Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Salute to Excellence honorees display their awards Sept. 21 at a re-ception following the Downriver Council for the Arts’ 21st annual dinner at the Trenton Hotel Grill and awards ceremony at the Tren-ton Village Theatre. In the foreground are Sharlet and Pietro DiGiorgio. Standing are Joseph Scott (left) and Greg Mahar.

125 arts supporters gather for 21st salute

Approximately 125 supporters of the Downriver Council for the Arts gathered Sept. 21 for an 1800s dinner at the historic Trenton Grill before attending the organization’s 21st annual Salute to Excellence awards program at the Trenton Village Theatre.

Award recipients, who were honored for volun-teerism and support of the arts, included Sharlet and Pietro DiGiorgio of Wyandotte, Brownstown Township Deputy Supervisor Greg Mahar and Joseph Scott of Taylor. They were presented with hand-crafted bowls from Pewabic Pottery.

The city of Wyandotte received a recognition plaque for its decision to transform the former Wyan-dotte Masonic Temple into an arts center.

Entertainment was by Doug and Carol Scott, vo-calist Lara Semetko, Taylor Ballet Americana and Jack Frucci and his My Three Friends barbershop quartet.

NAIAS seeks young artists
In conjunction with the 2010 North American In-ternational Auto Show, affiliated auto dealers are seeking young artists to participate in its 22nd annual High School Poster Contest.

The competition is open to Michigan students en-rolled in grades 10 through 12.

Prizes, ranging from $100 to $1,000, will be awarded in 16 categories. The deadline for entries is Nov. 18.

Posters will be judged by representatives of the local art community and will be displayed at the auto show and the NAIAS official program book and web site.

For contest rules or more information, go to www.naias.com,
or call Sandy Herp at (248) 283-5138 or go to sherp@dada.org.

Music Guild’s season to start
The Fair Lane Music Guild will open its concert season Oct. 14 with a recital by internationally known violinist Yehonatan Berick and pianist Pauline Martin at the Henry Ford Estate — Fair Lane.

Café-style seating will begin at 7 p.m. with des-sert.

Berick, a University of Michigan staff member, is a 1993 Naumburg competition prizewinner. Martin’s recordings have earned a Grammy first-round nomi-nation.
For ticket information, call the Guild at (313) 593-5330.

Hit musical is scheduled
The hit play “Legally Blonde the Musical” will make its Detroit debut Oct. 15 at the Fisher Theatre with performances continuing through Nov.1.

Tickets, $30 to $80, are available at www.TicketMaster.com or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com. For more information, call (313) 872-1000.

Coming soon . . .
Oct. 9 — The Accidental Mummies of Guana-juato exhibition world preview event with former President of Mexico Vicente Fox as a guest; 7 p.m. at the Detroit Science Center; tickets, $125 per person, or $200 per couple, are available by calling (313) 577-8400, Ext. 432; the exhibit opens to the Saturday; for more information, call the above number.

Oct. 9, 10 — Magic show, “David Copperfield – An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion”; 9 p.m. Friday and 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday; at the Fox Theatre; tickets, $29.50 to $59.50, are available at OlympiaEn-tertainment.com, TicketMaster.com and all TicketMaster outlets; for more information, call (313) 471-6611.

Oct. 10, 11 — Detroit Historical Society Guild Flea Market; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson, Detroit; free admission; parking, $5; guided tours, $3; for more information, call (586) 498-9298.