Grapevine: David Alan Grier to perform in Palmer Woods

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

David Alan Grier will perform in Palmer Woods

Actor and Detroit native David Alan Grier will perform music with jazz guitarist A. Spencer Barefield as part of of Palmer Woods concert series. Friends since childhood, Barefield and Grier will perform at a Palmer Woods home (address is revealed to ticketholders) on June 18 and 19. Grier, a Cass Tech and University of Michigan alum, stars in the NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show.” Tickets to the concerts are $50 and can be purchased by visiting or by calling (313) 891-2514. There’s a wait list for the 8 p.m. June 18 concert, but tickets are still available for the 2 p.m. June 19 show on Father’s Day.

Prophets of Rage will be in Detroit this summer

Prophets of Rage, a new, politically-charged super group, is embarking on a more than 35-city tour next month, with a local date Sept. 1 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. The band includes Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, Chuck D and DJ Lord from Public Enemy and B-Real from Cypress Hill. The band made its debut in Los Angeles recently, a show the L.A. Weekly called “a historic event” with “unity, passion, anger and inspiration.” Tickets for the Sept. 1 show are $26-$85.50, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Richard Simmons is treated for dehydration

Fitness guru Richard Simmons let his fans know that he’s OK after it was reported the 67-year-old was hospitalized over the weekend. “Thank you to everyone who has reached out with love and concern after hearing I was in the hospital,” he said in a statement to ABC News. “I was dehydrated and needed some fluids and now I am feeling great.” In March, Simmons was in the news because no one had seen in him in a while. He spoke out in a phone interview to “Entertainment Tonight” explaining that he’s fine and was just taking it easy at home.

O.J. Simpson’s friend says he may confess one day

Ron Shipp, a former police officer and friend of O.J. Simpson, told the New York Daily News that he feels that Simpson may one day tell the truth about the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. “I hope one day he actually will rid us of all the doubt and all the conspiracy theories and say ‘sorry I cannot go to prison, but I am sorry I did it,’ ” Shipp said. Simpson cannot be tried for the murders if he confessed now because of double jeopardy laws. Shipp, who testified at the 1995 murder trial as Simpson’s friend, says that he “should have known” back then that Simpson was guilty. “I didn’t really see him at the time doing that because of my love for him. I didn’t want to believe the things I saw.” ESPN’s multipart documentary “O.J.: Made in America” debuts Saturday.


Rhonda LaVelle will join WXYZ-TV and WMYD-TV as news director, effective June 20. She comes to the Motor City from KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston, where she was hired as the station’s assistant news director and promoted to news director in May 2014.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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