Mario Batali popped into Katoi’s Ann Arbor home
Celebrity chef and part-time Michigan resident Mario Batali (he has a summer home in the Grand Traverse Bay, according to his Wikipedia page) was spotted dining at Katoi’s temporary home in Ann Arbor on Friday. The Italian chef posted a photo of the exterior of the restaurant to his Instagram with the caption “wow!! Ann Arbor is in resto fire!!! don’t miss @_katoi_ #yumbang!!!!” That’s quite an endorsement. Katoi is Thai-inspired restaurant that will soon open a brick and mortar space in Corktown. In the meantime, it’s shacking up in a building where Jerusalem Garden used to be at 307 S. Fifth. Hamtramck-based confectionery Bon Bon Bon also has an outpost in that building.
Full cast of ‘DWTS’ revealed
The full lineup of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” celebrities and who they will be dancing with come Sept. 14 was announced Tuesday morning on “Good Morning America.” R&B singer/TV host Tamar Braxton is paired with last season’s pro winner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Actor Gary Busey is with Anna Trebunskaya; Backstreet Boy Nick Carter with Sharna Burgess, and controversial cooking maven Paula Deen is with Louis van Amstel. Karina Smirnoff gets to shimmy with jockey Victor Espinoza, and singer-songwriter Andy Grammer goes with Allison Holker. Web personality Hayes Grier is paired with Emma Slater; Bindi Irwin is with fan favorite Derek Hough; and R&B/funk queen Chaka Khan will dance with new-ish pro Keo Motsepe. Husband and wife Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega — she’s an actress, he’s in boy band Big Time Rush — dance with pros Mark Ballas and Witney Carson, respectively. Reality TV star Kim Zolciak is with Tony Dovolani, and American soldier and Belgian train hero Alek Skarlatos will compete alongside Lindsay Arnold.
Motörhead cancels shows due to Lemmy’s health
Just two songs into Motörhead’s set in Austin, Texas, Tuesday night, singer Lemmy Kilmister was forced to stop the show due to health problems. According to reports, Kilmister was out of breath and appeared gaunt. Two previous concerts in Salt Lake City and Denver were cut short and canceled. Motörhead is scheduled to play the Fillmore Detroit on Sept. 12.
Ross Jones leaves Channel 7
Investigative reporter Ross Jones is leaving WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) to join the Scripps Washington Bureau, starting Oct. 5. Jones, a Michigan State grad, earned the duPont-Columbia award for his series “Wayne County Confidential: Government Run Amok.”
Band with Michigan roots on ‘A Walk in the Woods’ soundtrack
If you see the new Robert Redford and Nick Nolte film “A Walk in the Woods” (out now in theaters), take a listen to the soundtrack. It’s largely provided by Los Angeles band Lord Huron. The indie folk quartet was formed in by University of Michigan alumnus Ben Schneider of Okemos.
Wrestler Jimmy Snuka charged with 1983 death
Professional wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka was charged this week in the connection with the 1983 death of Nancy Argentino. Snuka, 72, was charged with third-degree murder in Pennsylvania. CNN reports that Snuka was staying in an Allentown-area motel with Argentino when he called 911. (She was described as his girlfriend, though Snuka had a wife and four kids in another state.) Argentino, who was pronounced dead hours later, showed evidence of a head injury. Snuka wasn’t charged at that time, but he did lose a wrongful death civil suit against her family in 1985. In regards to the incident, Snuka portrayed himself as the victim in his 2012 biography, saying “that night ruined my life.” According to CNN’s article, this caused Argentino’s family to call the district attorney and ask them to take a second look.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
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