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SC: Seger launches, suburban teens help urban

Susan Whitall and Chuck Bennett

Seger launches tour

Bob Seger kicked off his "Ride Out" tour Wednesday in Saginaw. He apologized to his "Flint friends" in the audience for having the famed "Deuce and a Quarter" car in the song "Detroit Made" built in the Motor City, when of course, the Buick Electra was made in Flint. He's gotten heat about it (and so did we), even though it's of course John Hiatt's song. More shows were added this week to the tour (check, which runs through March. Here's hoping Detroit's date is in April, when the snowpack will be melting.

Sinclair photo exhibit opens

An opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening kicks off an exhibit at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale of Detroit photog Leni Sinclair's beautiful images, so many of them now iconic photos of Detroit rock royalty such as the MC5 and Stooges in their 1960s heyday. The must-see exhibit runs through Jan. 17 at the gallery, located at 700 Livernois in Ferndale.

I'll have diamonds with that

Neiman Marcus general manager Renee Janovsky and her team hosted a dinner party in the innovation kitchen at Forte Belanger in Troy on Wednesday to show off a lavish display of precious jewelry by Maria Canale for Forevermark. While Forte Belanger executive sous chef Collin John described the intricacies of each dish in a multicourse, wine-paired meal, elegant models worked the room dripping in Maria Canale's breathtaking diamond jewelry.

Canale, in town from New York for the occasion, brought enough jewelry to share, at least during dinner; she decorated several female guests in her dazzling necklaces, bracelets and rings as they enjoyed their meals. And while all those fabulous pieces were returned at the end of the night, we couldn't help overhearing at least three guests make serious inquiries about purchasing Canale baubles of their own. Center stones in Canale's collection for Forevermark at Neiman Marcus range from .5 to 3 carats, retailing for $8,800 to more than $100,000.

Suburban helps urban

It might have seemed like a teenaged version of auditions for "The Voice" or some other TV talent show, but actually the gathering at the Orchard Lake Country Club last Friday was a benefit performance by Teens 4 Arts, a group of talented Oakland County kids, to benefit Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. Some 200 people attended the event, highlighted by a kid-friendly buffet meal and impressive performances from Teens 4 Arts and Mosaic Youth Theatre.

"We love this," said Rick Sperling, Mosaic Youth Theatre director. "This is the suburban kids supporting the urban kids." And support them they did, raising nearly $80,000. A few of our favorite performances: Teens 4 Arts' Sloan Kiriluk's version of "Strong" by London Grammar; Noah Eisenberg (of Teens 4 Arts) and his adorable rendition of "Last One Picked"; and Jack Williams Jr. from Mosaic, who brought the house down with "Friends from the Other Side" from "The Princess and the Frog." Look for more partnerships from Teens 4 Arts and Mosaic Youth Theatre in the future. For more info, visit