Friday, March 18, 2011

Daytripping: Sunday event takes a shot at helping the community and 'Detroit 1-8-7'

AP Photo/ABC, Mike Chrouch
Actors, Jon Michael Hill, from left, James McDaniel, Michael Imperioli and Shaun Majumder filming “Detroit 1-8-7”. Motor City Java House will show the Season Finale of “Detroit 1-8-7,” to benefit the Artist Village and Motor City Blight Busters.
 The Motor City Java House will present a special showing of the "Detroit 1-8-7" season finale to benefit the amazing work being done by the Artist Village and Motor City Blight Busters. The March 20 event also is an opportunity for fans of the ABC TV crime drama to rally support for a second season.
"We're excited to say the least," said John George, founder of Motor City Blight Busters. "Any time we get to meet folks and show them the new 'D,' we are happy to do it. It's so important for the entire region, the city and the suburbs, to work together by tearing down crack houses and abandoned buildings. When we come together, we feel a new energy and a new spirit in Detroit."

"I want people to have a full-rounded experience when they come to Artist Village.  It's a place for everyone and it brings out the art in everyone," said Alicia Marion, owner of the Motor City Java House.  "I want everyone to know there is something positive going on in every pocket of the city, including northwest Detroit."

Anyone interested in attending the season finale screening and benefit, 8 p.m. to midnight, can purchase the $10 tickets online today at Supporting the "D" or Sunday at the door.

The Motor City Java House is a quirky neighborhood café that was raised from the ruins of an old building a few doors down from the historic Redford Theatre. Next to the restored coffeehouse, which prides itself on hospitality and a fabulous selection of homemade sandwiches and desserts, is the Artist Village, a community studio founded by Alicia Marion, Charles "Chazz" Miller (also founder of Public Art Workz) and the founder of Motor City Blight Busters, John George. The Artist Village features a co-workspace, gallery and huge lounge with a massive projection screen TV where the season finale of the crime drama will be aired. 

In addition to the screening, guests who attend the event will be treated to a fun-filled evening featuring live music and comedy acts, food and door prizes. 

AP Photo/ABC, Alicia Gbur
In this scene, Vadim Imperioli, left, listens to Michael Imperioli.
Who knows?

This could be the last hurrah for "Detroit 1-8-7." Despite a slight rise in ratings, the gritty crime drama is facing a possible hit by TV executives.

"Sunday, ABC's 'Detroit 1-8-7' hits its first season finale, which just leaves time to send out a final distress call," said Robert Bianco in a report for USA Today. "This is not just a series that proves the broadcast networks can compete with cable when it comes to serious dramas; it's the only network series that tries in any meaningful way to deal with the real-life struggles, burdens and joys of life in our large cities. That it's set and shot in Detroit, a great mid-American metropolis that seldom gets any airtime, is just the icing on the cake."

"It's going to be great," said Lindsay Warren of Lindsay Warren Consulting, who, along with WowShane Radio and Urban Apartments, organized the event. Sponsors include Vitamin Water, American Coney Island, Better Made, Fist of Detroit Apparel and Reaver Diamonds. "Everyone who comes is going to get an attendee gift," Warren added. "And for every $10 paid, $5 goes to the Artist Village and $5 to Motor City Blight Busters."

Motor City Java House/Artists Village is at 17336 Lahser Road, Detroit. Call (313) 766-7110.

What else is a family to do? Check out our weekly list of events going on in and around the Detroit area.

Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green GablesThe story of the young orphan girl is brought to life in ArtsPower's National Touring production of "Anne of Green Gables" appearing at the Macomb Center. Based on the beloved novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery this original musical celebrating the power of imagination and the importance of love and trust is a show the entire family would enjoy. Tickets: $10 adult, $5 children age 12 and under. Call (586) 286-2095 or visit Macomb Center 

 Children's Film Festival
The Free Spring Children's Film Festival going on at MJR Digital Cinemas including MJR Marketplace Sterling Heights Digital Cinema 20; MJR Partridge Creek Digital Cinema 14 in Clinton Township, and MJR Chesterfield Crossing Digital Cinema 16 in Chesterfield Township continues March 19-20 with the movie, "Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader"; March 26-27, "Yogi Bear," and April 2-3, "Megamind." All films are rated PG. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger, parents $1; tickets first-come, first-served basis; no advance purchases. For times, visit MJR Theaters

Five-alarm fun
Sixth annual Chili Cookoff, 6-8:30 p.m. March 18 at The Salvation Army, 24140 Mound Road, Warren. The $5 admission includes all-you-can-eat chili, games, bake sale, bounce house for kids. Call (586) 754-7400, for information and for entry details.
Chili cookoff fundraiser for American House Foundation that helps area seniors, 6-8 p.m. March 24, at American House East I, 17255 Common Road, Roseville. Admission $7 adults, $5 seniors and ages 5-12, free for those younger.

