On June 30th, Jupiter and Venus will be merging into what is known as a super-star.

The conjunction of these two planets has been building throughout the month of June and the result will be a dazzling bright spectacular on June 30th.

Sky & Telescope suggest that a similar rare conjunction of Venus and Jupiter may have been what was known as the “Star of Bethlehem” in 3-2 BC and since then there has not been a brighter, closer planetary conjunction. That means that this is the first opportunity of seeing it so clear for 2,000 years!

Jupiter and Venus are the two brightest planets and are often visible from most large city centres.

Throughout June, in the West it has been fascinating to watch the distance between the planet Jupiter and Venus reducing. Yesterday Jupiter was approximately the width of the moon away from Venus and tonight (June 30) the distance will reduce by half when Jupiter passes directly above Venus.

Venus and Jupiter will appear to be approximately one-third of a degree apart from one another. If we put our little finger up to the sky both planets would disappear behind it.


Born in Detroit on June 30, 1943, singer Florence Ballard, became famous in the 1960s as a member of The Supremes, a group which she started with childhood friends Mary Wilson and Diana Ross. She sang on 16 different Top 40 hits but left the group in 1967 after a dispute with Motown Records. She died on February 22, 1976 in Detroit, Michigan at only 32 years old. Read more on RK


By Henry Seltzer for Astrograph Astrology

Today, Venus and Jupiter near their exact conjunction in Leo, an astrological and astronomical phenomenon that has been making quite the display these last few days in our evening skies. This lovely and congenial pairing is forming a grand trine with Uranus in Aries and the Moon passing through Sagittarius, all taking their places at 20-21 degrees of Fire signs. It is important, also, to mention that Chiron, the Wounded Healer, at 21 degrees of Pisces, is therefore in square to the Moon, and in inconjunct to Venus and Jupiter.

This is a true celebration of relationship, healing and human-ness. With Chiron thus invoked, this configuration can be viewed as a kind of portal, offering a heightened opportunity to have a glimpse into expanded heart space, and to connect with one another in a way that brings us closer to our higher selves. As the fantastic musicians and songwriters of these intense and interesting times constantly remind us, love is the glue and the salve that holds everything together; so that greater acceptance of ourselves and others is only a gesture away. Read More


Almost 40 years ago Captain Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions 
of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning female hearts in one of MASTERPIECE’s earliest hit series, Poldark. Now the gallant captain rides again, allowing a new generation to delight in the exploits of an unconventional romantic hero.

Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is about to marry his first cousin. Also starring is Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley) as the fiery servant Demelza, a strong-willed miner’s daughter who runs away from home and finds refuge in Poldark’s enlightened household.

In a special appearance, Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark in MASTERPIECE’s original adaptation, plays Reverend Halse, the village’s sin-obsessed parson.

Poldark is based on a beloved series of novels by Winston Graham. The first, Ross Poldark, was published in 1945; the last, Bella Poldark, appeared in 2002, the year before Graham’s death. All twelve are subtitled A Novel of Cornwall and trace the fortunes of a landed, mine-owning family in windswept Cornwall.

The new Poldark airs in eight exciting episodes starting in June 2015 on MASTERPIECE on PBS.



Because keeping the media's version of Amy Winehouse as your own would be tragic….
Amy (2015) Director: Asif Kapadia

A burnout. A drug addict who wasted her talent. A freakishly great singer who sported a beehive hairdo and gave awkward, often uncomfortable interviews in which she was clearly high and/or drunk.

Those are the ways in which most people saw, and still see, Amy Winehouse, the critically beloved jazz/soul singer who died from alcohol intoxication in 2011, at the age of 27.
Those perceptions are all wrong.

In his heartbreaking and exceptional documentary Amy, filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna) does right by Winehouse, dispelling the English crooner's posthumous reputation by capturing the real woman behind the media’s skewed perspectives.

With the help of Winehouse’s family members and closest friends, Kapadia wrangled together a surplus of never-before-seen footage, mostly shot on phones and camcorders, of the singer's life starting when she was 18 and following her all the way through her tumultuous career, including the recording sessions behind her U.K. breakthrough album Frank (2003) and the star-making worldwide chart-topper Back To Black (2006).

Winehouse’s parents, best friends, former managers and bodyguards, not to mention collaborator/admirer Tony Bennett, recount their experiences with her through voiceover, but they’re never seen outside of the home video footage and personal photographs. Amy steadfastly remains all about Winehouse.


