Dorinda Clark-Cole has a new show on The Word Network. (The Word Network)
Gospel family reunion
Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Dorinda Clark-Cole was in Detroit on Monday for the debut of her new show on The Word Network. For the kickoff of “The Gospel According to Dorinda,” Cole brought in her famous gospel singing family, The Clark Sisters, along with The Sheards, led by Bishop
J. Drew Sheard (of Greater Emanuel) and his wife, Karen Clark Sheard — a rare gathering of both clans. To add to the buzz, a crew from BET was bumping around the Word Network studios in Southfield, capturing footage for the second season of “The Sheards” reality series.
'Sugarman' headed to the Big Easy
Detroit’s own Rodriguez, the mysterious subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugarman,” pops up on the star-studded roster for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, announced Wednesday (along with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Christina
Aguilera, Santana, etc.). Rodriguez will perform at the New Orleans festival on May 4.
Goodbye to an art legend
Grimshaw’sfuneral will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday at MOCAD (the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit), and it will feature a New Orleans-style second line following the service, snaking down Woodward to the Scarab Club, which will host a reception amidst an array of Grimshaw’s vividly imagined artwork. The rock poster artist, a much-loved part of the Detroit art and music scene, died Monday at 67. A March 22 benefit at the Macomb Theater to help offset some of Grimshaw’s medical expenses will feature Scott Morgan, Dick Wagner, and an auction of memorabilia, including items donated by Jack White.
Auto party madness
A blizzard of auto show parties have engulfed the Motor City: At Saturday’s “The Gallery” at MGM Grand, some 400 guests paid $500 each to ogle cars valued at more than $7 million, following a decadent dinner party in Club Ignite. GM’s Jocelyn Allen hosted the media mixer “Design by Detroit” on Monday at Shinola, where the watch/bicycle maker prez Jacques Panis showed off a new conservative haircut, and DJ Invisible quickly turned the reception into a dance party. Cars.com hosted a bash at the Fillmore featuring nonstop food, MTV-style auto awards and performances by Fitz and the Tantrums and Weezer.
A documentary, “Madman or Martyr” about radical abolitionist John Brown, directed by Detroit Country Day senior Luke Jaden, 17, will premiere at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Jan. 31. Ed Kelly narrates, and Tim Holmes (“Oz, the Great and Powerful”) and Philip Edward Van Lear (“Prison Break”) star. Luke became intrigued with Brown while creating a project for Black History Month.