Crop Out Cancer
Relay for Life/St. Clair Shores Team Morse Family and Friends host Crop Out Cancer! scrapbooking event, 5-11 p.m. March 18, $20 or $25 full table, and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. March 19, $40 or $45 full table, $60 both days full table, at Macomb Community College Expo Center in Warren. Admission to vendor shop $5. Proceeds benefit American Cancer Society, call (586) 596-7360 or (586) 805-0444.

Respite Center
Pasta dinner fundraiser for The Respite Center for Women, 7-11 p.m. March 25, Fern Hill Country Club, 17600 Clinton River Road, Clinton Township. Admission, $20 by March 19, $25 at door, includes meal and coffee, tea and soft drinks; cash bar. Visit Respite Center for Women The center provides weekend retreats for women diagnosed with cancer.

'Evening at the Movies'
Resolution Center annual "Evening at the Movies" benefit, 5:30 p.m. March 22 at MJR Marketplace Sterling Heights Cinema 20, 35400 Van Dyke at 15 Mile Road. Admission includes awards presentation, food and spirits and choice of movie until 10 p.m. For tickets, $40, The Resolution Center or call (586) 469-4714.

Toastmasters' clubs
Open house for Northern Toastmasters Club, 6-8 p.m. March 23, Sterling Heights Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road. Evening includes information on public speaking, two guest speakers and refreshments.
Toastmasters Speak Easy Club of Shelby meets 10-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Saturdays monthly at Shelby Community Center, 51670 Van Dyke, north of 23 Mile Road. Call (586) 623-9987 or (586) 531-1289.

'Black Women Rock!'
The life concert and master class "Black Women Rock!" March 18-19 at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Visit Charles H Wright Museum

Anton Art Center
Family Fun Workshop 1-3 p.m. March 20 at Anton Art Center to celebrate birthday of Dr. Seuss. Artist Ashley James of Roseville on hand to help readers of all ages make bookmarks and more; $3 per person. Also at Art Center, 125 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens, Macomb county Secondary Student Show continues March 13-April 10.

Concert choir
Detroit Concert Choir performs "Sounds of the Emerald Isle," 3 p.m. March 20, Old St. Mary's (Church), 646 Monroe St., Detroit; parking structure at St. Antoine and Monroe streets. Tickets $20, ages 62 and older $18, ages 8-21 years $10; call (313) 882-0118 or visit Detroit Concert Choir Program includes traditional Irish and folk music, bagpipers and dancing.

'Tummy to Toddler'
Maternity, baby and toddler show and benefit for Ronald McDonald House  10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 20, Palazzo Grande, 54660 Van Dyke, Shelby Township. Admission $7 adults, grandparents $3.50, free ages 10 and younger. Show includes gifts, activities for kids, exhibitors.

RSVP anniversary
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Macomb and Senor Companion RSVP
Program of Macomb marks anniversaries with concert, 7 p.m. March 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 45160 Van Dyke. Performances by Matthew Ball "The Boogie-Woogie-Kid." Tickets, $10, available at the door or in advance through RSVP office, 15945 Canal Road, Clinton Township, call (586) 749-9621.

Romeo Theatre
Romeo Theatre Company at Romeo High School presents "Beauty and the Beast," 7 p.m. March 24-26 and 2 p.m. March 26-27, at the high school, 11091 W. 32 Mile Road. Reserved-seat tickets $10, available at Show Tickets or (586) 281-1154.

Charity basketball
Utica Community Schools take on Troy School District in Relay for Life Charity Basketball Gaem, 7 p.m. March 31 at Troy High School. Proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

'Easter Catechism'
"Sister's Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?" performances through April 17, at Gem Theatre, 333 Madison Ave., Detroit. Tickets:  $19.50-$34.50, at box office by calling (313) 963-9800, or Ticketmaster (800) 982-2787.

Artistic textiles
An exhibit of hand-hooked rugs through June 18 at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road just north of downtown Rochester. Romeo-based Great Lakes Rug Hooking Guild demonstrations: 1-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, during museum hours. Call (248) 656-4663 or visit Rochester Hills

Fisher Theatre
"Je'Caryous Johnson's Marriage Material," through March 20, at Fisher Theatre on West Grand Boulevard, Detroit. Showtimes 8 p.m. through March 19, also 2 p.m. March 19, 3:30 p.m. March 20. Tickets $31-$50, (800) 982-2787. 

Charity bowling
"Rap vs. Rock Charity Bowl-Off," 6:30 p.m. March 20, at Garden Bowl and Magic Stick, 4140 Woodward, Detroit, presented by WJLB and 89X. Benefits Mittens for Detroit and Detroit Police Flower Fund. After-party stars 9:30 p.m. Visit The Majestic

'Cinderella' at Lakeview
MEA/NEA Local 1, Lakeview and Lakeview Public Schools present "Cinderella (Enchanted Edition)," 7:30 p.m. March 18-19, 25-26, and 3 p.m. March 20 at Lakeview High School's Schaublin Auditorium, 21100 11 Mile Road, St. Clair Shores. Tickets: $12 adults, $9 students/seniors, $8 all matinee seats; proceeds to Student K-12 Enrichment Scholarship Program. For tickets, call (586) 771-2587, e-mail or pvandellen@scslakeview-k12.com pay at the door.

