Thornetta Davis is successfully crowned

The torrential rains held off until the very end of the official crowning of Thornetta Davis as Queen of the Blues on Sunday at the Hastings Street Ballroom and Tangent Gallery. In front of a standing-room-only crowd, Davis was crowned by relatives of the late Alberta Adams, the previous queen, and took an oath pledging to uphold the title and honor the blues and Detroit before walking a red carpet with sash and gown. Thornetta then returned onstage to belt out some righteous blues.

Power dinner at Central Kitchen

A posse of Secret Service types and local law enforcement swarmed the chic new downtown eatery Central Kitchen + Bar on Tuesday, hovering over a couple of special guests: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Perez was at Central United Methodist Church earlier to listen as Detroit workers talked about how they needed to have the minimum wage raised. After attending several meetings and a rally, Perez sat down at the restaurant owned by attorney Dennis Archer Jr. and partners for what was apparently a major power dinner with Mayor Duggan. “It was actually very exciting,” said one restaurant guest. “They even blocked off part of the street and an entire parking lot in Cadillac Square. But like true Detroiters, after absorbing the initial surprise of it all, everyone went back to eating and drinking and minding their own business.”

Chodun update

What’s former Channel 7 reporter Cheryl Chodun up to in retirement? She’ll be teaching this fall at Madonna University, starting Oct. 8, as an adjunct professor in the Broadcast Cinema Arts department, passing along some of the techniques that made her such an effective TV reporter. “The class is on-air talent for Radio and Television,” Chodun told us. “I am also doing some volunteering with organizations that support cancer research and that promote safety for victims of domestic and sexual abuse ... and doing a lot of public speaking and media coaching.”

I, Robot

The German band Kraftwerk are playing the Masonic Temple Theater on Oct. 5, and co-founder Ralf Hutter rhapsodized to Rolling Stone this week about the group’s “spiritual connection” to Detroit, mentioning his friends, techno pioneers Juan Atkins and Derrick May, the industrial sounds of the Motor City, and how Detroit embraced their music.

“In the very early days, the Electrifyin’ Mojo played our music, the ‘Computer World’ album, on radio,” Hutter said. “We feel very strongly the energy and always have tried to come back and perform there. Maybe we can arrange with our friends some after-hours locations or parties.”


■The Townsend Hotel announced the addition of Damian Yopek to its team in the role of Rugby Grille chef de cuisine. The Rugby Grille is the luxury hotel’s award-winning fine dining restaurant. Chef Damian, a South Lyon native, joins the Rugby Grille from his previous role as executive chef with Matchbox Food Group in Washington, D.C., and will work closely with Rugby Grille Executive Chef Drew Sayes.

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