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Get friendly with the BFF music fest

Songwriter Kelly Jean Caldwell and her band headline BFF Fest at Trinosophes in Detroit on Saturday. Kelly Jean Caldwell

Organizers of Saturday's BFF Fest were tired of seeing the same pool of local bands on every music festival around town, and they decided to do something about it. More

Celebrate the German side of Ann Arbor with picnic, restaurants

German Park in Ann Arbor is hosting a summer series of German-themed picnics, one of several spots to enjoy the city's German heritage. Bryan Mitchell / Special to The Detroit News

When you think of German heritage in Michigan, Frankenmuth usually comes to mind. But Ann Arbor has strong roots, too. A great way to celebrate is by attending one of the monthly picnics at the German Park recreation center More

Drummer Gene Dunlap is serious about setting the 'groove'

Gene Dunlap has collaborated on 10 albums with guitarist Earl Klugh and has seven solo records. Nina Simone Bentley

Playing the instrument Gene Dunlap says is the foundation of any song, he has provided the backbeat for such artists as Ronnie Laws and Mary Wilson, plus the London Philharmonic Orchestra. More

Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

Fans walk past a Smaug the Dragon display during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention July 23, 2014, in San Diego. Denis Poroy / AP

Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after navigating crowds and waiting in line. More

Challenge is the driving force behind songwriter Nick Cave

Nick Cave still works on a typewriter. Bleddyn Butcher

Nick Cave has made a career of doing things his way. And on his most recent release, Cave's half-spoken, half-sung poetry floats over spooky and sparse strings, synths and loops. He plays the Masonic Temple on Tuesday. More

Gilda's LaughFest to return for 5th year in March

Grand Rapids — Organizers of an annual festival of laughter in western Michigan say the event will return for its fifth year in March. More

Grapevine: Gordon Ramsay's 'Hell's Kitchen' is casting in Southfield

'Hell' Chef Gordon Ramsay Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Could you handle the heat in Chef GordonRamsay'skitchen? If so, get yourself to the open casting call for the ornery chef's show 'Hell's Kitchen,' 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Great Lakes Culinary Center, 24101 W. Nine Mile in Southfield. More

DIA to start putting up art in suburbs

The Detroit Institute of Arts is going to start putting up reproductions of paintings at outdoor sites throughout the area. More

Unpretentious Rose's Fine Food offers diner fare with unique flair

The crybabies, old-style potato doughnuts with maple syrup glaze, are made in house. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

Lucy Carnaghi and Molly Mitchell quietly opened the doors of their 30-seat diner, Rose's Fine Food barely two weeks ago, and immediately the swivel stools at the counter and the tables topped with reclaimed wood began filling up. More

Detroit, Campus Martius celebrate birthdays with Downtown Summerfest

Jennifer Stach and Patty Maier eat lunch next to the fountain at Campus Martius. David Coates / The Detroit News

It's a parade of birthdays! And helping pump up the celebrations will be 313 butterflies, a T-shirt contest, outdoor movies, food, drink, tons of music and, a short distance away, a way-cool pop-up parade. More

Alvin brothers mesmerize at Ferndale's Magic Bag

Former Blasters member Phil Alvin performs Tuesday at the Magic Bag Theater in Ferndale. Steve Perez / Detroit News

In the world of live performance, rife with electronic puffery and worse — boredom — every so often we get a peek into the way music was once performed, a window into something deeper than a four-minute song. More

Enter now to win Jimmy Buffett tickets

Jimmy Buffett during his Comerica Park appearance in 2012. Adam Graham / The Detroit News

Are you free Saturday night? We've got a pair of tickets to give away for the Jimmy Buffett concert at Comerica Park. The 'Margaritaville' singer returns to town with his Coral Reefer Band and opener John Fogerty. More

CBS: Colbert keeping 'Late Show' in New York

Stephen Colbert's debut date is still uncertain, dependent on when Letterman officially retires from late-night TV. Amanda schwab / AP

New York — Stephen Colbert will not only be following in David Letterman's footsteps, he'll be doing it on the same stage. More

Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce is finalized

Director Michael Moore and Kathleen Glynn in 2012. Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

Bellaire — Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce from Kathleen Glynn has been finalized, ending their two-decade-long marriage. More

Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof Jon Furniss / AP

London — Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. More

4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego

The San Diego Convention Center Denis Poroy / AP

San Diego — Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza. More

Ferndale Pub Crawl returns for charity

The annual Ferndale Pub Crawl has been raising funds for local nonprofits since 1996. This year, the event will start Friday at the newly opened Twist nightclub. More

Michael Jackson's hometown to name school for him

Michael Jackson on the cover of his album 'Xscape.'

