Downriver Arts Council to present 4th Indie Craft Fair

Going PlacesCThe James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture in Wyandotte will be overflowing with handcrafted items March 17 and 18 when the Downriver Council for the Arts presents its fourth Downriver Indie Craft Fair.

All three floors of the historic building at 81 Chestnut will be used for the event, which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. March 17, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 18. In addition, the fair will feature raffles and music, and food and beverages will be available for sale.

More than 50 independent crafters, artists and do-it-yourselfers will offer their wares, including vintage and handmade clothing and jewelry, handmade soaps, fine art, sweets and items made from recycled wood and metal.

Among the vendors will be Two Stix 5 Stones, A Serendipity Bakery, Scarf Central, Helium Studio, C. Creations, Cool Critters, Lincoln Street Soap, Poison Ivy Designs and Wendy Sample.

Photo courtesy of the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center Three of the characters to be depicted at Reading With the Characters literacy program are Nina Nelson (left) as Pinkalicious in the book “Pinkalicious,” Sydney Balan as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” and Kiera Woodman as Alice in “Alice in Wonderland.” The program will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westfield Center, 2700 Westfield in Trenton.

Photo courtesy of the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center
Three of the characters to be depicted at Reading With the Characters literacy program are Nina Nelson (left) as Pinkalicious in the book “Pinkalicious,” Sydney Balan as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” and Kiera Woodman as Alice in “Alice in Wonderland.” The program will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westfield Center, 2700 Westfield in Trenton.

Others include Mostly Mallie, Spoonfeather Designs, Thrifty Fair Trading Company, Tulipatron, Urban Nomad, Vintageliz Leather, VoxPopArt & Design, The Wood Garage and Zombie D Girls.

Proceeds from the $2 admission fee will help send children to summer art camp at the DCA headquarters in the DeSana Center.

Literature event set

Costumed characters will bring literature to life from 11 a .m. to 2 p.m. March 18 during the Reading With the Characters literacy program to be held by the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center and the Trenton Rotary Club at the Westfield Center, 2700 Westfield in Trenton.

Mary Zaleski, DYPAC’s director of programs and development, will read stories from children’s books while DYPAC members enact characters in the stories.

Among the books to be read are “Pinkalicious,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Elephant and Piggie,” “Fox in Socks,” “Flat Stanley,” “Freckleface Strawberry” and “Pippi Longstocking.”
Some 20 characters will be enacted, including princesses, super heroes, Pinkalicious from “Pinkalicious,” Alice from “Alice in Wonderland,” Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz” and others from “Elmer the Elephant,” “Freckleface Strawberry” and “The Cat in the Hat.”

Participants will make bookmarks during the program as part of a literacy book-related project.

The program is open to the public for a donation of $5 per family or a used children’s book. The donated money and books will be distributed by the Rotary Club to local families, Zaleski said.

Coming up . . .

March 15-19 — “Circus 1903-The Golden Age of Circus,” Detroit premiere at the Fisher Theatre; puppetry show including the largest-ever performing African elephant and her baby; tickets starting at $35 are available at all Ticketmaster locations, 800-982-2787, www.broadwayindetroit.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

March 17-25 — Comedy, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” written by comedian Steve Martin; to be staged by the Open Book Theatre at 1621 West Road, in Trenton; performances at 8 p.m. March 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25; and 2 p.m. March 19 (the March 19 performance will be followed by a discussion with the actors); tickets are $20, or $15, students and seniors; for tickets or more information, go to www.openbooktc.com or call 734-288-7753.

March 19 — Acrobatic performance; “Cirque Ziva,” at the Fox Theatre; featuring Danny Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats in a performance suitable for all ages; tickets, $24.50, $34.50 and $44.50, are available at www.OlympiaEntertainment.com, at all Ticketmaster locations and www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000; for more information, call 313-471-6611.

March 21-26 — Play, “Rent 20th Anniversary Tour,” at the Fisher Theatre; tickets, starting at $39, are available at Ticketmaster locations, 800-982-2787, www.BroadwayinDetroit.com and www.ticketmaster.com.