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New Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum exhibit lets kids get wet and wild

'H2Oh!' is one of three new exhibits at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Ari Morris

The new exhibit allows open-ended play at stations that demonstrate a variety of water-related scientific concepts. Two other exhibits, 'Nano: Imagine and Discover a World You Can't See!' and 'L Is for Laser,' are also making their debut. More

Detroit Improv Festival is funny on the fly

Actor Keegan-Michael Key performs as part of the improv troupe The 313 at the upcoming Detroit Improv Festival. Detroit Improv Festival

From legends to local talent, the Detroit Improv Festival gathers together comedic actors of all stripes for its fourth annual jamboree of unscripted, off-the-cuff hijinks. More

Chadwick Boseman makes a splash with second biopic

Though he didn't sing, Boseman had to learn James Brown's moves for 'Get on Up.' D. Stevens / MCT

A year after playing Jackie Robinson in '42,' Chadwick Boseman was back in biopic spring training. To become James Brown for the film 'Get on Up,' Boseman needed to rely on an entirely different skill set. More

Firth and Stone find Woody Allen still plenty of 'Magic' left

Colin Firth and Emma Stone say many stories surrounding director Woody Allen aren't true. Jose M. Osorio / MCT

Colin Firth and Emma Stone, the two stars of 'Magic in the Moonlight,' opening Friday, were both working for the first time with Allen, and they sat down recently to recount what it was like. More

Jack White electrifies Masonic Temple crowd

Following his much talked-about concert Monday at the Fox Theatre, Jack White put a huge exclamation point on his homecoming visit Wednesday with a magnificent, rip-roaring 2-hour 43-minute performance at Detroit's Masonic Temple. More

Alicia Keys pregnant with second child

Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys attend Keep a Child Alive's 10th Annual Black Ball in New York in November 2013. Keys is pregnant with her second child, making the announcement on July 31, 2014, which also marks her fourth wedding anniversary to Beatz. Charles Sykes / AP

New York — Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. More

Extraordinary 'Boyhood' finds living is in the details

'Boyhood' star Ellar Coltrane was 6 when he started Richard Linklater's film. Matt Lankes / IFC Films

Most of 'Boyhood,' the transcendent film that opens Friday from director Richard Linklater, has to do with the smaller particles, the everyday moments and scares and joys. More

Frost, Cooper guitarist Dick Wagner dies at 71

Dick Wagner in 1969 Detroit News file photo

Dick Wagner, who made music history leading Detroit band the Frost in the '60s, and then in the '70s played with Billy Joel and the Alice Cooper Band, has died. He was 71. More

Michael Moore invests in Michigan-based movie program

Michael Moore Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

Traverse City — Filmmaker Michael Moore has donated $250,000 to launch an independent movie program based in Traverse City. More

5 Seconds of Summer playing Palace next summer

Michael Clifford, Ashton Irwin and Luke Hemmings of 5 Seconds of Summer performs on NBC's 'Today' on July 22, 2014 in New York. Jason Carter Rinaldi / Getty Images

It's more than a year away, but Australian pop-rock foursome 5 Seconds of Summer has announced a show at the Palace of Auburn Hills for next summer. More

Wright & Company is a new downtown dining gem

Wright & Company may surprise some people, but it won't disappoint. It lives up to or perhaps even exceeds the expectations with its quality and style. More

Collaborative experience of a lifetime for Arquette

Patricia Arquette, left, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke attend the 'Boyhood' New York premiere afterparty. Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

Patricia Arquette didn't blink when director Richard Linklater called and said he wanted her to star in a film that would take 12 years to complete. More

Richard Linklater finds bits of 'Boyhood' in past films

Linklater Dennis Van Tine / MCT

'Boyhood' is a wholly unique project, but there are strands of it in Linklater's earlier works, which we discovered when we talked to him about his long and winding career. More

Actor Kelsey Grammer won't endorse release of sister's killer

Denver — Actor Kelsey Grammer says he forgives the man who raped and killed his sister in Colorado nearly 40 years ago but doesn't want him to be paroled. More

Zoo's Wild Summer Nights Concert Series mixes bands, animals

Brian Vander Ark, left, and Craig Griffith of the Verve Pipe perform at a recent kid-friendly show for the Wild Summer Nights Concert Series at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

