Grapevine: Jack White, Tigers’ Ian Kinsler team up

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Jack White, Ian Kinsler invest in sporting goods firm

Rocker and baseball fan Jack White is teaming up with Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler to invest in an independent and stylish sporting goods company Warstic. The Texas-based business was founded by former minor league baseball player Ben Jenkins in 2011. “I discovered the Warstic company through my love of design,” White said in a press release. “I was drawn to what Ben Jenkins was doing at Warstic by the simplicity and harshness of the designs. Most baseball bats and equipment in the sports world do not impress me much, but I think that there is a lot of room to explore aesthetic ideas in just baseball alone that can bring beauty and purpose to the weapons that athletes use to accomplish their goals. This can be accomplished not only through form following function, but also to bring in outsider ideas into the zone of athletics steeped in history and sometimes bogged down by its own weight. Warstic is incredibly inspiring to me in this fashion, and I think we can make beautiful objects for not only professionals, but also young children just beginning to understand how important the tools of the trade are to their passion for competition.”

Gwen Stefani is bringing her ‘Truth’ to DTE Music Theatre

Gwen Stefani will perform in Clarkston Aug. 2 as part of her “This is What the Truth Feels Like” tour, venue officials announced Monday. Tickets for the show, $25.95-$145.95, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Citi card holders get a first crack at tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and a Live Nation pre-sale begins at 10 a.m. Thursday. Joining Stefani on the road is her “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” and “Rich Girl” co-star, Eve. The DTE show is part of Stefani’s six-month summer tour, which kicks off July 12 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and wraps up Aug. 25 in Vancouver. Stefani’s third solo album “This is What the Truth Feels Like” was released last month and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart. The concert is the singer’s first area solo concert since a June 2007 date at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Stefani performed at the Palace with her No Doubt bandmates in July 2009.

Amber Heard avoids jail in dog-smuggling

Charges were dropped against actor Johnny Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, after she illegally smuggled the couple’s two Yorkshire terriers into Australia where Depp was filming the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. The Associated Press reports that prosecutors dropped two charges that could have resulted in a 10-year prison sentence. The false document charge stuck, which carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a hefty fine, but the magistrate sentenced Heard, who is also an actor, to a one-month good behavior bond. That means that Heard would have to pay a $1,000 fine if she commits any offenses in Australia over the next month. We’re pretty sure she won’t.

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Boy George and Culture Club are touring this summer, and will perform July 17 at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre. Tickets, $25-$95, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Adam Graham contributed

Tuesday’s birthdays

Tim Curry, 70

Ashley Judd, 48

James Franco, 38

Kate Hudson, 37