Grapevine: ‘American Pickers’ searching for MI antiques

Stephanie Steinberg
The Detroit News

‘American Pickers’ on the hunt for Michigan antiques

Have a classic car, vintage bicycle or one-of-a-kind antique you’re thinking of selling? Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are traveling through Michigan this month, looking for unique items to feature on their History channel series “American Pickers.” A sample of what they’re seeking: unusual radios, early firefighting equipment, vintage musical equipment, automotive items and clothing. Casting associate Tamar Herman says they’re considering “interesting characters with interesting items — and lots of them” for the show. If you think you’re an interesting character with interesting treasure, call 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878) or email

Jena Irene joins prostate cancer awareness efforts

“American Idol” 2014 runner-up Jena Irene Asciutto is joining the Michigan Institute of Urology Men’s Health Foundation to raise awareness about prostate cancer — one of the most common types of cancer in men — during National Men’s Health Week, June 13-19. The 19-year-old from Farmington Hills tells The Detroit News that prostate cancer has personally affected her family. “Nothing can prepare you to hear that someone you love is dealing with prostate cancer. I am inspired every single day by those who overcome this horrible disease, including my dad,” she says.

On June 17, Ascuitto will perform at the foundation’s Run for the Ribbon Gala at the Detroit Opera House Sky Deck from 6:30-10:30 p.m. The Ben Sharkey Band, a jazz group that plays around Metro Detroit, also is scheduled to perform. Tickets are $179 and can be purchased online at “I am in full support of the MIU Men’s Health Foundation to create more awareness and education on how to treat prostate cancer,” Ascuitto says. “We’re all a part of this world, and there’s one goal we can pull together for — let’s beat cancer!”

Savannah Guthrie announces pregnancy

During the “Tuesday Trending Fishbowl” segment on NBC’s “Today” show this week — where anchors pull random questions from a bowl — anchor Savannah Guthrie picked an atypical question: “Are you pregnant?” Her response: “Well, yeah. I am pregnant!” Cue the cheers and hugs from her co-anchors. This will be the second child for Guthrie, 44, and husband Mike Feldman. “It’s hard for words to contain all the excitement Mike and I have about expecting a new baby in December,” Guthrie wrote on Guthrie announced she will not cover the Olympics in Brazil due to Zika virus concerns. On the show, she jokingly told co-anchor Matt Lauer, “You’re going to have to go to female beach volleyball without me, Matt. Try to carry on!”

Simon Cowell names next Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has some competition from a 12-year-old ukulele player. After performing an original song Tuesday, Grace VanderWaal received a standing ovation from “America’s Got Talent” judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Cowell was clearly impressed. “You know what I predict for you? I think you are the next Taylor Swift.”

Also …

Dr. Terry Mason, chief operating officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health in Illinois and star in the documentary “Forks Over Knives,” will speak at a free event, “4Detroit’s Health,” 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the City Temple Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Detroit. Mason will be joined by Dr. Paul Musson of Flint for a presentation on how nutrition habits can prevent heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

■On Saturday, the Red Bull House of Art in Detroit is hosting a free exhibit, “15 Steps – Perspectives in Drawing,” featuring 15 contemporary artists. The exhibit, held 7-10 p.m., is curated by Detroit artist Tylonn J. Sawyer.

Compiled by Stephane Steinberg

Thursday’s birthdays

Michael J. Fox, 55

Johnny Depp, 53

Natalie Portman, 35

Mae Whitman, 28