Open Book Theatre actors nominees for Wilde Award

going-placescOpen Book Theatre Company is receiving congratulations on the nominations of two of its members for the distinguished Wilde Award, which is considered comparable to the Tony Award for the state of Michigan.

Krista Schafer Ewbank, artistic director of the company, was nominated for the Best Theatre for Young Audiences Award for her direction of “Peter and the Starcatcher” and for Best Performance, Lead Actress – Play, in “Boy Gets Girl.”

Alexander Sloan was nominated for Best Performance – Theater for Young Audiences for his role in “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

The reviewers at Encore Michigan evaluated 242 eligible professional productions in the state. The awards will be presented at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Berman Center for Performing Arts in West Bloomfield. For ticket information, go to

Open Book Theatre is preparing for its upcoming season, which begins in September and will include five plays, with the first to be “Life Sucks,” adapted from “Uncle Vanya,” by Anton Chekhov

Allen Park fair slated

Allen Park’s 36th Annual Street Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 with 250 vendors offering jewelry, wood works, art, clothing and refreshments.

The fair will take place on Allen Road between Southfield and Roosevelt.

More than 20 popular bands will provide music at the event. Performing Friday on the Roosevelt Stage will be The State Street Band, Motor City Allstars, Full Speed Ahead and Phoenix Theory, and on the Southfield Stage, Allie Louise, Brown Mountain Apes, Wisteria, Category Five and Soul Quest.

Appearing Aug. 5 on the Roosevelt stage will be PKSA, Step in Line, Hall of Fame Induction, Tenth Street Tuesday, APB, Liquid Six and Atomic Radio Band, while Rosanna, Anita Green, Telephone 9, Major Dudes, The Audio Band and Downriver Don will entertain fairgoers at the Southfield stage location.

Fair proceeds are earmarked to beautify and improve the safety of the Allen Park community.

Jazz concert is scheduled

The 22nd year of Jazz on the River, to be sponsored by Friends of Wayne County Parks Aug. 5 and 6 at Elizabeth Park, will feature 10 international bands and musicians.

Performing on Aug. 5 will be Shelby Brown, at 1 p.m.; Project Grand Slam, 2:30; Jackiem Joyner, 4 p.m.; Tim Bowman, 5:45; and Michael Franks, 7:30.

On stage on Aug. 6 will be Da’Ja, 1 p.m.; Dave McMurray, 2:30; Lindsey Webster, 4 p.m.; Alexander Zonjic with Peter White, 5:30; and Rachelle Ferrell, 7:30.

Elizabeth Park is on West Jefferson, south of West Road. Parking is free, but a $5 donation will be suggested.

Friends of Wayne County Parks are SMART, Greektown Casino, DTE Energy, Wheel to Drive Driving School, Schedel, Roundhouse BBQ and Shore to Shore Credit Union.

Latin music to be played

LL7, a 7-piece band that specializes in Latin music, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Taylor Music and Art in the Gardens concert at 22314 Northline.
Concertgoers will be admitted at 5:30 p.m., when food and beverages will be offered for sale.

The band, which specializes in high-energy salsa, cha-cha and bolero interspersed with jazz, was nominated for the Detroit Music Award for six consecutive years and was the winner of the Outstanding World Recording in 2016.

Admission will cost $5 (no charge for children 5 and younger), and it is suggested that attendees provide their own lawn chairs or blankets, as seating will be limited. The concert will take place rain or shine. Information about an indoor concert location in the event of inclement weather is available by calling 888-383-4108 or going to