Common gets flirty

It was all about fashion, music, booze and a little celebrity flirtation Saturday night when the Tanqueray Trunk Show took over MOCAD for the evening. Several hundred urban chic Detroiters interacted with national style avatars in a panel discussion and trunk show, enjoyed a Tanqueray and tonic bar, and topped off the evening with a live performance by Oscar-winning artist Common.

Detroit is fifth on the six-city tour, and it featured panelists such as Ronnie Fieg, owner and designer of footwear boutique KITH NYC, disc spinner DJ MOS, and Maxwell Osborne, head designer of Black Apple. One lucky female fan, Erica Clark, got a special treat during Common’s performance when he pulled her up on stage to serenade her with his hit, “Come Close.” As Common sang, he kissed Erica softly on the cheek, went back in with a series of quick pecks and finally planted a fat, wet one smack dab on her lips. The crowd went wild; Erica nearly fainted.

Women to raise funds for one million meals

There will be a festive women’s breakfast at 7 a.m. April 22 at Gleaners Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait in Detroit, to raise money for “One Million Meals” for hungry children. The 22nd annual Women’s Power Breakfast will feature talks by female powerbrokers, as well as women who have experienced hunger firsthand, including native Detroiter Erin Noel, who will perform her song “One Less Worry.” Guests also will be able to buy a “Women’s Power Pangborn Scarf” designed by Dominic Pangborn, and/or a hand-etched pewter charm bracelet designed by Link Wachler, with proceeds to go to buy meals for the hungry. Tickets are $85 (for those 35 and younger) and $120. Visit for details.

Four Tops’ Fakir dishes

When we saw the always-elegant Duke Fakir at Comerica Park on Opening Day, we had to ask what his favorite Tigers team was. He didn’t hesitate: “1966! I was friends with Willie Horton, Gates Brown, Earl Wilson, we were having fun all over town.” Back then, athletes and musicians were protected by club owners, Fakir noted. He recalled the time when a club owner suddenly advised him to jump out a window, because “The cops are coming.” Fakir jumped while the club owner fought off two officers to give him time for a getaway. “That guy really took a beating,” Fakir said, admiringly. There are more stories like that ready for the long-promised Four Tops musical; Fakir will soon meet with a Las Vegas producer about it.

The family Ball

When Birmingham attorney Jason Ball married Lyndsay Bobak (a doctor of audiology) at the Townsend Hotel recently, the elegant occasion was decidedly a family affair. The wedding planner was Jason’s mom, Gail Ball. The band was led by Jason’s dad, Mel Ball and Colours, one of Metro Detroit’s most popular society bands. Daddy Mel was also Jason’s best man. If that wasn’t enough, the wedding theme was the same song Mel and Gail used in their wedding. “It was a song he wrote for me for our wedding, more years ago than I’ll tell you,” Gail said.

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