Detroit-based Nigerian artist Timothy Orikri will be the speaker for a meeting of the Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild and Art Ambience at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library, 14680 Dix Toledo.
The program is open to the public without charge.
Orikri, whose works are primarily oils, acrylics, watercolors and ceramics, will conduct a painting demonstration and talk about the path his art has taken him from the years in his homeland to today.
The artist’s works are on permanent display at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and at galleries throughout Michigan and the United States. Orikri has had an exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
In addition, he was a featured artist in a three-month St. Louis Science Center traveling exhibit sponsored by Time magazine and Ford Motor Co., during which he created a 7-foot-by-24-foot mural of an African village.
Orikri also collaborated with 200 students at Allen Park Middle and Arno schools in creating murals.
The artist is scheduled to conduct a mixed-media workshop for the Arts and Crafts Guild on Nov. 5 and 6.
Talk series is planned
A series of programs on Downriver communities and those who made them what they are today will begin Oct. 5 when the city’s Historical Society presents a talk by Tammy Taylor, president of the Downriver Historical Organizations, at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, 1335 Southfield Road.
The DHO was founded when a number of local historical societies agreed to share their stories, activities and concerns, a spokesman for the group said. The organization has 15 members and continues to grow, the spokesman added.
Taylor, whose passion is history, is president of the Grosse Ile Historical Society and a founding member of the DHO.
Additional programs will feature The Mellus Newspapers, with Leslie Lynch-Wilson, president of the Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance, on Nov. 2, and Grand Chief Ted Roll of the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation, whose topic will be the plans and activities of the local and national tribal organization, Dec. 7.
All Historical Society programs are open to the public without charge, said Jeff Day, museum curator. For more information, call 313-386-3137; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or go to www.lphistorical.org or Facebook.
Oktoberfest is scheduled
Henry Ford College has scheduled its annual Oktoberfest for Oct. 5 with at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. seatings at the school’s Fifty-One O One Restaurant on the Dearborn campus, 5101 Evergreen Road.
The meal will begin with Bavarian potato soup and end with desserts including Black Forest torte and apple strudel. Among other menu items will be Frankenmuth-style chicken, sauerbraten, and bratwurst and knackwurst with sauerkraut.
The cost is $13.95. Beer and wine will be available for purchase after 5 p.m. For reservations, call 313-206-5101.
Coming up . . .
Oct. 7, 8 —National tour debut of “Love Jones the Musical,” 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre; for tickets, $59.50, $64.50, $74.50 and $89.50, go to Ticketmaster.com or call 800-754-3000.
Oct. 13 — Annual gala fundraiser of The Information Center, 6:15 p.m. at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, 16703 Fort St., Southgate; entertainment by the Magic Bus band; for tickets, $125, call 734-282-7171.
Oct. 14 — Opening night reception for the Fall Festival of the Arts, at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; no charge.
Oct. 15 — Concert, “Yesterday and Today,” an interactive Beatles-music performance with the audience voting for the rock-and-roll songs they want to hear; at Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline, Taylor; for tickets, $25, call 734-374-3200, or go to www.wwccd.edu.performingartscenter.htm.