A little music amongst the grass and ... the animals are what you get during the Detroit Zoo's Wild Summer Nights Concert Series on Wednesday evenings. More

Fall TV's likely hits and misses

Grant Gustin will star as a superhero in the CW action series 'The Flash.' Jack Rowand / CW

We watch so you don't have to, but we also go to the biannual TV critics' press tour in Beverly Hills to spare you the trouble. What matters most are impressions, and those are what you're about to get. More

Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago

Fans react while Mumford & Sons perform at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago on Aug. 3, 2013, photo. Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Aug. 1, 2014, with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon. Scott Eisen / AP

Chicago — Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon. More

Trinity International Film Festival screens diverse group of movies

'A Love That Hurts' is a Detroit-made film that's part of the Trinity International Film Festival this weekend. Trinity International Film Festival

This year's Trinity International Film Festival features more than 40 independent films from 14 countries, including the Netherlands, Spain, Israel and New Zealand. More

Grapevine: Chmerkovskiy done with 'Dancing,' to appear in Westland

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, with skater Meryl Davis, will appear at the Westland Shopping Center on Aug. 9. Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who helped Olympian Meryl Davis take home the mirror ball trophy on this season's 'Dancing with the Stars,' announced on 'The View' Tuesday that he will no longer perform on the ABC show. The professional dancer will appear at Westland Shopping Center Aug. More

Party to launch West Dearborn art exhibit

Dearborn's 'pARTY in the Pocket Park' will showcase reproductions of DIA masterpieces and public art around the downtown area. More

Weekend planner: Your guide to local events

Fantasia Barrino will sing Friday at Chene Park. Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Hear singer Fantasia at Chene Park, catch the Kings of Leon at DTE Energy Music Theatre, laugh with comedian Sandy Danto and more. More

Tickets on sale

Chrisette Michele will perform Dec. 18 at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel. Tickets go on sale Thursday. Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

Pick up tickets this weekend for Chrisette Michele, Limp Bizkit, Leon Russell, 'Memphis: The Musical,' Maze with Patti LaBelle and more. More

Jack White in full control of hometown show at Fox

Detroit native Jack White plays the Fox Theatre in Detroit. John T. Greilick / The Detroit News

Rocker Jack White held command over his five-piece band and the crowd at his sold-out, nearly three-hour show at the Fox Theatre Monday night. More

DIA hires Leo Burnett for next ad campaign

After a challenging year with Detroit's bankruptcy, the Detroit Institute of Arts seems to be reaching for the big guns: The museum has just hired ad giant Leo Burnett Detroit to handle its next branding campaign. More

Detroit chef Craig Lieckfelt sets sights on Michelin stars

Chef Craig Lieckfelt, who has held a series of acclaimed pop-up dinners in Detroit, plans to open his own restaurant, Guns & Butter, this summer. John T. Greilick / The Detroit News

You know Detroit's culinary scene is gaining stature when the national press reveals the downtown location of a restaurant whose chef says he's obsessed with bringing Michelin-level dining to the city. More

Justin Timberlake rocks bodies as only he can at Palace show

Justin Timberlake performs at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills on Monday. Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

Justin Timberlake doesn't need an opening act. The pop superstar had the Palace of Auburn Hills all to himself Monday night, sharing it only with a sold-out crowd of around 15,000 fans and his 15-piece band, the Tennessee Kids. More

Music aside, Aretha Franklin is pumped for fair food

Aretha Franklin Steven Senne / AP

Columbus, Ohio — There's something beyond delivering a set packed with her hits that's got Aretha Franklin jazzed about fair season: the food. More

Portraits, works by emerging artists show great talents in 2 exhibits

Artist Nicole Macdonald stands with Congressman John Conyers Jr. and his portrait at 'The Detroit Portrait Series' at Detroit's Cass Cafe. Bruce Giffin

Detroit filmmaker and artist Nicole Macdonald has created a series of enormous paintings of Detroit heroes past and present, and several artists are part of the 'Rising Suns' show. More

New Drive Table Tennis Social Club brings pingpong downtown

Owner Diallo Smith opened Drive Table Tennis and Social Club in June. Melody Baetens / The Detroit News

Get social, put down the smartphone and pick up a pingpong paddle at Drive Table Tennis Social Club. Also, Dakota Inn starts its 81st year and the food and beverage events calendar. More

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