Dominic Fortuna, voted “Best Entertainer“ by Express readers, is backing a new dinner theater in Acme, expected be up and running this summer.
The Williamsburg Showcase Dinner Theatre & Convention Center will be located in the former film theater on M-72 across from Travino‘s Restaurant.
Last weekend, Fortuna‘s company, Dominic Entertainment, Inc., auditioned singers and musicians for the debut revue-style show, “My Generation.“ Watch for upcoming announcements on the theater‘s opening, or see www.dominicentertainment.com.
BATA buddies up
The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) in TC is reaching out to new bus passengers by introducing a buddy system on how to use the fixed-route Cherriot system.
Interested bus passengers can contact a BATA Buddy who will provide Cherriot route schedules, point out bus stops, and explain how the system operates. BATA Buddies will also travel to peoples homes and board a Cherriot bus with the new passenger to show them how easy it is to use the bus system.
Many people are interested in using public transportation, but theyre a little intimidated because they havent been on a bus in many years, they dont feel comfortable using a bus schedule, or they dont know where our Cherriot buses go, said BATA Executive Director Joe DeKoning. Though BATA provides over 400,000 passenger rides annually, some people are unaware of how easy it is to use the system. It takes only one trip to get used to the Cherriot, and then you realize the many benefits that public transportation provides.
The Northern Michigan Alliance for Independent Living (NMAIL) is implementing the buddy system. Interested Cherriot riders who would like to work with a BATA Buddy can call NMAIL at 922-2359 at least 48 hours before they plan on using a bus. NMAIL will then contact a BATA Buddy, and have that person come a new passengers home at a designated time. The BATA Buddy will board the bus with the new passenger until the trip is completed.
There are five Cherriot bus routes that make scheduled bus stops at over 150 locations Monday through Saturday. Some of the more popular Cherriot bus stops include the Grand Traverse Mall, Grand Traverse Crossings, Meijer, Toms and Olesons Shopping Centers, Cherryland Center, Traverse City Area District Library, Northwestern Michigan College, Munson Medical Center, and downtown Traverse City.
Cherriot rides are $1, or 50 cents for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call BATA at 941-2355 or NMAIL at 922-2359.
Concert to benefit Northern Lights opposition
Manistee Citizens for Responsible Develoment, a group opposed to the proposed Northern Lights coal-burning power plant, is planning a benefit concert to raise funds to help scuttle the project.
Planned for Friday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Little River Casino in Manistee, the concert will include performances by Daisy Mae, Jody Gaskin, the MPE Band, Tim Joseph, Steppininit and Seth Bernard. Tickets are $20, or $15 for seniors.
Believe it or Not File: a recent request to hear “Traveling Soldier“ by the Dixie Chicks revealed that WTCM 103.5-FM still has a ban on playing country music‘s most popular group a year after singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush while on tour in England.
Dissing Bush hasn‘t hurt the Dixie Chicks: Pollstar.com reports that they were the fourth-highest grossing musical act in the world last year, raking in $39.8 million. Each of their 65 U.S. concerts grossed more than $1 million.