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Fantasia Barrino will sing Friday at Chene Park. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

Weekend planner: Your guide to local events

Hear singer Fantasia at Chene Park, catch the Kings of Leon at DTE Energy Music Theatre, laugh with comedian Sandy Danto and more.

  1. Dave Bautista, left, Zoe Saldana, (voice of) Vin Diesel and Chris Pratt star as misfits who band together in the space western 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' (Marvel Studios)

    Tom Long

    Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' revitalizes the space Western

    'Guardians of the Galaxy' is the most successful space western since the first 'Star Wars' trilogy, an irreverent mix of mismatched characters, heavy-handed baddies and huge battle sequences spiced up with sharp one-liners and a healthy helping of attitude.

  1. Review: Lead actor better than film in 'Get on Up'

    Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in 'Get on Up.' (Universal Pictures)You're better off watching a clip of James Brown on YouTube, and that's the problem with 'Get on Up' as a whole: It just can't match the stature of its subject, though Chadwick Boseman is at times mesmerizing.

  2. Review: 'Magic in the Moonlight' needs more of the former

    Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in 'Magic in the Moonlight.' (Sony Pictures Classics)Certainly Woody Allen's weakest film in years, 'Magic in the Moonlight' takes place in wealthy, sun-dappled estates owned by English and American folk in France during the 1920s.

  3. Allison Williams in 'Peter Pan' continues cross-dressing tradition

    The live broadcast of 'Peter Pan' will star Allison Williams as Peter Pan. Williams is the daughter of 'NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams. (Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images)The stage musical version of J.M. Barrie's story has traditionally made Peter's refusal literal by casting a grown woman in drag to play theater's most famous obstinate boy.

    • 12:14 AM, Aug. 1, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Society Confidential: Detroit in the Hamptons

    Several Metro Detroiters converged on the Hamptons on the weekend for a variety of celebrations and causes. The main event was Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 'Art for Life' benefit.

    • 7:28 PM, Jul. 31, 2014
    • MOVIES

    Dave Bautista wrestled with 'Guardians'

    Most actors in movies based on comic books can look through loads of material to get clues to playing their character. Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista found little to help him understand Drax the Destroyer.

    • 6:15 AM, Jul. 31, 2014
    • MUSIC

    Jack White electrifies Masonic Temple crowd

    Following his much talked-about concert Monday at the Fox Theatre, Jack White put a huge exclamation point on his homecoming visit Wednesday with a magnificent, rip-roaring 2-hour 43-minute performance at Detroit's Masonic Temple.

    • 10:32 AM, Jul. 31, 2014
    • CELEBRITIES

    Alicia Keys pregnant with second child

    New York Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child.

  1. Toronto mayor Rob Ford orders 5 espressos in DJ deadmau5's video

    Toronto Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor's order: five espressos in one cup.

    • 7:20 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • CELEBRITIES

    Michael Moore invests in Michigan-based movie program

    Traverse City Filmmaker Michael Moore has donated $250,000 to launch an independent movie program based in Traverse City.

    • 6:53 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • MUSIC

    5 Seconds of Summer playing Palace next summer

    It's more than a year away, but Australian pop-rock foursome 5 Seconds of Summer has announced a show at the Palace of Auburn Hills for next summer.

    • 4:16 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • MOVIES

    Collaborative experience of a lifetime for Arquette

    Patricia Arquette didn't blink when director Richard Linklater called and said he wanted her to star in a film that would take 12 years to complete.

    • 6:16 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • MOVIES

    Richard Linklater finds bits of 'Boyhood' in past films

    'Boyhood' is a wholly unique project, but there are strands of it in Linklater's earlier works, which we discovered when we talked to him about his long and winding career.

    • 12:00 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • CELEBRITIES

    Actor Kelsey Grammer won't endorse release of sister's killer

    Denver Actor Kelsey Grammer says he forgives the man who raped and killed his sister in Colorado nearly 40 years ago but doesn't want him to be paroled.

    • 7:08 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • TV PLUS

    Fall TV's likely hits and misses

    We watch so you don't have to, but we also go to the biannual TV critics' press tour in Beverly Hills to spare you the trouble. What matters most are impressions, and those are what you're about to get.