Warren Civic Theatre
"Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr." presented by Warren Civic Theatre, 7 p.m. March 18-19 and 2 p.m. March 20, at Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden. Reserved seats $10 ages 13 and older, $5 younger. Call (586) 268-8400 or visit Warren Civic Theatre

Mom 2 Mom sale
Green Elementary School Mom 2 Mom Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 19, at the school, 47260 Sugarbush Road, Chesterfield Township. Admission: $1, strollers after 10 a.m.

Chamber music
Grosse Pointe Chamber Music concert, 2:30 p.m. March 20, Grosse Pointe War Memorial Crystal Ballroom, 32 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Tickets $12 at the door, free 18 years and younger; call (586) 771-4387 or gpchambermusic@yahoo.com.

Andiamo Theatre
"The Godfadda Workout" through March 20 at Andiamo Novi Theatre, 42705 Grand River Ave. "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," March 23-April 10, dinner and show packages available for both. For reservations, call (248) 348-4448.

The DSO Civic Youth Ensembles.

Civic Youth Ensembles
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Civic Youth Ensembles will perform March 20, from 6-9 p.m. at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Performances will include: Jazz Band II (6 p.m., The Music Box); Sinfonia Orchestra (7:30 p.m., Orchestra Hall); and Philharmonic Orchestra (8 p.m., Orchestra Hall). Tickets are $12 for general admission and $25 for box seats. Visit DSO or call (313) 576-5111 for tickets.

Go Comedy!
Boy band Mellenium through March at Go Comedy! Improve Theater, 261 Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. For showtimes and ticket information, call (248) 327-0575 or visit Go Comedy Also, new improved "Sunday Source" 7 p.m. Sundays.

'Spring Fever'
"Spring Fever, Fashion & Fun: Social Stroll & Runway Show," presented by Meadow Brook Hall and Village of Rochester Hills, 6-8 p.m. March 25, at the Hall on the Oakland University campus in Rochester. Admission: $40. Proceeds support the preservation of the hall. Call (248) 364-6263 or visit Meadowbrook Hall

Children's Chorus
Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus performs "The Maker of Illusions," 2:30 p.m. March 26, at Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit. Tickets $15 children, $30 adults; call (313) 237-7464 or Michigan Opera

Music Hall
"Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 26, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit. Tickets: $10 children, $20 adults, family 4-pack $35. Visit Ticketmaster or Music Hall box office.

Benefit concert
Cast members of "Les Miserables" appearing at Fisher Theatre March 22-April 3, performing benefit concert 7 p.m. March 28, at The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. Proceeds from the $15 cover charge, payable at the door, benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Ferndale's John F. Kennedy Elementary School PTA. Open to ages 18 and older.

Taste of Hope
Taste of Hope annual Auction and Tastefest to benefit Liberty Family Outreach's Summerfest, 6-9 p.m. April 2, Warren City Hall Atrium, on Van Dyke between Martin and 12 Mile roads. Tickets: $10 in advance, $20 at the door; minimum age 12 for admission. Free parking in garage. Call (586) 754-2400.

Chrysler Museum
Unique Vehicle Pairs Spotlight Series and Collector's Curb specialty exhibits throughout the year at Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. For schedule, visit Chrysler Museum Admission $8 adults, $7 ages 62 and older, $4 ages 6-12.

Detroit Repertory
"A Lesson Before Dying," weekends through March 20 at Detroit Repertory Theatre, 13103 Woodrow Wilson. Free parking. For tickets, (313) 868-1347 or Detroit Repertory Theatre

"Anna" from the exhibit "Barsamian: 20 Years"
Holocaust Center
New traveling exhibit "Barsamian: 20 Years-Searing for the Answer," March 27-July 10, explores questions about Armenian genocide through art, at Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; (248) 553-2400 or Holocaust Memorial Center  Grand opening 7 p.m. March 27 with Ara Sanjian, director of Armenian Research Center at University of Michigan-Dearborn.

DIA exhibits
The Detroit Institute of Arts on Woodward Avenue, exhibit "Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries," through April 10, a behind-the-scenes look at how art experts and scientists determine if a work of art of art is genuine, fake or if the evidence is inconclusive. Tickets are $12, $6 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. Tickets include general museum admission.

Master Gardeners
Macomb MSU Extension Master Gardener 2011 volunteer training program, 6-10 p.m. Thursdays, March 24-June 2, and Mondays, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 8-Oct. 24. For registration packets, (586) 469-6440 or e-mail goeddek2@msu.edu or Maureen.prisbe@macombcountymi.gov.

Women's conference
Womencenter of Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills presents 19th "A Call to Wholeness" conference for women, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 19 in J Building on the campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, south of Interstate 696. Admission: $40, including two workshops, continental breakfast, lunch and prize drawing. To register, (248) 522-3642.
AP and features editor Debbie Komar contributed to this report

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