U.S. Route 50 (US 50) is a transcontinental highway in the United States, stretching from Sacramento, California, in the west to Ocean City, Maryland, on the east coast. The Nevada portion crosses the center of state and was named The Loneliest Road in America by Life magazine in July 1986.

The name was intended as a pejorative, but Nevada officials seized on it as a marketing slogan. The name originates from large desolate areas traversed by the route, with few or no signs of civilization. The highway crosses several large desert valleys separated by numerous mountain ranges towering over the valley floors, in what is known as the Basin and Range province of the Great Basin.

US 50 has a diverse route through the state, traversing the resort communities of Lake Tahoe, the state capital in Carson City, historical sites such as Fort Churchill State Historic Park, petroglyphs, alpine forests, desert valleys, ghost towns and Great Basin National Park.

The route was constructed over a historic corridor, first used for the Pony Express and Central Overland Route and later for the Lincoln Highway. Before the formation of the U.S. Highway System, most of US 50 in Nevada was designated State Route 2. The routing east of Ely has changed significantly from the original plans. The route change resulted from a rivalry between Nevada and Utah over which transcontinental route was better to serve California bound traffic, the Lincoln Highway or the Victory Highway.

Here is a very cool view from  pilot Sting's low flying airplane.....


"I Am Chris Farley," a documentary about the late comedian who broke through with his roles on "Saturday Night Live," has a new trailer.

Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to make everyone around him laugh out loud, and I Am Chris Farley will tell his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever - from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on “Saturday Night Live” and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.

The film showcases the performer’s most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies and family snapshots, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend – a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality.

Clips from Farley’s most memorable performances fill the documentary, from his breathtaking Chippendales audition alongside Patrick Swayze, to his comically ill-fated salesman in Tommy Boy, to his diatribes as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who “lives in a van down by the river!”

I Am Chris Farley opens in theaters on July 31.

David Spade, Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, and more reflect on the comedian’s life and legacy in the film.

The film will also be available on VOD, digital download, and DVD on August 11.



Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Michigan Theater is pleased to recognize the contributions to our country by members of the U.S. military. From Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5, military veterans and active personnel will be admitted FREE to all regular film screenings at the Michigan Theater and State Theatre, thanks to a generous grant from the Merton & Regina Allen Memorial Fund. In addition, veterans are eligible for a discount price of $8.00 per ticket all year round at both venues.

The veterans’ free admission program is made possible by a generous grant from the Merton & Regina Allen Memorial Fund. The primary purpose of the fund, established through the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, is “to support programming, events and special initiatives for United States Armed Forces veterans, with preference to disabled veterans and those who served in action, at the Michigan Theater (a Code Section 501©(3) organization).”

Films playing on 7/3-7/5 include:


at 1:30 on Saturday, July 4. Originally released on the 4th of July in 1963, This movie is based on a true story of Allied prisoners of war who managed to escape from an allegedly impenetrable Nazi prison camp during World War II.

The prisoners, led by Richard Attenborough as the British soldier who masterminds the plan, develop a scheme to will leave the camp by building three separate escape tunnels. Attenborough’s motley squad features Charles Bronson, James Garner, Donald Pleasence, and Steve McQueen. 1963. 172 minutes. Part of the Kerrytown Market and Shops Summer Classic Film Series.

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS: In this heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends, Carol (Blythe Danner) decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man, pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter. Also stars Rhea Perlman, Jane Squibb, Malin Akerman and more. Comedy/Drama, 92 minutes, Rated PG-13.

A LITTLE CHAOS: A romantic drama following Sabine, a talented landscape designer, who is building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV. Sabine struggles with class barriers as she becomes romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist. Directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet. World Drama/Romance. 117 minutes. Rated R.

THE OVERNIGHT: In an attempt to acclimate to Los Angeles, a young couple spends an increasingly bizarre evening with the parents of their son’s new friend. With Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling and Jason Schwartzman. Comedy. 79 minutes. Rated R.


ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL: Winner of both the Grand Jury and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, this film is a poignant coming-of-age tale peppered with hilarious graphics and enchanting performances from its mostly young cast. Greg Gaines is an awkward, self-deprecating high school student determined to coast through his senior year as anonymously as possible.

Avoiding social interactions like the plague, Greg spends most of his time remaking wacky versions of classic movies with his only friend, Earl. Greg’s well-meaning mother intervenes, forcing him to befriend Rachel, a classmate who’s been diagnosed with leukemia. Comedy/Drama. 105 minutes. Rated PG-13.