  2. Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago

    Chicago Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.

    • 6:33 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • MOVIES

    Trinity International Film Festival screens diverse group of movies

    This year's Trinity International Film Festival features more than 40 independent films from 14 countries, including the Netherlands, Spain, Israel and New Zealand.

    • 12:25 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • CELEBRITIES

    Grapevine: Chmerkovskiy done with 'Dancing,' to appear in Westland

    Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who helped Olympian Meryl Davis take home the mirror ball trophy on this season's 'Dancing with the Stars,' announced on 'The View' Tuesday that he will no longer perform on the ABC show. The professional dancer will appear at Westland Shopping Center Aug. 9 to help the mall introduce three news stores.

  3. Party to launch West Dearborn art exhibit

    Dearborn's 'pARTY in the Pocket Park' will showcase reproductions of DIA masterpieces and public art around the downtown area.

    • 6:37 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • MUSIC

    Weekend planner: Your guide to local events

    Hear singer Fantasia at Chene Park, catch the Kings of Leon at DTE Energy Music Theatre, laugh with comedian Sandy Danto and more.

    • 6:39 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • MUSIC

    Tickets on sale

    Pick up tickets this weekend for Chrisette Michele, Limp Bizkit, Leon Russell, 'Memphis: The Musical,' Maze with Patti LaBelle and more.

    • 6:50 AM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • MUSIC

    Jack White in full control of hometown show at Fox

    Rocker Jack White held command over his five-piece band and the crowd at his sold-out, nearly three-hour show at the Fox Theatre Monday night.

  4. DIA hires Leo Burnett for next ad campaign

    After a challenging year with Detroit's bankruptcy, the Detroit Institute of Arts seems to be reaching for the big guns: The museum has just hired ad giant Leo ...

  5. Hot new eatery Antietam closes to 'rework some things'

    Just a week after its grand opening on July 21, Eastern Market's Antietam restaurant is closed this week.

  6. Detroit chef Craig Lieckfelt sets sights on Michelin stars

    You know Detroit's culinary scene is gaining stature when the national press reveals the downtown location of a restaurant whose chef says he's obsessed with ...

    • 8:18 AM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • MUSIC

    Justin Timberlake rocks bodies as only he can at Palace show

    Justin Timberlake doesn't need an opening act. The pop superstar had the Palace of Auburn Hills all to himself Monday night, sharing it only with a sold-out ...

    • 12:49 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • CELEBRITIES

    Music aside, Aretha Franklin is pumped for fair food

    Columbus, Ohio There's something beyond delivering a set packed with her hits that's got Aretha Franklin jazzed about fair season: the food.

  7. Portraits, works by emerging artists show great talents in 2 exhibits

    Detroit filmmaker and artist Nicole Macdonald has created a series of enormous paintings of Detroit heroes past and present, and several artists are part of ...

    • 2:28 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • NATION-WORLD

    Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

    Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation ...

  8. New Drive Table Tennis Social Club brings pingpong downtown

    Get social, put down the smartphone and pick up a pingpong paddle at Drive Table Tennis Social Club. Also, Dakota Inn starts its 81st year and the food and ...

    • 6:49 PM, Jul. 28, 2014
    • BOOKS + GAMES

    White House chef's book tells all about fixing food for a first family

    Former White House chef John Moeller has written a recipe-filled book about his experiences, 'Dining at the White House: From the President's Table to Yours.'

    • 7:31 AM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • CELEBRITIES

    'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop

    Las Vegas The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show 'Pawn Stars' could soon ...

    • 12:20 AM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • CELEBRITIES

    Grapevine: Keith Urban's Boston concert turns into booze-fueled mayhem

    Nearly 50 concert goers were treated on site at Saturday night's Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and another 22 were hospitalized with alcohol- ...

  9. Party a prelude to fundraiser that helps grieving children

    Van and Lori Conway invited about 100 people to their luxurious Franklin home on July 21 for a lavish cocktail party supporting Yatooma's Foundation for the ...

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