Kacey Musgraves headlines Ann Arbor Folk Fest
The Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Jan. 27-28 at Hill Auditorium, is going big for its 40th anniversary. Country musician Kacey Musgraves and indie darling Jenny Lewis headline Jan. 27, along with Nahko & Medicine for the People, Valerie June, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Zach Heckendoft. On Jan. 28, Indigo Girls are the big name, plus Third Man Records artist Margo Price, Kiefer Sutherland — the actor, who is also a country musician — Over the Rhine, We Banjo 3, Davine & the Vagabonds and Corn Potato String Band. Susan Werner will emcee both nights of the event, which is an annual fundraiser for the Ark. Pre-sale ticketing has begun for Ark members and students, and tickets, $37.50-$90, go on sale to the public on Dec. 1. Visit theark.org.
Kayne West cancels tour, including Palace date
Kanye West has officially pulled the plug on the remainder of his Saint Pablo Tour, including a Dec. 22 concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills. “The remaining dates on the Saint Pablo Tour have been canceled. Tickets will be fully refunded at point of purchase,” a tour rep announced Monday. The upcoming Palace show was a make-up from an Oct. 6 concert that was postponed in the wake of the Paris robbery of West’s wife, Kim Kardashian. The Saint Pablo Tour played Joe Louis Arena on Sept. 28 and went off without a hitch. West’s tour derailed over the weekend, when the rapper abruptly cut a show after performing only three songs and angrily calling out Beyoncé and Jay Z. He compared himself to Donald Trump and then stormed off stage, throwing his microphone to the ground. A few days earlier, at a show in San Jose, California, West said he didn’t vote in the presidential election, but if he would have, he would have voted for Trump, expressing admiration for the president-elect’s ability to stir the conversation. In the same speech, West reiterated his plans to run for president in 2020.
Emagine Entertainment to remodel Novi theater
Emagine Entertainment announced Monday that Emagine Novi will undergo a $4.5 million remodel. It will be “refreshed from top to bottom by upscale decor,” according to a release. The theater, which opened in 2002, will remain open during the renovation, which is expected to be completed by May. The current rocker-style seats will be replaced with powered reclining chairs and larger row spacing. Two of the 18 auditoriums will be combined to create the largest movie screen in the state at 86 feet wide and 50 feet high. Restrooms, bar area, ticketing counters and food service areas will also be updated. Emagine Novi is at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk, 44425 W. 14 Mile.
Irish novelist William Trevor dies
Award-winning novelist, playwright and short story writer William Trevor died at the age of 88. His publisher, Penguin Random House Ireland, tweeted the news Monday: “We regret to announce the death of William Trevor, one of Ireland’s greatest writers. We extend our deepest condolences to his family.” Also on Twitter Monday, author Joyce Carol Oates called Trevor “one of the great short story writers ... beautifully composed, lyrical, understated prose.”
■The Paul Anka concert scheduled for Dec. 15 at the Fox Theatre has been canceled. Tickets purchased by phone or online will be automatically refunded, otherwise refunds are available at point of purchase. According to a press release from Olympia Entertainment, a rescheduled date is being planned for 2017.
■Earlier this year, the “Rachael Ray Show” featured the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. The celebrity chef visited the nonprofit and renovated the kitchen. The episode re-airs at 2 p.m. Thursday, Thanksgiving day, on WDIV-TV (Channel 4).
Compiled by Melody Baetens
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