DOPE: A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, this film tells the story of Malcolm, who is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. Comedy/Drama. 103 minutes. Rated R.

LOVE AND MERCY: this film is an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. Stars John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Giamatti. Biography/Drama. 121 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Visit michtheater.org for more information and showtimes.

About the Michigan Theater: Now celebrating its 88th year, the Michigan Theater is Ann Arbor’s award-winning non-profit historic center for fine film and performing arts. The Michigan Theater welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year to its art house films, concerts, lectures, live theater, and special programs such as Sundance Film Festival USA and Cinetopia International Film Festival.

The Michigan Theater also owns and operates the historic State Theater located just up the street at 233 State Street. The Michigan Theater is located in downtown Ann Arbor at 603 East Liberty Street. Visit michtheater.org or call the 24-hour information line at (734) 668-TIME for schedule and ticket information.



Mark your calendars! The United States Post Office will be issuing a new Forever® stamp in honor of actor and philanthropist Paul Newman on Friday, September 18. More details to follow soon.



On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made that year.

The idea for the Corvette originated with General Motors’ pioneering designer Harley J. Earl, who in 1951 began developing plans for a low-cost American sports car that could compete with Europe’s MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris. The project was eventually code-named “Opel.” In January 1953, GM debuted the Corvette concept car at its Motorama auto show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It featured a fiberglass body and a six-cylinder engine and according to GM, was named for the “trim, fleet naval vessel that performed heroic escort and patrol duties during World War II.” The Corvette was a big hit with the public at Motorama and GM soon put the roadster into production. Read More

From Autoworld

- Corvette made its debut as a concept vehicle at the General Motors Autorama in New York City on Jan. 17, 1953. It was such a success that a limited run of 300 production Corvettes began on June 30 of that year.

- All 1953 models were Polo white with a red interior and they were priced at $3,498. In 2006, the third 1953 Corvette produced sold for a record $1.06 million at auction.

- Corvette was exclusively available with an inline six-cylinder engine until 1955. That year, the optional V-8 engine was ordered by 90 percent of buyers. The six-cylinder was dropped in 1956. Corvette has been available exclusively with V-8 power since.

- Corvette was produced only as a convertible for its first 10 years. The fixed-roof 1963 “split-window” Corvette Sting Ray coupe launched the second-generation Corvette. Sales doubled and it became a year-round car for drivers in colder climates.

- Corvettes have been produced at three facilities: Flint, Mich. (1953); St. Louis, Mo., (1954-1981); and Bowling Green, Ky. (1981-2014). The change from St. Louis to Bowling Green happened during the production year.

From Jeffrey Downs: A close friend has the 57th ever 53 1/2 corvette ever made sitting Ina garage in Tennessee. Completely all original but needs restoration..

The tires are dry rotted but I'm not sure if they were the original ones or not. Only has like 23k miles on it or less. It's also for sale too..


Patsy Cline’s career was cruelly cut so short by her death in 1963, at just 30 years old, that most of us can only fantasise about what it would have been like to see her perform live. UDiscoverMusic's been examining the archives to shed a little more light on the great country star’s stage work...read full story


Packard: An American Classic Car
Richard W. Luckin (Director)

Few American cars could match the beauty, styling and engineering of the Packard motor car. From its birthplace in Warren, Ohio in 1899 to its final days in Detroit, Michigan and South Bend, Indiana in the late 1950s, this program chronicles the history of the Packard automobile through interviews with Packard owners, vintage film and Packard archive photographs. Hosted by Edward Herrmann.


July 20th I will be at the Packard Plant in Detroit to interview the director and film the new improvements to the complex. So exciting to see the upswing in Detroit going on now...stay tuned! RK


We are so sorry to hear of Detroit's great Drummer Terry Thunder Hughley's passing from a terrible Asthma attack...Thnnder was a wonderful man and musician extraordinaire....RIP TTH.... our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Deborah Hughley, family, friends and legions of fans....Retro Kimmer

Read more:

Detroit Soul Music Terry “Thunder” Hughley, We Will Miss You!


The Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay and lesbian couples have the same right to marry as any other American in a landmark decision that settled one of the most contentious social issues in US history.
Celebrations and joyful weddings quickly followed around the country, including in some of the 14 states where they had been banned before the decision.

President Obama hailed the decision from the White House, saying it had arrived “like a thunderbolt”



As most of my friends know, I have always been a huge fan of the pink flamingos..Had them in many of my yards and collected all sorts of flamingo items that I still have today...So I want to share the story of their inventor Don Featherstone who passed away yesterday...

