Aerosmith picks up some Birmingham bling

The band Aerosmith was in town Tuesday for the last date on the band’s summer tour, and at least two of them — singer Steven Tyler and bassist Tom Hamilton — were spotted all over Birmingham several days prior to the gig. On Sunday afternoon, Hamilton wandered into Darakjian Jewelers to purchase a watch, as he does to commemorate every tour. “Our sales associate, Amanda, sold him a beautiful Maurice LaCroix piece,” said owner Armen Darakjian. Coincidentally, Armen ran into Tyler at Townhouse Restaurant around the corner from the jewelry store. “I told him who I was and what I did, and he pulled a cross out of his pocket and asked me if I could fix it,” Armen said. “I took the cross and had it fixed, and he came in the next day to pick it up. He was so kind. It was his idea to take a photo in front of our business sign. He stayed around for a while and talked about ‘the kids of today’ with my dad, J.D. Really nice guy.” We can’t get over those boho chic gold and red paisley bell bottom pants Tyler was sporting around chi-chi Birmingham.

A little Wimbledon in Pontiac

Julie Taubman introduced her friends to something new Wednesday when she hosted 75 people for an elegant dinner at the new Wessen Lawn Tennis Club in Pontiac, as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s Interchange dinner series. Who knew there was a lawn tennis court club in Michigan? Obviously, Julie did. Generally, the Interchange dinner series offers exclusive access to the private homes of Detroit's most avid collectors, but Julie, dressed in leather shorts and suede boots, chose to entertain at one of her favorite new private spaces. Guests enjoyed cocktails on the large wooden terrace overlooking the 24 perfectly manicured grass courts. Dinner, prepared by Cutting Edge Cuisine, was designed around old-school country club food, including Steak Diane and crab-stuffed mushrooms. Julie’s husband, Bobby Taubman, CEO of Taubman Centers and son of legendary real estate developer Alfred Taubman, apologized for arriving late. “I just got off of a plane from New York and came straight here,” said Bobby, dapper in a dark pinstripe suit. “My wife put all this together. It’s really amazing. She’s really amazing.”

Viera talk show features Detroit photographer Solomon

Tune in Monday at 3 p.m. on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) to see celebrity photog Linda Solomon appear on the new Meredith Viera talk show, chatting about her “Pictures of Hope” project. Solomon has been plugging away at the project for some years; she gives free cameras to underprivileged youth and encourages them to photograph their hopes and dreams. In some cases, with the help of sponsor Chevrolet, they’ve been able to kick-start those hopes. Now the Viera show will give Solomon’s project some much-deserved national attention. Viera even flew in two of the kids, whose lives were changed by their Pictures of Hope, with their moms. “It was a big surprise for them,” Solomon says happily. Solomon was rewarded, as all guests are, with Viera’s trademark dog cookies, fashioned in the likeness of the talk show host’s mutt, Jasper.

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