Sure, when people talk about Dearborn, it’s usually Ford Motor Co. headquarters, Greenfield Village, or maybe even Fairlane Town Center (the mall). Too bad most metro Detroiters aren’t even aware of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 Michigan Ave. They have a wide range of entertainment and lots of concerts, musical shows and more. In a way, it’s the suburb’s own Fox Theatre and Detroit Opera House combined.
Nestled right in the heart of Dearborn with plenty of parking, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center is jewel of the community.
Upcoming performances include a Tribute to Motown (Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.); Simply Sinatra, Accompanied by the Johnny Trudell Orchestra (March 12 at 8 p.m.); Star Trek Live! (March 14 at 10 a.m.); “Live & Let Die,” A Symphonic Tribute to Paul McCartney; and “Whose Live Anyway?” (May 5 at 8 p.m.) featuring performers from the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”
Additionally, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center provides metro Detroiters with an opportunity to interact with the arts. For students, this is potentially a gateway into arts and entertainment. With many schools having cut or eliminated music programs from their curriculum, the center does provide additional activities for youth. The Vanguards Voices & Brass, Dearborn Community Chorus and Dearborn Youth Symphony are just a few of the programs offered.
If your interest is in theater, there is the Dearborn Youth Theatre (ages 6-12), teen acting workshops (ages 13-18), adult acting classes (18 and over), adult art classes and “Mini ArtVentures,” which focuses on creative writing or bookmaking techniques for teens, adults and seniors.
Classical music fans might want to try the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Pops Concert (Feb. 4 at 8 p.m.). The Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, like Dearborn itself, has mostly been overshadowed, but really, it’s a shame if you don’t at least explore the unknown.
Not feeling artistic? There’s the youth basketball program (ages 7-10), drop-in youth basketball, girls’ youth volleyball, drop-in girls’ volleyball, adult volleyball leagues and adult summer softball leagues.
The Padzieski Art Gallery displays fine art and admission is free. A photography exhibition is planned for Jan. 19 through Feb. 25, with a reception on Wednesday, Jan. 19, starting at 6 p.m.
The point, really, is that individuals and families can find entertaining things to do year-round at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
For more information, call 313-943-2350 or visit www.dearbornfordcenter.com . For information on music programs, call 313-943-2190.
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