Mr. Featherstone created the pink flamingo in 1957 after graduating from art school at the Worcester Art Museum. He worked at Union Products in Leominster, and the pink flamingo was one of 750 items he created for the company.

In 1996 Mr. Featherstone was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in art. The prize is a parody of the Nobel Prizes and given to honor unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. That year he also was appointed president of Union Products, a post he held until 2000.

Perhaps not shockingly, the pink flamingo lawn ornament was invented in the same decade that polyester pants, pink washing machines, vinyl wallpaper and Naugahyde lounge chairs were cool.

Flamingo fans worldwide owe their thanks to Don Featherstone a one-time employee of a plastics company called Union Products, who designed the first pink flamingo lawn ornament in 1957.

When they first hit stores, the blushing birds cost $2.76 a pair and were an immediate hit in working-class subdivisions from the Redwood Forest to the Gulfstream waters. This bird was made for you and me.

The 1960s were a decade of backlash against conformity, false experience, and all things Parental -- including, evidently, Mom and Dad's lawn décor. Hippies rallied against the plastics industry, cultural critics chastised all things "un-natural," and home and garden magazines pleaded with people to abandon the gnomes, lawn jockeys and flamingos of yesteryear in favor of classier, more natural yard décor.

By 1970, even Sears had stopped selling the pink flamingo, replacing the gaping hole in their garden department with natural-looking fountains and rocks, according to the historian Jennifer Price. Her book, "Flight Maps" (Basic Books, 1999), has a chapter on the plastic flamingo. It's a must-read for flamingo aficionados. READ MORE HERE



The next full moon will be:
Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 04:19:35 am
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Moon sign: Capricorn 09° 55'

July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.

In other time zones:
WELLINGTON = Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 02:19:35 pm (NZST)
SYDNEY = Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 12:19:35 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 11:19:35 am (JST)
BEIJING = Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 10:19:35 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 09:19:35 am (ICT)
DELHI = Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 07:49:35 am (IST)
DUBAI = Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 06:19:35 am (GST)
MOSCOW = Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 05:19:35 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 04:19:35 am (CEST)
LAGOS = Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 03:19:35 am (WAT)
LONDON = Thursday * 2nd July 2015 * 03:19:35 am (BST)
RIO = Wednesday * 1st July 2015 * 11:19:35 pm (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Wednesday * 1st July 2015 * 11:19:35 pm (CLT)
NEW YORK = Wednesday * 1st July 2015 * 10:19:35 pm (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Wednesday * 1st July 2015 * 09:19:35 pm (CDT)
CALGARY = Wednesday * 1st July 2015 * 08:19:35 pm (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Wednesday * 1st July 2015 * 07:19:35 pm (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Wednesday * 1st July 2015 * 06:19:35 pm (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Wednesday * 1st July 2015 * 04:19:35 pm (HAST)



Heads up all of you Science and History fans! Cranbrook is having a VERY COOL ADULT PARTY!

Cranbrook Institute of Science invites adults 21 and over to experience a night of camp at the museum on Thursday, June 25 from 7-11 p.m. when its CIS After Dark program presents Camp After Dark.

Who says kids get to have all the summer fun? The Institute will blend well-loved summer camp activities with well-mixed cocktails and experiences for a-not-so traditional camp “After Dark” at the museum.

Guests will gather around the campfire for ghost stories (weather permitting), spit watermelon seeds, dissect owl pellets, race boats in the reflecting pool, stay dry (hopefully) in a water balloon toss, and practice their Native American hunting skills. Crafts, games, walks on Cranbrook’s campus looking for bats, and science experiments make Camp After Dark the ultimate grown-up escape.

Classic summer cocktails, craft beers, and food, including a “walking taco,” will be available for purchase in Reflections Café. A vendor market offers the chance to shop, taste, and buy. Preregistered tickets are $10 for Institute of Science Members and $15 for non-Members, or $20 at the door for all attendees. Register online at science.cranbrook.edu

CIS After Dark events are age 21+ only. All attendees will be required to show their Government-Issued ID upon check in. Cash bar only. No credit cards.

CIS After Dark is a series of science and fun events at Cranbrook institute of Science for adults 21+. Each event highlights a different thematic topic and the opportunity to explore the museum after dark to meet imaginative scientists, artists, thinkers, and tinkerers. Guests participate in live demonstrations, enticing conversations, engaging activities, new experiences, and more. CIS After Dark is much more than the field trips you knew growing up!

