‘The Voice’ finalist Laith Al-Saadi to give free River Days concert

Fans of Ann Arbor native Laith Al-Saadi, who finished in fourth place in the 10th season of NBC’s “The Voice” on Tuesday will have a chance to see him live for free at 7 p.m. June 24 during the GM River Days. Al-Saadi, a rock and blues guitarist, will share the Quicken Loans National Stage that night with Ryan Dillaha & the Miracle Men and The B-52s. Others performing in the series along the Detroit Riverfront include Patti Labelle and Bobby Murray on June 25, and Mint Condition, Jeffery Osborne and Larry Lee & Back in the Day on June 26. The full lineup of 50 musicians and bands can be seen at, where you can also purchase up-close VIP tickets for $35. Proceeds go to the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.

Red Nose Day to benefit children in Detroit

Seeing a lot of clown noses around town? The second annual Red Nose Day in America — a movement to raise money for kids in poverty in the U.S. and worldwide — is Thursday. NBC will host a live “FUN-raising special” hosted by Craig Ferguson at 9 p.m. Besides performances from Elton John and Blake Shelton, the show will feature comedic acts by Tracy Morgan, Paul Rudd and “The Walking Dead” cast. Viewers also will see segments on Julia Roberts’ visit to low-income children with health issues in Phoenix; Ludacris’ stop at an Atlanta food bank; and Jack Black’s trip to Uganda. Red Nose Day was started in the UK by the charity Comic Relief and has raised more than $1 billion the past 25 years. Locally, proceeds will benefit Henry Ford Health System’s two pediatric mobile medical clinics that provide health care for Detroit kids. Noses can be purchased at Walgreens.

Cinema Detroit hosts mental health discussion

In light of May’s Mental Health Month, the independent film “The Videoblogs” will be screened at Cinema Detroit at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a panel discussion with director Michael DiBiasio and lead actress Rebecca De Ornelas. The film follows a young woman who records videos of herself talking about her challenges. Her life then takes a turn when a teen discovers her video journal. The post-screening panel will focus on mental health issues and combating stigma. Producer Sean Mannion says the project has a special tie to the Motor City. “We secured our finishing funds investment for the film at a Tigers game.” Tickets for the screening can be purchased for $11 at

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Beth Howland, who played the waitress Vera Louise Gorman on the 1970s and ’80s sitcom “Alice,” died on Dec. 31, 2015, in California, but her death was announced Tuesday. The New York Times reports her husband, actor Charles Kimbrough, delayed the announcement to honor her wishes. Howland, 74, died of lung cancer.

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Thursday’s birthdays

Stevie Nicks, 68

Hank Williams Jr., 67

Lenny Kravitz, 52

Helena Bonham Carter, 50

Lauryn Hill, 41

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