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Concerts coming up at The Machine Shop

FLINT — The Machine Shop, 3539 S. Dort Hwy., Flint, will present Indi-Grace’s Metal Uncensored featuring Cadence, Avenue Sky, Blood of the Unborn, In the Cut, Silent Divide and It Lies Within, on Feb. 10. Tickets are $5 in advance and are available from the bands, or $8 the day of the show.

Royal Bliss with special guests Bobaflex and Amplaphi will perform on Feb. 11. Tickets are $10 in advance.

The Machine Shop’s Pin-Up Contest will be Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Music will be by Cash O’Riley and Rattletrap.

For tickets to all shows go to, Paradise Express in the Dort Mall (810-743-0330), Strange Daze Tattoos in Davison, High Octane in Fenton or at the club during business hours. Low Dough Shows are always at the door only. Details: Call 715-2650. — G.G.

College Town LEGO returns

FLINT — The Flint Institute of Arts will host the second annual Create Your Own Masterpiece Intercollegiate LEGO® Event on Feb. 18, from 1-4 p.m. Student teams from area colleges and universities will compete for this year’s trophy and People’s Choice Award.

The event is organized by the FIA’s College Town Student Advisory Council and is the only “team competition” held locally involving students attending Baker College, Davenport University, Kettering University, Mott Community College and University of Michigan-Flint. Each five-member team will create sculptures on site during the three hour-long event.

The completed Lego masterpieces will remain on public view in the FIA Lobby through Feb. 26.

Last year’s College Town event attracted more than 900 viewers during the competition and was also the subject of a short film, produced and directed by Students from the Advanced Film Program at Mott Community College. The film was later screened in the FIA’s Fleckenstein Video Gallery, and continues to receive considerable play on the FIA’s website as well as on YouTube. Filmmakers from Mott College will be shooting video again this year.

For submission guidelines and additional information visit or call 810-237-7315.

The Flint Institute of Arts is located just two blocks off I-475 in the Flint Cultural Center between the University of Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College. Museum hours are Monday- Wednesday and Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Thursday, 12-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. — G.G.

Whaley House open for tours

FLINT — The Whaley House, 624 E. Kearsley St., is open for tours Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Visit for a full calendar of events. Details: Call 810-471-4714. — G.G.

Swing dancing at the Jewel

GRAND BLANC — There is swing and ballroom dancing at The Jewel in Grand Blanc every Tuesday from 7-10 p.m. — G.G.

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