Botticelli and coded works will be discussed at lecture

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Rosolino LoDuca of Lincoln Park (left) and Fara Palazzolo of Cinisi, Sicily, are pictured with Professor Michael Farrell at a sold out lecture and slide program on Michelangelo at the Wyandotte Art Center. Some 70 art enthusiasts attended the talk. Farrell will pres-ent a program on “Botticelli and the Medici Intrigue” Aug. 18 at the center as part of the Downriver Council for the Arts’ continuing series of illustrated lectures on famous artists.

“Botticelli and the Medici Intrigue” will be the subject of a lecture/slide show to be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18 by Michael Farrell at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut.

The program is one of a series sponsored by the Downriver Council for the Arts.

The lecture and slides will cover the period during which Sandro Botticelli was a painter for the Medici family at a time of intellectual fervor and bloody vio-lence in Florence, Italy.

The speaker will discuss Botticelli works including “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus,” which contain coded references to the turmoil.

Farrell has been a professor of art history at the University of Windsor since 1968 and founded the honors art history program at the university. He also has taught at Central Michigan University and the College for Creative Studies and has served as an adjunct education curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Tickets are $15 ($10, DCA members; $5, stu-dents). For reservations, call (734) 720-0671, or e-mail, or go to

The deadline for reservations is Aug. 11. Cathy Turgeon, DCA president, said the lectures are always sold out.

‘Charlie Brown’ slated by AKT
The AKT Theatre Project has scheduled perform-ances of the musical comedy “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” for 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut.

The cast includes Aaron Glenn as Charlie, Morgan Neubacher and Shaylyn Kiely (Lucy), Sam Ramirez (Schroeder) and Jason Glenn (Linus).
Other performers are Lisa Youngs (Sally), Shauna Rae Hazime and Brad Miller (Snoopy) and Stephani Meredith (Woodstock).

Tickets are $10, adults, and $4, children 10 and younger. For more information or reservations, call (734) 258-8370 or e-mail

General auditions for the AKT’s 2010-11 season are scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at the center. For an audition appointment or more information, e-mail the above address.

Parade Day event is set
Thanksgiving Parade Day will be observed Aug. 11, when the Detroit Tigers play against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park. The game will start at l:05 p.m.

The festivities will include a parade of floats out-side the park, and free face painting, performances by the Mid American Pompon All Star Team and enter-tainment by magicians and clowns inside. The first 10,000 fans will receive clown noses.

Coming up . . .
Aug 13, 14, 15 — Milford Memories Summer Festival in Downtown Milford; art show with exhibits by more than 260 artists and crafters from throughout the United States, live music, entertainment, chil-dren’s activities, Civil War encampment, races, hot-pepper-eating contest and more; for additional infor-mation, go to

Aug. 13-22 — Twelfth Annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival; Caseville is transformed into “Key West North” for the celebration of music and lifestyle made popular by Jimmy Buffett; live entertainment, street dance, vintage motorcycle show; classic car show, craft show, card tournament, golf scramble and more; for additional information, go to

Aug. 21-Oct. 3 — Michigan Renaissance Festi-val; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and Labor Day; in Holly off I-75, Exit 106, on Dixie Highway between Pontiac and Flint; 16th-century-themed entertainment, foods, games and rides; reproductions of Renais-sance shops with works by artisans for sale; admis-sion, $19.95, adults; $10.95, children 5-12 (children 4 and younger, free); $17.95, seniors and students; dis-counts are available at Kroger stores; for more infor-mation, go to