Friday, October 19, 2012

Omari Hardwick to attend 'Middle of Nowhere' opening at AMC Southfield

Actor Omari Hardwick ("Sparkle; For Colored Girls") will be in town to kick off the opening weekend of writer-director Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere," at the AMC Southfield, Oct. 19. Audiences will have the opportunity to see Hardwick and ask him questions about the film during the evening shows.
The heartrending drama follows Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi), a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated. As the committed couple stares into the hollow end of an eight-year prison sentence, Ruby must learn to live another life, one marked by shame and separation. But through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to her core, this steadfast wife is soon propelled in new and often shocking directions of self-discovery - caught between two worlds and two men in the search for herself. 

It’s not a big budget Hollywood production, but a film, well-received by audiences who saw merit in DuVernay’s touching portrayal of an extraordinary woman in the middle of nowhere fighting for her ordinary life including those at the Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance, where DuVernay earned the festival’s coveted directing award.

The film also stars David Oyelowo ("The Help; The Paperboy; Jack Reacher").
Rated R for some language. 

The AMC Star Southfield 20 is at 25333 West 12 Mile Road, Southfield. 
Showtimes: 11 a.m.; 1:40, 4:15, 6:50 and 9:40 p.m.

What else can a family do? Check out our calendar listing of events and activities going on in the Detroit area:

Drive for kids
Families and individuals are encouraged to register for the Macomb Charitable Foundation’s Road Rally Fundraiser, beginning at 5 p.m., Oct. 20 in the parking lot of 5-Star Bowling Lanes (at 16 Mile and DeQuindre roads). The MCF helps needy children in Macomb County all year long. Cost: $25 (includes donation to charity, prize money and food after the rally). Rally begins at 5:30 p.m. sharp. Call Peggy at 248-229-5784 or email pmissme@wowway.com.

Veterans Day at Wolverine
Wolverine Harley Davidson in Clinton Township will pay tribute to veterans and the men and women currently serving in America’s military, on Saturday, Oct. 20. Riders will lineup at Wolverine at 9 a.m. and head to the veteran’s hospital in Detroit at 10 a.m. where they will escort veterans to Wolverine for a special day honoring their service.
Wolverine is at 44660 North Gratiot Avenue, 586-463-7700. For more details visit www.wolverinehd.com.

Children’s film festival
MJR Theatres Free Fall Children's Film Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 4. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger, and $1 for parents. Tickets are distributed at the theaters on the day of the show on a first-come, first-served basis.
Participating local MJR theaters include Chesterfield Crossing Digital Cinema 16, 50675 Gratiot, Chesterfield Township, (586) 598-2500; Marketplace Sterling Heights Digital Cinema 20, 35400 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights, (586) 264-1514; Partridge Creek Digital Cinema 14, The Mall at Partridge Creek, 17400 Hall Road, Clinton Township, (586) 263-0084.
Showing this weekend is “Lorax.”

Lorenzo Center
"Changing Gears: The Birth of American Industry" programs continue with a variety of related topics through Nov. 18, at the Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College Center Campus, Hall and Garfield roads, Clinton Township. For complete schedule information, visit www.lorenzoculturalcenter.com.

Zumba classes
Zumba fitness classes at a variety of locations through Macomb County, also Zumba Gold lower-impact classes. For details, call 586-443-6875 or billshoe@live.com.

Assumption Kalosomatics
Kalosomatics exercise classes under way at Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores. Sessions held mornings and evenings, with baby-sitting services available. For details, 586-779-6111 Ext. 4.

Bowling benefit
Sterling Heights Lioness bowling fundraiser, Oct. 5, at Five Star Lanes, 2666 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights; registration 8:45 p.m., bowling 9:15. Admission $20 per person includes three games 9-pin no-tap, shoes, pizza and soft drinks.  Call 586-873-3797 or email lbcasino17@att.net. Proceeds go to Leader Dogs for the Blind and Beaumont Silent Children.

Crocker House Movie and Tea Talk
Crocker House Museum/Macomb County Historical Society present "Tea Talk Tuesdays at Two," 2 p.m. Oct. 23, at the museum, 15 Union St., Mount Clemens. Events include historical programs, refreshments; tickets $7 Society members, $10 non-members.  Museum tours included. 
The Museum also is showing the Michigan made historical film "Mary's Buttons" now through the end of November as part of a fundraiser. Tickets are $10. Showtimes are: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 20 and 27 at 7 p.m.. Call and make your reservation at 586-465-2488. For more information on upcoming activities visit The Crocker House on Facebook

Dehydrating vegetables class
MSU Extension Macomb, along with Master Gardener Karen Burke, will present “Dehydrating Vegetables: The Basics and Beyond,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the VerKulen Building, at 21885 Dunham Road, Door E, in Clinton Township. The program is free but preregistration is required. Call 586-469-6440.

Ford House
"Fairy Tales at Ford House: A Grimm Celebration" community art exhibit through Nov. 4, at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores. Related youth and adult programs continue into the fall.
For this and other events going on visit The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

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