The O’Jaysto appear on Colbert in ‘Trump Train’ protest, Dorie Greenspan comes to Zingerman’s and more celeb news


Will Smith can’t take Donald Trump’s statements any longer. While promoting his superhero film “Suicide Squad,” open in theaters Thursday, Smith unleashed his thoughts on the GOP candidate. “For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary,” he told “And for people to applaud, that is absolutely (expletive) insanity to me.” He kept going: “My grandmother would have smacked my teeth out of my head if I had referred to a woman as a fat pig. And I cannot understand how people can clap for that. It’s absolutely collective insanity,” he said, reportedly shaking his head.

The O’Jays join Colbert’s house band

In more Trump news … As we previously reported, the R&B group The O’Jays were not too pleased when their song “Love Train” was turned into “Trump Train” at the Republican National Convention last month. Singer Walter Williams said that “ ‘Love Train’ is about bringing people together, not building walls.” The group’s lawyers subsequently sent a cease and desist letter to U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Florida, after he posted a supportive Trump video with their song “For the Love of Money,” without their authorization. On Thursday, The O’Jays’ Williams, Eddie Levert, and Eric Nolan Grant will join “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” house band Stay Human to feature their music during interludes. “In sharp contrast to how their music was appropriated last month, this time it will be heard and performed with the group’s full and enthusiastic cooperation,” a press release states.

Meet author Dorie Greenspan at Zingerman’s

Washington Post “Everyday Dorie” columnistDorie Greenspan — a James Beard award-winning cookbook author — will be signing books at at BAKE!, Zingerman’s baking school in Ann Arbor, Thursday and Friday. Her baking demonstrations, which include a sneak peek from her upcoming book “Dorie’s Cookies,” are sold out, but fans can meet Greenspan and get books signed 5-6 p.m. Thursday and 1-2 p.m. Friday. BAKE! is at 3723 Plaza Dr.

Central Kitchen + Bar celebrates anniversary

Central Kitchen + Bar in Detroit will host a birthday bash Aug. 10 in honor of its 1-year anniversary. The gastro-bistro co-owned by Dennis Archer Jr., son of former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, will feature live music entertainment by DJ Peter Croce 5-9 p.m. and will serve free cake and Champagne to the first 100 dinner guests. “We’re thrilled to celebrate our first birthday at Central Kitchen + Bar, and there’s no better way to celebrate our achievements over the last year than by thanking our customers,” Archer says. To keep the party going, executive chef Christina Stanco will cook up a surprise dish for the lunch and dinner menus every day next week. Visit Central Kitchen + Bar at 660 Woodward.

Also …

The Michael Jackson tribute show, MJ Live, will stop at the Fox Theatre March 3. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for the show featuring impersonator Jalles Franca, who will perform the King of Pop’s hits such as “Bad,” “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.” Buy tickets ($15-$55.50) through Ticketmaster.

Tickets also go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for the All Star Comedy Festival at the Fox Theatre Oct. 15. The show features comedians Anthony Anderson, Corey Holcomb, Earthquake, Tony Rock and Mark Curry. Purchase tickets ($59-$99) through Ticketmaster.

Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg

Thursday’s birthdays

Billy Bob Thornton, 61

Barack Obama, 55

Daniel Dae Kim, 48

Cole and Dylan Sprouse, 24

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