Grapevine: 'Dance' auditions in Detroit this weekend

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
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J. Lo promises to play Detroit next tour

"American Idol's" Top 24 contestants performed at the Fillmore Detroit on Thursday, which already gives them a leg up on "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez. That's because in all her years as a performer, J. Lo has never done a concert in the Motor City. "We've never done Detroit? That's crazy!" said Lopez, prior to Thursday's "Idol" taping. Crazy, but true: Lopez's 2007 tour with Marc Anthony played dates in Toronto and Chicago, but never touched down in Detroit, and her 2012 "Dance Again" outing played nearly 70 cities around the globe, but skipped Detroit again. Outside of those major tours, she's done other shows, but never here. Lopez was in disbelief. "Have I never done Detroit? I feel like I have. Are you sure?" she asked. "We've got to, we've got to. It's insane that we haven't played here. Next tour, I promise!" Having just entered the Fillmore from the sub-zero temperatures outside, Jenny from the Block had one caveat for her promised Detroit visit: No wintertime shows. "We'll be back in the summer," she said.

'So You Think You Can Dance' in town this weekend

Fox will hold an open call for the 12th season of its reality competition "So You Think You Can Dance" on Sunday at Gem Theatre, 333 Madison in Detroit. The show is seeking stage and street dancers age 18-30. Those auditioning should plan to be available on Monday in case they are called back to perform for judges. Visit for information and to view audition agreement, eligibility requirements and other information.

Bobbi Kristina has tracheostomy

A source close to Bobbi Kristina Brown's family says the 21-year-old has been given a tracheostomy tube in her neck, according to the Associated Press. The source, a person close to the family, is not authorized to speak on the condition of Brown, who was found unresponsive in a bathtub in January.

'Big Bang Theory' director comes to U-M

University of Michigan alums Mark Cendrowski — best known as the award-winning director of "The Big Bang Theory" — and pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Randy Brown will host a conversation at U-M called "Take 2 Jokes & Call Me in the Morning: Is Laughter the New Aspirin?" The one-hour talk, 4:30 p.m. Monday, is free and open to the public. Find it in Room M1020 at the School of Public Health Building II, 1415 Washington Heights in Ann Arbor.

More comedians coming to town

This year several high-profile comedians will bring their tours through Metro Detroit, including Bill Maher Oct. 11 at Michigan Theater and Kevin Hart at The Palace of Auburn Hills May 16 (tickets to both those shows went on sale Friday). It was announced Friday that Jerry Seinfeld is also coming through May 16 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets, $49-$150, go on sale Feb. 27. The MotorCity Casino Hotel's Sound Board venue will host Whitney Cummings on June 4. Tickets, $27-$45, go on sale March 5.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Adam Graham contributed

Today's birthdays

Alan Rickman, 69

Jennifer Love Hewitt, 36

Jordan Peele, 36

Ellen Page, 28

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