Grapevine: Dirtybird BBQ hits Belle Isle in August

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Dirtybird BBQ hits Belle Isle in August

Dirtybird BBQ, a food and music festival founded in San Francisco a decade ago, will return to Detroit for a two-day event on Belle Isle on Aug. 27-28. Techno music producer Claude VonStroke, founder of Dirtybird Records, will headline both days. J. Philip, Christian Martin vs. Worthy, Will Clarke, Golf Clap and more are scheduled for Aug. 27 and Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Ardalan, Datless and others are scheduled to perform Aug. 28. The event will also have “county fair” activities, like best in show contests, carnival games and barbecue fare. Tickets, $19.50-$75, are on sale now at Additional Dirtybird BBQ events will take place in San Francisco, Seattle and Brooklyn throughout the summer.

Celebrities speak out after Istanbul terror attacks

After more than 40 people died this week when three suicide bombers attacked Instanbul Ataturk Airport, celebrities reached for social media to pay tribute to victims. “Why is it so hard to love one another,” Madonna asks on Twitter. “Pray for Istanbul. Pray for Turkey.” Actor Jared Leto posted a photo of the Turkish flag on Instragram, saying “our thoughts and hearts are with you.” Former “OC” star Mischa Barton tweeted: “Our world is in such a mess. I’m praying for peace.” Singer Pink also sent prayers and “heartfelt condolences” to the victims.

UConn revokes Bill Cosby’s honorary degree

An honorary degree given to disgraced comedian Bill Cosby by the University of Connecticut has been taken away. The college announced Wednesday that his Doctor of Fine Arts honor given in 1996 was revoked after an unanimous vote from trustees. “The University respects the principles of due process and Mr. Cosby’s right to a fair and public trial on the criminal charges against him,” the resolution says, according to the Associate Press. “But the conduct which he admitted in his sworn testimony provides compelling reasons for the University of Connecticut to consider the revocation of his honorary degree.” Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 30 women throughout his career.

Services set for ‘Sir’ Mack Rice

Funeral services for “Sir” Mack Rice will take place at noon July 7 at New Bethel Baptist Church, 8430 Linwood (Rev. C.L. Franklin Blvd.) in Detroit. The family hour will start at 11 a.m. Rice, 82, died Monday evening after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. A Detroiter since 1950, he’s best known as a songwriter, having written hits for Wilson Pickett (“Mustang Sally”), the Staple Singers (“Respect Yourself”), Johnnie Taylor (“Cheaper to Keep Her”) and others. Visitation will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at the church. From 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, the church will be the site of a “Tribute to Mack Rice,” with music by friends including Pat Lewis, the Original Vandellas, Willie Jones, Melvin Davis, Joe “Pep” Harris of the Undisputed Truth, Misty Love, and Thornetta Davis, according to Lewis. There also will be a musical gathering after the funeral at Bert’s Warehouse Theater, 2727 Russell in the Eastern Market, between Mack and Gratiot.

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■Actor DennisQuaid’s third wife, Kimberly Quaid, has filed for divorce. The pair have been married since 2004. She has joint custody of their 8-year-old twins and spousal support. Quaid was once married to actress Meg Ryan.

■Maroon 5 frontman and “The Voice” coach Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo, a Victoria’s Secret model, are selling their Beverly Hills mansion for $17.5 million. According to Variety, Levine purchased the home four years ago for $4.83 million. The pair are also expecting their first child in September.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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