Local museums gear up for 1967 riot anniversary events, ‘Pretty Woman’ director Garry Marshall dies and more celebrity news

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John Oliver will ring in the new year at The Fox

If you want to get a really early start on New Year’s Eve plans, tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for comedian JohnOliver’s 7 p.m. performances at the Fox Theatre on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31. Oliver is host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” which is in its third season. On his show last year, Oliver poked fun at the new Red Wings arena (now officially dubbed the Little Caesars Arena), mentioning the $280 million in taxpayer funds approved for the project six days after Detroit filed for bankruptcy. “Even though the owner of the Red Wings is Mike Ilitch, the founder of the Little Caesar’s Pizza chain,” he said. “It’s hard to swallow. Sure, not as hard to swallow as Little Caesars Crazy Bread, with an assortment of Caesar dips. But still pretty hard.” Tickets can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, LiveNation.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices.

‘Happy Days’ creator Garry Marshall dies at 81

Garry Marshall, creator of iconic 1970s sitcoms “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “The Odd Couple,” and director of “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday in Burbank, California. Marshall, 81, suffered pneumonia following a stroke. Celebrities who worked with the Hollywood legend flooded social media with their sympathies and gratitude. “Pretty Woman” star Richard Gere released a statement: “Everyone loved Garry. He was a mentor and a cheerleader and one of the funniest men who ever lived. He had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief.” Henry Winkler, known as “Fonzie” in “Happy Days,” tweeted, “Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for all your loyalty, friendship and generosity.” Julie Andrews, who starred in two “Princess Diaries” hits with Anne Hathaway, told ET she was “devastated to hear of Garry’s passing. He was a dear friend and colleague … generous to a fault.”

Museums host events for ’67 Detroit riots anniversary

This week, local museums are marking the one-year countdown to the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riots. The Detroit Historical Society is hosting a Detroit 67 Project open house from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward, Detroit. The free event will include panel discussions moderated by project director Marlowe Stoudamire, entertainment by DJ Emmett Burkes and food from Louisiana Creole Gumbo. Attendees will also have an opportunity to share their memories of 1967 in Detroit to be preserved as written, audio and video histories.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, also will kick off its yearlong commemoration of those riots with an unveiling of 91-year-old artist Charles McGee’s sculpture, “United We Stand” at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The free celebration will feature food trucks and performances by Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett, hip-hop and spoken word artists Mike Ellison and jessica Care moore, and members of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers. The Detroit Police Department’s “Running Man” challenge dancers will bust their moves for a “United We Hustle” dance with DJ Maestro. The indoor-outdoor event ends at 7:30 p.m.

Also …

Tickets for LukeBryan’s Kill the Lights tour at Ford Field on Oct. 29 go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Special guests include Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch and DJ Rock. Purchase tickets at Fordfield.com or by calling (877) 212-8898.

Country music star Kenny Rogers’ 35th annual — and final —Christmas & Hits tour will include a stop at the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets ($30, $45 and $70) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster. Country singer Linda Davis will be a special guest for the show filled with holiday favorites.

Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg

ssteinberg@detroitnews.com

Thursday’s birthdays

Cat Stevens, 68

Josh Hartnett, 38

Justin Bartha, 38

Diane Guerrero, 30

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