Grapevine: Jackie Wilson Lane dedicated
Jackie Wilson Lane dedicated Saturday
Cottage Grove street in Highland Park was officially renamed Jackie Wilson Lane Saturday. Congressman John Conyers Jr., Mary Wilson, Bettye LaVette and others joined the Wilson family at the renaming ceremony. The street is on the east side of Woodward just north of Grand Blvd. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who Rolling Stone listed as one of the 100 greatest artists of all time once lived on that street, although the house is long gone.
Aretha cancels some upcoming concerts
Aretha Franklin has canceled her Friday concert in Virginia and two performances at New York’s Radio City Music Hall next month. She was set to appear at “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” on Sept. 15 and a headlining show Sept. 23. The singer, 74, said it was “due to doctors’ orders” and should be back on the road in November. Last year the Queen of Soul canceled a Las Vegas concert due to exhaustion.
DiCaprio involved in Hamptons car accident
Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his model girlfriend Nina Agdal were struck by a Mini Cooper while driving in a Range Rover Saturday afternoon, Page Six reports. Reports say DiCaprio made sure his girlfriend was okay, and then helped the woman in the Mini Cooper out of her car, which had extensive front end damage. No word on if any tickets were given. DiCaprio, 41, has been dating 24-year-old Danish model Agdal since June.
Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, musician Laura Marano will be Miss America judges
Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and musician and actress Laura Marano have been added as celebrity judges for the 2017 Miss America competition, reports the Associated Press. They will join NBA team owner and businessman Mark Cuban, actress Sara Foster, singer-songwriter Cole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes. Pageant officials made the announcement Monday. The pageant will be broadcast live from Atlantic City on Sept. 11 on ABC.
Erebus haunted attraction looking for scary people
Erebus, a hulking haunted attraction in downtown Pontiac at 18 S. Perry, is looking for a fresh crop of horror actors for the upcoming 2016 season. Open auditions are 1-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. and Sept. 10-11. Dressing up for the audition is not required but encouraged. Must be at least 18. Questions should be directed to HauntedPontiac.com or (248) 332-7884. Erebus opens for its 17th season on Sept. 23.
■Quicken Loans has signed on as presenting sponsor of the Detroit Jazz Festival, which is a free Labor Day weekend event at Hart Plaza and Campus Martius. “We’ve always been passionate about supporting events that make our city a vibrant and diverse destination,” said Chris Uhl, Quicken Loans’ vice president of community investments in a press release. “The Detroit Jazz Festival fits that bill perfectly – it’s an event that is uniquely ‘Detroit’ and has been bringing people together in the city for nearly four decades.” This year the Jazz Fest features artist-in-residence Ron Carter, along with George Benson, Freddy Cole, Terri Lyne Carrington and more.
■Detroit natives Brian and Christie Czopek will open the 4000th location of Great Clips on Tuesday at 26100 Vreeland in Flat Rock. The franchise’s president Steve Hockett and COO Rob Goggins will be at the shop for an 11 a.m. grand opening event. The first 100 customers will get a $10 gift card.
■Former boy band manager Lou Pearlman died Friday at age 62. The founder of boy bands Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC was serving a 25-year prison sentence for his involvement in a $300 million Ponzi scheme.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
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