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Free Dearborn Summer Concerts Return June 13

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

There’s music in the air as the summer outdoor concert series in the both east and west Dearborn downtown areas return, with the first concert June 13. All concerts are free.

The West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority hosts Friday Nites in the Park in the Bryant Library’s Muirhead Plaza at 22100 Michigan Ave.

All concerts are 6:30-9 p.m. and the lineup is as follows:

• June 13: The Beat Club (Beatles Tribute)

• June 27: The Sound Alternative Band

• July 11: Metro Jazz Voices (Carl Cafagna)

• July 25: Big Will & the 360º Band (rock and Latin jazz)

• August 8: Teen Angels

• August 22: Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies

The June 27, July 11 and 25, and August 22 concerts will feature food truck rallies from 5-9 p.m. in parking lot B, located across the alley from the concerts.

The rain alternate location will be at the Henry Ford Centennial Library at 16301 Michigan Ave.

For more information on the WDDDA’s concerts, visit

The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority’s series starts July 9 and brings back popular jazz musicians to City Hall Park at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Schaefer on Wednesdays in July and August.

Food from local restaurants will be available for purchase at the park again this year.

All concerts are 7-9 p.m. The 2014 Jazz on the Ave schedule is:

• July 9: Alexander Zonjic & Friends

• July 16: Straight Ahead

• July 23: Jackiem Joyner

• July 30: Urban Jazz Coalition

• August 6: Kevin Toney

• August 13: Alexander Zonjic’s All Stars with Thornetta Davis and Motor City Horns

The July 30, August 6 and 13 concerts will also feature a temporary art display, the 12 on 12 Pop Up Art Gallery, from 5-9 p.m. at Dearborn City Hall. For more information on the EDDDA’s concerts, visit

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the free entertainment.


Entries Sought for Big Read Dearborn Photo Contest

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Big Read Dearborn logoThe Big Read Dearborn, a community-wide reading celebration, is calling for entries in an open photo competition to recognize outstanding photographic images featuring themes of nature, wildlife and the environment.

The photo competition is one of a variety of activities the Dearborn Public Library is hosting this spring during The Big Read Dearborn to encourage people across the city to read “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London.

Amateur and professional photographers 14 years of age or older are welcome to submit up to two works in the juried photo competition. Dearborn residency is not required to enter this competition. Entries are due on April 28. Entry fees are $15 for one entry or $25 for two entries per artist.

The juror is award-winning Michigan photographer Monte Nagler. He studied with renowned photographer Ansel Adams. Nagler’s work can be found in many public and private collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, General Motors and others.

A non-juried Junior Photo Competition is open to children through age 18. There is no fee for this competition.

For entry forms and specific details about preparing and delivering entries for submission in the competition(s), download the entry form online at, pick up an entry form at any Dearborn Public Library location or the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, or call 313-943-5478.

The photo competition is coordinated by the Dearborn Community Fund, one of many local organizations partnering with the Dearborn Public Library to present The Big Read Dearborn.

Many additional activities will take place March 8 through May 17 as part of The Big Read Dearborn beginning with a free kickoff event 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 8 at The Henry Ford.

More information, including a complete list of activities, events, partners and sponsors of The Big Read Dearborn, is online at

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Beer-tasting at Dearborn Historical Museum Sept. 27

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Enjoy a fall evening and find a new favorite beverage at the Dearborn Historical Museum’s beer-tasting and BBQ fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 27. The event is 5-11 p.m. at the McFadden Ross House grounds, 915 Brady.

The $9 ticket includes admission, glass mug, and one free glass of beer, wine or root beer. Designated drivers receive a free non-alcoholic beverage.

Participating are Dragonmead microbrewery and Kuhnhenn Brewery Co. If you come hungry, you can buy ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken, turkey and handcut french fries from the popular Detroit BBQ Company.

Live entertainment by 80s Inc. will round out the night.

Free parking is at the museum and Ford Field Park. There is a free shuttle service to and from Ford Field.

Get your tickets at the McFadden Ross House, City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, Double Olive, and at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Dearborn Historical Museum.

