Grapevine: Janis Joplin’s custom Porsche up for auction

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Janis Joplin’s iconic custom Porsche goes to auction

Janis Joplin sang about asking the Lord for a Mercedes-Benz, but like all her friends, she drove a Porsche. The singer’s 1965 Porsche 356 C 1600 Cabriolet, custom painted by her roadie, Dave Richards, has spent the past two decades at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the direction of her family, it will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption exhibition in New York in December. According to Reuters, it’s expected to rake in $400,000. Joplin, who bought the car in 1968, died of a heroin overdose in the fall of 1970 at age 27, just a few days after recording her famed song “Mercedes Benz.”

Local business owner on ‘Shark Tank’ season premiere

You may have seen McClary Bros. drinking vinegars on craft cocktail menus at bars and restaurants around Metro Detroit. Next week, the locally-based business will be on national television on the season premiere of ABC’s business reality show “Shark Tank.” McClary Bros. owner Jess Sanchez McClary will appear on the 9 p.m. show Sept. 25 to try to convince one or all of the “sharks” to invest in her line of small-batch drinking vinegars, which are used to mix into cocktails. The sharks McClary pitched to are show regulars Kevin O’Leary, Robert Herjavec, Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner. They’re joined by guest shark, actor Ashton Kutcher. McClary was selected to appear on the show in April and taped the episode in June. Whether she strikes a deal or not, the TV exposure should be good for her brand. Last year 7.45 million viewers tuned into the premiere episode.

Rolling Stones to release new album

Keith Richards told iHeartRadio this week that the Rolling Stones have “definite plans to record” a new album after their South American tour early next year. It would be the British rock group’s first new studio album since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang.”

Detroit next subject for ‘Pictures of Hope’

Photojournalist Linda Solomon has chosen Detroit as the next stop for her “Pictures of Hope” project. She announced on Facebook this week that she’ll give cameras to children all over the city on Sept. 26 to photograph their hopes and dreams. They’ll be mentored by Detroit police officers. Proceeds from the project will benefit the youth charity Detroit PAL.

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■Detroit-raised singer Bettye LaVette will put her hands in cement in front of the Detroit Historical Museum at 2 p.m. Thursday. Her prints will be immortalized in the museum’s Legends Plaza alongside Alice Cooper, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson, Juan Atkins and more.

■Tickets go on sale Friday for Lionel Richie’s Las Vegas residency. “Lionel Richie: All the Hits” will run April 27-30 and throughout May, September and October 2016 at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets are $59-$199.

■Green Day’s long-talked about documentary chronicling the making of their 2004 protest album and rock opera “American Idiot” is scheduled for release Oct. 10. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

Thursday’s birthdays

Kyle Chandler, 50

Doug E. Fresh, 49

Malik Yoba, 48

Rasheed Wallace, 41