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MC5 exhibit — 50 years of kicking out the jams

This year is the 50th anniversary of the MC5, one of Detroit’s most influential rock bands. The guys all came from Lincoln Park, and in the absence of the kind of big-time recognition we’re still waiting for (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ahem), the Lincoln Park Historical Museum will present “MC5 50th: Fifty Years of the Motor City Five,” an exhibition featuring photos and art work by Leni Sinclair, Carl Lundgren,Gary Grimshaw and Emil Bacilla, plus many rarely-seen photos from family and friends of the Five when they were growing up, in high school and their early band years. The group, then known as the Motor City Five, played high schools and teen clubs around town, looking innocent and Beatlesesque.

The opening reception will be 7-9 p.m. July 11. Of the Five, singer Rob Tyner, guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith and bassist Michael Davis have passed on. Of the surviving members, drummer Dennis “Machinegun” Thompson will be there; guitarist Wayne Kramer, who lives in Los Angeles, is iffy.

There will be a tribute concert and picnic on July 12 at the Memorial Park Band Shell featuring Chatoyant, Rocket 455 and Timmy’s Organism, plus special guests, and what else at an MC5 gathering, “Testimonials.” The Lincoln Park Historical Museum is at 1335 Southfield, Lincoln Park.

Andonian, President’s Society celebrated

Some of the largest annual donors to the College for Creative Studies gathered Tuesday at the downtown Detroit loft of Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer, CCS and Detroit News alum Michelle Andonian to celebrate the CCS’ President’s Society. Guests enjoyed wine and light fare from Antietam, and brief remarks from CCS President Richard Rogers and the artist.

“We’re finishing what I feel is my most important work to date, a book about the Armenian Genocide,” Andonian said (“This Picture I Gift”). Rogers said that with her success as a fine artist, journalistic career and commercial endeavors, “Michelle is a perfect example of the tangible rewards of a CCS education.” Michelle’s photographs are in the permanent collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts and The Henry Ford. Photographs from her book “This Picture I Gift” will be in an exhibit this fall at CCS-Center Galleries. Andonian is collaborating on a musical production, as well as a multi-media event that will open at the DIA in October.

Beans & Cornbread a winner this time?

Patrick Coleman, who owns the upscale Southfield soul food eatery Beans & Cornbread, has been nominated four times for “Best Soul Food” restaurant in the national Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards, but has failed to snag the big prize so far. Beans & Cornbread is nominated yet again, and Coleman hopes this time is the charm. Voting takes place on just one day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, and you can only vote online at neighborhoodawards.com/awardshow/best-soul-food/. The link will only be live on Monday. So if you enjoy the mac and cheese, fried chicken, catfish, smothered pork chops, collard greens and other Southern favorites, you need to vote. The 2015 Neighborhood Awards will be announced in Atlanta during a weekend of festivities, Aug. 6-9.

swhitall@detroitnews.com

chuckbennett@hotmail.com

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