Gary, Ind. — Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star's Indiana hometown. More

Michael Moore sticks to vision as Traverse City Film Fest turns 10

'Magic in the Moonlight' Traverse City Film Festival

Ask festival founder-programmer Michael Moore how the festival has changed as it enters its 10th anniversary year, and he pauses before saying, 'It hasn't.' At least not in attitude. More

'Scandal's' Tony Goldwyn creates a new drama with 'The Divide'

Tony Goldwyn, a co-producer of 'The Divide,' stars as President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC's 'Scandal.' Craig Sjodin / ABC

In his behind-the-camera roles as producer, director and writer, Goldwyn is exposing the ethical minefields of the justice system in a fine new drama, 'The Divide.' More

'Battle Creek' stars check out the real deal

CBS' 'Battle Creek' stars Dean Winters, left, and Josh Duhamel as two mismatched law enforcement officers. Cliff Lipson / CBS

The city of Battle Creek is becoming a star magnet. CBS' new police series 'Battle Creek' is being filmed in Los Angeles, but its cast is making pilgrimages to Battle Creek to soak up the atmosphere. More

Tickets on sale

Rodrigo y Gabriela will return to Detroit on Oct. 25. Tickets go on sale Friday. Thomas Samson / Getty Images

Pick up tickets for Rodrigo y Gabriela, Iggy Azalea, Kip Moore, Manheim Steamroller, Lecrae and more this weekend. More

Weekend planner: Your guide to local events

Justin Timberlake brings his latest tour to The Palace on Monday. Tom Munro

Catch Justin Timberlake at The Palace of Auburn Hills, waste away in 'Margaritaville' with Jimmy Buffett, see the cars at Concours d'Elegance and more. More

Grapevine: Jack White's record label launches publishing wing

The first release of Jack White's publishing firm is set for Aug. 5. Wade Payne / AP

Next month, Third Man Records will debut Third Man Books, a publishing arm of Jack White's Nashville-based record label, Rolling Stone reports. The first release will be a 321-page hardbound collection of poetry titled ' More

PBS looks at the fascination with Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance

Jimmy Hoffa was convicted of jury tampering in 1964, gave up his Teamster's presidency and started serving his sentence in 1967. Rogers Photo Archive

Tuesday night, PBS' 'History Detectives: Special Investigations' premieres an episode that purports to 'solve' a case familiar to most Metro Detroiters: the disappearance of James R. Hoffa. More

DSO celebrates 50 years of Meadow Brook

A 1964 sign advertises the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's inaugural year at the Meadow Brook Music Festival. Meadow Brook Music Festival

To commemorate the DSO's first appearance at Meadow Brook Music Festival, the orchestra will return to the site for one night, almost a half-century to the day of that initial concert. More

Bike for your beers at MCBW's 313 event

Motor City Brewing Works has created Trois Cent Treize to celebrate the city's birthday. John M. Galloway / Special to The Detroit News

The Motor City Brewing Works has created Trois Cent Treize, a cask-conditioned Biere de Garde, to commemorate the city's 313th birthday. Plus, Ferndale's Pig & Whiskey round-up and the Food and Beverage Events calendar. More

Mosaic Youth Theatre choir wins gold, silver at world games

The Mosaic Youth Singers of Detroit bring home the gold and silver. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit's Mosaic Singers recently won gold and silver medals in the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. More

James Garner represented the ideal man, movie hero

James Garner effortlessly combined strength and humility, humor and capability, frankness and empathy to create an ideal Alpha-male. Mark Mainz / Getty Images

James Garner, who died Saturday at age 86, effortlessly combined strength and humility, humor and capability, frankness and empathy to create an ideal Alpha-male. More

Citing 'racist views,' tribe cancels Nugent show

Nugent Randy Snyder / Getty Images, file

A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. More

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