Business interested in sponsorships of this unique event, and anyone looking for more information, can call the Museum at 565-3000.

Blues Traveler to Headline Dearborn Homecoming

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Blues Traveler, the band known for its Top 40 hits with the catchy, harmonica-driven pop songs “Run-Around” and “Hook,” will take the spotlight at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 on the Main Stage at the 34th annual Dearborn Homecoming festival.

The free annual event takes place Aug. 2-4 at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill.

The City of Dearborn is again joining with the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund in organizing the festival, which is a major fundraiser for more than two dozen Dearborn-based nonprofit groups. The presenting sponsor is once again Oakwood Healthcare.

Homecoming is known for its free, outstanding live entertainment on three stages, with a blockbuster headline act on Saturday.

In 2012, the five-man Blues Traveler, fronted by original singer/harmonica player/guitarist John Popper, released its 11th studio album, Suzie Cracks the Whip. The band gained mainstream exposure after an early 1990s appearance on David Letterman’s late-night talk show and has since made more appearances there than any musical artist. Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer has played on several Blues Traveler recordings.

The group founded the H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons o

Blues Traveler will headline this year's Dearborn Homecoming.

Blues Traveler will headline this year’s Dearborn Homecoming.

f Rock Developing Everywhere) Festival in 1992 with other jam bands (groups whose live and recorded performances have roots in a fan culture that originated in the 1960s with The Grateful Dead and whose performances include extended musical improvisation), appeared at Woodstock ’94 and later became an opening act for the Rolling Stones.

Formed in 1987 in Princeton , N.J. , the band continues to play an average 250 shows a year.

Taking the Main Stage at 8p.m. Friday is metro Detroit’s own Annabelle Road, a Homecoming favorite.

Led by singer Amanda Bailey, the quartet has toured with Clint Black, played Detroit ‘s Downtown Hoedown with Zac Brown and Willie Nelson, and opened shows for Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley and John Rich.

Performing Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on the Main Stage is Papa Doo Run Run, which calls itself America’s Music – California’s Band. The group focuses on Beach Boys songs and recently played at Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Formed in 1965, the band has toured with surf music icons Jan & Dean and the Beach Boys and performed for 15 years as the celebrity house band at Disneyland.

Dearborn’s Free Summer Concerts Return June 14

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Dearborn’s free outdoor concert series is returning for the summer, beginning this Friday, June 14 on the west end of town and July 10 in east downtown Dearborn.

The West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority hosts Friday Nites in the Park in the Bryant Library’s Muirhead Plaza, 22100 Michigan Ave. The rain alternate location will be at the Henry Ford Centennial Library at 16301 Michigan Ave.

All concerts are 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Here is the schedule for downtown west Dearborn:

• June 14: Byron in Motion, 70s and 80s favorites

• June 28: Teen Angels, 50s & 60s review

• July 12: Carl Cafagna and friends, smooth jazz

• July 26: Big Will and the 360 band, rock and Latin jazz

• August 9: Big Band Memories, sounds of the Big Band era

• August 23: Beat Club, Beatles Tribute Band

For more information on the WDDDA’s concerts,  click HERE

The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority’s series starts July 10 and brings back popular jazz musicians to City Hall Park at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Schaefer on Wednesdays in July and August.

Food from local restaurants will be available for purchase on site at the park again this year for your convenience.

All concerts are 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The 2013 Jazz on the Ave schedule is:

• July 10: Alexander Zonjic & Friends

• July 17: Joe McBride, pianist

• July 24: Randy Scott, saxophonist

• July 31: Matt Marshak, with Deon Yates opening

• August 7: Walter White & Small Medium@LargeBand

• August 14: Alexander Zonjic’s All-Star Jam

For more information on the EDDDA’s concerts, click HERE.

West Dearborn Block Party Returns June 7-8

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The 2nd Annual West Dearborn Block Party sponsored by the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority hits the streets on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 with live bands, vendors, and much more.

Friday kicks off the block party with Junction Groove and The Infatuations. The first night will feature a Food Truck Rally. Saturday features Kaleido, Kemical Punkch and Various DJs spinning tunes on a separate stage right off Michigan Avenue.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive and the Dearborn Education Foundation.