Cranbrook Institute of Science, Michigan’s Museum of Natural History, is part of the world-renowned Cranbrook Educational Community at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The museum is open Tuesdays-Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sundays noon-4 p.m. Regular admission is $13 for adults and $9.50 for children 2-12 and senior citizens (65+); children under 2 and members are admitted free.

Courtesy of MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission is free after 5 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Other Fridays and all Saturdays after 5 p.m. admission is reduced to $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 2-12 and senior citizens; children under 2 and members are admitted free.

For information about becoming a member of Cranbrook Institute of Science, call (248) 645-3200 or visit http://science.cranbrook.edu


Stephen Pagnani

Head of Communications Cranbrook Educational Community

248 645.3224



701 Middlesex Rd. in Grosse Pointe Park is a 7,481 sq. foot Georgian colonial that will be sold in an auction on Saturday, June 20. Built in 1951, it was the home of a man thought to be the Italian mafia's enforcer. It is believed that tunnels run from underneath the house to the home across the street, that of former Detroit mafia boss Anthony Joseph Zerilli.

The five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bathroom house hits the auction block at noon June 20 through Beth Rose Real Estate and Auctions.

Middlesex Road, setting of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Middlesex, had plenty of Mafia ties once upon a time, and the two-story mansion sitting on a double lot in Grosse Pointe Park is no exception.

The house allegedly belonged to a Mafia enforcer at one time, and was situated across the boulevard from a mob boss.Read Full Story Here




Be swept off your feet by Ross Poldark! The swashbuckling hero rides this Sunday, when Poldark premieres at 9/8c. Be sure to tweet along with fellow fans and special MASTERPIECE moderators, by using #PoldarkPBS during broadcast.

Cornwall, 1783. Captain Ross Poldark returns from the battlefield to find his father dead, estate in ruins, and sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to another. Though it appears there is nothing left for him in his former home, Ross stubbornly resolves to remain in Cornwall and return his estate to its former glory.

Joined by useless former servants Jud and Prudie, and scrappy street urchin Demelza, Ross must forge a new life for himself in the face of hostile forces.

Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) brings the dashing Captain Ross Poldark back to life, alongside Eleanor Tomlinson and Heida Reed, in an all-new version of the beloved, vintage romance



Summer Classic Film Series 
returns to the Michigan Theater

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Michigan Theater announced today that its annual Kerrytown Market and Shops Summer Classic Film Series, presented with support from MLive/Ann Arbor News, is returning for a 31th season.

From late June to early September, the classic theater will screen classic films every Sunday at 1:30 PM and Tuesday at 7:00 PM. 

The full series lineup includes:

6/21 and 6/23: The Godfather (1972). Sponsored by Sweetwater on Liberty

6/28 and 6/30: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)

7/4 Special 4th of July screening of The Great Escape (1963) at 1:30 PM

7/5 and 7/7: The Producers (1968)

7/12 and 7/14: The Night of the Hunter (1955)

7/19 and 7/21: Easy Rider (1969)

7/26 and 7/28: The General (1926) silent film with live organ accompaniment by Andrew Rogers

8/2 and 8/4: The Thin Man (1934)

8/9 and 8/11: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

8/16 and 8/18: Duck Soup (1933)

8/23 and 8/25: Sing-a-Long Mary Poppins (1954) * Special ticket prices apply.

8/30 and 9/1: Forrest Gump (1994)

9/6 and 9/8: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

9/7: Casablanca (1942). FREE for students with valid I.D.!

Advance tickets are available at ticketweb.com.



"Bonnard Meets Klimt" by Birgit Huttemann-Holz.

Let's Pretend
Presented by River's Edge Gallery

River's Edge Gallery would like to invite you to join us for one of this year's largest group shows featuring over 30 metro Detroit artists. On Friday, June 19th, River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte will unveil their latest exhibition “Let’s Pretend”.

This show focuses on landscapes and still lifes featuring various artists from Metro Detroit. “Let’s Pretend” is the second part of a series that focuses on traditional art genres with a contemporary twist. Last month’s, “Dream(Face)Land”, dealt with portraiture and figurative art.

Urban Landscape series by Anita Bates

The inspiration for this exhibition came from a poem written by Jim Slack, the late husband of gallery owner, Patt Slack. Jim co-founded the gallery with Ms. Slack in 1980 and operated it with her until his passing in 2001. Jim was well known in the Detroit and Downriver art scene. Previous to that he had an active art career on the East & West Coasts.

