

Birmingham 8: Theater 3
1 p.m., MFA Nominated Shorts Program 1 (2 hours)
3 p.m., MFA Nominated Shorts Program 2 (2 hours)
5 p.m., MFA Nominated Shorts Program 3 (2 hours)

Birmingham 8: Theater 4
11 a.m., MFA Honorable Mention Shorts Program (2 hours)
1 p.m., "Detroit Wild City" (2 hours)
3 p.m., "MFA Nominated Academic Shorts Program 1 (2 hours)
5 p.m., "Handlebar" (1 hour)
6:30 p.m., "Televising A Revolution with Spoken Word" (2 hours)

Birmingham 8: Theater 5
11 a.m., "Grown in Detroit" (2 hours)
1 p.m., "Runways & Bunkbeds" (2 hours)
3 p.m., "Annabelle & Bear" (2 hours)
5 p.m., "Grey Skies" (2 hours)
For further information and tickets visit Uptown Film Festival

What else is happening this weekend in Metro Detroit?

Mosaic Theatre
"Singsation! Mosaic Singers in Concert," 2 and 8 p.m. March 12, 6 p.m. March 13, at Detroit Film Theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., John R entrance. Includes classical, spiritual, world music, and Broadway favorites. Tickets $20, or $10 for 2 p.m. March 12 performance; Mosaic Detroit or (313) 833-4005.

'Night to Remember'
Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House in Detroit, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. March 12 at The Mirage, 16980 18 Mile Road at Garfield, Clinton Township. "A Night to Remember" includes dinner, dancing, premium bar, entertainment, raffles, auctions. Purchase tickets $60 in advance at Angela Marc Salon, (586) 783-3444; $75 at the door.

Book sale
Friends of Lois Wagner Memorial Library annual book sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March 12, at the library located at 35200 32 Mile road, Richmond. Call (586) 727-2655. Items may be donated during library business house March 7-9.

History underground
"Boneyards: Detroit Under Ground," featuring Richard Bak presented by Roseville Historical and Genealogical Society, 6:30 p.m. March 15, at the library. Free.

Charity bowling
Charity Bowling for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life-Shelby Township: 1 p.m. check-in, 2 p.m. start, March 13, Shelby Lanes, 50721 Van Dyke. Three games of 9-pin no-tap, mystery games, giveaways, pizza, soft drinks and cash bar; $25 per person. Call (586) 634-9539 or (810) 523-4389.

Band concerts
Warren Concert Band presents "Let's Dance," 3 p.m. March 13, Warren Woods Tower high school auditorium, 27900 Bunert at Martin Road. Tickets: $8 adults, free students 13 and younger, available at the door. Information: (586) 709-8192 or Warren Concert Band

Motor City Brass Band presents "Motor City Festival of Band II," 3 p.m. March 13, at Michael Guido Theatre in Dearborn's Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, free ages 12 and younger; call (248) 788-6618. At box office, tickets $15 adults, $12 students and seniors; (313) 943-2354. 

Historical Society
Greater Clinton Township Historical Society program on "Italians in Detroit," March 14 at Clinton Macomb Public Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Road. Membership meeting, refreshments 6:30 p.m., program 7 o'clock. Call (586) 286-9173.

Ringwald Theatre
"Fat Attraction: A Greek Tragedy," weekends and Mondays through March 14 at Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale; tickets $20 Fridays and Saturdays, $15 Sundays, $10 Mondays. Call (248) 545-5545 or visit Who Wants Cake Theatre Also, "My Dull Friend," 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays through March 13. Tickets $5.

Crop Out Cancer
Relay for Life/St. Clair Shores Team Morse Family and Friends host Crop Out Cancer! scrapbooking event, 5-11 p.m. March 18, $20 or $25 full table, and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. March 19, $40 or $45 full table, $60 both days full table, at Macomb Community College Expo Center in Warren. Admission to vendor shopping $5. Proceeds to American Cancer Society. Call (586) 596-7360 or (586) 805-0444.

Master Gardeners
Macomb MSU Extension Master Gardener 2011 volunteer training program, 6-10 p.m. Thursdays, March 24-June 2, and Mondays, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 8-Oct. 24. For registration packets: (586) 469-6440 or e-mail goeddek2@msu.edu or Maureen.prisbe@macombcountymi.gov.

Feature editor Debbie Komar contributed to this listing

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