Aspiring Marvins, Smokeys and Dianas, please apply

So many Motown stars came from right here in Detroit, and now it's our chance to shine again. Berry Gordy Jr. and the producers of "Motown: The Musical" will hold auditions for the musical from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 in Studio A at the Motown Historical Museum, 2648 W. Grand Blvd. They're looking for African-American men and women in their 20s, up to their 40s, with "exceptional" singing voices. They are also seeking an African-American boy, aged 8-13, to portray three characters when they were young: Michael Jackson, Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder. Prior theatrical experience is not necessary, and all vocal parts are encouraged to attend. You need to bring a photo and resume with contact information and sheet music for the Motown song that best shows off your Smokey/Diana/Michael chops. Go to for more information on what you need to prepare or send an email to

Motor City fashion action

Local fashionistas are bursting with anticipation regarding Fashion in Detroit, taking place Saturday at the Sound Board inside the Motor City Casino Hotel. Singer/songwriter Adam Levine's fashion collection, designed by "Project Runway" season 4 alum Kevin Christiana,will be shown by Christiana.

Founded in 2009 by renowned local designer Joe Farisof "Project Runway," Fashion in Detroit may be a far cry from New York Fashion Week, but it's a nod to the importance of the rag industry in the Motor City, an elaborate high-style runway event showcasing a mix of local, national and up-and-coming fashion designers.

Designer Peter Soronen, who gained fame for dressing first lady Michelle Obama, will be on hand to show his collection. Faris will unveil his own exclusive "Dodge by Joe Faris" collection, featuring cutting-edge outerwear inspired by the car company. In addition to the 26 collections to be shown, there will be celebrity models, a pop-up shop called Market Detroit and a fashionably festive afterglow. Tickets, available at Ticketmaster and the Motor City Casino box office, range from $25 to $90, with a portion of proceeds benefiting local charities.

A taste of opera

Folks at the Michigan Opera Theatre gathered a dozen people in the GDC Lounge at the Detroit Opera House on Wednesday for a tasting in honor of the upcoming Opera Ball. Opus One owner Jim Kokas personally served up a multitude of dishes reflecting the ball's Mediterranean theme, including char-grilled lamb loin and Mediterranean sea bass. MOT CEO Wayne Brownproudly announced a full weekend of festivities from Oct. 17-19 to kick off MOT's 2014-15 season, under the title "Elektra Opera Weekend Spectacular." Co-chaired by Gretchen Davidson, Karen Williamsand Elanah Nachman Hunger, the weekend will include MOT's 27th annual Opera Ball fundraiser; "OPA!," a young professionals event; MOT's premiere of the opera "Elektra"; a special performance by Cabaret 313; and a free Family Open House. For more information, visit

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