Stevie Wonder seen in and around the D

On the heels of having a portion of Milwaukee Street in Detroit changed to Stevie Wonder Avenue, Stevie has still been hanging out around town. He was most recently spotted at Beans & Cornbread in Southfield enjoying dinner with about seven other people. “He was very cool,” says owner PatrickColeman. “He posed for photos all night and said he was ‘overjoyed’ with his dining experience. A nearby diner confirmed, adding “He got all the meat off of the chicken bones he ordered.”

2017 auto show ushering in a wave of celebrities and other fun

Along with festive parties, dramatic reveals and sparkling brand-new vehicles, on the low, the North American International Auto Show also brings a lot of cool celebs to Detroit. You don’t usually hear a lot about it until somebody taps you on the shoulder and says, “Isn’t that …?”

So far, I’ve been invited to three auto show events that boast appearances of the well-known. On Saturday, world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck will personally serve a dinner to 500 guests at the Gallery at MGM Grand Detroit. This party is a night of exclusive guests, fine food, exquisite art and a $7 million collection of the most amazing automobiles the world has to offer from Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Rolls-Royce.

On Tuesday, has invited industry and press types to join in at the Filmore Theatre for its annual “Best of 2017 Awards.” Among the food, cars and music, and headlining entertainment for the evening is none other than Kelly Clarkson. And if that’s not funky enough for you, on Jan. 13, Dennis Archer Jr. presents his Detroit Glamour party, with Doug E. Fresh and D-Nice onboard to keep the party rocking. That will all take place under a massive tent inside Cadillac Square Park.

The Morrie packs them in; Sabrage gets a makeover

Things are popping in a big way over at AFB Hospitality Group. First, its Bistro 82 restaurant in Royal Oak is gaining all kinds of recognitions and accolades. Its second and newest restaurant, the Morrie, also in Royal Oak, is serving waiting-room-only crowds on a nightly basis. Not to mention its amazing entertainment and house band Your Generation in Concert. “We’re very excited to have them on board,” says AFB owner Aaron F. Belen. “They only play to concert venues and very large parties.” Lastly, AFB is giving its nightspot Sabrage a facelift and slight redefinition. Sabrage, which sits atop Bistro 82, will soon have a new nationally known nightlife director on board and offer a more laid back, lounge-y feeling. It opens to the public in about 30 days.

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