SGLS planning Backstage Pass 2 March 26 at center

By Evelyn Cairns
The Southern Great Lakes Symphony promises “something for everyone,” from jazz to classical music in settings from ensembles to a full orchestra, at its Backstage Pass 2 fund-raiser March 26 at the Wyandotte Arts Center.

The event, scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m., also will offer tickets in a price range for everyone, from $30 to $100.

In addition to music, the evening will include food, beverages, a silent auction/raffle and the opportunity for symphony supporters to listen to SGLS musicians up close as they perform in casual settings on two floors of the center.

Tickets are priced as follows: Guest, $30 (general seating, food and beverages and a cash bar).

Special Guest, $50 (general seating, food, two beverages and a choice of a wine or pub glass).

VIP, $100 (reserved table seating, food, an open bar, an etched souvenir wine or pub glass, a photo opportunity with SGLS music director Charles Greenwell, a souvenir color print and a raffle ticket).

For tickets or additional information, call 734-671-8343 or visit HYPERLINK “” The Wyandotte Arts Center is at 81 Chestnut, just off Biddle.

Van Gogh talk slated
Michael Farrell, professor of art history and founder of the honors art program at the University of Windsor, will present an illustrated lecture on Vincent van Gogh at 7 p.m. March 16 in the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut.

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

Farrell also has taught for Central Michigan University and the College for Creative Studies. In addition, he was adjunct curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Historical Museum.

Van Gogh had one of the briefest painting careers in the history of art, lasting only 10 years, from 1880 to 1890. He became known for his self-portraits, portraits, landscapes and sunflowers and the use of vivid colors.

During the last five years of his life, Van Gogh created a signature painting style that paved the way for the modernists of the 20th century. He died at the age of 37 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Tickets are $15 per person ($10, DCA members). Reservations (suggested) are being accepted by telephone at 734-720-0671 or by e-mailing HYPERLINK “” PayPal is accepted.

Coming up . . .
Through April 17 — Play, “Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?” at the Gem Theatre, Detroit; tickets, $19.50 to $34.50, are available at all TicketMaster outlets and online at; for more information, visit HYPERLINK “”

March 18 – April 8 — Painting and pottery exhibition featuring the works of Doni Moxlow Harris and Rose Lewandowski; at the Downriver Council for the Arts Gallery in the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut; opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. March 18.

March 20 — Spring Solstice Walk; 6 to 7 p.m. at the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, on Northline Road, east of Pardee Road, next to the Heritage Park Petting Farm; to register, call 888-383-4108 or e-mail

March 22 – April 3 — Musical, “Les Miserables,” a new production based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel about the survival of the human spirit; tickets, starting at $39, including parking, are available online at HYPERLINK “”
or HYPERLINK “”; or by calling Tick-etMaster at 800-982-2787; for more information, call 313-872-1000.

March 26 — Comedy, “Getting Sara Married”; 7:30 p.m. at Biddle Hall, 3239 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; featuring Charlene Bauer, Jay Carter and Carrie O’Connor; tickets, $30, including dinner and show; doors open at 5:30; dinner at 6:30; for tickets, call 734-775-9635 (deadline March 21).