The poem asks the viewer to pretend that a painting’s smudges, markings and squiggles are objects in a landscape. The poem goes on to ask if the viewer would pretend that they are an audience and the poet is the artist.

For “Let’s Pretend” dozens of artists were asked to create their idea of a still life and/or landscape in various forms including ceramics, photography, conceptual, textile and painting. “Let’s Pretend” will remain on display for the annual Wyandotte Art Fair in July of 2015.

Opening reception will be held on Friday June 19th 6-10pm. For more information, call (734) 246-9880 or email info@artattheedge.com



Great news! A new series that I can really get into begins this MONDAY on AMC....Check it out!

“The Making of The Mob: New York” will premiere on Monday, June 15th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, and be narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Ray Liotta.

Kicking off “Mob Mondays,” the eight-part series begins in 1905 and spans over 50 years to trace the rise of Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and other notorious gangsters from their beginnings as a neighborhood gang of teenagers to murderous entrepreneurs and bootleggers who organized the criminal underworld, turning the Mafia into an American institution.

The premiere will air following a 25th Anniversary feature presentation of 1990s Oscar-winning film Goodfellas (Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci) at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT. “The Making of The Mob: New York” is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning Stephen David Entertainment (“The World Wars,” “The Men Who Built America”).

“Narrating ‘The Making of The Mob: New York’ is a thrill for me because I’m fascinated, like many, by the rich, untold history of these men and their strong ties to each other,” said Liotta. “Stephen David is a skilled storyteller and I’m happy to lend my voice to this series.”

Utilizing an immersive blend of dramatic scenes, archival footage and groundbreaking VFX, “The Making of The Mob: New York” is AMC’s first ever docu-drama featuring exclusive interviews with notable names including former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Meyer Lansky II, Chazz Palminteri, Drea de Matteo, Joe Mantegna, Frankie Valli, Mob attorney and former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman and noted author and historian David Pietrusza, among many others.

As part of AMC’s “Mob Mondays,” AMC will extend the Mafia theme by partnering each episode of “The Making of The Mob: New York” with a lead-in from their extensive library of iconic mobster films. Long the cornerstones of the popular annual “Mob Week” programming event on AMC, lead-in titles will include The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, American Gangster, Donnie Brasco, Scarface, Casino and Carlito’s Way.


John Lennon's eight remastered studio albums are out now as an 9 LP Box Set on 180g Audiophile Vinyl.

Watch the LENNON trailer...





PHILADELPHIA – Forty years after releasing the Family Reunion album on the iconic Philadelphia International Records, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The O’Jays were a primary catalyst behind a family reunion of their former label mates June 5 at the 12th Annual Phillies African-American Heritage Celebration, hosted by fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and “Sound of Philadelphia” architects Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff at Citizens Bank Park in honor of Black Music Month.

Gamble & Huff presented The O’Jays and R&B and jazz legend Jean Carne with the Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award and were joined in the celebration by fellow PIR greats Billy Paul (“Me & Mrs. Jones”), producer Dexter Wansel, and pop-R&B songwriter Bunny Sigler, who sang the National Anthem. Ms. Carne performed her PIR hit single, “Don’t Let It Go to Your Head.”

With Gamble & Huff, The O'Jays emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with "Back Stabbers" (1972), and topped the Billboard Hot 100 the following year with "Love Train". Numerous other hits followed for PIR, topped by “For the Love of Money,” “I Love Music,” and “Use Ta Be My Girl.” The O'Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound aka “The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP),” a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music.

 With a stable core of artists led by The O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble & Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and began creating monster hits from nearly the first day of its inception in 1971.

They continued to record, collaborate and produce major hits with a galaxy of stars from the pop, rock, soul and jazz universes, including Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, Wilson Pickett, LaBelle, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Soul Survivors, Laura Nyro, the Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Phyllis Hyman, the Dells and many more.

Gamble & Huff created and are credited for launching one of the most celebrated and historic songwriting partnerships that spawned into a sophisticated sound lovingly crafted in the studio by some of the 20th century's most influential producers and studio teams -- including Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, Bobby Martin, MFSB Orchestra, Baker, Harris and Young, Joe Tarsia (Sigma Sound) and others – Philly Soul set the stage for disco, smooth jazz, adult contemporary music and more.

Gamble & Huff began celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. The celebration will continue in 2016 with the projected release of their Autobiographical Book and the launch of their Theatrical Play on their historic Life Story and creation of one of America’s great music catalogues, known as “The Sound of Philadelphia.”
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