Reporter Anne Thompson to be speaker at Town Hall

The Downriver Town Hall audience will recognize speaker Anne Thompson Feb. 11 as the WDIV-TV NBC News correspondent who reported on Kirk Kerkorian and his attempted takeover of Chrysler, the near riots after the Pistons’ championship win in 1990 and other local and national stories.

Her talk is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St., Southgate.

After winning seven Emmy and other prestigious awards for reporting, Thompson became the chief financial correspondent reporter on financial and economic news for NBC and its chief environmental-affairs correspondent.

She also won the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism for her reporting on the jobless economic recovery.
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door after 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (734) 783-9224.

Cellist will play at guild concert

Cellist Erik Asgeirsson will perform in recital at the Fair Lane Music Guild’s Feb. 10 dessert concert at the Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, 4901 Evergreen.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. with café seating, and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Asgeirsson, who began cello studies at the age of 6, will soon complete graduate studies in Cologne, Germany. He has won numerous youth competitions and has performed extensively in Europe and the United States,

Pianist Pauline Martin will accompany the cellist. The concert is being sponsored by the Dearborn Rotary Foundation, and the dessert table by Park Place Catering.
Tickets are $15 ($14 senior citizens, $9 students). For more information or tickets, call the guild at (313) 593-5330 or go to

Save the date . . .

Feb 4-7 — Circe du Soleil production, “Alegria,” featuring aerial acrobatics and musicians from 17 countries; tickets, $38 to $98, are available at all TicketMaster locations and; to charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000; for more information, go to

Feb. 5 — Southern Great Lakes Symphony’s Downriver Idol semifinals; 7:30 p.m. at the Flat Rock Community Auditorium, 28100 Aspen Drive, off Gibraltar Road; tickets, $5, will serve as ballots for voting for contestants; for more information, call (734) 246-2890.

Feb. 6 — Hungarian Arts Club’s Feher Rozsa Bal (White Rose Ball) introducing young women of Hungarian descent to society; 6:30 p.m. at the Dearborn Inn; for tickets, $65, call Jana Johnson, (734) 459-5253, or e-mail

Feb. 10 — Dinner concert featuring award-winning Hungarian vocalist Anna Peller and a cimbalom duel: 6 p.m. at the Rhapsody restaurant, 14315 Northline, Southgate; tickets, $35, include a choice of three entrees, side dishes, dessert and coffee; for reservations, call (734) 283-9622.

Feb. 13 — Debuts of “Arabia,” depicting the culture, history and religion of Arabia; and “Black Holes,” exploring their history, physics and mystery; in the IMAX Dome Theatre and Dassault Systemes Planetarium of the Detroit Science Center, respectively; for show times and online ticketing information, go to

Feb. 15 — First class in the 2010 “Cooking with Style” series at the Ritz-Carlton, “A Tuscan Banquet”; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.” cost, $120, includes cocktails, appetizers, dinner with Italian wines and table-setting ideas; for reservations or more information, contact Leslie Jacobs at (248) 646-4517 or, or Colin Berens at (313) 253-4357 or