DCA accepting proposals for exhibits at new center

The Downriver Council for the Arts is accepting entries for a DCA members’ show to be held July 16 through Sept. 4 at the organization’s headquarters in the Wyandotte Arts Center, at 81 Chestnut.

An opening reception will coincide with Wyandotte’s Third Friday observance, a mini-festival featuring horse-and-carriage rides and special promotions by businesses along Biddle Avenue.

Details about the show and membership ap-plications are available by calling Ashleigh Alley at (734) 720-0671.

Upcoming events at the center include a talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 9 by Michael Farrell, professor of art history at the University of Wind-sor, on “Decoding da Vinci.”

The cost is $15 per person ($10, DCA members; $5, students with ID).

The center will be the setting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 17 for an Italian-themed fund-raiser titled “Pasta & Puccini 2,” featuring dinner catered by Carrabba’s Italian Grill of Southgate, wine, live entertainment and raffles. Tickets ($35) and additional information are available by calling Alley at the above number or going to the DCA Web site at

Proceeds are earmarked for DCA programs. The deadline for reservations is June 11.

Works of artist Sam Karres, a Wyandotte native, will be on display at galleries on the main floor and lower level during the fund-raiser.

A meet-the-artist reception is scheduled for June 18, when Karres will sign copies of “Sam Karres, Urban Expressionist,” which offers an overview of his works.

Karres has produced thousands of oils and watercolors dating from the 1940s to the pres-ent. They include Detroit and Wyandotte street scenes, interiors of bars, dancers and many other subjects.

There is no charge for the reception.

Veterans are being honored
More than 450 re-enactors from across the country have converged on Greenfield Village for a Civil War Remembrance observance.

In addition to depicting aspects of life during wartime in the 1860s, the participants are taking part in marching, drill, artillery firing, cavalry and other demonstrations.

A special Memorial Day service at noon May 31 will honor past and present military person-nel. Attendance at the Remembrance program is free with admission to Greenfield Village ($22, adults; $21, seniors; and $16, youths 5 through 12). Children under 5 are free. For more infor-mation, call (313) 982-6001 or go to www.thehenryford.org.

Auditions set by DYPAC
The Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center has scheduled auditions for “The Laramie Proj-ect,” a play about a murder considered to be a hate crime motivated by homophobia, for June 6 and 7 at the Trenton village theatre.

Audition times are 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 6, and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 7.

Participants must be 16 or older, and those under 18 must have parental permission signed at the theater.

The play will be staged Aug. 5 to 7 at the theater, which is located at 2447 W. Jefferson. For additional information, call (734) 671-2202 or e-mail dypac@dypac.com.

Contest slated to select band
Winners of the Trenton Rotary Club’s Battle of the Bands on March 21 — Wyandotte Station, Wisteria and Hidden Agenda Band — will com-pete at 8 p.m. June 11 for the opportunity to perform July 24 at Elizabeth Park with Category 5 during the annual Trenton Roar on the River.

Tickets for the contest, to be held at Rack & Roll, 13634 Sibley Road, Riverview, are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets are avail-able at Crystal Gardens, Rehab Connection, PKSA Karate, Slick Disc, Paragrafix, JDubs and Rack & Roll.

Roar on the River will take place July 23 to 25 along the Detroit River in Elizabeth Park.