Jack White releases an unheard of White Stripes song, The Electrifying Mojo adds handprint to Legends Plaza and more celebrity news
Bettye LaVette, The Electrifying Mojo add handprints to Legends Plaza
Singer-songwriter Bettye LaVette and DJ The Electrifying Mojo became the latest stars to add their handprints in the Detroit Historical Museum’s Legends Plaza on Monday. Opened in 2012, the outdoor area includes 27 Detroit music, sports and Hollywood legends such as Alice Cooper, Gordie Howe and Sam Raimi. Born Betty Jo Haskins in Muskegon, LaVette had her first R&B hit at age 16 and released her latest album, “Worthy,” last year. Now 70 , LaVette’s musical career spans over 50 years, during which she shared the stage with Otis Redding, Paul McCartney and Jon Bon Jovi. Mojo — born Charles Johnson in Little Rock, Arkansas — is known for introducing techno and funk to Detroit listeners tuning into WGPR-FM (107.5) from 1977 through the mid-1980s. He’s also recognized for breaking Prince records in the Detroit market. The Detroit Historical Museum is at 5401 Woodward, and admission is free.
‘Criminal Minds’ star Thomas Gibson fired
Actor Thomas Gibson was fired Friday from the CBS drama “Criminal Minds,” according to the Associated Press. His dismissal comes a few weeks after he was suspended for kicking a writer. He told E! News Thursday, “There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred.” Gibson, 54, has played Aaron Hotchner on the show since it debuted in 2005. This comes after a physical altercation last month between Gibson and a member of the “Criminal Minds” company on the series’ Los Angeles set. The Associated Press reports that it occurred as the series filmed an episode for the upcoming season, according to a person with knowledge of the incident who spoke on the condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to discuss it.
Fash Bash 2016 brings art of fashion to DIA
The Detroit Institute of Arts Great Hall was transformed into a runway Thursday night for the 2016 Fash Bash. Neiman Marcus Vice President Renee Janovsky and DIA director Salvador Salort-Pons gave the opening remarks. Over 500 guests — treated to individual champagne bottles, ahi tuna push-ups and shrimp — packed the room to get a sneak peek of the latest fall fashions by Neiman Marcus. The models strutted the catwalk in tan hues, fur coats, black and white patterns, and feathered hair accessories. The guests were equally dressed to impress — sporting everything from seersucker suits to sequined ball gowns and Kentucky Derby-esque hats. Proceeds from tickets, reaching $750 a pop, went to the museum.
Jack White releases a never-heard-before song
The White Stripes haven’t produced new music since the Detroit-based duo broke up in 2011, but on Thursday Jack White shared an unreleased White Stripes song online that was cut from their 2005 album “Get Behind Me Satan.” The unearthed folksy song “City Lights” will appear on “Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016,” a 26-track collection that will be released Sept. 9.
SNL’s Pharoah and Killam to join Showtime pilots
“Saturday Night Live” cast members Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah have landed new gigs after NBC announced this week their contracts will not be renewed for the upcoming 42nd season. On Thursday, Showtime announced that both stars will join the network with pilot shows. Pharoah will headline “White Famous,” a comedy executive produced by Jamie Foxx, about a black comedian who tries to maintain his identity as he gains mainstream success. Killam will star in “Mating,” a comedy executive produced by Jason Katims about a divorced man navigating the dating scene. During a press event Thursday, Showtime CEO David Nevins said the network was in talks with the actors “over the last several weeks,” as it planned to work around their schedules in the last year of their SNL contracts. “Our schedule got easier when they ended up being released from the show,” Nevins said.
Skateboard, music event kicks off UMS 138th season
Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. for the 2016-17 University Musical Society season, featuring 64 performances at nine venues in Ann Arbor and Detroit. The 138th season kicks off with a live skateboarding and music event at the Ann Arbor Skatepark (350 N. Maple) at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Professional skateboarders, including Andy Macdonald, Ron Allen and Chuck Treece, will improvise as Kennedy Center artistic director of jazz Jason Moran and his band, The Bandwagon, play jazz, R&B and hip-hop. Visit ums.org for the schedule and to purchase tickets.
Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg
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