Jeff Daniels will appear in one-man show Downriver

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Cast members for the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center production of the musical “Pinkalicious” rehearse for the play, to be staged Feb. 19 and 20 at the Trenton Village Theatre. Pictured are Molly Zaleski (left) of Ferndale as Dr. Wink, Julienne Kobylasz of Flat Rock as Sister and Nurse Julie, Holly Eggleston of Trenton as Pinkalicious, Allison Bradley of Wyandotte as Mom, and Don Corbin of Allen Park as Dad.

By Evelyn Cairns
Michigan’s own Jeff Daniels, stage and screen actor, musician, playwright, will perform in a one-man show of his original songs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Downriver Campus of Wayne County Community College, 21000 North Line Road.

The performance, titled “An Evening with Jeff Daniels,” will take place in the college’s state-of-the-art Heinz C. Prechter Educational & Performing Arts Center.

Daniels, who grew up in Chelsea, is the founder of the Purple Rose Theatre, located in that city. He attended Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan universities, where he appeared in numerous productions.

Among the many movies in which he has appeared are “The Pur-ple Rose of Cairo” the remake of “101 Dalmatians,” “RV,” “The Squid and the Whale” “Arachnophobia,” “Gettysburg,” “Dumb & Dumber” and an adaptation of Mitch Albom’s “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.”

Daniels began his directorial career with the locally popular comedy “Escanaba in da Moonlight,” set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Among his CDs are “Grandfather’s Hat” and “Live and Unplugged.”

All tickets for the performance are $38. For box office hours or to purchase tickets, call (734) 374-3200.

Four will vie for Idol title
A near capacity audience Jan. 28 at the Flat Rock Community auditorium joined the judges in selecting four finalists in the second annual Southern Great Lakes Symphony Downriver Idol contest.

Competing for the coveted title at the final round of judging on Feb. 27 at a SGLS concert will be Laurie Mata of Wyandotte, Jill Ryan and Lara Semetko of Grosse Ile, and Ramsey Katynski of Clawson.

The judges were Charles Greenwell, the symphony’s music director; journalist Andrea Blum; Johnny Kash, international touring organist/music director at SS. Peter & Paul Church, Detroit; and Stacy Mason of Farmington Hills, who won the Downriver Idol contest last year.

The event will take place at 3 p.m. in the Flat Rock auditorium. Tickets, $25, are available by calling (734) 246-2890 or going to

Sanders to be subject at tea
The history of Sanders will be the subject of Greg Tasker, author of “Sanders Confectionery,” at a Valentine’s tea to be sponsored Feb. 13 by the Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance.

The event, a fundraiser for the alliance, is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ikaros Hall, 1677 Fort St. in Lincoln Park. Teagoers will be served scones with Devonshire cream and jam, a variety of tea sandwich and desserts, and a selection of teas.

The confectionery, a gathering place of sweet lovers for more than 130 years, is famous for its signature dessert — hot fudge sundae — and devil’s food butter cream “bumpy” cake.

Tickets, $10, are available by calling (313) 598-3137.

Cupcake social set by DYPAC
The Downriver Youth Performing Center has scheduled a “Pinkalicious” cupcake social for 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 13 in conjunction with its upcoming performances of the musical “Pinkalicious” at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson.

Social participants, who are encouraged to dress in pink, will meet the characters in the play and decorate cupcakes. Cupcakes and punch will be served, and a raffle will be held for a “Pinkalicious” basket.

Tickets for the social, $5, are available and will be sold at the door.

The play is about a character who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Performance times are 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 19, and 2 p.m. Feb. 20.

Tickets are available at the above Website and will be sold at the door.