All ages are welcome. Friday and Saturday evening parties run from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. The block party is centered on Mason Street between Michigan Avenue and West Village Drive, as well as in the main parking lot behind Bailey’s Pub and Grill.

Sponsors for the block party include: Village Ford, Eastown Distributors, Westborn Market, Bailey’s Pub and Grill, Salon West, Double Olive, Yogurt Town, Iversens Bakery, Ciao, Organo Gold, The Well, Moose’s Martini and LAX Limousine.

Dearborn Art Exhibit Honors 150th Birthday of Henry Ford

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Henry Ford’s Fair Lane – 150 Years will debut in the Rotunda Lobby of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue, on April 18.

Henry Ford’s Fair Lane – 150 Years will debut in the Rotunda Lobby of the Henry Ford Centennial Library on April 18. The exhibit runs through May 10.

An art exhibit opening in April will pay tribute to Dearborn’s most notable former resident, and his beloved home.

Henry Ford’s Fair Lane – 150 Years will debut in the Rotunda Lobby of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue, on April 18.

The exhibit honors Henry Ford—who would have celebrated his 150th birthday on July 31, 2013—as well as his wife, Clara.

The showcase will feature works created by members of the Artists’ Society of Dearborn (ASD) and inspired by the Fair Lane Estate. The estate, a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1909.

According to ASD President and local photographer Teresa Lousias, the works were created at the request of former Estate Curator Susan McCabe, who approached the society in April of last year regarding a tribute to the Fords.

“The ASD accepted this challenge to create their own interpretation by visiting the inside of the estate,” Lousias said. “We were able to photograph and sketch the interior.”

Also included in this exhibit will be some past works by the society focusing on the Model T, the estate, and its grounds and gardens.

An opening reception will be 6-8 p.m. on April 18 in the HFCL Rotunda Lobby, and is free and open to the public.

Attendees will be able to view a video history of the Fair Lane Estate, as well as Henry and Clara Ford.

A program will begin at 7 p.m. Speakers will include Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.; Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Vice President of Collections and Visitor Experience Mark Heppner; Artists’ Society of Dearborn President Teresa Lousias; Dearborn Public Library Director Maryanne Bartles; and Edsel and Eleanor Ford House President Kathleen Mullins.

Refreshments will be provided by the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House.

The exhibit will continue through May 10.

Artworks at the show, created by the society’s 40 members, will include photographs, drawings, paintings and three-dimensional pieces. All works will be for sale.

“It is our pleasure to create an exhibit for Henry Ford—one of the most prominent citizens of the City of Dearborn,” Lousias said.

The Artists’ Society of Dearborn is a 40-member group that works toward promoting the arts and local artists in the city. Formed in 1949, members include painters, pen and ink artists, photographers, wood carvers, sculptors, fabric designers, quilt makers, and jewelry and tile makers.


Dearborn Theatre Seeks Directors, Technical Crews

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

The Dearborn Area Theatre Association has formed a new and exciting collaborative partnership with the City of Dearborn and the Dearborn Community Fund for the 2013-14 theater season.

This alliance, called RANDOM ACTS OF THEATRE, will allow DATA to produce a full evening of entertainment in Studio A at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, at 8 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 7, 2013.

The collaborative evening of performance provides an opportunity for the many talented people in the Dearborn and Dearborn Heights area to work together to showcase the accomplished and skilled artisans in the Dearborn and Dearborn Heights community.

Designed as a way to engage as many talented directors, actors and production staff as possible, RANDOM ACTS OF THEATRE will feature a variety of one-act plays and Reader’s Theatre in a two-hour time frame.

First up is a call for interested directors.

DATA is asking that any adult from the Dearborn / Dearborn Heights area who would like direct a 10- to 15-minute performance for the show, to log on to the DATA website at, review production rules, download an application and submit it to the production committee by April 15, 2013. Directors must have a script in mind when submitting an application. Director interviews will take place in May.

DATA also is seeking candidates to fill technical theater positions. Candidates should submit their letter of interest, along with a brief resume copy, to by May 1, 2013. Production staff should have availability in late July and August.

