Former Detroit movie palaces subject of DCA luncheon speaker

Historic movie houses will be the subject of author and lecturer Michael Houser at the Downriver Council for the Arts’ third annual holiday luncheon at noon Nov. 16 in the auditorium of the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

Houser is the co-author, with Marianne Weldon, of “Detroit’s Downtown
Movie Palaces.”

The cover features a photograph of the old Paramount Theatre with the marquee proclaiming that Norma Shearer was starring in the 1931 film “Strangers May Kiss.”

Houser will show photos of and talk about movie palaces, including the Michigan, Fox, United Artists, Gem, Telenews and Oriental, which opened in 1927, was renamed the RKO Downtown and demolished in 1950 for a parking lot.

He also will discuss the Detroit Opera House, which opened in 1869.

The speaker is marketing manager for the Detroit Opera House and the Michigan Opera Theatre.

Houser was the DCA’s speaker at last year’s holiday luncheon, which featured a talk about Christmastime at Hudson’s.

He has written two books about the legendary store and was the guest curator at the Detroit Historical Museum for the exhibit “Remembering
Downtown Hudson’s.” Tickets for the luncheon,
$25, include a Michigan Cherry Chicken Salad. They are available by calling 734-720-0671 or by going to

Antique fair is scheduled
The Wyandotte Museums will host an antique fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Wyandotte Museum Campus, 2610 Biddle.

An appraisal clinic, preservation lectures, demonstrations and a vintage flea market will be offered. Appraisals will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 734-324-7284.

Local men in musical
Two Southgate residents — Ryan Owen and Connor Garcia— are cast members in the Players Guild of Dearborn production of the Tony Award musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” which opens at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Players Guild Theatre, 21730 Madison.

An interactive play within a play, the musical is based on the unfinished last novel of Charles Dickens. Owen appears as Master Nick Cricker and The Deputy, and Garcia plays Mr. Montague Pruitt and Shade of Jasper.

Performances are scheduled for Nov. 8 through 10, 15 through 17, 22 through 24 and 29 through Dec. 1. Tickets, $18, are available by calling 313-561-TKTS or going to www.playersguildofdearborn.

Pirate play to be staged
Members of the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center will stage the play “How I Became a Pirate” Nov. 9 and 10 at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson.

The play, based on the book with the same title by Melinda Long, is about Jeremy Jacob, a boy who is building a sandcastle on the beach when pirates arrive and he helps them bury a treasure.

Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 9, and 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets are $12, adults; $10, students and seniors; and $15 for preferred

For reservations or more information, go to or call 734-771-7945.

Raffle to aid Kids-TALK
The Guidance Center Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center program
will benefit from a raffle to be held during a “Transcend” fashion show presented by C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

Among the raffle prizes will be creatively dressed mannequin centerpieces entered in a competition held in conjunction with the fashion show. Cheryl Zemke of Riverview, an award-winning fashion designer, is the owner of C. Creations.

Tickets, $15 ($25, VIP, for 11 a.m. admission), are available by calling Zemke at 734-470-1292.