Dear EEV,

I am excited to announce the kick-off of The Com-
edy Commons, a project I’ve been working on for the past few months. In partnership with the Friends of the Alger Theater, I will be developing
a workshop for neighbors to learn improv and comedy writ- ing skills, while exploring the pains and joys of our commu- nity together.

The goal of this project is multifold. First and foremost, we’re going to have a lot of fun! Here’s a chance to laugh at our- selves and the everyday occur- rences we all experience. We’re also attempting something that has never been done before, so that’s very exciting too! When the workshops kick off in the spring, I hope we can have

an open dialogue about the issues we face and what makes us unique as a community in Detroit. I envision this lead- ing to an even greater sense of connection among each other, especially as our neighbor- hoods grow. We may touch on sensitive issues and concerns that our elected officials and other community leadership have the power to address. I see this time as an opportunity to be even more civically engaged. And lastly, but certainly not least, The Comedy Commons,

seeks to also uplift the hard work the Friends of the Alger Theater have committed to for over three decades. The theater has made some major strides in efforts to renovate and repro- gram the space. Much is still left to do, including fundraising for the marquee and rooftop repairs this fall. Please join us in restoring our historic gem!

With that, I want to cordial- ly invite you to The Comedy Commons Official Kick-off at Balduck Park on September 15th at 7 PM. We’re hosting
a special “Film on the Hill” screening of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? a documentary on the life of Mr. Fred Rogers, the

beloved actor who portrayed some of the best neighborly qualities on screen for 50 years—compassion, empathy, and equality for all. This is a free screening and comedy show, powered by The Knight Foundation, 8 80 Cities, the Freep Film Festival, Tremolo Productions, and our very own Bike Tech. Bring a chair or blanket, and your favorite movie snack to share. I hope you can join us! Thank you all for being my neighbor!

Sincerely,

Alexis Adams-Wynn 1st Vice President, EEVA Programming Volunteer, Friends of the Alger Theater