Actors, ages 18 and up, are encouraged to attend open auditions in June. The audition date will be announced and posted in May, along with role descriptions and parts available, on the DATA website. All actors will be asked to fill in an audition form, which will include a brief resume. Actors and production staff must be available during the summer to rehearse and prepare for the performance.

For more information about RANDOM ACTS OF THEATRE, visit or call the Dearborn Community Fund at 313-943-5478.


Dearborn Opens Studio A as New Comedy Club

Friday, November 30th, 2012
New weekend entertainment option begins Friday, Dec. 7

You won’t have to go far for a few laughs when Dearborn opens the Studio A Comedy Club at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 7.

The Studio A Comedy Club will feature locally and nationally known comedians on most Friday and Saturday nights through February. Shows will be at 8 and 10 p.m. and are value-priced.

Beer, wine, soft drinks and a variety of mixed drinks will be available for purchase, as will light appetizers, such as buffalo-style chicken wings, pizza squares, Swedish meatballs and a fruit and cheese plate.

Headliner Steven McGrew, along with Frank G., will be the featured performers on Dec. 7-8.

The remaining December schedule for the Studio A Comedy Club features Ruben Paul with David Beck on Dec. 14-15, Mike Green with Stu McCallister on Dec. 21-22, and Tommy Savitt with Cory Hall on Dec. 28.

Tickets for the Studio A Comedy Club are $15 a person. Patrons must be aged 21 and over.

The Studio A Comedy Club will also host a pair of special New Year’s Eve shows, headlined by Mike Bonner and featuring Ron Sweet.

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve shows are $25 for the 8 p.m. performance and $40 for the 10:30 p.m. presentation. The latter ticket includes party favors and a champagne toast.

Tickets for all Studio A Comedy Club performances are available at the door, as well as in advance at the Michael A. Guido Theater ticket box office, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Purchase online at

For further information, call 313-943-2354.

‘The Dance of Bliss’ Dearborn’s Art in Public Places Featured Sculpture

Friday, November 30th, 2012

“The Dance of Bliss” sculpture by Mike Sohikian is installed in the West Village Plaza Court Yard next to Starbucks. Constructed from steel and concrete, “The Dance of Bliss” stands about six feet high and is priced for sale at $7,500.

Twelve sculptures have been placed throughout Dearborn as part of the community’s 2012-2013 Art in Public Places – Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI).

Funding for the project is provided by the Dearborn Community Fund and the East and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities. Each month a different sculpture and sculptor are highlighted.

“The Dance of Bliss” by Mike Sohikian is the featured sculpture for December. The sculpture is installed in the West Village Plaza Court Yard next to Starbucks. Constructed from steel and concrete, “The Dance of Bliss” stands about six feet high and is priced for sale at $7,500.

A retired ironworker, Sohikian always loved art but didn’t start his own career as an artist until 1995. He frequently draws inspiration for his work from literature and the work of other famous artists and is best known for creating innovative pieces from salvaged steel incorporating other industrial type materials, like concrete, in to the designs. The end results reveal fascinating forms that frequently embody an air of whimsy coupled with strength conveyed through the very materials used to create the piece.

Dearborn has hosted Sohikian’s work in the past. His “Guerrero” was installed at the theater entrance to the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center for the 2010-2011 sculpture initiative, and in 2011-2012, his “Eight Horse Power” sculpture could be seen on the Dearborn Historical Museum grounds located at Michigan Avenue and Brady. Besides Dearborn, Sohikian’s work has been exhibited throughout Michigan and Ohio. He has won numerous prestigious awards and recognition, and his work can be found in over 400 art collections nationwide.

A video about “The Dance of Bliss” sculpture will air on Dearborn cable television during December and can be viewed online at

“I Spy Dearborn’s Art in Public Places” cards, which include photos and locations for the 12 MSI sculptures and two Pockets of Perception pieces, are available upon request or on the Dearborn Community Fund web page at

For more information on Dearborn’s 2012-2013 Art in Public Places Midwest Sculpture Initiative, including information about purchasing the sculptures, contact the Dearborn Community Fund office at 313-943-5478